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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: French

Re: “Annie's Bistro

Excellent and true to French cooking and ingredients. Worth the trip to this bistro.

Posted by Bobby Reese on March 27, 2016 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Bougnat Restaurant

Best escargot in Charleston. Great atmosphere!

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Posted by Kevin Brunson on September 21, 2015 at 8:55 AM

Re: “39 Rue De Jean

I don't get it. Why the complaints? This is not a fine dining place. It is a wonderful classic French dinner bistro; The kind I like to drop into in Paris. We are regulars, usually eating a salad frisee with goat cheese and Moules Frites. They also are known for their Suchi (a bit of a surprise). It can get noisy around end of work, hookup time and the service can be terrible on any of the holidays due to over demand and decreased staff, but it hasn't stopped me from going. If you want elegant and pretty food, go elsewhere and pay considerably more. Here time it well and eat well.

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Posted by TheObserver on June 29, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Re: “39 Rue De Jean

Rue de Jean is a Charleston classic that never disappoints. Downtown is so saturated with new and amazing restaurants that it’s easy to forget the ones who have been a fixture for such a long time. We were endlessly debating on which new restaurant to visit when we decided to pick a place we haven’t been in years. Rue fit that description.

Each of our courses came out tasting better than the last. The escargot, while straightforward, was delightful. The steak Roquefort was cooked to perfection, and the scallops were massive with perfect texture. The rich cream both served with the scallops was out of this world. Our server was a true professional, and the wine recommendations were spot on.

What is the point of this review? It is to remind those of us who have lived downtown for years to not forget the classics. There are so many new restaurants that have opened recently and it’s easy to fall into the hype trap while overlooking the establishments that have been producing a consistent and quality product for a long time.

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Posted by Chas 40oz on June 11, 2015 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Brasserie Gigi

Warm inviting and DELICIOUS! Could sit at the bar all day long on a rainy day soaking up the atmosphere, dining on incredible food and a great bottle of wine.

Posted by MaryBeth O'Donnell on August 13, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Chez Nous

beyond fabulous, every bite! cool, knowing wait staff. wonderful, relaxed atmosphere. i will definitely return. 5 stars all the way.

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Posted by Valerie Gross on August 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Re: “G&M/Fast and French

My wife and I have had the opportunity to eat lunch at G&M perhaps 10 times. Every time we've been there we've loved it. Sometimes it is very crowded, other times it's just crowded. Elbow to elbow, everybody here is loving the food and the authentic atmosphere. I will continue to try to find an excuse to be on Broad Street around noon.

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Posted by Bob Fell on April 2, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “39 Rue De Jean

Only went in for the mussels, but they were out of this world good.
Bacon and Blue cheese with lots of bread to sop up the love.

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Posted by Frugal Gourmet on March 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Fat Hen

Simply great. Can not say enough about the "rib" and the fries. Just awesome.

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Posted by Mistweaver on December 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Fat Hen

Wonderful place, vibe, food. Looking for an excuse to drive out there again!

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Posted by zigzag on September 2, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Fat Hen

Wow! My wife and I love fine dining and this restaurant is a fine diamond without the high price! The service is great, the atmosphere is great and the service is great!

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Posted by Varied1 on August 27, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Fat Hen

We went for sunday brunch and had a great meal! We had the crab soup to start which was deliciously creamy. I had the apple bacon duck andouille gratin which was a hearty choice for spring brunch yet still mouthwateringly tasty. My bf had the burrito which was pretty standard as far as charleston breakfast burritos go, though the avocado topping was a wonderful dressing with nice hints of lime and cilantro. Finally we had the passionfruit sorbet, and though i'm not truly a sorbet fan, it was very refreshing and tart. All in all an awesome brunch experience - the service was friendly and inviting though clearly the regulars get the best attention, and I don't necessarily think that's such a bad thing! Definitely Charleston's best kept secret for brunch!

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Posted by clarkeypoo on May 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Re: “La Fourchette

Delectable Food, Cozy Atmosphere, Amazing Service!
I went to "the Fork" this past Friday with my other half. We were seated by the front window at a sweet table for two- the atmosphere was so cozy and comfortable- like being in a French mama's dining room- we were made to feel very at home & very welcome by our awesome server Liz and Kerranna (our buser) was fun and friendly to talk to also! The food was fantastic- if you are a Beef Tartare fan- have it- it is lovely and creamy and the capers give it the perfect zing to off-set the creaminess of the egg- delectable! If you order beef and Liz is your server - be sure to ask her where the beef comes from- she is extremely knowledgeable about the menu items and probably one of the best servers I've had so far in town. Loved the Foie Gras pate- amazing and creamy and perfectly complimented by the prune compote- I would eat that everyday if I could. Also enjoyed the mussels and the white wine & garlic sauce they were sauteed in- my mouth is watering writing about it! The Pomme frites fried in duck fat- I don't even need to say anything here- you can just imagine how good those were. As we were about to leave Perig himself came over and and introduced himself- amazingly charming and charismatic owner! Felt very intrigued by him- will definitely be going back for the food and another Perig sighting!

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Posted by nicky6 on January 12, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Fat Hen

They have the best brunch in the Charleston area. I love this place!

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Posted by lowcountry15 on December 5, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Re: “G&M/Fast and French

There are two things that make us talk about Fast and French a year after leaving Charleston, and will make us come back again: Chocolate Croissants and French Press Coffee. Not too sweet, perfect taste!

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Posted by Echarais on February 19, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Re: “39 Rue De Jean

Great mussels mariniere. French fries are like crack. Good service. Can be very noisy on weekends, but so many restaurants are. Quiet ones are ones without people. What does that say?

Posted by MaxNoble305 on July 4, 2015 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Fat Hen

Dinner last night at the Fat Hen was a pleasure. My good friend, her mother, and I enjoyed big, succulent mussels with bacon and artichokes; using our bread to soak up the "butter soup" left over was not only delicious but fun. The Coq Au Vin was rich but not overwhelming and the tender pieces of butternut squash tossed with the hericovert was delightful. The Shrimp and Crab was a great surprise; this dish had just enough spice, just enough butter, and just enough plump pink shrimp. We didn't make it to dessert but the Blackberry Cobbler was enticing, I'm sure we would have had it but we had movie tickets.

Our server was attentive, timely, and warm. He provided a great suggestion for wine pairing, anticipated our needs, and although busy, was relaxed and friendly. This staff is really a team and you can see that the servers, server assistants, and host staff make every effort for the dining experience to be seamless.

Oh yeah, there is bacon: cubed bacon, bacon lardons, and crispy bacon. The celebration of bacon is winding down, but The Fat Hen uses the bacon as a flavor enhancer (a little salt here, a little smoke there, a little meaty bit here, a little fatty bit there), the bacon doesn't overwhelm the accompanying flavors.

I live in Goose Creek and I will gladly drive to John's Island to enjoy this gem of a restaurant again.

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Posted by danadominata on May 30, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Re: “39 Rue De Jean

My wife and I went in for a late supper Saturday night close to ten o'clock, pre-Built to Spill at the Farm, after the Grocery messed up our reservations. We had the foie, the beef tartar, the sweetbreads and the charcuterie. Everything was delicious. Nice to see an old school place still doing well.

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Posted by ryanh on September 9, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Fat Hen

Went on a Wensday evening. I have to say Im glad I did, though there were flaws. First of all the service was SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW. And I mean Slow. As an App I had the Mussles. The broth was fantastic, but were slightly overcooked. My wife had the Scallop Gratinee, which is exactly the same as Rue de Jean, though the Haricot Verts were better. As my main I had the Shrimp and Crab, which was wonderful, but didnt live up to the "spicy" label. Also, the dish it was served in had a quarter sized chip in it. After our meal we had the Creme Brulee, safe I know but a good brulee is a weakness of mine. and it was good. Overall worth a trip, just expect to take some time over dinner, and longer waiting for the check

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Posted by Pontus99 on November 30, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Re: “39 Rue De Jean

Went recently and shared mussels, pommes frites, and sushi with the table. As always the food was delicious. The bartenders were so busy talking amongst themselves, however, they ignored the patrons. The hostesses acted as though we were fortunate they were paying attention to us. Definitely not up to par with my earlier visits many years ago. Given the sheer number of new and established restaurants that offer both fantastic service and food, there is no reason to go back for a long while.

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Posted by sps29455 on October 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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