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No stranger to exceptional restaurants, Charleston will welcome a new gem on October 8. Helmed by chef Drew Hedlund, the kitchen will turn out modern American fare with seasonal twists. Expect dishes like oysters with green tomato mignonette; pastrami salmon “caviar” with crème fraiche; frito misto with baby squid, royal red shrimp, squash, and fennel, and lobster gnocchi. An extensive caviar list will be available in the dining room, and a designated “caviar bar” will be situated in the back of the restaurant.
Inside, the vibe will skew elegant old-school dining with a modern feel. The space will be accented with lush fabrics and bold prints and anchored with a sleek zinc bar. Located in historic downtown Charleston, it is certain to become a neighborhood classic in no time. 167 East Bay St.
Washington DC: Call Your Mother
On October 9, Washington DC diners can join the nouveau Jewish delicatessen wave sweeping cities around the country. Andrew Dana (Timber Pizza Company) built up the hype around his za’atar bagels and candied salmon cream cheese at farmer’s markets across the city. His brick-and-mortar location will expand the menu, offering hot pastrami on house-baked rye bread (and also pastrami empanadas and pastrami fried rice), crispy latkes, and quinoa tabbouleh, among other treats.
The bagels, Call Your Mother’s signature baked good, will be wood-fired and available straight from the oven, schmeared, or served as part of a sprawling bagel board with smoked fish, veggies, and spreads. 3301 Georgia Avenue NW.
Raleigh: Food Truck Rodeo
On October 14th, residents and visitors can get a first-hand taste of the food revolution happening in downtown Raleigh. 50 North Carolina food trucks will park along 11 city blocks, serving up wood-fired pizza, lobster rolls, ice cream and, naturally, plenty of incredible barbecue. Expect trucks like Bourbon Street Beignets serving up powdered sugar-enrobed fritters, Moon Runners slinging their smoked brisket sliders, and Dos Equis beer battered fish tacos from Taqueria el Azteca. Raleigh offers its share of fine dining, but the rodeo is all about fun and food in the heart of the city. 919-849-8499.
Huntington Beach: Clicquot on the Coast
From October 12 through 14, Veuve Clicquot will host a weekend’s worth of bubbly fun at the Paséa Hotel & Spa. Think a garden party with lawn games and a champagne tasting tent on Paséa’s oceanfront lawn, a pool party with frosé and champagne cocktails, and a bubbles-focused brunch.
On the 13th, Veuve will host a four-course dinner featuring bubbly pairings and access to a Cliquot winemaker. The menu includes foie gras torchon, butter poached prawns with persimmon, porcini-crusted filet with black truffles and roasted beets, and vanilla crème brûlée with caramelized white chocolate. 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy; 855-636-6371.