There are a few things I will miss about my time in Mt Pleasant South Carolina. My family, obviously, specifically my grandfather’s random rants on just about anything and everything. However one of my favorite places to go out for calm and sociable and completely reasonably priced meal in Mt. Pleasant has to be Dog & Duck Food & Spirits (1). Dog & Duck is the thing which I will take with me when I go and make a point of returning to when I come back.
Dog & Duck are actually a relatively new (est. 2001) chain of pubs with locations in Park West, West Ashley, and Belle Hall (Mt. Pleasant). Dog & Duck also does catering. From their own webpage they say it best: “The Duck is a family oriented casual English style pub offering great food, friendly staff, and cold beverages.”
While I don’t know that I ever saw too many families at Dog & Duck, I wouldn’t put it past them. The pace of life in the south is a whole lot slower so I did a bit of a double-take when I saw that the hours of operation for Dog & Duck are Sunday through Thursday until midnight and weekends until 1am. Back in New York City I don’t even get home from the evenings events until midnight; forgetting the fact that I still have to eat, drink, and be merry. But Charleston is not New York City and if memory serves most bars closed at those hours per city ordinance. I think it’s actually 2am on the weekends but Mt. Pleasant is not downtown Charleston so the mild suburban pace closes up shop even earlier.
The menu at Dog & Duck is really standard pub fare: fish & chips, old school Philly cheese steak, BBQ chicken, Reuben, ham & cheese, tuna melt. Then of course they have their own local incarnations like the “Hillbilly Cheeseburger” (fried bologna with pepper jack cheese on Texas Toast) “The Belle Hall” (roast beef, marinated red onion, and horseradish) “The Wingless Yard bird” (diners choice Chicken Sandwich) and “The Damage Done” (1/2 pound of slow roasted beef, onion, cheese, bacon…damage done indeed!) among others.
They also have wraps, salads, hot dogs, and munchies (“game food”) which is a good thing because the Dog & Duck gets pretty active on game days. While there is no South Carolina team to speak of, for big games, playoffs, and Sundays you can be sure that the place to be for solid food, good spirits, and good times is the Dog & Duck.