Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rutledge Cab Co. offers up a hearty take on the doughnut burger, but is it worth the experience?

Doughnut deny you’re curious

Posted by Dustin Waters on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 11:29 AM

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There exists, in a special corner of the culinary world, a very interesting game of one-upmanship. We’re not talking about the usual quest for perfect plating, full refinement, or the goal of elevating one’s palate. No, this is more about pushing American cuisine in a more extreme, more absurd direction.

Think fried sticks of butter at the state fair, sandwiches that swap bread for fried chicken, and any drink that is served in a fishbowl. Within this ever-advancing caloric arms race, there remains the hallmark of greasy decadence — the doughnut burger. And you can now experience a new take on this sweet and savory classic at Rutledge Cab Company. 
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Rutledge Cab Co.
1300 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, SC
(843) 720-1440
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Weekend Brunch.
Going by the incredibly clever and all-too-apt name of the Glazed and Confused burger, Rutledge Cab Company’s variation on what is also known as a “Luther” comes topped with candied bacon, cheddar cheese, and caramelized onions sandwiched between Krispy Kreme doughnuts. But like all the other entries into the wacky world of extreme entrees, the Glazed and Confused burger is as much an experience as it is a meal.
At first glace, the doughnut burger seems a bit on the small end, but that will work out in your best interest. The human body is only meant to ingest so much beef and sugar at the same time.

Once you finally commit yourself to the process of eating a burger topped with doughnuts, you’ll be met with sticky fingers and a marriage of sweet and savory raging on your palate. It’s a lot to take in, both physically and taste-wise. The sweetness of the doughnuts and the grilled tang of the beef blend together surprisingly well, but the sum total of all these sensations can become a bit taxing, so much so that you may find the onions and candied bacon to be an afterthought.

Ultimately, this is a meal you plan around. You’ll want to clear your calendar after going for the Glazed and Confused burger because this oddity will likely leave you in need of a nice lie-down in a quiet room to give you time to really think about what you’ve done.

Looking back, it’s an experience similar to skydiving: You decided to take things to an extreme. You followed through. But this isn’t something you’re going to want to do every day. Even though there is more reason to enjoy a Glazed and Confused burger than just to say you did.

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Charleston food and bev design trend spotting: Shipping containers

Step aside, Edison light bulbs

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 11:09 AM

In case you haven't watched HGTV lately, shipping container architecture is all the rage right now. From a proposal to replace slum housing in major cities with Container Skyscrapers from China's CRG Architects to Canadian "modpool" swimming pools crafted from repurposed shipping containers, the industrial steel boxes have become all purpose building blocks. So it's no wonder we're seeing them pop up in local food and bev architecture. And with 1.12 million containers traveling through South Carolina ports each year, the design element actually makes sense.

As we reported earlier this month, the forthcoming Food Truck-O-Rama on Mt. Pleasant Street will have a rooftop container bar aptly named ... Container Bar. We've seen a few blueprints and it looks like owners Mike Veeck, Brad Creeger, and Bill Murray plan to stack a few containers to build out the space.

Downtown's Home Team BBQ has cleverly used shipping containers to create a stage/television hut outside, perfect for game days. And over at Holy City, the brewery used a shipping container to paint its signature mural.

According to, using shipping containers in buildings is alluring because of their ease of use and relative affordability. The average 20-footer costs around $1,400 to $2,800. Plus, they can withstand practically any extreme weather including tornadoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes — a bonus in this city especially considering a well secured shipping container can withstand winds up to 175 miles per hour.

The next local restaurant to get in on the trend? Mt. Pleasant's Mainland Container Co. Kitchen & Bar (1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd.). Officially opening this Saturday — with a performance from Hootie & the Blowfish's Mark Bryan — the restaurant plans to have a namesake container bar outside once the town of Mt. Pleasant approves it.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Crave Kitchen & Cocktails opening The Mill Street Tavern on Shem Creek

Tavern on the Green(wich)

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 1:17 PM

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Alarm bells may be going off about Shem Creek's water quality, but the appeal of building a restaurant on the Mt. P waterway hasn't diminished. Today Crave Kitchen & Cocktails owner Peter Woodman has announced that next month it will open The Mill Street Tavern at 508-B Mill St.

The restaurant is named after the Greenwich Mill which, according to the Mount Pleasant Historical website, was the first tidal mill in the world built by millwright Jonathan Lucas in 1793.

Mill Street Tavern will be run by Executive Chef Landen Ganstrom and will serve "Lowcountry favorites and weekly specials, highlighting local ingredients and flavors," according to a press release.

The Mill Street Tavern will be open Mon.-Sun., 7 a.m - 2 a.m. serving breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as offering daily specials and signature cocktails. Expect the Mill Street Tavern to open in July.

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14 excuses to drink local craft beer this week, June 21-25

Sun and suds

Posted by Chris Mottram on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 11:18 AM

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Summer is officially here, and there is no shortage of beer-related happenings around town to celebrate the solstice. And if you can’t attend one of these, don’t worry, your local brewery certainly has plenty of libations to help enjoy the start of the season.


Lagunitas Brewing is celebrating the start of summer with a charity event from 5:30-8:30 p.m. benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Carolina Youth Development Center. For $15, attendees will receive appetizers, two drink tickets, and admission to a silent auction, featuring a variety of local packages, products, and services.

Put your knowledge of local history to the test with Holy City Brewing’s Charleston-themed trivia night. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and the top three teams will win $40, $30, and $20 gift cards.

CreativeMornings Charleston returns to Revelry Brewing for Hoppy Hour from 6-8 p.m. on the rooftop. It’s a great networking opportunity for creative people in the area, and $1 from every pint goes back to supporting CreativeMornings.

Take a break from the beer at Edmund's Oast and learn the basics of wine tasting with certified sommelier Sarah O’Kelley. For $50, attendees will learn about blind tasting while sampling a variety of classic wine styles paired with small bites. The event is from 6-8 p.m.


Wicked Weed makes its grand (and somewhat controversial) debut in Charleston after being purchased by AB InBev last month with a 40-tap takeover at Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House. There will be a huge variety of Wicked Weed offerings, from their core line-up to sours from the Funkatorium to barrel-aged brews.

Revelry Brewing is releasing its first ever 12-ounce can — Up Sh*m Creek, an India Pale Lager brewed exclusively for Red’s Ice House and Tavern & Table. Red’s is hosting a party with live music and the Revelry crew on hand from 5-8 p.m. The beer will be available in cans and on tap.

Cooper River Brewing is hosting Painting With Pints from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Traveling Canvas will be on hand to help attendees paint Blue Heron masterpieces to take home. It’s $35 per person and all pints will be on special for $4.

Beer and sushi are coming together for a pop-up dinner at Crooked Crown Bar featuring three plates from Sushi Ninja, each of which will be paired with a Holy City Brewing beer. Tickets are $25 and come with a free gift from the brewery.


Rusty Bull Brewing has a fun packed Friday night with Dashi food truck serving up its Latin/Asian fusion, live music from the SuperNaturals, and cigars from Southern Smoke Cigars’ mobile smoker’s lounge.


Find a partner and put your corn hole skills to the test for a good cause at Ghost Monkey Brewing’s corn hole tournament from 2-6 p.m. The entrance fee is $40 per team and all proceeds go to Charleston Walk for Autism. The winning team will take home $100.

Frothy Beard Brewing is having a party for the release of Watermelon Wheat. They loaded the beer with 200 pounds of watermelon, creating a perfect 5.5 percent ABV summertime drinker. The kid-friendly party will have live music and plenty of games (including a watermelon seed-spitting contest) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Craftsmen Kitcken & Tap House is hosting another impressive tap takeover, this time featuring all 12 of Sierra Nevada’s 2017 Beer Camp Across the World brews. This year, Sierra Nevada collaborated with six American breweries, and six from overseas to create 12 unique brews.

Tattooed Moose's Johns Island location is also welcoming Wicked Weed to Charleston with a tap takeover of its own from 3-6 p.m. They will have seven of the Asheville brewery's beers on tap — Hop Burglar IPA, Fille de Ferme sour farmhouse ale, Pernicious IPA, Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale, Tropicmost Passionfruit Gose, Lunatic Blonde, and Coolcumber golden ale.


Charleston Get Fit is hosting Burpies and Brews at Low Tide Brewing at 11 a.m. For $15, attendees will get a one hour bootcamp-style workout which will be rewarded with a pint of their choice.

Finally put the many hours you spent playing GoldenEye in high school and college to good use at Frothy Beard Brewing’s GoldenEye tournament from 3-8 p.m.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Taco Tequila Kombat continued with last night's battle, Amen Street vs. Tavern and Table

Taco 'bout a good time

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 4:06 PM

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At last night's sold out Taco Tequila Kombat, presented by the Taco Kick Society and held at The Brick, two local restaurants brought their taco A-games in the battle to see who has the best taco in Charleston.

As one of the taco and tequila judges I have the very difficult job of picking the best pairings at the event, held each month from 9-11 p.m. Last night, though, the judges' choice was unanimous: Amen Street took home the gold with their riff on Rice Krispies' Snap, Crackle, Pop. Served in a Rice Krispies' box (bonus points for creativity), the wreckfish taco (snap) topped with pickled veggies and served with seasoned chips (crackle) paired perfectly with the take on a Baja Blast (pop), made with Lunazul tequila.

It's not too late to check out the upcoming competitions on Mon. July 17 and Mon. Aug. 21. Get your tickets at

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