Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hominy Grill rolls out new all-day breakfast menu

Grits are still good for you

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Chef Robert Stehling is rolling out a new menu at Hominy Grill - JONATHAN BONCEK FILE PHOTO
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When Chef Robert Stehling announced the end of his dinner service last month it came with the promise of a menu redux and now we have a first look at what Hominy's James Beard Award-winning chef has developed.

Stehling's new menu offers breakfast all day with new additions like four different grit bowls which Stehling says are already a win — "especially the one with pork belly. No surprises there," he adds.

The pimento cheese biscuit and sweet potato waffle have also been early successes and Stehling says on the whole folks are just happy to be able to get breakfast until the restaurant closes at 3 p.m.

Of course it's not all breakfast eats. Stehling has fleshed out the menu with some of his classic, heartier fare — Lowcountry Shrimp Bog, sauteed chicken livers, and slow smoked pork shoulder included.

The beloved Hominy sides are all there still too. And don't worry, you can still order the Charleston Nasty Biscuit all day, everyday.
Location Details Hominy Grill
Hominy Grill
207 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 937-0930
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Mon.-Sat.), & Weekend Brunch
New Southern, Breakfast and Bar

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NICO restaurant damaged following car collision Monday night

No injuries were reported.

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 7:27 AM

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A window shattered and the exterior of the building was damaged yesterday after a car hit NICO Oysters and Seafood restaurant at 210 Coleman Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant.
According to Live5, the accident took place around 5:30 p.m. Mon. Nov. 20.

NICO is owned by Chef Nico Romo, formerly of FISH, and has only been open for three weeks. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

"Everybody was fine. Had table seat at that corner. Was definitely scary. But all good," says Romo. "Actually the three people in the one car still came and seat down for dinner after the ambulance tried to take them. They were committed. Everyone was really nice and we quickly put wood on window. We just happy no one got hurt."

The incident report is still pending a supervisor's approval, according to Mt. Pleasant Police Department.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

10 Charleston gift ideas for the epicurean in your life in 2017

Calling all locavores

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 4:41 PM

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What do you buy the picky MIL, the niece who has everything, or the friendly neighbor whose fence you accidentally keep backing into? Dear readers, when it comes to holiday shopping, when in doubt, keep it simple. If it's edible or drinkable, you're halfway there. Made locally? Jackpot. Here, we've compiled a list of 10 food and bev related gifts that will suit just about everyone on your list, from vegan teetotalers to carnivorous lushes.


Drink it

Dalai Sofia
Oft-deemed the "immortal health elixir," kombucha is a fermented tea that will make your mouth pucker. Founded by Emily Phillips, Jeff Lowe, and Zach Smith, Dalai Sofia is a relatively new local kombucha churning biz, popping up at the Mt. Pleasant, West Ashley, and Folly Beach farmers markets. They currently offer three booches: Fat Beets, the G-Spot, and Bee Well Tonic. We recommend the Fat Beets — made with local beets, tumeric, ginger, thyme, and lemon it's made to detoxify, ridding the body of toxins and excess hormones. The perfect post Thanksgiving pre Xmas pick me up, no?

Ship's Wheel
Forget everything you think you know about hard cider; Ship's Wheel is not producing sickly sweet, Woodchuck-esque libations. This family run locally based biz sources apples from upstate New York, where the apples are "pressed right on the orchard." So far, the Jamison family offers three deliciously dry options — original blend, dry-hopped, and summer splash. We suggest a six-pack of the dry-hopped; at 6.9 percent ABV, it's got a punch, it's bubbly, not-too-sweet, AND gluten free, so everyone at your table can imbibe. Pick up a pack at Total Wine.

Low Tide Brewing Crowler
Low Tide Brewing is the watering hole Johns Islanders flock to for friendly service, laid-back vibes, and a frequently rotating lineup of damn good beer. Grab a flight at the bar for yourself, then order up one of the stylish crowlers (read our piece on the can/growler mashup here) for $9-$12 for your favorite beer sippin' buddy. From pale ales to dopplebocks you can't go wrong with any pour, but if you wait until Black Friday, you'll be able to score a decadent holiday special: the famous Coconut Pete's Chai Brown Ale. It's great for the season, with notes of clove, cinnamon, ginger, coconut, and vanilla.

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Black Tap Coffee Weekly Subscription
If you're shopping for a coffee fiend who never seems to have time to sit back and enjoy a good cuppa, Black Tap's weekly or bi-weekly subscription program is hot bean heaven. Give the gift that keeps on giving and your busy friend buzzin' with a 12 oz. hand selected bag of freshly roasted whole bean coffee that the shop is "really digging that week." The subscription can be cancelled free of charge anytime, and active subscribers (ahem, you) receive an additional 10 percent off retail purchases online or in-store.

Bittermilk Charred Grapefruit Tonic with Bulls Bay Sea Salt
Bar accessories and mixers make easy, lovely gifts for the booze hounds, err, hostesses in your life. Vodka drinkers will do well to pour this inventive tonic in their highballs for the best damn greyhound they've ever mixed up. Produced by local cocktail mixer company Bittermilk, this charred grapefruit tonic with bulls bay sea salt is made with fresh lime and lemon juices, Florida golden cane sugar, charred grapefruit peel, cinchona bark, and spices. Purchase the $15 bottle online or at Caviar & Bananas, Mercantile and Mash, The Wine Shop of Charleston, Total Wine, Whole Foods, Coastal Cupboard, The Brew Cellar, and a number of other area retailers. 

Eat it

Red Clay Hot Sauce
If you are shopping for a condiment-crazed loved one, a bottle of Red Clay hot sauce is just the spicy ticket. Red Clay is the "only hot sauce born in southern bourbon barrels and cold-pressed to retain subtle and firm flavors." Go for the $8 bottle of Original, made with fresno chili peppers, white wine vinegar, filtered water, kosher salt, and xantham gum. Hot tip: the Original pairs especially well with avocado toast and scrambled eggs. Purchase online or at any number of area retailers, including Caviar & Bananas, Earth Fare, Veggie Bin, The Daily, and Mercantile and Mash.

Grey Ghost Cookies
Don't let the name spook you: this locally owned and operated biz is named after the legendary Grey Ghost, a friendly Pawleys Island spirit who would alert residents of impending storms. Katherine Frankstone's sweet treats have taken off, featured in the likes of Red Book and Vogue. Fame aside, the cookies are addictive; during hurricane Irma we lived off of the chocolate espresso when the power was out. Grey Ghost is sold online and at many area retailers — purchase a bag for everyone on your list, and save a few for Santa.

Charleston Spice Company 
Need a gift for the chef-in-training who always serves you impeccable meals? Thank them for their culinary service with a fun blend from the Charleston Spice Company. The website has a feature where you can choose one word, i.e. "poultry" "pickling" "baking" etc. and the site will take you to the perfect range of spices to complement the dish. Order online, or find a bottle at Johns Island, Downtown, West Ashley, and Summerville farmers markets.

Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse
Cheese is always in good taste. The Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse is a "true artisan cheese producer" with products that are "hand poured, cultured, mixed, molded, salted, aged and wrapped all by hand" on location in Charleston. They use low temperature pasteurized milk from Hickory Hill cows located in Edgefield, S.C., and raw whole milk from Green Grocer Jersey cows located on Wadmalaw Island. The Chardonnay Wash ($30 for 11 oz.) would be the perfect gift and or contribution to a pot luck. This semi-hard cheese is aged approximately eight weeks and absorbs the characteristics of Chard, making it crisp and oaky. Order online or visit the cheesemongers at a number of local farmers markets.
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Mercantile and Mash Meat Box
A carnivore's delight can be found at Mercantile and Mash. Now, this is by far the priciest gift on our list, so only commit if you really truly love the meat eater for whom you're shopping. For $350 (three month subscription) or $600 (six month subscription) your loved one will receive a box with three to four dinners-for-two inside, with cuts of meat including steaks, roasts, pates, smoked meats, charcuterie, sausage, and ground meat, plus house mustards, jams, and steak sauces.

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Give a turkey and $20 to One80 Place tomorrow

Feed the need

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 1:10 PM

All food collected will help One80 Place feed the hungry next year - ONE80 PLACE INSTAGRAM
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Donate a turkey (or other sizable protein) and $20 to One80 Place shelter tomorrow to help one of this city's most important organizations.

One80 Place works to help prevent and end homelessness in Charleston by housing people, helping individuals find employment, and feeding 175,782 meals last year alone.

In order to continue their mission, One80 Place is inviting donations of a frozen turkey and a $20 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Tues. Nov. 21. Last year, hosting the same fundraiser, brought in 500 turkeys, which helped the kitchen serve 6,000 meals and raised $20,000 to help end homelessness for individuals and families.

A press release says, "Donors can snap car-side selfies with local personalities and sports mascots, and will be treated to Chick-fil-A sandwich coupons."

“We planned this event so that everyone can have the opportunity to engage in the spirit of giving no matter how busy their schedule. In the short time it takes to drive through and drop off a turkey and a 20, someone can help feed hundreds of people,” says CEO Stacey Denaux. “This annual event ensures we have protein on-hand to feed people throughout the coming year."

Stop by 35 Walnut St. tomorrow to make a donation.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Rusty Bull Brewing hosts turkey bowling tournament and community turkey fry

Let me see that turkey roll

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 10:46 AM

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Location Details Rusty Bull Brewing Co.
Rusty Bull Brewing Co.
3005 W. Montague Ave.
North Charleston, SC
843) 225-8600
11 a.m.-11 p.m., Mon.-Sat. and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday
Rusty Bull Brewing is doing its part to give back this holiday season, making altruism about as fun as it gets with bowling, booze, and communal frying.

The North Charleston brewery will host a frozen turkey bowling contest tonight starting at 4:30 p.m. Guests who bring in a frozen turkey for donation will receive a complimentary pint of beer. The competition will consist of three frames, two rolls per frame, and prizes will be given to the top three scores at the end of the day.

Those frozen turkeys you so graciously donated? They will be fried up at the Birds-N-Brews Community Turkey Fry taking place Wed. Nov. 22 starting at 10 a.m. onsite at Rusty Bull. NOTE: These are not the same turkeys that were used for bowling, these are untouched frozen birds, don't worry, we checked.

Planet Fitness, the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, and Contemplate team up with Rusty Bull for the fry, which benefits families in need through the North Charleston Dream Center and East Cooper Meals on Wheels. The goal is for volunteers to drink some beer, hang out with friends, and help to fry 100 to 150 turkeys throughout the day. Cigar Lounge will be onsite with cigars available for purchase, and while adults hang out in the back lot, little ones can play on a jump castle set up in the front lot. In addition to your time, Rusty Bull is asking that members of the community donate what they can, be it money, frying oil, fryers, thermometers, propane, disposable metal pans, or turkeys.

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