A LITTLE BIRD TOLD US

A cozy neighborhood joint specializing in breakfasts and lunches with an organic and local theme recently took over the former home of Mediterra Catering on Windermere Boulevard (behind Earth Fare). The Three Little Birds Café serves up all-day breakfast and lunch ($5-$10) Tuesday through Saturday and a brunch on Sunday. Breakfast options in the pink café include the avocado omelet and a sweet potato benedict, but sweet tooths will want to try the strawberry, whipped cream, and goat cheese-stuffed challah French toast. Lunches consist of a daily soup and sandwiches like margherita melt on tuscan bread and salads like grilled fruit salad with champagne vinaigrette. Fresh-squeezed juices (order the veggie or carrot-apple to mix it up) and tempting smoothies round out the fresh and healthy menu. —Rachel Ward

PARK CIRCLE PUB LIFE

The Mill in North Charleston’s Park Circle neighborhood keeps it basic. A no-frills menu featuring the likes of quesadillas and barbecue sandwiches (served until 1 a.m.), a fabulous beer selection (there’s a lot of the new high-gravity stuff), and staples like dart boards and pool and foosball tables make for a quintessential neighborhood bar. Colorado-native Shawn Wolter and Charlestonian Tradd Gibbes opened the bar/restaurant in late July. They cover all the bases with live music on weekends, open mics on Mondays, ladies nights on Wednesdays, and a happy hour (25 cents off bottles of beer and 50 cents off well liquor) every weekday. Inside the mustard-yellow stucco building, patrons sit at 1950s-style dining tables, relax on sofas in the lounge, or drink up at the license-plate-decorated bar. An antique phone booth, funky lighting, neighborhood pics, and VW and Mercedes hubcaps add to the casual ambience. —Rachel Ward

PUMPKIN-SPICED PAYOLA

At the City Paper, we would never stoop so low as to accept payola, and the spicy and moist pumpkin cake that showed up in our office this week most certainly did not cloud the objectivity of the following comments. Lady Fingers has local brides gushing about their decadent and artful (and sometimes funky) wedding cakes. Pastry chefs Heather Post and Stacy Butler also churn out made-from-scratch pies, tarts, brownies, and miscellaneous sweets in their prim and proper West Ashley bakery. The two met at Johnson and Wales after abandoning their established careers to follow their passions in Charleston. All this talk of luscious fillings and silky icings has our mouths watering. You can contact the ladies of Lady Fingers at (843) 766-1888 or visit their new location at 1734 Savannah Hwy. —Rachel Ward