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The newest spots in Charleston this spring

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Baobing at Ice Bing Cafe
Ice Bing

June 19, 2017

43) JAMES ISLAND — Offering Vietnamese cuisine and Americanized Chinese food, family-owned Pho Saigon wants to bring something a little different to James Island. The menu stocks nine different types of pho, vermicelli bowls, rice plates, and more. Status: Certified open. 1739 Maybank Hwy.; Facebook.

42) CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Just in time for the summer heat, Ice Bing Cafe brings cooling bubble tea, flavored iced teas, sushi, and baobing, a Chinese shaved ice dessert topped with various sweet items like condensed milk or seasonal fruit. Status: Certified open. 93 Spring St.; Facebook.

41) MAZYCK-WRAGGBOROUGH — Just a few blocks off of bustling Upper King sits the newest outpost of Southwestern eatery/tequila bar SOL. With a large patio overlooking Wragg Square, SOL offers plenty of space for those in need of a margarita or tuna taco. Status: Certified open. 385 Meeting St.; website.

June 7, 2017

40) SULLIVAN’S ISLAND — Italian on the beach? 450 Pizza Joint serves grown-up fried cheese, meatballs, New York-style pies, farro salads, chicken parm subs, and much more. 450 even serves a grab-and-go breakfast and late night slices. Status: Certified open. 2213-B Middle St.; website.

38) MOUNT PLEASANT — Fans of barbacoa, flautas, and fajitas should rejoice with the arrival of Cinco Tex-Mex. The newcomer serves traditional Tex-Mex fare. Status: Certified open. 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.; website.

37) CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Former La Fourchette chef Perig Goulet reappears on the Charleston scene with Goulette. With chef Kyle Yarbrough in the kitchen, the menu features rotisserie chicken, duck fat fries, pulled pork, and other meaty mains. Status: Certified open. 210 Rutledge Ave.; article.

36) NORTH CENTRAL — Cafe/bakery The Harbinger brings pastries, coffee, light lunches, and happy hour drinks in a cozy setting. Status: Certified open. 1107 King St.; website.

May 16, 2017

35) JAMES ISLAND— Looking for French, Southern, Vietnamese, and Italian cuisine all under the same roof? Chef Joel Lucas opened Edison for just that. The eclectic menu runs through lunch and dinner. Status: Certified open. 1014 Fort Johnson Rd.; website.

34) NOMO — Fancy food court Workshop introduces a rotating roster of five food vendors with tenancies varying from one to 12 months. As of today, Vietnamese eatery Pink Bellies, Korean-influenced Kite Noodles, Tex-Mex stall Juan Luis, pizza spot Slice Co., Bad Wolf Coffee, and grown-up sandwich shop JD Loves Cheese will serve guests. Status: Certified open. 1503 King St.; website.

33) LOWER KING — Downtown has a new affordable breakfast and lunch option with Myth Cafe. The new eatery offers smoked salmon bagels, ham and cheese omelets, breakfast quesadillas, homemade Greek yogurt, Smyrna bread, Margherita pizzas, tuna sandwiches, smoothies, and espresso drinks. Status: Certified open. 84 Society St.; website.

32)NORTH CENTRAL — Italian eatery Juliet wants to bring more pizza and pasta to Charleston. Dinner offerings range from an octopus and potato salad with gremolata and olives to linguine in a lobster and wine sauce to a mushroom pizza with truffles and fontina cheese. Status: Certified open. 654 King St.; website.

April 24, 2017

31) NORTH CHARLESTON — Family-owned eatery Angela’s Chicken n Waffles not only serves crispy birds, but limas, cabbage and rice and other Southern favorites. Status: Certified open. 2705 bonds Ave.; Facebook.

30) NORTH CHARLESTON — A little piece of Ohio moves south with the opening of Food, a new concept from An Islands Catering Joint. The eatery serves Cincinnati chili, which has more Mediterranean spices than regular chili, and is served on top of spaghetti. Status: Certified open. 4262 Spruill Ave.; website.

April 14, 2017

29) EASTSIDE — Kitschy dive Palace Hotel returns after a fire put it out of business last year. Fans shouldn’t see much of a change to the bar — and yes, the hot dogs returned. Status: Certified open. 35 Hanover St.; Facebook.

28) UPPER KING — Pizzeria Benny Ravello’s opened in the former George’s Loan Co. with giant slices of pizza for late-night revelers and lunch seekers. Status: Certified open. 520 King St.; website.

April 5, 2017

27) THE MARKET — Buttery breakfast stop Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit now has two locations for maximum chances for flaky goodness. Status: Certified open. 188 Meeting St., inside City Market Great Hall; website.

26) NORTH CHARLESTON — Fans of the famous fried chicken at Martha Lou’s now have a second spot to crunch into a plate of Southern goodness. Martha Lou’s Kitchen No. 2 Love and Happiness Catering comes by way of Martha Lou Gadsden's granddaughter Melanie Alston. Status: Certified open. 2000-Q McMillan Ave.; article.

25) LOWER KING — Shoppers can now sip frosé while scouring the racks at Skinny Dip with the opening of Rudi’s Caffé e Vino. There’s also coffee drinks for those not wanting to get bombed and max out their credit cards. Status: Certified open. 345 King St.; Facebook.

24) WEST ASHLEY — Looking for a gut-buster of a lunch? Stop by the updated location of DB’s Cheesesteaks, Hoagies, and More, for just that. Status: Certified open. 2 Avondale Ave.; Facebook.

23) LOWER KING Gentry Bar & Room takes over the former Sermet’s space with a Southern menu of Gullah-influenced fare. Status: Certified open. 276 King St.; website.

March 28, 2017

22) EASTSIDE — For those in search of new places to slurp half shells, look toward the Virginia-transplant Rappahannock Oyster Company. Dinner services started recently, with lunch and brunch on the way. Status: Certified open. 701 East Bay St.; website.

21) CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Bubble tea favorite Tapio reopened at a new address with a kitchen. Now the petite eatery offers Thai and Taiwanese classics. Status: Certified open. 221 Coming St.; website.

20) UPPER KING — East Bay party place The Brick is back after a fire put it out of business several years ago. Look for craft beers, a mighty burger selection, and an outdoor patio for all this perfect spring weather. Status: Certified open. 24 Ann St.; website.

19) JAMES ISLAND — Looking for a new breakfast or lunch option? Stop by sandwich/salad/egg plate newcomer Hen and The Goat for a morning or midday meal. Status: Certified open. 869 Folly Rd.; website.

18) MOUNT PLEASANT — Downtown meat masters Smoke BBQ set up a second location to offer barbecue east of the Cooper. Status: Certified open. 713 Coleman Blvd.; website.

17) JAMES ISLAND — Steampunk and bar food come together at Krazy Owls. It’s eclectic and carries an “Owlfrado” pasta dish. Status: Certified open. 3157 Maybank Hwy.; website.

In addition to these spring openings, check out the 16 winter restaurants now in business.

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