I'm back again just making sure I start this New Year off right; I just posted a comment about this little gem of an eatery and somehow forgot to give it the FIVE STAR review it deserves.
So, I just DID give it five stars. If you haven't tried it, you're definitely missing out... and they even have live music by Dangermuffin on Wednesday evenings sometimes... so radddd!
Jadegirl (A.K.A. Greenway Studio)
...On a culinary point, I’ve recently visited a few times at a definitely favorite restaurant. It’s called Zia, which features local and fresh organic Mexican bistro fare; located just off of Maybank Highway next to the Terrace Theatre on James Island, SC. They mix up some authentic Mexican drink concoctions that you may possibly not realize exist, and their homemade sopa de pollo (chicken soup) and carnitas tacos will make you wonder why you hadn’t tried this cozy little Mom an Pop stop sooner. During the holidays the great folks at Zia are offering up a “Tres Leches” chocolate dessert that is absolutely out of this world.
...for more reviews of venues in Charleston: Restaurants and the Arts, go to the greenblog page of www.greenwaystudiollc.com... thanks for stoppin' by!
My husband and I tried Caliente for a meal and found it to be just okay. Our server was friendly and she started us with a basket of thick, fried corn tortilla chips. The salsa was very fresh but thin and heavy on the vinegar without any discernible heat. The wine was fair (fresh, generous pours) but the beer is overpriced ($5 for XX in the bottle!) The food in general was fresh but a bit bland. The shredded chicken in the puffy tacos was tasteless and the ground beef was seasoned very similarly to the rice, (I'm guessing sweet paprika and cumin). The black beans were a tad undercooked and lacking any seasoning at all. The servings are large, not that it is a good thing. I understand the concept - "a fresher/healthier" Mexican food. As for trying to be healthier - they miss the mark. I have been to authentic Mexican restaurants (not in Charleston) that offer alternatives to fried chips and more moderate portion sizes (and prices reflecting that). As for fresh - Caliente certainly is. As for taste - lacking.
Very Comparable to Moe's. Had steak burrito. I did like the options of adding sauteed onions/mushrooms on my burrito. Salsa was tasty, but could use another option on the salsa bar like Moe's.
Plenty of seats, big open room, quiet on the day I went. 12/28/2010 @ 12:45pm.
I would go again.
Have no idea what the other two reviewers are talking about. The food is GREAT and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The portions are generous. This place is definitely worth the 25 minute drive from downtown any day.
Quipe best mexican place eveeer i lov Santis freddi is the bad server ever
This is a really cool spot! My husband and I are now regulars. We have tried almost everything on the menu and are thouroughly satisfied. Things are definately different from your typical Mexican restaurants so don't bring your preconcieved notions about what you think it should be. Instead, be open to trying some great quality, creative food.
We visited Uno Mas on a Monday evening and they weren't very busy. It was our first time eating there, and we had seen a few bad reviews online, and some good reviews. We didn't know what to expect. But, we loved it. My husband had Spicy coconut shrimp (served on a grit-cake) and I had Mexican Spaghetti (fettuccine with a tomato-cream sauce with shrimp). The flavors were wonderful. My husband ate every morsel of his, and I brought home a small box because I couldn't eat it all and didn't want to waste a single bite. Please don't believe the bad reviews. We had excellent service and an enjoyable experience. We will be going back and recommending it to our friends.
Eyethinkialive, Find something productive to say. Quit resenting a business for trying to make money.
MOVE TO OLD VICKERYS
Well it's not hate bashing but people are right, the food is so-so, and overpriced. The drinks (unless it's happy hour) are over priced also. I was there the other night and I literally said to my fiance "I want to love this place but I can't" it goes against my nature. But I can say the people who run the place know what they are doing. An oasis destination with state of the art sustainable practices and wacky decorations everywhere, plus parking make for a great place. This place is a gold mine, and the owners know it is. They also know that most (not all) consumers are lazy and choose not to use their brain and think for themselves.
One thing they absolutely need to change........drum-roll please............don't f*%#ing charge for chips and salsa!
Good grief, Taco Boy---did you guys make someone mad? That's the only reason I can see for the litany of awful reviews here. So, you wouldn't find Taco Boy in Houston. I'm glad to know all Mexican-ish restaurants in Houston are perfect. I'm also glad to know it is the pinnacle of Mexican cuisine. Who knew?
What Taco Boy is not:
1. Authentic Mexican.
2. Overpriced (Have you guys eaten anywhere in Charleston? How much cheaper can you make a taco when its ingredients go beyond the basics?)
3. A five-star gourmet establishment.
Taco Boy is a great spot for happy hour, lunch, or dinner (sorry--never tried brunch). The general decor is clever and eco-friendly, and the ambience is sort of lively yet laid-back. Yes, there are college kids (because some college kids are old enough to drink and all of them are old enough to eat), but there are also 30-something singles, parents with children, and everything else.
There aren't a ton of tourists (yay!) because it is, admittedly, in a sketchy area. Don't leave anything of value in your car, and don't hang out unnecessarily by the side of the road. Biking to this area at night seems imprudent to me, but I still see people doing it.
The service is generally okay--usually, great; other times, not so much. The food is very consistent. Guac is awesome. Considering you get a vat of it, I don't think it's too expensive. Frankly, every Mexican restaurant I've ever been to has better salsa, so don't feel bad about skipping it.
The Taco Boy Salad (Note: Not to be confused with a Taco Salad, which isn't even on the menu) is fantastic. I order it frequently as a meal, and that's something I never do anywhere else. The slice of Tres Leches is huge, and the michelada (Tex/Mex style beer) is not to be missed.
This is a great place for groups, with ample parking and long tables that can hold quite a crew.
Give it a try. At least go for cocktails. And if you hate it, stay home. I'll be happy to take your place in the courtyard.
Loved it! After spending half the day in the water boogie boarding with the family, we made out way to The Taco Boy. Service was great and so was the food!
Anyone that is local, or loves Mexican, knows that Santi's is the Shiz. The wait staff never gets it wrong, they are seriously good at what they do. Very friendly, attentive, etc. The drinks are SERIOUSLY awesome. KILLER chips and salsa, for real.
Always a good time.
BUT: Beware when ordering to go. Not recommended for Santi's. They do not pack stuff correctly, and it somehow doesnt make it to the other end...but that is Mexican..its hard to keep hot and fresh and not messy.
Anyway, back to how yummy it is.
WAYYYYYY better than Taco Boy!! Not even close really, and those who are local and really know, know.
WAY WAY overpriced for so-so food. I dunno, I really want to like this place. Its close to me, there are always cuties everywhere. Its always crowded with college kids!? Maybe they dont know better, or maybe they dont card them there, I dunno...I dont get it. Its a cool atmosphere, but the food is not the greatest, and again, its overpriced.
Just keepin' it real.
Good atmosphere but overpriced for mediocre food. This place does extremely well because the concept is great, but this place wouldn't last a month in Houston. Of course they are making so much money they have no incentive to get better.
There was a terrible shortage of great Mexican fare in Charelston until Caliente came to town. My wife and I love this place and have probably been 4-5 times since it opened a bit over a month ago. I'd already placed a great review for Caliente but I see it was removed?
Anyway, where else are you going to get a beef brisket chimichonga with chipotle sour cream? I love the puffy tacos and at this point I've had just about everything on the menu and it has all been consistently great. These folks are working hard and even though they are new, they are providing a great experience.
I don't know about you, but I go to a restaurant for the food, not the drinks and if you are complaining for paying an arm and a leg for alcohol then pre-game before you go out. This is a boutique eating establishment, not a hole in the wall bar. And you won't find Mexican this good at this price anywhere else.
Adam M. (don't delete me please, I have no affiliation with Caliente other than the fact that I love Mexican food)
the taco spot is AWESOME. Such a great hole in the wall, nothing on the menu over $6.99. Blackened chicken tacos are my fav, and burritos are big and delicious. This is a great local business trying hard to make it happen.
If you can't say something nice then don't say anything. So here goes. Tasty but watery salsa. GREAT homemade chips. Stop.
Overall, I would say Caliente is mediocre. The food is good, but I would not say outstanding. On the 2 occasions that we visited, the parking lot was full, but only about 1/2 the restaurant was filled. There were way too many people working (or not working--I guess waiting for customers). The prices for food are reasonable, but the drinks are way overpriced. The Margarita was good, but too small for $8, especially since it's made with wine. Caliente will have to work very hard to make the location work. The chef seems to be very nice and open to suggestions. I would recommend lowering the prices, offering affordable drinks and a few outstanding signature dishes and Caliente will be a hit!!
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