At Eli’s Table, diners not only fill up on each dish’s amalgamation of locally sourced ingredients, but they also get a taste of American history. Chef Scott and his kitchen team stoke appetites for all things Americana with breakfast and lunch entrees named after historical figures, fixing up powdered-sugar pancakes honoring Betsy Ross, as well as ham-and-brie croissants remembering Paul Revere, who famously shouted, “The British are coming!” from the back of his hobby horse. The history lessons end by dinnertime, when guests can savor bites of wet-aged Cajun rib eye in a veal demi-glace, and salmon fillets with spices and pecans. Eli’s Table also welcomes an array of musicians, including an Afro-Cuban jazz quartet, to perform on its patio as diners tap their toes and sip mojitos, martinis, and wine.
Blind Tiger Pub satiates the famished mobs hungrily shuffling down Broad Street with a savory menu of exquisite pub cuisine. Get your taste buds crustaceanously clamped by two gooey lump crab cakes served with mesclun salad ($14), or deliciously brand your tongue with the butcher's steak topped with caramelized onions and served with sea-salted pommes frites ($15). A variety of drinks soothe parched palates and clear tongue buds for further taste explorations.
Tommy Condon's staff plies patrons with heaping portions of Irish fare paired with pints of homeland brews such as Guinness and Harp. Evening diners launch feasts with appetizers from the dinner menu, selecting dishes ranging from the irish nachos' cheese- and jalapeño-covered potatoes ($7.99) to crispy corned beef and swiss cheese blanketed in coleslaw ($6.99). Guests can sample the region's traditional beer-battered whitefish fish 'n' chips ($12.99) without the hassle of forging a sailboat from newspaper to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Red potatoes, carrots, and horseradish accompany each tender morsel of the house-made corned beef and cabbage ($12.99), which is best washed down with frothy baths of Guinness, Killian Red, or Smithwick's ($5).
Chucktown Tavern is a combination restaurant and pub that unfurls a menu of sandwiches, pastas, and desserts made with freshly baked bread and locally grown produce. For appetizers, mozzarella triangles ($6.95) provide equilateral flavors rarely discussed in geometry class, while tongues are tested with an order of Chucktown wings (6-$5.95, 12-$8.95, 20-$12.95), featuring a multiple choice of "medium," "hot," and "why bother." The roast beef and cheddar ($8.79) sandwich offers a cool bite of slow roasted prime rib, aged Vermont sharp cheddar cheese, roasted peppers, and horseradish mayo served on a hoagie roll. The Bison Burger ($8.79) boasts a patty of farm-raised American Bison meat that is low in fat and cholesterol. Pasta dishes include the southwest chicken pasta, which features a blackened chicken in a spicy cream sauce, (lunch- $7.95, dinner- $9.95) and the pasta marinara (lunch- $6.96, dinner- $8.95), accompanied by the mate it’s traditionally spotted with in the wild, a wedge of garlic toast.
Situated in the historic downtown Market area, A. W. Shucks wrestles fresh fish from the clutches of pouched bills and musical mermaids daily and offers them a far more flavorful fate. The restaurant's dinner menu features a wide range of Lowcountry fish favorites and more crustaceans than you can waggle an ommatophore at. Start by savoring a cup of Charleston she-crab soup, a blend of blue crabmeat, fresh roe, and a hint of dry sherry($4.29), before diving into a martini glass of raw shrimp cocktail ($7.59) or a flounder fillet, breaded and fried until golden and fried ($17.99). Thrill-seeking crowds can crowd around A. W. Shucks "legendary" casserole as it tells jaw-dropping-and-closing stories of sautéed baby shrimp and scallops getting baked au gratin in a pool of lobster cheese sauce with Carolina deviled crab ($16.99).
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).