Though they're far from the mystic castles of Philadelphia, the sandwich chefs at Chucktown Philly Cheesesteak pride themselves on their ability to make an authentic cheesesteak. They first stack thinly sliced grilled steak or chicken between two halves of a crisp hoagie slathered with melted cheese. They then customize each sandwich with the guest's choice of toppings, including traditional mushrooms and peppers, or creative additions such as salsa. Along with such experimental cheesesteaks, they also build BLT, tuna, and chicken-parmesan sub sandwiches.
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.
Inspired by the story of a 16-year-old orphan with a sparkling personality and a penchant for cooking, Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q serves up heaping helpings of traditional slow-smoked barbecue from recipes passed down through generations. Diners step under a corrugated tin roof and follow a bright red arrow toward a menu saturated with succulent meats and savory sides. Pork cooked for 12 hours and stuffed between bread ($6.49+) goes head-to-head with beef brisket rubbed in a secret spice blend and suspended over smoldering wood chips until it breaks down and reveals its undercover flavor ($6.49+). Four signature sauces bathe tender vittles in sweet and tangy hickory, spicy classic, traditional hickory, and carolina classic, accentuating the down-home essence of suppers such as smoked turkey ($8.99 with two sides) and half chicken ($8.99 with two sides). Third, half, and full slabs of St. Louis ribs are also available for tickling practice ($8.99–$19.99).
The gourmet treats at Häagen-Dazs delight discerning palates with a variety of frozen goodies in indulgent flavors. Made from top-quality ingredients, Haagen-Dazs ice creams and sorbets confidently fill cups and top cones ($3.69–$5.59) or blend into shakes ($6.15) and smoothies ($6.15) in an attempt to lose taste-bud tails. Each Dazzler's three scoops of ice cream settle under whipped-cream peaks, with flavors including Dulce Split, Mint Chip, and Rocky Road ($6.34). Patrons select toppings, sauces, and ice-cream flavors to form customizable sundaes ($4.69–6.59), or deploy straws to taste a Sorbet Sipper ($6.15), which is made of sorbet and then sipped.
The chefs at Tomatoes Italian Ristorante toss fresh pastas and salads fit for wine pairing. Patrons fork through house garden greens or declare themselves the emperors of appetizers with caesar salads. Dig into the chicken or shrimp scampi with a technicolor assortment of bell peppers served over linguini or savor Mark's Favorite pasta, penne, or rigatoni mixed with chicken, italian sweet sausage, capers, spinach, and mozzarella. In addition to pasta entrees, the eatery also quells belly rumblings with specialty dishes. Pair a chicken cutlet parmigiana with a chardonnay, or pair a new white shirt with a merlot.
Famulari's Pizzeria doesn’t play favorites when it comes to tossing dough and slathering on sauce. The eatery instead lets diners choose between New York–style and Chicago-style crusts, both of which are made by hand and can be topped with the same gourmet ingredients. Crowned one of Charleston City Paper's staff picks, Famulari's deep-dish measures about three inches high and “ooz[es] with meat and cheese.” To enhance pizzas, diners can choose from a library of meats and veggies, eight different cheeses, and eleven sauces, including Thai peanut, hot sauce, and secret-recipe red. Guests can also nosh on pasta and sandwiches.
Noisy Oyster provides the pelican pouches of area citizens with fresh, locally-caught fruits-of-the-sea. Inspect the extensive dinner menu before commencing incisor insertion into an appetizer such as the twistedly-tasty shrimp corn dogs—a skewer pierced with five battered jumbo shrimp, deep-fried to crispy resistance, and served with a side of sweet and spicy Chinese mustard sauce ($8.99). The baked seafood au gratin layers fresh shrimp, meaty scallops, and fresh fish medallions within the mortar of a decadent blue crab stuffing, Jack and cheddar cheeses, and a Parmesan cream sauce ($16.99), and the low-country crab cakes feature loads of crab meat with a blue crab hollandaise ($16.49) on top. Those abstaining from oceanic eating can direct their eyes toward the super cheeseburger ($6.49, add bacon for $0.79), or the spicy barbecue chicken pizza ($11.99), while those abstaining from eating in general can explore the drink menu. Quench thirst with house specialty jungle juice ($6.99) or the noisy oystertini, a spicy mixture made of Tabasco, horseradish, and vodka ($6.50).