Tuesday, September 4, 2018

What's Poppin: More than two dozen events to put on your calendar this week

It's time to Fall into a plate of deliciousness

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 4:33 PM

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Between Charleston Beer Week, Greater Charleston Restaurant Association's Restaurant Week, 2Nixons moving permanently into Proof, farmers markets hawking fresh late summer produce, and delicious pop-ups galore, there are more food and drink related events this week than you can shake a stick at. Here's where to indulge:


It's beer tasting Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Edmund's Oast Exchange.

FortyEight: A Wine Bar has their own tasting Tuesday starting at 6 p.m.

Join Wine & Company for a "so fresh and so clean" wine tasting starting at 5:30 p.m.

We Flew South pops up at Commonhouse starting at 5 p.m. Hot tip — follow the Northeastern transplants on Instagram.

Short Grain is back at Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. after a trip to Japan this summer. Feast on onigiri and ramen until 9 p.m. 


Pub Fare pops up at new sour beer sanctuary, The Hold, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Celebrate hump day at Old Town Creek County Park's Wine Down Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. There will be music by Shane Clark and food from Tamashii food truck.

It's Wine Wednesday every Wed. at Pour Taproom starting at 4 p.m. That means $5 glasses of wine, $8 cheese plates, and from 7 to 11 p.m. 10 percent off beer and cocktails for ladies and 10 percent off food from 4 to 9 p.m.

Boone's Bourbon pops up at Bar Mash for drinks specials from 7 to 10 p.m.

Charleston Restaurant kicks off Wed. Check out our best bets here.


The North Charleston Farmers Market is held every Thurs. starting at 3 p.m. through Oct. 25. Stock up on produce and enjoy live music from Thomas Champagne and eats from The Misfit Chef food truck.

Stop by the Moncks Corner Farmers Market, also starting at 3 p.m., and shop for locally sourced protein, produce, dairy, and more.

If you're on the other side of town, the IOP Farmers Market starts up at 3 p.m. and runs now through Oct. 25 at the IOP County Park. The Immortal Lobster and Charleston Caribbean Creole Food Truck will be at the market this Thurs.

Wine pro Kevin Regan pops up at Workshop Thurs.-Sat. with the Merrow's Garden Bar starting at 4 p.m. Wines are updated weekly with a focus on "organic, biodynamic and small producers from unique domestic and international regions."


Charleston Beer Week kicks off Friday — find a comprehensive list of events in our calendar, and check out some of our top picks here.

Kwei Fei continues their residency at The Daily every Fri. and Sat. starting at 6 p.m. A recent menu included snacks like pork in garlic chili sauce, crescent dumplings, and chicken wings, plus a variety of mains, noodles, and vegetable dishes.

2Nixons Ramenshop is open for business every Fri. and Sat. at Proof starting at 6 p.m.

Enjoy a Matzo Y Masa pop-up at One Broad from 4 to 9 p.m. The menu includes hummus deviled eggs, ceviche tacos, falafel gnocchi, chorizo tortellini, and chilaquiles.


The Second Annual Southern Fried Chicken Challenge takes place at Riverfront Park starting at noon.

Renowned roasters Onyx Coffee Lab stop by The Daily at the Gibbes from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for a free cupping lesson and lecture.

Lola hosts a crawfish boil from 2 to 8 p.m. Enjoy drink specials and two pound trays of crawfish brought in from Louisiana.

Low Tide Brewing hosts a one year anniversary party for Braised in the South from 1 to 8 p.m. There will be raffles, giveaways, a photo booth, an even an ice cream sundae bar.

Spend your Saturday morning at the Pacific Box & Crate Farmers Market starting at 9 a.m.

Sap-Lai SE Asian Catering pops up at Tradesman Brewing Co. starting at noon.


Hampton Park's jazz brunch starts at 11 a.m. with food from Roti Rolls, SOCU, Kay's Southern Gourmet, and Notes Curbside Coffees. There will also be beer, wine, and mimosas available for purchase.

Brunch from noon to 3 p.m. at Workshop with beer from EOBC; brunch themed bites from Spanglish Cuban Kitchen, Juan Luis, Two Fat Olives, and Sushi-Wa Izakaya; Wich Cream ice cream sandwiches; and Bloodys, mimosas, and fun frozen drinks from Merrow's Garden.

Graft Wine Shop and Life Raft Treats team up for an ice cream social starting at 3 p.m. 

Pancito & Lefty announces closing after nearly two years on Upper King Street

The latest high-profile King Street closure

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 2:22 PM

And another one bites the dust.

A little under two years old, Upper King's Pancito & Lefty announced that yesterday was their last day of service.

Here's the statement from owner/operator Jimmy Poole:

"It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to close the doors to Pancito & Lefty. We were able to properly inform our staff, who have worked hard for our business to create something everyone was proud of. We are incredibly grateful for their hard work and dedication. Our last day of service was September 3rd."
The opening team of Pancito + Lefty taste test tequila samples - JONATHAN BONCEK FILE PHOTO
  • Jonathan Boncek file photo
  • The opening team of Pancito + Lefty taste test tequila samples
In May 2017, food critic Vanessa Wolf said of the restaurant: "Caught somewhere between upscale tacqueria and hip mezcal bar, Pancito & Lefty still seems to be honing its focus."

Last November, we reported that the restaurant was indeed caught somewhere in between, hiring three new chefs ( Reid Henninger, Greg Marks, and Corey Phillips) to replace founder and opening chef Robert Berry less than a year after opening its doors.

P&L's closing is the latest in a series of high-profile closures on King Street that included the shuttering of the Getaway and 492.

We'll keep you updated about the status of 708 King St.

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Melfi's set to serve pizza, pasta, and Roman friti starting Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Pie's the limit

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 8:23 AM

The Melfi's sign has been teasing us on upper King Street for months - SAM SPENCE FILE PHOTO
  • Sam Spence file photo
  • The Melfi's sign has been teasing us on upper King Street for months
Celebrate your Labor Day hangover with some pizza and pasta, Charleston.

Melfi's, restaurateur Brooks Reitz's third restaurant on Upper King Street (joining Little Jack's and Leon's across the street) is also the newest spot to open in the city's unofficial pizza district. Reitz announced on Instagram Monday that the Italian restaurant would be opening with a "slow rolling" starting today, Tues. Sept. 4 at 5 p.m.,  adding more reservation slots on Resy as they continue to "develop and fine tune in the early days."

Last month, CP contributor Robert Donovan chatted with Reitz about Melfi's for our 'za themed summer Dish Dining Guide, on racks this week:

"At the time of this article, Melfi's was in the final stages of opening, targeting early September. Co-owner Brook Reitz gave us a little preview on what to expect at the sister restaurant to Leon's and Little Jack's. Melfi's will be an 'Italian restaurant with a particular emphasis on pizza, that's the largest part of the menu.' The pizzas will be what Reitz calls 'Roman-ish' based on a style he and his partners experienced in Rome called Pizza al Tonda. A lighter style with a thin very crispy cracker-like crust called scrocchiarella, that [customers] can eat and still feel good. And that thin crust is just less dough.' Some toppings will stray from the traditional (one pie is covered in shredded iceberg lettuce) but in general they will be 'pizzas we liked to eat growing up merged with this thin crust style from Rome.' Along with the pizzas on the menu will be a Roman friti (fried food; Rome is proud of its fried food) section and hand extruded pastas."

Reservations can be made on Resy. As of Tuesday morning, serving times were still available throughout the week.
Location Details Melfi’s
721 King St.
Charleston, SC

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