North Charleston runs in the blood of Cork Neighborhood Bistro’s proprietor, Tradd Ashley Gibbs, whose South Carolina roots stretch back for generations. As the seasons change, so do the dishes and the ingredients that go into his menu of southern-style comfort fare and seafood. Executive Chef Heather Edwards mixes up hearty pots of shrimp and grits with smoked sausage and tasso gravy and uses seasonal veggies to adorn dishes with all the flair of a peacock wearing a tropical fruit hat.
Feed starving eye sockets with visions of North Towne's talented chefs grilling away in the open kitchen, or let the fire come to you with kasseri cheese flamed at your table and served with pita wedges ($7.95). Greek spices and lemon sauce perfume broiling sea scallops and tire out tongues just in time for naps in accompanying beds of steak fries ($17.95). Purists can opt for skewers of lamb licked by the flames for North Towne's namesake grill ($17.95). Those with a taste for something less common can venture into an order of moussaka—baked layers of eggplant, seasoned beef, and creamy cheese sauce ($14.50). Other nosh options include crab, shrimp, roasted chicken, what your neighbor ordered, and steak entrees.
North Park Grill gets its classic sports-bar ambiance from checkered floors, neon tube lights, and, of course, televisions that broadcast football games. While watching those games, patrons can snack on grilled quesadillas, pizzas, and burgers stacked with fixings such as fried eggs or sautéed mushrooms. All the while, bartenders mix cocktails and fill mugs with draft beer, and pool balls glide seamlessly on their tables.
Taste buds herald Manifest Destiny at Bighorn’s Sports Grill, where an eclectic menu of hearty American fare pairs with a communal family-oriented atmosphere, combining traditional Southern hospitality with the adventurous spirit of the American West. Rivers of honey mustard and ranch dressing surge through a mountain of Bighorn’s house-made potato chips, served with slices of cheddar jack, Winningham hickory bacon, and chives. Burger fans can choose from seven USDA Choice burgers, such as the half-pound Habanero Hades burger—the buns of which are loaded with a mélange of habaneros, jalapeños, vaporized fire, and a spicy signature sauce—as wings lovers plunge their wings into 1 of 21 spicy sauces. At Bighorn's full-service bar, crumbs can coast down throats on sudsy waves of Yuengling and Heineken, which pour from foam-flecked taps surrounded by robust wines and creative cocktails.
Try an East Coast eat without leaving the state and order the Jersey Shore’s Favorite served Mike’s Way—generous slices of provolone, ham, and cappacuolo get layered with onions, lettuce, tomatoes, vinegar, and a sprinkling of oil and spices. Hot options include various takes on the famed cheese-and-steak combination, as well as a chicken parm and meatball and cheese. On a lighter note, Jersey Mike’s also serves wraps and salads. Prices vary by location and size, with cold mini subs ranging from $4 to $4.75, cold regular subs ranging from $5.75 to $6.75, and giant regular subs ranging from $9.75 to $10.75. Regular hot subs run from $6.25 to $6.75, and giant hot subs run from $10.25 to $10.75.