Eat This Tonight: light, spicy, and cool summer fare

From Fiery Chilis to Iced Thai Tea

Charleston’s been feeling like the inside of an oven lately, leaving us looking for lighter fare and a way to keep cool. Here are a few flavorful picks to help you avoid heatstroke in the summer heat. Talk about two birds and one stone.

Matt Paul, executive chef at Lowcountry Bistro, is offering an apple mint roasted bacon-wrapped scallop appetizer ($12). Three jumbo sea scallops are seared, wrapped in bacon, and finished in the oven and glazed with a mixture made from tart Granny Smith apples. The scallop dish comes with a light salad of local arugula, cornbread croutons, Cajun-roasted pecans, and goat cheese tossed in a vibrant strawberry champagne vinaigrette.

If you want to try keeping cool by eating the spiciest food you can stand, head over to Xiao Bao Biscuit for some Ambrose Farms shishito peppers, which are seared, served whole, and topped with a bonito furikake, a traditional Japanese rice seasoning made of dried seaweed, salt, sugar, and red shiso herb. It comes with some sweet soy and a Japanese mayonnaise that’s slightly sweeter than its U.S. counterpart. Spice your evening up for $4 and be ready to wipe the sweat off your brow. If that’s not enough, you can always dig into a bowl of fiery mapo dofou, which features chili oil and broad bean broth with chunks of cool tofu ($12). It’s probably the hottest dish in Charleston, no fooling.

Up in Park Circle, there’s a brand-new coffee shop called The Orange Spot, and they’ve got a cool taste of Thailand with a glass of Cha Yen for $3. This iced tea is a sweet black tea steeped with different spices, and topped off with cream. Owners Laura Cannon and Julie Simuang serve it with a choice of half and half, soy, or almond milk.

And if a salad’s what you want, Verde now has two locations to serve you, they just opened a second spot in Mt. Pleasant. Their featured salad of the month is the Summer Caprese ($7.95) with a variety of local tomatoes, baby mozzarella, and fresh basil served on baby spinach and finished with basil vinaigrette and a balsamic glaze. Remember, keep it fresh. Keep it light. There’s a bathing suit to squeeze into this weekend.

Support the Charleston City Paper

We’ve been covering Charleston since 1997 and plan to be here with the latest and Best of Charleston for many years to come. In a time where local journalism is struggling, the City Paper is investing in the future of Charleston as a place where diverse, engaging views can flourish. We can't do it without our readers. If you'd like to support local, independent journalism:



Eat This Tonight: The best wieners in town

Kalyn Oyer

Ironically, National Hotdog Day fell the week Anthony Weiner’s wiener reappeared on the scene. So let’s celebrate, not by sexting gross pictures to each other, but by eating up America’s favorite ballpark food. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites, and — trust us — unlike the New York mayoral candidate, these all measure up.


Charleston County residents also voting on sales tax, housing trust fund

Charleston County residents will decide whether to extend a local sales tax to fund school construction projects and to approve a property tax increase to fund an affordable housing trust. First, voters weigh in on the aptly named “Education Capital Improvements Sales and Use Tax Act Referendum for Charleston County.” A vote “Yes” extends a […]

Before You Go: One more Graham-Harrison debate on tap Friday

South Carolina health officials reported 755 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, with 19 additional confirmed deaths.

SC reform groups raise questions about Charleston report on May protests

Two S.C. justice reform advocacy groups delivered a letter Oct. 22 to Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, Police Chief Luther Reynolds and members of Charleston City Council objecting to the city’s assessment of police response to the May 30-31 protests. “This report is a masterclass in the use of hollow rhetoric and passing the buck” American […]

Pickin’ in the Park puts drive-in bluegrass show on Johns Island

Charleston County Parks will host Pickin’ in the Park, a drive-in bluegrass concert at Johns Island County Park Nov. 7.