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Restaurants

  1. Nathan Thurston and his fire-breathing grill dazzle at Stars

    Friday night, with a perfectly seared steak in front of me, a whole lobster in front of my girlfriend, the smell of smoke from the wood-fired grill wafting through the air, the buzz of conversation and laughter of the bar crowd vibrating around, and a white jacket-clad waitress promptly refilling my glass, I thought to myself, "Wow, this is a big night out." And big seems to be the operative word when it comes to Stars Rooftop Bar and Grill Room, a big new addition to Upper King Street.

  2. Raul's dishes up savory Mexican fare in an unfinished space

    There is a school of thought in the entrepreneurial self-help literature that says you should start before you're ready. Nobody's perfect, goes the logic, and waiting until all of your ducks are in a row is often just a stalling tactic for those too afraid to get their venture up and running.

  3. The education of Rodney Scott

    An ordinary day at Scott's BBQ still looks much as it did years ago in rural Hemingway, S.C. Antediluvian pits drip with dangerously combustible lard. A towering inferno blazes out back in the yard, depositing coals to be scooped up with long-handled shovels and delivered beneath a crackling hog.

  4. Mt. Pleasant 730 Coleman Blvd. phone (843) 388-5755
    3.670003.670003.670003.67000 (based on 10 user reviews)
  5. A new café hides away at Zero George

    To find Zero Café, you need to trespass upon Zero George Hotel's main courtyard, space that until a month ago was reserved solely for the boutique hotel's guests.

  6. An international dream team of chefs will hunt, forage, and fish their way across the Lowcountry during Cook It Raw

    Cook It Raw is an annual, invitation-only event that brings together some of the most inventive, avant-garde chefs from around the world and immerses them in the food culture of a particular place.

  7. Downtown 616 Meeting St. phone (843) 345-9325
    (based on 3 user reviews)
  8. You don't have to hit up a sushi bar to get your raw fish fix

    Some of us at the City Paper would eat sushi every single day if we could. But we can't. Fewer restaurants will put a dent in your wallet like a sushi bar. Of course, it's damn hard to avoid being tempted, especially when you consider that you can find nigiri and sashimi and tataki at more than just one of the Holy City's fine sushi bars. In fact, you can get your raw fish fix from true blue sushi to tataki and tartare at some of the most unlikely places. Read on to learn more.

  9. Diving into the legendary Wreck on Shem Creek

    The past few weeks have been a rather remarkable period of controversial decision-making, what with the Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and the Voting Rights Act, not to mention the much-watched case of Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District. In the spirit of landmark decisions, I figured that it was finally time to resolve once and for all the issue of the Wreck.

  10. Downtown 51 South Market St. phone (843) 958-9717
    (based on 0 user reviews)
  11. Folly Beach 103 W. Erie Ave. phone (843) 633-0025
    (based on 0 user reviews)
  12. North Charleston 1050 East Montague Suite D phone 843-225-2899
    (based on 9 user reviews)
  13. Exotic Vietnamese fare on its way to pizza and taco status in Mt. P

    "Let me help," the gentleman said to us as we scanned the one-page menu at Mì Xào. "Get the beef soup. It's un-be-lievable. And put in a little of that brown sauce, and the red one if you like heat," he added, gesturing at the bottles of hoisin and sriracha on our table.

  14. From wood-fire grills to the Ordinary, it was a big year in food

    They closed the deal on the building a year ago, and last week Mike Lata and Adam Nemirow opened the Ordinary oyster hall. We spent the year getting details in bits and pieces, and Charleston is finally getting a taste. The first week of business has been a good one for the guys behind FIG, and we expect it will only get better as the tourists discover the joys of Upper King Street.

  15. The Lot embraces the perilous local food movement on James Island

    The press release announcing the new restaurant declared the Lot was bringing "farm-to-table cuisine" to the Pour House's live-music bar setting and that they had "consciously joined the local food and farmer movement."

  16. Where have we been, where are we going?

    Over the past few years, I've revisited many of the restaurants that were once considered to be among Charleston's best. In the process, I've been consistently disappointed.

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