Eat This! Summer 2012

Eat This! Summer 2012

SELLSFISH, THEY'VE GOT THEIR HEADS ON AND THEY'RE WORKING THEIR TAILS OFF PAUL GODBOUT KNOWS HIS FISH, AND HE TELLS NO ‘FISH STORIES’…

on Wednesday, 15 August 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, Magazine, Restaurant Spotlight, Eat This Fall! 2012

By: Kathleen Curry

       251947 455551244476765_192050007_nOn a bustling Thursday morning in July, Paul Godbout, wife Marla, son Mike and adopted son Andy are getting ready for the Sellsfish weekend rush. Hour after hour, the boxes pour into the cutting room. They are immediately opened and inspected for quality. If they are up to muster, they are put in their designated freezers; if not, they are sent back. The phone is ringing off the hook about large orders for clams and shrimp. The store will clear through 1500 pounds of freight from now through the upcoming Sunday; Godbout says there’s a line of customers sometimes 25 deep. And not all of them live close by; they have customers from Kiawah and Mount Pleasant too. Godbout tells me they “are working their tails off” and “it's always like this around here, it never stops.”

How Great Thou Art; James Island’s cozy little room

on Wednesday, 15 August 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, Magazine, From the Cellar, Dine or Dash, LOCAL Bites

 

By Patrick Graham

 

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When I arrived on James Island in the summer of 1999, my first residence was just down the street from the Terrace Plaza in the 1900 block of Maybank Highway.  For a little while, I was frequenting this mini-shopping center for its ubiquitous laundromat that seemed to consume all of us washer & dryer have-nots in the area, but I always found the rest of the square to be a curious oddity, one laden with culture in the midst of a community that was evolving from a backwater suburb to one of the more desirable locales in the area.  The little art theater and an upscale furniture store anchored the place, and soon the other storefronts began to reflect the spirit of sophistication that was beginning to permeate the island’s western end.

 

Dog Days, Vol. III: A.W. Dawgs

on Wednesday, 15 August 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, Magazine, Follow This!, LOCAL Bites

By Patrick Graham

 

awd25I have never been a little brother.  I am the elder of my parents’ two children, and I have known many little brothers.  In my experience, it is not uncommon for the younger of the two to strike out on his own and strive to be nothing like his senior sibling, especially after taking a crack at emulating that big brother as a result of an innate sense of reverence.  Few role models present themselves as easily or more prominently early on in a boy’s life.

 

Such may be the case for the relationship between A.W. Dawgs and A.W. Shuck’s.  If you’ve been in downtown Charleston’s Market area for more than a half an hour, you probably know about A.W. Shuck’s.  The catchy name and better-than-average reviews have helped tourists find the usual sought-after seafood plates and plentiful outdoor seating, and the locals have been coming around for more than thirty years.  But just last month, the raw bar that included the storefront at 70 State Street was converted into a hot dog joint, and thus the transformation of the rebellious little brother was realized.

Sushi at New Heights in Mount Pleasant at Fuji Sushi Bar & Grill

on Wednesday, 15 August 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, Magazine, Restaurant Spotlight, Do This!, LOCAL Bites

By: Robin Riebman

 

photo 1-7Inventive dishes and fabulous service set Fuji Sushi Bar and Grill, in Mount Pleasant, apart from your average sushi bar.

 

After winding my way through a maze of a shopping center and walking through a small jumble of outdoor tables, I was caught off guard by the relatively chic décor inside Fuji Sushi. The majority of the surfaces are dark lacquered wood and the windows are covered with wooden screens and bamboo shades, yet the room seems light and cheery. The wooden shelves behind the bar create an attractive display for the generous selection of sake, wine and liquor. For sports fans or current Olympic junkies, the dining area and bar each have a flat screen TV, strategically placed in opposite corners of the restaurant. The atmosphere is casual enough for a quick lunch break, and classy enough to feel special on date night.

 

Dog Days, Vol. II: Perfectly Franks

on Wednesday, 25 July 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, Magazine, Follow This!, LOCAL Bites

PF12Dog Days.  The name is derived from the lingering appearance of the brightest star in the night skies of summer.  Sirius, the main attraction in the constellation Canis Major, or Big Dog, is a prominent throughout the days of June, July, and August.  It’s no coincidence that the hot dog gets a special place on summertime tables.  As cuisine has evolved to a high level in the Lowcountry, so has the hot dog.  I present you EatThisCharleston.com’s Dog Show.

 

Dog Days, Vol. II: Perfectly Franks

 

By Patrick Graham

 

Summerville is a bit off the beaten path for most people in the metro area, and it's not uncommon for me to have issues with a city's layout if I haven't been there that many times.  It's my own fault, as the Ville isn't that far, it has a cute little downtown, and it contains many little gems for one to discover if you look hard enough.  Perfectly Franks is one of those gems, and the layout issue I was alluding to is the "parking lot" along North Main.  Regulars of this famed hot dog joint are figuratively pointing and laughing at me right now, and some are actually pointing at their computer monitors or smartphones and laughing at their screen.  The stack of cars begins right in front of PF's main entrance and continues up the main drag, and as popular as this place is, I knew that an open 8 x 16 foot box of asphalt was going to be a bit of a challenge, even on an off Tuesday.  I eventually beat the odds and landed a spot directly in front of one of the most popular eateries in Dorchester County (my mother has "parking karma"...sometimes it works for me).

Dog Days, Vol. I: Skoogie’s Chicago Style Deli

on Friday, 13 July 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, Magazine, Restaurant Spotlight, Follow This!, LOCAL Bites

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Dog Days.  The name is derived from the lingering appearance of the brightest star in the night skies of summer.  Sirius, the main attraction in the constellation Canis Major, or Big Dog, is prominent throughout the days of June, July, and August.  It’s no coincidence that the hot dog gets a special place on summertime tables.  As cuisine has evolved to a high level in the Lowcountry, so has the hot dog.  I present you EatThisCharleston.com’s Dog Show.


By Patrick Graham

 

If there is one thing that the Second City brings to the dinner table every night, it’s delicious (albeit unhealthy) food.  Deep dish pizza may be the healthiest thing that Chicagoland can offer in the sense that it contains all four food groups if you play your cards right.  Sausage and its brethren with the last name of “Wurst” are popular items in the meat group in northern Illinois, so the fact that the area boasts a good hot dog or two should not be a surprise.  Skoogie’s Chicago Style Deli on Coleman Boulevard has brought Polish sausage and geographically

correct hot dog preparations to Mount Pleasant for a couple of generations now.

THE COASTAL CUPBOARD, WHERE THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING COOKING…

on Tuesday, 10 July 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, Magazine, Follow This!, LOCAL Bites

By: Kathleen Curry

IMG 1279When a local business becomes an indelible part of its community pretty quickly, it can be hard to look back and think they’re only 7 years old; it can be even harder to think how you all got along before they arrived.  This is the story of the Coastal Cupboard (CC), a kitchen supply store and cooking workshop in Belle Hall Shopping Center, off Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant.  I would be sorely missing out if I didn’t check in with them every couple weeks just to see well-designed, hard to find gadgets and décor my kitchen or a loved one’s kitchen may be missing.

 

Southern Art Paired with Southern Food

on Tuesday, 10 July 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, From the Cellar, Do This!

Take Pleasure in Charleston’s Most Celebrated Indulgences

– Southern Art Paired with Southern Food

 

Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association Presents Seventh Annual Palette and Palate Stroll - July 13, 2012

 

Laura Alberts_at_Wells_GalleryCHARLESTON, S.C. — The Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association (CFADA) will give you a chance to find out what special ingredients make Charleston the #1 travel destination in the United States! On Friday, July 13, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., take pleasure in the historic city’s finest indulgences on the Seventh Annual Palette and Palate Stroll, an evening dedicated to fine art, unique cuisine and wine.

Schonen Dank!, Charleston Beer Garden

on Thursday, 28 June 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, Magazine, From The Tap, Follow This!, Do This!

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This past weekend, Charleston Beer aficionados and brew novices alike converged on the banks of the Ashley for the inaugural Charleston Beer Garden—a celebration of all things beer, good food and community. Despite the soaring temperature; the day reinforced the fact that Charleston, simply put, loves a good festival.

 

There is something naturally attractive about an event that allows social drinking outdoors. At least for me, there is. So when given the opportunity to cover the first-ever pop-up beer garden in Charleston, it solidified faith that my editors know what type of writer they hired.

 

What’s Behind Door #2?

on Thursday, 21 June 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, Magazine, Restaurant Spotlight, LOCAL Bites

Chef Ben Berryhill’s Next Door: Different Address, Same Expertise

By Patrick Graham

5People read restaurant reviews so they can make an informed decision on whether or not they want to take a chance on an establishment that they have never laid eyes on or just driven past.  They also read because they want to solidify an opinion that they have obtained by word of mouth from their contemporaries.  Furthermore, they read because they just like hearing about good food.

 

Charleston Beer Garden: The buzz about the buzz on the banks

on Tuesday, 12 June 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, Magazine, From The Tap

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by Chris West

On June 23rd, grab your lederhosen and barmaid get-up and join the local beer geek community when Brittlebank Park will be transformed into Charleston’s first beer garden!

Callie’s Biscuits Rise to Fame

on Thursday, 07 June 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, Magazine, LOCAL Bites

By: Kathleen Curry

instore-034638Biscuits. They’re a quintessentially American quick bread. They have a handful of basic ingredients, embodying just how simple delicious can be.  Ironically, they are not quick or easy to master for light, fluffy, melt in your mouth results; it takes a practiced hand. Like other Lowcountry lost arts, Sweetgrass baskets and wrought iron gates, for example, those with “practiced hands” have a way of making their craft look easy.  Callie White is among them; she grew up making biscuits several times a day in a family of native South Carolinians. With her daughter , Carrie Bailey-Morey at the helm, they are keeping this family tradition strong and very much alive, while making it easier than ever for everyday overscheduled families to enjoy them too.

Chowing with the Dead at Cha Cha's

on Wednesday, 06 June 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, Magazine, Restaurant Spotlight, LOCAL Bites

By: Antonia M. Krenza

     I am going on a much anticipated girls weekend trip in mid-July and decided to go on a bit of a 6 week pre-diet for the festivities. Yesterday was day one. It started out with a lot of gusto! I woke up, did a couple things around the house, and then off I went to kayak with some friends. With exercise in check, I planned out the rest of the afternoon and evening. I would meet some of the gang at Pearlz for happy hour and a little oyster nosh...and yes, just ONE vodka martini. To my delight, things were going just as planned. After Pearlz I would go home, watch a movie, drink WATER, and get a good night’s sleep.

Honey do List!

on Thursday, 24 May 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, Magazine, Recipes

By: Margaret Pitts

 

     My eight year old son Walker recently went on a field trip to Bee City (www.beecity.net).  His science class is studying pollination and the different parts of a flower.  Needless to say, he had a blast!  In addition to the bee hives, they have a petting zoo with llamas, lemurs, monkeys, miniature horses, etc.  The best part of the excursion, was the big plastic bear full of honey that he brought home.  He promptly asked if he could try it, and so he opened up the squeeze top and squeezed a little into his mouth.  I am so sad that I didn’t have my camera with me because his face was priceless.  His eyes opened wide and he said, “That is not at all what I thought it would taste like!!!” I was shocked that he had never tried honey before. How had I let this happen? Honey is not something that I keep around- I don’t put it in tea or on toast. I love honey, but I just never use it. Well that is all about to change. Now that I have my big honey bear sitting on the counter, I was thinking about all of the different recipes that call for honey- from breakfasts to appetizers to sauces, to main dishes and desserts not to even mention cocktails! So, here are a whole bunch of honey recipes broken down by category. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Something to Wine About!

on Thursday, 24 May 2012. Posted in Eat This! Summer 2012, Magazine, From the Cellar

by Lauren Levine


     Shortly after moving to Charleston, I began hearing the name Manoli pop up every couple of weeks. It's not the kind of name you forget, so every time it was said, I noticed. One day, while at work, my beloved co-worker says, "You know we get some of our cheeses from Manoli." Finally I said, "Who is Manoli?" I felt as if she must be like the magical Oz, having her name spoken everywhere, but where and who is this woman? And there begins our story.