Getting Eclectic on Spruill

The past few weeks, I’ve been finding myself heading up Spruill Avenue in North Charleston and frequenting quite a few of the many eclectic restaurants this street is home to. The restaurants on this street serve up such a wide variety of cuisines, it would be hard for someone to find something that didn’t appeal to their tastebuds. From Chinese American cuisine to Cincinnati chili, there’s truly something for everyone. Not to mention much of it is budget-friendly!

Jackrabbit Filly

Jackrabbit Filly is owned by Shuai and Corrie Wang, who originally were the owners of the Short Grain food truck. When the word got out about their incredibly delicious rice bowls, their business started building up crazy momentum and soon enough, their brick-and-mortar, Jackrabbit Filly was born.

During my visit to this restaurant, I had the opportunity to try multiple different dishes. My favorites were the fritters ($7) and the biang biang noodle bowl ($14). The fritters are made of a cornmeal and chickpea batter and are topped with wasabi aioli, a tangy soy sauce, and finally are sprinkled with bonito furikake. I was completely obsessed with these fried balls of sweet and tangy flavors. It’s a good thing I decided to share them with a friend because I probably could have eaten the entire bowl in a matter of minutes.

 

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The biang biang noodle bowl was complete with thick, wheat pappardelle noodles and was mixed with shaved cucumber, radishes, bean sprouts, chili oil, and a sweet and spicy noodle sauce. The dish was finished with peanuts sprinkled on top. This dish had so many delicious and unique flavors I couldn’t stop eating it! It was definitely up there on the spiciness level but it didn’t stop me. I loved the spicy and sweet flavors that blended so well together in the dish. The nutty flavor provided by the peanuts sprinkled on top provided an excellent third dimension to this dish.

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Jackrabbit Filly switches out menu items frequently and therefore, they unfortunately do not currently have the biang biang noodle bowl on their menu. They do however have a chilled noodle bowl complete with roasted banana peppers, cucumber, pickled daikon radishes, herbs, peanuts and chili oil to take its place. They also still have the fritters on their menu so make sure to get a bowl of those ASAP while they still have them!

Coney Island Park Circle

This restaurant is something I just happened to stumble upon recently, and boy was I happy to find it! It is located not far down the road from Jackrabbit Filly and offers a unique experience. The restaurant has walk-up counter service and a small bar area as well.

If you’ve never been to Cincinnati, OH before, you probably have never heard the words “cheese coney” before or tasted what Cincinnati locals call a “3-way”. Let me enlighten you. A cheese coney is a hot dog topped with a thick, slightly spicy and very meaty chili, which is then topped with a heaping mound of shredded cheddar cheese. A 3-way consists of spaghetti noodles topped with that same meaty chili, which is then also topped with a heaping mound of shredded cheddar cheese. Think this all sounds weird? The good news is that you can find all of this at Coney Island Park Circle. Get ready for your mind to be changed forever!

I went to college in Cincinnati and was a frequent visitor to Skyline, where they served up these cheese coneys and 3-ways. I was intrigued to find out how Coney Island’s chili recipe would compare to Skyline’s. Its safe to say I’d probably still pick Skyline over Coney Island, but Coney Island still has a pretty fantastic chili. It hits perfectly on the spice level and meaty texture. The noodles however, were a bit too greasy for my taste. I think if they weren’t quite as greasy, I could potentially say that I like them better than Skyline’s 3-way.

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A 3-way at Coney Island will cost you $7.49 and a cheese coney will cost you exactly the same. If you get a coney, your drink is included in the price! Can’t beat that price point.

Holy City Brewing

Holy City Brewing is tucked away right around the corner from Coney Island. Not only do the serve up delicious, freshly brewed beer, but they also have a delicious food menu and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Upon a recent visit to the brewery I had the opportunity to try a few different beers as well as a couple of their food options.

Holy City Brewing has the perfect, casual and relaxed atmosphere and combines it with fresh, delicious food and beer. I tried the Holy City Pilsner as well as the Bubba Blonde Ale. The Holy City Pilsner was the perfect, crisp summer beer and the Bubba Blonde Ale was light, crisp and had hints of citrus flavor. As for the food, I tried the succotash (about $7) which they were serving up as a special that day. I also tried the tater tots ($5 for a basket) and the falafel burger ($10). The tater tots were perfectly crispy and had just the right amount of spicy seasoning on top. The falafel burger was served on charred pita bread. The falafel patty was perfectly crispy on the outside and seemed to melt in my mouth as I bit into it. The patty was topped with a roasted red pepper walnut spread, lemon poppy yogurt, mixed greens and alfalfa sprouts. The toppings provided the perfect complimentary tangy flavors and crunchy texture.

The prices of some of the food items at Holy City may seem a bit hefty for the portion sizes, but if you stick to items on their appetizer/snack menus, you’re sure to find more affordable items. If you shoot for an entree, just know its definitely worth the slight splurge!

There are many more eclectic food options not mentioned in this blog post on Spruill, such as a restaurant known for its fish and chips and a great spot to get your brunch on. Most have outdoor seating and have great COVID-safe procedures. I’d tell you what they are, but I think I’ll leave you to the exploring.

Gourmet Pizza on the Cheap

If there’s anything I love in this world when it comes to food, its a well-crafted pizza with fresh ingredients. Recently I’ve found that Charleston has a good number of places offering exactly that. I’ve still got a bit more pizza exploration to do, but so far the pizza spots that are highest on my list are Gale Restaurant (new to Charleston!) and Baker and Brewer. Keep reading to find out what makes the pizza at these restaurants so delicious.

Baker and Brewer

Baker and Brewer is a restaurant/brew house that was born from a collaboration with EVO pizzeria and Holy City Brewery. There is a very broad selection of experimental beers from Holy City Brewery that are all brewed on site, as well as delicious and unique pizzas, salads, and sandwiches made by the expert EVO bakers. I’ve dined at Baker and Brewer a couple times in the past month, mainly because I love how well they are practicing social distancing, the food and beer is amazing, and I love the casual atmosphere.

Of all the menu items I have tried so far, my favorites are the basil and mushroom pizza ($15), the peach salad ($9 for small size, $12 for large), and the wood-fired broccolini ($7). The basil and mushroom pizza was super cheesy, yet full of vibrant flavors from the sweetness of the red onion and the savory flavor from the mushrooms. The pizza dough had the perfect mix of doughy, yet crunchy texture.

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The peach salad was the perfect complimentary item to pair with this pizza. The peaches were fresh SC peaches and were of ultimate ripeness. They were mixed with fresh, multi-colored cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, mushrooms, Kurios farms bibb lettuce, roasted corn, pickled jalapenos, toasted almonds, and topped with a gorgonzola vinaigrette, as well as some shredded cheese. The fresh vegetables used in the salad provided so much juicy sweet and savory flavors. It’s safe to say this salad was gone in just a matter of minutes.

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The broccolini was a real treat. Who ever heard of topping broccolini with beer cheese? I sure haven’t, but let me tell you, it’s truly an amazing dish. The unique thing about this beer cheese is that it is vegan (where are my vegan foodies at??)! The cheese is carefully drizzled on top of the roasted broccolini and topped with espelette and cashews. This dish really impressed me. The cheese really tasted like cheese, except with more flavor and I loved the heat provided to the dish with the espelette topping and the crunch provided by the cashews.

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Gale Restaurant

Gale was welcomed into the Charleston restaurant scene a couple months ago, though they unfortunately had to close for a few months after they opened. Luckily, they are now back up and running and serving up some truly delectable and fresh pizza, sandwiches and salads. Recently I ordered takeout from Gale and enjoyed it with my mom on her porch. We ordered the broccoli rabe pizza ($14) and paired it with their peach panzanella salad ($11..can you tell I love peaches?!). The pizza was topped with fresh roasted broccolini, confit garlic, lemon zest, and smothered in the creamiest whipped ricotta cheese. I’m pretty sure my taste buds exploded while eating this pizza, as it was full of so many delicious flavors and had ultimate cheesiness. My favorite thing about this pizza however, is that it was one of the most fresh-tasting pizzas I have eaten in a long time. The dough had the most delicious soft and doughy texture and you could tell that alot of love had gone into the making of this pizza.

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The peach panzanella salad (somehow forgot to take a photo if it) was crazy delicious. It was complete with fresh and juicy peaches, clemson blue cheese crumbles, tomatoes, basil and crispy fried bread chunks. As much as I love peaches, I think my favorite part of this salad were the fried bread chunks. They were almost reminiscent of fried food you would get at a carnival, but suprisingly made this salad all the more delicious. I highly recommend!

In terms of affordability, I would definitely shoot for Baker and Brewer. None of their pizzas are more than $15 and their apps are all under $10. Gale has a bit heftier pricing, though the quality of their food definitely makes it worth the splurge if you feel like treating yourself!

Support Black Family-Owned Businesses!

Hey all,

We are obviously in very difficult times right now, and as for posting this week, you won’t see much on my social media channels. I know many are looking for ways to help during these difficult times and one of the best ways to do this is by supporting local black family-owned businesses. Below you can find a list of these restaurants. If you know of any that I might be missing, feel free to reach out to me and I will update this list.

  • Dellz Retreat (located in West Ashley)
  • Graft Wine Shop and Wine Bar
  • Nanas Uptown
  • Local 616
  • Republic Gardens and Lounge
  • Chucktown Bar and Grill
  • Bertha’s Kitchen
  • Martha Lou’s Kitchen
  • Dave’s Carry Out
  • VIP Bistro
  • Hannibal’s Kitchen
  • Rodney Scott’s BBQ
  • Eastside Soul
  • Gillie’s Seafood
  • Park Circle Creamery
  • Fresh Future Farm
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Jazzy Pizza from Dellz Retreat

Charleston’s Ultimate Biscuit Sandwiches

1. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit: Cinnamon Biscuit

Callie’s is the ultimate biscuit hot spot and if you aren’t heading there to nosh on a cinnamon biscuit, you are really missing out. This place has always been and will forever be my favorite place to get a biscuit. The founder, Carrie Morey crafted her biscuit recipe to perfection and you can literally take in the sweet smell of the biscuits baking as soon as you walk into the shop. Unfortunately, due to COVID, the shop is closed; however, they have a traveling biscuit truck named “Butter” hanging out in different neighborhoods around town each day. Check out the website to see where they are headed next! Prices range between $5-$8. If they are offering it, get the 3 mini biscuits for $6 deal, which is usually what I opt for so I can try different kinds!

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2. Miller’s All Day: Ham Biscuit

Ringing in at just $7.50, this biscuit sandwich is basically the fanciest biscuit sandwich you’ll ever eat and is sure to please every inch of your palate. It is filled with a large cut of fresh and flavorful country ham, fig jam and warm, melted havarti cheese. The biscuit itself is perfectly flaky, salty, buttery, and moist. The sandwich truly encompasses all the delicious qualities of the ultimate southern biscuit sandwich.

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3. Mercantile and Mash: Spicy Chicken Biscuit

Ringing in at $9, this biscuit sandwich packs in both spicy and sweet flavors. It is filled with perfectly crunchy fried chicken, spicy honey, szechuen peppercorns, b&b pickles and is served on a flaky buttermilk biscuit. It is a bit smaller than many biscuit sandwiches in Charleston, making the price a bit hefty, but the fusion of unique flavors definitely make it worth the slight splurge.

4. Gnome Cafe: Hemp Sausage Biscuit

Yes, this is a vegan biscuit, but fear not meat-eaters! It’s still delicious as ever and it only costs $6. Though make sure you get it on a scallion cheddar biscuit, because that really brings in the flavor punch. It is filled with a slightly spicy hemp sausage patty and is smothered with a pepper jelly that lightens the spice of the sausage with its sweet flavor. The biscuit itself you may find to be a bit more crumbly in texture, but it is still super moist and full of flavor.

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5. Viscious Biscuit: The Ranchero

Though there are a wide variety of biscuit sandwiches to choose from on the menu at this restaurant, I felt the most unique of them to be The Ranchero. It is essentially all the components of a huevos rancheros dish thrown in between two halves of a biscuit almost as big as your face and topped with a sunny-side up egg. This biscuit is truly viscious and I would highly suggest bringing a friend to share it with. Ringing in at just $9, this is where you can truly get the best bang for your buck. Not to mention the biscuits themselves have great sweet and savory flavors and are perfectly flaky and moist.

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Do you have a favorite Charleston biscuit? Feel free to share in the comments!

Dining From A Distance

Many restuarants have opened up their patios to outdoor seating and next week, many will be extending their service to indoor dining. Charleston is steadily beginning to open up its doors, but it is still important to continue to wear masks and distance ourselves from others, especially when entering restaurants and other businesses. Fortunately, I’ve got a great list of restaurants that are working hard to ensure the safety of both their patrons and their staff with well-distanced seating as well as other safety precautions being taken.

1. Mercantile and Mash – Mercantile and Mash, located in the Cigar Factory on East Bay Street is continuing to offer to-go, delivery and take-out services, as well as outdoor and indoor seating (indoor dining and delivery begins this Monday!). The outdoor seating consists of about 6 picnic tables well spread out to ensure effective social distancing. As for their indoor dining service, they are allowing patrons to sit at a table for no more than an hour and will only have enough seating for a total of 37 people. All staff will wear masks and gloves. If you go, I highly suggest opting for the avocado toast ($7 or add an egg for $2 extra!) or a pastry from their amazing pastry chef, Anne White.

 

2. The Park Cafe – Open for outdoor seating, as well as take-out. The outdoor tables are well spaced apart to ensure effective social distancing. If you order ahead, all you have to do is walk up to the coffee bar, directly past the front entrance and stick your card in a server booklet, wait for them to run your card, and then they will hand you your order. Contact is very minimal and servers wear masks. If you go, I would suggest opting for the tomato and squash panzanella ($11).

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3. Workshop – Open for outdoor seating, as well as take-out. Workshop is taking social distancing up a notch, with arrows pointing to entry points and exit points. Their is an area in the center of the outdoor area that is strictly reserved for outdoor dining. There is someone at the entry way monitoring how many people are in the dining area at one time to prevent over-crowding and ensure effective social distancing. To place a food order at one of Workshop’s stalls, place an order with the person in the Workshop entry way and they will make sure your order is placed with the appropriate stall. If you go, I recommend ordering an entree from their newest stall, Ma’am Saab, offering up authentic Pakistani food or an entree from Mansueta’s, their Filipino stall. Most items are quite reasonably priced.

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4. Sunshine Hummus – This restaurant is strictly open for take-out and delivery AKA very minimal contact involved! It’s also incredibly delicious, so you really can’t go wrong. If you go, I would suggest opting for the OM hummus bowl ($10.90), which consists of hummus topped with chickpeas, tahini, cucumber, tomato, cumin, paprika, olive oil, parsley, and one slice of pita bread.

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That’s all I’ve got for now, but keep checking back. I plan to continuously update this list as more restaurants begin to open up their dining rooms and patios. Stay safe out there, folks!

Need Groceries? Support Local!

We are in the midst of a global pandemic and are continuously having the words “social distancing” and “stay at home” ingrained into our minds. This makes going to the grocery store whenever we want not quite so feasible. That is why I am taking advantage of one of my favorite ways to buy groceries – through local farms and businesses! In my opinion, its the best way to go about getting your groceries, pandemic or no pandemic. Most CSA (community supported agriculture) programs are doing contact-free delivery or very minimal contact pick-ups. In other words, you don’t even have to step foot into a grocery store to get some of the best tasting produce around. Keep reading to get in on some of my go-to ways to support local in these desperate times.

  1. Lowcountry Street Grocery – As you may recall from some previous posts about this fabulous business, LSG traditionally operates a grocery store inside a bus that travels around Charleston, typically to under-served communities. Obviously, in these social distancing times, the bus is not operating. Do not fret however, because their Community Supported Grocery (similar to a CSA program) is doing a full on delivery system! You can sign up here and opt for either a single bundle, double bundle, family size bundle, or a baller (huge!) bundle. Prices are pretty reasonable and you get enough locally sourced produce to last a while.
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Single Size Bundle

 

2. Joseph Fields Farms – This John’s Island-based farm is doing a one time – one share CSA program. You pay just $35 for 18 pounds of produce! Pick-ups are weekly on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You can pick up your boxes at 3 different locations (Mount P, South Windermere, and Park Circle). To place your order each week, send an email to teamearthheart@gmail.com or you can order via text at 843-906-6084. Payment is via Venmo.

3. The Veggie Bin – If you weren’t already aware, there is a tiny little grocery store tucked away on Spring Street that is the true gold mine of locally sourced produce and other goods. Some of their merchandise tends to be a bit more pricey than what you would find at a Harris Teeter, but sometimes its worth it if you want really great-tasting produce and also want to avoid big grocery store crowds.

4. Mt. Pleasant Essential Goods Market – Beginning THIS TUESDAY and continuing every Tuesday from 1pm-7pm, you can find a small farmers market at the Moultrie Middle School Pavilion on Coleman Boulevard. The market will be selling fruits and veggies from Joseph Fields Farms, eggs, dairy and poultry from Fili-West Farms, greens and herbs from Hydroponics Harvest Farms, fresh strawberries from Shuler Peach Company, as well as produce from Robert Fields Farms and Earl Freeman Farms. Most of these farms are offering up their produce for pre-order as well, so minimal contact is involved. Phone numbers and emails for pre-ordering are listed below.

  • Joseph Fields Farm: Call (843) 830-8612 by Monday at noon.
  • Fili West Farms: E-mail info@filiwestfarms.com by Monday at 8 p.m.
  • Hydroponics Harvest Farms: Email butlerh88@gmail.com by Monday at noon.
  • Shuler Peach Company: Pre-order via text at (803) 759-0089.

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5. Farmstand – A farmer owned and operated online grocery store that provides access to all locally sourced products. You can sign up for a weekly CSA with FREE delivery that will feed small and medium-sized families for just $25. You will receive an assortment of vegetables from responsible SC farms. Click here to see what they are selling a la carte, as well as to place your order.

6. The Daily – The Daily is open for takeout and delivery and has a plethora of farm fresh produce for sale, as well as various other local products at reasonable prices. Click here to access their website where you can place your order.

7. Baguette Magic – Baguette Magic on James Island is offering contact-free delivery. You can order local produce, various local products, as well as meal kits and ingredients from local restaurants at affordable prices. Click here to place your order.

 

 

Unemployed F&B Employees: Get Your Free Meals!

It’s no question that the Coronavirus is taking quite a significant toll on the Charleston community, from healthcare employees getting sick, to beaches being closed amidst beautiful 80 degree weather, and restaurants having to close their dining rooms and resort to strictly take-out and delivery. Because the restaurants have had to close their doors, they’ve also had to make the very difficult decision to lay off the majority of their employees. Many F&B employees rely on their income to support their families, so for some, this is taking a major toll on their daily lives.

Fortunately, Charleston has a very supportive restaurant community and there are many restaurants and restaurant groups that are coming together to provide meals to F&B employees in need. Below, I’ve got a list of all the restaurants and restaurant groups that are participating. If you are an F&B employee or know someone who is and is in need, make sure to take note!

  • Lewis Barbecue:  Head to Lewis BBQ on Thursdays for FREE hatch red chile and cheese smothered beef burritos, served with pinto beans and spanish rice for the first 100 people to order. Must order ahead online.

TO ORDER: Click here. Then enter the promo code, CHSstrong. You’ll get 20% off any additional items ordered as well.

  • Pay it Forward Charleston: Started by Butcher and Bee, this program will be offering up FREE groceries to F&B employees. Groceries will consist of excess local veggies and other goods that local farmers have to spare. Instead of spoiling and filling a landfill, the restaurants are purchasing the fresh produce at a large discount and donating them to F&B employees in the form of a weekly bag of groceries. Check back for more info on how to sign up!

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We are proud to partner with our dear friends at @butcherandbee on a new initiative aimed at the decimated Charleston F&B community. With the sudden compromise of our beloved #Charleston restaurant scene, there are a number of local farmers that have an abundance of product. Instead of spoiling and filling a landfill, we're purchasing the fresh produce at a deep discount and donating them to F+B workers in the form of a weekly provisions box. @TacoBoyCHS is honored to partner in this week’s pickup, you can sign up at the link in our bio and we'll reach out when your food is available. Join us in thanking the B&B team for getting the ball rolling, and the rest of our amazing restaurant community for pitching in. We're all in this together! 🐝 🌮

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  • Full Belly, Full Hearts: Charleston Hospitality Group is partnering with their food supplier to create a way for hospitality workers and overworked healthcare providers, as well as first responders to come get a free meal or volunteer work serving their fellow F&B employees. The program started this past Monday and will be serving food 7 days a week from 8am-8pm at all Toast locations. You can come to the restaurant at any time and they will serve the food in boxes to you though your car. You can also have your food delivered by calling 843-822-0011. Meals are limited to 1 per day.

 

  • Sorghum and Salt: Sorghum and Salt is partnering with Growfood Carolina to provide 50 FREE meals to those in the service industry who have lost their jobs. Call 843-872-6393 anytime from 5-7pm to add your name to the list and come pick it up.

 

Social Distancing? Order Online!

The Corona-virus is real y’all and its important that everyone takes it seriously. It may not seem like it, but staying home if you are able is one of the best things you can do right now in order to prevent further spreading of the disease. Fortunately for Charleston, many restaurants are still up and running and are offering deals on pick-up and delivery services. It’s more important than ever to support local restaurants because things like the Corona-virus can really negatively impact these businesses.

I’ve got a list below of all restaurants offering affordable online ordering or delivery services. You should also know that if you download Uber Eats, you can get FREE delivery from locally owned restaurants. I will continue to update this list if more restaurants with affordable menu options convert to online ordering and delivery.

  • Mercantile and Mash: Offering 10% off all to-go orders. You can either give them a call or place an order online.

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Phone Number: 843-793-2636

Online Orders: Click here.

  • Daps Breakfast and Imbibe: Order online or through Uber Eats. Available for delivery or pick-up! Most menu items are priced at $10 or under.

Online orders: Click here.

  • Bay Street Biergarten: Call ahead and place an order and get 10% off!

Phone Number: 843-266-2437

  • Rappahanock Oyster Bar: Offering an online ordering menu for curbside pickup or carry-out. I would suggest ordering off their small plate menu for the most affordable options.

Online Ordering Menu: Click Here.

  • Gnome Cafe: Starting Tuesday, March 17 Gnome will be switching to a take-out and delivery service ONLY. You can order on their online ordering website or through Uber Eats for FREE delivery. You can get a freshly made bagel here for just $2.75 or even a BLT for just $7!

Online Ordering: Click Here.

  • Semilla:  Order online through Uber Eats or through Grubhub. You can also call the restaurant to place an order. I would suggest opting for their Taco Box, which includes 3 tacos of your choosing, as well as chips and salsa for just $14. The restaurant is also offering full take out meals that can feed groups of 2-4 people. Be sure to call ahead to pre-order these larger meals. Below I have listed the full meals being offered.

Phone Number: 843-718-3175

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Semilla Full To-Go Large Meal Options:
               – Signature 1/2 Fried Chicken with jalapeño agave glaze, aromatic rice and black beans (serves 2): $26
               -Signature Whole Fried Chicken with jalapeño agave glaze, aromatic rice and black beans (serves 4): $60
               -Mexican BBQ: Carnitas, Carne Asada, Rice, Black Beans, Cabbage Slaw, and Salsa served with flour and corn tortillas (serves 4): $60

 

 

REVIEW: Get your Brunch on at One Broad

Recently I had the opportunity to enjoy brunch at One Broad (yes it’s location stays true to its name) and I was quite pleased with my experience. One Broad is owned by Normandy Farms bakers and owners, Ben Johnson and Mike Ray. The restaurant does a fabulous job of incorporating their farm fresh ingredients and freshly baked varieties of bread into their brunch menu.

I went to One Broad with a friend of mine for a delightful Sunday brunch, in which we sampled two of their menu items, while enjoying the most delicious mimosas and coffee. We ordered their Avocado Toast and the Shakshuka. The Avocado Toast was made with Miche bread and was topped with mashed avocado, spinach leaves, pickled red onions, radishes and herbs. It was one of the most beautiful presentations of avocado toast I had seen and its appearance was truly a great representation of its taste. Upon biting into the toast I was immediately impressed with how flavorful the toasted Miche bread was, as well as its soft, yet crunchy texture. The toppings really took the dish up several notches, with the flavor fusion from the pickled veggies, the herbs and the olive oil drizzled on top. It was salty, tangy, and had a slight garlic-y flavor.

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The Shakshuka really took the cake. This dish is traditionally known as a Mediterranean egg-based dish. It was served in a warm cast-iron skillet and was made of chickpeas, tomatoes, greens, eggs, and salsa verde. It was topped with two slices of toasted bread. This dish was the perfect way to warm us up on a chilly day in Charleston. Not only was it comforting but it was crazy delicious. It was fully of spicy flavor, but it wasn’t so spicy that our mouths were on fire. It was creamy and the toast added a great element, in that we enjoyed topping the toasts with the shakshuka to add a little crunchiness. I would order this dish again in a heartbeat!

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While we were enjoying our dishes, there was a live musician playing and the restaurant was bustling with people thoroughly enjoying their meals. We stopped by their dessert case on the way out, where we were quite tempted by the plethora of muffins, croissants, and other various pastries. However, we were quite full so we decided we would indulge in these sweet treats on our next visit to One Broad.

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Not only does the food taste great at One Broad, but the prices are pretty decent as well. The Avocado Toast cost us $10, which may seem a bit hefty for avocado toast, but the dish was actually large enough for us to split and had such a large variety of toppings, which made the dish well worth its price. The Shakshuka cost us $13, making the total cost of our meal $23 (tip not included), which isn’t too shabby when being split among two people. Not to mention we were both quite full when we left!

If you haven’t yet been to One Broad, I would definitely suggest checking it out. If you think that the price of the meal I had still sounds a bit more than you’d like to be spending, I would suggest checking them out for happy hour during the week from 4-7, in which they offer up special full meals at an affordable price. Happy eating!

A Charleston Mardi Gras on the Cheap!

I’ve never been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras before, but from what I hear, its quite the experience and I definitely plan to check it out one day. In the meantime, I’ll be here stuffing my face with all the king cake in Charleston. Here are just a few of my favorite spots offering up great deals for Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras food and drink this week. Hope you find the baby in your cake!

2/25 THE PALACE HOTEL: From 4-7 enjoy live music by Illa Illa, hurricanes, beads, and the chance to win a $50 gift card if you find the baby in your king cake!

2/25 COSMIC BOWLING AT THE ALLEY: From 4pm-1am, enjoy $2 glow bowling, as well as specials including frozen hurricanes, gumbo, and their $2 Tuesday Specials, which include $2 classic cans and $2 hot dogs.87950276_2556343734476005_6759706945361281024_o2/25 MARDI GRAS PARTY AT COQUIN: Enjoy $10 Crawdad Creole, 1/2 off all wine and champagne, $6 king cake, as well as select tapas priced at $7 or less. If you find the baby in your king cake, you’ll win a FREE magnum bottle of wine!

2/26: MARDI GRAS RUN WITH CHARLESTON BEER WORKS: Run a few miles with a group from Charleston Beer Works and then return back for $4 local drafts all night and $3 sliders!