Here Are 9 More Restaurants For You to Adore...

Here Are 9 More Restaurants For You to Adore...

Raise a glass to the Charleston and Mount Pleasant Food Scene.
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I'm sure it will come as no surprise that creating a list of nine more "must-try restaurants" around Charleston was no challenge...the only real challenge here was narrowing the list down to nine.

So, here's to you Charleston for keeping all of your visitors and locals well fed, well entertained and as of late, well watered due to your routine flooding upon the smallest amounts of rain.

Nonetheless, here are nine hotspots to try next time you find yourself with a free moment or some vacation time in the beloved Chucktown.

1. The Park Cafe

Although you may have to "park" yourself outside while you wait for a coveted spot at their southern Sunday brunch, I can assure you that all of their food (not just the brunch) is worth the wait. On certain Sundays, you may even run into this guy (pictured above) selling succulents, along with a few other local vendors to entertain you while you lightly fry and sun yourself under clear Charleston skies. Speaking of "frying," the fried egg sandwich is a must-have.

2. Tricera

Does Charleston have you too excited to even sit down and enjoy a meal? No worries, Tricera has you covered with their breakfast sandwiches that you can get to-go. Even though the Triceratops might have been a herbivore, some of Tricera's bagel breakfast sandwiches will have you eating otherwise. The "everything goes" sandwich is out of this world but luckily not extinct like the coffee shop's namesake.

3. Leon's

I can't say that I've had many great meals in an old garage but even if I'd had a thousand, Leon's would top the charts time and time again. Oyster lover or not, Leon's has something for everyone...including frozen yogurt. Even more, the interior is just like finding a pearl inside of an oyster: a hidden gem tucked away behind a perfectly rustic exterior.

4. Harold's Cabin

Funky, spunky and delicious. Harold's Cabin takes me back to my Tennessee roots with its Appalachian-esque, log cabin decor. Whether you're in it to win it for the biscuit, beer or beautiful rooftop garden, you may experience your first enjoyable case of cabin-fever after you find yourself wanting to cozy up in this restaurant/bar/grab-and-go market day after day.

5. FIG

The restaurant's name, FIG, is an acronym for "Food Is Good." Amongst all of the hustle and bustle of the growing food scene in Charleston, FIG has stood strong at the corner of Meeting and Hassell Street since 2003. Serving innovative, fresh, seasonal, local, Southern cuisine, FIG will have you wanting to "get 'figgy' with it" after experiencing why this restaurant has become a staple of the South.

6. The Grocery

Out of groceries? Save yourself a trip to the store and enjoy a meal by the 6th restaurant on this list. The Grocery specializes in farm to table cuisine but the only shopping you'll be doing at this grocery is choosing from food on the menu to go from table to stomach. Plus, any restaurant with house-made charcuterie and an in-house fresh produce canning program is a friend of mine.

7. The Granary

They say you should "eat your greens" but does it still count if those "greens" are brussels sprouts that have been marinated in a sherry maple glaze and resemble a perfectly crisped, browned color instead of green? My stomach thinks "yes." This Mount Pleasant favorite is one of the better meals I've enjoyed in a long time. Bravo Mount Pleasant, you've mastered the art of a downtown dining experience on the other side of the bridge.

8. Kanpei

While we're over in Mount Pleasant, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Kanpei, a local's best kept secret...until now. Located on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, this dive might go unnoticed and fly under the radar. However, put your radar detector (aka google maps) to good use and drop in. Kanpei offers the best of the best when it comes to sushi and authentic Korean cuisine. Did someone say bulgogi and steam buns? I'm in, and you'll want to be too.

9. The Drawing Room at the Vendue

Weighing in at #9 on the list, I suppose my biased opinion would say I saved the best for last. Have you ever heard of popcorn on a salad to add texture instead of a crouton? Or how about dehydrating olives to create a dusted, granule-like base for a plate of Valencia orange cream and roasted beets? Before you experience the culinary master pieces offered by the Drawing Room, take a quick elevator ride to the rooftop and enjoy panoramic views and a signature cocktail. On your way back down to the Drawing Room, you'll realize that the food isn't the only art the Vendue has to offer. The boutique hotel doubles as a gallery with walls adorned with beautiful works of art. Bon Appétit!

Cover Image Credit: Sophia Winter

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

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This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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Yeah, I'm pretty sure I only have three quarters and a french fry at the bottom of my purse.

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Spooky season has ended and Thanksgiving is upon us. It's finally November, and we all know that Christmas season is finally here. If you haven't listened to "All I Want for Christmas" by Mariah Carey yet, what are you doing with your life? While some are stressed about having the perfect Thanksgiving menu, let's be honest, the real problem is what you're getting your mom for Christmas.

I'm a broke college student and can barely afford to do laundry on a weekly basis. If you're in the same boat as me trying to find a way to survive the holidays, check out these five heartfelt gifts that will still mean a lot to your family and friends.

The Gift of a Letter

There's nothing like getting into the holiday spirit when you receive your first Christmas card in the mail. One way to cheer up your fellow family members or friends is to write them a meaningful note. Handwritten letters are a great way to show your love to others without having to buy materialistic items. If you want to put your own spin to this gift idea, think about writing "Read Me When" letters to your mom, dad, best friend, or significant other. These letters are a great way to stay in touch with family members and serve as a great reminder for "thinking of you".

The Gift of Teaching

Don't have the money to spend on an expensive gift? Think about sharing a valuable skill this holiday season. A good way to build relationships with others is by spending time with those you love. If you are really good at playing piano, think about offering lessons to someone that is interested in music. Teach someone how to paint, skateboard, or crochet. Whatever you're good at, look at it as an opportunity to share what you love with who you love.

The Gift of a Favor

All of us need a break sometimes, and what better way to help someone out than during the Christmas season? If you enjoy babysitting or dog sitting, offer to take care of children or pets as a way to give back. Parents and neighbors will greatly appreciate a night without the responsibility of having to cater to someone else every minute of the hour. If babysitting isn't your thing, think about raking leaves or washing cars to help a fella out.

The Gift of Listening

Next time a friend needs someone to talk to, lend them an ear to share their story. We often take for granted the number of opportunities we have to learn from others. Take some time to listen to others and give them your whole attention. Stay away from distractions and get to know them. You'll never know what you'll learn about someone until you spark a conversation.

The Gift of Memories

Now, this one may add a little more time and thought than the other gifts, but memories serve a big factor for the Christmas season. If you have printed photos from throughout the year, use an old frame to create a memory album for family or friends. Photos are great reminders of past experiences and good memories. I will always favor personal gifts over materialistic items. The gift of a memory is unlike any other.

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