Thursday, April 19, 2018

4/20 munchies in Charleston: Staff picks

Like, super chill

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 2:40 PM

You know you want this Rarebit burger - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • You know you want this Rarebit burger
Tomorrow is Fri. April 20, which means it's 4/20, the unofficial stoner holiday celebrated around the world with clouds of smoke and "how the world was really created" theories.

While you can't casually walk down the street with a fat blunt proselytizing about the end of the time space continuum (at least, we don't suggest trying it) you can still celebrate as you see fit. No matter your state — sober stoned or hungover AF — there's a meal, dripping in grease, cheese, and carbs aplenty, waiting to be devoured. Here's our staff roundup, in no particular order, of 10 places we go when we want to mellow out and tuck in.

1. Bagel Nation, Denver bagel on sourdough with hash browns
You know that feeling where you wake up and your body tells you "let's not do a damn thing today." Yeah, well, that means your body needs to start the day with Bagel Nation. Call ahead and beat the crowds, grab a coffee (they have a ton of flavors available) and get ready to feast (in bed if you're smart) on cheesy, doughy, crispy goodness. The ultimate 4/20 meal, in my humble opinion.
2. Rarebit, double cheeseburger with hand-cut fries and a Black Manhattan

3. Maybank Public House, California burger with truffle fries

4. Early Bird Diner, chicken tender basket
If Early Bird is open and close by, my not-at-all healthy, eternal craving is the chicken tender basket. Not just any chicken fingers, y'all — these are pecan-crusted with honey mustard barbecue sauce. You get whatever side you wish, and I always have to have their french fries with EBD's homemade, herb-filled, heavenly ranch dressing. Yummo.
5. Baguette Magic, chocolate croissants

6. Stoner's Pizza, (duh)

7. Marina Variety Store, biscuit sandwich
I think my go-to hangover breakfast is probably the breakfast biscuit sandwich with egg and cheese at Marina Variety store! It's around $3, but the biscuit is HUGE. Most of the time, I'm pretty torn between the grits and the hash browns for a side. When it's really desperate times, I just get both. It may be one of my favorite breakfasts of all time. Plus, if you eat it in the restaurant, you get a nice little view while you try to recover.
8. Herd Provisions, Herd burger and poutine

9. My Father's Moustache, egg sandwich
When I'm hungover on a Sunday and my significant other (and diehard Arsenal fan wants to watch soccer), I tag along to My Father's Moustache, where the $8 egg sammie — made with scrambled eggs, cheddar, bacon (taken off and given to said sig o) on farm bread — is all you'll ever need, paired with more ketchup than god intended. Oh yeah, and don't forget a Magners Cider or four to really get the day started.
10. Krispy Kreme, HOT doughnuts

And if you're after a little extra boost, head to Charleston Beer Works for a pint of Hemperor Pale Ale from New Belgium served with a special 'snozzberry munchie bag.'

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Dining Out for Life Charleston raises money for people living with HIV/AIDS

30 participating restaurants and food trucks

Posted by Katie Molpus on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 2:27 PM

Taco Boy downtown will serve as the location for the official Dining Out for Life celebration with Takeover Charleston Thurs. 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Taco Boy downtown will serve as the location for the official Dining Out for Life celebration with Takeover Charleston Thurs. 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

On Thurs. April 26, nearly 30 local restaurants and food trucks will participate in the eighth annual Dining Out for Life, a movement across the U.S. and Canada to raise funds and awareness for those living with HIV/AIDS. Proceeds from the participating Charleston restaurants will go directly to the Ryan White Wellness Center.

The Ryan White Wellness Center at Roper St. Francis is a federally funded medical home for tri-county residents living with HIV/Aids. Since 2000, the center offers free healthcare to those that qualify.

Last year’s Dining Out for Life event raised $60,000 for the Ryan White Wellness Center.

This year's participating restaurants include Bar Mash, Edmund’s Oast, Bac'n Me Crazy Food Truck, and more. has the full list.

The official Dining Out for Life celebration will be held Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the downtown Taco Boy with Takeover Charleston, a local LGBT community group. Music will be provided by DJ Trevor D, and local entertainers Carmella Monet Monroe, Jaisee Alexander, Victoria Vixen, and Symone N. O’Bishop will perform. A drag show will kick off at 8 p.m.

For more information on The Ryan White Wellness Center, check them out online here.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

HōM throws Charleston's first Tater Tot Crawl on April 28

Tot to it

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 3:07 PM

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Are you feeling hot to tot? Then HōM has your fix. On Sat. April 28, HōM hosts Charleston’s first Tater Tot Crawl.

The general public is invited to join five judges as they travel from Charleston Beer Works to Bay Street Biergarten, The Alley, Recovery Room Tavern and back to HōM in an effort to select the best tots in the city.
“We know Charleston has tough competition out there for the best tater tots,” HōM owner Pete Smith says in a press release. “But we are willing to pit ourselves against the best to finally settle the debate that is almost as old as the city itself.”

The judges panel is made up of Leyla Gulen, Fox 24 TV Anchor; Larry Downey, Lowcountry Local First Community Manager; Barbara Skidmore, Blushing Alpacas Lifestyle and Travel Blogger; and Austen Kroll who you may recognize from Bravo's Southern Charm.

The crawl kicks off at noon. Head to Facebook for more details.
Location Details Bay Street Biergarten
Bay Street Biergarten
549 E. Bay St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 266-2437
L & Dinner (nightly), Wknd Brunch
Pubs + Taverns and Bar
Location Details The Recovery Room
685 King St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 727-0999
Dinner, Late Night, & Sun. Brunch
Pubs + Taverns and Bar
Location Details The Alley
The Alley
131 Columbus St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 818-4080
Lunch & Dinner, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
American and Bar
Location Details Charleston Beer Works
480 King St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 577-5885
Dinner & Sun. Brunch
Pubs + Taverns, Bar and Sports Bar

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Nimbo's joins the peninsula's growing galaxy of pizza joints

$5 slice and a soda

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 1:56 PM

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Ever since Andolini's closed on Wentworth, I've been looking for a good pizza slice special. Back in the day, you could grab a slice, a salad, and soda at Andolini's for, I want to say $7. But with that haunt gone, I haven't been searching the slice scene much lately.

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Enter: Nimbo's.

The newest MUSC-area pizza joint is from Halo owner Geoff Chewning and offers pizza, sandwiches, and salads on Rutledge. The open and airy space offers counter service and a menu that reads like a missing script from a Star Trek spoof: Galactic Moon Bread, Celestial Caesar, Eggplant Parmaggedon, Rocket Man Meatball.

The beauty of this very casual spot is that you can get in and out in about 15 minutes — provided the line isn't too long. For $5, you can grab a cheese slice with a soda and roll out. The pizza is basic, but decent and the service extremely friendly. For an easy bite within walking distance of one of the biggest employers in the city, I feel confident Nimbo's will do just fine.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Brews Next: 18 ways to booze this week

Drink it up

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 2:38 PM

Celebrate National High Five Day at Rusty Bull on Thursday. - FILE
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  • Celebrate National High Five Day at Rusty Bull on Thursday.

We're in full spring swing which means it's time to map out your drinking habits for the week. You can combine your brews with working out your body (yoga and burpees), your mind (trivia galore), or delicious eats (everything from pizza to sushi). Oh, and it's 4/20 on Friday and Earth Day on Sunday, so there are plenty of reasons to raise a glass — not that you need one. Drink in the deets below:

Shake off the weekend at Frothy Beard Brewing with Bendy Brewski yoga starting at 6:15 p.m.

Head to Pawleys Island Brewing starting at 5:30 p.m. to hear how the South Carolina Aquarium is working beyond its walls to protect water, wildlife, and wild places. Conservation Programs Manager Kelly Thorvalson will lead a short talk, then guests can connect with several members of the Aquarium conservation team to learn how to get involved. The brewery is donating $1 from each pint purchased during this Green Drinks event to support the Aquarium's conservation programs.

The STEM on Tap Spring series continues at Low Tide starting at 5 p.m. The event is designed to explore the STEM behind the brewing process and engage participants in STEM dialogue in a casual atmosphere. Tickets include a pint and souvenir glass.

Calling all board game fanatics! It's Nerd Night at Rusty Bull Brewing from 7 to 11 p.m.

Get your tamale fix at Charles Towne Fermentory with eats from Desayuno food truck; they pop up starting at 5 p.m.

If you prefer your trivia with a side of Tamashii sushi, head to Two Blokes starting at 4 p.m. for Tuesday Trivia.

Taste special beer selected by cicerone Brandon Plyler at Edmund's Oast Exchange from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. as part of their Old Time Tuesday Beer Tasting.

Starting at 6 p.m. every Tues., head to Tradesman Brewing Co. for JDRF training rides followed by beer sipping.

Paint the night sky at Oak Road Brewery starting at 6 p.m. The paint class and a pint are included for $35.

Get your trivia on at Commonhouse Aleworks starting at 6:15 p.m. and at Cooper River Brewing starting at 7 p.m.

Rusty Bull hosts a National High Five Day party from 4 to 10 p.m. What does this entail exactly? There will be live music from Whiskey Diablo, a special Hi-C inspired brew, a high five contest with prizes, Dough Boyz pizza, schwag bags for the first 40 people, a vintage bike show in the front parking lot, with Box of Box in the Morning serving as host.

It's Charleston Beer Runners' Dog Month which means this Thurs. they're running to Munkle Brewing to raise money for the Charleston Animal Society — $1 from every pint of Blonde Ale sold will go to CAS.

Frothy Beard hosts Trivia with Friends starting at 7:30 p.m.

It's 4/20 which means it's time to get funky. Head to Bay Street Biergarten for brews from the Wicked Weed Funkatorium series; the tap takeover starts at 11 a.m. and features $4.20 tastings of each of the Funkatorium beers.

Itinerant Literate Books pops up at Frothy Beard from 5 to 9 p.m. for Brews & Books.

Drink beer and touch your toes at Ghost Monkey Brewing with Bendy Brewski Yoga starting at 10:15 a.m.

Get your Sunday Funday on with a Burpees & Brews workout at Low Tide followed by a pint or two starting at 11 a.m.

You can also Sunday Funday at Holy City Brewing with brunch and yoga starting at 10 a.m.
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