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25 Sep 2020
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It’s no surprise that COVID has affected Charleston Restaurant Week, the fall/September 2020 edition. Charleston Restaurant Week has become a favorite Lowcountry tradition.  It takes place twice a year, in January and September, generally considered to be the slower times for restaurants. Well over a hundred local restaurants usually take part, offering special prix fixe menus, for lunch, dinner, or both.  It’s become a nice way to try an array of great eating establishments in the area, at a relatively affordable price.  Restaurants from all over the Charleston area have participated  -  downtown, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Daniel Island, Kiawah, and North Charleston. Then came COVID.  Officially, Charleston Restaurant Week September 2020 edition was cancelled, at least in the form we have come to expect. But like many other areas of life, folks in charge have pivoted and gotten creative.  

Charleston Restaurant Week becomes “Eat Local.  Dine or Dash”

  Organizers at the Charleston Hospitality Group have come up with an alternative, to encourage people to eat out safely during the pandemic. It’s called “Eat Local. Dine or Dash, and it’s going on now through September 30th.  Basically, certain restaurants have stepped up and are offering three or four-course prix fixe menus.  As the name suggests, you can either eat in the restaurant or get your food to go. Sam Mustafa, CEO of Charleston Hospitality Group, had this to say: “Restaurant Week has been a tradition for as long as I can remember.  Upon hearing the news of the recent cancellation, we decided to adopt a new way of celebrating and focus not just on the traditional dine-in experience, but the myriad of ways that people can enjoy a local meal while limiting exposure and observing health and safety measures.” Even though things look different this time around, you are encouraged to support those restaurants taking part.  As Charleston Hospitality Group’s Director of Operations Jeff Diehl said about Eat Local. Dine or Dash, “This year’s specialty Restaurant Week-Style offers are varied and diverse throughout our locations. We’re excited to continue a tradition and provide our patrons with a slew of unique course offerings, from BBQ favorites to Lowcountry staples.”  

Some of the restaurants taking part…


Toast of Charleston, Toast of Summerville, Toast of West Ashley, Toast of Mt. Pleasant: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Four for $25 (Four-course prix-fixe menu)

Eli’s Table: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Three for $30/Updated three for $40 (Three-course prix-fixe menu)

Queology: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Three for $20 (Three-course prix-fixe menu)

JohnKing Grill: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Three for $20 (Three-course prix-fixe menu)

Tabbuli Grill: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Four for $25 (Four-course prix-fixe menu)

Read more about it at ABC News 4.

It’s worth checking at your favorite restaurant, whether they are offering specials.  Burton’s Grill, a great restaurant in Towne Centre just over the IOP Connector, is taking part through this Sunday, September 27th. Their food is “chef led, scratch made” and delicious.  You can mix and match courses from their special Charleston Restaurant Week menu.  You can get a two-course lunch for $20 or a three-course dinner for $35.  Click here to learn more about it and to see the special menu. So check out the COVID incarnation of Charleston Restaurant Week.  And when you’re ready for a beach getaway, call us at EP for the best in beach rentals Charleston. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger