6.26.2013 – The Post and Courier
Three Charleston restaurants can crow a little after being named to OpenTable’s “Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars in the U.S.” O-Ku at 463 King St., Social Restaurant and Wine Bar at 188 East Bay St. and Stars Restaurant – Rooftop and Grill Room at 495 King St. made the cut based on 5 million reviews submitted by the online reservation service’s diners for more than 15,000 restaurants across the nation between June 1, 2012, and May 31 of this year.
6.17.2013 – Eater Charleston
EVENTWIRE Bon Appetit’s Andrew Knowlton (of Waffle House Smackdown fame) will be signing copies of the magazine’s recently-released The Grilling Book on Friday June 21 at Charleston’s Heirloom Book Co. Nathan Thurston, chef of Stars Rooftop Grill, will be serving food made from recipes in the book. There will be a Q&A session with …
6.12.2013 – The Scout Guide
Highlight: And the event next Friday, June 21 is not your average party. Celebrating The Grilling Book, HEIRLOOM BOOK COMPANY is hosting a meet and greet with BON APPÉTIT’S Restaurant and Drinks Editor, Andrew Knowlton. Katie Abbondanza of EATER will be there as well, along with food from the book created by Chef Nathan Thurston of STARS. The event takes place at Heirloom’s new location at 54 1/2 Broad Street from 4:30-6:30pm.
5.31.2013 – Charleston City PaperHighlihght: At Stars, Chef Nathan Thurston will be cooking up local scamp grouper, which he says the restaurant will be getting in fresh this weekend. “Our local scamp grouper is very enjoyable with a noticeably unique sweetness,” he says of the dish. The fish, which comes straight from Murrell’s Inlet, is wrapped in thinly-sliced country ham and served with sautéed clams finished with an aromatic broth and flavored with heirloom garlic from Ambrose Farm. Geechie Boy “Big Grits” and seasonal fresh veggies like asparagus, breakfast radish, wild ramps, or crookneck squash come on the side ($28).
5.28.2013 – Bourbon and BootsThe coastal town of Charleston is teeming with folks who want to feed you and feed you well. Indigenous ingredients like cowpeas and Carolina Gold rice are ubiquitous, and the best chefs can coax them from mere sustenance into something more sublime. The same can be said for the plentiful seafood of the region: razor clams and blade oysters start many menus here. Shrines to the culinary arts are numerous in the Holy City – Sean Brock’s HUSK and McCrady’s, Mike Lata’s FIG and The Ordinary. But once you’ve checked those spots off your epicurean bucket list, where else should you NOT miss?
Herewith, a few of our favorites, and a recipe or two to tide you over.
Admire the night sky and cocktails such as the Honey Suckle Shandy and the Jackie O at Stars. Treat yourself (and others) to a Westside Punch bowl or Lavender Vesper (vodka, gin, Lillet Blanc, lavender tea) at Cocktail Club. Or stick with a golden oldie and take the elevator to the top of the Market Pavilion Hotelfor vodka with a view.
Highlight: Keeping company with four of the country’s largest cities, Charleston will be the scene of a roving eat-and-drink “Grub Crawl” next month involving 10 restaurants and bars.Bon Appetit magazine picked Charleston as the third stop in a series of five similar events that also will be held in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.
“Last year was our first year. We did Brooklyn, we did L.A., we did New Orleans. It just seemed the time was right for Charleston,” says Bon Appetit restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton.
The “crawl” is offered in two parts on June 22, daytime or nightime. Ticketholders will travel to five places on either tour for special food and cocktails or wine. The day’s stops, beginning at noon, are Stars, the Cocktail Club, Xiao Bao Biscuit, The Grocery and Hominy Grill. At night, the stops are Circa 1886, Cypress, the Gin Joint, the bar at Husk and Charleston Grill, and they get under way at 6 p.m.
Snack on locally sourced Southern American cuisine from chef Nathan Thurston in a 1930’s grill-room atmosphere inspired by its original structure, a spacious antique market. Toast wines on tap and unique signature cocktails. …
Whiskey fans have two events to look forward to this week as a whiskey cream liqueur takes center stage.
Whisper Creek will be showcasing its Tennessee Sipping Cream during two separate Holy City events.
On Thursday, April 18th at 5 pm, SieMatic, a kitchen cabinetry store on King Street, will host Whisper Creek as part of the Upper King Street Design Walk. Patrons of the store will be able to taste the new product and …
Bracingly zesty and crunchy, in a kaleidoscope of varieties to choose from, the toothsome root is exactly what we want to eat right now. Here, four fresh takes on spring’s unsung hero —Kitty Greenwald
HIGHLIGHT: Stars Restaurant Rooftop and Grill Room has quickly become one of the busiest scenes on Upper King in downtown Charleston. Their rooftop bar is the place to go for great views and top-notch drinks. Executive Chef Nathan Thurston has been busy since their grand opening last fall grilling up incredible seafood and steaks, accompanying them with produce and herbs grown on the rooftop garden.
With warmer temperatures within an arm’s reach it’s about time to start thinking about firing up the grill. Why not start the grilling season with Chef Thurston’s mushroom bruschetta?
Highlight: After freshening up at our perfectly situated hotel, The Elliottt House on Queen Street, my husband and I walked to Upper King Street, directly to Stars Restaurant Rooftop and Grill Room. Featuring an open kitchen and live-fire grilling, set in a classic 1930′s atmosphere, I was eager for a cocktail and a little something savory. Executive chef Nathan Thurston did not disappoint. His menu features the seemingly de riguer seasonally locally sourced vegetables, sustainable seafood and steaks but the magic comes in what he does with them.
Highlight: If the weather is nice, head over to the rooftop at Stars to take in one of the best views of the city while imbibing one of their tasty cocktails or wines on tap. Warning: This newish place gets packed on weekends.
2.25.2013 – NEW YORK POST
If the sight of the young, good-looking throng at hip Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer(kuducharleston.com) doesn’t wake you up in the morning, the shop’s tasty dark roast will. Weekend afternoons, there’s often live music in the courtyard, best enjoyed while sipping a local microbrew like Westbrook Grätzer. Bar-hop downtown with stops at Bin 152 (bin152.com) for wine and cheese, the breezy rooftop at Stars (starsrestaurant.com) for the view…
Highlight: City Paper’s Eric Doksa recently called Chef Nathan Thurstan’s oysters “addictive.” Stars has quickly become a mega hotspot, and the wait on weekends (even for drinks) can be long. They just started a happy hour on Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m. with half off wine and $3 appetizers, making it an enticing weekday stop as well.
Highlight: If you haven’t been to Stars Restaurant Rooftop & Grill yet, you need to get on down to King Street and get yourself acquainted. Besides the obvious lure of a rooftop in downtown Charleston, Stars has a unique collection of artisan wines — on tap. The “Vintap System” offers a convenient and efficient way of serving wines by the glass. With 16 wines on tap, they each benefit from a controlled temperature environment.
Highlight: In the firmament of new restaurants in Charleston, the ascendency of Stars is confirmed. With the universal appeal of flavors birthed in flame, the galaxy of Thurston’s team, ingredients, skills and rooftop aerie assures the orbit of Stars on Upper King.