Chew on This: Local restaurant news

BY DEIDRE SCHIPAN  Special to The Post and Courier   – Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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O-Ku sushi at 463 King St. has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars.

A perfect pour

O-Ku has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars in the United States.

The list of winners is derived from more than five million reviews submitted by Open-Table diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The award honors the businesses that have embraced the craft cocktail and beer movements to bookend the guests’ dining experience. To view the complete list, go to www.opentable.com/vibrantbarscene.

O-Ku is at 463 King St. Call 737-0112 or go to www.o-kusushi.com.

Booking breakfast

The Library Restaurant at Vendue Inn, known for its locally inspired Lowcountry fare and innovative dinner menu, is now offering breakfast.

Look for a French bistro menu with a Lowcountry twist. Expect to spend $6-$12.

Breakfast will be served 7-11 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended. For more information or to make a reservation, call 577-7970.

The Library Restaurant is at 19 Vendue Range St., downtown Charleston

Brushes and bottles

The eighth annual Palette and Palate Stroll will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 19. Tickets are $45.

If you’re unfamiliar with the event, attendees will have the chance to stroll through the streets between stops at local fine art galleries for “an evening dedicated to fine art, unique cuisine and wine.”

The following is the list of gallery and restaurant pairings:

Anglin Smith Fine Art and Circa 1886

Corrigan Gallery and Barsa Tapas

Dog & Horse Fine Art and Lucca

Ella W. Richardson Fine Art and Social

Helena Fox Fine Art and Anson

Horton Hayes Fine Art and Oak

The Sylvan Gallery and Halls Chophouse

Martin Gallery and Tristan

Robert Lange Studios and Cypress

To purchase tickets or for more details, go to www.cfada.com.

Fruits of the vine

Marie Sauer of Sauer Grapes, at 885-C Island Park Drive on Daniel Island, aims to turn choosing wine into an enjoyable, fun experience.

Expect to select from four white wines and four red wines by the glass at price points of $4, $6-$8 and $10-$12, as well as sparkling wine/champagne. Sauer also brings in cheeses, sandwiches and snacks to accompany the tasting menu.

Sauer Grapes is a wine lounge and retail wine shop open 3-8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, though Sauer makes herself available for private events.

The space is available for private parties and tastings at no charge when wine is purchased from the shop for the event.

Find out more at sauergrapeswine.com or by calling 849-1999.

Buckle down for beer

Pearlz Oyster Bar at 9 Magnolia Road in West Ashley will host a Sam Adams tasting event 6-8 p.m. July 11. There will be free samples, live music and special prices on Sam Adams lager cans. Call 573-2277.

Bowling for brunch

Home Team Kitchen and chef Courtney Tomer are now serving Sunday brunch at The Alley, 131 Columbus St., from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

No ordinary brunch menu, the menu features items such as chicken and pancakes, crispy pork cake benedict and the Home Team Kitchen Scramble (home fries, bacon, caramelized onions, American cheese and Texas toast).

Home Team Kitchen scrambles up your brunch favorites along with Charleston Mix Bloody Mary and mimosas for $3.

To learn more about the new Sunday brunch or summer activities at The Alley, call 818-4080 or go to facebook.com/TheAlleyCharleston.

Now open

The Warehouse at 45½ Spring St. featuring chef Eva Keilty. Owners James Groetzinger and Joey Rinaldi are behind this new bar at Spring and St. Philip streets. The restaurant will be open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

Austin’s Food & Drink at 116 Spring St. is now offering dine-in, carry-out and delivery. Call 737-5273.

Orange Spot Coffeehouse at 4824 Chateau Ave. in Park Circle specializes in coffee and serves sweets, muffins, veggies and more. A limited, light lunch menu is on tap. Call 637-4504.

Coming soon

Sweeney’s at 3157 Maybank Highway on Johns Island will offer “an upscale bistro atmosphere with true Southern hospitality.” Find out more at sweeneysrestaurantsc.com or by calling 559-5633.

Holiday hiatus

Jestine’s Kitchen at 251 Meeting St. and Jestine’s Sweet Shop at 54½ Wentworth St. will close at 4 p.m. Thursday. Call 720-7437 (720-PIES).

R&R for Rue de Jean

39 Rue de Jean at 39 John St. has been taking a break from serving mussels drenched in butter and other French cuisine with an Asian influence so that it can undergo small repairs and renovations. The restaurant will reopen Friday.

All Holy City Hospitality restaurants will be closed Thursday in honor of Independence Day. Holy City Hospitality includes 39 Rue de Jean, Coast Bar and Grill, Virginia’s on King and Good Food Catering.

For more information, go to 39ruedejean.com, coastbarandgrill.com or virginiasonking.com.

Call it a wrap

Bull Street Gourmet’s Bull Street location has closed. The King Street location at 120 King St. remains open. Plans are in place for a new midtown eatery in November. Go to bullstreetgourmetandmarket.com for more.