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.

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!

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Extravagant-Looking Meals 5 Ways

To feed the poor and hungry students of your university

I love holding dinner parties for my friends. I also love showing people what I have learned from years of watching my mother cook for groups of 5+ people. As a student, the price can get quite steep when cooking for other people. However, I have found a way to make celebrating with food cheap and easy, while still looking relatively extravagant. And I can assure you that if you're a student, your friends will be grateful for a home cooked meal!

1. Picnic in the park for $15

veggie batons - $2

Get together a bag of carrots and a cucumber and shop them into batons to dip into hummus

pasta salad - $4

My recipe is very easy: cold, cooked pasta, Italian dressing, and a chopped up tomato

grapes - $2

baguette - $2

hummus - $2

wine - $3

Trader Joe's sells Charles Shaw wine for $2.99 and it has become a staple in my house!

2. The Sunday Roast $20

roasted potatoes - $5

roasted vegetables and lentils - $5



sweet potato



rotisserie chicken - $7-8

Find one of these bad-boys at Ralphs (I'm vegetarian, so they are a god-send when cooking for my boyfriend)

salad - $3

3. Romantic Rendezvous $20

chocolate covered strawberries - $5

melting chocolate chips


spaghetti - $6


marinara sauce (preferably without garlic to save your breath for the late night!)

parmesan cheese

champagne or sparkling wine $6-12

4. Brunch $14

bagels - $2.50

cream cheese - $3

fruit salad - $4




canned pineapple

lime/lemon juice

orange juice - $2-3

scrambled eggs - $2

5. Comfort cooking $15

mashed potatoes - $5





spring onions

baked beans - $2

waffles/pancakes - $3/4 depending on brand/if you cook them yourself

bacon - $5

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12 Popular Chocolate Candies Rated from Worst to Best

Use this candy guide so you do not waste your post-Valentine's Day clearance deals on mediocre chocolate.

Valentine's Day has just passed, so that means it is discounted candy season! While you are wandering around the store debating how to ruin your diet, consider reading this list before you make a big mistake buying some nasty chocolate that you will regret spending your hard-earned dollars on. Here are the top twelve most common chocolate candies ranked from worst to best:

12. Almond Joy

Almond Joy consists of 90% nasty coconut filling with one or two measly almonds. Its dignity is saved with a thin layer of milk chocolate that only slightly masks the coconut. Does anyone even like these "chocolate" bars? They are an abomination to chocolate-kind and should be kept locked up far away so no more innocent souls will lose their taste buds ever again.

11. York Peppermint Pattie

These patties are not that high on the list due to their bitter outer chocolate shell and fake processed sugar filling. The texture of the filling resembles sugary toothpaste, and for once I am glad a chocolate bar does not have a thicker shell because the chocolate is too flavorless and bitter. No one goes out of their way to eat a York Peppermint Pattie, so you should not either.

10. 3 Musketeers

Although the 3 Musketeers bar is a lot tastier than an Almond Joy, it does not have enough spark to make someone willingly purchase it at the store, hence the absence of this candy bar from some small convenience stores. This chocolate candy is just made up of plain chocolate-whipped filling coated with milk chocolate. It is too plain and not satisfactory enough to quench the hunger pangs.

9. Milky Way

The Milky Way is a step up from the 3 Musketeers. It is essentially its cousin with an addition of caramel in the interior. The mix of caramel and whipped chocolate is a nice match, but once again, it is only satisfactory compared to other brands of chocolate.

8. Twix

Everyone loves cookies, caramel, and chocolate, which is why Twix lands itself higher up on the list. Inside a Twix is a shortbread cookie base combined with caramel. This power trio works together to create a tasty treat that all people can enjoy.

7. Hershey's

This candy bar is the most basic of them all. When people think chocolate, they think Hershey's. If it went to a high school, it would be that one basic popular girl named Sarah who had daddy's money and all the time in the world to run for Class President, be the cheer captain, and play 3 instruments in the marching band while running track on the side. No one is ever let down by a Hershey's, but it can get kind of tiring after a while.

6. Snickers

Peanuts, caramel and milk chocolate...the perfect combination for a non-allergenic person. Snickers has the right amount of chewy and crunchy, as well as the right amount of sweet and nutty. Just like the commercial portrays, a Snickers bar can cure even the rainiest of days. However, beware of the extremely sweet taste. Too many snickers can lead to a massive sugar rush and an upset stomach.

5. m&m's

Like a Hershey's bar, m&m's are one of the reliable familiar candies. Everyone knows what they can expect from an m&m, and their needs are met. These bite-sized niblets are perfect for a snack, and they help you measure (or ignore) portion size.

4. Mini m&m's

Good things come in small packages, and mini m&m's prove this phrase to be prevailing once again. Everyone knows that mini m&m's are better than regular m&m''s a scientific fact. Just look how happy this lady is!

3. Kit Kat

The wonderful thing about Kit Kats is that there are so many different ways to eat them. Either you break them in half and eat them one stick at a time, or you just bite into them headfirst like a savage. If you are a part of the lizard people like Kourtney Kardashian, you may even nibble the outer exterior chocolate shell and then nibble on the wafer leftovers.

2. Dove

Doves are the symbol of love, and everyone loves Dove chocolate. It is not too creamy and not too hard. Also, you cannot beat the cliche fortune cookie messages found on the inside of the wrappers. There are a variety of Dove flavors, and it will be one of the best $3 you have ever spent.

1. Lindt Truffles

The word "truffles" make it seem like you are sitting in an English garden eating away with a cup of tea in your hand (pinkie out, obviously). This image is suprisingly accurate. Lindt truffles come in a cute little bag, wrapped neatly in brightly colored elegant foil. You will feel luxurious for about five minutes until you realize you have broken your no-chocolate Lent promises. Nethertheless, you will continue eating them until they disappear within five minutes. Remember kids, always buy two bags of Lindt truffles when you are at the super market.

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