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).


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.



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.


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.

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.


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!
  • 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.


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

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.


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.


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!


Red Velvet Latte


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 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.



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.



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!

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


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




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.



Enjoy $5 burgers!




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.



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



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!).


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!


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.


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 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.


Veggie Taco and BBQ Shrimp Taco


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!


Onion Soup Gratinee – Photo courtesy of Bistro Toulouse


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.


BBQ Shrimp and Grits – Photo Courtesy of 82 Queen


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.


Green Papaya Salad



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.


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