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2011 Charleston Food Blogger Restaurant Awards

Best food: American

Downtown: McCrady’s

West of the Ashley:  The Glass Onion

East of the Cooper:  Eurasia

The North area:  Cork Bistro

Best food: International

Downtown: Basil

West of the Ashley:  Taste of India

East of the Cooper:  Ali Baba

The North area:  Zocalo ( now out of business )

Best food: Non-restaurant

Downtown: Paolo’s Gelato

West of the Ashley:  Hello my name is BBQ

East of the Cooper:  Whole Foods

The North area:  Pho #1

Best food: New restaurant

Downtown: Husk

West of the Ashley:  Roadside Kitchen

East of the Cooper:  Eurasia

The North area:  Zocalo (now out of business )

Best food: Local chain

Mustard Seed

Best food: Cheap eats

Downtown: Taco Boy

West of the Ashley:  Three Little Birds Café

East of the Cooper:  Jack’s Cosmic Dogs

The North area:  EVO Pizza

Best food: Hole in the Wall

Downtown: Moe’s Crosstown

West of the Ashley:  Bowen’s Island

East of the Cooper:  La Pizzeria

The North area:  Havana Café

Best Atmosphere

Downtown: Cypress

West of the Ashley:  Fat Hen

East of the Cooper:  Poe’s Tavern

The North area:  Cork Bistro

Best Bar

Downtown: Closed For Business

West of the Ashley:  Smoky Oak Taproom

East of the Cooper:  Red’s Ice House

The North area:  Madra Rua

Best local farm


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Each blogger also announced a few creative awards of their own:

Best Dessert: Red Head Recipes – Bread Pudding at Poogan’s Porch

Most worn out concept: Foodmancing the Girl – Sports bars

Best burger:
Foodie Fix – The chorizo burger at Fuel is amazing and spicy. The burger taken to a new level of flavor.  Fuel also has the best come as you are atmosphere.  Like a vacation without leaving town kind of place.

Best things to happen in the Charleston food scene over the past 5 years:
  Charleston Food Bloggers –  In my mind two things stick out:  1) The rise of Sean Brock, Mike Lata and Craig Deihl 2) The Food Truck Federation.

Best way to order frozen yogurt:
Healthy Meets Hungry – Go to Menchies in Mount Pleasant and serve cake batter yogurt and peanut butter yogurt in a one-to-one ratio. Then add an equal portion of Heath Bar toppings.

Best brunch spots: 
Red Head Recipes –

Downtown:  Hominy Grill

West of the Ashley:  Three Little Birds Café

East of the Cooper: Crave

The North area: Alex’s Restaurant

Best place to get “pre” engaged:
Foodmancing the Girl –  Il Cortile Del Re

Best wine bar and small plates:
  Foodie Fix – Bin 152 is a great intimate spot for a glass of wine and a little charcuterie.  A fun place to experiment with new wines and interesting pairings.

Winners were chosen from 4 geographic locations in Charleston. 

        -West of the Ashley included West Ashley, James Island, Johns Island,

        and Folly Beach.

        -East of the Cooper included Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Sullivan’s Island,

        and Isle of Palms. 

        -The North area included North Charleston, Summerville, Ladson,
        Goose Creek,
  and Moncks Corner.

        -Downtown included….well…. downtown.

      Why were these awards developed?  We felt that these awards coming from active food bloggers would be seen as a fairly non-biased, honest judge of what restaurants in the area are doing this year. 

    Charleston’s first food blogger restaurant award winners were announced on Saturday September 24th at Cork Bistro in Park Circle.  The food bloggers who participated in the nominations and voting were: , FoodmancingTheGirl , HungryMeetsHealthy , RedHeadRecipies , and FoodieFix . Also in attendance at Cork as invited guests were local design blogger LookLingerLove and Jeremy Current who is a  singer/songwriter out of Brooklyn, NY.  Jeremy was in town for one night performing at The Village Tavern in Mount Pleasant, SC.

(l-r: Charles of FoodmancingTheGirl, Chassity of LookLingerLove, Lauri of RedHeadRecipies, Scott and Crystal of CharlestonFoodBloggers , and Singer/Songwriter Jeremy Current)

  Chef Eric Brownlee of Cork prepared an excellent menu for the event. Highlights of the dinner that got the table buzzing were the Hush Puppy Battered Shrimp, Tomato & Fried Mozzarella Caprese,  Chipotle Strawberry Glazed Salmon, and Spicy Shrimp and Grits.  Owner Tradd Gibbs and Chef Brownlee spoke to the group after we announced that Cork was this year’s winner in two categories. They won the top prize in the categories Best Restaurant: American and Best Atmosphere for restaurants located in “the North area”.  The area included all restaurants in North Charleston, Summerville, Ladson, Goose Creek, and Moncks Corner. 

Wedge salad

Hush puppy battered shrimp

  Tomato & Fried Mozzarella Caprese