The Green Door
They may be topped with Fruit Loops, but there’s nothing childish about The Green Door’s adult milk shakes, made with cereal-flavored vodka. And that explains a lot about this new spot connected to (of all places) Big John’s Tavern. Mainly that the team from Roti Rolls thinks food should be fun. Try the Buddha Babies, kimchi-, thai chili pimiento cheese-, and bacon chutney-filled rolls made from Brown’s Court Bakery bread; move on to the GD burger; then grab the Tot (as in tater!) Squatch Tacos for brunch. thegreendoorchs.com
Pane e Vino Mount Pleasant
Craving an Italian noodle fix but not willing to drive to Pane e Vino downtown? Good news: they’ve opened on Coleman Boulevard in the old Sette restaurant. The same penne maremmana and spaghetti Bolognese remains and dinner is available on Sunday too, starting April 7. panevinocharleston.com
Massi’s Wine Bar & Osteria
Comfy and cozy, Massi’s Wine Bar and Osteria (née Osteria la Bottiglia), located next to Blue Bicycle Books, opened in February with a revamped menu. Massimiliano Sarrocchi’s bistro offers happy hour wines, half and whole plates of perfectly al dente pasta, and best of all, an environment where you can actually hear your date talk—a growing rarity in this city’s culinary scene. massiswinebar.com
Need a good meal après film? The Terrace Theatre’s new neighbor, Crust, has the ticket with chef Dusty Chorvat’s (formerly of Daniel Island’s Vespa) wood-fired pizzas. Add a cast of delicious gnocchi with Mepkin Abbey mushrooms, locally sourced salads, Holy City beers on tap, and an interior look courtesy of Reclaimed DesignWorks, and Crust has themselves a blockbuster hit.