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Thanksgiving Round Up

November 15, 2016

Sometimes, the burdens of life get you down and the idea of making a whole Thanksgiving dinner is just too much for you to handle. It’s ok. Don’t feel bad, I totally get it. And so do these restaurants. Find your Thanksgiving hero in one of these awesome restaurants in Charleston:


**Post will be updated with new restaurants as they come available.**

Dine-In Options


Reservations: (843) 937-8666
Pricing: $35 for a prix fixe 3-course meal. Kids 12 & under are $18


Menu items include their famous burrata salad, beef carpaccio, butternut squash soup, or southern poutine for course #1; turkey roulade, cheddar agnolotti, pan-seared scallops, or pan roasted beef tenderloin for course #2; and pumpkin pie, lemongrass frozen mousse, or S’mores trifle for course #3.

California Dreaming

West Ashley
Reservations: 843-766-1644
Pricing: $17.95 for adults; $5.95 for kids 10 and under


  • Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Sugar Cured Ham
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Green Beans
  • Honey-Butter Glazed Carrots
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Southern Herb Stuffing
  • Homemade Gibet Gravy
  • Cranberry Relish
  • Cornbread Muffins
  • Pecan or Pumpkin Pie

The Dewberry

Downtown Charleston
Reservations: 843-872-9065
Pricing: $85 for adults; $30 for kids 6-12; free for kids 5 and under


Gather with friends and family at The Dewberry this Thanksgiving, November 24th. Our chef curated, traditional holiday feast is sure to create lasting memories for years to come.

Seatings are available from 12 – 4 p.m. $85 per adult, $30 per child ages 6-12 and complimentary for children under 5.

Tickets are limited. Please call 843.872.9065 for details and reservations.

Grand Bohemian Hotel

Downtown Charleston
Reservations Required: 843-724-4144
Pricing: $39 for adults; $15 for kids 12 and under


Explore the artful culinary creations of Thanksgiving dinner with us. Enjoy classic holiday dishes with our signature Bohemian twist in an inspiring atmosphere. It’s a new spin on a classic tradition and unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

Three Course Thanksgiving Dinner at Élevé Dining Room from 11:00am-9:00pm
*An ala carte menu will also be available

To make your reservation today, please call 843.724.4144 or visit

High Cotton

Downtown Charleston
Reservations: 843-724-3815
Pricing: $55 for appetizer + entree, or add dessert for $60


Leave the cooking to High Cotton this Thanksgiving! Join us Thursday, November 24th, from 12:00pm-8:30pm, for a prix fixe menu of appetizer and entree for $55, or add dessert for $60. We are also offering Turkey Sandwiches to go!  Reservations are required, and can be made by calling us at 843-724-3815.

Poogan’s Smokehouse

Downtown Charleston
Reservations Required
Pricing: priced per menu item


Saffron Restaurant & Bakery

Downtown Charleston
Reservations: 843-722-5588
Pricing: $24.95 for adults and $8.95 for children under 10

Saffron’s traditional turkey day buffet Is right around the corner. Make your reservations now at 843-722-5588 Adults $24.95 Children $8.95. Free Range Turkey- Prime Rib – Alaskan Salmon – Wood Oven Baked Ham. With all the trimmings!

  • Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Sweet Potato w/ Honey & Cinnamon
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Green Beans Almondine
  • Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole
  • Saffron Rice Pilaf
  • Crunchy & Crispy Field Green Salad
  • Cranberry Sauce, Bread & More
  • Spiced Pumpkin Pie and as always, more, more & more desserts sure to please your taste buds!

Slightly North of Broad

Downtown Charleston
Reservations: 843-722-5588
Pricing:$55 for appetizer + entree, or add dessert for $60


Leave the cooking to S.N.O.B. this Thanksgiving! Join us Thursday, November 24th, from 11:30am-7:00pm, for a prix fixe menu of appetizer and entree for $55, or add dessert for $60. We are also offering Turkey Sandwiches to go!

To Go Options

Artisan Meat Share

Downtown Charleston
Order deadline: November 23 (or while supplies last)
Price: $125 for a half smoked turkey or $5 / pound for a heritage turkey


Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s time to order your fresh Heritage turkeys this year. Artisan Meat Share knows a Thanksgiving feast is all about the turkey, and Charleston locals can let the experts handle preparing the bird. Straight from Keegan-Filion Farms, there’s a spot for AMS’ Heritage breed turkeys on every holiday table.

For those wanting Chef Craig Deihl and his team to do the handy work, smoked half turkeys come with butter for basting and gravy for your fixings, priced at $125. Or, opt for a Heritage turkey to cook at home priced at $5 per pound. Artisan Meat Share is accepting orders for Thanksgiving now. Limited quantities are available and can be ordered in advance by calling (843) 641-7299.

Blackbird Market

Johns Island
Order deadline: November 25
Price: price per menu item


Order Now. 559-0193

Open Wednesday, November 25 until 5:00.

TURKEYS Oven Roasted or Smoked

  • Whole Turkey $3.75/ lb.
  • Turkey Breast $9.00/ lb.


  • Slow Cooked Collards
  • Roasted Beets & Sweets
  • Old Time Pole Beans
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

2-4 ppl $7.50 / 4-8 ppl $10.50 / 8-12ppl $21.50 / 15-25 ppl $40.00

  • Oyster Stuffing
  • Pecan, Apple & Sausage Stuffing


  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Corn Pudding
  • Squash Casserole
  • Scalloped Potatoes
  • Tomato Pie


  • Apple Pie $20.00
  • Pumpkin Pie $20.00
  • Pecan Pie $ 25.00
  • Bread Pudding $11.50
  • Pumpkin Cheese Cake $ 30.00


  • Gravy $7.50 quart
  • Cranberry Sauce $4.25 pint $7.50 quart
  • Warm Crab Dip $13.50 / $26.50/ $52.00

Butcher & Bee and The Daily

Downtown Charleston
Order deadline: November 16
Price: $225


Thanksgiving Takeout Package features a 15- to 20-lb. Keegan-Filion Turkey plus sides, making it just the right amount of food to feed 6 – 8 people this holiday while still having enough for leftovers.

Side dishes and fixins include:

  • The traditional: classic stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, and cranberry sauce
  • The distinctive: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with pecan crumble and whiskey sauce; bacon-laced Brussels Sprouts, tossed with fried shallots and chile oil; and Roasted Beets with hazelnuts and tarragon vinaigrette
  • The optional add-ons: pies, cookies, and breads by Pastry Chef Cynthia Wong ($2-25)

Guests can purchase Thanksgiving Takeout for $225 (that’s $28-37.50 per person–what a deal!). All that’s left to do is stock up on adult beverages—which, conveniently, guests can check off the list during pick up at The Daily (652B King St.) Wednesday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. or Thursday, Nov. 24 8 a.m.-12 p.m. by perusing affordable, seasonally inspired, and crowd-pleasing pairings, with guidance from McCarus Beverage Co. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, Nov. 16 by emailing

Mercantile and Mash

Downtown Charleston
Order deadline: November 21
Pricing: $175; feeds 6-8


Thanksgiving is right around the corner – are you ready? Let us take the hassle out of cooking for you by preparing your Thanksgiving dinner-to-go! With a menu full of delicious sides, a Joyce Farms turkey and delightful desserts, you’ll be sure to have a stress-free, scrumptious holiday celebration. Call us at 843.793.2636 or stop in to place your order today! #mercantileandmash #mercandmash

Poogan’s Smokehouse

Downtown Charleston
Order deadline: November 23 at 5pm
Pricing: $150; feeds up to 6


2.5 pounds of meat 

  • Pulled Pork
  • Smoked Turkey (mix of white & dark meat)
  • Half pulled pork and half smoked turkey

3 sides

  • White cheddar mac & cheese
  • Collard greens
  • Charred broccoli
  • Bacon roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Coleslaw
  • Potato salad
  • Delmonico potatoes
  • Andouille sausage stuffing

Choice of homemade cornbread or Hawaiian rolls

Choice of pecan or pumpkin pie

Includes sauces and gravy.

Ted’s Butcherblock

Downtown Charleston
Order deadline: November 19
Price: Varies; feeds 3-4



  • Whole Bell & Evans ($3.95/lb.)
  • North Carolina Heritage Black Turkeys ($7/lb.) are available, cooked or uncooked and must be ordered in advance (limited quantities available).
  • Brining ($10/bird) and cooking ($25/bird) are also available.
  • Spiral-Cut Kurobuta Ham $13/lb.


  • Creamed Greens & Gruyere – $12/lb.
  • Dirty Rice with Smoked Duck Sausage – $13/lb.
  • Sourdough Bread Pudding with Mushroom, Leeks & Bacon – $13/lb.
  • Sweet Potato Casserole – $13/lb.


  • Traditional Turkey Gravy – $12/qt.
  • Cranberry Sauce – $9/pint


  • Apple Crisp with Oat Streusel – $12 (serves 3-4)

Items will be packaged for easy re-heating may be picked up on Tuesday or Wednesday, November 22-23 from 11 am – 7 pm at Ted’s Butcherblock, located at 334 East Bay Street in Downtown Charleston. The case at Ted’s will be stocked with the sides, fixings and dessert from the Thanksgiving Feast Menu the week of Thanksgiving, but customers are encouraged to place orders by November 19 by calling (843) 577-0094 to ensure availability.

Charleston Restaurant News Events

Election Day 2016 Round Up

November 8, 2016

The day has finally come! One of these people will be our next president. If that thought doesn’t excite you, perhaps the idea of getting free stuff just for voting will! Here’s where you can show off your “I Voted” sticker in Charleston and get rewarded with free swag (or where other cool election-related things are happening around town).

**On a serious note: please vote! It’s important and it’s your right as an American.**


*Updated all day as I find more deals! Check back often for more freebies!* Last update: 11/8 4:19 pm

5Church Charleston

  • $12 ‘Merica Burger (gorgonzola, bacon, smoked tomato marmalade, and aioli)

Bay Street Biergarten

  • Free Pretzel all day with “I VOTED” sticker

Bull St. Gourmet

  • 10% Off All Food Until Close (5pm)



  • For those that are looking to escape the craziness of the election; Burwells is hosting a BarCation (no sticker required).
  • Burwell’s entire bar’s food menu will be 1/2 off
  • Burwell’s will be featuring their foreign adult beverages (featured all night including late night):
    • Dark & Stormy: Rum
    • Crown Royal: Canadian Whisky
    • Mexican Mule: Tequila
    • Moscow Mule: Vodka
    • Johnnie Walker: Scotch
    • Argentina: Malbec
    • Laurent Perrier: French Champagne
    • Ana Cava: Spanish Sparkling Wine
    • Prosecco: Italian Sparkling Wine

Cannon Green

  • Bring your “I Voted” sticker to Happy Hour from 5-7pm for Taco Tuesday and receive a Plinko Chip! #electionday

Charleston Beer Works

  • Join Charleston Beer Works’ Chef Jason Dupree and guest Chef Matty Priede of Band of Gypsy’s Catering and Pop-Up Events for an Election Night to remember.
  • 80 tickets are available for $30 each.
  • Enjoy live music starting at 8pm from Band of Gypsys.
  • Get ready for all-you-can-eat access to a Cuban style whole hog, empanadas, duck fried rice, cerviche and MORE!

Charleston Pour House

  • Free Live election coverage on 2 big screens on Main stage. Doors open at 8 pm.
  • ON THE DECK: Darius Ruckus, 4:00-6:30pm, FREE!

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

  • Little ones can join in the fun by voting for their favorite King of Pops flavor at CML all day tomorrow
  • Parents wearing an “I Voted” sticker who bring their families to the Children’s museum today will be entered to win a FREE one-year Family Membership.

Chuck E Cheese

  • Free personal pepperoni pizza by using coupon code #5253 or telling the cashier you voted

CO Charleston

  • 1/2 off pho all day (No sticker required)

Cove Oyster Bar

  • Free Dessert with “I Voted” Sticker or voting stub!

D’Allesandro’s Pizza

  • $5 off orders over $20.16. Excludes lunch combos and happy hour deals. Show your “I voted” sticker to the server.

Deep Water Vineyard

  • Free wine tasting and complimentary stemless wine glass

Edmund’s Oast

  • “Vote Champagne” finale party. Get specially-priced glasses of champagne starting at 4:30 pm (no sticker needed).

Eli’s Table

  • Free Chef’s choice dessert

Firehouse Subs

  • Get a medium drink for free by showing your “I Voted” sticker

Elliotborough Mini Bar

  • “Erection Night…. it’s a Pop-Up”
    by Chef Kevin Getzewich

    • 1st Course …. $10
      Chawan Mushi. Crab. Peanut. Scallion.
    • 2nd Course …. $12
      Kimvhi Soup. Carolina Gold Rice. Chicken. Tofu.
    • 3rd Course …. $5
      Benne See Ice Cream
  • Please bring CASH for food!


  • 1/2 off on a presidential donut with “I VOTED” sticker
  • Trump = Trumpkin = pumpkin doughnut
  • Clinton = Clemon = lemon doughnut

Gold’s Gym

  • Show your “I Voted” sticker to get free access to the gym on Election Day

Green Goat

  • Free order of fried pickles with your “I Voted” sticker
  • $5 burgers (every Tuesday)


  • 10% Off All Food All Day; Results on TV All Day Long

Krispy Kreme

  • Show your “I VOTED” sticker and get a free donut!

Lewis Barbecue

  • $1 Modelos with your “I Voted” sticker, starting at 5pm
  • Will be broadcasting election results

Marco’s Pizza

  • Go on their website to “cast your vote for Marco’s” and receive a voucher for a free pizza.

Persimmon Cafe – Downtown & Summerville

  • 15% off entire order all day with “I VOTED” sticker

Royal American

  • Free show featuring Susto starting at 9 pm sharp! (no sticker required)

Rusty Rudder

  • 25% off your meal, today only.

The Sparrow

  • Special treat if you’re wearing your “I Voted” sticker.
  • Live broadcast of election results

Sticky Fingers – All Locations

  • Free dessert with “I Voted” sticker


  • Free Chef’s Choice Dessert with “I Voted” Sticker or voting stub!

Toast (all locations)

  • Free Chef’s Choice Dessert

Wine & Design – West Ashley

  • Receive $10 OFF gift card if you are wearing your “I voted today” sticker.


  • Free cup of coffee

Yelp Charleston

  • Must sign-up on the Yelp Event page ( to be added to the guest list.
  • When the polls close, the party starts! Yelp’s biggest event of 2016! Come celebrate America this election night and party like there’s no tomorrow… because there might not be. Get ready for 5-star food from all over the lowcountry, patriotic potables, and more entertainment value than the current election season! ALL FOR FREE!
  • This event is open to everyone & the only requirements are that you must have/create a Yelp account (Real name and profile photo too), be 21+, and you must RSVP on the Yelp Event Page.


  • Free childcare while parents go to vote. Click here for more info.

Zero Restaurant + Bar

  • $8 red & blue drinks tonight.



Events Guides

Halloween Round Up: 2016

October 21, 2016

What will you be dressing up as this year? Sexy Ken Bone? Your favorite Pokémon? One of the few remaining living characters on Game of Thrones? Whatever you decide, it’s important to pick the perfect location for your Halloween shenanigans. Here’s a list of where you can go to get your spooky party on for Halloween in Charleston.


Thursday October 27th

Upper Deck Tavern

No Cover
Downtown Charleston
10 pm – 2 am


DJ Lazer Cat brings special guest DJ’s to get your Halloween Weekend started! Put on your best costume but be prepared to work it out on the dance floor.

Friday October 28th

Bay Street Biergarten

Downtown Charleston
10 pm – close


Freddy is back and on October 28th he’ll be haunting your dreams and our dancefloor as DJ Rehab rocks the house with your favorite 90’s hits. We’ll have you covered from Backstreet to Britney while you enjoy an ALL-INCLUSIVE evening of drinks, dancing and appetizers.

Rock your best 90’s gear, throwback costume or whatever helps you rock your body right because you know we’ll have a gift card for the best outfit in the building. Are you original?

Cocktail Club

No Cover
Downtown Charleston
9 pm – 1 am


Join The Cocktail Club for a Miami Vice Halloween Party on Friday, October 28 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.!

Stop in for cocktail specials, a prize for best costume, and live music fromBrent Pace Music. This is not a ticketed event, everyone 21 and older is welcome!

Frothy Beard Halloween Costume Party

North Charleston
7:30 – 10:30 pm


Join us at the brewery for a costume party, Friday October 28!

Food Baby Food Truck will be serving up great food and we have the best BOO-ze in town.

Stereo 8

James Island
7 pm – close


Saturday October 29th

2Nixons & Proof

No Cover
Downtown Charleston
6 pm – 1 am


Celebrate Halloween with us at Proof! Costumes are optional–but 2Nixons will give out a free bowl of ramen to our favorite costume.

5Church Charleston

No Cover
Downtown Charleston

10 pm – close


5Church’s All Hallows Eve event will feature D.J. Taylor Rowland and a costume contest with the winner receiving a $200 gift card.

843 Korean BBQ & Sushi

No Cover
North Charleston

9 pm – 12 am


Dress to Impress to enter a Costume Contest!
Photo Booth!
Glo Bar!
Drink Specials!
Costume Party!
Come join us for a Black Out Halloween Party!!! And get your picture taken!!!

The Cedar Room

Downtown Charleston
10 am – 11:30 am


Join The Cedar Room for a special Halloween themed yoga class led by Elli Rictor! Come dressed in your best costume and win a prize of a $250 gift card valid at any Indigo Road restaurant.

Bites and $5 seasonal blended juices will be available from Mercantile and Mash.

Bring your own yoga mat, towel and water bottle.

Craft Conundrum

No Cover
West Ashley
6 pm – 10 pm


It gets better every year! Don’t miss Craft Conundrum’s 3rd Annual Halloween Bash & Costume Contest! There’ll be a ton of candy, craft beer specials, and a costume contest with a GRAND PRIZE of a $300 Craft Conundrum Gift Certificate!

Pep Rolls will be hangin’ out from 5-9pm and we’ll have everyone’s favorite crazy rock band, Kids on Acid, set up kicking out the jams from 7-10pm! It’s time to get creative and bring your A-Game! Enjoy a fun Halloween party, great food, beer, and music at your favorite little neighborhood spot. See y’all then! Winner will be announced at approximately 10pm. Small prizes will be given randomly for costumes we find to be extra fun or creative. Go crazy!

Faculty Lounge

No Cover
Downtown Charleston
10 pm – until


Halloween Dance party at Faculty Lounge!

FILL Restaurant & Piano Bar

$10 – $25
Mount Pleasant
9 pm – 2 am


On Saturday, October 29th FILL will host an Early Dinner Dueling Piano Show at 6:30pm and an adult Halloween Party starting at 9:00pm. VIP and General admission to the Halloween Party include an Hors D’oeuvre buffet, entry into a costume contest, drink specials and an all night Dueling Piano Show. Additionally, hundreds in cash and prizes will be given away!!!
FILL is currently taking reservations for VIP seats and tables which offer full-service and include a free drink.
The VIP ticket is priced at $25 per person | General admission is $10.

Ghost Monkey Brewery & Rebel Taqueria

No Cover
Mount Pleasant
11 am – 10 pm


On October 29th we’re teaming up with Ghost Monkey Brewing for a Halloween Costume Bash like no other.

We’ll be serving up some of our amazing tacos to be paired with drink specials, live music, and of course costume prizes.

Think you have the best costume in the house? Judging for the costume contest will take place from 7-8:30pm. Come dressed like your interpretation of a Ghost Monkey and receive a special treat from our bartenders.

Mount Pleasant Towne Center

No Cover
Mount Pleasant
12 pm – 4 pm


A day of festivities, including trick or treating, jump castle, face painting, balloon animals, train rides and more family fun.

Enter our annual pet costume contest sponsored by Hairy Winston Pet Boutique: registration starts at the store at noon and is only $10 per entry with all proceeds to benefit Pet Helpers. Categories include Best Duo, Most Trending, Best Homemade, Best Inanimate Object, Best Superhero and Best Overall. Hairy Winston and Mount Pleasant Towne Centre gift cards to the winner of each category – plus bragging rights of course!

Art-vark Palette, a local Mount Pleasant art studio, will be offering a fun,free art activity to all the kids: a hand print animal drawing – you will be amazed at all the animals that can be made out of a child’s hand print!


Downtown Charleston
7 pm – 11 pm


The results are in and you’ve been committed to Briarcliff Manor this Halloween weekend. On Saturday, October 29th all of our patients will be strapped in for a night of beats from DJ Clev Starr, an open bar brought to you by William Wolff Whiskey and PBR and a few other surprises only the doctors know about. But don’t fill up on beer & spirits, Platia Food Truck will be onsite slinging delicious Greek eats (cash or card accepted).

If you make it out alive, we invite you to join us at the official after party at Republic Garden & Lounge (462 King Street) where your Asylum ticket will get you to the front of line and no cover charge.


No Cover
Downtown Charleston

9 pm – 12 am


The most decadent Halloween Party in Charleston is at Tabbuli this year, and you’re invited!

Fire Spinners
Drag Show
Costume Contests with prizes & SO much more.

Music by: Breakthrough & DJ Trevor D

Taco Boy

Downtown Charleston

6 pm – 12 am


Taco Boy Downtown’s biggest fiesta of the year is happening Saturday Oct 29! Get your costumes ready because we’ve added an additional category to our epic contest: Best Couple Costume!

We’ll have DJ NattyHeavy keeping you dancing all night.
Best individual costume wins $1,000 CASH
Best group costume (3 or more) wins $500 Taco Boy gift card
Best couple’s costume wins $250 Taco Boy gift card

21+ and $5 cover after 6PM

Sunday October 30th

Bar Mash

No Cover
Downtown Charleston
4 pm – 2 am


Join us for tiki cocktail specials, a live DJ and a costume contest in celebration of All Hallows’ Eve! The event is free and open to the public. See you there!

Tin Roof

No Cover
West Ashley
4:30 pm – 12 am


If you don’t know already: you pick a band, for 15 minutes you be that band and play that songs at this show. I’ll keep who’s in what band a secret (you can talk about em if you want).

Miles Davis
Drug Church
Kevin and the K-Tels
LCD Soundsystem
The Mountain Goats
Nine Inch Nails
No Use For a Name
The Police
Xiu Xiu

Monday October 31st

Tin Roof

West Ashley
8:30 pm – 12 am


The creative minds over at BigBadBetter present, “The Wicked West (Ashley) Masquerade”, West Ashley’s official Halloween Party, hosted at the Tin Roof! (Thanks Tin Roof!)

This Hallow’s Eve is going to get EXTRA wild, with music coming from our favorite funk family: The Night Caps AND Charleston’s only live improvised Hip-Hop Band: The Boom Bap Crew!

It’s a Masquerade party so bring a mask! Plus there is a CASH PRIZE for the dopest Masquerade Mask!

Shoutout to our sponsors for making it live! JYVE providing the bands,Pabst Blue Ribbon providing swag and beer, and also Three Olives Vodka!

Charleston Restaurant News Events

CO Introduces New $3, $4, $5 Happy Hour

October 14, 2016

This past Monday CO rolled out a new happy hour menu that builds off of their popular $4 menu. The new menu will give guests the opportunity to enjoy more delicious options at two new prices, $3 and $5, as well as $4.


To kick things off, guests can pay for a happy hour dish with an Instagram picture Monday Oct. 17 – Friday Oct. 21 from 4pm-7pm.  Guests must tag CO using @eatatCOchs and also use the hashtag #COhappyhour to redeem their free happy hour dish of their choosing.

New Menu:

$3 category:

  • steamed edamame
  • pork belly bun (single)
  • pork and crab spring roll (single)
  • mango summer roll (single)
  • fresh fruit infused sake

$4 category:

  • shishito peppers
  • edamame gyoza
  • beef & kimchi dumplings
  • yellow curry (chicken or tofu)
  • draft beer
  • select wine

$5 category:

  • malaysian chili wings
  • chicken katsu banh mi slider
  • tuna tataki
  • signature craft cocktail
Charleston Restaurant News Events

Liberate Your Palate Cocktail Tour Comes to Charleston

July 21, 2016

Calling all cocktail lovers! The Liberate Your Palate Cocktail Tour is expanding to Charleston for the first time this year, running July 29 – September 30.

Liberate your palate

The idea is simple: with the purchase of a Passbook for $20, guests receive a pocket-sized booklet filled with $5 drink specials at some of Charleston’s best restaurants including 492, 5Church, Bar Mash, Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill, Cannon Green, Craftsman Kitchen & Taphouse, The Grocery, High Cotton, Home Team BBQ, Indaco, O-Ku, Old Village Post House Inn, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Rarebit and Slightly North of Broad.

The Viper, 5Church

The Viper, 5Church

Upon redemption, bartenders will punch guest’s passbooks, valid for 1 cocktail at each restaurant July 29 – September 30. Liberate Your Palate also as an app available for iPhone and Andriod phones, allowing users to find locations, map to and “check-in” locations, view operating hours, make reservations and share photos on Facebook and Twitter.

Charleston, SC Events Restaurant Reviews

Sushikon Brewshi Tour

May 13, 2016

The only time “I ate sushi on a bus” is an ok statement.

Earlier this month, we attended Sushikon’s Brewshi Tour. Sushikon was started by the same people who brought us Octobachi downtown, which is sadly no longer. When I first heard about this tour, I thought it sounded like a really fun, new, and unique idea. It’s sort of like a food-truck-meets-brewery-tour-meets-sushi.

If you close your eyes you can pretend like you're in Japan!

If you close your eyes you can pretend like you’re in Japan!

This was only their 3rd tour ever and they have many more planned for the next few months. We went to three local breweries and were served a sushi meal in between each stop. We met at the bus depot downtown around 6 pm and left to go to our first brewery, Freehouse Brewery.

That's what we're talkin' bout.

That’s what we’re talkin’ bout.


If you haven’t ever been, I would recommend making the trek just for the view alone; it’s absolutely gorgeous!

Plus, dog friendly! Win-win!

Plus, dog friendly! Win-win!

We tried two half pints while we talked to frequent brewery goers and looked at the equipment. Freehouse had a gorgeous view of the Ashley River, but was a tad small, so it gets crowded very quickly. The beers were very refreshing and crisp.

Half pints are like mini-muffins: they don't actually count as real life.

Half pints are like mini-muffins: they don’t actually count as real life.

After about 30 minutes at Freehouse, we headed back to the bus to enjoy our first round of sushi: sushi nachos with fresh, local tuna, imitation crab, avocado, carrots, cucumber and caviar on top of blue corn tortilla chips. The nachos were tasty and light after our first round of beers.

You heard that right. Sushi. Nachos.

You heard that right. Sushi. Nachos.

While eating sushi nachos, we headed toward our second brewery, Tradesman on James Island. Driving down Folly Road, you would never suspect the building behind a gas station to hold many, delicious beers.

Oh, hey, secret Brewery. Nice to meet you!

Oh, hey, secret Brewery. Nice to meet you!

This two-story building has different taps on the different levels, and each beer is named after something trade related, and each tap has a tool as a handle.

The closest I'll ever get to being in a tool shed.

The closest I’ll ever get to being in a tool shed.

Some of the beers we tried were infused with different flavors that we’d never seen anywhere else. Including a coffee beer that was not a stout or porter, but more of a light beer. One of the beers that is frequently on their menu is called Coco Nuts & Bolts made with toasted coconut, which I will definitely be going back to try as they had run out.


Is it just me or are these half pints getting bigger?

As we made our way back to the bus, we had a platter of sushi waiting for us. The sushi tasted fresh and was very filling, but wasn’t overly flavorful or unique.

At least it looks pretty!

At least it looks pretty!

They also turned on these cool lights inside the bus once it started to get dark outside.

Disco sushi bus! New band name!

Disco sushi bus! New band name!

We made our way to the last brewery, Low Tide on Johns Island. This brewery was definitely the largest and had the most equipment.

Low Tide; High Appreciation.

Low Tide; High Appreciation.

It’s a new building that is decorated with a very beachy feel. We were impressed with the beers we had as they were all unique flavors, especially the Pete’s Coconut Chai, which is a darker beer with notes of coconut and chai. For a dark beer, it was surprisingly light.

Still no word on who this "Pete" fella is, though.

Still no word on who this “Pete” fella is, though.

When we got back on the bus to head downtown, a dessert sushi was waiting for us. We were not very impressed with the dessert. Fruit sushi isn’t something I would normally order on the menu, but I also wouldn’t want something that’s supposed to be sweet wrapped in seaweed. I think if they had a green tea ice cream, mochi or even mango rice pudding, it would have been a better alternative to what they served.

Hey, you can't win them all.

Hey, you can’t win them all.

Overall, we had an awesome time on the Brewshi Tour, but I think they have a few areas they could improve. I think the overall price is too expensive, being about $100 per person after taxes. The food was good and I loved that the tuna was fresh and local, but I’m not sure the food was worth the price of the tour. Visiting the breweries was great and being able to try their different beers on tap was a fun way to be introduced to each brewery. It wasn’t as much as a tour as I expected, the breweries were a little too small for that. The tour guide on Sushikon has a lengthy resume, working with many breweries, and is incredibly knowledgeable. He was available for questions during the brewery visits, but we didn’t actually get any official tours of the breweries, which I think would’ve been really fun. I think they also will need to have a rotating brewery list because as a return customer, you wouldn’t want to go back to the same brewery each time.


Still have no idea what any of this stuff does.

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Charleston Restaurant News Events

Mother’s Day Round Up

May 4, 2016

Treat mom to an amazing day; she deserves it!

[This list will be updated as more events are added]

Mother's Day


The Alley

May 8, 11 am – 10 pm

The Alley is treating all moms to one free game of bowling with their families on Mother’s Day Sunday May 8, 2016 from 11am – 10pm as a thanks to all that moms everywhere do.

Guests can also enjoy $3 mimosas and bloody mary’s until 5pm.

Lanes are first come, first serve, and no reservations will be accepted for the promotion.

Bay Street Biergarten

May 8, 11 am – 3 pm

Bay St Biergarten is hosting a “Thank You Mom” Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday May 8, 2016 from 11am – 3pm that includes a free gift for all moms that attend (the gift isn’t a flower).

Moms and their families can enjoy Bay Street Biergarten’s popular brunch menu, which includes the Chicken and Waffle, Southern Fried Green Tomato Benedict and the Creme Brûlée French Toast, as well as mimosas and bloody marys.

High Cotton

May 8, 10 am – 2:30 pm

Celebrate the one you call Mother with Brunch on Sunday, May 8th, from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm. Reservations are required and can be made by calling us at 843-724-3815.

Mount Pleasant

Tavern & Table

May 8, 11 am – 3 pm

Celebrate Mother’s Day with the return of their popular annual Just Ducky Fundraiser benefitting women’s cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center on Sunday May 8, 2016 from 11am – 3pm.

Guests can start Mother’s Day off by enjoying brunch favorites such as Toad in the Hole, and Duck Confit Hash, and listen to live music by David Higgins.At 1:30pm everyone is encouraged to go out to the docks for the start of the exciting Just Ducky race.  All of the rubber ducks will be released into the creek and the first, and the owner of the winning duck will receive a $250 gift certificate to Red’s and $300 Tavern and Table.Registered rubber ducks are $50 with 100% of the proceeds go to women’s cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center (only 200 ducks available for racing).  Guests can also purchase a non racing  rubber duck to “duckerate” for only $10 (includes supplies).

Call (843) 352-9510 for brunch reservations.

West Ashley

Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview

May 8, 12 – 4 pm

Lunch buffet for mom from 12 – 4pm.

Charleston Restaurant News Events

Kentucky Derby Round Up

May 3, 2016

Grab your big floppy hats and Lilly Pulitzer dresses: it’s the Kentucky Derby! Here’s where to catch all the action in the Holy City.

[We’ll be updating this list as more events are added]

Kentucky Derby


The Alley

May 7, 5 – 9 pm

Race fans can enjoy a bourbon tasting for featuring Bulleit Bourbon, and a special Derby inspired menu for hungry viewers while listening to live music by The Bluestone Ramblers Bluegrass Band. Live music starts at 5:30pm.

There will even be a FREE Sports Book /horse contest. Guests can enter their name and email and select a horse they believe will win. Everyone who picked the winning horse will be in a raffle to win a custom Affordabike.

Admission is free for this event and guests are strongly encouraged to get in the derby spirit by wearing traditional adornments like big derby hats, seersucker and bow ties.

Special Kentucky Derby inspired food menu:

  • Hot Brown Sandwich
  • Triple Crown Burger
  • Fried Catfish Deviled Eggs
  • Country Ham Biscuit Sliders
  • Country Fried Chicken

Bay Street Biergarten

May 7, 5 – 8 pm

Bay St Biergarten will be turning their popular biergarten into a giant Infield for their Kentucky Derby Tailgate Party on Saturday May 7th from 5pm – 8pm complete with Woodford Mint Juleps and New Belgium bier specials.

Since the infield at Churchill Downs take life a lot less seriously, ladies and gentlemen are encouraged to dust off their old big hats for a Most Creative Hat Contest: Decorate a big floppy hat from the inspiration of their favorite drink/bier name (example: Holy City Washout Wheat maybe a hat with waves and wheat attached to it). The most creative hat will win Bier Bucks.

Guests should also ride their bikes to the party and enter the New Belgium Brewery Slow Ride competition. At 5pm be the LAST person to cross the finish line without letting their feet touch the ground and win a custom New Belgium bike.

The Rooftop at Vendue

May 7, 3 – 7 pm

Join The Rooftop at Vendue for Derby Day, for live music from The Lowhills, and a “Best Dressed” & “Best Hat” Contest

Derby Cocktail Specials: $9 Mint Juleps

Mount Pleasant

Tavern & Table

May 7, 5 – 8 pm

Guests can enjoy live music from The Moonshiners while sipping on mint juleps, and enjoy a hot brown from Chef Katie and all while experiencing the best two minutes in sports.

Guests that think they know which horse will win can enter the free horse picking contest. If their horse wins, they could walk away with $100 house cash.

The party is free to attend, but guests are encouraged to sport their best Derby attire.

Charleston Restaurant News Events

Cinco de Mayo Round Up

May 2, 2016

Everyone’s favorite excuse to drink margaritas and eat guacamole is finally here! We’ve got the scoop on where to go this May 5th.

[This list will be updated as more events are added]


Downtown Charleston

Bar Mash

May 5, 4 pm – until

Featuring live music, games, and more!

Drink specials: tequila specials will be available

Bay St. Biergarten

May 5, 11 am – 11 pm

Bay St Biergarten will be serving up nacho specials, a special tequila cocktail, and even a taco eating challenge.

Whoever can eat 10 soft tacos the fastest will be heading home with a Bay Street Biergarten Gift Basket (worth up to $150 value). $10 to enter, and it all goes down at 8pm.

Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival

Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed, May 7, 7 – 11 pm

Featuring live music, a Zumba exhibition, tequila tasting, and more!

Tickets are $10

Grand Bohemian Rooftop

May 7, 6 pm – until

Relax with ritas on the rooftop. They’ll also be offering taco specials the whole night to keep you in the festive spirit! 

Drink specials: margaritas are $7 per glass or $30 to share by the bowl.

Taco Boy

May 5, 11 am – 11 pm

The Green Thieves will pumping out the musica downtown from 5PM-8PM, and Taco Boy will be handing out plenty of sombreros and mustaches for everyone!

They’ll also have a photo booth with C.Tan Photography for you to get a little loco, and special margaritas featuring Casa Noble Tequila!

James Island

SIP Tap Room

May 5, 5 pm – until

Listen to live music and sip on $2 Mexican beers. Enjoy the outdoor patio and bring your dogs if you’d like.

Drink specials: $2 Corona, Corona Light, Tecate, Dos Equis; $12 Margartia Pitchers; $20 All you can drink Margaritas

Mount Pleasant

FILL Restaurant & Piano Bar

May 5, 4 pm – 10 pm

Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar invites guests to join them this Thursday night for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Guests will enjoy Mexican food specials, margarita specials, cervezas and a dueling piano show.

Thursday night’s dueling piano show will start at 8pm with pianists Dave D and Johnny K. To make your reservation and to learn more about Cinco de Mayo Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar, please visit or find them on Facebook at Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar.

SIP Tap Room

May 5, 5 pm – until

Listen to live music and sip on $2 Mexican beers. Enjoy the outdoor patio and bring your dogs if you’d like.

Drink specials: $2 Corona, Corona Light, Tecate, Dos Equis; $12 Margartia Pitchers; $20 All you can drink Margaritas

North Charleston


May 5, 5 – 10 pm

Featuring live bossa nova and choro music from local Brazilian band Porto Seguro, a mechanical bull, and the full menu will be available for purchase.

Drink specials: $3 margaritas


Charleston Sports Pub

May 5, 4 pm – until

Featuring live music and party favors galore.

Drink specials: $3 Espolón, house margaritas, coronas, tacos.

West Ashley

Charleston Sports Pub

May 5, 4 pm – until

Featuring live music and party favors galore.

Drink specials: $3 Espolón, house margaritas, coronas, tacos.

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

May 5,  5 – until

Featuring live music from The Dubplates, Big Hair Productions, and more, the event will also feature Samba Dancing Girls, Fire Hula Hoopers, a Photo Booth, Modelo Girls and Milagro Ladies,  a taco eating contest, giveaways, and more!

Drink specials: $3 Modelo Especial Cans, Drafts: Corona Lt, Dos Equis, Negra Modelo, Pacifico, $5 Milagro Blanco Shots, $6 Milagro Cocktail



Cowboy Charcoal’s 1st Annual “Fire & Ice Women’s Championship”

April 28, 2016

Cowboy Charcoal, maker of top selling, all-natural hardwood lump charcoal, wood chips and chunks, recently announced the first ever Cowboy Charcoal Fire and Ice Women’s Championship Barbeque Series to celebrate female barbeque competitors across the United States.


Cowboy Charcoal, in partnership with the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), kicks off the 2016 barbeque season with the new competition series, looking for the best female pitmasters to be judged on taste, appearance and texture in the following categories: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.

“We are excited to announce our first women’s competition series with KCBS,” said Chris Caron, Vice President, General Manager for Duraflame, Inc. “We’re inspired by women in the BBQ industry who are making a mark on the scene. We wanted to create a platform to celebrate the trend-setting women in the industry and recognize these talented pitmasters among their peers.”


To qualify for the series, teams must be pre-registered with KCBS and have a designated female pitmaster. Teams accrue points at KCBS-sanctioned events from January 2016 through The American Royal competition later in the calendar year. The top ten women’s teams will win a spot to compete at the World Barbecue Championship in Orange Beach, Ala. November 9-13, 2016, where they will vie for $15,000 in diamond jewelry in the Fire & Ice Finals Competition.

“We are so thrilled to have a focused and fun program this year — thanks to Cowboy Charcoal — that celebrates the female pitmaster,” commented Carolyn Wells, Executive Director of KCBS. “Our community of passionate BBQ enthusiasts is anchored by both men and women, so I applaud Cowboy’s efforts to shine a well-deserving light on the females who are excelling in professional barbeque.”


For more information about the competition and how to register, please visit For competitors not registered with KCBS, please visit

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