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Man Cannot Live by Bread Alone

As if making the best loaves in Charleston were not enough, the boys down at Normandy Farms have decided to branch out. Their cool South Windermere digs in West Ashley are getting a well-deserved sprucing up and a new menu in the now bistro-like interior will feature daily specials, sandwiches, and the potential blockbuster, fresh pizza. That unbeatable, European crust translated onto the bottom of a fresh pie? Our tongues drip with anticipation. The new menu should roll out sometime next month. –Jeff Allen

Hollywood Here We Come

The last few months have seen a flurry of TV magic happening in the Holy City. First Alton Brown screamed through with his motorcycle daredevils to film a quick bite at Jack's Cosmic Dogs before traversing the country for his new show Feasting on Asphalt. Then, two weeks ago, another crew from the Food Network braved the August heat to produce the upcoming prime time show The Hungry Detective, starring Los Angeles food writer and full-time detective Chris Cognac. The City Paper jumped in to lend a hand, along with the Summerville High School "Wave TV" visual communications class. The episode, slated to air in late November, will showcase the local talents of Chef Mike Lata at FIG, bodacious breakfasts at The Charleston Café and Boulevard Diner, the old-time traditions of Gullah Cuisine, all-you-can-eat oysters at Bowens Island, and the distinctive barbecue of The One of a Kind Smokehouse out in Hollywood. Stay tuned for more information later this fall. –JA

Port City No More

Charlestowne Cafe and Coffeehouse has replaced all three local Port City Java locations. The former franchises, located at Calhoun Street, inside the Francis Marion, and on Coleman Boulevard, remain under the same ownership, however, they dropped the corporate affiliation as of Aug. 1. Owners Cliff Lowder and Steve Swain say they made the decision to go independent in an effort to provide certain services that they could not while still under the secure but restrictive backing of a major corporate chain. "We are now more free to better serve the customers and also able to offer more choices," owner Cliff Lowder explains.

Charlestowne Cafe and Coffeehouse will be adding some new menu items by late September and have already added an Edy's ice cream parlor to their Calhoun Street location. In addition to expanding their menu, the new locally-owned and operated group says they are also trying to use as many resources as they can from right here in Charleston. In trying to remain "as localized as possible," they have begun using King Bean Coffee beans, as well as getting much of their produce and baked goods from local spots. –Matthew Gannon

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