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!

Spreading the Love..On the Cheap!

Valentine’s Day is almost here and I’ve got the perfect list of ways to get your lovin’ on without having to worry about breaking the bank. From Valentine’s Day restaurant deals, to Galentine’s Day deals, to fun Valentine’s Day events, this is the list you’ve been waiting for. Keep reading to get in on all the great deals.

CLEAN JUICE

On Valentine’s Day, you can get any winter menu item BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE! Wow, with the high prices of smoothies and juices at this healthy cafe, this is certainly a deal not to be missed. If you want some hints as to what the Winter Menu includes, think kale salad bowls, acai bowls, and a red velvet latte!

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Red Velvet Latte

UNCORK

Valentine’s Day could not be a better day to get your wine and cheese consuming on. I can’t think of a better place to enjoy these things than at a self-serve wine bar! Uncork will be offering 20% off sparkling wines and champagne. If you purchase a bottle, you will receive FREE chocolate covered strawberries, as well! If you go during happy hour between 6 and 7pm, you can also enjoy $7 select small plates, including meatballs in a house marinara sauce, a cheese pita pizza served with pepperchini, and marinated Greek olives and pickles.

 

TOAST – WEST ASHLEY

Toast is offering up a 3 course dinner menu for just $24.95/person. You can indulge in this 3 course dinner any time from now until February 15. Menu items include things such as fried green tomatoes, honey-bourbon chicken breast (my personal fav), and red velvet cake. There are locations downtown, in West Ashley, as well as Mt. Pleasant.

 

IN THE KITCHEN WITH ANNE

Join Mercantile and Mash’s pastry chef, Anne White for the ultimate cookie decorating masterclass! You will learn advanced techniques, including how to make royal icing and will also be greeted with a glass of sparkling rose. Your ticket includes your bubbles, step-by-step instruction, as well as a dozen cookies to decorate and take home. Tickets are just $35 and you can snag them here.

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GALENTINE’S DAY

Don’t have a special someone to love on for Valentine’s Day, but have lots of special gal pals? Be sure to head to either Parcel 32 or Sol Southwest Kitchen on February 13 for great Galentine’s Day specials.

  • Parcel 32: from 5-10pm, you can enjoy $5 skinny cocktails, half-priced select bottles of wine and champagne, $10 local cheese plates, happy hour specials from 5-7, as well as live music.
  • Sol Southwest Kitchen: Enjoy a 2 course dinner for just $13!
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Local Cheese Plate at Parcel 32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Spots for Affordable Superbowl Eating and Viewing

THE BRICK – Big Game Oyster Roast and Game Watching Party

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From 4-10pm, you can enjoy $12 buckets of oysters, $12 Yuengling pitchers, a $20 bucket and pitcher combo, and $3 Yuengling pints.

REPUBLIC GARDEN AND LOUNGE

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Enjoy watching the game on a 110 inch viewing screen, while noshing on 50 cent wings, 3 sliders and fries for $12, $5 wells, half off all bottles of wine, and half off VIP table service.

INK N IVY

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Enjoy $5 burgers!

 

VICTOR SOCIAL CLUB

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Enjoy happy hour all night long! This includes $7 specialty cocktails, glasses of $5 prosecco, red and white wine, a $6 seasonal draft selection, $1.50 oysters, and a $7 cheese plate.

LOCALS WEST ASHLEY

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 Enjoy $1.50 Yuengling and 20% off all pub food and sushi, starting at 6pm.

RIVERTOWNE PUBLIC HOUSE

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Take a trip down 17 in Mt. Pleasant to Rivertowne Public House for half-priced wings and pizza and drink specials all night.

 

 

Getting Your Foodie Podcast Fix!

This week I had the opportunity to attend a live podcast recording in the test kitchen of Charleston Food and Wine, and found it to be such a thrilling experience, that I had to share it with all my readers! There is a special podcast series called “Tasting Notes” that the festival hosts each month, featuring influential people in the food industry, not just in Charleston, but around the country. The podcast recordings are open for viewing by the public and are 100% FREE! This past week, I attended the recording of Radio Cherry Bombe, which is a podcast that features women around the country that have an influence in the food industry. Kerry Diamond, the podcast’s host interviewed Gillian Zettler and Karalee Fallert. Gillian is the executive director of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival and Karalee is the co-founder of the Green Heart Project and the co-owner of Taco Boy, The Royal American, The Park Cafe, and the Wiki Wiki Sandbar(wow!).

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Photo op with Kerry Diamond!

Upon walking into the Test Kitchen, I was welcomed with a complimentary glass of the most delicious white wine, as well as small bites being offered by the Park Cafe. There were small tarts that were filled with ricotta cheese and topped with beets, as well as mini avocado toasts and toasts with cheese, tomato and balsamic. These small bites quickly reminded me of how much I love brunching at the Park Cafe and that I need to get back there stat!

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Small bites provided by the Park Cafe

After some nibbling I sat down for the start of the show. Kerry asked many great questions and I felt very intrigued by all that these two amazing women had to say. As someone who works in the food industry, I felt very inspired by Karalee. Karalee started out as as server, and soon realized her passion for Charleston’s food industry and using local ingredients, which eventually led to her big leadership roles. Gillian is one of the people who has the hefty task of making sure the Charleston Food and Wine Festival runs smoothly and is in charge of getting all the little details in order.

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Radio Cherry Bombe live!

If you want to get in on a FREE live podcast viewing like this one, the next one will be held on February 12 from 4pm-5:15pm and will be featuring a local foodie podcast, Effin B Radio. The special guest that will be interviewed is Corrie Wang, who is the co-owner of newly opened restaurant, Jackrabbit Filly. You can score your free tickets here.

Speaking of foodie podcasts, here is a list of my go-to podcasts for all the best intel into Charleston’s food and beverage industry. You can find them all in the podcast app on your phone!

  1. The Winnow: The Winnow is a local podcast that is hosted by The Post and Courier’s food editor, Hanna Raskin and food reporter, Dave Infante. The podcast is all about the inside scoop in the Southern food world and one that I personally find incredibly fascinating. It is released every Wednesday, coinciding with the food section release in the local newspaper.
  2. The Southern Fork: This podcast is hosted by local Charleston editor and writer, Stephanie Burt. The podcast offers some of the most fascinating culinary stories, featuring people with major influence in the F&B world, not just in Charleston, but all over the south. New episodes are released every Sunday.
  3. Hidden F&B: This podcast features top notch foodies who are involved in Charleston’s food and bev scene, but haven’t quite made their mark. I find this podcast fascinating and important because since the food and bev scene in Charleston is so huge, there are many influential people that can be easily missed. New episodes for this podcast are released once a month, usually towards the end of the month.
  4. Effin B Radio: As mentioned above, this is a local Charleston podcast and is hosted and was created by Lindsay Collins. It’s a foodie podcast with a little comedy mixed in with it. They discuss the less important food related news with a playful and humorous demeanor. It’s a great thing to listen to on a drive home from work! Episodes are typically released two times a month.

Your Guide For Finding the Actual Best Restaurant Week Deals

Restaurant week is said to be a great way to try out all the great foods Charleston has to offer at an affordable price, but many menu offerings are priced at $40 or more for a 3 course meal for one person. Lets be honest, most people don’t go out on a typical weeknight and spend more than $40 on a multi-course meal for just themselves. Fortunately, there are quite a few restaurants that offer just 2 course meals (some are 3 course), but only cost about $20 per person or less, which is probably more of an average price you’d pay on a typical weeknight out.

Below I have listed what I have deemed the restaurant week menus that offer the best bang for your buck. I admittedly have not tried many of the things on these menus, but part of the reason for that is because many restaurants tend to offer more of a “tasting menu” so many of the offerings are things not typically offered on their everyday menus. Therefore my suggestions of what to order are mainly based on what will give you the most food for the price you’re paying (though they will most likely be delicious as well!).

CANTINA 76

Cantina 76 is known for its Mexican-inspired cuisine and hand-crafted margaritas. There are 2 locations in Charleston. One is in Mt. Pleasant and the other is in Freshfields Village on Kiawah Island. Cantina 76 is offering quite an amazing deal for Restaurant Week. They are offering a 3 course menu for just $15. You can choose a starter, an entree, and a dessert. The starter is chips with either guacamole, queso or salsa, the entree options consist of a BBQ chicken quesadilla, a salad, or your choice of 2 tacos and a side. For dessert you can choose a margarita or their chimi cheesesticks. I highly recommend opting for the queso, any of the taco offerings, the veggie refried beans, jalapeno coleslaw, and a classic margarita.

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Veggie Taco and BBQ Shrimp Taco

BISTRO TOULOUSE

Bistro Toulouse is located in Mt. Pleasant and offers classic french cuisine, as well as fine wines and cocktails. They are offering a 3 course meal for $20 during lunch.  I would suggest opting for the soup of the day, a crepe or the Onion Soup Gratinee (pictured below), and the brulee for dessert. This meal is sure to give you the ultimate feeling of being out to lunch at a French cafe in Paris!

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Onion Soup Gratinee – Photo courtesy of Bistro Toulouse

82 QUEEN

Looking to get a little fancy in your restaurant week dining adventures without spending your entire paycheck? Head to 82 Queen for lunch, where you can indulge in their 2 course menu for just $15. You can choose a starter and a main dish. Known for their traditional southern cuisine, my recommendation would be to opt for the BBQ Shrimp and Grits as a starter and the Lowcountry Gumbo for your main.

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BBQ Shrimp and Grits – Photo Courtesy of 82 Queen

CO

CO is located on King Street in downtown Charleston and is a hot spot among CofC students and locals alike. With delicious Asian cuisine and great prices, its a place not to be missed. CO is offering a 3 course dinner menu for just $20 or a 4 course dinner menu for just $5 more. For your first course, I would opt for the Edamame Gyoza, the Green Papaya Salad for your second course (you can choose your choice of meat), Pad Thai for your third course (you can choose tofu or chicken), and the Strawberry Spring Rolls for dessert.

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Green Papaya Salad

 

MS. ROSES FINE FOOD AND COCKTAILS

Ms. Roses, located in West Ashley is known for their sustainable seafood dishes and southern cuisine. They are offering a 3 course dinner menu for just $25. You can opt for a starter, a main dish and a dessert. I would suggest opting for the Mussels Rockefeller for a starter, the smoked chicken breast for a main, and the warm cookie flight for dessert. I’ve been to Ms. Roses quite a few times and have not had a bad meal yet! The casual atmosphere combined with delicious food is the perfect combination.

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Inside out Red Velvet Cookies – Photo Courtesy of Ms. Roses Fine Food and Cocktails

 

To find a full listing of all restaurant week menus, click here: 

Restaurant Week 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ringing in 2020 Without Spending More than $50

New Years in Charleston can be quite pricey, with most events costing at least $150 or more. This is why you have me to provide you with some great ideas on how you can ring in 2020 without having to spend an obscene amount of money. Keep reading to find out my go-to ways to have a budget-friendly New Years celebration.

1. Have a progressive New Years party with your neighbors. 

My neighborhood did this when I was a kid and I still reminisce about how fun it was to this day. Coordinate with your neighbors who will host the appetizer part, the main course part, and the dessert part. Coordinate with your neighbors who aren’t hosting what food item they will contribute to the party. If you have multiple neighbors who want to host, you could even make it into a 5 course dinner! When the clock hits midnight, march around the neighborhood banging pots and pans. The best thing about this is it’s totally FREE and everyone is contributing in some way.

2. New Years Eve at Prohibition

This event only costs $40 and includes a DJ, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, and passed hors d’ouerves from 10:30-11:30pm.

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3. New Years Eve Flip Flop Drop and Fireworks

Head to Folly Beach and hang out at the dive bars where you’re sure to snag some cheap brews, all while listening to live music and watching the flip flops drop and the fireworks burst at midnight. The event is FREE, all you have to do is pay for the drinks!

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4. New Years at Revelry

Looking to watch NYE fireworks from a rooftop, but don’t want to spend $10 on a fancy cocktail? Head on over to the rooftop at Revelry Brewery. Entry is FREE and can specials will be offered. DJ Sparkbox will be playing from 4-7pm.

5. Walk the Red Carpet at Ink N Ivy

For just $35, you can enjoy multiple food stations, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors, ice luges, a photo booth, a balloon drop and a DJ.

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I hope this list helps calm your nerves about the cost of your New Years fun this year and that you truly get the chance to live it up, let go of 2019, and bring in all the good vibes for 2020. If all else fails, you can sit on your couch, watch the ball drop and enjoy some champagne to yourself…but lets hope it doesn’t come down to that. 😉 Happy New Year to all!

Getting your Cultural Culinary fix at Workshop

Workshop has been around for a couple years now, but only recently has this fancy “exploratory food court” stepped up their game with a wide variety of very authentic ethnic food options. The food court has been criticized in the past for having stalls that are good, but leave shortly after they open and also for being a bit TOO fancy and being expensive for a food court-style business. I ventured over to Workshop recently to try out some of the newest stalls, and found myself to be quite impressed with not only the food but the entire layout of the whole place.

Over the course of the past year or two, Workshop has become less of just a food court and more of a family-friendly hang-out spot. You not only have the option to sit inside, but there is also plenty of seating in the huge lawn outside. Workshop now offers live music on the lawn a couple times a week and inside the food court during the cold winter months. Another more recent development is that Workshop now serves fun craft cocktails on the lawn, which makes it easy to grab a beverage if you’re just hanging out on the lawn with your kids or friends.

In my recent visits to Workshop, I sampled a few of Workshop’s offerings. My first stop was to Mansueta’s, which is offering up authentic Filipino cusine. Here I tried the Pancit ($13), the Lumpia ($8), Squash Salad ($11) and Champorado ($8). The Pancit consisted of stir-fried noodles, crab-fat ginger sauce, cabbage and egg. The Lumpia was pork spring rolls, and the Champorado was a thick chocolate rice pudding. Everything at Mansueta’s was delicious and full of rich flavors. The best part was that none of these dishes cost more than $13 and they definitely weren’t skimpy on portion sizes!

My next stop was to Julius’ Deli, where I tried the Whipped Feta ($6) and the Pierogi’s ($8). This stall is a Jewish deli, so many of their dishes are staples of traditional Jewish cuisine, such as the potato Pierogi’s I had. Both of the dishes were super flavorful and I especially loved the sweet and savory flavors of the feta dish, which also had chunks of salty beets on the side. The portions weren’t light and the meal only cost me about $15. Definitely a good bang for your buck!

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My next stop was to Rebel Taqueria, which serves up authentic Mexican cuisine. Here, I tried a dish off their appetizer menu. I sampled their Yoda Balls, which only cost me $5. I was given a basket of what I suppose you would call Mexican hush puppies. The balls were fried and were infused with salsa verde and a corn filling. They were topped with cotija cheese, giving them the perfect tangy finishing flavor. I loved the sweet and spicy flavor combo of this dish I’d probably say these are going to quickly become my new favorite hush puppies in town!

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I paired this delicious food with a warm bourbon-spiked apple cider from the cocktail cart on the lawn (though inside this time due to rain). It cost me $8, which is a bit more on the pricey side, but it was delicious and definitely not skimpy on the bourbon! They are also currently selling mulled wine for about the same price, as well as local beers and wine. You can also venture over to Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co, which has plenty of freshly brewed beer on tap and more delicious food options.

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I still have a few more places at Workshop to check out, but in the meantime I will be here reminiscing about the amazing fusion of flavors of the food I had in my recent visits to Workshop. If you haven’t been yet, you’re really missing out on some high quality food at a very reasonable price. If you need a good post-work hangout spot, this is definitely the place to go!

Now Open: King Claw Seafood!

New to the West Ashley food and bev scene is King Claw Juicy Seafood and Bar, known for its heaping bowls of seafood boils. This week I had the opportunity to attend the soft opening with some fellow bloggers. The restaurant surprised us with how bright, vibrant and big it was. We also liked how well they incorporated a seafood theme, with sailboats and boat ropes scattered around the restaurant and ceilings. With a full bar and plenty of large tables to sit at, we found this restaurant to be very accommodating, as well as inviting.

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King Claw offers a wide variety of seafood boils by the 1/2 pound as well as fried seafood and various appetizers consisting of things like oysters and hush puppies. You can choose from 3 different seasonings when ordering your seafood boil (Cajun, garlic butter, lemon pepper, or the house special) and you can also choose how spicy you want it to be. I opted for a boil consisting of crab legs, crawfish, and shrimp (*this option was only available during their soft opening). I selected the cajun seasoning and a mild spice level. The boil was served in a large bowl, inside a plastic bag to contain what is expected to be a very messy meal. You are given plastic gloves and a bib to help with this as well! I don’t eat a lot of shellfish in general and had never even had a crawfish before, so this was a whole new experience for me..but I went with it! I pulled out my crab cracker and started cracking away. Much to my surprise, the meat inside the fish was incredibly flavorful and in fact, juicy (their restaurant title does not lie!).

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I also tried a few of their appetizers, including the hush puppies, Cajun fries, sweet potato fries, fried shrimp, and Cajun edamame. The fried shrimp and Cajun edamame were my favorites. The fried shrimp was extra crispy, yet soft to the bite, and had a bit of a spice kick. The Cajun spices on the edamame provided the most unique flavor and I will probably be trying to find ways to recreate this app myself in the next few days.

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Not only is the food unique and delicious at King Claw, but it is also pretty affordable. Most boils are in the $15-$25 price range and you are given A LOT of food. I could only eat about 1/4 of my bowl and I took the rest home, making the price a pretty good bang for my buck. If you are a fan of seafood boils, then I would highly suggest venturing out to this new West Ashley hot spot ASAP!