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Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop

Let’s Head South, Y’all

We all hit that point in the day, month or year when we feel like we could really use a vacation. In fact, you’re probably feeling that way right about now for a myriad of reasons. But when planning an actual trip just isn’t plausible, don’t forget that you can always take your taste buds…

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September 25, 2016

Keeping It Fresh

What’s not to love about Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop? Aside from the Chinatown eatery’s cheery atmosphere and whimsical furnishings, the establishment first and foremost makes some epic and delicious food. The restaurant’s success is all thanks to the vision, creativity and overall pleasantness of chef and owner Brian Chan. “I have ADD (attention deficit…

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August 21, 2016

Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: “Milk and Cereal” Pancakes ($10) There are so many elements that build upon Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop’s cool-factor. Like a perfected recipe, the eatery has a collection of well-thought-out “ingredients” that make it truly special, including a collective music playlist that spews out classics from Al…

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Brunch like you’ve never had it before

Enjoying the element of surprise is the norm at Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop, the go-to brunch spot for some Southern-and Latin-inspired cuisine. Rather than blending into its surroundings, the eatery always is striving to offer a unique dining experience — in more ways than one. “Some things you find here, you won’t find anywhere…

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It’s Always Better With Bacon

If there’s one thing that brings food-enthusiasts together in the whole wide wondrous world of devilishly delicious foodie obsessions, it would have to be a shared love for crispy, fatty, salty strips of bacon — on anything and everything. Like many of you, I grew up eating bacon, and the smell of it on the…

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Nobody Does Brunch Better

Wander into Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop on any given day, and you’ll notice that the eatery always is full of happy diners. With unique flavors and a menu that changes seasonally, it’s little wonder why Scratch has become everyone’s favorite brunch spot. You really can’t go wrong with favorites such as the BLT Benny…

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Homemade Food Straight From The Heart

When was the last time you ate some Creole Shrimp n’ Grits? It probably wasn’t in the 808 State, but if it was, did it offer a sumptuous bed of creamy South Carolina grits topped with hearty chunks of andouille sausage and Kauai shrimp, all smothered in redeye gravy enriched with the flavor of the…

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Savoring unique Southern fare

Stepping into Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop and out of the busy bustle from Smith Street is a complete change in atmosphere. Hanging lights brighten up the quaint restaurant, which surprisingly fits a good number of tables and chairs. There also is a counter bordering the open kitchen, where owner and chef Brian Chan can…

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January 25, 2016

Seriously Fresh Cuisine

Located in Chinatown on Smith Street sits down town’s most beloved brunch spot — Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop. The eatery, which opened in July 2015, boasts lots of eclectic flavors, especially Southern-style dishes inspired by the travels of owner and executive chef Brian Chan. The eatery got its unique name because everything is made…

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December 20, 2015

Start From Scratch

Scratch Kitchen and Bake Shop owner and executive chef Brian Chan is a big fan of Southern cuisine, so it’s no surprise he came up with drool-worthy Creole Shrimp n’ Grits ($14) to put on his brunch menu. The dish features Kauai shrimp sautéed with red-eye gravy, a fingerlickin’-good coffee-based sauce. South Carolina stone-ground grits,…

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