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Thrillist recently released a list of the top small-town restaurants in every state. For South Carolina, Rocket Surgery in Travelers Rest took the blue ribbon. // Photo by Andrew Huang

Maybe third time’s the charm…
For the second year in a row, the weather did not cooperate for euphoria’s winter-themed event A Southern Remedy. And by cooperate, I mean that 76-degree temperatures in February are not ideal for wearing sweaters and jeans as the organizers intended. Strangely enough, the same thing happened last year, too. But regardless, the vibe inside Revel was even livelier than last year’s inaugural event, and the food options were also a big hit with ribs and Brussels sprouts from Monkey Wrench Smokehouse and Rocket Surgery, pork sliders from Farm Fresh Fast, and chicken and grits from Hare & Field, to name a few. The s’mores station out on the patio was a big hit as expected. Let’s hope for actual winter-appropriate weather next year.

Speaking of euphoria
Tickets are now available for the next event Roast & Toast presented by TOWN, April 22, 2-5 p.m., at The Rutherford. Aside from all the oysters and barbecue you can eat, the real reason to attend is to be the first to hear the full September festival schedule and have the first shot at tickets. But back to the food: Oysters will be steamed by White Stone Oyster Co. and pit master Anthony DiBernardo is bringin’ the barbecue.

Cheers to you
Thrillist recently released a list of the top small-town restaurants in every state. And guess what? For South Carolina, Rocket Surgery in Travelers Rest took the blue ribbon. If you’ve ever been there on a warm night when the patio doors are open and you’ve tasted your way through at least a couple of Casey O’Mara’s cocktails and some of the sliders and small plates, you know why. Cheers to owners Loren Frant and Andy O’Mara and their hardworking staff.

Going, going, gone?
Something tells me that with the James Beard Award nom, events at The Anchorage will start to sell out pretty quickly. The next one is a collaborative beer dinner with their friends from Carolina Bauernhaus Ales on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $70+ and include five paired courses and arrival beer. Email info@theanchoragerestaurant.com to reserve. The Anchorage is located in the Village of West Greenville at 586 Perry Ave.

This is not a joke
So for real, The SPINX Company has just announced a partnership with Bite Squad. Might sound a little crazy, but the next time you get a craving for that killer and cheap fried chicken sandwich, you don’t even have to leave your office (or house) as long as you’re within a 7-mile radius of one of the participating stores. Those include 1417 E. Washington St., 1233 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., 3000 Augusta Road, 3815 White Horse Road in Greenville, and 1625 N.E. Main St. in Simpsonville.

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