What's Cooking in Mount Pleasant

The newest restaurants across the bridge

There’s always something new cooking in Mount Pleasant, and this summer there’s a new spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or happy hour. While it’s too hot to cook, check out one of these new local restaurants and take a taste of what Mount Pleasant has to offer.

Saltwater Cowboys (130 Mill Street) – views of the creek and Charleston Harbor, cold local beer and colder frozen coladas, smoked oyster dip with Ritz crackers, house-smoked pulled pork, and fried grouper sandwiches—Shem Creek’s newest restaurant is bringing a lot to the table. Visit during happy hour and get a seat on one Saltwater Cowboys’ expansive creekside decks. Sit back with a $2 glass of wine, ­a few over-the-top, supremely decadent deviled eggs and split your time watching the people and watching for dolphins gently cresting as they swim through Shem Creek

Saltwater Cowboys

Mill Street Tavern (504 Mill Street) – comes from the team behind Crave and MacDaddy. It is now open for brunch daily from 10 a.m.-2 p.m and for dinner 5 p.m-10 p.m . The restaurant claims to be located next to the first tidal mill created – hence the name, and boasts rooftop views that overlook Shem Creek. Picture perfect! 

Woodward Tavern (1971 Riviera Drive) – another tavern hoping to treat you and your family. Named after Charleston settler, Henry Woodward, the restaurant describes itself as the ‘quintessential neighborhood bar’, complete with milkshakes, burgers, wings and tacos. The casual dining experience is sure to have your favorite beer on tap but also a great spot to have one eye on the game and one on your kid.

Woodward Tavern, photo: E Bea Photography

Betty’s Eatery (915 Houston Northcutt Blvd.) – the new breakfast and lunch spot from Charleston food scene veterans Tony and Kelly Chu is part-greasy spoon, part-burger joint, part-Grandma’s kitchen. The menu features American diner standards like grilled cheese, club sandwiches, single- and double-patty burgers, and full breakfast all day. Whether your comfort meal is a shrimp po’ boy or a stack of fluffy pancakes, Betty’s Eatery can be your happy place.

Betty's Eatery

The Grit Counter (320 Wingo Way, St. 101) – New Mount Pleasant favorite Grace & Grit has expanded and is now serving their upscale Southern in a fast-casual setting. The Grit Counter brings the big flavors, locally-sourced ingredients, and inventive twists on classic Southern dishes that Mount Pleasanters have come to love to the lunch crowd. The menu features plenty of soups, salads, and sandwiches, but the real stand-outs are the grit bowls: delicious bowls of creamy grits with different mix-ins covered with a full meal’s worth of meat, vegetables, and other toppings. Build your own or try one of the Grit Counter’s signature bowls, like the The Happy Hour, a bowl of jalapeno cheddar grits topped with smoked sausage, pickled collards, shaved onions, peanut relish, and local beer mustard

The Grit Counter

And coming soon…

Butcher & The Boar – Expanding on its original Minneapolis location, Butcher & The Boar will take over 730 Coleman Blvd., bringing with it a menu of American craft food, beer, and bourbon. The menu focuses on house-butchered meats, sausages, charcuterie, shareable samplers, and upscale bar fare. Look out for an opening in Fall 2018.

Vicious Biscuit – Breakfast is coming back in the space that housed the dearly-departed Boulevard Diner (409 Coleman Blvd). The restaurant will serve an all-day breakfast menu—an over-the-top, decadent, breakfast menu with a dozen biscuit sandwiches, including the signature Vicious Biscuit stuffed with fried chicken, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, and maple syrup. If that biscuit doesn’t ensure you need a post-brunch nap, the planned Bloody Mary bar will. Vicious Biscuit should open in Summer 2018.