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In six locations around the Charleston area, King Street Grille rolls out upscale pub fare and a few dozen flat-screen televisions. Full of contemporary versions of traditional bar favorites, the menu unfolds to reveal mac ‘n’ cheese egg rolls, nine types of grilled, hand-formed burgers, and plates weighed down with comforting entrees, such as pork chops and Chicken Madeira. The bar stocks more than 100 beers and its own line of liquor to wash down meals or offer as gifts to the thirsty actors who reenact big games inside the TV. Throughout the week, the eatery pairs good food with good times by transforming its space into a venue for trivia nights, billiards, and live music.
The culinary craftspeople at HōM fuel in-house ping-pong competitions with a menu of boutique burgers. Kitchen magicians transform 6.5-ounce servings of brisket, chuck, and short rib into seven succulent burger incarnations. Incisors swoon over revamped classics including the mushroom and swiss, dressed temptingly in dijon mustard and caramelized onions, or the HōM Wrecker, garnished with apple-wood-smoked bacon, pepper jack, fried egg, and green-tomato chutney. Outside of the beefy staples, stomachs fill up on specialty sandwiches such as lamb draped in eggplant-tomato caponata, and falafel, which, like the best engagement rings, comes swathed in cucumber-yogurt sauce and horseradish hummus. Diners dunk hand-cut fries into two of six dips, mixing roasted-garlic mayo with smoked-onion remoulade or drenching them solely in apple-cider barbecue sauce. To cleanse uvulas of savory servings, the tap pours bubbling glasses of Yuengling or soda for underage taste buds.
The Crab Shack takes local focus to a whole new briny depth by plucking all their seafood from nearby waters. The menu of seafarer's feasts includes the parmesan-coated smoked crabeque sandwich ($11.99), tasso-gravy-covered lowcountry shrimp and grits ($15.99), and the frogmore bucket, which is stocked with two-dozen large shrimp, steamed with a special butter sauce ($23.99). Patrons can also order the she-crab soup, a trademark dish served with a heaping dose of feel-good, as all profits go to the Hollings Cancer Center.
A family business that dates as far back as the 1800s, Hyman's Seafood has been slinging seafood subsistence since brothers Eli and Aaron Hyman took over the business in 1986. Wrestle an alligator while keeping all fingers intact with the spicy gator sausage appetizer ($5.95), or warm up your tasters to the palatable crab and shrimp dip ($5.95). Swashbucklers and home-growns can navigate one of many Po-Boy sandwiches, such as the Charleston lump crab cake sandwich ($14.95) and ride the tide of a refreshing Amstel Light ($3.75). With an "any three" seafood combo platter ($17.95), diners can select three aquatic options, choosing from a vast selection that includes sea scallops, shrimp, and buffalo oysters. Visitors wishing to spare a sea creature or two can select an item from adjoining Aaron's Deli, which offers a variety of reubens ($9.50-$14.95), charbroiled meat, and homemade soups.