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  • Proof opens on Tuesday

    New cocktail bar on King Street
      The TBonz group has been renovating a space at 437 King Street for the past few months.
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  • Mercury Bar is more than a dance club

    Mercury Rising
      Slowly, but surely, we're seeing new life sprout up on King Street — Butcher & Bee, Ho¯M, The Grocery, Mercury Bar, The Macintosh — all with their own unique characteristics like gourmet sandwiches, burgers and ping pong, or communal dining. Mercury Bar, however, is more known for bass-thumping beats and a steady flow of dancing party-goers on weekends, but it's really more than just a club.
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  • Craftsmen getting close to swinging hammers

    Expect a July opening date

      Craftsmen Kitchen and Tap House has its building permit in hand and is ready to start construction. At a media walk-through this morning, architect David Thompson said they were hoping to start swinging hammers today. The space, formerly Johnson's Pub at 12 Cumberland St., has been stripped down to its bones — and what nice bones they are.

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  • Chef Robert Carter takes up residence in I'On

    Suburban Stage
      For more than a decade, Chef Robert Carter ran the show at Peninsula Grill, the biggest of downtown's big-night-out restaurants. He wowed locals and visitors alike with his indulgently rich seafood and steaks and a coconut cake that became world famous. Now, he's taken it down a notch and moved out to the suburbs — to Mt. Pleasant's I'On neighborhood, to be precise. Back at the beginning of the year, he took over the restaurant inside the Inn at I'On, formerly known as Jacob's Kitchen, and made it his own, renaming it Carter's Kitchen
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  • AutoBanh Food Truck rolls out

    Banh Mi Sammies

      There's been a rash of new food trucks rolling out recently, and we'll be profiling them all week long. First up is AutoBanh, a truck that specializes in — you guessed it — banh mi sandwiches.

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  • Brasilis food truck rolls out

    A taste of Brazil
      Brasilis is bringing authentic Brazilian cuisine to Charleston. “The Charleston food scene has grown so fast that there’s room for everything,” owner Rafael Zielinksi says. The native Brazilian moved to the states only seven years ago and is a recent graduate of the Art Institute with a culinary degree.
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  • Charleston's seven most controversial restaurants

    Love 'em or Hate 'em
      Red states, blue states. Yankees and Red Sox. Cats and dogs. Sometimes it seems like everything is controversial. Even eating out. Sure, there are a few restaurants that wow everyone but the most perverse grumpuses. Others are almost universally rejected and close their doors just months after the grand opening. And then there's that select group of establishments that, for whatever reason, divide people right down the middle. Here's our list of Charleston's most controversial restaurants. Love 'em? Hate 'em? Either way, you're in good company.
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  • CO delivers bright Asian fare in a laid-back setting

    Fresh CO
      Vietnamese food has been slowly inching its way closer and closer to the heart of Charleston. A few years ago, you had to drive out to James Island or North Chuck to enjoy pho and com ga don, and you found it amid the rattling of arcade skee-balls or under the flickering fluorescent lights of an Asian supermarket. Then pho started popping up on the peninsula on the narrow streets of Cannonborough, and banh mi sandwiches appeared under tents at the Marion Square market and in old warehouses beneath the Septima Clark overpass.
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  • Attentive care turns out some extraordinary pies at Mia Pomodori

    A Little Slice of Love
      Blink, and you'll miss the little renovated building on Rutledge Avenue that serves the best Sicilian squares in town. It's just a little pizza shack in a Southern college town full of little pizza shacks. In a city that's seen a disproportionate share of pizza pie popping up lately, one better be distinctive, but what these guys lack in size, chic, and advertising budget, they make up for with flavor, authenticity, and care.
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