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.
The Cracker Barrel of BBQ joints. Better suited for some lonely exit on I-95, probably near Lumberton, NC.
There a decent option. IMHO, no one in town has anything on Home Team BBQ...best there is, period.
CHEESE MUFFINS - yummmm! love the pork sandwich too! best bar-b-q in charleston!
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February 14, 2010
It is with immense regret that we inform you of the passing of Lil' Dave Thompson at 7am this morning as the result of an automobile accident outside of Augusta, Georgia, while touring with his band. The other band members were not seriously injured. A dynamic artist, widely acknowledged as one of the very best of the current generation of Mississippi Blues Artists, Lil' Dave will be sadly missed by his family, friends and blues music lovers world wide. More details will be posted as they become available.
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I've lived in Moncks Corner for 10 years. Finally a great place to eat! We work downtown and eat out a lot in Charleston. We've tried lots of BBQ places. Moose's beats all the others hands down. Not your typical BBQ joint. 5 and 1/2 stars!
get the ribs, expensive but falling off the bone and damn good ! been there about 20 times always the same . got to love the consistency.
Really good BBQ and cool bar. The down side was the service, it was slow, but the food def. makes up for it. I highly recommend this place if you like good BBQ.
Had a call in order to try the BBQ. I worked in the restaurant business for 18 years so I know my stuff. Said it would be 25 minutes. Left home and got there at the 25 minute time I was given. I stood there another 20 minutes after I told one of the bartenders I was there for a call in. No one said hello, get out of the way, nothing. Finally someone came, brought my food. The total was $7.53 and I handed her a $10, Which she replied do you really need change? 30% tip for cold food, heck no, where is my change. Not impressed with the food, can get the same anywhere. No front of the house manager to be seen anywhere. Bartenders should be taking the togo orders not the waitstaff. Improvements must be made or the place will not survive till June.
Sit at the bar because the wait staff is slow. I'm writing this on my phone as I'm waiting for my drink and a menu. Took 16 minutes for someone to acknowledge me and its been 20 total. The bad part is the girl who took my drink order has walked by twice without looking at me again. This is ridiculous.
I'm happy with the beer selection, the atmosphere is very nice, the food is good. I really only have a few issues with the place. The first one is the table service. Quite slow, didn't get silverware, waited about 10 minutes for drinks. The waitress also took 15 minutes to get our check when we were ready to go. She rationalized it by saying, "I've been out for a while, so, you know." The food was good for the most part. I was pleased that there was a difference between the regular and large BBQ plates. The only issue was my brisket. I'm from KCMO, so I know my beef BBQ. It tasted great, very tender. However, there was a TON of fat on mine. I would estimate about 40% of my meat. I know a good brisket will have some, but it's easily trimmed before serving. It made the meal not worth the price based on the amount of meat wasted. The last complaint I have about the place is the exposed air duct running across the ceiling. It was apparently very humid because there was a lot of condensation that kept dripping on me throughout the evening. If the service improves at the tables I'll have a much higher opinion. The bar service is excellent, they use your name, don't force drinks down your throat, etc. Overall a good place but not without it's flaws.
James Island SC
My roommates and I have been to The Taproom (as we now refer to it as well) 4 times now since its opening. I live at Folly and Ft. Johnson and its just all too convenient to have such a great place to go so close by. The BBQ is great (the sauces could be a bit different, but with BBQ-to each his own, you know?), the burgers are HUGE and well worth the price, and the PBR is always, always cold. The latter being of significant importance as it is a Taproom and all. The draught selection is great; lots of variety. Their portions are spot on, especially for the price. All around it's a great place to grab a bite, or drink a beer with some friends.
p.s. the outdoor porch is a plus for smokers.
Wow I can't wait to go back! Home Team BBQ has long been my favorite place to get BBQ in Charleston but living on JI, I seldom make the trip over there. Smoky Oak just solved my BBQ problem plus it offers a broader menu of other fantastic food and a good selection of beers!
The Spinach Artichoke Dip was great and the bread it came with really made it stand out.
My pulled pork sandwich was solid, I enjoyed sampling the different sauces but I think the Carolina Mustard base was my favorite.
The Collards were actually some of the best I've ever had. Not sure if it was due to "Wilber's Hopped Up Vinegar" I poured on but they had a unique taste to them, a slight sweet flavor I thought that gave it that something extra.
My meal came with a couple pieces of Cheddar Corn Bread which were very rich and definitely a nice side
My extra side of Onion rings was a generous portion and were incredible. I was hesitant to order them because most places serve the standard boring crusty tiny onion rings, but the waitress recommended them and I'm glad I listened! The rings were big and the fried breading was light and flaky.
We were a little disappointed the oven isn't ready yet and we couldn't order a pizza but all the more reason to go back later! It's exciting to have such a fantastic place right in the heart of JI, I can't wait to go back!
what a bad joke. please dont hire anymore old, slow women. the broad last night (11/28/09) working outside, was rancid. normally all the chics are hot and attentive. my friends and i have a bet going....she was a tranny, right?
I ordered take-out from here Friday. The ribs were falling off the bone good. However, the mac and cheese and the appetizers were a disappointment. The macaroni was flavorless. The stuffed jalapenos and the bacon were underdone. The potato skins were actually halved whole potatoes with a sliver of chicken on top. They were also undercooked. I will give them another try for the pizzas or sandwiches, but skip the apps.
Not sure about the previous comment because that wasn't our experience, but here's ours:
W popped into Smoky Oak "The Taproom" (as I will now affectionately refer) last night with several friends and we were blown away!
This amazingly eclectic cool space with one of the coolest bartops I'd ever seen, as we understand from Shannon (Chef Rick's better half!), the bartop was an accident! Turns out the damn thing wouldn't dry after staining and urethaning so they apparently scrapped off the non-drying urethan and applied a quick drying satin finish of some sort (2 to 3 shot's into the night so don't recall the exact satin finish).
Long story short, there are many reasons to go to the "Taproom" in our opinion, but when you get there, CHECK OUT THE BARTOP....very cool! Then you can dig into this awesome menu!
We met up with a couple of very cool local cat's that definitely know the restaurant/bar business well (the proprietors of DD Pecker's Wing Shack in West Ashley - Derek Harris and Brian Lawson), who give this hot new local restaurant and watering hole their blessing and commitment as a client!
Oh yeah, Chef Rick's apparently been around the block a couple of times so "green behind the ear's" he's not! Turns out the chef used to own (or manage....keep in mind the shots aforementioned!) AL DI LA in West Ashley, Lombardi's and several others in North Carolina.
This guy put together a menu that could make a British Royalty Guard week in the knee's! A well thought out menu with awesome entrees, appetizers, salads and sandwiches.....eclectic simplicity!
That's all I got to say about that!
So we would like to again toast our glass to the "Taproom" and some of the Taproom Team: Shannon (congrat's on the new baby!), Mia (you rock and great to see you on JI), Chef Rick (should have seen the smile on this guys face as he showed us all the pictures of that new baby boy he and Shannon brought into the world!) and Mario!
Not that you need it, but we wish you the best of luck and all the success imaginable! We will be back soon (and often) to your amazing new restaurant/bar!
Thank you for providing us with a well needed BBQ extraveganza (with lots of personality) on James Island.
This note from 5 of your newest fans (see below):
Kitchen assured my server they could deliver a MEDIUM RARE burger, NOT!!!!
Hometown treasure!" by Matt and Amy Teeter
August 28, 2009 - Likes it - I just have to tell ya. I been to a few bbq places. Some are good, others are average...But Moose's Famous BBQ is the best in the Low Country! And its not just how amazing the food tastes but ,get this! Its FRESH! you watch them bring fresh servings on the buffet CONSTANTLY and we Love that! You can have mac and cheese, bbq, smoked chicken, hash,freshly cut brisket, freshly cut pork loin, and the Cole Slaw is to die for! Banana pudding and much much more! We were very comfortable and Love that the owner makes his rounds to make sure his customers are welcomed and Happy with the service and the food! .The walls are designed with rustic framed puzzles that I was told the owner and his wife did themselves. Gives you a sence of comfort, relaxation and enjoyabilty This is Truly a Hometown Treasure! My favorite place to dine by far! Don't take my word for it- Take the drive to 1440 South Live Oak Drive (Hwy. 17-A)
Moose's is what mom and pop is all about!
You can't beat the price and the amazing people!
and you'll be glad ya did!
One of the best live bands I have seen in concert, a little to country, though!!
I know its a hike out there, but it is well the drive. One of the best BBQ joints in the south!
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