NoMo restaurants are booming! Located in the East Central area of the upper peninsula of Charleston, NoMo gets its name from being located on the north end of the peninsula on Morrison Drive — though many would argue that Morrison in itself is all north. You may know it as the north end of East Bay Street.
The up-and-coming ‘hood’s location means cheaper rent and lots of room for development. And as the city continues to grow, so do the possibilities.
The name NoMo was really cemented with the construction of student housing on Morrison Drive, called 930 NoMo. Like the name or not — there was a bit of controversy! — NoMo has really taken off the past couple of years… but you can still call it East Central if you like.
Places like Tattooed Moose (the duck fat fries are the best) and Santi’s (great Mexican food and margaritas) made their claim to the area long before it got trendy. But other eateries have since arrived, turning it into a popular place to be.
Here are five new(ish) restaurants in NoMo that are helping the neighborhood make a name for itself.
Lewis BBQ, 464 North Nassau Street
Lewis opened last year with a bang, its mouth-watering Texas-style brisket giving its new Lowcountry fans a lot to moan about. Pitmaster John Lewis spent a decade perfecting his BBQ magic, a tradition that runs in his family, before arriving in downtown Charleston. But it’s not all brisket — and if you’re not in the mood for a line you can order a BBQ sandwich via a special window outside. The cocktails and craft beer are pretty special too, particularly when enjoyed on the patio.
Edmund’s Oast, 1081 Morrison Drive
Edmund’s Oast is upscale and a great spot for dining when you want to do it right. If you’re wanting to simply sample it first, go during happy hour for some killer food and drink deals. Top tip: the brunch is some of the best in town and a perfect destination for showing off the city’s culinary greatness to visiting friends and family.
Goat. Sheep. Cow. 804 Meeting Street #102
Goat. Sheep. Cow. earned a wonderful local reputation as a cheesemonger and cozy deli with a popular sandwich-of-the-day in its south of Broad spot before landing in NoMo late last year with a much more expansive space. If you’re looking for a fun place for wine, cheese, a bit of prosciutto, and plenty of conversation, bring a friend or two to the city’s premiere fromagerie.
Butcher & Bee, 1085 Morrison Drive
It was a sad day for Charleston, especially those in search of something to munch on late at night, when Butcher & Bee shut its King Street locale. So you can imagine the rejoicing when it re-opened last summer in NoMo. The restaurant wanted a bigger space, and that is exactly what it found, and then some, in its new spot. They also serve everything from brunch to lunch to, yes, late dinners til 2 a.m. Top tip: the burger is the best.
Home Team BBQ, 126 Williman Street
Home Team has enjoyed success in West Ashley and Sullivan’s Island, so naturally it was only a matter of time before it made its way downtown. Home Team arrived on the block before Lewis and, more recently, Rodney Scott moved in to turn the surrounding area into a BBQ destination. This location has the same favorites as the others — best wings in town, a comfortably casual feel. But downtown’s Home Team comes with more music, welcoming such greats as BB King’s son, because the blues and BBQ just go hand in hand.
What’s your favorite of the new (and not-so new) NoMo restaurants?
There are many great cities in South Carolina and they all have their charms. However, it’s no surprise that when Redbook magazine did their feature on the “50 Best Dates in 50 States” they chose Charleston.
“Fans of low-country classics like shrimp and grits won’t be surprised to hear how good the food is in Charleston, but thanks to an influx of some big name chefs, it’s become a major foodie stomping grounds. Recently dubbed its Hottest Chef of 2013 by Eater, Chef Frank McMahon, of famous Hank’s Seafood, reveals where you can find him after hours: grabbing a slice of pie at Monza, beer in hand at Closed for Business, late night at Butcher & Bee, at the bar of McIntosh (“The Mac”) or the newly opened Rare Bit.”
Sure, there is a lot more to do than just eat out in Charleston, but if it’s a great date eventually it’ll run into lunch or dinner or after dinner drinks (and if we may be risquee, perhaps breakfast) and you’ll have to eat sometime, right?
Folly Beach, SC – January 19, 2013
Come down to Folly Beach and enjoy food, drinks, and other offerings of local Folly Beach restaurants and clubs for the Taste of Folly. Center Street will be closed off for the festivities which will include tents for each establishment for tastings, live music, and kids activities. There will also be a chili cook-off, a hot dog eating contest, a silent auction, a date auction, and the server olympics. Eric Penrod & Tim Davis Duo & Folly Beach Reggae All-Stars will be performing on the Center Street stage. Guaranteed to be a fun time for all. New this year will be the Battle of the Bartenders, sponsored by Virgil Kane, held at the Blu, where each bartender will make their own take on a cocktail with Virgil Kane, and the crowd will be the judges.
Some schedule notes:
Hot Dog Eating Contest 12-1, Date Auction 2-3, Awards Ceremony 4:30-5. Live music in between. Click below for a map, schedule, and chili cook-off rules.
I have a friend coming to visit this weekend from the cold, snowy trenches of Minneapolis, MN. We’ve been compiling a list of things to do while she’s in town. This is no easy feat- this list is now three pages long and really it’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg . We’ve only got three days! She lived in Charleston for several years so we were able to cut out the obvious.
There is our local Firefly Vodka (tastes just like sweet tea) distillery that does tastings and tours of their home on Wadmalaw Island. We’d love to do a tasting there. The place to grab the best burger (and veggie burger) in town- The Village Tavern (newly reopened w/consulting Chef Daniel Nurick) in Mt. Pleasant. Another new jewel in Mt. Pleasant must be visited- Yes Umay Cookies because, well, cookies are the new cupcake and these won’t make you feel too bad indulging after a workout. Ashley’s cookies which contain the best ingredients- rich chocolates, sea salt, curry and goji berries.
And we would not be true to ourselves if we didn’t hit some great shopping. Mary Mojo in Mt. Pleasant offers some swanky boutique brands and we will pay a visit to neighboring The Shoe Fairy. Great sales and fun places to try things on. There’s also the Tanger Outlet Mall that keeps getting great, new stores. We must also do some downtown shopping. Antiquing for a bargain (and if we’re lucky there may be an auction) at Page’s Thieves Market is always a good time even if you leave empty handed. If we’re lucky, Leigh Magar may be in her downtown studio/shop Magar Hatworks- she is not just a milliner but a true artist whose hats are about to be in a Vogue fashion spread.
We plan on visiting historic downtown Summerville and just taking in the cozy little town and burning some calories walking. Where locals used to summer. And of course wander about aimlessly downtown. You never know what you’ll discover. Sometimes it’s just nice to look up at the buildings you see every other day and notice something new. The architecture in Charleston is amazing. You can walk around and just look at buildings and homes appreciating them or you can walk around and discover shops you never knew were there.
So we’re going to eat and shop our way around town. My friend will surely have to check a bag and don an elastic waistband for the trip home.