If you’re holding out for something better than the current three-courses-for-$30 hoopla, West Ashley’s restaurants have a tip for you: “Avondale Restaurant Week.”
Now in its fourth edition, the week features $20 three-course dinners at half a dozen area restaurants. And on busy night, valet parking’s free.
Avondale Restaurant Week runs from Monday (aka the day after Charleston Restaurant Week ends) through Sunday, Sept. 22. The $20 deal’s good at Triangle Char + Bar, Pearlz Little Oyster Bar, Mellow Mushroom, Al Di La, Mex 1 Coastal Cantina and Nirlep Indian Restaurant.
The standard Restaurant Week meal format – exceedingly popular in most corners – can aggravate diners in the habit of skipping dessert, since the three-course, prix-fixe dinners invariably end with sweets. Economically, it makes sense for restaurants to pad their menus with chocolate mousse and crème brulee, since eggs and sugar are cheaper than centerpiece proteins. But that’s little consolation to the Charleston Restaurant Week goer who’d rather double up on boiled peanut hummus (Magnolias) or pickled shrimp salad (Stars).
This year, though, the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association (GCRA) has tweaked its biannual program in a way which should please savory fans: Participating restaurants are being encouraged to devise toned-down lunch menus, offered at a slightly lower price. The three restaurants which have thus far posted their event lunch menus online – 82 Queen, Rutledge Cab Co. and Ms. Rose’s Fine Food and Cocktails – met the $15 challenge by doing away with dessert. Continue reading “Charleston Restaurant Week Returns — This Time, With Lunch” »