Langdon's Has Diamonds, Too

We forgot to give props to Langdon's last week when we rounded up all the restaurants that received diamonds from AAA. Our apologies go to the Mt. Pleasant restaurant, which marks its third year as a four-diamond establishment. –Stephanie Barna

Not Your Pappy's Moonshine

According to tradition, only the best moonshine deserves the label "Catdaddy," and Piedmont Distillers produces a product worthy of this distinction. Piedmont Distillers, the only legal alcoholic beverage distillery in the Carolinas, handcrafts each batch in an authentic copper pot still, right down to the packaging in a ceramic-mug style bottle. The distillery is located in Madison, N.C., a town that houses a mere 2,000 people, in a former train station built in 1915. For more information on the distillery, as well as recipes for shots and drinks, visit www.catdaddymoonshine.comStephanie Leighs

Carolina's in My Mind

With a great attitude (and a great accent) Chef Gavin Mills takes the lead as executive chef at Carolina's. Former Executive Chef Tin Dizdarevic turned the position over to Mills when a job offer took Dizdarevic back to New York. Mills, former head line cook at Peninsula Grill, had been working as sous chef at Carolina's since Jan. 2. Mills now takes the helm, with Josh Wool as his sous chef. Mills has changed roughly three-quarters of the menu and is set to implement the full winter menu in a couple of weeks. Some of his additions include pan-roasted New Zealand lamb rack with potato, goat cheese, garlic-scented green beans, and a lamb Cabernet reduction, as well as a grilled organic pork chop with cornbread-stuffed roasted baby apple and caramelized onion jus. Mills will continue with Carolina's signature beer dinners, with the next one coming up on November 29. –SL

Three Cheers for Chinar

After the untimely demise of downtown's Taste of India (on the corner of Wentworth and King streets, where Lucky Jeans is now) a few years ago, the day-shift drones stuck on the peninsula for lunch were S.O.L. if they suddenly got a hankering for malai kofta or tandoori chicken. Time to rejoice, naan lovers! On Oct. 20, owner Anju Bahalla quietly opened Chinar at 363 King St., in the old Hoagie Haven location. Chinar, which is somewhat ambiguously connected to West Ashley's Taste of India, offers a $6.99 lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and a regular dinner menu from 5-10 p.m. Don't forget the mango pudding for dessert... –Sara Miller




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