Plus, a pumpkin spice pop-up at The Daily.
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🏆 Best in barbecue
A pulled pork sandwich and sides from Home Team BBQ.
We’ll never say no to a pulled pork sandwich from Home Team BBQ. | Photo by @hometeambbq
Searching for an excuse to dine out this week? We’ll give you five. Southern Living just published “The South’s Top 50 Barbecue Joints Of 2023,” featuring five of the Holy City’s own. Check out the featured eateries below + some of our favorite menu items.

Home Team BBQ, multiple locations

When classic Southern comfort foods meat upscale cuisine, you get Home Team BBQ. This local favorite was featured at No. 42 on Southern Living’s list, and was specifically lauded for its menu that combines “contemporary creations” with tried-and-true barbecue delights.

Standout dishes: Fiery Ron’s Smoked Chicken Wings and the Pulled Pork Platter

A meat plate from Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ.

The collard greens, baked beans, mac and cheese, and crinkle cut fries are some of the classic sides available at Rodney Scott’s.


Photo by @craigtabor

Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ, 1011 King St., Charleston

As the name suggests, the whole hog barbecue is this restaurant’s staple. But Rodney Scott’s is also loved for its spareribs, pulled chicken, and catfish platter. Plus, we never leave without a pint of potato salad to stock in the fridge. It’s no wonder we found Rodney Scott’s at No. 28 on Southern Living’s list.

Standout dishes: Nick’s Onion Rings + Rod’s Original Whole Hog Pork Plate

A barbecute platter from Lewis BBQ in Charleston, SC.

We know barbecue is all about the meats, but never sleep on the sides from Lewis Barbecue.


Photo by @abgoldberg

Lewis Barbecue, 464 N. Nassau St., Charleston

Coming in at No. 8, Southern Living said, “everything about Lewis Barbecue is impressive,” and we couldn’t agree more. If you haven’t visited this Texas-style barbecue joint, you’re sorely missing out because the brisket is heavenly. And if you have a sweet tooth like us, no meal at Lewis is complete without an order of the Chocolate Dirt Pie.

Standout dishes: A half pound of brisket + Cowboy Beans
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • Lunchtime Herbal Walks | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 12-1 p.m. | Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr., Charleston | Take part in a guided walk with herbalist April Punsalan to learn foraging techniques and the uses of seasonal plants.
  • Paws on The Patio | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 6-8 p.m. | Burtons Grill & Bar, 1875 N. Hwy. 17, Mt. Pleasant | $10 in advance + $20 at the event | Support the Charleston Animal Society by sipping drinks and enjoying a buffet of delicious appetizers.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Rita’s Italian Ice Mt. Pleasant Grand Opening | Friday, Sept. 15 | 4-6 p.m. | Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard, 401 Faison Rd., Ste. 102, Mt. Pleasant | Price of purchase | Enjoy giveaways and discounted Italian ice; the first 50 guests will receive free Italian ice for year.
  • Kokedama Workshop | Friday, Sept. 15 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | PlantHouse, 832 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant | $25 | Make your own kokedama — a Japanese art form that translates to “moss ball” — with help from the PlantHouse staff.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Mallory Lane Art Pop-Up | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Local Love CHS, 1238 Camp Rd., Ste. E, Charleston | Price of purchase | Shop this local creator’s woodburning and mixed media artwork.
  • Charleston Craft Beer Cruises | Saturday, Sept. 16-Saturday, March 15 | Times vary | Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St., Charleston | $45 | These weekly cruises feature beers from some of Charleston’s best craft breweries.
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News Notes
  • WestRock Co. agreed to sell the North Charleston paper mill to European manufacturing company Smurfit Kappa for $11 billion. This comes just two weeks after the paper mill ceased all operations. The transaction will be finalized in 2024. (The Post and Courier)
  • The Gibbes Museum of Art will offer four “pay what you will” days — two this year and two in 2024 — foregoing the standard general admission ticket prices and inviting members of the community to pay what they can to enter the museum. This first of these days is Saturday, Sept. 23.
  • Four eateries coming soon to the Holy City — Costa, Da Toscano Porchetta Shop, King BBQ, and Palmira Barbecue — were featured on Eater Carolinas’ list of most anticipated restaurant openings for fall. Which one are you most looking forward to? Let us know. (Eater Carolinas)
  • Calling all lovers of pumpkin spice. Daysie, a local simple syrup brand, is hosting a pop-up at The Daily’s Morrison Drive location on Thursday, Sept. 21, 8-10 a.m., to celebrate the release of its pumpkin spice flavor. There will be complimentary espresso drinks + donuts featuring Daysie’s pumpkin spice flavor. (Holy City Sinner)
Plan Ahead
  • Mark your calendars for Firefly Distillery’s Food Truck Feastival on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12 to 4 p.m. The free fest will highlight local food trucks and vendors, as well as live music and drinks. Those interested in being a food truck vendor should apply by Sunday, Oct. 1.
  • Roughly 6 in 7 Americans have dealt with back pain at some point in their lives. Ouch. Whether you’re feeling great or using a heating pad as you read this, here are three tips to relieve back pain at home (thanks to Dr. Derrick Randall, a Roper St. Francis Healthcare pain management specialist).*
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