My Top 5 Places to Safely (And Affordably) Dine in Charleston

  1. Huriyali

Ok, Huriyali is definitely a toss up when it comes to affordable dining, but that’s because most people can’t resist passing up one of their delicious lattes or smoothies to pair with their meal, which definitely can hike up the price of your meal. The best way to enjoy Huriyali affordably is to just opt for one of their menu items, which typically are enough to fill you up. My Huriyali go-tos are the Immunity smoothie, the Sea Island Sandwich, and the OG Acai Bowl. All these items are priced at $10 or less and are more delicious than you would ever expect a healthy meal to be. What’s even better is that Huriyali is taking super safe COVID precautions. They are not currently allowing indoor seating, but they have the most cozy and quaint outdoor patio that literally makes you feel like you are in a tropical rainforest!

2. Chasing Sage

Chasing Sage is a small restaurant on the corner of Line Street and Rutledge Avenue downtown. They are currently operating only as a pop-up restaurant and are only open for limited outdoor dining, as well as take-out. Currently they are doing a ramen pop-up and let me tell you, this ramen is so delicious I’ve had it twice already. I highly recommend opting for the vegetable ramen, which will only cost you $12. Turns out this price makes this ramen cheaper than most ramen options around town and is well worth the price. The ramen is full of large hunks of mushrooms, so only order this if you’re a big mushroom fan like I am. The noodles are perfectly soft and the flavor is on point, with its slightly salty notes. I also love the large jammy egg that is placed inside the ramen. They also are offering a few side dishes as well as pork ramen. \Don’t miss this before they move on to a new pop-up, which I’m sure will be just as yummy!

3. Baker and Brewer

Baker and Brewer is a unique place located on the upper peninsula in downtown Charleston that is home to EVO pizza and Holy City Brewery beer. Baker and Brewer has both indoor and outdoor seating, and even sitting indoors is safe because they keep the windows by the bar open, making it a very airy and open setting. This restaurant has been my go-to dining out location during the pandemic because it’s the only place I have felt safest. My favorite menu items currently are their Basil and Mushroom Pizza ($15), the Pistachio Pesto Pizza ($14), and the Vietnamese Cabbage Salad ($5). A gourmet pizza for $15 or under is really not one to pass up, nor is a decently sized side salad filled with very unique veggies and delicious nutty flavors. As for beer, I highly recommend opting for their Christmas Song beer ($6), which is a delicious, nutty brown ale brewed with roasted chestnuts. Most of their beer comes from a tap as well, so you’re really getting the best of the best!

4. Basic Kitchen

Basic Kitchen is another one of those places that can be a stretch when it comes to affordability, mainly due to the high price of their drinks and their portion sizes, but their COVID safety procedures are definitely on point. They are allowing indoor, as well as outdoor seating, all the servers wear masks, tables are well distanced, and the outdoor patio has heaters. What more could you ask for during these chilly winter months?? To get the best bang for your buck at Basic Kitchen, as well as a delicious and unique meal, I highly recommend opting for the special they are offering that day. It usually is within the $10-$20 range and will most likely consist of a meal variation you haven’t tried before, and not to mention will be super delicious. Upon my recent visit to Basic Kitchen, I tried one of their specials which consisted of white jasmine rice topped with lightly fried sliced tofu, as well as roasted broccoli topped with sesame seeds. The dish was crazy good and loaded with sweet and tangy flavors. The fried tofu had the perfect crispy crunch and I loved that the dish was light enough that I had enough room saved for their Chocolate Tahini Tart for dessert!

5. Butcher and Bee

Butcher and Bee has been a favorite of mine for quite awhile. I love that they incorporate fresh and local ingredients into all of their food, its mostly healthy and yet hearty and filling. I also love the super safe COVID precautions this restaurant is taking. Upon entry, your temperature is taken, tables are well distanced, and they have plenty of outdoor seating. Some of my favorite dishes at this restaurant include the Anson Mills Brown Rice Bowl ($12), the “Messy” veggie burger ($14), and the hummus ($6). The Brown Rice Bowl is full of delicious tangy flavors, as well as lots of crunchy yummy veggies, the veggie burger literally melts in your mouth, and the hummus is probably my favorite of any hummus I’ve ever tried. The crunchy chickpeas that are placed on top really are what make it extra delicious.

Embrace Your Basic Self With My Top 5 Avocado Toasts in Charleston

  1. The Park Cafe

The Park Cafe really nails it with their toast. I love that it maintains simplicity, while also covering a variety of flavor notes. This avocado toast is complete with a healthy portion of smashed avocado on two slices of fresh sourdough bread and is topped with a drizzle of olive oil, lemon juice and chili flakes. It’s got good crunch, tangy flavors and finishes with some heat from the chili flakes. Ringing in at $8, this avocado toast is one of the more pricey options on this list I’m providing you, but it is well worth the slight price hike. You also will more than likely have leftovers to take home with you!

2. The Harbinger Cafe

The Harbinger comes in hot (literally) with “The Grasshopper”, which is the name of their own unique twist on avocado toast. This toast is complete with a hefty smother of smashed avocado, super seed sprinkle, tahini, sriracha, garlic cashews, and an herb medley on EVO semolina toast. You will more than likely find me here on most weekends indulging in this avocado toast, as well as their amazing pastries and coffee. What I love most about The Grasshopper is the nutty and slight sweet flavor you get from the garlic cashews mixed with the heat from the sriracha. It truly is one of the most unique twists on avocado toast and is definitely worth trying. Ringing in at $7.50, this is a great price for all the toppings you get!

3. The Daily

The Daily keeps it pretty simple with their avocado toast, but somehow makes it twice as delicious as something you might make at home. Their sourdough toast is topped with a light smother of smashed avocado and is then topped with za’atar, sea salt, and olive oil. The creamy avocado and salty flavors prove to be an excellent combo. This toast rings in at just $6 and proves to be a great bang for your buck!

4. Caviar and Bananas

Caviar brings it home with some more classic toppings, but also some of my favorite avocado toast toppings! Two slices of toasted multigrain bread are topped with a hefty portion of smashed avocado, pickled red onions, sliced radish and a sprinkle of cotija cheese. The tangy flavors of the pickled red onion mixed with the crunchy texture of the sliced radishes really take this toast to a whole new level. Ringing in at just $6, this is truly an awesome deal.

5. Vintage Coffee Cafe

Vintage, located in Mt. Pleasant has a very simple take on avocado toast, but with a slight twist. Instead of using smashed avocado, they use sliced avocado. Two slices of toasted sourdough are topped with a slather of house-made tomato onion marmalade, followed by the sliced avocado and then is finished off with a sprinkle of sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil. I love the salty flavors of this toast combined with the sweet flavor notes from the tomato onion marmalade. Ringing in at $7, this toast is a slight splurge but definitely worth every penny.

REVIEW: Get Your BBQ on at 843 Korean BBQ and Sushi House

Bet you didn’t know that you only have to go as far as Rivers Ave in North Charleston to get an authentic Korean BBQ experience! Recently, a few friends and I decided to head out to North Chuck and check out 843 Korean BBQ. We had heard about their super safe COVID protocols and great things about their authentic Korean cuisine, we knew it was time to get our fill. 

If you’ve never had Korean BBQ before, the way it works is you sit at a large table with a group of people and the table surrounds a grill. You order from a selection of different kinds of meat. Your server brings the meat to your table raw, and its up to you to do the cooking! Yes, you get to barbecue your own meat directly in front of you at your table. Korean BBQ has this dining option on one side of the restaurant and on the other side is your typical dine-in experience (you don’t cook your own meat). Aside from the barbecue experience, Korean BBQ has many other great options on their menu. 

When we went to Korean 843, there was a long wait for the barbecue side of the restaurant, so we opted to sit on the side of the restaurant where they make the food for you. Everything we ate was incredibly delicious. I had a poke bowl, a friend of mine had their beef bulgogi, and a few other friends had the special of the night, which was an oxtail noodle soup. The bulgogi dish came out steaming hot in a cast iron pan and was mixed with veggies and the most delicious sauce that had both tangy and spicy flavors. The poke bowl was tasty and gorgeous all at the same time. From the perfect arrangement of the veggies and flower carefully placed on top, to the sweet flavor from the sesame sauce smothered throughout the dish, it was gone in mere minutes. My friends who ordered the oxtail noodle soup were amazed at the complex flavors of the dish and were excited to be eating something that you probably would never find in most restaurants in Charleston. 

We not only were wowed by the food, but we were also were very impressed with their COVID safe procedures. There was enforced one-way traffic going in and out of the restaurant, we were told to wait outside for our table, there was a bar with plexiglass in front of it, and all staff was wearing masks. It’s safe to say that if you want a unique and super safe dining experience, 843 Korean BBQ is definitely the place to go!

As for affordability, each of our meals were about $20 each, with tip included (not including drinks). That price may seem a bit hefty to some, but the portions are large, so you will more than likely have enough leftover to take home with you for a meal the next day. Not to mention, you get a one-of-a-kind dining experience with exceptional food, making the price well worth it.

5 Things You Need to Eat Right Now

  1. Breakfast Tacos at Juan Luis

Juan Luis is the brainchild of John Lewis, owner of Lewis Barbecue. Located on the patio of Lewis Barbecue on the upper peninsula in a revamped trailer called Juan Luis. You can find the people at Juan Luis slinging the most delicious breakfast tacos every morning, along with chips and guac, margaritas, and of course, coffee! A noteworthy tidbit about these tacos is that they are served on homemade tortillas and you can choose between flour or corn tortillas. The ingredients used in the taco fillings are made with hatch chiles, which John brought to Charleston from Hatch, New Mexico. Each taco rings in at about $4 (some a few cents higher). The tacos are pretty hefty, so it definitely makes the price worth it. If you go, I highly recommend opting for the Juanito taco and the Don Juan taco. This is definitely an experience not to miss out on!

2. Baguette Sandwich at Baguette Magic

If you’re looking for the ultimate bang for your buck, Baguette Magic is definitely the place to go. For the ultimate baguette sandwich experience, I highly recommend placing your order online and taking your sandwich with you to the beach. Watching the waves roll in while noshing on these delectable sandwiches really adds a great dimension to the experience. The baguettes are completely homemade and incorporate alot of local ingredients. Most sandwiches are in the $8-$10 range. I highly recommend opting for their new seasonal sandwich, the Kale and Avocado with a butternut squash spread.

3. Pan Roasted Corn from The Tempest

Ok, yes The Tempest is an upscale restaurant and certainly not the cheapest, but if you want to get a taste of what celebrity chef, Jamie Lynch is offering up in his new seafood- oriented restaurant, I highly recommend opting for the Pan Roasted Corn, which is one of the “sides” options on the menu. Though it is only a side, it is a pretty hefty portion for a side and is full of so many vibrant flavors. The Pan Roasted Corn rings in at $12, which is one of the cheapest options on the menu. Not to mention, you’ll get complimentary bread to start and cognac and cigars to finish!

4. A Small Plate at Chasing Sage

I’m not naming anything specific here because what is unique about Chasing Sage is that they change out their culinary concept about every 3 weeks. So far they have done Thai, Moroccan and Korean BBQ themed food concepts. Just this weekend, they finished up with their Thai themed food concept and will soon be coming out with a new one. They are only allowing you to order your food to-go, so you will have to enjoy this meal at home. I had the opportunity to try their Moroccan and Thai food concepts and both were crazy delicious and really seemed to capture the true authentic tastes of each type of cuisine. I recommend opting for a few of the small plates if they are being offered. They typically range from $5-$10. Make sure you are following Chasing Sage on Instagram to find out what their next concept will be!

5. Pizza at Gale

You really can’t go wrong with anything you order on the menu at Gale. Located at the bottom of the Meeting Street Lofts apartments in downtown Charleston, this restaurant is home to the most delectable homemade pizza with dough so soft, it melts in your mouth. They’ve got some killer small plate items as well, with most that cost $10 or less. They use fresh, local ingredients which really adds great flavor to their dishes. I highly recommend going on Sunday nights, when you can enjoy $10 pizzas for their new “Taking Back Sundays” weekly event.

An Evening of Meat Sweats with Daps, Rodney Scott and Holy City Hogs

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a fabulous event celebrating the release of the very first episode of “A Chef’s Table”, with Rodney Scott as the center focus. The event was held at Lo-Fi Brewery and featured a 4 course celebratory meal. Each course was cooked by Nick Dowling and Jeremiah Schenzel of Daps Breakfast and Imbibe, using meat from Holy City Hogs owner, Tank Jackson. They used some of their own recipes and techniques in each course, but also incorporated Rodney’s very own pulled pork into one of the courses, as well as his banana pudding for the final course.

Upon arriving at the event, I grabbed myself a delicious and refreshing Lo-Fi blueberry wheat beer, straight from the tap. I loved that the taste of the blueberry was more subtle, rather than overpowering, and it still maintained a crisp taste. I snagged a seat at a picnic table outside and watched as Nick, Jeremiah, and Tank began smoking the meat.

The first course of the meal was a small part of a meatball sub. It was full of spicy, sweet, and savory flavors. I loved how juicy the meat was and the way it seemed to just melt right in my mouth, especially with the cheese melting as I bit into it.

The second course consisted of chorizo nachos, another stand-out dish. The chorizo was moist and full of spicy flavor. The dish was finished off with sour cream, jalapenos, green onions, a sprinkle of cheese and a dollop of sour cream. So good!

The third course consisted of a heaping amount of Rodney’s very own pulled pork on top of freshly toasted white bread. I love the smoky, sweet, and tangy flavors of Rodney’s pulled pork and it especially paired well with the toasted white bread. Next time I’m at Rodney Scott’s I will definitely be opting for this great combo!

The meal was finished off with a final course consisting of Rodney’s banana pudding. I love the sweet flavor of this pudding mixed with the crunchy texture of the vanilla wafers. If you’re ever at Rodney Scott’s, make sure you save room for dessert!

Finally, the event finished with a viewing of “A Chef’s Table”, featuring Rodney Scott himself. I learned so much about Rodney that I never knew before, even after having visited his restaurant many times. I won’t spoil too much, but just know that there is a reason the restaurant set a sales record shortly after the episode was released!

Fancy Hotdogs and a Trip to the Mediterranean at Workshop

If you’ve never been to Workshop, located on the upper King Street extension in downtown, Charleston, you truly are missing out. Workshop is known as an “exploratory food court”, meaning that each stall offers something different and provides their patrons with the opportunity to explore with their palate. The purpose of Workshop is to offer emerging chefs their own space to experiment with recipes and perfect them, so that in the end, they can open up a restaurant of their own. The stalls rotate in and out every few months, so there’s always new things to try.

Recently, I headed over to Workshop to try out two of their newest stalls, Killer Brats and Saha. Killer Brats is known for their huge hand-made brats, which are presented hot-dog style and topped with an assortment of local ingredients. You can choose from Italian sausage, a Wisconsin-style beer brat, a turkey brat, or a large steamed carrot (for my vegans out there) as your base. Then you choose which assortment of local veggies and meat you’d like to pile on top of your brat. I opted for the “Farmer’s Medley” on a carrot dog and my uncle who came with me, opted for the “Hog Heaven” on an Italian brat. I of course tried both and each were filled with explosions of unique flavors. I loved the tangy and tart flavors that the creole mustard and pickled red onions provided in the toppings on the carrot dog, as well as the sweet and tangy flavors of the pulled pork and bbq sauce on top of the Italian brat. Each dog came with a choice of a side dish. I opted for cole slaw, which was perfectly creamy and had just a hint of sweet flavor. My uncle opted for the most delicious creamy and cheesy mac and cheese. All of their dogs with toppings and sides cost just $10.50. What a bargain!

We paired our hot dog meal with a side of pita and hummus from Saha, which is a stall that offers up authentic Mediterranean food. The hummus was perfectly tangy with a bit of salty flavor mixed in, along with hints of cumin and pepper. It was smooth and creamy and we savored every bite, along with the melt-in-your mouth soft and warm pita bread it was served with. The hummus cost $8 and I had enough left over to take home with me!


Workshop has a few other unique stalls and most I still have yet to try. These stalls consist of Ma’am Saab (Pakistani cuisine), Sushi Wa Izakaya (sushi), Chuck and Patty’s (90’s themed burgers), a new tiki bar, and Blazing Star Cafe, offering up fresh Babka, bagels and foccacia. I plan to try them all soon, so keep following along on Facebook and Instagram! In the mean time, I highly suggest snagging a dog from Killer Brats, as well as a few items from some of the other stalls while you can! They won’t be there long.

*Workshop does not currently have indoor seating available, but has safely distanced outdoor seating on their large patio, as well as takeout ordering through the Workshop website available.*

Handy and Hot is the Right Way to the Southern Heart

As many beloved Charleston restaurants have closed their doors amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, there are many new restaurants that have taken their place in the recent weeks. One of those restaurants is Handy and Hot, which opened their doors just this week in the lower level of the Rennaisance Hotel on Wentworth. Handy and Hot is the brainchild of renowned North Carolina chef, Vivian Howard. If you’re a foodie like me, you may rememeber her from the PBS cooking show, “A Chef’s Life”. Vivian started Handy and Hot as a pop-up bakeshop in Kinston, NC, but decided to branch out and bring her bakeshop to Charleston as a permanent pop-up.

I was quite eager to try out Vivian’s southern delicacies, so of course I was there on day 2 of their opening. The shop is quite small, but has a small space for outdoor seating. You can also place your order online and they will have your order waiting for you upon your arrival. Curbside pickup is available as well, if you prefer. I placed my order online for the butterbean hummus, a biscuit with strawberry black pepper preserves and parmigiana reggiano cheese, a protein bomb, and a warm jammy egg. When I picked up my order, I realized they had given me their spiced-pecan pimento cheese instead of the hummus, but they graciously gave me the hummus I ordered and let me keep the pimento cheese as well, so I got a bit of a bonus. My entire order only cost me $20 with tip, and I still have leftovers after almost 3 days. Yep, I may be soon becoming a regular.

The biscuit was absolute perfection. Yes, Charleston has a lot of great biscuits, but this one really seemed to stand out to me. It was sweet, salty, and the perfect size. It wasn’t overpowering or too rich. It was perfectly moist and seemed to melt in my mouth. I savored every bite! My other favorite was the spiced-pecan pimento cheese. I can honestly say, its probably the best I’ve ever had in all my years of living in Charleston. It was incredibly creamy and the spiced pecans added the perfect crunchy texture to take it up a notch. I also loved the jammy egg with the pickled tomato relish smothered on top – the perfect addition to a 6-minute egg I never knew I needed. The butterbean hummus was extra creamy and the flavor was enhanced with a garnish of pickled sweet potatoes. Yes, I was eating it by the spoonful. The dips are served with either vegetables or freshly fried pita chips. I got the pita chips and boy were they delicious. They had the perfect mix of crunchy, yet chewy-on-the-inside texture. Finally, I rounded out the meal with a protein bomb, which was essentially an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie rounded into a ball with chia seeds mixed in. It was delightfully chewy and had delectable hints of cinnamon mixed in.


Hot and Handy will definitely have you coming back for more in no time. It’s no wonder Vivian Howard is considered one of the best Southern chefs! Next time, I plan on indulging in a hand pie and a life-raft treat!

Getting Eclectic on Spruill

The past few weeks, I’ve been finding myself heading up Spruill Avenue in North Charleston and frequenting quite a few of the many eclectic restaurants this street is home to. The restaurants on this street serve up such a wide variety of cuisines, it would be hard for someone to find something that didn’t appeal to their tastebuds. From Chinese American cuisine to Cincinnati chili, there’s truly something for everyone. Not to mention much of it is budget-friendly!

Jackrabbit Filly

Jackrabbit Filly is owned by Shuai and Corrie Wang, who originally were the owners of the Short Grain food truck. When the word got out about their incredibly delicious rice bowls, their business started building up crazy momentum and soon enough, their brick-and-mortar, Jackrabbit Filly was born.

During my visit to this restaurant, I had the opportunity to try multiple different dishes. My favorites were the fritters ($7) and the biang biang noodle bowl ($14). The fritters are made of a cornmeal and chickpea batter and are topped with wasabi aioli, a tangy soy sauce, and finally are sprinkled with bonito furikake. I was completely obsessed with these fried balls of sweet and tangy flavors. It’s a good thing I decided to share them with a friend because I probably could have eaten the entire bowl in a matter of minutes.



The biang biang noodle bowl was complete with thick, wheat pappardelle noodles and was mixed with shaved cucumber, radishes, bean sprouts, chili oil, and a sweet and spicy noodle sauce. The dish was finished with peanuts sprinkled on top. This dish had so many delicious and unique flavors I couldn’t stop eating it! It was definitely up there on the spiciness level but it didn’t stop me. I loved the spicy and sweet flavors that blended so well together in the dish. The nutty flavor provided by the peanuts sprinkled on top provided an excellent third dimension to this dish.


Jackrabbit Filly switches out menu items frequently and therefore, they unfortunately do not currently have the biang biang noodle bowl on their menu. They do however have a chilled noodle bowl complete with roasted banana peppers, cucumber, pickled daikon radishes, herbs, peanuts and chili oil to take its place. They also still have the fritters on their menu so make sure to get a bowl of those ASAP while they still have them!

Coney Island Park Circle

This restaurant is something I just happened to stumble upon recently, and boy was I happy to find it! It is located not far down the road from Jackrabbit Filly and offers a unique experience. The restaurant has walk-up counter service and a small bar area as well.

If you’ve never been to Cincinnati, OH before, you probably have never heard the words “cheese coney” before or tasted what Cincinnati locals call a “3-way”. Let me enlighten you. A cheese coney is a hot dog topped with a thick, slightly spicy and very meaty chili, which is then topped with a heaping mound of shredded cheddar cheese. A 3-way consists of spaghetti noodles topped with that same meaty chili, which is then also topped with a heaping mound of shredded cheddar cheese. Think this all sounds weird? The good news is that you can find all of this at Coney Island Park Circle. Get ready for your mind to be changed forever!

I went to college in Cincinnati and was a frequent visitor to Skyline, where they served up these cheese coneys and 3-ways. I was intrigued to find out how Coney Island’s chili recipe would compare to Skyline’s. Its safe to say I’d probably still pick Skyline over Coney Island, but Coney Island still has a pretty fantastic chili. It hits perfectly on the spice level and meaty texture. The noodles however, were a bit too greasy for my taste. I think if they weren’t quite as greasy, I could potentially say that I like them better than Skyline’s 3-way.


A 3-way at Coney Island will cost you $7.49 and a cheese coney will cost you exactly the same. If you get a coney, your drink is included in the price! Can’t beat that price point.

Holy City Brewing

Holy City Brewing is tucked away right around the corner from Coney Island. Not only do the serve up delicious, freshly brewed beer, but they also have a delicious food menu and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Upon a recent visit to the brewery I had the opportunity to try a few different beers as well as a couple of their food options.

Holy City Brewing has the perfect, casual and relaxed atmosphere and combines it with fresh, delicious food and beer. I tried the Holy City Pilsner as well as the Bubba Blonde Ale. The Holy City Pilsner was the perfect, crisp summer beer and the Bubba Blonde Ale was light, crisp and had hints of citrus flavor. As for the food, I tried the succotash (about $7) which they were serving up as a special that day. I also tried the tater tots ($5 for a basket) and the falafel burger ($10). The tater tots were perfectly crispy and had just the right amount of spicy seasoning on top. The falafel burger was served on charred pita bread. The falafel patty was perfectly crispy on the outside and seemed to melt in my mouth as I bit into it. The patty was topped with a roasted red pepper walnut spread, lemon poppy yogurt, mixed greens and alfalfa sprouts. The toppings provided the perfect complimentary tangy flavors and crunchy texture.

The prices of some of the food items at Holy City may seem a bit hefty for the portion sizes, but if you stick to items on their appetizer/snack menus, you’re sure to find more affordable items. If you shoot for an entree, just know its definitely worth the slight splurge!

There are many more eclectic food options not mentioned in this blog post on Spruill, such as a restaurant known for its fish and chips and a great spot to get your brunch on. Most have outdoor seating and have great COVID-safe procedures. I’d tell you what they are, but I think I’ll leave you to the exploring.

Gourmet Pizza on the Cheap

If there’s anything I love in this world when it comes to food, its a well-crafted pizza with fresh ingredients. Recently I’ve found that Charleston has a good number of places offering exactly that. I’ve still got a bit more pizza exploration to do, but so far the pizza spots that are highest on my list are Gale Restaurant (new to Charleston!) and Baker and Brewer. Keep reading to find out what makes the pizza at these restaurants so delicious.

Baker and Brewer

Baker and Brewer is a restaurant/brew house that was born from a collaboration with EVO pizzeria and Holy City Brewery. There is a very broad selection of experimental beers from Holy City Brewery that are all brewed on site, as well as delicious and unique pizzas, salads, and sandwiches made by the expert EVO bakers. I’ve dined at Baker and Brewer a couple times in the past month, mainly because I love how well they are practicing social distancing, the food and beer is amazing, and I love the casual atmosphere.

Of all the menu items I have tried so far, my favorites are the basil and mushroom pizza ($15), the peach salad ($9 for small size, $12 for large), and the wood-fired broccolini ($7). The basil and mushroom pizza was super cheesy, yet full of vibrant flavors from the sweetness of the red onion and the savory flavor from the mushrooms. The pizza dough had the perfect mix of doughy, yet crunchy texture.


The peach salad was the perfect complimentary item to pair with this pizza. The peaches were fresh SC peaches and were of ultimate ripeness. They were mixed with fresh, multi-colored cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, mushrooms, Kurios farms bibb lettuce, roasted corn, pickled jalapenos, toasted almonds, and topped with a gorgonzola vinaigrette, as well as some shredded cheese. The fresh vegetables used in the salad provided so much juicy sweet and savory flavors. It’s safe to say this salad was gone in just a matter of minutes.

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The broccolini was a real treat. Who ever heard of topping broccolini with beer cheese? I sure haven’t, but let me tell you, it’s truly an amazing dish. The unique thing about this beer cheese is that it is vegan (where are my vegan foodies at??)! The cheese is carefully drizzled on top of the roasted broccolini and topped with espelette and cashews. This dish really impressed me. The cheese really tasted like cheese, except with more flavor and I loved the heat provided to the dish with the espelette topping and the crunch provided by the cashews.


Gale Restaurant

Gale was welcomed into the Charleston restaurant scene a couple months ago, though they unfortunately had to close for a few months after they opened. Luckily, they are now back up and running and serving up some truly delectable and fresh pizza, sandwiches and salads. Recently I ordered takeout from Gale and enjoyed it with my mom on her porch. We ordered the broccoli rabe pizza ($14) and paired it with their peach panzanella salad ($11..can you tell I love peaches?!). The pizza was topped with fresh roasted broccolini, confit garlic, lemon zest, and smothered in the creamiest whipped ricotta cheese. I’m pretty sure my taste buds exploded while eating this pizza, as it was full of so many delicious flavors and had ultimate cheesiness. My favorite thing about this pizza however, is that it was one of the most fresh-tasting pizzas I have eaten in a long time. The dough had the most delicious soft and doughy texture and you could tell that alot of love had gone into the making of this pizza.


The peach panzanella salad (somehow forgot to take a photo if it) was crazy delicious. It was complete with fresh and juicy peaches, clemson blue cheese crumbles, tomatoes, basil and crispy fried bread chunks. As much as I love peaches, I think my favorite part of this salad were the fried bread chunks. They were almost reminiscent of fried food you would get at a carnival, but suprisingly made this salad all the more delicious. I highly recommend!

In terms of affordability, I would definitely shoot for Baker and Brewer. None of their pizzas are more than $15 and their apps are all under $10. Gale has a bit heftier pricing, though the quality of their food definitely makes it worth the splurge if you feel like treating yourself!

Support Black Family-Owned Businesses!

Hey all,

We are obviously in very difficult times right now, and as for posting this week, you won’t see much on my social media channels. I know many are looking for ways to help during these difficult times and one of the best ways to do this is by supporting local black family-owned businesses. Below you can find a list of these restaurants. If you know of any that I might be missing, feel free to reach out to me and I will update this list.

  • Dellz Retreat (located in West Ashley)
  • Graft Wine Shop and Wine Bar
  • Nanas Uptown
  • Local 616
  • Republic Gardens and Lounge
  • Chucktown Bar and Grill
  • Bertha’s Kitchen
  • Martha Lou’s Kitchen
  • Dave’s Carry Out
  • VIP Bistro
  • Hannibal’s Kitchen
  • Rodney Scott’s BBQ
  • Eastside Soul
  • Gillie’s Seafood
  • Park Circle Creamery
  • Fresh Future Farm


Jazzy Pizza from Dellz Retreat