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.
Jack’s Cosmic Dogs borrows a page or two from the playbook of the roadside hot dog stands of the past. With its fresh-cut fries, root beer floats, and vintage, long-neck bottled sodas, the restaurant whisks visitors back in time amid funky décor and an eclectic collection of props. The Jack’s experience has also caught the eye of Food Network star Alton Brown, who spotlighted Jack’s all-American eats on the Food Network show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate.
Chef Daniel Justice and his staff at Roadside Kitchens elevate classic comfort dishes with local ingredients and a downhome atmosphere. Menu starters include a batch of roadside deviled eggs—two smoked salmon, two smoked bacon, and two traditional ($7)—and the baby-spinach salad, which trails a wagon full of peaches, strawberries, aged blue cheese, grilled red onions, and candied pecans topped with bacon vinaigrette in its leafy wake ($9). The Roadside house-smoked pork chop communes with creamy mac 'n' cheese, collard greens, and a caramelized-apple demi-glace ($18 for 12 oz.; $25 for 22 oz.), and the 12-ounce certified Angus rib eye mingles with mashed potatoes, grilled local asparagus, and a truffle demi-glace ($30). For dessert, red velvet cupcakes whisper bedtime stories to the topmost tiers of a three-layer caramel chocolate cake ($7 each).
For 72 years, the family of instructors at Trudy's School of Dance has inspired dancers from head to toe with classes ranging from classic ballet to freestyle hip-hop to the fancy partner footwork of the Carolina shag. Students of all ages pack into two spacious studios, undulating their way through lessons in tap, ballet, jazz, or lyrical dance, all structured according to National Dance Standards. Featured on MTV's Made, hip-hop instructor Neasy Griffin oils students' joints for flawless popping and locking, and national shag dance champion Linda Walker guides novice hip swivelers through the jaw-dropping kicks, spins, and handshakes of South Carolina's state dance. Foot-tapping pros at Trudy's thrust exercise-minded participants through a gauntlet of fitness-themed classes as well, offering such calorie-burning courses as the hip-hop Workout JamCrew, the rhythmic Tapercise, or the heart-pounding course in cardio shoe-tying.
Tiki Island plies patrons with island kitsch, live entertainment, and an array of tropical eats, including frozen drinks, surf and turf, and sandwiches. With an emphasis on local partnerships, Tiki Island serves up fresh oysters, shrimp, crab, and other fruits of the sea harvested from a nearby Neptunian orchard. Seared raw and served on a bed of wakame with wasabi and soy sauce, the sashimi ahi tuna ($8.95) is a popular "Tikitizer," but for those who prefer their meat gill-less, chicken tenders ($7.95), wings ($9.95 for a dozen), and sliders ($7.95) make the grade. From the sandwich menu, an all-beef Sonoran hot dog gets wrapped in bacon, fried, and gingerly posed on a sub roll with toppings ($8.95). Wash this salty dog down with a tidal-wave gulp of Blackbeard's mojito ($7.95, made with black-cherry rum), but beware the nefarious squid that awaits you at the bottom of your glass. The strawberry-basil margarita ($6.95), made with Tiki Island's own house-grown basil, and the St. Croix frozen lemonade ($8.95) also provide refreshing sippers ideal for summer.
The Emerging Cinemas network presents world-class performing arts, recorded on-scene at internationally recognized theaters and splashes them across the big screen before popcorn-chomping American audiences. Coppélia, choreographed by Patrice Bart, is a comic tale that follows the en pointe follies of a lovesick villager whose fiancée must compete with a life-like dancing automaton to win his affections. Composed by Mozart, The Magic Flute, a two-act opera with both dialogue and singing, tells the story of young prince Tamino and his love interest, Pamina, as they struggle through a series of fantastical trials and stress-induced cupcake binges to realize their union.