The funky decor, 42 beer taps, and eclectic menu combine to make Closed for Business an endearing little beer garden. The bodacious Pork Slap sandwich, which quickly put them on the eater map, is an addictive combination of fried pork cutlet and smoked ham piled high on a bun and layered with green tomato chutney. We love the classic pairing of grilled cheese with a zingy tomato soup, and the Jimmy Serrano Veggie Burger is a vegetarian’s dream. The rest of the limited menu appeals to the serious beer drinker with a handful of tasty bar snacks: pork rinds, fried green beans, buffalo oysters, and beer mussels (made with bacon, aioli, shallots, and garlic). They’ve got a good burger (The Business), a Chicago dog, and a fresh daily market salad that comes straight from the area farm lands, tastily proving their dedication to sourcing locally and seasonally. The beer taps are kept stocked with rare and unusual brews — Flanders Red, Bavik Pils, Hitachino Red Rice — that are available in three different sizes (10 oz., 16 oz., 1 liter). They’ve got liquor too, and will be happy to turn you on to small-batch bourbons with a tasting flight. On Sunday mornings, their brunch menu will inspire you to get out of bed, whether it’s for the oyster omelet (fried oysters, pimento cheese, buffalo sauce) or the Red Flannel Hash (duck confit, beets, fennel, fingerlings, gorgonzola, duck egg). With a Pimm’s Cup or a Grand Marnier Gin Fizz, we can’t think of a better way to get the day going. —Stephanie Barna, Dish (Winter 2013)
Burgers, fried pies, and American classics at this cozy tavern.
Features: Sunday Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Best of Charleston winner
Hours: Lunch and Dinner (daily)