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  • Small plates with big flavors dominate at Barsa

    Tasty Tapas
      When restaurateur Drazen Romic stepped up to fill the void left in Charleston's tapas scene after the closing of Raval and the transformation of Chai's into a dessert bar, his experience at Lana allowed him to make bold moves. He completely remodeled the former Shine space on the corner of King and Line streets and gave it an old-world feel. Despite its almost warehouse-like bones, tall ceilings, and big interior windows, Romic has warmed the space with thick paint, dark wood furniture, and leather chairs, with a bar that wraps around much of the roomy interior. It's a congenial atmosphere that meshes well with Barsa's straightforward focus on well done, Basque-inspired tapas, solid cocktails, and a well-curated wine list.
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  • Downtown's Osteria la Bottiglia brings it all to the table

    Uncorked Hospitality
      When I wandered into Osteria la Bottiglia for the first time after a visit to the Marion Square farmers market, I was immediately transported to my time abroad in college, exploring wine and tapas bars in Italy, Spain, and Austria. The substantial stone and brick floors and walls, simple wood furniture and white tablecloths, wood mirrors and picture frames, and rustic plank ceiling all feel authentically European. The place is cave-like (think wine-cave-like), a cool and welcoming break from the hot sun.
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