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Can’t Say No to EVO

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Can’t Say No to EVO
Photos by Christina Oxford

It’s been amazing to witness the evolution of the Park Circle area of North Charleston over the past few years. East Montague Avenue, specifically, has changed from a sleepy main street to an integral part of a bustling neighborhood. Now the home of a finger-licking good barbecue joint, a swanky bistro, a few late night watering holes and an award winning pizza shop, East Montague is the place to be in North Charleston.

Photo by Christina Oxford

Extra Virgin Oven Pizza, or EVO as it is commonly known, opened its doors in 2006 and is famous for having, what some consider, the best pizza in North Charleston–if not all of South Carolina. The EVO team bake their pizza in a wood fired oven, which lends to its light & crispy texture, as well as delicious flavor. Their pizza became popular quickly though, and EVO outgrew their original work and storage space.

Luckily, for owners Matt McIntosh and Ricky Hacker, they had access to the building directly behind the pizza shop. The idea of only expanding their room for supplies seemed too boring, so, to the benefit of all of us, they decided they would renovate the whole building and open a bakery. Thus, EVO Craft Bakery was born.

Photo by Christina Oxford

The stars aligned in everyone’s favor, as East Montague Avenue was in need of a bakery and coffee house. EVO serves up satisfying cups of local Charleston Coffee Roasters, but the house-made breads and pastries are what will keep you coming back, and back and back, for more. Just like their pizza, all the pastries and bread at EVO are hand-crafted. Matt McIntosh is the bread connoisseur. He bakes a variety of artisan breads, such as picture-perfect rustic wheat sourdough loaves, semolina batards and baguettes. EVO’s daily line up also includes mouth-watering cookies, scones, deli sandwiches, and a variety of croissants and danish. Put EVO craft-bakery on your to-do list today and you’re bound to enter artisanal baked goods heaven, only to come back to earth wanting more!