An Affordable Charleston Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us and I thought what better way to get into the Thanksgiving spirit than by highlighting some great, affordable ways to support local Charleston businesses to supply all your feasting needs! Upon my investigating, I discovered three restaurants in Charleston that offer Thanksgiving sandwiches at a very affordable price, as well as multiple restaurants offering Thanksgiving meals to take home at reasonable prices. Keep reading to learn all about my discoveries!

THANKSGIVING SAMMIES

Tattooed Moose:

Tattooed Moose is known particularly for their duck fat fries, but another staple on their menu that also happens to be a fan favorite is their Thanksgiving sandwich. This sandwich is complete with shredded roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, mayo, and crispy fried onions on toasted wheat bread. It comes with chips and a side of gravy for dipping! Cost for this sandwich is just $9.50.

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Circe’s Grotto:

This sandwich shop is a staple for CofC students. They serve up warm breakfast sandwiches and wraps in the morning and a variety of deli sandwiches and salads for lunch, including a heaping Thanksgiving sandwich, complete with fresh, sliced roasted turkey breast, lots of stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo. You truly get a full Thanksgiving meal in just one sandwich at Circe’s. Cost for this sandwich is just $9.50.

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SNOB:

This restaurant is only offering their Thanksgiving sandwich on Thanksgiving Day, but it only costs $9, proving to be the cheapest sandwich option. It is complete with turkey, cranberry mayo, cornbread stuffing, and gravy served on thick-cut white bread.

 

THANKSGIVING TAKE-HOME MEALS

Semilla:

Semilla is offering a full Thanksgiving meal that feeds 8 people for $155. It includes your choice of a 10-12 pound traditional, red chile rubbed, or a masa-fried turkey bucket, as well as mashed potatoes, stuffing, apple and walnut roasted brussels sprouts and your choice of pumpkin or oatmeal pecan pie. You can order al la carte, but the full meal option really gives you a great bang for your buck. You can order your meal online here.

Ted’s Butcherblock:

Ted’s has one of the most affordable to-go options, with a whole Joyce Farms “Naked” turkey costing just $4/pound. You can choose from a variety of side options, such as green bean casserole and mac and cheese for $13-$15/pound. To place your order with Ted’s, call 577-0094.

Hamby Catering:

Hamby Catering, located in West Ashley is offering a full Thanskgiving meal that feeds 8 people for just $165. This meal includes a southern traditional whole-roasted turkey and comes with mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole, southern green beans with caramelized onions, cornbread dressing, and a classic turkey gravy. The meal does not include pie however, but can be purchased a la carte for $20. You can also order your turkey and sides a la carte, but the full menu is definitely the most affordable way to go. You can place your order with Hamby online here or by phone at 725-4035.

Swig and Swine:

Swig and Swine is located in West Ashley and is known for its fantastic BBQ. This restaurant is offering an a la carte menu, with a turkey that feeds 18-20 people for $80. You can choose from a variety of sides, such as mac and cheese, baked potato salad, green bean casserole, and corn pudding, which cost $35 for a half pan and will be enough to feed 10-15 people. They also are offering up a selection of pies for just $20. You can place your order with Swig and Swine by calling 225-3805.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Places to Satisfy your Halloween Sweet Tooth

If there’s one thing you should know about me its that I LOVE my sweets. Put a cookie in front of my face and I will happily gobble it down in just a matter of seconds. Obviously this means Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it gives me even more reason to satisfy my crazy sweet tooth. If you’re like me and are a fan of all things sweet, keep reading to find out my go-to ways to indulge.

1. BEARDCATS

Beardcats is one of my go-to places when my sweet tooth is raging. Most people think Jenis is the best place to get ice cream in Charleston, but those people clearly haven’t been to Beardcats yet. Beardcats specializes in homemade gelatos and sorbettos and has some of the most delicious and unique flavors. The flavor is rich and the texture is soft and creamy. Not only do they offer gelato and sorbetto, but they also sell homemade pastries, as well as ice cream cookie sandwiches, made with their gelato and homemade cookies. They sell a variety of ice cream cookie sandwich combinations. Pictured below is their peanut butter ice cream sandwich with a chocolate gelato center, which costs just $5.

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2. BROWN’S COURT BAKERY

Brown’s Court Bakery is in my opinion, one of the best places to get a homemade breakfast sandwich, and not to mention a high quality pastry. Brown’s Court specializes in their homemade breads. They make everything from english muffins to french bread loaves. They even supply their bread to many restaurants in Charleston because its just that good. Every time I go in I usually don’t leave without purchasing a pastry on my way out. Everything is baked to perfection and there’s a wide variety of options, such as cookies, donuts, sweet breads, slices of pie and the most delicious carmelita bars you’ll ever stuff your face with. My go-to pastries are usually the carmelita bars or their huge candy-filled monster cookies, but in my most recent visit I walked out with a slice of pumpkin bread with a sweet iced topping. It only cost me a little over $3. They’ve also got a great selection of Halloween-themed iced cookies to supply all your party needs.

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3. BAKIES

Bakies is a small, locally-owned bakery located on Coleman Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant. This bakery specializes in all things sweet, from simple fresh baked cookies to full-fledged birthday cakes. Typically, people call ahead for large orders at this bakery but they also have a small selection of pastries in a case at the front of the bakery for satisfying your on-the-go needs. Recently, I indulged in this adorable ghost sugar cookie, which only cost me about $2. Bakies also runs a sticky bun special on Saturdays, in which you can get a sticky bun for just $3.50. Be sure to call ahead to get in on this special and by call ahead, I mean before Wednesday of the week!

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4. FRACTURED PRUNE

Fractured Prune is a donut shop located on Ben Sawyer Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant. This donut shop is no ordinary donut shop, as it specializes in freshly made HOT donuts that can be made to order. Yes, that means you can choose the kind of icing you want on your donut, the toppings, and your glaze. They also have a large selection of specialty flavor combinations to choose from. Right now they are serving up apple cider donuts, which I indulged in recently. These donuts cost a little over $3, so definitely not as cheap as Dunkin, but definitely quite worth the slight splurge. They’re a bit crunchy to the bite, but soft, warm, and moist on the inside.

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5. HALO

Halo is located in downtown Charleston on Ashley Avenue. Like Brown’s Court, Halo is also known for its freshly baked breads and pastries, particularly their muffins. Every day their case in the front of the cafe is well stocked with a variety of muffins. Recently I indulged in their most popular blueberry muffin, which only cost me about $2.50. Truly a great price for a homemade muffin in Charleston! Halo also offers a full menu of sandwiches and salads for lunch, as well as a small breakfast menu with very reasonable prices.

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I hope everyone has a super fun Halloween and indulges in all things sweet. If you have a favorite place for satisfying your sweet tooth not mentioned above, let me know! Happy Halloween!

 

Charleston’s Best and Most Affordable Bagel Hot Spots

In a city that’s known for its biscuits and gravy, you’d think it’d be hard to find a good, quality bagel.  What I have come to discover is that Charleston is in fact full of great bagels, you just have to know where to look. Recently, I went on a search for the best, most affordable bagels in Charleston. Keep reading to find out where my journey took me.

BLONDIES BAGELS AND CAFE

Blondie’s is located on Daniel Island, among all the other shops and restaurants on the main drag. It is a locally owned cafe, with a focus on homemade bagels and cream cheeses. The cafe has a beautiful, rustic interior and a wonderful selection of various bagels, pastries, sandwiches, and espresso drinks. I opted for a wheat bagel with their seasonal, homemade pumpkin cream cheese. The cream cheese was absolutely delicious. It had real pumpkin flavor and had hints of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Not to mention, it was extra creamy! The bagel was served warm and was soft to the bite. It seemed to just melt right in my mouth. This bagel cost me just $3.25 (cream cheese included!). It couldn’t have been more of a steal.

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RENZO

Renzo is a restaurant on Huger Street in downtown Charleston that is known for its Italian fare, however I’m here to let you in on a little secret. On Sundays from 9am-1pm, Renzo serves up fresh, homemade bagels with a variety of toppings to choose from. I opted for an everything bagel with scallion cream cheese and topped it with cucumbers. The cream cheese was super flavorful, though the bagel seemed a bit dry and not quite so soft to the bite. If you like your bagels toasted more well done however, then this bagel would be perfectly pleasing. This bagel cost me a little more than $5, proving to be not quite as much of a steal as other places I visited. The unique varieties of bagels and toppings however, definitely make it a good bagel splurge.

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EASTSIDE BAGEL

Eastside Bagel is the smallest and most adorable hole-in-the wall bagel shop you ever did see. This bagel shop is located in the Eastside neighborhood in downtown Charleston on Line Street. The owners of Eastside Bagel have really hit a home-run with their unique spin on a classic bagel. Instead of toasting their bagels, they steam them! If you’re a New Yorker, you’re probably familiar with the bagel steaming practice, and should probably think about making your way to Eastside Bagel next time you’ve got that bagel craving. This bagel shop is counter-service only, with only a few tables to sit at outside. Most people order their bagels to go. For ultimate affordability, I would select anything from their “5 Hollars” section of the menu. I opted for the “Carver Bagel”, which is a PB&J bagel made with homemade peanut butter and jelly. I was amazed at how incredible this bagel was. It had a slight crunch when I bit into it and was soft and warm on the inside. The peanut butter and jelly seemed to just ooze right into my mouth. I savored each and every bite of this bagel sandwich. This bagel cost me a little over $5 but the unique steaming method and the rich favors from the PB&J made it well worth the cost.

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BAGEL NATION

Bagel Nation is one of the more well-known bagel cafes in Charleston. Their bagels are made from scratch every morning (you can literally see them making them behind the counter) and they have a wide variety of bagel flavors to choose from. The also have a large selection of bagel sandwiches ranging from sweet breakfast sandwich options to more savory lunch options. These bagels are some of the cheapest bagels in Charleston, with one single bagel costing just $1.25 and only $2.75 if you add cream cheese. Since these bagels are so cheap, I went all in and ordered a half dozen bagels (one of each flavor of course!). My favorite flavors were the blueberry bagel and their seasonal pumpkin spice bagel. Both were sweet, soft and moist. It’s quite obvious why these are the most popular bagels in Charleston!

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MOZZO DELI

Mozzo has two locations, one being in Mt. Pleasant and the other on upper Meeting Street in downtown, Charleston. Mozzo Deli is a cafe that serves a variety of sandwiches for lunch, as well as omelettes, pastries and breakfast sandwiches for breakfast. They are best known for their breakfast sandwiches served on their homemade bagels. I ordered an egg and cheese sandwich on a sesame bagel, which only cost me a little over $4. The sandwich was served warm, and was soft and chewy to the bite, while the cheese oozed out the sides as I bit into it. It couldn’t have been a better tasting breakfast sandwich, and not to mention, a great price!

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After all my bagel indulging, I came to discover that I don’t need to travel all the way to New York City for good bagel. Charleston has many great options to help you get your bagel fix at an affordable price. Have you been to any of these bagel cafes? What’s your favorite?

 

Spring Street on A Budget: The Best Ways to Affordably Eat Your Way Down Charleston’s Most Eclectic Street

When I moved to Charleston five and a half years ago, Spring Street was mainly comprised of College of Charleston student housing, with the exception of a few small restaurants that were within a college student’s price range. In the span of the recent years since moving here, I’ve gotten to see Spring Street transform into one of the most eclectic streets in Charleston. The street has grown into a mecca for unique, handmade goods and some of the most ethnic food downtown Charleston has seen. Though the food has gotten a bit more upscale and in some cases, a bit more pricey, I’ve found ways to explore Spring Street’s new-found ethnicity, without having to worry about overspending.

 

1. ALWAYS get the Okonomiyaki at Xiao Bao Biscuit. 

Xiao Bao Biscuit has been around for quite some time. In fact, it was open while Spring Street was a bustling crowd of college kids, but was not nearly as appreciated as it is now. Xiao Bao was one of the first few restaurants I visited when I moved to Charleston and has since become one of my go-to spots whenever I’ve got that spicy Asian food craving. For utmost affordability and palate-satisfying cuisine at Xiao Bao, ordering the Okonomiyaki is a must. The menu at this restaurant is always changing, but the Okonomiyaki is one item that is always there. This dish is essentially a very large pancake that is made out of cabbage, fried to crispy perfection, and is topped with a variety of tangy and spicy sauces. The dish costs $13, which might sound hefty at first, but when you realize that it’s big enough to split between multiple people, it makes this dish a pretty good deal. Not to mention, its delicious. You also have the option to add pork candy, bacon, or an egg for a few dollars extra (highly recommended to add all three!).

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2. Get transported to Paris at Coquin.

Coquin opened just a few weeks ago and does not fail to please. This restaurant is owned and operated by just two people who both share of love of Parisian cuisine and the city itself. They both have spent a lot of time exploring Paris and wanted to bring the cuisine of a typical French cafe and bar to Charleston. You might be thinking “oh man, this place sounds fancy and expensive” but FEAR NOT! Coquin offers happy hour from 5-7, Monday-Thursday from 5-8pm and Friday-Saturday from 5-7pm. During these times they have select tapas, wine and beer for just $5. They also serve up delicious frose for just $6. Even if you don’t make it to happy hour, most of their tapas cost less than $10 and they definitely don’t skimp out on the bread! Coquin is open for breakfast, during which they serve a variety of pastries and coffee, as well as lunch, during which they serve up baguette sandwiches.

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3. Eat authentic Spanish paella at Estadio.

Just last week, Estadio opened on Spring Street, and it couldn’t be a more high quality addition. Estadio’s chef, Alex Lira spent three weeks in Spain, traveling and eating at various kitchens throughout San Sebastian and Madrid. He is now bringing everything he learned about Spanish cooking to Estadio. Estadio is known for its traditional Spanish tapas, such as pan con tomate, patatas bravas, and ham croquetas, but also offers exceptional paella. Estadio offers a seafood paella, which costs about $28, but is enough food to feed about 4-5 people. Its full of fresh ingredients and rich, tangy and spicy flavors. If you’re not quite hungry enough for the paella, I would opt for a few dishes off their “pintxos and aperitivos” section of the menu. Most of these items cost just a measly $2 and end up being the perfect thing to snack on. I highly recommend getting their Boletus toast, which is toasted bread topped with a mushroom mousse. It only costs $2.50 and will wow your taste buds.

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4. Feast on the taco lunch special at Pink Cactus.

Pink Cactus opened a few months ago next to the Veggie Bin and brings extra authentic cuisine from Oaxaca, Mexico to Charleston. This restaurant specializes in moles and a masa corn grinding method, used in their tortilla making. If you go for lunch, you can get a great sampling of these freshly made masa corn tortillas with their $12 taco special. This special gets you 2 tacos of your choice, a side of rice and refried beans, as well as a glass of agua fresca. This is truly a great bang for your buck, and will have you leaving full and satisfied. I would say its even enough food to feed two people, which makes it even more of a great deal.

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5. Get your sushi fix at Poke San during happy hour.

Located on the corner of St. Phillip and Spring Street, this quaint and casual family-run sushi restaurant is serving up some great, freshly rolled sushi. The restaurant offers half-off all sushi rolls during their happy hour from 5-7pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Yes, that means you can get a sushi roll for just $3! The sushi is made with lots of love and great flavors and will not disappoint. I highly recommend the tropical tempura roll, which you can get for just $5 during happy hour and is made with tempura shrimp, spicy crab, asparagus, cream cheese, mango, scallion, sweet soy glaze, spicy mayo and a mango spice. It’s truly a fantastic fusion of spicy and tropical flavors.

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I hope you get the chance to explore all the ethnic foods Spring Street has to offer. It’s truly refreshing to see Charleston starting to branch off from its typical southern food fare and bring some new and exciting flavors to the city. Let me know which place is your fav! Bon Appetit!

Running for Brews: Top 5 Run-For-Beer/Food Clubs You Need To Join Right Now

CHARLESTON BEER RUNNERS

CBR is my all-time favorite run club. What I like most about this running club is that they run to a different bar every week, providing a great way to sample all the great craft beers Charleston has to offer. The bars usually offer great deals on select craft beers to beer runners, and sometimes even offer discounted food items. Last week, I ran with this club to Home Team BBQ, where I enjoyed a $5 draft watermelon wheat beer and indulged in a few of their sides for just a little over $3 each!

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Mac and Cheese, Collard Greens, and Baked Bean Sides at Home Team BBQ

CHARLESTON RUNNING CLUB

This club is one of the oldest and longest running clubs in Charleston run club history. They help run some of the major races in Charleston, including the Cooper River Bridge Run. The group runs on Tuesday nights at 6:30 on the Ravenel Bridge. The run starts and ends at Bar Mash. Once a month they do a “Travel’n Group Run”, in which they run about 3 miles to a nearby bar. They run in a different part of Charleston each month. On October 15, they will be running in The Old Village of Mt. Pleasant and the run will end at Mainland Container Company, where you can indulge in a large selection of local craft beers, as well as food items like their $7 hush puppies (only $5 if you get there before 7!). The run starts at 6:30. There will be an Facebook event page posted for the run, so make sure to join the event page for more details.

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FLEET FEET RUNNING CLUB

Fleet Feet of Mt. Pleasant has a run club that runs every Wednesday to a different bar. What’s fun about this club is that at each run, they do amazing giveaways, such as a brand new pair of running shoes or even Bluetooth speakers! Next week they are running to Mainland Container Company, where they will be playing a team Scrabble. The run starts at 6:30pm at the Fleet Feet store in Mt. Pleasant.

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EXEMPLAR FITNESS RUN CLUB

Exemplar Fitness is a gym located on James Island, but something that many people may not know is that they have a FREE run club that meets every Tuesday at 6pm at Basic Kitchen. The group is lead by an Exemplar Fitness trainer, so it’s a great way to get an excellent workout in before indulging in Basic Kitchen’s fantastic Neighborhood Night special – $10 Burgers all night long!

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Basic Kitchen’s “Good Burger”

PARK CIRCLE PACERS

This group runs every Thursday evening in Park Circle at 6:15pm and also on Sunday mornings at 8:30am. The group meets and ends at Commonhouse Aleworks, so you can be sure to get your local craft beer fix. The group also does a “Brunches of Fun” run on Saturday mornings, starting at 9am near or at the brunch location and ends back at the brunch location for delicious noms. Make sure you check out their facebook page here to find out where they’re heading to next! The next “Brunches of Fun” run is on October 19.

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The Top 5 Places to Celebrate a Southern Oktoberfest

Fall weather is starting to set in, which means its just about that time to break out the beer steins and lederhosen! Oktoberfest is an annual folk-fest that happens in Munich, Germany. Lucky for us, the tradition has spread to many parts of the world..including Charleston! Some of the events are happening THIS WEEKEND and some are happening in weeks to come. I’m here to show you how you can get your Charleston Oktoberfest fix, without having to spend huge wads of cash.

1. 9/28/19: Park Circle Oktoberfest – head over to Park Circle in North Charleston for live music from several bands throughout the afternoon, several local food vendors, as well as beer, wine, cider, and lemonade. There will be artisan vendors for all your local craft-shopping needs, as well as games from Fly Dog Fitness, Blade and Bull Axe Throwing, and The Fun Factory. Parking is just $10 cash (I would suggest carpooling or taking an uber for the ultimate affordabilty factor) and event entry is FREE. Event is from 12-6pm.
2. 9/29/19: Frothy Oktoberfest Celebration – head over to Frothy Beard Brewing Company for food specials, live polka music from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Pop Band, as well as the Hans Schmidt German Band. You can also participate in stein hoisting competitions and enjoy their newly released Marzen Oktoberfest beer. Event is FREE to attend and is from 11am-10pm.
3. 10/5/19: Bay Street Biergarten Oktoberfest – head over to Bay Street Biergarten for games such as “wrecking ball” and Blade and Bull Axe Throwing. Enjoy live music from Dan’s Tramp Stamp and the Money Bags, as well as DJ NattyHeavy. Event is FREE to attend and is from 11am-11pm.
4. 10/5/19: COASToberfest – head over to Coast Brewing Company for delicious craft beers, brats, and games. Event is FREE to attend and is from 12-5pm.
5. 10/13/19: Oktoberfest at Gene’s Haufbrau House – head over to Gene’s in West Ashley for live music, beer and brats! Event is FREE to attend. You just pay for the beer and brats! Event is from 1-6pm.

West Ashley Takes A Trip To Miami At Spanglish Cocina + Bar

Another day, another restaurant opening in Charleston! I am continuously pleased by the ethnic food growth Charleston has seen in the past couple months. From authentic Spanish tapas to French restaurants to Spanish-Cuban food, its amazing how well a city with a food norm of shrimp and grits has adapted to more eccentric flavors.

Last week I attended the opening night of Spanglish in West Ashley. Spanglish was formerly operated as a stall at Workshop and was also operated as a month-long residency at The Daily. It is owned and operated by Lynda and Thomas Prado, who both grew up in Miami and have been striving to bring the same authentic Cuban-American food they grew up eating to Charleston, with a bit of a Spanish twist. Ultimately, they opened up a brick and mortar in West Ashley in the former home of Bluerose Cafe.

Upon arriving at Spanglish, the excitement about this restaurant was quite noticeable. The restaurant was completely full just about an hour after opening and we were placed on a wait. After about 30 minutes, our table was ready for us and we entered into a small diner-esque restaurant, with Cuban music reverberating throughout the restaurant and neon pink decor scattered throughout. We were told that this decor is typical of a Miami Cuban restaurant.

My friends and I decided to share the “Spanglish Platter”, which cost $28 and consists of tostones, yucca fries, empanadas, fried pork belly, and croquettes. We were told that this was a great way to get a taste of standard Cuban cuisine and when splitting it, only cost us about $9 each. The platter was a pretty decent size and was the perfect amount of food for 3 people. My favorite food item on the platter was the empanadas. The meat filling was extremely flavorful and the empanada shell itself was fried to crispy perfection. There was good crunchy texture on the outside and a spicy flavor with a hint of sweetness on the inside. The other items on the platter were good, but we felt that this platter needed a bit more variety. It was a platter composed of deep friend foods, and some of it seemed almost too dry. I’ve never been to Miami, so this may be exactly how Miami Cuban-American cuisine should taste, but I definitely felt the need for a salad to balance out all the fried stuff.

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I opted for a simple watercress and avocado salad that was topped with sunflower seeds, grapefruit and a citrus vinaigrette. This salad cost me about $11. I would say that pricing is a bit high for such a simple salad, but it was worth it for how flavorful and fresh the watercress tasted. It was the perfect way to balance out all the fried foods I had just eaten.

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In terms of this restaurant’s affordability, I would say that going with a group of friends and ordering the Spanglish Platter is the best way to get a good bang for your buck. It provides a good way to sample the staples of Miami Cuban cuisine, and is enough to feed 3 or more people. The restaurant also offers a few entrees that are priced in the $12-$18 range, but are served with rice, which makes the price more sensible. You should also note that Spanglish does not yet have their liquor license, so if you are looking to have some wine with your meal, make sure you bring a bottle along with you.

 

Hurricane Dorian Survival Guide: What’s Closed and What’s Open

It’s that time of year again..hurricane season! What better way to kick it off than with Dorian, causing a mandatory evacuation, lane reversals, and windows being boarded up. With as many people making the decision to leave, I’m sure there are quite a few people making the decision to hunker down and brave the storm. Fortunately for those who made the decision to stay, I’ve compiled a list of restaurants with great deals that are staying open during the storm and restaurants who have made the decision to close.

OPEN ALL WEEK LONG OR UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:

  • Proof on King: $5 house wine and spirits and $7 classic cocktails.
  • Sesame Burgers: opening at 11am and serving up half-priced burgers during Burger Happy Hour (3-6pm and 9pm).
  • Juju: get the soup or the phenomenal Bikini Salad for under $10!
  • Wiki Wiki Sandbar: head there for happy hour for light bites under $10! Select sides $5 or less.
  • Carmella’s: enjoy a heaping amount of delicious sorbetto for just $5!
  • Mex 1 Coastal Cantina: enjoy queso for just $6.50!
  • 132 Spring: $5 homemade biscuits with butter and jam.
  • Mercantile and Mash: select grab n’ go items $5 or less!

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OPEN UNTIL WEDNESDAY EVENING:

  • Indaco: half-off pizzas and $5 bites from 5-7pm.
  • The Cocktail Club: $5 bourbon on Wednesday, $6 cocktails any day, and half-off food from 5-8pm.
  • Bar Mash: enjoy a happy hour from 5-8pm, complete with $5 bites, shots and house daiquiri’s for $5, a Coors Banquet for $2, house red or white wine for $6, and the daily craft can for $3.
  • The Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits: head there for “sunset hour” from 4-7pm, which includes $3 domestic beers, as well as $5 small bites.
  • Edison James Island: enjoy half-priced bottles of wine on Wednesday from 4-9!
  • Miller’s All Day: $5 tomato biscuits, $6 pimento cheese biscuits, $3 sides, and $5 bacon jacks!
  • Prohibition: $1 oysters all night, as well as $5 mystery reds starting at 4pm.
  • Goat Sheep Cow North: open 11-6pm, happy hour all day!
  • Burton’s Grill: closing at 4, but enjoy happy hour specials starting at 4:30pm.
  • Dockery’s: open until 8pm. Happy hour specials at the bar! Highly recommend the truffle fries and hummus plates.
  • Five Loaves Cafe: open starting at 11am(Mt. Pleasant and Summerville locations ONLY). Get a half sandwich for $8 or less!

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Traditional Spanish Eats from Estadio

Soon to come to the blossoming Spring Street hub is a brand new Spanish tapas restaurant called Estadio. Recently the chef of the restaurant, Alex Lira traveled to Spain to understand the magic behind traditional Spanish cooking. Now that he has returned, Estadio will be popping up in various restaurants around Charleston in order for people to get a taste of their offerings before their official opening. Last week Estadio had a pop-up event at the Harbinger Cafe in collaboration with the next-door wine shop, Monarch Wine Merchants and I decided to go check it out.

At this event, Estadio was offering up homemade, all-you-can-eat paella and mushroom toasts for just $15 and Monarch was offering up $5-$6 glasses of wine. This was a deal I knew I wouldn’t be passing up. Upon entering the cafe, I paid my $15 to the lovely owners of the Harbinger Cafe, was given a small slice of Estadio’s mushroom toast on a plate, and then went to the back of the cafe, where I found a very large pan of sizzling paella being cooked over fire, while also being topped with local shishito peppers. I couldn’t wait to dig in.

While waiting for the paella to cook, I ventured over to Monarch, where I sampled a few white Spanish wines and a few red. My favorite was ultimately the Txakolina white wine. It was tangy with a hint of sweet flavor. I had never heard of this kind of wine before, but later learned that it’s a wine that is native to the Basque region of Spain. What a perfect wine to pair with paella!

 

 

After my wine sampling, the paella was served. I ventured back over to the Harbinger, where I loaded up my plate with the still hot and sizzling paella. I went to Spain a few years ago and had paella cooked by a native, so I was quite impressed to see this paella being cooked almost the same exact way! I first tried the mushroom toast, which proved to be a stand-out appetizer. The bread was toasted to perfection, in that it wasn’t too hard to bite into, but still had a good crunch. The toppings tasted fresh and full of different flavors. Next, I dug into the large helping of paella on my plate. The first bite was an instant fusion of flavors. I tasted many different kinds of spice, a bit of heat, and a bit of sweet flavor from the shishito peppers. I later discovered that the shishito peppers were locally sourced, as will be most of the ingredients in the dishes they plan to serve. This paella was definitely winning in my book!

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I could not be more excited for Estadio’s opening on Spring Street. I’ve mentioned in previous posts how much I’ve been craving more ethnic food options in Charleston, and I believe that Estadio will be a perfect contribution to the ethnic food scene. Not only are they striving to learn traditional Spanish cooking, but they are proving it is possible for Spanish cooking techniques to be learned and brought in to Southern culture.

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Estadio is planning on opening at the end of the summer. Follow them on Instagram to find out where they’re popping up next!

Farm Fresh Eats at Herd Provisions

Tucked away in the quiet neighborhood of Wagner Terrace in downtown Charleston is a brand new bistro-style restaurant called Herd Provisions. Herd Provisions was formerly operated solely as a food truck, being known for their burgers made with meat fresh from the owner’s farm in Virginia called Leaping Waters. After opening a brick-and-mortar, they still are known for those burgers, but also have a much more extensive menu.

I took my mom out on a mother/daughter date to Herd because I had been dying to go check it out and conveniently, she lives in the Wagner Terrace neighborhood. I had tried a burger from their food truck before, but was eager to see what else they had to offer. Upon walking into the restaurant, I was immediately in awe of how rustic and beautifully laid out the restaurant was. It was elegant, but at the same time I didn’t feel like I was under-dressed in my movie-going attire. We were able to find seats immediately at the bar, where we were very warmly greeted by the bartender. There is a great selection of draft beers, so we each opted for a local draft beer, which were both delicious. Since I had already tried one of their burgers, we both decided to try some of their vegetarian options. We ordered their brussels sprouts, their rotisserie cauliflower, and their eggplant schnitzel.

The brussels sprouts are cooked in a black garlic shoyu and are served in a small bowl. They were crispy, crunchy and had hints of sweet and tangy flavors. If french fries could be made into something healthy, this would be it. We were pretty blown away by how delicious and addicting these were!

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The rotisserie cauliflower was definitely a highlight. The large partial head of cauliflower was carefully placed on top of an English pea beurre spread, which was cold and had slight hints of citrus flavor. The cauliflower itself was perfectly crunchy and had all the right spices mixed in with it.

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We both agreed that the stand-out dish was the eggplant schnitzel. Cooked just like your average schnitzel (minus the meat), the dish couldn’t have pleased our taste buds more. The fried eggplant was placed in a large bowl of a light, creamy and tangy sauce and was served with small chunks of cooked cabbage. What I loved most about this dish was that the breading on the eggplant was full of so many different flavors. It was also very lightly fried, making it seem not so heavy.  The cooked cabbage was soft and delicate and seemed to melt right in our mouths.

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Price-wise, your best bet for a great deal on food at Herd is to go for happy hour. Our entrees were priced in the $17-$20 range, though the brussels only cost us $5 for a side. During happy hour, you can enjoy the HERD Burger and a beer for just $10, drink specials, and snacks, such as pimento cheese for less than $10. I definitely plan to return to Herd for happy hour in the near future.

We both agreed that Herd might quickly become our new favorite neighborhood hang- out spot. They are even planning to open up an outdoor patio in the back of the restaurant, where they plan to have live music, a fun spot for adults to get their drink on and the kids to get their run on. With outstanding food, great service, and a classy, yet laid-back atmosphere, you really can’t go wrong with Herd Provisions.

Herd Provisions is open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner. They offer happy hour food specials from 3-5pm and happy hour drink specials from 4-6pm. They also have a butcher shop in the front of the restaurant, which is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-7pm.