Chew on This: Local Restaurant News

Deidre Schipani – Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Trout is on the menu at Bacco’s “cena de mare” dinner.

A feast of fish

Bacco Restaurant will hold an Italian Christmas Seafood Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23. “Cena de mare” will feature a seafood antipasti bar followed by three courses. Check out the menu at baccocharleston.com.

The cost is $100, plus tax and gratuity. To reserve a spot, call 884-69969. Bacco is at 976 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Suite O, Mount Pleasant.

Christmas service

Blossom and Magnolias will be open Christmas Day.

Blossom, 171 East Bay St., will be open noon-8 p.m. and the menu will feature Christmas classics. Call 722-9200.

Magnolias, 185 East Bay St., will be offering Christmas specials noon-8 p.m. Call 577-7771.

View the menus at www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com.

Santa comes to TBonz

TBonz Restaurant Group will host its 21st annual Christmas Day with Special Friends at Liberty Tap Room in Mount Pleasant.

Each year, the group serves more than 300 meals to local underprivileged organizations and orphanages and delivers more than 200 meals to area shut-ins, assisted living, and firefighters and police officers on duty.

A Christmas meal of turkey, ham and all the traditional sides is prepared and served by staff and other community volunteers.

A display of toys, bikes, electronics and more are set up in “Santa’s Toyland” for the children.

Praise for wine bar

The scene at Bin 152 at 152 King St. is compared to “the atmosphere of Paris’ Left Bank.”

“With its communal tables, stools and folding chairs, there’s nothing pretentious about this King Street bar,” USA Today touts in its article “10 great places where wine bars serve flights of fancy.”

To get in touch with Bin 152, call 577- 7359 or go to bin152.com.

Robert’s redux

Robert Dickson returns to 182 East Bay St., where the former Robert’s is now The Gin Joint, owned by his daughter and son-in-law, MariElana and Joe Raya. Each Sunday through Dec. 23, Dickson will re-enact the Robert’s of old. Expect a five-course menu, wine, coffee, dessert and show tunes. The cost is $110. Reserve at spot by calling 224-8767 or going to theginjoint.com.

Sociale Mocktails

Just in time for sophisticated, alcohol-free drinking is Sociale’s line of “mocktails.” Try them in Lavender Martini, Mojito, Cosmopolitan or Margarita.

Good for up to a year after opening, they’re available locally at Bottles, Caviar & Bananas and Seeking Indigo. Learn more at socialemocktails.com.

Citrus begets Zest

Citrus To Go, a popular carry-out shop at 289 East Bay St., has launched a small cafe in Ansonborough Square at 334 East Bay St. called Cafe Zest. Stop in for baked goods, quiche, soups, coffee, croissants, and classic French and American baked goods. Call 749-3812.

Now open

Paisano’s Pizza Grill at 1798 Ashley River Road in West Ashley. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Sunday. 818-4969.

Guadalupe Grill at 1220 Ben Sawyer Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. On the menu: Sonoran hot dogs and street tacos along with quesadillas, burritos and nacho fries. 284-8745 or www.GuadalupeGrill.com.

Sauer Grapes Wine Lounge at 885 Island Park Drive on Daniel Island. Marie Sauer provides an opportunity for tastings, wine education, wines by the glass or by the bottle, as well as nibbles from Food By Celia. Hours are 3-8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Check sauergrapeswine.com, for a schedule of tastings and events. 849-1999.

Brown’s Court Bakery at 199 St. Philip St. On the menu: pluff mud gruyere sticks, sriracha croissants, baguettes, muffins and more. Hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday, with happy hour 5-7 p.m., where baked goods are priced 25 percent off. 724-0833

The Green Door at 251 East Bay St., from the people who brought you Roti Rolls. 735-9664

Opening soon

The Oyster Room at 10 Center St. on Folly Beach. Michael Olsen of Snapper Jack’s hopes to open within the next few weeks.

Closed

Izakaya Ramen at 298 King St.

Expanding services

Wild Thyme Catering and Events is now serving lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday at 280 West Coleman Blvd. in the Northcutt Plaza Shopping Center.