Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens Thursday in North Charleston, offering an array of promotions. But will the restaurant serve up true Texas barbecue?
Depends who you ask. Franchise owner Vedit Patel, who discovered Dickey’s as a University of Arizona student, has said he’s “excited about opening a Texas barbecue restaurant.” And the chain has so many fans in the Lone Star state that its exclusion from Texas Monthly’s list of top 50 BBQ joints provoked a spate of angry e-mails from outraged Dickey’s fans.
“We assume this is satire,” barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn wrote in his official response to the complaint. Introducing an earlier iteration of the list, the magazine’s food editor, Patricia Sharpe, dismissed Dickey’s output as “mediocre.” Continue reading “Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Rides Into North Charleston” »
Bar patrons like to grouse about the rising price of chicken wings, but Wild Wing Café is willing to pay $5000 for the perfect wing.
The chain restaurant is again staging its Battle of the Bones competition, in which customers compete to concoct the best new wing recipe. Wild Wing is now accepting recipes online; eight of the recipes will be selected for the contest bracket. Starting Dec. 16, the wings will be served in select restaurants (including the Charleston, North Charleston and Mt. Pleasant locations.) Customers can cast their votes in person or online.
The last wing to survive elimination will earn a permanent spot on the Wild Wing menu, and its inventor will receive $5000 and a private party hosted by the Zac Brown Band’s executive chef. Continue reading “Wild Wing Cafe Offers $5000 for Winning Wing Recipe” »
Much to the chagrin of a reader who called this morning, most restaurants offering Veterans Day deals aren’t extending them to military family members. But if you’re an active or former service member (and have the ID or uniform to prove it), you’re eligible to eat for free at dozens of chain restaurants today.
Locations aren’t required to participate in the national promotions, so make sure to call your chosen destination before dining. And prices don’t include beverage, tax or tip, unless otherwise noted.
About.com has compiled perhaps the most comprehensive online list of Veterans Day offers. The following freebies are likely to be of interest to eaters in the Charleston area; click the links for further details: Continue reading “Restaurants Offer Free Meals to Vets and Servicemembers Today” »
Veterans and active-duty service members are eligible for a free burger at Shoney’s on Veterans Day.
The chain restaurant – locally located at 1307 N. Main St. in Summerville and 1177 Sniders Hwy. in Walterboro – on Nov. 11 is offering an “All-American burger” to vets and military members who can provide proof of service. The burger was the centerpiece of a 2009 weekday “burger bundle” promotion, presumably designed to lure fast-food customers into the sit-down restaurants: During the campaign, Shoney’s sold the burger, fries and a drink for $4.99.
This time around, the fries, drink, tax and gratuity aren’t included. The fine print also stipulates that the free burger offer can’t be combined with any other coupons, and claimants are entitled to just one burger apiece. But a few rules probably won’t scare off eaters with military backgrounds.
“On their national day of celebration and honor, Shoney’s looks forward to welcoming our veterans and troops with a free burger,” CEO David Davoudpour is quoted as saying in a release. “We salute you.”
Chicken Salad Chick, the Alabama chain which “offer(s) customers a ‘custom-fit’ chicken salad experience”, today announced it’s taking over the Andolini’s Pizza space at 82 Wentworth Street.
The chain already operates a store in Greenville, and plans in the coming year to add another seven stores across the Southeast, including the Charleston location.
The menu at Chicken Salad Chick features 15 chicken salads sold by the sandwich and the pound. Among the varieties are a chicken salad with pineapple and macadamia nuts; a chicken salad with ranch dressing and bacon and a chicken salad with extra onions.
According to a press release, Chicken Salad Chick will open in Charleston in early 2014.
The pastry case at the Starbucks on lower King.
The New York Times this Tuesday took notice of Starbucks’ revamped pastry program, which has riveted investors curious about the chain’s attempts to diversify its coffee service. The story likely made more sense to Charleston readers than it might have made the previous day, since Tuesday also brought the pastry line’s local debut.
As previously reported on Raskin Around, the coffee giant this April started rolling out its “served hot” pastries developed by La Boulange. According to the New York Times, 3,000 of Starbucks’ 10,000 domestic stores now offer the pastries, displayed on signature pink paper.
The rollout is scheduled for completion by the end of next year.
After opening 94 locations, most of them in the Southeast, Zoës Kitchen is opening its first South Carolina store in Mt. Pleasant.
Zoës Kitchen at 1242 Belk Drive is hoping to pique anticipation for its Oct. 10 debut with a Facebook contest in which 500 free meals will be awarded. The contest gets underway today, and runs through opening day.
The Zoës chain started in Birmingham, Ala., where Zoë Cassimus in 1995 opened a casual lunch counter emphasizing fresh ingredients and Greek flavors. The current menu includes salads, pita sandwiches and kebabs. Zoës also offers takeaway prepared meals sized for four eaters and side dishes packed in pints. Box lunches and party trays are available through the restaurant’s catering division.
Beer and wine will also be sold at the Mt. Pleasant store, which has indoor seating for 76 people and a patio which seats 50. The restaurant plans to open daily from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Smashburger will open its Summerville store on Oct. 2, and the chain’s founder says more Charleston area locations are likely to follow.
“We don’t do one-offs in any market,” Tom Ryan says. “I think we’re going to build more.”
Since opening its first location in Denver in 2007, Smashburger has added more than 220 stores to its portfolio, debuting in South Carolina last December. When the Columbia franchise opened, its owner told The State that if his store succeeded, it would likely prompt the chain to set up shop in Charleston.
“Burgers are Americans’ favorite food, and Charleston people love burgers as well as — if not better than — average Americans,” says Ryan, who envisions “tons of happy people enjoying juicy burgers” at Azalea Square’s Smashburger. Continue reading “Smashburger Announces Oct. 2 Opening in Summerville” »
Marco’s Pizza — a northeast Ohio-based chain which proudly calls itself the “country’s fastest-growing pizza company” – is celebrating its Charleston-area expansion with a slice giveaway.
Since the store at 3515 Mary Ader Ave. is the 400th Marco’s location, the first 400 customers to show up between 12 noon and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 will receive a free slice.
The chain already operates nine stores in South Carolina, including a location in Ladson. Marco’s plans to quadruple its nationwide store count in coming years, partly by putting eight more stores in the Charleston area by 2016.
Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco, who emigrated from Italy as a young boy, in 1978 opened the first Marco’s in Toledo, Ohio. In addition to serving pizza, Marco’s offers “CheezyBread” (join the chain’s e-mail club for a “free with pizza purchase” coupon); meatballs and subs.
The newest Marco’s has seating for 24 people. For pick-up orders or more information, call 818-4700.
A Jackson, Miss.-based fast-casual chain is celebrating its entry into the Charleston-area market with a “first menu item free” deal. The password is “Brack.”
Newk’s Eatery has opened dozens of location since 2004, when founder of the McAlister’s Deli chain first unveiled their new concept in Oxford, Miss. Industry publication QSR last year named Newk’s as one of the nation’s best franchise deals, citing its “combination of high-quality fare and low prices.” The Newk’s menu features salads, pizzas, soups and toasted sandwiches (I can vouch for the pimento cheese, having made a snack run to the original location when a Southern Foodways Alliance luncheon was unexpectedly delayed.)
In addition to its café seating, Newk’s also offers catering trays, party platters and a “grab-n-go option, where ready-to-go sandwiches and salads are available for immediate pick-up,” according to a press release.
The Newk’s at 210-D Azalea Square Blvd. in Summerville’s Azalea Shopping Center is one of five planned by franchisee NPR Food Services, headed by Todd Pennington, Jim Newton and Brack Rowe.
The promotion named for Rowe will run through the end of next week. Just drop his name at the counter to claim your free food.