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Restaurant Week is one of those annual Charlestonian events so popular that each time it rolls around, it’s become bigger and better than before.  In fact it’s so well-received that once a year is not enough  —  it takes place twice, each September and January.

Local restaurants offer specially priced multi-course prix-fixe menus that allow you to have a great deal on a great meal.  Many of the most popular places set the price at $30 for a three-course meal (not including tax and tip).

If you’re here staying in one of our SC vacation rentals, be it a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, one of the top things to do is to eat out and experience Lowcountry cuisine.  The area has such a vast array of terrific restaurants, there’s something to please everyone in your Charleston beach house.  Restaurant Week is a great time to be here, since more than 150 different eating establishments now participate, and they’re convenient to all our beach rentals Charleston, both Isle of Palms vacation rentals and Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC.  Restaurant Week also falls in the so-called non-peak season, so you can get great deals on all our luxury beach house rentals SC.

Alas, Restaurant Week 2015/the January edition has come and gone.  But The Post & Courier’s intrepid food writer Hanna Raskin searched out some of the top spots and pulled together some sample suggested dinners, where for $30 a person you can eat some mighty gourmet grub, all year long.  It’s a creative way to turn Restaurant Week into Restaurant Year.

Here’s what she suggests:

 

Edmund’s Oast

Cowpea & Spicy Squid Salad $8

herbs, charred peppers, crispy Surryano ham

Chicken & Carolina Gold Rice Porridge $14

jumbo lump blue crab, young onions

Almond Financier $8

kiwi compote, vanilla bean cream, spiced grains

The Granary

Lobster Bisque $8

corn emulsion, burgundy truffles

N.C. Catfish $22

blackened, Carolina Brown dirty rice, collard greens, crowder pea-succotash salad, crawfish butter

The Macintosh

Sauteed Scallops $15

sunchokes, Brussels sprout leaves, fennel, blood orange

“The Mac” 8oz. House Ground CAB Burger $15

aged cheddar, Nueske’s bacon, pecorino truffle fries

Husk

Foothills Brewing “Hoppyum” IPA $5

Grilled ciabatta with whipped SC goat cheese, Benton’s smoky bacon marmalade $11

Wood-fired clams, roasted pepper and potato “chowder,” hot sauce with chicken fat, mustard greens, crispy chicken skins $14

Cypress

Charcuterie $10

housemade mustard, biscuits, pickled vegetables

Grilled Portobello Flatbread $9

boursin cheese, arugula, vincotto

Caramelized Pineapple Cake $9

dark brown sugar cake, vanilla rum roasted pineapple, caramel sauce, cinnamon spiced whipped cream

Wild Olive

Zuppa del giorno $4

Local greens with radish, cucumber, tomato, onion, red wine vinaigrette $7

Chicken parmesan with cavatelli alfredo, marinara, mozzarella, arugula $19

The Drawing Room at The Vendue

Holy City Seasonal $6

Mepkin Abbey Oyster Mushroom Tart $11

puff pastry, Pt. Reyes blue cheese, pistachio, acorn squash, port wine gastrique

“Just Wicked” Cheeseburger $13

Tillamook cheddar, onion jam, butter lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, brioche bun

Note: menus tend to be seasonal and can change based on availability.  Also worth noting  –  The Ordinary, at 544 King Street, offers a three-course special (salad, entrée & dessert) every evening for $35.  Here’s a link to their menu showing what the special is each day of the week they’re open:  http://eattheordinary.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/01-29-15-food.pdf

 

 

…and a special Groundhog Day Concert

Some creative forces will be teaming up this weekend for a concert that looks pretty interesting.  It’s the Groundhog Day Concert, and it will be happening Saturday night, January 31st at the Charleston Music Hall (37 John Street, downtown).  It’s described as an “intimate evening of music” and is spearheaded by the cool folks at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.  There will be music by The Opposite of a Train – Bill Carson, Nathan Koci, and Ron Wiltrout; Owen Beverly, Jack Burg, John Cobb, Michael Flynn, Clint Fore, Joel Hamilton, Kevin Hamilton, Rachel Kate Gillon, Jonathan Gray, Mark Sterbank, Lindsay Holler, and Stephanie Underhill.  There will also be a special performance by Mr. Bonetangles   —  puppeteer Will Schutze’s rising star who recently had an impressive performance in Jon Favreau’s delightful new movie, “Chef.”

It’s a benefit for the Halsey and the good work they do year round.  Here’s a link with more info, including how to buy tickets online:   http://charlestonmusichall.com/events/groundhog-day-benefit-concert-2/

As always, if you are searching for rental homes South Carolina, call Exclusive.  Our Isle of Palms luxury rentals are the best around.

 

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

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