Top 50 nominees

Bon Appetit magazine has named its Top 10 Best New Restaurants for 2013. And while no Charleston spots made the Top 10, two were among the 50 nominated.

Making the nominee list were The Ordinary, 544 King St., and Xiao Bao Biscuit, 224 Rutledge Ave.

If you haven’t been to either of them yet, make a point to do it now.

For more about The Ordinary, call 414-7060 or go to

For more on Xiao Bao Biscuit, call 743-3880 or go to

To see the full list of winners and nominees, go to

Taste the market

The City Market Hospitality Association is starting an event every third Thursday of the month called Taste of the Market, the first one of which will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday.

The Palmetto Carriage Company lot on Anson Street is the location of this event, where market vendors and restaurants will offer samples of their products. Enjoy chef demos, live music and specials all night long.

Participating restaurants for August include:

The Peanut Shop of Charleston

Noisy Oyster

Charleston Culinary Tours

Mad River

AW Shucks

TBonz Gill & Grill


Lowcountry Bistro

Charleston Crab House


Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill


Wild Wing Cafe

The cost is $10 and includes unlimited sampling; tickets for kids under age 10 are $5. Tickets can be purchased on or on the night of the event.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hospitality Heroes.

For more information on the event, go to Association.

Crab Dinner

The Old Village Post House hosts its annual Crab Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Chefs Forrest Parker and Frank Lee will create an “in-crab-ible” four-course menu. Wine and beverage manager Tony Norton will pair summer wines with each course to highlight the flavors of the dishes.

The dinner is $70, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 388-8935.

The Old Village Post House is at 101 Pitt St. in Mount Pleasant. For more information, go to

$10 lunch

Kitchen 208, 208 King St., celebrates 10 weeks in business with a $10 lunch Thursday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Patrons can choose from any of its salads and sandwiches for $10, the meal includes an entree, chips and non-alcoholic beverage.

Eaters can Instagram their $10 lunch for a chance to receive a $10 gift card for lunch. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #kitchen208.

For more info, go to or call 725-7208.

School fundraiser

Join Cupcake Down South and WINGS for Kids as they collaborate to collect school supplies that will benefit local children in the WINGS for Kids program.

Donations will be accepted through Saturday at Cupcake’s 433 King St. location and its Mount Pleasant location at 644 Long Point Road.

For every three items a person donates, they will receive one of Cupcake’s signature wooden tokens, which are good for a free cupcake.

The items on WINGS’ “Top 10 Most Needed School Supplies List” include: pencils, markers, crayons, colored pencils, hula-hoops, kick-balls, basketballs, soccer balls, kid-size running shoes and white/black kid-size T-shirts.

To learn more about WINGS for Kids, go to or call 296-1667.

For more on Cupcake, go to

New ownership

Hall Hospitality Group LLC, owners of Halls Chophouse, announced that they’ve finalized the purchase of Rita’s Seaside Grille on Folly Beach.

For the last five years, Rita’s, located at 2 Center St., has been a popular dining and beverage spot on Folly Beach.

Rita’s current management will remain in place.

The only changes they plan for the near future include the addition of daily breakfast service beginning at 7 a.m. and extending the closing time beyond 10 p.m.

Catch of the day

Charleston’s only cut-to-order butcher shop is now offering fresh seafood.

Owner Ted Dombrowski plans on stocking the case with whatever is in season locally, complimented by additional domestic sustainable selections.

The shop has joined the S.C. Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative in its efforts to promote environmentally friendly seafood.

Ted’s is at 334 East Bay St. The shop is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more info, go to or call 577-0094.

New at Cocktail Club

The Cocktail Club is now serving a new food menu alongside its specialty beverage and cocktail program. The cuisine is a selection of inventive updates on classic finger foods, or as chef Jeremiah Schenzel explains, “It’s bar fare with a bow tie.”

The Cocktail Club, 479 King St., will feature a regularly changing menu showcasing seasonal and local flavors.

Find out more by calling 724-9411.

Top shelf pours

Republic Garden & Lounge is now offering a “Top Shelf” happy hour from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The food menu is priced at $4-$5 with special prices on desserts. Signature cocktails will be available for $5 and bottles of wine $200 and under will be half price. Republic Garden & Lounge is at 462 King St. Call 724-7400 or email

Dim Sum on DI

Dragon Palace at 162 Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island is now serving a dim sum brunch from 11 a.m-2:30 p.m. Saturdays. The menu includes 20 items, a variety of hot teas and bottomless Mimosas. Call 388-8823 or go to

New hours

Harbor Breeze at 176 Patriots Point Blvd. is now open for lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and for dinner 4-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. They are closed Sunday and Monday. Call 606-2110.

N. Chas. lands Bonefish

Bonefish Grill is now open at 5041 International Blvd.

To mark the opening of its newest location, it hosted a Charity Night for the Ronald McDonald Charities of Charleston, raising more than $9,000.

The 4,800-square-foot North Charleston restaurant features a spacious dining room with an open kitchen and a large bar area that includes three community tables.

Dinner is served seven days a week, with brunch service on Sundays. Call 747-7735 or go to for more info.

Now open

Sweets Cafe at 6893 Rivers Ave. is now open. Call 414-7197.

One less tail to wag

Jack’s Cosmic Dogs, voted Charleston’s best hot dog since 2000, has closed its James Island location.

A new concept, The Bohemian Bull & Beer Garden, is set to open this fall in that space, partnered by Dave and Chrissy Lorenz and John Ferguson.

Jack’s Cosmic Dogs’ Mount Pleasant location on Route 17 North remains open. Owner Jack Hurley says he’s scouting other locations for Cosmic Dogs. For more information, call 607-2510 or go to