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Friday, January 18, 2019

Visit 5Church Charleston this weekend to help raise money for MUSC Children's Hospital

A little friendly competition

Posted by Morgan Galvez on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 4:40 PM

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As Charleston Restaurant Week starts to wind down for the winter, a local restaurant is trying to make the most of the time left. 5Church Charleston, an upscale restaurant located in a remodeled 100-year old church, is holding a friendly, good-natured competition with its sister restaurant 5Church Charlotte to see who can raise the most money for their local children's hospitals. The fundraiser will run from today, Fri. Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. to Sun. Jan. 20 at closing time.

5Church's Charleston location will be raising money for MUSC Children's Hospital and their Charlotte location will raise money for Levine Children's Hospital.

There's no better time than now to support a local business while helping the children at MUSC — 5Church has made it even simpler for guests to know exactly where their money is going by adding a separate tip line on their diners' bills exclusively for donating money.
Location Details 5Church
5Church
32 N. Market St.
Downtown
Charleston, SC
(843) 937-8666
Lunch, Dinner, & Sun. Brunch
American and Modern American

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Get comfy at The Parlour, Parcel 32's cozy new upstairs cocktail bar

Cozy as can be

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 12:11 PM

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Parcel 32 chef Shaun Brian loves all things pickled. He explains the obsession started at a young age, and the older he got, the more things he pickled.

At The Parlour, Parcel 32's new upstairs cocktail bar/lounge, you can order Brian's local pickle bowl as you sink slowly into plush armchairs and comfy couches. It's the perfect palate punch before easing into the rest of the small plates/snacks menu, with bites like spicy pickled quail eggs (see a trend?), smoked local fish spread, and pecan meal hushpuppies. The classic cocktail list includes a clean and boozy martini, a refreshing paloma, and a heart-warming Boulevardier, perhaps the best choice for the next few wintry weeks.
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Reminiscent of the Bar at Husk or The Coop at Fat Hen, Parlour is a space where diners can grab a drink and a bite before their Parcel 32 dinner reservation. The nice thing about Parlour, which sets it apart from other similar concepts, is that it sits right above the restaurant, a few hop, skips, and stair steps away. And it's cozy AF.

Imagine if the hygge world of your dreams married the romantic design of a 19th century single house. That's The Parlour.

Every Wednesday, you can visit the space, glowing with warm hues and an impressive floral mural (see below)  from 5 to 10 p.m. as an event in and of itself — they'll be shucking raw oysters from a cart and selling for $1.50 a pop, $9 for a half-dozen, or $16 for one dozen. Other daily specials include Tuesday night smash burgers and a beer for $10, and fried fish sandwich Sunday — get the sammie and a glass of wine or beer for 10 buckaroos.

The Parlour will be hosting pop-ups and live music in the near future. Check out the newest sip and stay spot Tues.-Sun. from 5 p.m. to close with happy hour Tues.-Fri. from 5 to 7 p.m. and late night Fri. and Sat. from 10 p.m. to midnight.
Location Details Parcel 32
Parcel 32
442 King St.
Downtown
Charleston, SC
(843) 722-3474
Dinner (Tues.-Sat.)
New Southern

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Charleston Food Truck Festival brings waffles, 'dogs, crab cakes, and more to Park Circle next weekend

Truckin' along

Posted by Morgan Galvez on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 4:19 PM

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In 2011, five local food trucks banded together to create a food truck focused event because they couldn't park willy nilly on the streets of Charleston. Eight years later, the festival has grown to more than two dozen trucks from around the Southeast and 10,000 attendees, spanning two full days. Check out your favorite mobile bites next Saturday and Sunday Jan. 26-27 at 4854 O'Hear Ave. in Park Circle.

Make sure to bring plenty of cash and an empty stomach as you indulge in the best street fare from all across town. Beer, wine, and mixed drinks will be flowing (available for purchase, mind you) as you let loose and dance to local musicians during the festival or while waiting in line. There will also be a bloody mary and mimosa bar, axe throwing (the hottest new trend), a huge kids' zone, and laser skeet shooting. The event is both family and dog friendly, so bring the whole house. 
Event Details 8th Annual Charleston Food Truck Festival
@ 4854 O'Hear Ave.
4854 O'Hear Ave.
North Charleston, SC
When: Sat., Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Price: Free to attend
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Some participating food trucks include Braised in the South, BKeD, Chazito's Latin Cuisine, Happy Thai, Dashi, Greekin' Out, Lola's Lumpia, J & B's Bucket List, Brunch Holiday, Samira's Gyro's, Holy City Waffles, Bearded Dogs, Roti Rolls, and Tamashii. There will also be a vegan truck, A Peace of Soul, authentic Maryland crab cakes, and lobster rolls.

Retail and craft vendors include Habana Club, a cigars and accessories company; Frisky Paws, an all-natural dog treats company that also sells bows and bowties; Lilli's Old Style Lollies; Saltwater Cycle; Old World Glass Studio; and more.

The event is free to attend and there's free parking, but all food/drinks are sold separately. You can skip the lines and purchase your drink tickets in advance, though, which we highly recommend. Six tickets are $25, 12 tickets are $50, and 18 tickets are $75. Each ticket gets you one drink — purchase them here

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Apparently Charleston is the No. 1 city for vegetarians

Because cheese sandwiches don't have meat

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 3:51 PM

Grace & Grit's grit flight, while full of good stuff like cream and butter, is technically vegetarian - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Grace & Grit's grit flight, while full of good stuff like cream and butter, is technically vegetarian
Today apartmentguide.com released a ranking of the top 10 best cities for vegetarians in America. Spoiler: Once again our fair city tops a list. Yes, folks, Charleston, SC is home to the most vegetarian, vegan, and organic dining options per capita.

The data collected is based on what's commercially available, i.e. how the businesses market themselves. The vegetarian-related businesses include both stores and restaurants that advertise themselves as being vegetarian, vegan, or organic.

According to this study, Charleston has 21 vegan, 38 vegetarian, and four organic related businesses, which is one for every 2,141 people. The list references "Southern grit bowls" and "gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches" as part of the veg-friendly options, which could mean the endless grit options at Grace & Grit and the cheesy goodness over at Persimmon Cafe.

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And while vegetarian certainly doesn't always mean "vegetables" (we have yet to find one in our grilled cheese), it does suggest that Charleston is amenable to people with all kinds of diets. Apartment Guide couldn't share their list of Charleston-based, vegetarian-adjacent businesses, we can list off a few of our favorites for you:
Five Loaves Cafe, The Harbinger, Dell'z, Butcher & Bee, Huriyali, Edmund's Oast Brewing Co., Obstinate Daughter, and hell, any pizza place we can get to. Trust us, the list of restaurants and stores that offer killer vegetarian options is long and beautiful. Get out there and see for yourself.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Drag Queen Brunch benefits We Are Family — and celebrates launch of Sunday Brunch at Royal American

Buy a punch for a good cause

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 4:26 PM

Carmella Monet Monroe hosts the Divas of Drag brunch on Sun. Jan. 27 - PROVIDED
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  • Carmella Monet Monroe hosts the Divas of Drag brunch on Sun. Jan. 27
On Sun. Jan. 27 from 12-4 p.m. Vive Le Rock Productions presents Divas of Drag brunch at the Royal American, an all-ages event benefitting We Are Family. The event is free to attend and features the largest lineup of drag performers in Charleston — from Diamond Giovanni to Leslie Lain.

The sale of all vodka, bourbon, and rum punches (for which Royal is rightfully famous) benefits WAF, a local organization that provides support and advocacy for LGBTQQI and straight ally youth up to the age of 25. This event marks the launch of Royal American's Sunday brunch, with a special menu available.

Featured menu items include a chorizo frittata made with house-made chorizo, corn tortillas, eggs, salsa, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and scallions; "the mess," made with scrambled eggs, bacon, tomatoes, onions, and cheese, served over hash browns and topped with house country style gravy; and muesli parfait with house-made granola, greek yogurt, dried fruit, and house-made cinnamon bourbon-infused honey.

Event Details The Divas of Drag Brunch: A Benefit for We Are Family
@ The Royal American
970 Morrison Dr.
Downtown
Charleston, SC
When: Sun., Jan. 27, 12-4 p.m.
(843) 817-6925
Price: Free
Festivals + Events, Foodie Events and Gay & Lesbian

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