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.
Christophe Paume, a third-generation Chocolatier, learned the art of cocoa manipulation as a child in his father's pâtisserie in Toulouse, France, and has been crafting sweet masterpieces ever since. His current shops form all of their mouthwatering morsels on site, subbing pesky preservatives for sweet, chew-activated infusions of children's choir harmonies. Hand-painted, molded, and flavor-filled chocolates come in 19 tongue- and eye-dazzling varieties, including lavender caramel, mango rum, fresh mint, and earl grey tea. Truffles seduce sweet teeth with tastes ranging from topical coconut to rich and creamy cappuccino cheesecake. Opt for an assortment (starting at $9.95 for four pieces) if you're feeling indecisive or like to use sweet-smelling boxes to capture spare noses.
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).
At NeuroLogic Integrated Health, doctors of chiropractic give their patients the same kinds of precise spinal adjustments that helped the professionals recover from injuries and afflictions of their own. All three physicians discovered chiropractic care as patients first, suffering from sports injuries, recurring headaches, or uncontrollable compulsions to hug strangers. They each found relief through the holistic approach, which takes patients' medical history and lifestyle into consideration to treat a broad range of physical ailments. Today, these doctors look beyond their patients' mere symptoms to get a picture of each person's whole health and get to the roots of their maladies.
Bill D'Elia first wielded a cleaver at age 11. Since learning the butchering trade at that tender age, D'Elia has brought a slice of his native Brooklyn to Charleston by opening The New York Butcher Shoppe. Here, certified Angus steaks are cut by hand to perfectly pair with the shop’s selection of wines, cheese, and side orders made from fresh ingredients. The kitchen also prepares ready-to-heat meals, such as veal parmesan and pork cradle roasts, for easy dinners when there isn't enough time to set a snare for wild casserole.
The chefs cook chipotle parmesan au gratin grouper in their mesquite oven, sizzling it at the precise temperature that will preserve its juiciness—its appetite-rousing aromas filling the adobe-walled restaurant. They then nab the fish from the oven and place it on a plate alongside mexican rice and southwestern-style vegetables, resulting in the restaurant’s signature grouper dish.
For more than 20 years, patrons have been filling their bellies at Santa Fe Cafe knowing that their menu of southwestern dishes has been prepared with the same level of precision and care. As diners nibble, they can snuggle up next to an oak-fire chiminea and listen to live ranchero guitar tunes. On the open-air rooftop cantina, groups can belly up to the curved bar shaded by a wooden canopy, or pull up to a table and admire the stars and the bumper stickers on the backs of UFOs, which read "My other UFO is a bike."