Holy Snackers, Cocky!
Boiled peanuts are the official snack food of South Carolina! Thank goodness that’s settled. We wouldn’t want to be thought of as the Moon Pie state. Gov. Mark Sanford signed the salty snack into official law on May 1. The idea for the legislation came from the nutty noggin of 23-year-old Tom Stanford, a recent Winthrop graduate. Until now, the delicacy had a lowly history. A Lowcountry staple since the 19th century, boiled peanuts were the resourceful answer to unsold and surplus peanuts. The tasty treat is not an entirely local tradition. They are eaten as a street food in the Philippines and served alongside frosty cold beer in China. —Elle Lien
All Hail Almighty Andolini’s
The Rabin empire continues to grow. Last Tuesday, Michael Rabin and his wife Edie, owners of the popular Andolini’s pizza chain, transformed the Folly Road Juanita Greenberg’s into the latest Andolini’s location. The restaurateur also owns real estate in West Ashley’s Avondale shopping area. “For Lease” signs were recently spotted in one of the strip’s shop windows. The area is already rich with dining opportunities. Al di La, Marie Laveau’s, Voodoo Lounge, and Triangle Char and Bar are across the street, while Sublime Pies and Cakes and Good Dog Bakery — for the canine inclined — are right next door to the soon-to-be vacated location. Could a new restaurant be in the works? Rabin promises to keep City Paper readers informed. —EL
Folly Beach’s Café Suzanne has just been transformed into Terrapin Café. The Grateful Dead reference is no mistake. Owners Frank Rubio and Paul McCollum wanted to transform the image of the restaurant from that of a fine dining establishment to “a casual restaurant with great food.” The name change is just the beginning. The café has changed the menu to include sandwiches and salads as well as expanded happy hour specials. The back deck is being opened up and a bar has been added. The café will still offer their Sunday jazz brunch. —EL
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