Check out these local restaurants as they celebrate the berry of summer: blueberries.
BLOSSOM AND CYPRESS: Executive pastry chef Andrea Upchurch for all three Hospitality Management Group, Inc. restaurants (including Magnolias) utilizes local and seasonal ingredients to create light, bright summer dishes such as blueberry shortcake with blueberry pound cake, vanilla bean whipped cream, lemon curd and fresh blueberries. Her dessert menus celebrate seasonal produce in a warm blueberry cornmeal cake with blueberry-thyme compote, sorghum whipped cream and fresh blueberries. Blossom is at 171 East Bay St. and can be reached at 722-9200. Cypress is at 167 East Bay St. and can be reached at 727-0111. Go to magnolias-blossom-cypress.com.
O-Ku: Toast the month with a sweet and spicy cocktail from O-Ku. Often showcased in desserts and other sweet dishes, The Indigo Road restaurant pairs muddled blueberries with vodka, cucumber, Serrano pepper and lemongrass. O-Ku is at 463 King St. and can be reached at 737-0112. Go to www.o-kusushi.com.
The Fat Hen: This Johns Island spot offers a blend of Lowcountry and French cuisine using fresh, local ingredients that highlight the surrounding community. Founding chef and partner Fred Neuville creates main dishes with a focus on fresh, local food paired with wines. Fat Hen serves up cocktails using house-infused liquors and local ingredients such as the blueberry mojito with blueberry-lime infused rum, muddled mint, simple syrup and soda garnished with fresh blueberries and lime. The Fat Hen is at 3140 Maybank Highway and can be reached at 559-9090. Go to www.thefathen.com.
The Macintosh: Here, fresh blueberries are transformed into a blueberry Marcona almond cake at brunch on Sundays and is served with house-made honey butter. The Macintosh is at 479B King St. and can be reached at 789-4299. Go to www.themacintoshcharleston.com.
Quench your thirst
Virginia’s on King will be opening its doors to food and beer lovers Wednesday as it hosts its first beer dinner featuring the hand-crafted brews of Carolina Brewery.
The dinner will consist of a five-course menu paired with craft beers. The dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m. where guests will be able to socialize and sample the featured beers.
Seats are $50 and reservations are limited. Reserve a spot by calling 735- 5800.
Virginia’s is at 412 King St. Go to www.virginiasonking.com for more.
Kitchen 208 celebrates
Kitchen 208 is celebrating the milestones of eight weeks in business and 10 weeks in business with specials.
The eight-week celebration will take place from 7 a.m.-11 a.m. on Aug. 1 and will feature an $8 breakfast (entree, coffee/juice/tea with tax included.)
The 10-week celebration will take place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 15 and will feature a $10 lunch. Choose from any of Kitchen 208’s salads and sandwiches (entree, chips, non-alcoholic beverage with tax included).
Kitchen 208 is at 208 King St. See the complete menu at www.kitchen208.com or call them at 725-7208.
Home Team BBQ will be bringing the flavors of its award-winning ribs and more to The Alley on Aug. 24 beginning at 4 p.m.
The “boys” will be debuting their new Texas-style brisket for the first time after they return from a weeklong Texas barbecue tour.
Their special brisket will only be available at The Alley, 131 Columbus St., for this event.
Patrons can purchase it by the pound for $15.95, as a platter with two sides for $16.95 or as a sandwich with a side for $13.95. There will also be a special beer by Holy City Brewing for $4.
To learn more, call 818-4080 or go to www.facebook.com/TheAlleyCharleston.
Sitting on the dock
Crosby’s Seafood at 2223 Folly Road hosts a Friday seafood supper and live music event weekly. Look for boiled or fried shrimp platters, crab cakes, hot dogs, $2-$3 beer and wine.
Bring cash as credit cards and checks are not accepted.
This event runs 6-10 p.m. on Fridays. Call 795-4049 to confirm as bad weather has washed out a few events.
Local retailer lauded
George McLaughlin, owner of Bottles Beverage Superstore in Mount Pleasant, was recognized as a Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year at the American Beverage Licensees’ annual conference in Washington.
Nominated by ABL’s regional and state affiliate offices, Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year Awards are presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in responsible and innovative retailing.
Wine Enthusiast magazine has released its “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2013” list, and Charleston Grill has earned a spot on the list among top restaurants like Marea, Le Bernardin, French Laundry and Joel Robuchon.
Charleston Grill has been featured on this annual round-up every year since its inception in 2011.
To view the full list of restaurants, go to http://bit.ly/12HMfUt.
Charleston Grill is at 224 King St. Call 577-4522.
Steaking a claim
Oak Steakhouse has been selected by The Daily Meal as one of the “best steakhouses in America.” They join the ranks of Cut in Beverly Hills, Bern’s in Tampa, Fla., and Peter Luger in Manhattan, N.Y.
Oak Steakhouse is at 17 Broad St. Call 722-4220.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has introduced fresh new menu items to celebrate summer.
A new salad combination blends baby spinach, red onion, cherry tomatoes, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese and bacon and is drizzled with a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing. New toppings include green peppers, bacon, black olives and fresh baby spinach.
Finally, a new dessert trio allows guests to select a sampling of any three of Grimaldi’s famous desserts, including house-made cheesecakes, cannolis and tiramisu.
Grimaldi’s is in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre off U.S. Highway 17 North. For more information on Grimaldi’s, go to www.grimaldispizzeria.com.
Rolling in ginger
Fat Ninja, a pan-Asian food truck serving the foods of China, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, is making the rounds. Chefs Tyler Tin Mai and Peter Vu’s locations and menu can be found at fat ninjafoodtruck.com.
Lechon, a Latin American bistro on wheels, joins the flotilla of food trucks in the Lowcountry. Art Institute of Charleston graduate Larry White is at the wheel and the grill. Go to LechonStreetFood.com.
Robert Berry, chef at Indaco, the latest restaurant concept from Steve Palmer and Indigo Road, plans to open in early August at 526 King St.
Massi’s Wine Bar, formerly Osteria la Bottiglia, has closed on Upper King Street.