I used to live down the road from this place and was always a huge fan of their food. I will never go back after what happened the other day. While our waitress took forever we chalked it up to how busy it was since the Cajun Fest had just ended. But while looking around for our food (which took almost 40 minutes to get there) we noticed one of the employees go into the bathroom with a girl. In a bathroom with no stalls it was pretty obvious what he was going in there to do. After about 15 minutes he and the girl returned and he went back into the kitchen. I wrote a note on our receipt and told the waitress who tried to assure us he didn't work there. Yet he was wearing their uniform and alternated between the kitchen and behind the bar. After this experience I will not be back..
Blackened doesn't nessisarily mean it's bbq. Dry chicken, burnt sausage, and tastless bbq no wonder they provide so many different sauces to drown the flavor into the food with. Top that off with a rude staff and you get a James Island local that'll be driving to Home Team for his BBQ fix.
I will never come back. Between the awful service and the blatant disrespect from management, Smoky Oak has lost a James Island local forever.
Always really like Melvins, living nearby its a great place to hop in for a little joe or a big joe. Fans of mustard based BBQ will not want to pass it up as this is a South Carolina institution.
The ribs (both dry and wet) are always fantastic, burgers are good, Hot dogs are pretty killer as well.
The sides are a bit weak, I'd say the best thing to get there is the fried okra and mac and cheese.
Nanobeerz - you are correct regarding Smoky Oak's food. It is poor - pretty much everything on the menu is underwhelming. Among other mistakes: they use far too much sugar in all their cornbread, batter, etc.
The BBQ is poor to put it mildly.
But I find their beer selection pretty good - you kind of need to know which of the taps are new and which ones are old. But they have a nice selection of tall boy bottles too - things like Rogue Chocolate Stout, etc.
This pretty much sums up their food:
Last few times I have been to Smoky Oak to have a beer with friends, I stopped at Barberito's for a burrito first.
Barbecue should stand on its own with seasoning/dry rub etc. It should not need to be lathered in sauce in order to get some seasoning. This is where Smokey oak fails. The meat on its own is tender, but flavorless. The bar, staff, and other food choices are good--the beer selection is fantastic---we go because we live close by. But the best bbq is in tennessee/kentucky.
I don't know where these people have had barbeque before. Quite possibly the worst BBQ I've ever had. You eat it for days (burping it back up) and you feel sick after leaving there. The fried Chicken is again the worst I've ever had. I guess people just like it because you get 10 pounds of food on your plate. The sides don't help out. The tea is good.
Love the bbq joint, chicken was moist and flavorful, the hash and rice is different than others i ve had but really good and the collards were delicious, great quick lunch.
Regarding our parking situation: We have acquired the Charleston Imaging Parking Lot at 1315 Ashley River Road. It is a block and a half past HTBBQ on the left (right after the strip mall with Taco Spot). This lot is available after 5PM on weekdays and all day and night on weekends. ALSO, AFTER XMAS....THE XMAS TREE PARKING LOT (RIGHT NEXT DOOR) WILL BE AVAILABLE ON NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS FOR OUR PATRONS.....HOPE THIS HELPS FOLKS!!!
I don't like your tone, Mike, but let it be said that the uncomfortable seating at Home Team has been replaced.
ADULTS also don't insult people in their posts, so I will waste no more time with you.
Great for catering also!! Catered our wedding at Folly, their catering director Hope is a true doll, very knowledgeable, and extremely nice!! Highly reccomend!!
OK! OK! OK! I did not clearly state myself!!!!! Ron's does not charge $5 ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS for the Lowcountry Blues Club jams. They do charge $5 or a bit more at the door when they have performers on weekends and for special occasions.
If you are looking for $1 drafts like back when you were a cheap kid in college or high school, the drinks cost more than that. Most bar stools or chairs are not as comfy as the couch at home. Maybe you should stay home in moms basement and drink up dads beer!
The ADULTS are at Ron's WA on Wednesday nights and they are having a lot of ADULT fun, drinking a lot of intelligently priced ADULT beverages and listening and dancing to some great blues music.
So don't be a pill! Get out spend a few bucks and support local live music.
When they take your money at the door that's called "charging admission".
And they do that.
Terrible service last Sunday. A male bartender picked up all my cash on the bar and put it in the tip jar. Thankfully, my friend called him on it and it was returned. The nacho plate was cold, I thought cheese all over Nachos was supposed to be hot????
Won't be back back anytime soon.
First, they do not charge admission any more.
Second, BBQ is good or not good depending on what you like. I am from KC, what I like ain't to be found in Chucktown
Third, The blues are only alive here. I cannot find a place that hosts blues on a regular basis in town. An acoustic duo is just the bar being cheap!
Fourth, I get the Roncho's. Great late night munchies.
We lOVE Home Team on Sully! Great Staff! Great Service! Always a good crowd. Good Music and the food is right on time. The menu has a fair bit of variety as compared to West Ash which keeps it interesting. 1 word...PAINKILLER'S. If you havent had them yet... you need too.
Home team's ok, it has good bands and the staff is friendly and efficient but:
1. Food: Doesn't come even close to Smokey Oak, in quality, quantity, or price.
2. Parking: Not enough, and your life is in danger in that back parking lot.
3. Prices: Charges admission, and too much for drinks.
4. But worst of all, this place is just not comfortable at all- the metal back chairs hurt before too long, and you can only see the bands from a few seats around the bar. Also, they tend to leave the doors open so the poison from the nicotine addicts gets in.
I'll go there if somebody I want to see is playing, but I usually don't stay very long.
The food is delicious but I really go for the musicians entertainment. Musicians I've not seen in years appear here and that's a treat for me and the friends I see there. Last time I was there Dupree Wall and singer Momma Wall were performing and what a treat. Thanks
i would give it zero stars if i could...their bbq is bad at best, and the service is even worse. they are not only rude, but when they mess up your order (in the drive thru), they do absolutely nothing to fix it and don't even apologize. I went through the drive through and placed my order directly with the girl at the window, and she proceeded to get it COMPLETELY wrong. Then when we called up there to tell them we got the wrong thing they said, we're about to close, next time you come back just tell them what happened and it will be on the house...then when we went back, it was far from "on the house" they actually raised their prices and now charge tax on their menu, when before it was all included (but of course they neglect to inform you that they now charge sales tax)....
as a JI resident and frequent diner at local restaurants around the area, i will never go back there, esp when i can get better service and food at multiple bbq places on the island (melvin's, smokey oak)
The guys behind the counter were so nice and accommodating but this place just doesn't have that good of BBQ. If you want the best out there...Try Duke's BBQ in Ridgeville...in the old Post Office building...that place will blow your mind!
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