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.
Voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Corner Store of 2011, Queen City Grocery provides hungry patrons with a wide selection of conventional and organic groceries, crêpes, sandwiches, smoothies, and more. Toast co-workers at the morning coffee trough with a savory Wentworth breakfast crêpe loaded with banana, walnuts, and brown sugar ($7, add $1 to all crêpes for gluten-free servings), or consume the harmonious ham, avocado, red onion, and organic goat cheese quartet playing inside each Happy Houdini sandwich ($9).
Christophe Paume, a third-generation Chocolatier, learned the art of cocoa manipulation as a child in his father's pâtisserie in Toulouse, France, and has been crafting sweet masterpieces ever since. His current shops form all of their mouthwatering morsels on site, subbing pesky preservatives for sweet, chew-activated infusions of children's choir harmonies. Hand-painted, molded, and flavor-filled chocolates come in 19 tongue- and eye-dazzling varieties, including lavender caramel, mango rum, fresh mint, and earl grey tea. Truffles seduce sweet teeth with tastes ranging from topical coconut to rich and creamy cappuccino cheesecake. Opt for an assortment (starting at $9.95 for four pieces) if you're feeling indecisive or like to use sweet-smelling boxes to capture spare noses.
At NeuroLogic Integrated Health, doctors of chiropractic give their patients the same kinds of precise spinal adjustments that helped the professionals recover from injuries and afflictions of their own. All three physicians discovered chiropractic care as patients first, suffering from sports injuries, recurring headaches, or uncontrollable compulsions to hug strangers. They each found relief through the holistic approach, which takes patients' medical history and lifestyle into consideration to treat a broad range of physical ailments. Today, these doctors look beyond their patients' mere symptoms to get a picture of each person's whole health and get to the roots of their maladies.
Bill D'Elia first wielded a cleaver at age 11. Since learning the butchering trade at that tender age, D'Elia has brought a slice of his native Brooklyn to Charleston by opening The New York Butcher Shoppe. Here, certified Angus steaks are cut by hand to perfectly pair with the shop’s selection of wines, cheese, and side orders made from fresh ingredients. The kitchen also prepares ready-to-heat meals, such as veal parmesan and pork cradle roasts, for easy dinners when there isn't enough time to set a snare for wild casserole.
When Skillets Café opened in 1994, its moniker reflected its sole mission: to serve up seafood-heavy breakfasts, made from scratch, in porcelain skillets. The name has stuck, but it no longer does justice to the wide array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare that now resides on Skillets’ menu. Servers still dish out seafood omelets and crepes, skillets of potatoes and poached eggs, and stuffed french toast, but they do so at all hours, or at least until the rooster crows at midnight. And at lunch and dinner, morning dishes are joined by sandwiches and hearty entrees such as shrimp and grits, grilled meatloaf, and filet mignon. Out on the patio, humans can dig into comforting meals while seated beside their pooches, which are welcome to chow down on items from the doggy menu.