New Head at Med

Med Bistro in West Ashley has been bought by former Piggly Wiggly president Buzzy Newton and his wife Rebecca. Newton will spruce up the space with fresh paint and new seating while keeping the music, artwork, staff, and atmosphere intact. Head chef Todd Garrigan will keep the old menu, adding some “new culinary experiments.” The kitchen will most likely be getting a woodburning pizza stove too. —Liz Robinson

Start Your Engines

Raval has expanded its hip empire with a new pizza place right next door on Upper King Street. Monza specializes in thin, crispy pies cooked in a wood-fired oven, naming its creations after Italian race car drivers. Fangio comes topped with spicy marinara and sausages, sauteed onions, and locally-grown Anaheim peppers. Even the iced tea is unique. The Royal Flag brand comes infused with peaches and is imported from Italy. Monza is located at 451 King St. —Liz Robinson

Maxim-um Attention

Two Lowcountry favorites have landed on Maxim’s list of “Top 25 Foods Every Guy Must Try.” Louis’s Fish Camp in Pawley’s Island nabbed the “Most Enjoyable Coronary” designation with its eight–oz. fillet sandwiched between hashbrowns and spicy fried oysters, laid over creamed spinach and topped with béarnaise. Sounds scrumptious. Meanwhile, downtown’s Hominy Grill nabbed “Most Authentic Country Breakfast” for its homemade banana bread, country ham omelets, and biscuits stuffed with fried chicken, creamy gravy, and melted cheddar. Apparently readers of Maxim are more interested in taste than caloric content. Congrats to both for getting recognized in America’s premier laddie mag. Maybe this will help increase our guy-to-girl ratio. —Liz Robinson

New Menus, New Deals

Looking for some new diversions and deals? The guys at Cordavi (14 N. Market St. 577-0090) have put together a new menu called “Cordavi Tastes,” designed to provide an affordable way to try the restaurant’s innovative fare. Everything on the menu is under $10 and includes such items as Heirloom Tomato with Olive Oil Snow, Almond-Coated Sea Bass and Yogurt Foam, and Pork Belly with Scrambled Corn. The menu also has bar faves like Mini Burgers with Blue Cheese Chips and Shortribs with Whole Grain Potatoes. It’s available weeknights, Mon-Thurs. Over at the Boathouse on East Bay Street (577-7171), new Chef Ryan Herrmann has put together an early bird special menu. Stop by between 5 and 6:30 p.m. and you can have a two-course meal with a glass of wine for $19.95. Sounds like a good deal for an easy after-work dinner. —Stephanie Barna