Roadside Seafood Settles Into Permanent Digs on Folly Road

crabsoupWhen a food truck strikes an item from its menu board, patrons are apt to write off the inconvenience as just another entertaining idiosyncrasy of eating far from a fixed kitchen. As Sean Mendes has learned since he earlier this month opened a permanent location of Roadside Seafood, it doesn’t work that way in restaurants.

“People don’t expect you to run out of everything,” he says. “I’ve been doing three or four batches of she-crab soup.”

The she-crab clamor is understandable, since Roadside – which got its start two years ago as a food truck – produces one of the city’s best bowls.  Based on Mendes’ grandmother’s recipe, the soup bears little resemblance to the flavorless, overworked bowls of thick cream which have caused plenty of Charleston eaters to dismiss the dish as tourist pap. It’s almost more of a chowder than a bisque, crammed with picked crab and flecked with onion and celery. Continue reading

Luckhaus & Brubaker Unveils 50-Pound Easter Bunny

luckrabbitRobyn Luckhaus’ Easter tradition doesn’t involve spiral hams or fancy hats: The James Island chocolatier annually creates a giant themed holiday display.

This year’s vignette, now set up at Luckhaus’ shop, features a 50-pund chocolate rabbit; 10-pound chocolate chicks and flowers made from meringue and sugar cookies.

“The display is made out of homemade modeling chocolate, which is basically a Tootsie Roll,” Luckhaus explains. “We take Belgian chocolate and combine it with glucose and water until it becomes like a working clay. We use cocoa butter to color, and then let our imaginations go to work.” Continue reading

The Food Truck Court Arrives at The Pour House This Weekend

burkeA few years after a downtown property owner reclaimed his parking lot, displacing the city’s first regularly-scheduled food truck pod, the concept is resurfacing on James Island.

The Food Truck Court will debut at The Pour House this Saturday from 12 noon-5:30 p.m. Organizer Cory Burke of Roti Rolls says the weekly gathering will feature no fewer than two trucks. “There will be a maximum of 15 as it grows,” he adds. “We will try to keep it around 5-6 to start and see where it takes us.”

In addition to a rotating array of trucks parked in the same place, the Saturday afternoon Court will feature live music, drinks on the bar’s new deck and “family-fun activities” provided by Charleston Fun Factory, such as a jump castle and a mechanical bull. Continue reading

Luckhaus & Brubaker Sweets and Treats Now Open on James Island

devilAfter spending a cumulative seven years in the pastry department of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Robyn Luckhaus and Larry Brubaker learned how to accommodate any request on deadline and how to make enormous figures out of chocolate. Luckhaus says they’re bringing both skills to their new James Island sweets shop, sensibly called Luckhaus & Brubaker.

The pair renovated  the former Athens Express Pizza and Café so the 1200 square-foot shop would accommodate their seasonal displays. For yesterday’s grand opening, they created five-foot tall chocolate palm trees and a sunning Santa made out of brown sugar.

“It’s the kind of thing you have to come in and see,” Luckhaus says. Continue reading