Wild Wing Cafe Plans New Menu

The flatbreads currently available at Wild Wing Cafe.

The flatbreads currently available at Wild Wing Cafe.

Part of the appeal of “limited time offers” at restaurant chains – think McDonald’s McRib or Wendy’s pretzel bacon cheeseburger – is the items are bound to eventually disappear. But Erik Combs, chef of the Mt. Pleasant-headquartered Wild Wing Café, says the scheme also gives chains an opportunity to assess the popularity of new dishes before adding them to the permanent menu.

Wild Wing’s flatbreads evolved from a limited time offer. “We’ve had them for years now,” Combs says.

The flatbreads have been on the menu for so long that they’re due for an update. The chain’s new menu, rolling out in August, will feature redesigned flatbreads.

“We’ve designed a completely new style,” Combs says. “The whole thing, top to bottom, is changed.” Continue reading

Jason’s Deli Closes One of Two Area Locations

The first Jason’s Deli in the Charleston area has again become the only Jason’s Deli in the Charleston area.

Citing “unsatisfactory negotiations with (the) landlord,” a franchisee this week closed the sandwich chain’s location on Northwood Boulevard. The restaurant was in business for 10 years.

The remaining Jason’s Deli at 975 Savannah Highway, which opened in 2000, will absorb the shuttered location’s catering orders and the majority of its 50 employees.

“We were blessed to have incredibly loyal customers,” franchisee Peyton Robinson is quoted as saying in a release announcing the closure.

Mellow Mushroom Rolls Out Staff-Created Menu

When I worked as a server, the most creative we got with the restaurant’s food on company time was dipping French fries in blue cheese. Mellow Mushroom’s crew is apparently a more culinarily-inspired bunch, since their ideas provided the fodder for a special menu running through the end of March.

Dishes based on the results of an employee poll and a call for employee recipes include a trio of cocktails; a Thai chicken sandwich with broccoli and mayonnaise; a cordon bleu calzone and a pizza topped with bacon, turkey, apples and honey mustard, in tribute to a club sandwich.

Mellow Mushroom has stores in Charleston, Avondale and Mt. Pleasant. For location information and the complete “Homegrown” menu, visit the restaurant’s website.

 

Wing Chain Touting 675 Flavor Combos Reaches Mt. Pleasant

1482910_385189998283234_1639696660_nPerhaps hoping to lure a few customers away from their favorite chicken joints before the Super Bowl, East Coast Wings & Grill next Tuesday is celebrating the grand opening of its first Charleston area location.

The North Carolina-based chain’s 26th store is located in Mount Pleasant Towne Center, 1909 Highway 17 North. The restaurant’s marking its local debut with free desserts for first responders and chicken tenders priced at $1.49 apiece (Pre-saucing: The flavor fee is 65 cents.)

East Coast Wings & Grill was founded almost 20 years ago as an independent restaurant. A pair of entrepreneurs in 2001 purchased the concept, described to potential franchisees as “family friendly, with a much higher than average ticket.” Continue reading

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Rides Into North Charleston

Family_PackDickey’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

Wild Wing Cafe Offers $5000 for Winning Wing Recipe

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

Restaurants Offer Free Meals to Vets and Servicemembers Today

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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

Shoney’s Observes Veterans Day With Free Burger Offer

shoneysVeterans 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 Claims Andolini’s Old Address

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.

Starbucks’ New La Boulange Pastry Line Arrives in Charleston

The pastry case at the Starbucks on lower King.

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.