If a vacation to Greece is too costly this summer, Charleston City Paper critic Vanessa Wolf recommends a trip to Greek restaurant Stella’s instead.
Granted, there's no ocean view and a less-than-tranquil volume level, but the grilled octopus ($14) served at Stella's on Saint Philip Street is a hell of lot cheaper than a plane ticket to Santorini and every bit as memorable.
The writer urges readers to try the tentacles, even if they think they don’t like octopus. Wolf also says that charred calamari “is not to be missed,” the spanikopita “does not disappoint,” and the saganaki (flaming cheese) “is a visual showstopper.” She warns that Stella’s does get a bit loud, but writes that it’s all in good fun.
The Post & Courier critic Hanna Raskin finds a freshness “in both ingredient and thought” at Virginia transplant Rappahannock Oyster Bar. Raskin has a good time at the newcomer, as her review is peppered with phrases like “utterly playful,” “just for fun,” “lovely,” and “never gets boring.” She appreciates the lambs and clams dish, charred octopus, whole fish, and white gazpacho. The crowds are a bit sparse during her visits, but she predicts not for long.
• Stella's Is a Gift From the Greek Gods [CP]
• All Stella’s Coverage [ECHS]
• Review: Rappahannock Oyster Bar's Downtown Charleston Location Is Fresh and Inventive [P&C]
• All Rappahannock Oyster Bar Coverage [ECHS]