January 31, 2018 § Leave a comment
Location Number Four for Toast’s Cozy, Breakfast All-Day (plus Lunch and Dinner) Where Everyone Knows Your Name Restaurant Brand
Ground broke late last week for Charleston Hospitality Group’s fourth Toast! location, this one in the family-friendly Nexton community in Summerville. With locations in downtown Charleston, West Ashley, and Old Trolley Road near downtown Summerville, the newest Toast! is scheduled to open in late 2018 or early 2019.
Built from the ground up, CHG’s newest restaurant marks a departure from CEO Sam Mustafa’s usual strategy to buy a pre-existing restaurant/business structure and morph it into the concept he foresees for each space, as he did with the original Toast (formerly Diana’s Tropical Toast) at 155 Meeting Street in 2005.
“This is a rapidly growing community in an already growing, family-focused Summerville. As an immigrant, I’m keenly aware of the American dream. I envision this Toast, as all of the others, as truly a place where people from all walks-of-life feel welcome, like family, and will come and enjoy our food and hospitality and feel completely at home. I see Nexton as the perfect place for our newest Toast!,” says Mustafa.
About Toast! –Often imitated, but never duplicated, Toast is a casual, friendly neighborhood restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner classics like shrimp & grits and French toasts. There are currently three locations: Toast! 155 Meeting Street, downtown, 843.534.0043, Toast of West Ashley, 2026 Savannah Highway, 843.556.0066, and Toast of Summerville, 717 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, 843.900.4422. For more information, visit ToastofCharleston.com
January 26, 2018 § Leave a comment
All Three Area Toast Locations Celebrating Toast of Charleston’s 13th Birthday with 2005 Menu Prices, Vintage Employee Photos and $13 Gift Certificate Give-Away
Toast! Is celebrating its 13th birthday with Throwback Toast Pricing featuring 2005 prices on signature breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items and a Toast-worthy classic breakfast and short stack combination with juice or coffee for $13. The combination special includes two eggs any style with bacon, sausage or country ham, Carolina stone-ground grits or home fries and homemade buttermilk biscuit or toast and a two-stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Other vintage priced signature items include eggs Meeting Street with a fried green tomato, crab cake, and remoulade sauce, Charleston surf & turf, deluxe French toast, she crab soup, crab cake sammie, grilled smoked pork chops, and mimosas.
The celebration begins January 27 and the special pricing will continue at Toast!, Toast of Summerville and Toast of West Ashley through Tuesday, February 13. Guests are encouraged to dress as they would have in 2005 and post their “vintage” pictures from 13 years ago on Toast’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for a chance to win a $20.05 gift certificate at any Toast location. Please use #TBT .
Come Toast with us!
About Toast! – Often imitated, but never duplicated, Toast is a casual, friendly neighborhood restaurant serving breakfast lunch, and dinner classics like shrimp & grits and French toast. There are three locations: Toast! 155 Meeting Street, downtown, 843.534.0043, Toast of West Ashley, 2026 Savannah Highway, 843.556.0006, and Toast of Summerville, 717 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, 843.900.4422. For more information, visit ToastofCharleston.com
January 23, 2018 § Leave a comment
SEWE’S Three Day Celebration Kicks off February 16 – February 18
Though it does not officially take place during spring, the arrival of SEWE in mid-February is the unofficial kick-off of the festival and tourist season in Charleston. It draws tens of thousands of participants, about 60% of them from out of town. It is followed in rapid succession by The Charleston Wine & Food Festival, Fashion Week, The Cooper River Bridge Run, and Spoleto.
A few days before it begins, town starts filling up with wildlife and hunting enthusiasts, easily spotted in their camouflage and orange attire, and the hunting dog population (especially chocolate and yellow Labs) seem to multiply exponentially. Nature conservationists, artists and art collectors are attracted to the family-friendly event, which includes art exhibits, retriever demos, chef demos, fly-fishing demos, birds of prey flight demos, a decoy auction and more.
Most of the events take place in the heart of downtown near Marion Square and Brittlebank Park on the banks of the Ashley River off Lockwood Boulevard. If all the excitement builds up an appetite, stroll on by any of our downtown locations (Tabbuli, Queology, Eli’s Table and Toast!) to fill up on a delicious meal. For more information about SEWE visit sewe.com (Photograph by Elias Carlson).
January 23, 2018 § Leave a comment
Eli’s Table has redesigned its group menu packages for groups of 10 or more to include seasonal pairings of some of our menu classics from award winning grilled Tuscan cheese, to roasted chicken to day boat scallops and a selection of desserts. Whether it’s for an intimate bachelorette party or family celebration, dining in smaller groups in Eli’s sophisticated setting and Lowcountry French bistro fare is a delicious way to go. And, we’re dog-friendly too on the airy outdoor patio.
January 15, 2018 § Leave a comment
Queology Brings Master Skills to the Wood-Burning Firepit
Cooked low and slow in smoky goodness, pulled and lightly sauced, Queology’s pork sandwich is topped with a creamy, crunchy slaw.
Queology uses techniques honed by pitmasters founding duo, Russ Cornette and Matt Gamble, who have been competing in barbecue events throughout the southeast since 2001. They are regulars on the barbecue competition circuit and winners of awards for pulled pork, chicken wings, and sides, including the prestigious Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour in North Charleston, SC 1st place pork award.
Today, Queology’s culinary team employs their time-tested secret blend of herbs and spices to season the pork and chicken at the restaurant. Sassy sauces take nods from Kansas City, Memphis and Orangeburg styles, and can be enjoyed tossed with your pork, chicken or wings or served on the side. It’s easy and as you like at Queology. The menu includes classics like pulled pork and baked beans, but steps up the tasty fun in dishes like pulled pork nachos with queso, cole slaw, Memphis sweet barbecue sauce and fresh onions and the remarkable wings that are brined, cooked long and slow, flash fried and tossed in one of our signature sauces or served “naked.” They can be seasoned to taste with buffalo (hot and mild) sauces, teriyaki, Cajun dry rub, Caribbean dry rub or lemon pepper dry rub.
Situated at the corner of East Bay and North Market street, Queology’s setting is casual and inviting. Part open-air dining and part sports bar/neighborhood hang-out, it’s always delicious at Queology. Come join us anytime, or especially for our popular Happy Hour (and 50 cent wings!) weeknights from 4 to 7 p.m.
January 15, 2018 § Leave a comment
Healthy New Year’s Eating from Tabbuli’s Recipe Box
By mid-January, many of us are feeling and looking like the cat who ate the canary several times over during the festive holiday and New Year season. Slimming down can seem challenging, but it’s a snap when indulging in low calorie, high flavor and lean protein foods. The Mediterranean diet is chock full of these kinds of choices – hummus, baba ganoush, tabbuleh falafel – and all are on the diet-do-right menu at Tabbuli.
At Tabbuli, the creamy hummus is prepared with chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), fresh lemon juice, and topped with house pickles, olives and roasted red pepper. Toasted pita toast points are perfect, edible scoops. If you desire to be gluten-free or even more low calorie, you can use carrots, celery sticks, cucumber slices or radishes for scooping and eating.
This recipe is borrowed from our media writer and cookbook author Holly Herrick’s most recent cookbook, Mashed – Beyond the Potato (Gibbs Smith, September 2016). Use it in good health and come see us at Tabbuli, 6. N. Market Street, downtown.
Delicate Lemon-Thyme Hummus
Fresh, delicious, healthy hummus makes for happy palates and a low calorie New Year refresh.
(Yields 2 cups)
“Hummus originated in the Middle East, but its popularity has spread to cultures throughout the world. This fluffy garbanzo bean (also called chickpea) puree gets texture levity from a food processor, but they could also be mashed by hand for a chunkier effect. Fresh lemon and thyme deliver a pop of freshness. This is where you want to use the fruitiest, best quality extra virgin olive oil you can find – ideally, first press. Serve room temperature.”
One 15.5 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
2 large cloves garlic, smashed and coarsely chopped
Juice of 1 large lemon (about 1/2 cup)
3 tablespoons tahini
1/2 to 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup fresh thyme leaves
Additional extra virgin olive oil – about 1/4 cup
1/4 teaspoon paprika
3 or 4 fresh sprigs thyme
Place the garbanzo beans, garlic, lemon, and tahini in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process until smooth – it will be thick and start to form a ball. Stream in ½ to ¾ cup olive oil while the processor is running. The consistency will be fluffy and light. Pulse (10 brief pulses) and add in salt, pepper, and fresh thyme, scraping down the sides with a spatula to incorporate. Serve in a shallow bowl or platter spread evenly with a small pool in the center. Pour in additional olive oil garnish, sprinkle with paprika, and garnish with fresh thyme.