Chew on This: Local Restaurant News
Deidre Schipani – Wednesday, January 30, 2013
82 Queen turn 31
In 1982, three restaurateurs had a vision to provide a uniquely “Charleston” dining experience with a focus on fresh, local cuisine and gracious hospitality. Founding partners Harvey Poole, Joe Sliker and chef Steve Kish decided just days before opening that they would use the street address as the name, thus 82 Queen was born.
This year marks 82 Queen’s 31st anniversary, and to celebrate, the restaurant will be offering a prix-fixe menu of three items for $31. The menu includes an appetizer, entree and dessert.
Through Feb. 13, diners will have the option of ordering from the standard menu or the anniversary menu.
General Manager Johnny Williams also has launched a revamped wine list.
To view the full menu or to make a reservation, go to 82Queen.com.
Going for gold
The biennial Bocuse D’Or competition is under way, and chef Nico Romo and sous chef Mikey Clucas of Fish Restaurant are in Romo’s hometown of Lyon, France, to cheer on Team USA of Richard Rosendale and his commis, Corey Siegel.
Team USA has never won the gold.
The Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition was created by chef Paul Bocuse in 1987 to “broaden the public’s understanding of the extraordinary dedication, hard work, practice and precision required to execute the very finest cuisine.”
The competition is billed as “the most rigorous culinary competition in the world” and brings 24 countries together to compete every two years.
Go to www.bocusedorusa.org/team for more.
Kudos to Closed
Closed for Business, 453 King St., was honored for its beer menu in Draft Magazine. Call 853-8466 or go to www.closed4business.com.
Chef Craig Deihl of Cypress is a finalist in the charcuterie category for a Good Food Award for his picante salami. Cypress is at 167 East Bay St. Call 727-0111 or go to www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com.
Ted’s taps pale ale
Ted’s Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St., will be debuting a new Holy City Brewing offering called Slanted Porch Pale Ale Thursday at 6 p.m.
Brewed with Centennial and Citra hops, Slanted Porch soon will be added to Holy City’s regular offerings.
A special menu of small plates from the kitchen at Ted’s will be served along with the shop’s regular menu of sandwiches, salads, soups and gourmet prepared items.
No reservations are required. The ale is $5 per pint.
The Folly Beach Crab Shack will be hosting a Super Bowl Tail Gate Party. Tailgating starts at 1 p.m. and will include a variety of beers, beverages and food specials, as well as a chili cook-off.
The Coosaw Creek Crab Shack will offer game-day specials during the Super Bowl.
J. Paul’z will open for Sunday brunch and then close both locations after service.
82 Queen will be closing at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Tristan Restaurant will close for Super Bowl Sunday.
Liquid pie, cake
Firefly Distillery has introduced two new flavors to the Southern Accents Liqueurs line: chocolate pecan pie and coconut cake.
Southern Accents Liqueurs are made from family dessert recipes that have been passed down for generations and are available at South Carolina stores and the Firefly Distillery at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island.
New top toque
Vespa Pizzeria on Daniel Island has welcomed a new chef, Amanda Beame. A new menu launches Friday, and Vespa will serve a four-course Valentine’s Day menu Feb. 14. Reservations are suggested. Vespa Pizzeria is at 224 Seven Farms Drive. Call 881-0101.
Maria Baldwin and her team at Our Local Foods is offering dinners at the cafe market, 1190 Clements Ferry Road. Call 849-0080 or go to ourlocalfoods.com.
The Little Star of the Caribbean food truck is the latest on the scene, offering up Cuban cuisine. Follow it at www.littlestarofthecaribbean.com.
Slice Pizzeria Restaurant has opened at 1150 Hungryneck Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. On the menu: pizza, sandwiches, salads, pastas, steak sandwiches. 388-4071 or slicepizzeriarestaurant.com.
Cru Cafe, 18 Pinckney St., has opened after a recent refreshing. 534-2434
Abe’s Oyster House at 713 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant will have its last call on Sunday.
The Palmetto Cafe is undergoing renovations.
Along with the new look, chef Andrew Coins is planning a few new menu surprises, which will be unveiled with the reopening in mid-February.
During the renovations, folks can enjoy the Palmetto Cafe’s menu for breakfast or lunch in Charleston Grill, 224 King St. Breakfast is served 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and lunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays with brunch available 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays and 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sundays. 577-4522