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.

Chasing Gochujang at Ko Cha

tofuBasic logic suggests a city’s sole purveyor of just about anything has a distinct economic advantage. But what happens when he or she gets tired of selling it?

Tucked into a West Ashley gas station is Ko Cha, an excellent Korean luncheonette. The folksy restaurant serves up scallion pancakes lumpy with sweet, fat shrimp; slinky japchae intertwined with fresh vegetables and an outstandingly crisped chicken donkkaseu (the Korean version of katsu, the popular Japanese cutlet), drizzled with a cross between fermented fish sauce and British brown gravy, per tradition. The kimchi is perhaps a smidge tactful for fans of raging funk, but the cucumber pickles have a lightly-spiced snap.

Understandably, many local fans of Korean cooking flock to Ko Cha — which previously did business under the name of Rice B – for their gochujang fix. The defining condiment of Korean cuisine, gochujang is a sonorous mix of chile peppers, fermented soybeans, glutinous rice and sugar. Nothing else exactly resembles the paste. Continue reading

Home Team BBQ Hosts Beef, Goat and Oyster Party Next Weekend

Garden & Gun’s Jubilee festivities next weekend don’t include a Friday dinner option, but nearby Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ is hoping to lure event-goers with a collaborative smoking session.

Pitmasters from Southern Soul Barbeque on St. Simons Island are joining the Home Team crew to prepare beef barbacoa, goat tacos, goat sausage and oysters, along with a sides spread including Brussels sprouts, cornbread, lima beans and corn.

Spokeswoman Angel Postell describes the two sets of pitmasters, who first met when they partenered on the 2012 Charleston Wine + Food Festival finale, as representing “the ‘new school’ of younger pitmasters offering a fresh, creative approach to all things barbecue.” Home Team’s Aaron Siegel recently won a StarChefs.com “concept” award, which recognizes a “creative, successful chef-driven concept that could be successfully expanded.”

The Backyard BBQ, which includes music from Shrimp City Slim and cocktails from High Wire Distilling Co., runs from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. Tickets are $30, and can be purchased by e-mailing info@hometeambbq.com or by calling 345-9563.

Home Team BBQ Offers $7 Deals for 7th Anniversary

Fans of Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ surely hope the restaurant’s around for a very long time – and that it changes its anniversary-celebrating strategy before it gets old.

For now, though, matching prices to the restaurant’s age is a very good deal: To mark its seventh birthday, Home Team on Nov. 16 is selling $7 pork platters, $7 all-you-can-eat oysters and $7 gamechangers (Home Team’s signature frozen drink) at its West Ashley location.

“We really love being a part of the Charleston culinary community,” owner Aaron Siegel is quoted as saying in a release.

The West Ashley store is at 1205 Ashley River Road.

Already Missing Restaurant Week? Hark, Avondale!

Avondale Rest Week Sep 2013If you’re holding out for something better than the current three-courses-for-$30 hoopla, West Ashley’s restaurants have a tip for you: “Avondale Restaurant Week.”

Now in its fourth edition, the week features $20 three-course dinners at half a dozen area restaurants. And on busy night, valet parking’s free.

Avondale Restaurant Week runs from Monday (aka the day after Charleston Restaurant Week ends) through Sunday, Sept. 22. The $20 deal’s good at Triangle Char + Bar, Pearlz Little Oyster Bar, Mellow Mushroom, Al Di La, Mex 1 Coastal Cantina and Nirlep Indian Restaurant.