Nick Arbuckle, the 30-year old owner of the newly-opened FED in Mt. Pleasant, has moved away from the Charleston area just once. And now that he’s back, he’s vowing not to leave again.
After spending eight years at Langdon’s, Arbuckle helped open Latitude 32 outside of Atlanta. The short-lived restaurant featured global food from the 32nd parallel (don’t bother consulting an atlas: it stretches from Georgia to Sichuan to Iran), which may help explain why Arbuckle chose a more basic concept for his first independent venture.
“American eclectic is the best way to describe it,” he says. “It’s not fine dining, but a step above average.”
The main course portion of the menu at FED — which is an acronym for Friends, Eats and Drinks — includes three taco preparations; three burgers; meatloaf; grouper; smoked salmon; sesame-crusted tuna and pork chops. “Vegetarian dishes available upon request,” the menu notes.
Arbuckle also notes the lobster ceviche and fried green tomato chips on the menu, which he calls “just small enough that it’s not corporate.”
There’s seating for 80 at the restaurant, located at 1109 Park West Blvd. Arbuckle says plans call for the addition of an outdoor patio next year.
Although all of the beer at FED is bottled, Arbuckle says there are a few impressive entries on the wine list, which features varietals such as Picpoul and Mencia.
FED is open Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 531-5881, or check out facebook.com/FriendsEatsDrinks.