Best Places to Eat in Park Circle


Whether you are getting a snack after school or dinner before a basketball game, there are plenty of great places to eat in Park Circle. After being here for four years, I now have tried a few places and have some recommendations.

Noodles at Jackrabbit Filly.

Jackrabbit Filly: This absolutely has to be your first stop. Voted as the #6 best restaurant in the COUNTRY by Yelp users, you can’t find a better option. This New Chinese American cuisine is served family style, so your best option is to order as many dishes as possible in order to truly taste everything.  I have yet to return since my visit from a few months ago, but I am very glad that Anne Young introduced it to me. The menu has changed a bit since I’ve last been, but the Karaage is a strong option to try.

LoLa (Lowcountry Louisiana Seafood Kitchen): Cajun and Creole-style cuisine, LoLa was also featured in Yelp’s top 100 list. I’ve yet to visit it, but they seem to have a great outdoor patio area and great food.

Sesame Burgers and Beer: I first tried the Sesame in Mt. Pleasant, which is well known for its burgers, fries, and milkshakes. The Sesame in Park Circle appears to be just the same, but because I made the mistake of going to Sesame before practice, I stuck with their salad options. The Classic Traditional Caesar is exactly what it sounds like, so if you do venture to this location I would stick with the restaurant’s well known burger options.

The famed Pistachio Pesto pizza.

EVO: A classic. I’ve been going here after school since freshman year. Always a fun option for an early release day lunch or dinner before a basketball game. One of the cons is the tiny space, leading to an enormous amount of wait times if your visit is not carefully planned out. I’m a fan of the Focaccia bread, Margherita pizza, or Pistachio Pesto pizza. A notable plus is also the bakery out back, which has some great cookie options.

Azul Mexicano: Just your classic Mexican restaurant. I don’t think Azul really stands out amongst the other restaurants to try, but if you are looking to save some money it’s a solid option.

Orange Spot: Another classic. Personally, Orange Spot is not my favorite coffee shop, but because of its close proximity to the school you are guaranteed to find multiple students here at a time. I’m not a big fan of their coffee, but I have heard that the peanut butter and jelly smoothie is good. I also like their sprinkle cookie, and if you are looking for a FILLING meal then get the bagel.

Commonhouse Aleworks: I’ve never been, but according to Marshall Fleming the burger and mac&cheese are very good. His dad does own it, so this review may be a bit biased. Try it for yourself to see.

The Junction Kitchen & Provisions: Very popular for brunch and breakfast if you ever happen to find yourself in Park Circle on the weekend. According to my fellow writers, the pigs in a blanket and the buzzed doughnut are very good options, and probably very light for an after school snack.