Kitchen 208 Offers Discounted Entrees on June 6

quinoaKitchen 208 is celebrating its birthday with quinoa, as one does these days.

The lower King Street restaurant is turning one on June 6, and is marking the occasion with $6 entrees. From 7 a.m.-11 a.m., the featured entrée is a bacon and egg sandwich. And from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., six bucks buys a quinoa salad with vegetables and feta cheese. The sandwich usually sells for $7, while the salad costs $8. According to a press release, Kitchen 208 isn’t downsizing portions on deal day.

Both the breakfast and lunch specials will be served with a mini-cupcake. Continue reading

Free Oyster Roast at 82 Queen

The oysters are free this Friday at 82 Queen.

To commemorate 32 years in business, the restaurant is hosting a complimentary oyster roast in its courtyard, starting at 6 p.m. “When we opened in 1982 it never crossed my mind that I would be here 32 years later,” owner Steve Kish is quoted as saying in a release.

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Burwell’s Celebrates Birthday With a Steak Boast

Another local restaurant is turning one, and it’s celebrating by crunching numbers.

According to a release from Burwell’s, the downtown restaurant overcooked just 12 steaks out of every 30,000 it served over the past year. “That’s a solid standard,” the release says. (Presumably, that number reflects the judgment of the kitchen, not its customers: If only a dozen out of every 30,000 customers complain, Burwell’s has assembled the friendliest group of eaters ever to grace a dining room.)

As for the temperatures the kitchen was trying to achieve, “80 percent (of steaks) were ordered either medium or medium rare,” the release reports.

No word on whether any steaks were sent back for undercooking.

High Cotton Pours Free Bubbly

The spate of human birthdays in November makes scientific sense: Count back nine months, and you’ll land on Valentine’s Day.

But what explains the prevalence of local restaurant November birthdays? Is it a reflection of owners frantically trying to open their doors before the holiday season? Or a desperate effort to qualify for the year’s best new restaurant accolades? Whatever the reason, eaters are the beneficiaries: High Cotton turns 14 tomorrow, and the restaurant’s celebrating by pouring free sparkling wine. Each dinner guest will receive a complimentary glass of Dibon Cava Brut.

High Cotton opens at 5:30 p.m.

Xiao Bao Biscuit Celebrates First Birthday With Beef and Chicken

xbbpicEvery time I write about a restaurant marking its founding date, I agonize over whether to refer to the event as a birthday or anniversary. But with the kind of party Xiao Bao Biscuit’s planning for its very first special day, I feel comfortable calling it a birthday.

The restaurant’s invited Bev Eggelston of Eco Friendly Foods to smoke a steamship round (that’s your top round, bottom round and eye round) of beef on Saturday, Nov. 16. “Rumors of Korean fried chicken should also be taken seriously,” co-owner Joey Ryan adds. “Beer and cocktails will most assuredly be on hand as well.”

The party starts at 1 p.m., and runs until closing or the food sells out.

Stars Offers $25 App, Entree and Dessert on October Mondays

IMG_7278-300x200Stars is marking its first anniversary on Mondays throughout October with a $25 three-course menu.

The Upper King restaurant, known for its rooftop bar, officially opened on Oct. 5, 2012, should you choose to toast the achievement on Saturday. But the promotional menu rolls out two days later; a release says the “choices will change from week to week.”

“Patrons can expect popular selections such as Dino Kale Salad, Grill Room Steak and Smoked Chocolate S’more Pie,” the release continues.

The restaurant’s located at 495 King St. For more information on the weekly celebration, check out Stars’ blog.

The Original Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails Celebrates First Year

The name suggests seniority, but Ms. Rose is only one year old.

On Saturday, the home-style West Ashley restaurant is celebrating its first anniversary from 12 noon-3 p.m. Tickets to the festivities, which include food, live music, raffles and games, cost $20 in advance; the price jumps five bucks at the door. Children younger than 10 don’t need a ticket, but there’s a three-free-kids maximum per family.

The Original Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails is located at 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Ticket sales benefit the Jerry Zuker Ride for Hope; call 766-0223 to buy.

Restaurant Has A Lot to Celebrate


The Lot

The Lot

The Lot‘s turning one next Monday, and the James Island blackboard-menu restaurant is celebrating with whole hog barbecue.

From 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Sept. 9, The Lot’s serving up smoked pork plates with two sides and dessert for $15. Standard dinner service will be suspended so folks can focus on the birthday festivities, which include music by Weigh Station Duo and drink specials. A ticket’s also good for $2 off Black Joe Lewis’ show at The Pour House later that evening.

In order to handle the hog, The Lot purchased a new smoker, but staffers aren’t yet sure what to call the contraption. The restaurant’s now offering a free ticket to the birthday barbecue in exchange for the best name posted on its Facebook page: Current nominees include Sir Smokes A Lot, Rusty, Boss Hog and The Lot Ness Monster. If you can do better, post your suggestion here.

Tickets to the party can be purchased in advance at The Lot.