Matthew Lagace Named Executive Chef at Morgan Creek Grill and he is bringing new menu options

CHARLESTON, S.C. (FEB. 27, 2017) – Morgan Creek Grill [1], a
waterfront retreat on Isle of Palms, is pleased to announce that Matthew
Lagace has been hired as Executive Chef. A Rhode Island native with more
than a dozen years of kitchen leadership, Lagace has introduced a new
menu highlighted by inventive seafood preparations and seasonal local
produce.

“Since arriving, Executive Chef Lagace has brought new inspiration not
just to the kitchen but to the entire grill,” shares Morgan Creek
Grill General Manager Kayleigh Lauffer. “With a vibrant mix of casual
and fine dining options in Charleston’s ultimate waterfront setting,
we look forward to welcoming new and returning guests this spring.”

Originally from Lincoln, Rhode Island, Chef Lagace earned his stripes at
The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Massachusetts. After working up
the ranks to Executive Sous Chef at The Oceanaire Seafood Room in
Boston, Chef Lagace brought his passion for sustainable seafood and
produce to Charleston in 2016.

MAIN DINING ROOM MENU STAPLES INCLUDE:

CRAB & ORZO STUFFED LOCAL FLOUNDER with grilled jumbo asparagus, beurre
blanc

SPANISH FARRO BOWL with roasted corn, pico de gallo, dried blueberries,
hearts of palm and guacamole

OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER with Eastern Virginia selects, collard greens,
bacon, panko and beurre blanc

BACON MUSTARD BRUSSELS SPROUTS with bacon fat and parmesan cheese

SHRIMP SCAMPI with chorizo, garlic butter and cavatappi

UPPER DECK BAR & GRILL MENU HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

AHI TUNA POKE BOWL with ponzu, wakame, sesame and wontons

NEW ENGLAND STYLE MAINE LOBSTER ROLL with bacon, scallion, house
dressing

BLACK GROUPER FISH TACOS with kale, cabbage slaw, pico de gallo, ancho
creama_

BUFFALO FRIED CAULIFLOWER with blue cheese crumbles

Morgan Creek Grill’s menu specials change on a daily basis and revolve
around seasonal produce. The restaurant is located on 80 41st Avenue
Isle of Palms, S.C. 29451.

ABOUT MORGAN CREEK GRILL

Perched above the Intracoastal Waterway on Isle of Palms, Morgan Creek
Grill pairs coastal classics and southern hospitality with panoramic
views of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The Grill is located less than
20 miles from downtown Charleston and prides itself in delivering the
ultimate waterfront escape for friends, families and couples of all
ages. For more information and reservations, visit
www.morgancreekgrill.com [1] or call 843-886-8980 [2].

Is Mayor Tecklenburg’s Promise of “Livability” Real or a Hoax

Waterfront Park

By Mark A. Leon

Just over a year later, we look back at a promise.? During the Mayoral campaign that took two voting days to decide, Mayor John Tecklenburg stood behind the promise of making Charleston “livable” again.? It was a bold statement with much room for interpretation.

Now, we look to today and the future, and it has become clear that “livability” is not about the citizens that have chosen to live their days here in Charleston, but the tourists and the developers that are reaping the rewards of this once great city.

The politicians, media and tourism boards have boasted the year over year increases in tourism and high hotel occupancy rates.? What they haven’t spoken to is the flat GDP of just over 2%.? With double figure increases in tourism traffic and low economic growth, the indicator is that local residents are not coming to Historic Charleston as frequently as they once did.

This is also evident in the closing of local Charleston foundations including Morris Sokol, Hughes Lumber and Bob Ellis Shoes (stores that would be frequented by locals, not tourists).

In 2009, I would work from my downtown apartment on Morris Street for miles and take in esthetic beauty in all directions.? There were pockets of crowds and carriages all around, but that was part of the ambiance of this city.? What was not prevalent were orange cones, deep roadway damage, cranes and endless high rise construction in every major part of the city.? From Joe Riley Stadium, to MUSC, East Bay, King Street, Meeting Street and Broad Street.? This city is being attacked from all directions with the simple goal:? Make a few major developers and investors very wealthy.

Simply put, we are no longer in control of our city.

All the perks of being a local have been compromised and here is how we are suffering:

  • Parking garage rates have increased
  • Most residential parking is now only 1 hour for non-residents 24 hours a day
  • Restaurant tax is 10.5% for food / 15% for alcohol
  • The East Side lost its only means of groceries

Several weeks ago, a group of business owners met to finance free bus service for residents of the East Side to go to Mount Pleasant and Northern Charleston for groceries because their BiLo (Former Piggly Wiggly) closed-down.? Instead of celebrating this generous act, why aren’t we looking at why it wasn’t kept open in the first place.

Cistern Yard – College of Charleston

The Westside Neighborhood has trees uprooted from the sidewalk that are being ignored from the last devastating storm.

Yet, simultaneously,

  • A 1.2 billion-dollar development is going up on Upper Meeting
  • A new hotel is in development to compliment the newly launched hotel on Upper King
  • ?A new housing development is being built on Upper Meeting and Huger Street
  • Lockwood is setting the foundation for a new development
  • A new shopping and dining complex is under construction across from Joe Riley Stadium
  • Sergeant Jasper could see new community rise if all provisions are met.
  • Construction continues on the new MUSC Children’s Hospital
  • Approvals are being finalized for a new bank building on the corner of Calhoun and Meeting
  • King Street is closed off from the Crosstown for the next two years
  • Infrastructure and building construction on the College of Charleston campus

Several days ago, we joked that Charleston was no longer the “Holy City” but the “Crane City”.? Humor aside, there is a fear brewing in Charleston and we are on the sidelines without a means of getting in the game.

We have heard many speak on the social forums that they want the Northerners to stop moving here, yet Charleston is starting to look more like New York or Cleveland than Savannah or Beaufort.

As citizens of Charleston, we will not see our skyline or traffic alleviation from construction projects until 2020 or beyond.? Is that what we signed up for when we were promised “livability”?

We have a voice Charleston.? Maybe, it is time we start looking for answers.? We have local officials whom you have voted in to speak on our behalf.? Utilize them.

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‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Midtown Productions May Be One of the Best Times You Have in Charleston Theatre This Season

By Mark A. Leon

Midtown Production’s musical revue ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, directed by local theatre visionary Sheri Grace Wenger is a step back in time to the days of Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller when music was king and Harlem was its castle.? It was the period of the 1920’s through the 40’s when the United States went from the Roaring 20’s to the Great Depression to recovery.? Still, the late-night hours of musical mayhem in upper Manhattan could be heard from blocks away.

With a powerful use of vocals and dance moves, the cast of Tierney Breedlove, Immanuel Houston, Jairus McClanahan, Megan Pue and Monique Waters have brought the composition and lyrics of Fats Waller to life.

Set in the Cotton Club where patrons dress in pin stripe suits and glamorous dresses, the band including Howard Nathan Brown Sr on piano, Brandon Brooks on drums and Arnold Gottlieb on bass play to the wee hours of the morning.

During that time, cocktails are sipped, glances from across the room are shared, and the aura of romance and lust is as thick as butter.? This is the place where jazz remind us of the glamourous life.

The patrons sit around tables with checkered table tops, lit candles in the center and indulging in wine and beer.

Midtown exquisitely creates a live theatre experience which include 31 musical numbers during this two-hour spectacle.? From get out of your chair fun loving numbers of “Jitterbug Waltz” and “Fat and Greasy” to the soothing love soaked “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling” and “Two Sleepy People”, the full spectrum of emotion is shared from stage to audience.

During the performance, the exchanges of intimacy show a fine line between love and sin; lust and intimacy.? Yet, when they danced, the place was rockin’.? From tap to flips, the dance numbers were filled with pure unadulterated energy.

“Ain’t Misbehavin” may be one of the most fun experiences you will have in Charleston area theatre this season.? Whether you bring someone you love or your parents, you are sure to have a remarkable time.? Musical theatre is alive and well and Midtown Productions has brought a winner.

There are still four more performances during this run (March 2 – 5).? You can purchase tickets at Click Here for Ticket Information

 

 

 

Don’t Lose Sight of the Little Things in Charleston

By Mark A. Leon

With the onslaught of constant construction that will take us into 2020 and beyond, highway infrastructure changes, a new skyline landscape and extreme competition with increased tourism, it is easy to lose sight of the little things that has made Charleston the charm of the South for generations.? In the last few weeks, I have been reminded of the elegance of simplicity in a town that values, its people, historic, culture and most of all community.

It has been a magical few weeks and with the experiences I have been a part of, I have also began to question if we are losing site of the individual moments that last here in Charleston.? I fear we are losing the connection to the Lowcountry that has warmed our hearts for so long.

I would like to share some of my recent Charleston stories to demonstrate just how powerful the simplicity of the Holy City can be:

  • On the eve of Valentine’s Day, at East Bay Meeting House, I attended the weekly Monday Open Mic night, During the two-hour performance, I witnessed a confident 19-year-old College of Charleston freshman with nothing more than her guitar and voice perform an original song that sent goosebumps throughout the intimate crowd.? As she sang, I was fixated to the face of a girl that has a gift that so few a blessed with.? Like an early Jewel, the passion in her voice rivaled some of the great young musical artists.? As host Jim Lundy would say, after recalling over a decade ago when a young Elise Testone performed for the first time, this girl has a future and we will be looking back someday and remember she performed here first.
  • While sipping a Cuban themed cocktail in Hutson Alley this past Thursday, outside of Victor Social Club, we were serenaded by a jazz duo performing soothing versions of 80’s and 90’s classics from Prince to 4 Non-Blondes.? As the music and cocktail complimented this warm February night, the staff brought out champagne and an elegant torte to help celebrate my slightly belated birthday.? It was a Charleston night, without flash or glory, but filled with lasting memories.
  • Several mornings a week, I share the Folly Beach coastline with sunrise catchers, surfers and wayward souls looking for meaning.? It is a cathartic experience to feel the wind brush your face, sand caressing your toes and watching the sun welcome the first moments a new day.? The ability to bring your mind to complete peace, even for one moment a day, truly helps bring balance and happiness.
  • We love our dogs in Charleston.? That is certainly something we are very proud of.? As I watched early morning jogs and walks with our four legged friends, I wished a friendly good morning and a smile to each passing stranger donned out in sweats or yoga pants and was reminded of the sense of community and love that lives on so proudly.
  • I drove by Colonial Lake a few days ago with the top down and Kenny Chesney on the radio and witnessed a line of yoga pant legs reached high to the sky.? Laying out under the shelter of the sun, this group combined the elements of nature, exercise and therapy to lose themselves from the everyday hustle of life.
  • Last evening, I sat in a Cabaret style theatre with checker pattered tabletops, wine and one of the best feel good musicals of the season.? Midtown Productions brought to life the compositions of Fats Waller with “Ain’t Misbehavin”.? Bringing the music of a generation that celebrated life and heritage, this celebration of the heyday of Harlem’s music and dance scene was pure magic that had the audience tapping their feet along with the performers.

Charleston is filled with little charming moments.? Ones that leave a lasting impression.? They aren’t moments that drain your wallet, force you to be something you are not or draw a crowd.? These are personal moments filled with the power of love and connection.

Sometimes you have to step away from the festivals, concerts, fancy restaurants and see something bigger than yourself to find that true Charleston happiness.

These are the things we need to remind ourselves to embrace and not lose sight of.

 

 

Charleston Artistic Icon Jonathan Green, Lifelong Theatre Supports Sam and Nancy Stafford To Be Honored with Aston Honors

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Renowned Charleston artist Jonathan Green and
lifelong supporters of The Footlight Players Sam and Nancy Stafford will
be honored on Thursday, May 11 at the second annual Anthony Aston Honors
Gala.

The Footlight Players handed out the first Anthony Aston Honors award
last year to former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley and Charleston
theater veterans Patricia and Emmett Robinson (posthumously). In 2015,
The Footlight Players’ board of directors established the Anthony
Aston Honors to annual recognize individuals or organizations that have
made significant contributions to the arts or the cultural life of
Charleston.

The award is named for Anthony Aston, a British actor, playwright and
poet, who landed in Charles Towne in 1702 after being shipwrecked on the
Carolina coast near Port Royal. In 1703, Aston wrote and performed
“The Country,” thought to be the first play ever produced in
America.

Jane Broadwater, executive director, said she commends the Footlight
Players board of directors for its hard work putting together such an
arts-driven event for Charleston. “Gretta Cape, event chair, works
tirelessly all year to make this evening special for all who attend. We
look forward to gathering on May 11 to honor those who serve now and
those that have served the arts in the past.”

This year’s honorees will be recognized at a black-tie optional gala
and dinner at 7 p.m. May 11 at Hibernian Hall, 105 Meeting St. in
Charleston.

Tickets are on sale for The Aston Honors Gala at
www.footlightplayers.net or by calling the box office at
843-722-7521 . Individual tickets are $150 each.

Individual benefactor tickets are $275 each and include a pre-event VIP
reception with sponsors, honorees and other distinguished guests.

The mistress of ceremonies for the gala is Charleston native Lauren
Hutton. Considered the first supermodel, Hutton has graced 10 covers of
European _Vogue_ magazines and 27 covers of American _Vogue_. In film,
she has starred alongside Robert Redford, Richard Gere, Gerard Depardieu
and Jim Carrey. As a role model for her generation, she has shown how to
successfully age and navigate transitions, maintain a healthy lifestyle
and engage in environmental and women’s health issues.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Footlight Players in its
preservation, education and operations endeavors, which include
maintaining a historic theater and producing multiple shows annually.

Now in its 85th season, The Footlight Players was founded in March 1931
by leaders of the Charleston Renaissance, including Alfred Hutty, DuBose
Heyward, Selma Tharin Furtwangler Dotterer and Eola Willis. In 1934, the
community theater group acquired an old warehouse at 20 Queen St. and
converted it to a theater that opened in 1941.

ABOUT THE ASTON HONORS RECIPIENTS

JONATHAN GREEN, born and raised in the Lowcountry, is an international
professional artist who graduated from The School of the Art Institute
of Chicago in 1982. Green is considered by many art critics and
reviewers as one of the nation’s most outstanding African-American
artists and highly recognized visual master for capturing Southern
culture and traditions. His high level of social interest and cultural
commitments, and exhibitions have brought him international recognition.

Green has received honorary doctor of art degrees from the University of
South Carolina and the Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., for
his capturing and recording Southern culture and history. He also has
been awarded The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for Lifetime
Achievement; Key of Life Award – NAACP Image Awards; Century of
Achievement in Art Award, The Museum of Americas, Arlington, Va.; Order
of the Palmetto Civilian Award; and The History Makers Award in Fine
Arts, The History Makers National Archives, Chicago.

Green’s art has been incorporated into productions of ballet, music,
theatre, literature, film, and video documentaries.

Born in St. Augustine, Fla., in 1946, SAM STAFFORD III moved to South
Carolina as a child and attended the College of Charleston, where he met
his wife of 47 years, Nancy Webb. Nancy invited him to volunteer with
her at The Footlight Players under the tutelage of Emmett Robinson,
Footlight’s first managing director. Sam says he treasures those
Saturdays with Nancy and remains appreciative of the lessons Emmett
taught them about love, life, commitment and theatre.

After graduating from The College and receiving an medical degree from
the Medical University of South Carolina in 1971, Sam embarked on a
20-year naval career, completing residencies in pediatrics and
dermatology. He and Nancy returned to Charleston in 1982 where he began
a part-time private practice in dermatology. After retiring from the
Navy in 1992, Sam joined Mt. Pleasant Dermatology where he has been a
partner since 1994.

Sam acted with The Footlight Players from 1967 through 1971 and later
served as a member of The Footlight Players board of directors as well
as board president. During his tenure, he led the movement to replace
the theater seats and donated the red stage curtain as an anniversary
present to Nancy in honor of their early memories at the theatre.

NANCY WEBB STAFFORD, a native Charlestonian, has had theatre in her
blood since childhood. Her mother served on The Footlight Players board
of directors and her parents were long-time friends of Pat and Emmett
Robinson, who were synonymous with Charleston theatre for nearly 30
years. Nancy began volunteering at the theatre at the age of 13 and over
the next 11 years worked every aspect of technical theater (carpentry,
plumbing, electrical work, running spots, costume construction and set
dressing) learning from Footlight’s talented staff of Emmett Robinson,
Norman Webber and Bill Easterby. During those years, The Footlight
Players was responsible for the maintenance of the Dock Street Theater
and presented its main season on that stage.

Emmett encouraged Nancy to pursue her interests outside of Charleston,
and she spent two summers in summer stock in Hyannis and Boston during
college breaks.

She met Sam while a student at the College of Charleston, and three
years later, they were married. The couple left Charleston for 12 years
of Sam’s training and adventure in the U.S. Navy.

While living in San Francisco, Nancy attended cooking school, and
subsequently taught cooking classes and operated a catering business for
19 years. Later, she developed an interest in landscape design, so she
attended many classes and symposiums, and eventually friends turned into
clients. Nancy now consults and enjoys working in her yards in
Charleston and the North Carolina mountains.

Sam and Nancy have two artistically gifted daughters: Adele, a weaver
and writer, and Ann Ladson, a metal smith and jeweler. The couple love to
travel and keep up with the local theatre scene through four local
theatre groups and occasional trips to New York City.

About The Footlight Players
The Footlight Players launched in 1931 with a series of one-act plays
directed by Lt. Commander Charles Russell Price at the Charleston Navy
yard. The series was such a success and drew such a following that The
Footlight Players formally organized and incorporated in the fall of
1932. To this day, The Footlight Players continues to provide
professional quality, affordable community theater for the Lowcountry at
the historic Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. in Charleston. For
more information, visit footlightplayers.net? or call 843-722-4487

The Peace of Technology: The Day Jobs, Warhol and Lennon Came Together

By Mark A. Leon

“We went into Sean’s bedroom – and there was a kid there setting up an Apple computer that Sean had gotten as a present, the Macintosh model. I said that once some man had been calling me a lot wanting to give me one, but that I’d never called him back or something, and then the kid looked up and said, “Yeah, that was me. I’m Steve Jobs.” And he looked so young, like a college guy. And he told me that he would still send me one now. And then he gave me a lesson on drawing with it. It only comes in black and white now, but they’ll make it soon in color. And then Keith and Kenny used it. Keith had already used it once to make a T-shirt, but Kenny was using it for the first time, and I felt so old and out of it with this young whiz guy right there who’d helped invent it.”From Andy Warhol’s Tuesday, 9 October 1984 diary entry. It was Sean Lennon’s 9th birthday party.

October 9th, 1984 – The Dakota, Manhattan – The day that would have marked the 44th birthday of John Lennon and one shared with his son Sean. This day would be the celebration of the life of Sean Lennon though with an apartment filled with some of the most important names in the creative community coming to honor the off spring of a musical and spiritual legend. With all this wealth, power and celebrity shared, one gift, one guest would become the most important for the next 25 plus years. At the time, it was one day, one celebration and one moment.

The importance of this event would not be felt to the fullest extend until many years later. As we look back on the players and the single box object on the floor of Sean’s room, it is clear that this was a defining day in our history and our future.

A young, shaggy twenty something arrived with a gift no bigger than a breadbox to present to young Sean. It was a prototype of the new Mac Computer and the man presenting the gift was Steve Jobs. As he opened the box and put it on the floor sitting next to Sean, you could see a look of bewilderment as not only Sean but the guest list was not aware what this device was. Steve took the next few minutes to insert a floppy disk and install the art/design software. With a short tutorial and the swift movements of the mouse, Sean and Steve were creating digital art.

It was only a few minutes later that art and pop culture icon Andy Warhol stepped into the room and observed this device and the images on the screen. He sat down next to Steve and Sean and raised the mouse into the air, looking closely and trying to figure out how this mechanism worked. Steve reach over and began to lower his hand and the mouse to the ground and instructed Andy to just move it along the ground and that would translate to the screen. Like a grown child, Andy began to play. Soon the simplest of images was born on this monitor. Andy Warhol then stood up and announced to the crowd that he had created a circle.

With the spirit of John Lennon air apparent in the room, there was an aura of two visionaries. One that pledged the release of all material value to preserve the ideals of peace for all humanity and one that would revolutionize the entire culture of communication, computers, film and music. With Andy Warhol presiding over the church of Lennon, the marriage of the spirituality of the past and future were joined bridging two generations and forever changing the world as we know it.

John Lennon and Steve Jobs were born with an amazing gift of vision and insight and both were able to use their greatness in the pursuit of the greater good of mankind. Becoming vulnerable and naked, each opened themselves up to the unknown abyss to take the greatest leap so that we can be rewarded with a lifetime of wonder without boundary.

Both men taken before their time to their final resting place, but each one’s song continues to linger in the hearts and souls of every man, woman and child that dares to dream.

Throughout his illustrious career, Steve Jobs always generously showed his respect and admiration for those that influenced and inspired him. It does not take an obsessive Apple fan to see how much the music of the Beatles shaped his thinking toward his products, his customers, his family and his views on life.

How often do we find ourselves bearing witness to what seemingly is a just a moment in time, but much later realize the affect that moment had on the greater good. October 9th, 1984 on West 72nd Street, across from Strawberry Fields in Central Park, a group of people, on the floor of an apartment saw the vision of the future surrounded by the music of peace, love and harmony.

Urban Swell Yoga & Surf Coming to Folly Beach – Get Your Tickets Today

Folly Beach is home to great waves and an avid surf community and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Charleston Surf Lessons for our second season of beach fun! Yoga & Surfing – what could be better?! (http://www.charlestonsurflessons.com/)

Welcome the Sun with a 45 minute class on the beach with UFY, then suit up for a 90 minute lesson with Charleston Surf Lessons, rated best surf school in the Carolinas!

Finish the day off anyway you like, either on the beach or refueling at one of Folly’s amazing lunch spots.

Package includes:

– 45-minute beach yoga on Folly Beach (bring your own mat/towel)
– board rental
– wet suit/rash guard
– 90 minute surf instruction (in and out of the water)

Details:

** MEET AT 9:15AM AT 3RD BLOCK WEST ON FOLLY
– 9:30 – 10:15am – 45 minute all-levels yoga class
– 10:15-10:30 – get suited up & grab a light snack (changing romms available)
– 10:30am – 12:00pm – 90 minute group surf lesson (in/out of water)
– water bottle and a light snack

$45 per person; space is limited

OUR ENTIRE SEASON SCHEDULE IS OUT:
APRIL 29 || MAY 27 || JUNE 24 || JULY 29 || AUG 26

Sign up HERE:

*space is limited and sold out almost every offering last year*

 

St. Philip’s Church and Cemetery: A walk through Charleston’s past

By Mark A. Leon

Whether you are a local or tourist you know the steeple of St Philip’s Church on Church Street in historic downtown Charleston.? It is one of the most recognizable aerial landmark in this city.? It is also situated between the Dock Street Theater and historic market.? It is a true landmark of Charleston history and decor.

It is also the final resting place of some of the most recognizable names in Charleston, South Carolina.? The cemetery is the final resting place for Pinckney, Gaillard, Rhett, Rutledge and John C. Calhoun.? For those history buffs out there, Charles Pinckney (1757-1824) was one of the original signers of the United States Constitution and Edward Rutledge (1749-1800) was a signer of the Declaration of Independence along with his many delegated and elected positions in state and federal government.

If you have not experienced the St. Philip’s Church and Cemetery up close, make sure this is part of your next planned trip to the Historic District of Charleston, SC

While you wait, here are some images of the grounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GALLERY: A Charleston Sunrise for the Ages: Morris Island Lighthouse Presents a Fire in the Sky

By Mark A. Leon

We don’t have bad sunrises in the Lowcountry.? It is one of the many subtle and mesmerizing things that make this place a special home for so many.? Yet, every now and again, something happens.? Like that rare view of a comet or lunar eclipse, we get an occasional sunrise for the ages.? One of those that make you question your vision, because the tapestry of color, sounds and peaceful serenity make for the perfect moment.

When you have the chance to be a part of that, there is no turning back.

These are the moments we live for and the reminders of what a gift life is.

Today was one of those days.

Sit back in your lawn chair and experience this through a photographic recap.? A Charleston sunrise: February 18, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CODfather: Charleston’s fresh off the boat feel good fish and chips hot spot

By Mark A. Leon

Somewhere between the corner of nowhere and somewhere, just outside the North Charleston Naval Ship Yard lies an unimposing restaurant: The CODfather, Proper Fish & Chips.? With four indoor tables, a long window row, two community picnic tables outside and the smell of British delight, The CODfather has taken a simple concept and created one of the most sought after meals in the area.

While patiently waiting on line that took me right to the point of being just inside the entrance, I was greeted by a very caffeinated and energized chef taking my order with a smile and a lovable neurotic demeanor.? Just prior to taking my order he convinced a couple to get one large instead of two smalls saving them $4.00 and providing the same amount of food.? That is truly a “customer first” attitude.? His irreverent charm and off the wall energy made the waiting process quite entertaining, but of course the smell of fresh fried fish helped as well.

The menu is simple.? Not a lot of time need to decide here.? Do you want a full order of fish and chips or a half?? Smashed peas or gravy or none.? Fish only or chips to boot.? There you are.? Simple and it is often said, the simplest decisions in life are the best and you will certainly consider this one of your best of the day.

What goes well with Fish and Chips, beer of course.? The CODfather prides itself on providing a great dining experience, that is why they offer a BYOB option (They will even provide the pint).? Cheers to them.

Outside, you will find a motley crew of cars and motorcycles coming out to this otherwise deserted area to take part in this feast.? Don’t fret, if seating is not an option and often times it will not,? you are only a stone throw away from the North Charleston Waterfront Park and a number of parks in downtown Charleston.??? Make a day of it and picnic outside if the weather is right.? We certainly took advantage of the warm February air.

The deep-fried oil, silky batter and right from burning oil to your mouth taste will linger long after you have finished.? We are not at liberty to caution you on your eating habits, but a half portion is more than a meal for most.? At $7.00 for a half and $10.00 for a full, the prices are unbeatable.

Warning:? Only Open Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM and located at 1809 Reynolds Avenue, North Charleston, SC.

The CODfather offers up an unbelievably delicious Fish and Chips meal.? They keep it simple, but do it right.? If there is a great hole in the wall dive experience, with incredible food, fun décor and a memorable fried experience you seek, this needs to be your next stop.