Thoroughbred Club

Food & Wine magazine recently raised a glass to the “Best Hotel Bars” in America, and included Charleston Place’s Thoroughbred Club as a must-visit spot.

Mixologist Mouzon Taylor’s “excellent bourbon cocktails” earned praise, with a special call out for the Mouzon Mash, an homage to his peach-farmer grandfather, which calls for bourbon, muddled peaches, mint, lemon and simple syrup.

Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight, guests also can enjoy tapas/appetizers and desserts 4-11 p.m. daily. The Thoroughbred Club is in the Charleston Place Hotel at 205 Meeting St. Go to

Kudos to O-Ku

Travel + Leisure magazine has recognized the sushi at O-Ku, 463 King St.

The magazine says:

“Charleston has blossomed into a dining mecca in recent years, with chefs cooking up award-winning dishes that infuse Lowcountry fare with modern touches and the use of local ingredients. At O-Ku, the chefs are doing the same with Asian cuisine. From Hawaiian-style tuna to yellowtail carpaccio, the fish comes from some of the best markets in the world and is paired with native ingredients. Even the decor mirrors the restaurant’s philosophy by mixing a modern interior that still preserves Charleston’s charming touch. While the selection of fish is limited, you can rest assured that O-Ku puts an emphasis on quality over quantity.”

Call 737-0112 or go to

Acme changes

Acme Lowcountry Cantina began its course of redefining its Lowcountry roots with many changes to its menu over a two-year period.

Now official, executive chef Frank Kline and co-owner Rodger Tully are changing the restaurant’s name to Acme Lowcountry Kitchen as they completely rebrand their concept.

“Over the past two years, our menu has transformed substantially from Tex-Mex to localize coastal cuisine,” said Tully. “We just don’t feel that Cantina is the right descriptive word for our brand anymore.”

Acme Lowcountry Kitchen, 31 J.C. Long Blvd. on the Isle of Palms, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Call 886-0024.

Charcuterie share

Two-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Craig Deihl of Cypress is offering selections from his CSA-like concept, the Artisan Meat Share, this holiday season.

The package will feature a selection from Deihl’s more than 80 types of charcuterie and cured meats.

A limited amount of gift packs are available for $50 and can be pre-ordered by calling 937-4012.

The Cypress Artisan Meat Share features products that come from pasture-raised animals that are hormone- and antibiotic-free, and raised by those employing traditional farming methods and animal husbandry.

Cypress is at 167 East Bay St.

Onion catering

The Glass Onion restaurant just might save those who are too busy to cook an entire spread this holiday season.

The West Ashley restaurant at 1219 Savannah Highway is offering up the opportunity to order seasonal sides, soups and desserts to pick up before Christmas and New Year’s.

Christmas orders should be placed today for pickup 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday. The Glass Onion will be closed for Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day but will reopen with regular hours Wednesday.

New Year’s orders should be placed by Dec. 27 for pickup between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 31. The Glass Onion will be closed for New Year’s Day and Jan. 2 but will reopen with regular hours Jan. 3.

Call 225-1717 or go to

Holidays at Juanita’s

Juanita Greenbergs Mount Pleasant location will close at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve. They will open at 6 p.m. Christmas Day for bar service only. They are at 410 W. Coleman Blvd. Call 329-6224.

Oysters at the beach

Rita’s Beachside Oyster Roast will take place 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Steamed oysters will be available on the patio with drink specials and live entertainment from Eddie Smith and Matt Jordan. Cost is $15 for all-you-can-eat oysters, barbecue and chili. Rita’s Seaside Grille is at 2 Center St. on Folly Beach. Call 588-2525.

Oyster Fest tickets

Tickets for the 30th annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival are now on sale.

Scheduled for Jan. 27, this is a milestone year for the event, which is known as the world’s largest oyster roast.

More than 10,000 guests and 80,000 pounds of oysters are expected throughout the day on the back lawn of Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. Other highlights include the legendary oyster shucking and oyster eating contests, a selection of wine and domestic and imported beers, live music on the main stage and a children’s area.

For those who are not so keen on the mighty mollusk, there will be alternate food selections showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants to satisfy everyone’s taste.

Advance tickets are $12. Tickets are available on the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association website,, and can also be purchased at any Southcoast Community Bank, Boone Hall, Mount Pleasant Visitor Center and Charleston Visitor Center.

Pirate style

Queen Anne’s Revenge at 160 Fairchild St. on Daniel Island will be open until 9 p.m. Christmas Eve. They will be closed Christmas Day. On New Year’s Eve, they will serve dinner until 10 p.m. with the bar remaining open until 11 p.m.

Now open

The Gathering Cafe at 1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. is serving lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday, along with Sunday brunch. Owner Nathan Conkle is a Culinary Institute of Charleston graduate. Call 297-8380.