Posted By Alan Donald @ Aug 1st 2021 10:45am In: Charleston

Halls Chophouse Tomahawk Steak

Charleston Leads the Nation with 4 of TripAdvisor's TOP 25 Fine-Dining Restaurants in 2021

TripAdvisor's 2021 Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" Restaurant awards, which are based on traveler reviews and ratings, are out ... and Charleston leads the nation in the "Fine Dining" category, one of eight restaurant categories!  Four local restaurants made its list of the Top 25 "Fine-Dining" establishments in the U.S in 2021.  Halls Chophouse ranked 3rd, Circa 1886 9th, Peninsula Grill 14th and 82 Queen 25th.  New York City had three restaurants make the list, while New Orleans, Yountville (CA) and Santa Fe (NM) each had two.

Among the seven other restaurant categories, Halls also ranked 1st on the "Best Brunch Spots" list for the U.S. and 25th on the World list for that category.  High Cotton followed just behind on that U.S. list, ranking 2nd.  Circa 1886 was also 2nd in the “Date Night” category.  Acme Lowcountry Kitchen on the Isle of Palms came in 12th on the U.S. list for “Everyday Eats".  Check out TripAdvisor's "Best of the Best" winners across all categories here.  Read more here and here.  

Survey of the Needs of Tri-County Residents & Businesses Is Open & Awaiting Your Input

One Region is asking area residents and businesses to complete a survey - by August 20th - in order to better understand community needs and to identify opportunities for local leaders to pursue.  You can access the survey here.  Chairwoman Kendra Stewart of One Region, a partnership of regional government and business groups, said “One Region is going straight to the source to hear from the Berkeley-Charleston Dorchester community, so we can build on the lessons learned from COVID-19 and anticipate potential threats to our region’s economy”.  This effort is a key component of the group's Opportunities for All economic recovery and resiliency plan for the Lowcountry as we move post-pandemic.  There will also be more opportunities to participate and provide input through the end of the year so be on the lookout for future announcements.  Read more here and here.

The 2021 South Carolina Project of the Year Award Goes to ... SC Ports Leatherman Terminal in North Charleston

The South Carolina Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has given this year's prestigious South Carolina Project of the Year Award to SC Ports’ Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in recognition of the complex engineering and construction processes involved in Phase One of the $1 billion project as well as the collaborative effort of the multiple partners involved.  Phase One of this modern container terminal, located in North Charleston and operating since this spring, was completed on budget and ahead of schedule.  It's 1,400-foot berth and cargo-handling equipment can now efficiently handle the largest ships visiting ports on the Eastern Seaboard.  It was the first container terminal to open in the U.S. since 2009 in South Carolina, during a period of strong import demand.  Upon buildout, the $2 billion Leatherman Terminal will consist of three berths and 286 acres, doubling the port's current capacity.  Read more here and here.