New Downtown Ramen Shop Likely to Appeal to Fun-Loving Crowd


This is not Menoki’s ramen.

The last dedicated ramen shop to open in Charleston closed within weeks, but the forthcoming Menkoi Ramen House has a weapon that’s likely to conquer any local skepticism about its noodle bowls.

“Spicy ramen is their most popular dish,” Jonathan Sharpe, an avid eater and food photographer in Columbia, says of the restaurant’s original location. “The secret of its hangover-curing properties is out here.”

Menkoi recently posted a sign in the window of the former Manny’s Neighborhood Grill, first spotted by Eater Charleston. According to a staffer at the Columbia store, the Charleston restaurant is scheduled to open later this month. Continue reading

Slow Food Columbia Hosts Chefs’ Showcase This Weekend

1 Slow Food at Indie Grits by Jonathan Sharpe (800x533)

Jonathan Sharpe

How’s the eating in Columbia these days? An upcoming party hosted by the city’s Slow Food chapter could provide a chance to find out.

Slow Food Columbia’s fifth annual Sustainable Chefs’ Showcase and Potluck on Apr. 13 will feature more than a dozen chefs who’ve been tasked with preparing a dish showcasing a local ingredient. Restaurants represented include Terra, Baan Sawan Thai Bistro, Rosso Trattoria and Good Life Café, which publicist Tracie Broom describes as “a rad vegan place that finally opened on Main Street. Hello, nutmeat tacos.”

Tickets to the Showcase and Potluck at Indie Grits, 711 Whaley, are priced at $20. Broom warns the tickets typically sell out the day before the event. Slow Food USA members are eligible for a $5 discount. Continue reading

North Columbia Festival Salutes Cornbread

steveajohnsonThe North Columbia Business Association settled on throwing a festival before it figured out just what it wanted to celebrate.

“The area we’re in, the 29302, is going through some changes, and we wanted to invite people back to see what’s going on,” the association’s executive director, Sabrina Odom, explains. “We came up with cornbread because our state vegetable is collard greens. And a collard greens festival already exists.”

The second annual South Carolina Cornbread Festival is scheduled for Mar. 29; in addition to live music and mascots, the 10 a.m.-8 p.m. event at the corner of Main and Newman streets includes a cornbread cook-off; cornbread toss; cornbread eating contest (a speed trial featuring four cornbread muffins) and a “cornbread lane,” along which cornbread will be sold for a buck a slice. Continue reading