Chew on This: Restaurant News, June 14-20
By Deidre Schipani | Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Mellow Mushroom and Holy City Brewing join together for the Iron City Home Brewing Competition launch party 5-7 tonight at Mellow Mushroom in Avondale, 19 Magnolia Road, West Ashley.
Find out more at www.facebook.com/mellow avondale.
’Cesca, Charleston’s new southern regional Italian restaurant, will open its doors today at 5 Faber St. in the location of the former Buccaneer.
’Cesca is owned and operated by restaurateur Anthony Mazzola. The executive chef is Jason Colon, who previously was with Miel at the Intercontinental Hotel and Market by Jean-Georges.
’Cesca is named after Mazzola’s grandmother Francesca.
’Cesca will be open daily for lunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner 5-11 p.m. Reservations can be made via OpenTable, www.opentable.com/cesca-charleston, or by calling 718-2580.
Food & Wine kudos
Kudos to McCrady’s Restaurant, which was recognized in Food & Wine magazine’s June issue for its “hassle-free reservation policy.” In the words of F&W: “A world-class spot where getting a reservation isn’t a struggle.”
And a shout out to Butcher & Bee, where Michael Shemtov and Stuart Tracy’s vegetarian eggplant sandwich called the sabich was honored in the piece “Sandwich Chefs: Our New Heroes.”
Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches has opened a new location at 966 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant.
Tonya McGue, a resident of the Isle of Palms, is the owner. The Mount Pleasant location offers a drive-thru, and delivery and catering services. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
This makes the third Jimmy John’s in the Charleston area. The other two are downtown and at the Tanger Outlets.
They’ve reopened — again. Check out the Sandbar, 88 Sandbar Lane, Folly Beach, for breakfast and lunch daily, with plans for dinner service on the way.
Dinner with a view
Slightly North of Broad, 192 East Bay St., is offering a Chef’s Table menu on Sundays.
With only six seats available, the Chef’s Table overlooks the kitchen and gives guests a chance to experience the range of the culinary team’s repertoire and kitchen skills, creative and technical.
Each week there will be a different menu accompanied by descriptions of the courses from the culinary team, for a deeper look and understanding of the tasty fare.
The Chef’s Table menu will be offered every Sunday evening with two times for dinner: one seating at 5:30 p.m. and a second seating at 8 p.m. The prix-fixe dinner is $40 or $55 with wine pairings. Tax and gratuity are not included.
Call 723-3424 or go to www.mavericksouthern kitchens.com/slightlynorth ofbroad to reserve a spot.
Join executive chef Jon Cropf at Blu Restaurant and Bar on June 21 for a Mercy of the Chef dinner.
Enjoy a four-course meal and wine tasting for $35. On the menu: local ingredients and fresh, sustainable seafood.
Reservations can be made online at with OpenTable, at www.BluFollyBeach.com or by calling 588-6658. Blu is at 1 Center St., Folly Beach.
Calling all princesses
A “Fairytale Breakfast” will take place 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Creative Spark Center for the Arts, 757 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant.
Bring the kids for a magical morning full of entertainment, live characters from fairy tale favorites and a gourmet breakfast buffet. Cost is $10. Reservations are required, and Prince Charming will show up!
Go to www.creativespark.org or call 881-3780 to reserve.
Jack gives back
Jack Hurley, owner of Jack’s Cosmic Dogs, is on the literacy trail.
Hurley is teaming up with Begin With Books, a preschool literacy program based on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
“Take a Book, Give a Book” is a lending library aimed at encouraging family literacy. Each of the three Jack’s Cosmic Dog locations, West Ashley, Folly Beach and Mount Pleasant, will have a bookcase full of children’s books. Any child may take one book home to read. They are encouraged to return the book when they are done reading it or to bring in another book to share.
Find out more at www.jackscosmicdogs.com.
Huevos on Sunday
Raul’s Taqueria and Mexican Grill is serving Sunday brunch 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at 5634 Rivers Ave., North Charleston. Call 554-5433 or go to raulsmexicangrill.com.
Starfish Grille at 520 Folly Road, James Island, has re-opened with new owners, a new menu and new beer and wine selections.
Justin and Jamie Parfrey took over from the Gionis family in late May. Lunch service, which began last week, starts at 11 a.m.; dinner is served nightly starting at 5 p.m.
Dinner at Home
Back Home Bar and Grill has opened at 1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., West Ashley. The menu includes pepperoni rolls, lobster rolls, cheesesteaks, po’ boys and Iowa pork tenderloin. They are open daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 718-0705.
Eli’s Table will be the location of a vegan dinner, bringing together chefs Mickey Brennan, Brett McKee and Sean Park.
The dinner will take place 5-8 p.m. June 24; reservations are required and can be made by calling 405-5115.
Eli’s Table is at 129 Meeting St. The cost is $55.