Thursday, July 28, 2016

Homey's Tea Kettle reopens at 2220 Meeting Street Rd.

With a name like that, it has to be good

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 4:21 PM


This winter I spent more than a few drives creeping on what appeared to be a house-turned-cafe at the corner of Irving and Meeting Street Road. With a sign that read "Homey's Tea Kettle," how could I not? But on each visit there was nary a teapot nor person in sight.

However, today through the all powerful means of social media, we've learned that Homey's Tea Kettle is not only open, it has been for some three months.

William Bowman is the chef and proprietor of the small soul food and barbecue spot that continues the legacy of his father. "I was a cook as a merchant seaman, but I really learned a lot from my Daddy," says Bowman. "He was a chief cook in the navy and chief steward merchant marine. Folks called him Homey. That's where I got the name."

Bowman's parents opened what they just called Tea Kettle at 2220 Meeting Street Rd. in the '50s. "It was a juke joint back then with food," he says. Today the tiny restaurant serves lunch and dinner three days a week.  

On the menu you'll find slabs of ribs and barbecue chicken in addition to lima beans, ox tails, and frogmore stew. Rum cake and bread pudding are on the menu for dessert. 

Homey's Tea Kettle is open Thurs. and Fri., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sat. from noon until 9 p.m.

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New West Ashley Farmers Market is looking for vendors

Eggplant Emoji

Posted by Dustin Waters on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 4:01 PM

  • Artwork by Kate Waddell, poster design by Marcus Amaker
If the suggestive vegetable on the promotional material is any indication, there is good reason to be excited about the upcoming West Ashley Farmers Market.

Not to be left out of the local farmers market boom that has spread throughout the Lowcountry, West Ashley is finally getting its own weekly bazaar starting Sept. 14. Running every Wednesday from 3:30-7:30 p.m. until the end of October, the West Ashley Farmers Market looks to expand upon the success of its downtown predecessor by bringing fresh, local goods to Ackerman Park at 55 Sycamore Avenue.

“Our hope is that the West Ashley Farmers Market will be a catalyst in the revitalization of the area,” said Mayor John Tecklenburg in a statement released by the city. “The evening market hours will offer our community members the opportunity to visit the market on their way home from work, to do their grocery shopping, and grab dinner with friends, family, and neighbors.”

Produced by Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs in cooperation with the Parks Department, the city is currently accepting applications for growers and vendors for the seasonal market. According to the rules and regulations listed on the application, at least 75 percent of all produce offered by farmers must be grown on their own land, while the remaining 25 percent may be previously purchased and resold if Certified SC Grown. Plans for the market also include regular live entertainment and family-friendly activities.

All those hoping to apply can do so by calling the Office of Cultural Affairs at (843) or visiting Vendor applications are due by Aug. 8 at 4 p.m.

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5Church serves up a sweet coffee service

A shot of the good stuff

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 3:40 PM

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City Paper food reviewer Robert Moss recently visited 5Church, writing that the restaurant offered a "perfectly pedestrian" dining experience. "The setting at 5Church is beautiful and intriguing, and the menu and servers have all the right vocabulary — fresh, local, housemade — but the elements that characterize the best of Charleston dining are missing — intensely flavorful sauces, delicate combinations of fresh herbs and pristine vegetables, the unexpected bursts of flavors that surprise and delight."

However, there's one spot on the menu where the restaurant really shines — we're talking about 5Church's coffee.

Just when we thought that Kaminsky's had cornered the market on Market Street coffee bars, we found ourselves staring down a charming coffee service. With my order of espresso came jellybeans next to sugar cubes, a cinnamon stick, and chocolate pirouettes. Jellybeans, people. And all for $5. That's just a few cents more than the typical iced latte costs at many downtown coffee shops. It's stuff like this that makes a place memorable and we applaud the effort.

5Church is open for lunch Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.- 4p.m. and for dinner Sun.-Sat., 5 p.m.-till. 

Hot ticket: Spero and 2Nixons collaborate on two upcoming dinners

Ooh baby I like it ramen

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 10:08 AM

2Nixons ramen as well as izakaya-style snacks are on the menu
  • 2Nixons ramen as well as izakaya-style snacks are on the menu
For all the mega-investor supported restaurants in this town — you know, the ones with light bulbs that cost more than your car payment — some of our favorite eats happen to come from chefs working in sparse conditions. Spero and 2Nixons in particular continue to prove that you don't need a pimped out kitchen to prepare great food, and now the men behind both are teaming up for a two-night collaboration.

On Aug. 26 and 27 2Nixons' Chef Jeffrey Stoneberger and Spero's chefs RJ Moody and Rob Laudicina will partner up for a prix-fixe menu of izakaya-style snacks, ramen, and more. In the quirky style we've come to expect from these guys, dinner will be $49 for 3 1/2 courses. A la carte will also be available at the dinner hosted at Spero.

Call Spero for reservations: (843) 203-3255.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sermet's Southernterranean Cuisine-Bar will open on James Island Aug. 1

Look for the penguin

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 12:36 PM

Aslan purchased Heart Woodfire Kitchen this spring - PROVIDED
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James Island's new Sermet's Southernterranean Cuisine-Bar (1622 Highland Ave.) will unlock its doors on Aug. 1. Owner Sermet Aslan, known for his original namesake restaurant on King and second location, Sermet's Courtyard on Daniel Island, purchased the former Heart Woodfire Kitchen back in March. Now, with his signature Mediterranean spin, Aslan says he's ready for business.

But don't expect to see some huge new sign out in front of the restaurant. "I'm not gonna put a name on the restaurant. We're just using the logo of an orange penguin. If you see a big ass orange penguin, that's us," says Aslan.

The restaurant, as the name suggests, will tie in the flavors of the Mediterranean and Aslan's native Turkey with Southern influences. "We're doing sweet potato fries with ancho chili ketchup and Moroccan spice to give it a Northern Mediterranean twist." 

Sermet's Southernterranean Cuisine-Bar opens Mon. Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. with Sunday brunch expected to start soon in the following weeks. 
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