West Ashley Restaurant Spotlight

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  1. Eric Pohlman

    West Ashley Coordinator

The West Ashley Restaurant Spotlight Program was created to recognize local restauranteurs who are vital to the City of Charleston's economic growth and have demonstrated excellence in both their business and supporting their communities.


Nominate your business here: West Ashley Spotlight Nomination Form

The City of Charleston is honored to recognize The Glass Onion as our Quarterly West Ashley Restaurant Spotlight!
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The Glass Onion

Address: 1219 Savannah Hwy., Charleston, SC, 29407

Year of Opening: 2008

Owner: Chris Stewart

West Ashley District (Old Towne District, Citadel Mall, Crossroads, etc.): Motor District

Email Address: info@ilovetheglassonion.com

Website: https://www.ilovetheglassonion.com/

Interview Questions

1. Could you tell us a little bit about your business? What is a fun fact about your establishment?

Mr. Stewart said that The Glass Onion is open 6 days a week for lunch and dinner. It has been open for nearly 16 years, and until the pandemic hit, it changed its menu twice a day. It still changes its menu regularly, though not nearly as frequently.

The Glass Onion prides itself on being ingredient driven. Whenever possible, it sources its ingredients locally, and it always sources them thoughtfully.

2. What inspired you to open your business in West Ashley, as opposed to other parts of town? What has led you to stay there?

When I moved to the Charleston area in 1999, I worked in various local restaurants, and I came to realize that the region lacked many neighborhood restaurants. Almost everything in Charleston was fine dining, and West Ashley simply didn’t have many options for eating out at all. So, I searched throughout the wider Charleston area for a place to open a new restaurant and settled on the current location on Savannah Highway. It was the perfect place to offer the community a restaurant with approachable, accessible food.

3. Do you have a personal favorite menu item? If so, what is it? What is your establishment’s most popular dish?

We make the menu based on what I want to eat, so it is hard to choose one item that is my favorite, but I am particularly proud of our pork belly and fried catfish dishes.

The menu at The Glass Onion changes regularly, so it is a bit difficult to say what their overall best-selling dishes are, but their shrimp and grits, shrimp po boys, and chicken sandwiches are likely the most popular.

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