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Kickin’ Chicken: The Wind Beneath Your Wings

For Mount Pleasant natives Bobby Perry and Chip Roberts, what started as an idea to help two friends who didn’t necessarily want to grow up has now turned into a business that won’t stop growing. When the owners of the now famous Kickin’ Chicken were students at the University of South Carolina, they knew a few things – good food, good drinks and that they wanted to work for themselves. That and a few thousand dollars were all it took to get Perry and Roberts off and running in what was, at the time, primarily a delivery restaurant on Morrison …

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Bistro Toulouse: A Favorite for French Cooking

While there are a handful of other French restaurants in Mount Pleasant, Bistro Toulouse earned a place of honor on Mount Pleasant’s “Best Of” list thanks to its great service, culinary creativity and high-quality food and drink. Owners Candice Mahala and Matt Schulz met while attending The Culinary Institute of America. They’ve spent 15 years working around the East Coast – Mahala as a cook, pastry chef and catering manager and Schulz cooking in fine dining kitchens. Most recently, Schulz worked with French and Belgian chefs in Washington, D.C., where he mastered the art of French cooking. “This is the …

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Bottles Beverage Superstore: Tops for Raising a Toast

Bottles Beverage superstore was voted as the best liquor store by the readers of Mount Pleasant Magazine, which is no small feat. Liquor stores dot the landscape no matter where you travel, and yet the people of Mount Pleasant flock to Bottles. “When we began creating the concept of Bottles in 2010, the owners agreed to never try and fool a customer. Instead, we wanted to offer the best products and prices,” explained George McLaughlin, owner and managing member of Bottles. “We find the most esoteric products that you can’t find anywhere else and offer them at an affordable price.” …

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Shelter Kitchen + Bar: A Haven from the Ordinary

The Rolling Stones wanted it, Bob Dylan promised it and now Mount Pleasant can claim it in the form of an enticing restaurant and bar. The Shelter Kitchen + Bar provides patrons a haven from the ordinary with a laid-back atmosphere and good food and drinks. On any given day, the large outdoor seating area is filled with customers who flock to this popular hangout near Shem Creek. The Shelter is locally owned and operated by Ashley Berry, her brother Thomas, longtime friend Ryan Kaufmann and his father, Dave. “As locals, we just wanted a place where you could sit …

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Steel City Pizza Mt Pleasant: A Community-Built Pie

Good food is more than just what goes into a dish; it’s also the spirit and passion of the restaurant’s team. Mount Pleasant’s own Steel City Pizza Co., a local and delicious spot for hot sandwiches, creative slices and more, puts emphasis on working with people as much as offering fresh, tasty ingredients. “We aren’t actually in the pizza or even the restaurant business as much as we are in the people business,” said coowners Mark Gray and Adam Carb. “If we can delight our guests with a hot sandwich, a cold beverage and an hour break from the daily …

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My Father’s Moustache Restaurant, Mount Pleasant, SC

Robb Walker’s newest restaurant is unlike any other in Mount Pleasant. The walls are adorned with photos of the people who were running the world in the 1940s. Traditional American fare is on the menu, but so are meals more often found in the British Isles. Diners can enjoy a game of darts, and the brand of football most often shown on the TV screens is the version Americans call soccer. And the restaurant has a funny name that isn’t even spelled right if you put your faith in American dictionaries. Nonetheless, My Father’s Moustache has been making a splash …