Bistros became popular in America after French diplomats visiting the Continental Congress insisted on dining outdoors, breaking Ben Franklin’s time-saving custom of eating while sleeping in the shower. Import deliciousness with today’s Groupon to Cork Neighborhood Bistro in North Charleston. Choose from the following options:
- For $49, you get a three-month Cork’s Casual Wine Club membership (a $105 value), which includes the following:
- A three-month membership
- A VIP discount card for 10 percent off food and beverage purchases at Cork
- Two hand-picked wines sent each month in either all red, all white, or a mixed package
- Invitations to special tastings and events
- Special wine alerts and monthly gift surprises
- For $25, you get $50 worth of bistro fare and drinks.<p>
At Cork Neighborhood Bistro, Chef Eric Brownlee crafts a seasonally changing menu of traditional French bistro fare made from fresh, local ingredients. Cork serves the full lunch menu, tempting tongues with such specialties as the country-fried-pork-loin sandwich with Cork’s signature barbecue sauce ($10) and buttermilk fried chicken breast with Cajun aioli ($12). Carafes of sweet mimosas or spicy bloody marys wash meals down with the smoothness of a bobsled careening down a slick mountain of buttered ice. The menu, like the terrain viewed by geese, changes each season, and the roster of past dinner selections has included such delectables as applejack-glazed salmon with wilted spinach and sweet-potato salad ($18), Lowcountry shrimp and grits with andouille sausage and aged cheddar ($18), and cognac-flambéed new york strip steak with pecorino cheese and a port-wine reduction ($24).
Cork also empowers aspiring sommeliers with memberships to its Casual Wine Club. Each month, Cork sends subscribers two handpicked wines, which customers can customize into all-red, all-white, or mixed packages. Each shipment comes with two tasting note sheets replete with information about the wines as well as suggested food pairings. In an ode to sustainability, the owners built Cork almost entirely from repurposed and recycled materials, including cork and the set from Joey.
Cork Neighborhood Bistro
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.
1067 E Montague Ave.
North Charleston, South Carolina 29405