December 8, 2016 at 10:03 am
post by Anna Mandelbaum

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Photo courtesy of The Park Cafe.

December is here, and before you know it 2017 will be too. Finish the year on a strong note with some mulled cider with Plantation 5-Year Rum at Little Jack’s Tavern, or a kitten from Pounce. Whatever your craving, these hits have you covered. And don’t forget: reservations are great gifts! Read on.

1/Little Jack’s Tavern
2/492
3/Le Farfalle
4/Bar Normandy
5/McCrady’s
6/The Park Cafe
7/
Leon’s Oyster Bar
8/The Ordinary
9/Goat.Sheep.Cow.
10/Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl
Bonus/Pounce

1/Little Jack’s Tavern
Because it’s all about the beef. Whether you’re diving into a steak salad, or biting into a classic and perfect LJ burger, everything will be okay. Especially if you pair your meal with one of Little Jack’s OG cocktails. // North Central. Book now at Little Jack’s Tavern.

2/492
Because the cross-pollination of classic and contemporary happens in a restored historic landmark. Add an awe-inspiring double bacon cheeseburger with mornay, thousand island, and (optional) fried egg, and you’ve got yourself a new obsession. Only available on Sundays from 10am-2pm… make it happen. // Wraggborough. Coming soon to Resy.

3/Le Farfalle
Because tableside truffle service cooked in a parmesan wheel. Le Farfalle is officially your one-stop shop for all things yum! On December 10th and 11th, from 10:30am-2:30pm, Mike’s Menudo Brunch will takeover the space to feature authentic Tex Mex cuisine from the Toscano family recipe book. Serving up margaritas, house made tortillas, tamales, and more, Le Farfalle it is! // King St. Historic District. Book now at Le Farfalle.

4/Bar Normandy
Because a former FIG server brings affordable wines and beers to Broad Street (hello, $2 PBR). The huevos de diablo with bottarga, pickled shallots, and dill is also a must. // French Quarter. (843) 769-6400.

5/McCrady’s
Because it’s Chef Sean Brock’s tasting-menu-only restaurant. With only 18 seats, Chef serves the “most intense food” he’s ever made, and you need to try it. // The French Quarter. (843) 577-0025.

6/The Park Cafe
Because one– it just started taking reservations; two– Chef Matt Canter’s food speaks for itself; and three– farm-to-fork dining and great hospitality is what it’s all about, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Protip: order the avo-toast. // Hampton Park. Book now at The Park Cafe.

7/Leon’s Oyster Bar
Because get your bites of summer while the temperature is still looking up. Also, Food Network just did its Christmas round-up, and guess who’s recommending Leon’s grilled oysters? Do it. // Westside. Walk-ins only.

8/The Ordinary
Because this Hit List needs some Chef Mike Lata! An homage to all things from the sea, The Ordinary is the best raw bar around. Case in point: the oyster sliders (and the triple tower, and the caviar spread). // Cannonborough. Book now at The Ordinary.

9/Goat.Sheep.Cow.
Because this spot is the new and bigger version of the best cheese shop in town. Add daily sandwiches, custom cheese and charcuterie boards, and wine, and you’ve got yourself a good time. // South of Broad. (843) 480-2526.

10/Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl
Because vintage LPs, coffee, food, beer, wine, and literature all in one casual and comfy setting. Oh, and the live music events don’t hurt. // Cannonborough/Elliotborough. (843) 202-0666.

Bonus/Pounce
Because Charleston’s first ‘cat cafe’ and wine bar is opening soon. Adopt a cat, and drink to it. Drop the mic. // Ansonborough. Opening soon.

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