South’s Best Bars

Southern Living magazine has released its 2013 list of best bars in the South, and two of Charleston’s made the cut: The Griffon and The Bar at Husk.

The Griffon, 18 Vendue Range, was listed under Dive Bars (“The unapologetically awesome down & dirty South”) and was described as a “dollar-lined pub of the English persuasion” known for drawing Charleston chefs after their kitchens close. The recommended drink of choice is a shot of whiskey and a beer back.

The Bar at Husk, 76 Queen St., was listed under Whiskey Bars (“Where golden-hued love is doled out by the dram”) and was described as the place that “may be your best bet in all of the South to find Pappy Van Winkle.” With 80 whiskeys to choose from, the recommended drink of choice is a barrel-aged Manhattan.

See the full list at

Braise & Brew

Middleton Place Restaurant will host its third annual Braise & Brew 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Pavilion at Middleton Place.

The event will include a three-hour feast of six braised dishes paired with six winter seasonals from Holy City Brewery.

Brandon Buck, executive chef at the Middleton Place Restaurant, worked hard to create the perfect winter menu. The menu is designed to maximize the harmony of specific dishes with specific beers and, when possible, Holy City’s brews were used in the cooking process. All of the food was locally or regionally sourced to the fullest extent.

Buck will be on hand to introduce each course, with Holy City’s head brewer, Chris Brown, following to introduce each beer.

The price to attend is $75, and reservations are required. Go to or call 556-6020.

Middleton Place is at 4300 Ashley River Road.

More value dining

The Avondale neighborhood of West Ashley continues to offer meal deals during the third Avondale Restaurant Week through Sunday.

Diners can enjoy special offerings such as three courses for $20 at participating Avondale-area restaurants. These restaurants include Triangle Char + Bar, Pearlz Little Oyster Bar, The Roost, Mellow Mushroom and Al Di La.

There will be complimentary valet parking during the busiest nights.

Contact Holly Clayson at 412-4894 or Michael Lotz at 377-1300 for information.

Sunnyside Mondays

Eggs Up Grill will donate 10 percent of your food purchase on Mondays until March 4 to the East Cooper Community Outreach.

Eggs Up is at 2664 U.S. Highway 17, Mount Pleasant. Go to

Take appetite south

Restaurateur Jack Hurley has opened his newest dining concept, Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, at 817 St. Andrews Blvd. in West Ashley.

In November, Hurley closed and redesigned one of his Jack’s Cosmic Dogs locations in order to open Mex 1, a restaurant with Southern California and Baja Mexico cuisine.

Mex 1 is named after the Mexican highway on the Baja Peninsula that connects Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina will serve lunch and dinner 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Wednesday and until 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Vedrinski heads to IOP

Chef Ken Vedrinski, chef and owner of Trattoria Lucca, is taking his taste for pesce to the source. Vedrinski plans to open the Coda del Pesce in the beachfront location of the former Huck’s Lowcountry Table. A spring opening is planned after a few renovations. Coda del Pesce will be at 1130 Ocean Blvd. on the Isle of Palms.

Opening this week

Robert Carter plans to open Rutledge Cab Co. this week at 1300 Rutledge Ave. Call 720-1440.

Charmed on King

Charming Inns’ Linn Lesesne shares that Kitchen 208 on King Street is under construction.

On the menu: breakfast, lunch and patio dining.

D.C. bound

Chef JJ Kern of Huck’s Lowcountry Table is on his way back to Washington, where his career began in architecture.

Now, his culinary skills are under construction as he looks to enhance and fine-tune his restaurant and cooking expertise.

Shuckin’ for charity

The Charitable Society of Charleston will host a benefit oyster roast for Louie’s Kids on Feb. 2. The event takes place 7-11 p.m. at the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed. Enjoy oysters, beer, wine and live music by The Depressions.

The cost is $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Go to for tickets.

Beer lunch

High Cotton is blending beers from the local Westbrook Brewing with dishes from executive chef Joe Palma for a beer lunch at noon Feb. 2.

This will be Palma’s first pairing lunch at High Cotton, 199 East Bay St., and will include a three-course menu with paired beers.

Founder/CEO and brewer Edward Westbrook, along with Casey Lee of Advintage Distributors, will be on-hand to provide information about the brews featured, the brewing process and any questions guests may have.

The lunch is $35 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made at 724-3815.

For information, contact Jill Maynard at Go to

On top of Spay-ghetti

Twelve local restaurants will offer special entrees to raise funds for Pet Helpers’ spay/neuter efforts.

These specials will run Feb. 7-9.

Each of restaurants chefs has created a Spay-ghetti or Neuteroni special entree, of which a percentage of the proceeds will benefit Pet Helpers.

Visit any of the restaurants listed below during regular business hours to participate:

Bacco Italian Restaurant, 976 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant. 884-6969 or

Bluerose Cafe, 652 St. Andrews Blvd. 225-2583 or

Cafe Fork, 2408 Ashley River Road, West Ashley. 769-0300 or

Cesca Ristorante Trattoria, 5 Faber St. 718-2580 or

Graze, 863 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant. 606-2493 or

J. Paulz James Island, 1739 Maybank Blvd. 795-6995 or

J. Paulz Mount Pleasant, 1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd. 884-2425 or

La Fontana West Ashley, 1759 Savannah Highway. 556-1111 or

La Fontana North Charleston, 7648 Northwoods Blvd. 225-4786 or

Mondo’s Italian Restaurant, 915 Folly Road. 795-8400 or

Parson Jack’s Cafe, 3417-G Shelby Ray Court. 769-7775 or

Three Little Birds Cafe, 95 Windermere Blvd. 225-3065 or