Great atmosphere for a neighborhood joint. Long way to go to attract off-islanders. My most recent visit uncovered the fact that Country Crock is often substituted for butter by the front staff. Boo! Terrific onion rings. I have given up trying to get a cooked to order hamburger. If I liked Q maybe I would stand a better chance of having a decent meal.
I dig both joints quite a lot. I go for the food sometimes and for the music other times and I always seem to come out happy. My kids enjoy it, my girlfriend enjoys it and they have a really good variety of interesting and very listenable music. It is never too loud. The sound system at both places is really well managed.
I've been to both locations several times already. I appreciate the care that they put into the music side of it and I think the BBQ is the best I've had since Mr. B's closed!
My only experience has been with the W.A. locale. Always a great meal, quick service, and friendly people. They always have live music, very eclectic, and the bar staff, always very generous. AAA+
For 2+ years now my wife and I have heard rave reviews for Fiery Ron's BBQ. We love BBQ, and trying new restaurants. We are definitley loyal if we love a particular place, and we often find ourselves recommending bars and restaurants to family and friends in and out of towners. We also go to Sullivans beaches nearly every weekend. So we walk into Hometeam very excited about trying out the place. It was around 3pm in the afternoon on a Sunday I think. We stood there in the doorway for at least 10 minutes with servers, bussers, bartenders, and probably managers walking by several times. It was busy, I will give them that, but we not so much as had a look in our direction. I've been in the food and beverage business for nearly a lifetime, and don't mind waiting for great food. What pisses me off more than bad service, is not even being acknowledged that we exist in that moment in time! So after being ignored for about a total of 15 minutes, and feeling like a dumbass for waiting that long, we left and went across the street to Poe's and once again had an enjoyable experience! To the staff, at least say "hello," or even "we will be with you in a few minutes." Terrible first impression there Ron. I'll take my $ down to that BBQ joint across from Buddyroe's.
I have eaten at several of the BBQ/Rib places in Charleston and I think this place is the best. The mac and cheese is awesome, their mustard BBQ sauce is outstanding.
Diffently a most for all BBQ fans.
I was a huge fan of this establishment at first. Great food, great service! I am very impressed with the quality of the back of the house....food is incredible. I have been extremely dissapointed the last few times with the bartenders. I was raised in F&B, i understand the business and I HATE complaining about service. I understand busy, but I don't understand continuously bad service with the same bartenders.
For instance, I was in Smoky with fellow bartenders in the area who knew a few of the bar staff and we were taken care of like no other..so impressed!! I was in Smoky numerous times after this. Each time I have been so dissapointed. We have been ignored, and overlooked. One night we waited at the bar for 15 minutes with empty drinks, after our glasses had been cleared and we tried to get the attention of the tender....we were ignored. When we asked for our next drinks we were given the wrong beers, told them this and we still payed for it.
I keep coming back because I enjoy the atmosphere and food. I can't continue when I go to order shots and the bartenders are in the corner doing shots themselves. I am not high maintenance customer, I HATE complaining!!! Enough is enough. If someone won't be honest with you it won't ever change!
Food, managerial staff, atmorsphere, patio, location, waitstaff--amazing!
Bartenders--need to take care of females as well as they do males, not ignore people who may not be "regulars", and stop with the eye rolling.
I feel horrible for saying this but it's frustrating, especially when I see some of your staff at my bar and I take care of them as best I can.
There are two girls there that I want to give praise to. I believe their names are Jen and Mia? They have been great!! I will continue to come in when they are working.
Went there for lunch today. Had the pulled pork platter which came with 2 sides and 3 hushpuppies. I chose beans and slaw for my sides. The BBQ was good, the sauce is great, a welcome change to the overdone mustard sauce of the area. The beans were good, the slaw was average. Overall a great spot for lunch. The platter was 7.00 and then a beverage was 2.00. So not too bad on price. They have other items in 5-6 dollar range.
I ALWAYS GOOD SERVICE AND GREAT BBBQ WHEN I HAVE BEEN THERE.
I WOULD NEVER EVEN CONSIDER BESSINGERS OR MELVINS BBQ, JUST DON'T LIKE IT.
great bbq at a great price - im not sure what durg50 is saying, as lunch was 6 bucks flat out the door...
this place is located on rivers ave in a old wendys building. they have one type of sauce ..and its very good - everyone from work i was with liked the bbq - and liked the fact that you pay what is what is listed on the menu...cant go wrong with this place.
little high on prices but pretty good food been to ji location 50 times at least the girls always smiling try it you'll like it MIKEY
I go every Wed for lunch.The food is great and the place is warm and friendly.Our Stono River Fishing Club had our Christmas party catered and it was OUTSTANDING.Plenty of food and it was served nice and hot.I think they have the best Burgers in town.Big Joe sandwich is delicious.The Buffet at night is outstanding.
My wife and ate at Smoky Oak last night (Saturday) and were horribly disappointed. Although I finished my order, she couldn't finish hers due to so much fat in her sandwich. How hard is it to bring hot rice and hash as a side? Well, apparently the kitchen staff was out taking a smoke break when we were there, because I didn't see any of the good stuff others have raved about. We live on James Island, and have so for 20+ years, and I can tell you this place is no competition with Jim & Nick's, Melvin's, or Bessinger's. The difference is the sports bar, drinking atmosphere that you get at Smoky Oak. If that's what you like, then Smoky Oak is your place, but certainly not for good food. One last thing, they're mac-n-cheese taste like something out of a box, as well as the fried mushrooms. Let the buyer beware! Wait staff was excellent...very good service, too bad they didn't help cook the food.
Holy crap this place is good. I stopped here with some friends after a round of frisbee golf at Trophy Lakes. They were hungry, I had just eaten. I somehow got convinced to get the buffet and wound up eating 3 rounds of friend chicken, pork n beans, bbq, corn, you name it. And then pudding. I've never felt so good and so sick at the same time. Can't wait to go back.
Call me crazy, but I think you all are full of it (particularly the guy about the shots). I have had nothing but positive experiences at Smokey Oak, both with the food and the service. This place is a classic ... go there for a good time and good food.
I normally don't comment on anything like this but I feel like the Smoky Oak has been taking a lot of heat for there service. So I would like to share my experience at the Taproom as we now call it. My husband and I normally sit at the bar when we go out, but the first time we went the bar was full so we sat at a table. We were greeted by a great smile and really friendly server named Jen. She gave us suggestions on beer and food. Never once did our drinks run out, although our food took a second to get there it didn't become an issue because we were enjoying ourselves. The food was definitely worth the wait and the service was great! At this point we have been back several times. Each time it gets better and better. I will say when Jen is not our server it is not always the same experience. Now we just make sure we sit with her if the bar is full. We have noticed some new faces and hope they follow her lead. This is a new restaurant that has small issues just like anywhere new would but they are minor for the great food and staff. This place is just what JI needed! My hopes are that people keep in mind that this is a small family owned restaurant that is just getting started. So to all the staff and the taproom... keep working hard and doing what your doing there are some of us that notice the progression and are happy with your service.
Smokey Oak has brought something new and fresh to James Island. They have the best collard greens I have ever tried. I like that the barbecue isn't drenched in sauce but rather they serve it dry and give you the option of four BBQ sauces to add. Prices are very reasonable for both food and drinks. I went there last week and discovered they are now serving pizza. I recommend the spinach pizza, so good! Overall, I am very pleased and will be back.
Have been there a couple times, mainly to drink. Although, I did eat a couple times. I Thought the food was good, great happy hour prices for drinks. The only thing that wasn't so great was the serivice. I Hate to say it, but the girl that helped me at my table looked at me like WTF as i was ordering, and really made me feel like i should not be there. My boyfriend felt the same way. Hence, we ate our food and left. I don't go out for a good time for crappy vibes and bad service, but the drinks were awesome. I will go back again and just hope it gets better. It can't get worse right. Unfortunatley unless I drag my boyfriend he won't go back. Ohhh and I enjoyed my food.
Service was severly lacking~even sitting at the bar. A friend of mine sat at the bar to place a to go order and was never helped after getting her first drink. She ended up ordering a take out from another restaurant while waiting. Food is good as long as you have the patience.
Love this place! It was recently reviewed on What's Eating Chuck.
Upside: Pork and chicken were both delicious. Mac and cheese is very different with a vinegary tang - but very good. Super cold beer hit the spot.
Downside: Once I got my food and initial beer I was pretty much ignored by the staff. Had to go to the bar and get my own beer and then had to go up to get a take out box since everyone seemed to be focused on talking with their friends, not catering to the customers.
There were approx. 12 people at the restaurant at the time.
Great food, crappy service.
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