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November’s New & Notable

November’s New & Notable
November 2016
Our taste-and-tell guide to some of the latest food and beverage openings in Charleston

Blind Tiger Pub

If you weren’t familiar with earlier versions of this Broad Street watering hole, you might be shocked to learn that the current perfect-for-lunch space also saw plenty of nefarious nights with cheap drinks and boozy shenanigans. (Its name, after all, is a reference to those sneaky locales that shirked the laws of Prohibition.) Yet when the original pub shuttered in early 2016, crowds flocked before a “final” last call. The joint reopened some seven months later—after a change in ownership, a quick reno, and sleek re-branding—this time with a tasty new menu, craft beer, and a cocktail list. You might start with the smoked wings or avocado toast with pickled shrimp before ordering a hearty duck sandwich with a side of crispy and tangy Brussels sprouts. Or take a seat in the courtyard and opt for a fresh tomato and burrata salad and wash it down with the rosé on tap.

Sermet’s Southernterranean Cuisine-Bar

Those who’ve missed the “old Sermet’s” on King Street (before new ownership transformed the once-cozy corner eatery into a white-tablecloth establishment) should run to its namesake chef’s new venture on James Island. In place of the former Heart Woodfire Kitchen, Sermet’s offers quality fare in a familiar setting full of quirky art (by the chef and others) and friendly locals. The food’s a marriage of Mediterranean and Southern flavorings—take, for example, the perfectly seared scallops atop risotto punctuated with she-crab and saffron, or the charred romaine starter (pictured). A word of advice? Don’t leave without dessert, like a slice of the Nutella cheesecake.