A deceptively straightforward menu hides the discreet array of meaty flavors packed into every quarter-pound burger and grilled-chicken sandwich at this classic dual-drive-thru eatery. High quality and swift service meet at an appetizing altitude in meal combinations such as the grilled-chicken-filet combo, a juicy white bird breast perched atop a fluffy bun and served with seasoned fries and a drink ($4.29).
Carolina Café & Grill pumps a steady stream of soups and lattes through the heart of Camden’s historic downtown, pairing homemade breakfast and lunch options with an exquisite collection of caffeinated delights. Deli chefs pile their culinary masterworks high with a smorgasbord of succulent meats and garden-fresh vegetables. The Granny’s ham and apple sandwich calls a truce in the ancient war between sweet and savory, melting swiss cheese over a crisp granny smith apple on a mustard-laced and buttery croissant ($6.99). Burger buffs can sink chompers into the sizzling beef and grilled onions of the patty melt ($7.25), or the Sprinkle burger, which checks in at an intimidating 5 ounces and dares you to suggest that its name is adorable ($7.25). Those with more herbaceous appetites can seek refuge in the leafy greens of a signature salad such as from the old-school favorite garden variety ($5.25). Homemade soups-of-the-day play their steamy roles with panache ($2.75 cup) and gracefully complement any of the café’s star entrees, while milkshakes ($3.50) and other homemade desserts provide the end credits to a poignant meal.
Smokehouse Restaurant slings made-from-scratch southern fare, which its cooks prepare daily from family recipes and gussy up with mustard-, vinegar-, and ketchup-based barbecue sauces. The barbecue buffet tempts dining duos with ribs, broccoli salad, fried chicken, catfish stew, and barbecue chicken that's juicier than gossip at the Pentagon. Alternatively, the catering menu assembles one or two customer-preferred meats, such as smoked ham, fried chicken, or ribs, with a choice of three sides, including collard greens, mac-'n'-cheese, fried okra, or potato salad. Smokehouse Restaurant rounds out its catered bounty with dessert, bread, and beverages for each person ($8–$10 per person), so party hosts don’t need to force guests to don soundproof jump suits to prevent a cacophony of stomach rumbles.
Creamy frozen yogurt, fresh-fruit mix-ins, and healthy toppings such as almonds, granola, and shredded coconut make Yogen Früz a source of unlimited fresh flavors. Yogurt artists mix customers’ custom creations—such as piña colada mixed with smooth-blended pineapple yogurt, or apple pie sprinkled with graham-cracker crumbs—before their very eyes. Along with such quasi-decadent options, the company’s 1,300 worldwide outposts offer low-fat varieties, nonfat probiotic yogurts, and fresh-fruit sorbets. Every mix is low in fat, a good source of vitamins and fiber, and one of the only known sources of the essential nutrient frostiness.
In seven 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 shepherd's pie. 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.