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New & Notable

New & Notable
Our taste & tell guide to the latest F&B openings in Charleston

On Forty-One
Described as “backyard dining” and boasting a spacious covered patio, this Mount Pleasant spot owned by Brannon Florie (he’s also executive chef at The Granary) offers a satisfying collection of souped-up Southern comfort food. Don’t miss extra-crunchy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside hushpuppies stuffed with pimiento cheese or fried chicken livers served over caramelized onions and stone-ground grits. The kitchen was out of butterscotch cake when we stopped in, but that’s a good excuse to go back and try the house-ground burger and smoked wings with ranch dry rub.

Gala Desserts
This sweet spot filled a niche in Avondale, serving seasonal desserts alongside tapas, paninis, coffee drinks, and spirits. Owner and executive pastry chef Jaclyn Story spent seven years as Michelangelo’s Kitchen’s wedding cake specialist after working at places like Kaminsky’s and Normany Farm, and her baking expertise shows in the tarts, cheesecakes, mousses, and more. P.S. Stop in during happy hour for special prices.

Saint Alban
After nibbling salt-studded Castelvetrano olives served in a pool of buttery oil and a fancy piece of toast topped with tomato, ricotta, and frisse brightened with citrus, we were sold on the tasty (albeit pricey, given the small portions) snacks served up at this stylish café. Varied seating (counters, four-tops, community tables, couches) makes it a good spot to hang solo or dine with a crew.