Branching out

Cypress is offering an expanded menu, which blends its popular seasonal and classic favorites with new additions to showcase the talents of two-time James Beard Award-nominated executive chef Craig Deihl and his team.

Deihlís popular charcuterie program, the Artisan Meat Share, is enhanced by the addition of the carpetbagger and house cured hams.

Oysters also will be highlighted in their own section on the menu, and guests can enjoy East Coast oysters from nearby Folly River as well as McClellanville and Kiawah Island, depending on the oystermanís catch of the day

For main course selections, the seafood enthusiast will be pleased to find a variety of choices, including diver scallops and wood-grilled monkfish and Charleston clams.

Cypressí dry-age program, which the restaurant trail-blazed in Charleston more than seven years ago, continues to fabricate New York strip, tenderloin, chateaubriand and rib-eye in-house.

Cypress is at 167 East Bay St. For more information or reservations, go to or call 727-0111.

Wine dinner

Thursday, Osteria la Bottiglia will host a wine dinner. Details were not available at press time. It is at 420 King St. Call 727-4158 for details.

Lunch blooms

Blossom has introduced a new lunch menu.

New additions include butter lettuce wraps with buttermilk fried shrimp, cucumber, bell peppers, cilantro, Hass avocado and lime; tomatillo salsa verde with a shellfish cocktail; and Southwest chicken Cobb salad with hard-boiled farm egg, corn relish, Hass avocado, black bean salsa, cheddar and chipotle dressing.

Blossom also will continue to offer its Tuesday lunch program: Each week, a different lunch item will be priced at $7, but diners have to be in the restaurant to find out the special.

Blossom is at 171 East Bay St. For reservations, go to or call 722-9200.

New happy hour

Al Di La in West Ashley is open for happy hour 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Look for drink specials and small plates priced up to $10.

Complimentary valet parking also is available starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. It is at 25 Magnolia Road.

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Tuscany & Umbria

Take your taste buds on a tour of Tuscany and Umbria with chef Massi Sarrocchi and his wife, Natasha.

This food, wine and culture tour begins in Tuscany and ends in Rome.

You will begin in a Sienese villa that also is an organic farm; tour hilltop towns, take cooking lessons, tour and taste vineyards, travel to Florence, Siena, Umbria, Assisi and onto Rome.

Limited to 12 tourists, this is an all-inclusive trip with airport transfer, driver and the hosts. Call 822-8444 for details.

Mannyís downtown

Mannyís Mediterranean Cafe at 41 George St. opens Friday.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. with Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, S.C. Rep. Leon Stavrinakis and Charleston County Councilman Elliott Summey.

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Queuing up

Sticky Fingers plans to expand with an ďexpressĒ location in Northwoods Mall.

Look for its traditional menu along with a few family-style options.

Itís celebrating 20 years in business, so look for specials on the 20th of each month through March in all of its locations.

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Hard hat zone

The Ordinary Fancy Seafood Oyster Bar at 544 King St. has projected a late December opening for the new venture from chef Mike Lata and Adam Nemirow. Call 805-5900 or go to

Rutledge Grill and Dís Liquor Bar at 207 Rutledge Ave. is expecting a January opening for chef Robert Carter. Call 937-0930.


Sweetwater Grill and Cafe in Summerville.

Jonís Mixed Drinks in Mount Pleasant.