Charleston Restaurant Week is off and running from January 14-22. All around Charleston, restaurants are offering three course meals for only $20 or $30.

Social has saffron ricotta dumplings, seared Mahi Mahi, and chocolate torte for only $20. In addition, Social is featuring Thai shrimp scampi and crispy pork belly as variations on entrée choices.

Virginia’s on King will have a similar price range for a quality three-course meal of fried green tomatoes, crab stuffed flounder, and key lime pie. Virginia’s is also serving a house salad, a fried chicken plate, and chocolate cake. “We’re really excited about our new menu,” says Ricky Dunn, a supervisor at the traditional Southern restaurant. “We have our classic fried chicken plate, but we’ve added new items like Bennett’s beef stew, which I think is phenomenal.”

The downtown location of Tsunami is showcasing a three-course meal for only $20. First course dishes include edamame with steamed green soybean pods sprinkled with salt and crispy crab wontons. Entrées allow for a variety with a three-roll sushi special of your choosing or a single special roll. Desserts include lava cake and white chocolate macadamia cheesecake. If you’re over 21, a small hot sake is available as dessert.

For an extra 10 bucks, you can enjoy various three-course meals at other restaurants, like La Fourchette, which offers a la soupe, moules frites, and tarte tatin. “We’ve chosen these food items to reflect traditional French cuisine for restaurant week,” says Kevin Kelley, an employee at La Fourchette. “We would like for people to enjoy our food in our warm, cozy setting.” The French bistro features la salade vert de fromages chauds with Boston lettuce, an original vinaigrette recipe, and four warm cheeses over croutons. For dessert, they’ll have a house-made profiterole.

Hidden away on Bogard Street is Trattoria Lucca, whose menu features calabrese chilli, ricotta cavatelli, and Gianduja chocolate budino for $30. The cozy Italian restaurant’s menu will change daily during the week, so call ahead and ask the server what they are featuring that evening.

Muse Restaurant & Wine Bar (82 Society) is offering mussels, fennel risotto, and limoncello cake with mascarpone glaze for $30. Muse also features a soup du jour and grilled shrimp tossed with fettuccine, pancetta, spinach, espelette pepper, San Marzano tomatoes, and asiago cheese. For dessert, the restaurant has a housemade gelato trio.

With all these great deals, any person with an appetite should venture out for dinner this week. After all, these specials are a pretty rare occurrence. For more in-depth menus of the event, visit the Charleston Restaurant Week website for more menus. 

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