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Get Gritty: At the World Grits Festival


  I must confess that before my relocation from Maryland’s blue crab-eating Eastern Shore to the Lowcountry, grits to me were just a gooey, white, post-church breakfast food that certainly did not get my motor humming. Perhaps there’s something to be said by the fact that I was a northerner and grits are certainly a Southern staple. Or … [Read more...]

Looking For a Place to Watch the Big Game?

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  When he lived in Denver and worked in the corporate world, Addie Culler’s basement was a shrine to football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey, complete with memorabilia, a built-in bar and, of course, an area dedicated to the American sport of watching American sports on television. He’s moved from Colorado to South Carolina, … [Read more...]

Sipping in the Shade – Wine Under the Oaks at Boone Hall

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Baking cookies, hanging ornaments and sipping hot cocoa are treasured events of the holiday season. But in the Lowcountry, so is attending Boone Hall Plantation’s Wine Under the Oaks. The Dec. 8 holiday wine, food and entertainment festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and Boone Hall is determined to make it the best one … [Read more...]

The SOL Will Rise – New Restaurant Brings Flavor

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  I stepped into what used to be the Charleston Crab House on Highway 17 North just in time to see an awesome transformation taking place. The building was in the midst of becoming SOL, a new restaurant in Mount Pleasant that promises cozy, upscale atmosphere, great food created from scratch and the kind of customer service you get only from … [Read more...]

Babes in Toyland – Toys for Tots Gala Returns to Waterfront Park


Right before I started writing this article, an application on my smartphone for breaking news informed me that members of the U.S. Senate had reached an agreement regarding the debt ceiling and, thus, the federal government would no longer be shut down. Earlier, Mount Pleasant Toys for Tots leader Ken Glasson and I sat down for coffee and … [Read more...]

Laid Back and Delicious: Finz Bar & Grill


As I approached Finz, a local restaurant with a funky feel located just off of Coleman Boulevard, my stroll slowed and my nostrils were engulfed by the scent of slow-smoked barbeque brisket, beef tips and wings. I opened the restaurant’s swinging glass door and was greeted by the friendly chatter of the 4 p.m. regulars. “Man, the Cowboys are … [Read more...]

Ascending to Hot Dog Heaven

Vaughn Daniel gave up a successful career in real estate development to sell the All-American meal.

Seppy’s Hotdogs On a mission to check out one of Mount Pleasant’s newest eateries, I recently paid a visit to Seppy’s Hotdogs. I left with a newfound appreciation for the simple but ultimately satisfying hot dog. Established by Vaughn Daniel, who moved to the Lowcountry from eastern North Carolina and gave up a 20-year career in real … [Read more...]

A Crazy-Good Upgrade

Chef Davide Davino, a native of Naples, visits Italy frequently to ask his uncle for tried-and-true family recipes

New Reasons to Visit Cuoco Pazzo Like many other restaurants in the Lowcountry, Cuoco Pazzo has experienced some upgrades since it opened. The neighborhood trattoria is changing its menu to suit the enthusiasm and tastes of its regulars and to gain new fans in Mount Pleasant and the surrounding islands. Tucked away in the Anna Knapp … [Read more...]

There’s Nothing Ordinary About Sesame Burgers and Beer


  A hamburger is sometimes nothing more than a slab of previously frozen meat, topped with a few onions, maybe a skinny slice of something that passes as cheese and slapped unceremoniously between two halves of a tasteless bun. A mediocre burger might do to extinguish your hunger, possibly between innings of a baseball game or while … [Read more...]

Summers on Shem Creek – Vickery’s Gears Up for Season

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I had lunch before my 2 p.m. meeting with Geoff Wisdom, general manager of Vickery's on Shem Creek. I sat at the bar since I was alone but quickly realized that Vickery's actually has one of the friendliest bars in town, particularly for it to be the middle of the day. During the course of my delicious salmon BLT, I struck up conversations with the … [Read more...]