Ted's brings breakfast
If questions submitted through the "Ask the Critic" field on The Post and Courier food section's website are any indication, quick breakfasts are hard to find downtown, which could help explain why Ted's Butcherblock is adding morning hours.
The meat-and-sandwich shop recently started serving bacon, sausages, fruits and Greek yogurt out of its truck from 7-10:30 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The truck is parked behind the store at 334 East Bay St.
Ted's breakfast menu also includes egg sandwiches, corned beef hash, steak and eggs, and an egg-and-vegetable bowl.
To learn more, go to tedsbutcherblock.com, or call 577-0094.
Practice your crawfish-eating now
The Lowcountry Cajun Festival, now in its 23rd year, features jambalaya, etouffee, alligator, hot dogs and funnel cakes, but eaters show up for the crawfish, according to a Charleston County Park and Recreation press release.
"Visitors are encouraged to sign up for the (crawfish eating) contest when they arrive at the festival," emphasizes the April 6 festival announcement.
The festival at James Island County Park runs from noon-6 p.m. The eating contest is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
For a detailed schedule, including information on the music acts, go to www.ccprc.com. Admission to the event is $10 a person, with children age 12 or younger admitted free.
The Boulevard is off the table
Maverick Southern Kitchens has nixed plans to open a fourth Charleston-area restaurant.
The company last week announced its project at The Boulevard, a mixed-use development on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, was undone by a series of construction delays. Construction of the restaurant was set to begin last September, but "major building changes were needed to accommodate it." The renovations were completed and approved in mid-January.
Around that time, the property was taken over by a new owner, who forecast the building wouldn't be ready to host the restaurant until summer.
"When we learned the process was delayed an additional four to five months, we decided the restaurant could not wait that much longer," the announcement quotes Maverick's founder and president Dick Elliott as saying.
According to the announcement, Elliott and The Boulevard's owner mutually agreed to terminate the lease agreement.
In addition to nearby Old Village Post House, Maverick Southern Kitchens operates Slightly North of Broad and High Cotton.
Jason's Deli closes one of two area stores
The first Jason's Deli in the Charleston area has again become the only Jason's Deli in the Charleston area.
Citing "unsatisfactory negotiations with (the) landlord," a franchisee this week closed the sandwich chain's location on Northwoods Boulevard. The restaurant was in business for 10 years.
The remaining Jason's Deli at 975 Savannah Highway, which opened in 2000, will absorb the shuttered location's catering orders and the majority of its 50 employees.
"We were blessed to have incredibly loyal customers," franchisee Peyton Robinson is quoted as saying in a release announcing the closure.
New coffee shop at Citadel Mall
Here's one possible up-side to the emptying out of Citadel Mall: There's now more room for first-time food entrepreneurs.
Jeanine Hounam of West Ashley is next month opening a coffee counter alongside Bath & Body Works. Neen's Beans will feature espresso drinks and locally sourced baked goods.
The tenant count at the 33-year-old Citadel Mall has dropped from a peak of 135 retailers to fewer than half that number. Its previous owners last year lost the property in a foreclosure auction.
Mall vacancies appeal to restaurateurs who can't afford to open elsewhere. When Town Center Mall in Fort Worth, Texas, flagged, owners transformed it into La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth: Food vendors there include the decidedly unchained El Chito, El Torito Pupuseria and Elotes, Etc. And outside of Vancouver, B.C., Crystal Mall in Burnaby has evolved from a traditional shopping mall to an Asian-style food hall, serving up the area's best Hainanese chicken rice and soup dumplings.
Cocktail Club mixes up local liquors
The Cocktail Club, which sports an admirable selection of Southern-made spirits, is adding two new cocktails made with Charleston liquors to its list.
In addition to The Right and Wrong, featuring High Wire Distilling Co.'s Hat Trick gin, and the Striped Pig vodka-based A Pig's Tale, the upper King Street bar also is serving cocktails made with vegetable-infused tequila and mescal.
To mark the menu's launch, The Cocktail Club is hosting an interactive cocktail class at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25; call 231-1568 for reservations.
Last chance to enter your food photos
Inveterate Instagrammers who were vindicated by a recent study suggesting that snapping a picture of a dish before eating it could enhance their food enjoyment now have another reason to keep up their plate-rearranging, friend-testing habits: A West Ashley financial firm could make them famous.
On March 26, the second annual Food Phone Photo Show at Jericho Advisors will exhibit the 20 best images submitted by eaters nationwide. The top three winners will receive unspecified prizes and trophies.
To enter the contest, submit a photo via Twitter (@foodporn2014) or Instagram (@jerichoadvisors). Only photos taken with mobile devices are eligible. All entries must be uploaded by Thursday night at 11:59 p.m.
The show runs from 6-9 p.m. For more information about the event and the contest leading up to it, go to jericho-advisors.com.
Another 2013 study came to exactly the opposite conclusion. So no matter what you think about photographing dinner, you're right.
Le Creuset takes cookware to the matte
There are gleaming Le Creuset pots and pans in every conceivable color at the cookware producer's North American marketing headquarters, but it's the nonglossy items which have lately commanded the most attention from visitors to the Charleston office.
On April 1, Le Creuset will release its line of matte cookware, stoneware and utensils. The finish made its debut last year in France.
"The Matte Collection takes its cues from high fashion," a press release explains.
The collection includes three colors: Blue, beige and white.
For more information, go to lecreuset.com.