This place is so good. The barbecue is excellent, and you have the choice of vinegar, mustard, or a tomato-based sauce at the table. (The vinegar is the best). But the real winner here are the sides. The mashed potatoes are my favorite anywhere, and the macaroni and cheese are the second-best in Charleston. (No one can beat the Boathouse). I've also heard excellent things about the collard greens. Plentiful parking, cafeteria-style ordering, and a full bar with a decent draught beer selection. Definitely my favorite BBQ place in Charleston.
I don't know if the previous posts are by the owners or workers at jim 'n nicks or what but... i've lived in either north or south carolina for 28 years and it is by far the worst bbq i have ever had. their mac and cheese wasn't even good. these guys really need to do some research and go to sweatman's and shealy's and figure out what real bbq is. such a bad representation for all the tourists... maybe they will follow up lunch at jim and nics with dinner at hymans. gross.
Had a Sunday Dinner solo at Sticky Fingers last week.
Ambiance: I was solo so sat at the Bar. Nice selection of traditional Blues music professionally mixed was possibly satellite radio. The cute "What's Your Blues Name" sign next to the bar was very popular with the patrons. My Blues Name is "Skinny Money" which falls too close to the truth for comfort. This place is way too close to Meeting and Market so if your tourist patience is running low, better to visit through the week or late on Sunday.
Service: Bartender (Cameron I think?) was friendly and attentive. He knew the menu as well as the (albeit limited) Beer selections well. A huge explosion of bar glasses in the back room was accepted by him with grace. He did a nice job.
Beverages: I chose a Sam Adams Summer Ale off the Tap which came in a frosty cold glass and was an excellent pairing with the food.
Food: I chose a full rack (leftover lunch baby!) in the Memphis Dry Rub style with Fries and Macn'Cheese. Mac was excellent and enough to save some for leftover. Fries were seasoned reasonably and crispy and GONE. At some point I grew out of candy-coated ribs. I generally order Ribs dry whether a place offers "Dry Rub" or not. The ribs were actually quite good. Their rub is a little sweet for my taste and not spicy enough. The BBQ sauces offered were ok but I didn't feel they were anything special. Still great on the fries. They did however also have a Habanero hot sauce (Like Texas Pete but Habanero instead of Cayenne) that was excellent with the meat. It could be my taste is different than most peoples' on this particular subject but with hot sauce is my current favorite way to eat ribs.
Value: Well, this is in a tourist neighborhood so it's definitely not cheap. Ribs rarely seem to be reasonable anymore anyway unless you cook them yourself but that's another subject. The Rack was big and it was good. The sides were fine. I would say the value was Average or slightly below but that's only because of the total price. Excellent offerings particularly for a franchise. I'll be in again.
Stopped in solo at Jim 'n Nick's for a weeknight dinner this week. The hostess recommended getting served by "the cute blonde at the bar" which turned out to be excellent advice. Bartender (and aspiring healthcare professional) Megan was very charming and turned out to be the highlight of the visit.
Ambiance: Nice downtown flavor. Much nicer inside than it looks from the outside. Not sure why that is but it's nice to be inside there. Old space with volume ceilings and funky old decor add lots to the place.
Service: Eating solo, I sat at the Bar, attended to by Bartender Megan who attentively assured my thirst and hunger were satisfied.
Beverages: I came in with Beer in mind however found the selections uninspiring. Most notably, JnN's seems to be nearly the last place in town NOT serving Yeungling's my default when I find myself otherwise uninspired. More is the pity for them, I selected Tea.
Food: I thought about Ribs but for some reason had a hankerin for Brisket. JnN's Brisket had come well recommended by my Head Chef Neighbor so I decided it was kismet. I ordered the Brisket Sandwich with Creamed Spinach as my included side. The Sandwich is offered with either Sour Dough or Bun and generally distrusting Buns in BBQ places, I chose the former. Also offered gratis were JnN'S "Cheese Rolls" which I decided to give a try. The Cheese Rolls are not cheesy to me. They are a type of sweet cornbread appearing to have something resembling cheese atop and within but I couldn't really taste it. As cornbread they are average. As Cheese Rolls they are misnamed. The Spinach was rich and fabulous. It will remind you of Artichoke-Spinach dip which they also offer and I am told is divine. I have no reason to doubt that. I have eaten alot of Brisket in my life. I've had it in Texas and across the country. I make it myself frequently. My brisket standards are extremely demanding. The Brisket was good. It was not great but it was good. It was cooked well and pretty moist and tender. I would prefer more smoke. The bread sucked. No other way to put it. It was stale. I don't know if it was sitting out or it was half-toasted or what but it sucked. I might try the sandwich again but next time only with an approved Bun. Most likely though next time I'll try the Ribs. Thank the service staff for my return visit folks, it wasn't the kitchen's doing.
Made a trip down to JB's with a friend Saturday afternoon. This was actually my second attempt to eat at JB's, last time attempting a Sunday based on CP's review. JB's Maybank is definitely not open Sundays!
Ambiance: BBQ Shack! No Jacket Required. Communal Picnic Tables in the center of the room are a fun touch.
Service: Counter Service but the cashier was cute and fun. The Cook was willing to talk about the food while replenishing the buffet. The owner came around and chatted for a bit. He had me at hello. This is a tradition that should be strongly supported. If you come ask me what I like it shows you really care.
Food: We both chose the AYCE Buffet and Tea. The Buffet items we're all fresh and replenished frequently. I can recommend the Hash, Rice, Black-eyes, Pulled Pork, and especially the smoked chicken pieces. Friend said the Collard Greens were also quite good. The meats are un-sauced and JB's offers a wide selection of sauces to choose from. The Pork was a little dry, (a little too lean possibly?) however the tasty Eastern, NC style Vinegar Sauce made it very tasty. The Spicy Sauce isn't really but was pretty tasty with chicken. The Mustand Sauce was too sweet and not mustardy enough for my taste. I really enjoyed the smoked chicken pieces concentrating mostly on wings. They were smoky, moist, and delicious. I want to try Ribs here soon. Desserts were yummy trailer-park fare all the way. Puddin in everything! Nanner Puddin, Dirt Pie, and something else I'd call Eclair Pie. Tasted each just for fun.
I Gotta try the Ribs and Brisket soon. Definitely coming back here and going to try the one up North too since it's about the same distance from downtown. 8/10
Had lunch last Saturday at Melvin's Mt P.
I will return to try these Emeril-touted Cheeseburgers but surely not for anything I had this visit. It was extremely disappointing.
Ambiance: BBQ joint. Some cool old pictures around the walls were popular for folks to check out.Very awkward layout that gets people running into each other getting drinks and such. Not a well planned flow at all.
Service: Counter Service
Food: I had a 1/2 Smoked Chicken Plate with Cornbread, Fries, Mac n' Cheese, and the ubiquitous single Onion Ring. The MnC was ok. Cornbread was ok but a little too sweet. Fries were fresh-cut type and were ok but WAY TOO MANY. It looked like a family basket. I'm a big boy and threw away 3/4 of them. I'm not accustomed to doing that. The onion ring is evidently one of Melvin's signature items but was not a favorite of mine. I love a good O.R. but this was so CAKED in batter that the onion was dwarfed. Some people might like that but it was not to my taste. Ok, now to the real problem. The chicken sucked, honestly. It was so dry, even the Thigh was dry. What the heck? I don't know whether they cooked it too fast or what but it truly sucked. Sorry to say that but this was a huge disappointment after all the buildup.
Prices: Well If I recall correctly my Plate and Tea was right at $10 which is not terrible but remember this is counter service, baskets, and disposable utensils. Even if the food had been above average, I think the value would still have been questionable.
I will return but ONLY because I believe after all Emeril L. still has a good palate. He has publicly recommended the Cheeseburger at Melvin's and on that basis I'm willing to still give it a shot.
Based on this visit: 3/10
4 of us are on a work assignment, ate the 2nd week in February, we shared the fried onion appetizer, 2 of us had the rib sampler platter and the other 2 had ribs and stuff. The food was really tasty and tender. The servers had good social skills and were very attentive with great timing.
I had the sampler platter to get a good cross section of rib varieties. I had 3 friends with me...the atmosphere was enjoyable, the servers never rushed us and were very friendly with great social skills. That was 1.5 months ago and everyone still raves about the flavor of the ribs.
This place has a good feel. From the old-timey mirror and lady over the bar to the cracked floors, it might not be brand-spankin' new, but you feel like you can relax. Its always crowded during the lunch hour, but the food is the reason! Its delicious and priced so you won't break the bank. Go out on a limb and try the nachos piled high as an app. It'll keep you munching all the way through dinner.
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