The Weather is Crisp, the Air is Sharp and Tavern & Table’s New Fall Menu is Live

Read More

By Mark A. Leon

There is something special in the air in the Lowcountry this time of year.? The Festival of Lights are illuminating our nights, holiday markets are brimming in the air, the words of Dickens are echoing from the walls and the new Autumn menu for Tavern & Table is finally live.

Today kicks off the official release of the Autumn/Fall Menu for Tavern &Table in Mount Pleasant located on the heart of Shem Creek.

We were honored to be part of the kick off celebration featuring custom seasonal cocktails and dishes that will surely leave you in a festive mood.

Some highlights that will be featured for the next four months as we move into the Autumn and Winter seasons are:

  • Fire Roasted Oysters – Braised spinach, chorizo, garlic aioli
  • Burnt End Mac & Cheese – BBQ brisket, orecchiette, fondue, cornbread crumble
  • Salmon Salad – Broiled salmon, baby watercress, shaved brussels, parmesan, sunflower seeds, lemon confit, lemon vinaigrette
  • Truffle Fondue Burger – Carmelized onions, pickled shiitake mushrooms, truffle fondue
  • Braised Short Rib – Bone-in short rib, parsnip puree, maple roasted carrots, roasted celery and cippollini onions
  • Lamb Bolognese – New Zealand lamb, house-made ricotta cavatelli, piquillo peppers, tomatoes, bread crumb, parmesan
  • Pork Duo – Keegan-Filion Farms pork, cheddar grits, cider braised cabbage, brown butter + apple thyme compote
  • Crab Salad Roll – Jumbo lump crab, crispy potato strings, challah roll with duck fat fries or sweet potato wedges
  • Steak Salad – Seared sirloin ‘bavette’ steak, arugula, frisee, blue cheese, candied hazelnuts, shaved pears, balsamic dressing

We hope this provides an enticing preview.

Here are the complete lunch and dinner menus available today!!!

Tavern & Table Lunch Menu

Tavern & Table Dinner Menu

Do your homework, make your reservation and make this holiday season a special on at Tavern & Table.



It’s a Family Affair – The Main Squeeze in Mount Pleasant provides fresh and healthy dining options

Read More

By Mark A. Leon

In Mount Pleasant, placed inside the eclectic shopping and dining carnival of Belle Hall Shopping Center, is a delightful spot where a family has created an environment committed to the goal of health and wellness while providing an incredible dining experience.

Fresh juices, smoothies, Acai bowls, avocado toast, fresh hummus, wheatgrass shots and wraps are on the menu, but the secret ingredient is an extension of the lifestyle and love brought to the customers by Dana and Anthony Collins, the visionaries behind the family owned The Main Squeeze in Mount Pleasant, S.C.? Five years ago Dana and Anthony opened their business in Belle Hall Shopping Center.? Shortly after, their daughter joined the family business and today, they continue to provide refreshing offerings, a smile and a commitment to nutrition and wellness.

As Mother and daughter served up acai with all the toppings, hummus and avocado, they shared stories of a family raised on healthy values focused on nutrition, exercise and maintenance of a lifestyle that promotes energy and positivity.? It has been this lifelong passion that is the formula for success at The Main Squeeze.

With a carefully developed tapestry of fresh local fruits and vegetables and a lot of love, The Main Squeeze is keeping Mount Pleasant and beyond on a constant health kick.

The menu is simple, customized to your needs and always guaranteed to be delicious.? You best watch out because they may ask a few wellness based trivia questions to keep you on your toes.

Don’t worry parents, bring the kids.? They have a few things to keep them entertained during their stay.

Whether you are in the mood for Peanut-butter banana wrap, black been hummus wrap, avocado toast or an acai bowl, you appetite will be met with no sign of guilt.

If a liquid diet is more your speed, you can choose from their signature smoothies, classic selections or create your own.

With this commitment to freshness, incredible prices and a family that truly cares about your well-being, you can’t go wrong with The Main Squeeze.? Watch out, you may become a regular and perhaps part of the family.

Operating Hours

Sunday 9:00 am 5:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am 7:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am 7:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am 7:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am 7:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am 5:00 pm
Store Location:? 656-C Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, South Carolina?






Brown Dog Deli – A Game Changer in the Charleston Sandwich Scene

Read More

By Mark A. Leon

We have all walked past Brown Dog Deli located at 40 Broad Street hundreds of times.? Perhaps on your way to the Art Walk or Blind Tiger.? Maybe you were looking up at the church steeple and you didn’t even notice.? It is a small unassuming restaurant that provides a safe haven of dining and delivery to the Broad Street, Battery and peninsula community.? As you walk in, there is a casual look and feel.? A nice bench in the front window as you wait for take out; a soda machine and two vats filled with sweet and unsweetened Ice Tea; tables in a small open setting and staff scurrying around to meet your needs.

Brown Dog is a traditional deli offering:

  • Salads
  • Wraps
  • Traditional Deli Classic Sandwiches
  • Specialty Sandwiches
  • Assortment of homemade sides (We recommend the hummus or macaroni salad)

Here is what you need to know and this is the secret we are finally going to unleash:? The food is outstanding.? The peninsula has transformed itself to a foodie paradise where inventive dishes have created a competition that lives and breathes on its own.? Hidden in this renaissance is a traditional deli environment surrounded by lawyers and fine art that delivers some of the most enticing salads and sandwiches in Charleston.

brown1There are two specialty sandwiches we would like to tell you about that we recently tried:

  • “The Grateful” Duck Club – This memorable gourmet sandwich includes:? apple-smoked duck breast, cashew butter spread, peach-ginger-pepper jelly, bacon, colby-cheddar cheese, arugula, & sherry walnut apple salad on a toasted sourdough bread.? Let me ask you, how long does it take to typically eat half a sandwich (yes, we shared it)?? I am thinking five to ten minutes, maybe fifteen if you engage in a thought-provoking discussion.? This half a sandwich took over 45 minutes to eat.? Not because I was super busy with work, but because I savored each and every bite.? The sweetness of the jelly and apple salad combined with the hearty bacon and duck was heavenly.? I was a little surprised at the thought of arugula, but it added a refreshing tartness to the sandwich.? As referenced in the title, this is a game changer.
  • Apple “Butter” Jeans – A beautiful autumn creation made with warm melted brie, sliced Granny Smith apples, local apple butter, fresh arugula, mesquite smoked turkey, honey ham, and applewood-smoked bacon served on a panini-pressed local French baguette.? Some sandwiches scream a season and if one was born for the fall and winter, this is it.? Typically, you cannot go wrong with brie and apples on a baguette, but add smoked turkey, ham and bacon and oh my do you have a meal.? Once again we shared and one half of this sandwich was enough to fill your appetite.

Brown Dog Deli does offer a combination option that includes a drink and side to make your meal complete.

If these two gourmet delights do not put you in a curiosity frenzy to stop by for lunch, then the Salmon, watermelon, feta cheese salad, chipotle chicken cobb salad or Mesquite Turkey Croissant (brie cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, sprouts, red onions & cranberry-pepper jelly) should completely win you over.

Wesley Denney, is titled a cuisine artist on the website and the mastermind behind the menu, What he does is more than create culinary art, he has mastered a true marketing victory.? By catering to the traditionalists and the creative salad and sandwich diners in a comforting setting, he has built a home for northern tourists, locals and business professionals from government officials to art curators.? With fresh local ingredients, gluten-free options and refreshingly explosive menu of mouth-watering dining treats, Brown Dog Deli is a winner in the Charleston casual dining space.

If you are looking for a craft beer to wash down these great menu selections, rest assured, they do offer a fine selection of drafts and bottles.? Come in for lunch or dinner, but not too late, they do close at 8:00 PM.? Come in for lunch or dinner, but watch out, it could get addictive.

HōM Introduces New Fall Menus Featuring Bigger, Badder and Bolder Burgers

Read More


CHARLESTON, S.C. (OCTOBER 16, 2018) – HōM, the downtown burger boutique and ping-pong hotspot, has released new Fall menus inspired by the latest creative burger trends. The 6.5-oz. double patty, smash-style burgers are cooked to order on a flat top, which seals in more flavor and produces a much juicier burger.

“We listened to customer feedback and wanted to get more creative with our burgers,” said Pete Smith co-owner of HōM. “By streamlining the burger selections, we can focus on the quality of the double patty and grind fresh beef in-house every day.”

HōM also updated the Happy Hour menu, which now features Sliders, Burger Dogs, Hotdogs and $3.50 well drinks.

New appetizers and entrées include:

Fried Butternut Squash ($8)

Guajillo pepper & chocolate goat cheese, vanilla onion relish, maple bacon arugula, balsamic reduction

Down N’ Out ($10)

American, lettuce, tomato, red onion, fancy sauce

80/20 ($10.50)

Smoked bacon, avocado, sunny egg, gouda, caramelized onion

Mushroom & Swiss ($10)

Portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, swiss, dijon

Hatch Chili Burger ($10)

Grilled, roasted chilis, chihuahua cheese, braised red onion, tortillas

New happy hour dishes include:

Shroom N’ Swiss Slider ($5)

Portobellos, caramelized onions, swiss, dijon

Inside Out Burger Dog ($5)

Bacon wrapped, cheddar stuffed, avocado, caramelized onions, dijon

Sonoran Hotdog ($5)

Bacon wrapped, pico, guacamole, roasted garlic sour cream

To view the full new spring menu, visit

Featuring bright orange booths and lounge-inspired decor including a ping-pong room, HōM is a unique burger boutique and neighborhood bar located in the heart of downtown Charleston. HōM has become a destination for generous hospitality on Upper King. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @homcharleston.

Wild Dunes Resort Unveils New Fall Menus at Three Restaurants – Coastal Provisions, Huey’s Southern Eats and The Salty Goat

Read More

CHARLESTON, S.C. (September 5, 2018) – Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel, has announced new fall menus at its three premier restaurants, the signature Coastal Provisions, laid-back Salty Goat bar and casual Huey’s Southern Eats located in the Links Course Clubhouse. Offering everything from beach eats to distinctively southern cuisine, Wild Dunes Resort remains a dining destination for both locals and visitors looking for a memorable meal with friends and family. Led by Executive Chef Robert Frederick and Mixologist, the Resort’s talented culinary team is excited to unveil its new fall menus for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner, offering seasonal dishes that are every bit as scrumptious as they are sustainable.

“Our culinary team is excited to reveal new fall menus at three of our Wild Dunes Resort restaurants, with new seasonal dishes and drinks available for every hour of the day,” shares Chef Frederick. “Whether diners are seeking a relaxing poolside lunch, happy hour with golf course views, post-beach cocktails or a romantic dinner, our restaurants at Wild Dunes Resort give everyone a reason to visit this fall.

Tucked inside the Boardwalk Inn and overlooking the pool and cabanas, Coastal Provisions is home to artfully-upscale cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Couples can enjoy a romantic dining experience with new fall favorites like the Warm Wild Mushroom Salad with truffle aioli, Pappardelle Pasta & Braised Pork Short Ribs and Low Country Cioppino loaded with local seafood. Guests and non-guests alike can enjoy breakfast or lunch alfresco on Coastal Provisions’ Terrace, with options like the Coastal Biscuit Benedict with smoked paprika hollandaise, Baby Kale & Pickled Cherry Salad and the Coastal Smash Burger with caramelized onions, pimento cheese and Cajun danger sauce.

Those seeking to savor the day with a casual breakfast or lunch, including golfers before or after their round, can head to Huey’s Southern Eats, overlooking award-winning Links Course fairways. Diners will love breakfast favorites like “The Brawley” Breakfast Sandwich and Blueberry-Buttermilk Pancakes or lunch offerings like the Cornmeal Fried Catfish Sandwich and Huey’s Chopped Salad with Firefly moonshine dressing. Golfers looking for a celebratory drink after their round can enjoy bites and brews from Huey’s Lounge menu with options like Lowcountry Eggrolls, Housemade Smoked Pimento Cheese and Pulled Pork Tacos with Carolina Gold BBQ.

An ideal spot to watch the game or meet up with friends for a drink, the laid-back and welcoming Salty Goat offers a wide variety of local beers, wines, spiked floats and specialty cocktails like the Bacon Old Fashioned and Smoked Julep garnished with a smoked sugar cane. The Salty Goat also offers a selection of apps, sandwiches, barbeque and sweets like Pork Rind Nachos, Hand Dipped Fried Pepper Jack Cheese and the Billy G’s Grinder with choice of pulled pork or smoked brisket.

To view menus or book reservations at Wild Dunes Resort, please visit

About Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel

Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort, is located 30 minutes from the charm and grace of historic downtown Charleston. The Resort occupies 1,600 acres of oceanfront paradise with a variety of accommodations ranging from the AAA Four-Diamond Rated Boardwalk Inn and the Village at Wild Dunes to private condos and luxury home vacation rentals. Offering a year-round menu of championship golf, nationally-ranked tennis, award-winning recreation, spa services and restaurant options, Wild Dunes Resort has been distinguished by many publications and associations as a top destination for families, golfers, tennis lovers, and meeting and event planners. Visit Wild Dunes Resort online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

?About Destination Hotels

Destination Hotels is a collection of more than 40 upscale and luxury independent hotels, resorts and residences across North America. Each property is intentionally diverse and true to its location, transcending status quo in fresh, authentic and unforgettable ways. Serving as both the explorer and the guide, Destination ensures a sense of genuine belonging and the chance to encounter life-enhancing discoveries. The award-winning portfolio features 19 renowned golf courses, 18 indigenous spas, and 112 exceptional food and beverage options including bars, restaurants, cafes, and rooftops.?Destination Hotels captures the unique essence of each location through authentic experiences, immersive programming and genuine service. For more information, visit? Follow us on Instagram:?@destinationhotels?and Twitter:?@Destination. Like us on Facebook:?DestinationHotels.


Media Contacts:

Gina Stouffer / Charlotte Park / Tori Williams
Lou Hammond Group
843.408.4360 / 843.371.1362 / 843.647.7090 / /

Duck Donuts Charleston Grand Opening is Today – Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Read More

What:? Grand Opening – Duck Donuts

When:? Wednesday, August 29, 2018 – 8:00 AM

Where:? 1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd – Suite 16B

Official Website

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 8:00 AM is the grand opening of the first area Duck Donuts.

Get your warm, made to order donuts starting today at 1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Suite 16B (West Ashley)

Store Hours

Store Hours

Sunday 6:30AM – 7:00PM
Monday 6:30AM – 7:00PM
Tuesday 6:30AM – 7:00PM
Wednesday 6:30AM – 7:00PM
Thursday 6:30AM – 7:00PM
Friday 6:30AM – 8:30PM
Saturday 6:30AM –8:30PM

Want the Best Burger in the Lowcountry? – You need to go to Hollywood, SC to the Fillin’ Station Diner

Read More

On March 20, 2013 at the wish of his wife, the owner of the Fillin’ Station Diner opened this ode to the automotive industry and kick back to traditional diners in the small town of Hollywood, South Carolina.? We mean small.? In fact, if you blink and miss the one traffic light, you are out of the town limits.? For many, Hollywood is the town you pass through from Charleston to Edisto Beach.? Even its famed antique warehouse has shut down, but five years later, the Fillin’ Station Diner is thriving as well as the recipient of two Best Burger Awards in the Lowcountry.

  • The Challenger – 2016 1st Place & Peoples Choice? Bands, Burgers & Brews
    – Angus beef burger served over crispy onion straws, pepper jack cheese and bbq sauce.? Topped with smoked tomoto pimento cheese, bacon and green onion mayo
  • The Stingray 2015 1st Place Bands Burgers & Brews
    – Angus beef burger served with red onion, bacon jam, pimento cheese, pickled fried green tomato and mayo

The model is simple, husband and team do the grilling and the wife makes some of the best homemade cakes and pies this side of the Mississippi.? No disrespect to the good folks in Key West, but the Key lime pie here opened up taste buds and tickled them like no other dessert has in a long time.? This is a true family built restaurant.

This diner, filled with old automotive decor, a bathroom sink designed like an tool box, murals all around the building, old signs and license plates, kid meals served in car plates and burgers and fries and pie to die for, is a worth the 30 minute drive outside of Charleston.

Here are a few reasons why you need to dine here:

  • Homemade pies, cakes and brownies made from scratch daily and only 3.75 for a slice of pie. (You may need to come often as the selections change daily)
  • Burgers that are exceptional and award winning
  • Prices are memorably low (6.95 for a Rachel / 7.95 for a Reuban / 9.95 – 11.95 for a Burger)
  • Lots of photo opportunities
  • Pecan Pie, Key Lime Pie, Hummingbird Cake (All Homemade)
  • Side dishes made with traditional Southern love
  • Service with a BIG smile
  • Sweet tea made the true Southern way
  • A true family feel
  • Every visit, you are almost assured a great car show outside
  • Great stop before or after Edisto Beach
  • Just off of Savannah Highway (2 miles)

During our first visit, a group of missionaries down from Massachusetts stopped their bus for a bite to eat and we observed some unique behavior.? They looked like a group of 5 year old children on a playground the way they took pictures of everything from the outside to the inside.? It was a precious moment.

Fillin’ Station Diner has earned the respect of the Lowcountry with their exceptional comfort food, true family environment and classic feel.? If you have not made the journey, pack up the family and experience the Fillin’ Station Diner.

P.S. – They are closed Sunday and Monday and opened 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Tuesday – Saturday)

Photo Credit:? Fillin’ Station Diner and Charleston Daily


Relish Restaurant Group Announces Closing of 492 and Tristan Catering

Read More

After four years of service, Relish Restaurant Group has decided to close the doors to 492 and Tristan Catering + Events to focus on a single restaurant concept, Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails. The last day of service for both entities was Sunday, August 26, 2018.

“We are very proud of what we built and accomplished at both 492 and Tristan Catering + Events,” said Dave Bucks, Director of Operations for Relish Restaurant Group. “It was a difficult decision and we are grateful to each of the teams for their hard work and dedication over the past four years.”

Relish Restaurant Group is committed to continuing its presence in the community through Ms. Rose’s and its charitable outreach.

The Top Local Distilleries in Charleston, South Carolina

Read More

By Kyle Doran

Charleston is a beautiful and historical city that offers boutiques, restaurants, and plenty of landmark sites to visit.? It also offers hours of enjoyment for anyone who loves the art and science behind distilling high quality spirits.? In the last few years, a number of new distilling companies have opened up for business in the Charleston area.? Each with their own brand of spirits, flavors and distilling techniques.? Join us as we explore some of the top local distilleries in Charleston and the surrounding area.

Charleston Distilling Company

First on our list of top local distilleries is Charleston Distilling Company.? Opened in 2014, Charleston Distilling Company has made quite a name for themselves, boasting an impressive lineup of small batch whiskey, vodka, gin and whiskey liqueur.? Just this year they were presented the gold medal from the American Craft Spirits Association for their 94 proof Vesey’s Straight Wheated Bourbon Whiskey.? They were also presented a silver medal for their 100 proof Calhoun’s Straight Rye Whiskey.

This distillery places an emphasis on using only the freshest farm to table ingredients in their spirits.? All of the grains used, are milled on-site at their Millhouse at Flowers Farm in Summerton, South Carolina and then shipped to the distillery to be processed into mash.? Their powerhouse distilling team manages to produce around 12,000 bottles per year!? A very impressive number, considering the level of excellence placed into each small batch.

Located on King Street, Charleston Distilling Company offers tours Monday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm (closed Wednesdays and Sundays) for anyone over 21.? For a $5 entry fee, you will get an illuminating background on how they distill their award winning spirits.

High Wire Distilling Company

Established in 2013 by husband and wife team, Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall, High Wire Distilling Company produces a line of small batch spirits using specialized ingredients.? Scott, who is a Culinary Institute of America trained baker, uses his expertise to hand pick each of the grains used for their spirits’ mash bills.? All of High Wire’s products are also distilled using a hand-hammered, German copper still to ensure a premium small batch.

Their lineup consists of award winning gins and whiskeys, as well as vodka and liqueur.? Their 88 proof Hat Trick Extraordinarily Fine Botanical Gin took home silver in 2014 from the American Distilling Institute.

They offer tours and tastings Tuesday through Saturday, every hour on the hour at their warehouse located on Upper King Street.? At $10 per person, you will get a detailed overview of the distilling process and a tasting flight of High Wire spirits.

Striped Pig Distillery

Launched in 2013, the Striped Pig Distillery is actually Charleston’s first distillery since the prohibition.? They specialize in handcrafted, small-batch spirits and have recently won some very notable awards.? Above all, their Striped Gin won the double gold medal at the New York International Spirits Competition.? They also won three silver medals for their vodka, gin, and rum at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits competition.? There were over 2,000 entries this year, so earning three separate silver medals is very impressive.

Striped Pig Distillery produces their whiskey, gin, moonshine, rum and vodka using only local, hand-picked ingredients.? All of their distilling machinery was custom designed and assembled by the distillers, therefore, making their process one-of-a-kind.

They also offer distillery tours and tastings on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 7PM, and Saturdays from noon to 5PM at $5 per person.

Firefly Distillery

Located about 20 miles south of Charleston on Wadmalaw Island, Firefly Distillery is the largest distillery in the state of South Carolina.? Jim Irvin and Scott Newitt founded Firefly Distillery together.? They wanted to capture the feeling of mystery and southern nostalgia in the name ‘Firefly.’? Starting out with a low budget, Jim and Scott decided to build their own still from scratch, instead of purchasing one.? They constructed a simple 55 gallon stainless steel tank on top of a propane burner.? This simple still setup allowed them to begin creating spirits, starting with their Muscadine vodka and quickly expanding into others distillates.? Their original still is now on display in their tasting room.

Firefly’s line up of spirits has grown extensively since then.? It now includes whiskeys, rums, craft liqueurs, vodka infused lemonades, an assortment of flavored moonshines and the world’s first sweet tea vodka.

They offer tours and tastings at the picturesque property, Tuesday through Saturday 11AM to 5PM for $6 per tasting. ?Taking one of their tours will allow to meet their team, learn about their distilling process and try out samples from the Firefly brand of spirits.

Cannon Distillery

Last on our list of local Charleston distillery hotspots is Cannon Distillery, located in the historic Avondale Neighborhood.? If vodka is your drink then you should definitely plan a visit here.? Founded by Lewis Dodson, Jessica Krofta and Kris Kincaid, Cannon Distillery is a smaller boutique distillery that distills vodka exclusively.

Their first line of spirits include three different types of vodka.? The first they call Grit Vodka, which is an 80 proof all corn vodka. Cannon distills it seven times, resulting in a smooth flavor with little to no burn.? The second, known as ‘Chai Noon,’ is 100% corn vodka blended with a special black tea recipe and organic sugar.? At 65 proof, it is the perfect blend of spicy and sweet.? The third is their ‘Coffee Vodka’. They make this with only three ingredients; coffee, vodka, and sugar.? Cannon’s Coffee Vodka is 65 proof and bursting with notes of dark chocolate and caramel.

Cannon Distillery offers tours and tastings, Wednesday through Saturday, 1PM to 7PM.

As you can see, there is plenty to discover at the developing distilleries in and around Charleston, South Carolina.? There is such a range of differing flavors and styles available to choose from.? If you appreciate a well crafted spirit, then you will definitely find something to enjoy.? Whether you’re a local or just passing through, you’ll want to tour each of these distilleries.? You can understand their distilling process and try out their specialty spirits with the people that created them.? Who knows, they may even inspire you to follow in their footsteps and purchase a still to create your own brand of spirits.? Have fun and drink safe.

Author Bio:

Kyle Doran is a writer and content creator for Mile Hi Distilling. ?A manufacturer of high-quality moonshine stills and distilling equipment based in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. ?Kyle loves learning all about the time-honored tradition and history of distilling spirits as well as discovering delicious drink recipes and liquors.


Kyle Doran

Balao: Rooftop Views & All the Seafood – Featuring Cookin’ With Booze

Read More

By Featured Charleston Food Blogger Cookin’ With Booze

Charlestonians are suckers for two things: seafood and rooftops. Balao is catering to these needs by serving their dynamic menu on a beautiful rooftop deck. Dynamic is almost an understatement, because they change their menu daily to ensure ultimate freshness. It’s so exciting that you could go back to Balao 3 days in a row and have a different experience every time. Now that the weather is warming up, Balao is going to be the new hotspot to enjoy fresh seafood paired with refreshing cocktails.

Must-try dishes



I’ve had many versions of ceviche in Charleston, and I have to say that Balao’s is one of my favorites. The fish was tender, the lime juice added a brightness, and the jalape?o was sliced so thin that it added the perfect amount of spice to each bite. It was served with chips that were seasoned with spices besides salt (why don’t more people do that?) and they were a crunchy vehicle to transport as much ceviche into my mouth as possible.

Ahi Tuna Nachos

As you can tell from the photo, these nachos are a show stopper. The earthy and spicy blackened tuna coated in the creamy poblano queso is a bite you won’t soon forget. Italians would not approve of this seafood and cheese mix, but I think if they tasted this dish with a blindfold on, they would be okay with it. Apart from the flavor of the nachos being amazing, there was a great distribution of toppings on each chip. The toppings to chip ratio is important because we all have that one friend who steals all the loaded chips.

Shrimp & Squid Ink Grits

I can already see people skipping over the Shrimp & Grits on the menu because “they’ve had it before,” but DON’T. This shrimp & grits has squid ink grits (to enhance the seafoodiness), duck & tasso ham gravy, sweet Yum Yum peppers (mini bell peppers), and ramps. The grits were creamy, the gravy was smoky and rich, and I wanted to shovel this whole dish into ma pie hole. Try it out, even if you’re a shrimp and grits non-believer.

Cocktails fit for rooftop-sippin’

The Summer Rose

I’m sure all of us have tried and failed to soak a watermelon in alcohol and make it taste good, but Balao figured it out for us. The Summer Rose features pureed, rosé-soaked watermelon, tequila, elderflower, mint, and topped with sparkling rosé. It sounds like it would be really sweet, but the tequila tamped down the sweetness of the watermelon for a refreshing result.

The Irie

Drinking The Irie makes you want to be on a beach in the Caribbean, but Folly will have to do for now. The ingredients practically hit you over the head with their tropicality. There’s spiced rum, coconut water, grilled pineapple, and Falernum. The grilled pineapple garnish is soaked in rum and our server said it was “basically a shot.” They might be making shots a little too delicious over at Balao…

If you’re looking for a switch up from your routine seafood restaurants, check out Balao. The Ahi Tuna nachos alone will convince you to keep coming back.

To learn more about great Charleston dining experiences, follow Cookin’ With Booze