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Down South: An Antebellum Punch for the Holidays

This antique punch is one of the most consistently popular drinks at Husk, one of only two that has remained on the menu while plenty of other drinks have come and gone around it. Whether you need to atone for a social faux pas or want to entertain your guests in old Charleston style, it'll be a welcome presence in a punch bowl this holiday season. Be sure your guests are thirsty, because this recipe makes a lot. More

Hangover Helper: Beauregard Benedict at The Glass Onion, Charleston, SC

I woke up around dawn with light trickling through the blinds into my bedroom. I was fine, I thought. Just a little headache. Then I sat up. About three hours later, once the balance of ravenous hunger and wobbly nausea had finally tipped in hunger's favor, I got my girlfriend and drove out to the suburbs for brunch at The Glass Onion, an unlikely mecca for made-from-scratch Southern food situated beside a shuttered car wash and a hibachi grill on a busy stretch of Highway 17. More

A Sandwich a Day: Fried Green Tomato BLT from Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC

Even for the bacon-shy (yes there are a few of us out there), the Fried Green Tomato BLT ($8.95) is a must-order at Hominy Grill in Charleston. Head chef Robert Stehling takes an otherwise ordinary lunchbox staple and gives it his personal twist. Fried green tomatoes, neither overly crunchy or too soggy, are topped with a few slabs of crispy bacon and iceberg lettuce. More

Honeychiles in Williamsburg: Bar Food In The Best of Ways

As this review goes to press (are we allowed to use that term, here in Internet-land?), I'll be on a plane back to New York from New Orleans, my second trip in six weeks, part of a gloriously futile effort to sample all of the Crescent City's best eats in the name of researching the upcoming Serious Eats book. And one of the things I'm struck by, when I visit the city, is how its offerings truly span the economic spectrum. Sure, there's fine dining to be had—but there are also life-changing $8 fried chicken plates and $6 po' boys that will ruin you for all other sandwiches. It's in this tradition of cheap, satisfying fare that Honeychiles, a Cajun food counter inside divey Williamsburg punk bar The Charleston, opened a few months ago. More

Southern Belly: Tony the Peanut Man, South Carolina

"Got some boiled / Got some toasted / Got some stewed / Got some roasted." —Tony Wright, peanut vendor Editor's note: Occasionally what looks at first glance to be a conventional guidebook transcends the genre in surprising ways. John T. Edge's Southern Belly is just such a read, which is why I'm pleased that he has allowed us to excerpt selected items from it on Serious Eats, where they appear every other week. —Ed Levine By John T. Edge | Street vendors were once ever present on Southern streets. In Canton, Mississippi, Frank Owens walked the courthouse square, selling pecan, chess, and blackberry pies from a cut-down cardboard box. In Lufin, Texas, a tamale vendor known as Hombre worked high... More

$100 Coconut Cake, Shipping Not Included

Yesterday we discussed how buying from online bakeshops is a leap of faith, one that I don't think I'm cut out for. Well, if you're ready to make that leap you might as well make it deluxe and order a $100 Ultimate Coconut Cake from Charleston's Peninsula Grill. The cake serves 16 people and weighs 12 pounds—shipping isn't included in the price and will run you a whopping $34 to $60 extra.... More

The Return of Johnny Apple

Last Wednesday's (March 15th) New York Times featured a cover story on Charleston food by R.W. Apple. Johnny, as he is known to his friends, had been missing from the old gray lady's pages for too long. He's one of the country's great reporters, food writers and, most of all, one of our greatest eaters. Welcome back, Johnny. We missed reading about your Falstaffian eating and drinking adventures. Reading your piece made me so hungry. I can't wait to eat the fried local shrimp at the Seawee Restaurant and the gumbo at Gullah Cuisine Lowcountry Restaurant.... More

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