Went for lunch and LOVED the crab cake entree! Just a great balance between the risotto and collards. Would definitely return just for that! Our server was very friendly and helpful too!
Of course the service and ambiance were great, but I chose Magnolia's to take my girlfriend to for her birthday. Unfortunately, like others, my meal was not what I've had in the past. The meal was quite bland and forgettable. Unfortunately, since I am a local teacher, I have to make my trips downtown carefully as I have been priced out of most establishments. Her comment was we should have gone to Waffle House instead since we always know what we'll be getting will taste as expected and will cost 1/5 of the price. Said a lot to a born and bred North Charlestonian.
Disappointing meal. Trout was bland with little flavor and sides were ordinary. Have eaten here many times over frequent visits to Charleston but probably will not be back.
Never ate there and probably never will but you ignorant people who write reviews really need to edit before hitting "send'. Your spelling and grammar is atrocious. I hope that if you can afford a meal out that you all have at least a 2nd grade education......
Sieusig: Next contribution will be your shortened version of War and Peace.
Only 700 pages.
As promised - here is service review of Ansons - just our second visit - we were born here. Just the two of us for a special birthday on a Thursday night. Reservations at the right time and arrival on time placed us on the wall section as tables in the middle are for more than two - interesting if you are like me and want to speak with strangers, but if you want quiet, not sure if Ansons is the answer. The fellow in the suit said welcome in a pleasant manner, I introduced myself and asked - he said he was Mike. Up next to tidy the table (in the process he left us 1 napkin short) and annouced our server, as above he said he was Paul (all business). Later we found out the server was Robin. Very good to us - at first, but we were later taken from her attention to help a larger table across the way. The saving person was Brandon from the kitchen who had the task of bring us our food. I made sure to hand him his tip even though I also provided an 18% total to the bill, 2% short to make a point more to me than Ansons - the bill with tip was $175. Filet was not as expected, salty; Golden Tile, OK 3oz kinda slight. It will be another three years for repeat visit.
Every course was DELICIOUS!
"amberjack is a wonderful fish, both robust and flaky at the same time, a fish deserving of being allowed to be tasted on its own merit with subtle accents to complement its texture and inherent flavor"
That's gotta be the nicest thing ever written about an ol' sea donkey.
Mrs cp and I finally got around to going to Husk this evening.
Long story short, in our opinion by far the most overrated restaurant in Charleston.
Mind you nothing was inherently terrible, but not a notable dish to be found. Also mindful that expectations are the building blocks of disappointment we tried to be as objective as possible ... still, most of dinner was spent trying to locate the 'great' and trying to figure out what the fuss is all about.
Things started out goodish, with a bean salad for mrs soulsea and the chicken skins for me. Granted it's a little weird having a heated salad as an appetizer but it did taste good, as did the chicken skins.
Our main course went as follows ... mrs cp is a vegetarian and we are fully aware that most restaurants we go to her choices will be limited. But in every quality restaurant we've ever dined at the chef will create something special for vegetarians, especially if said chef never took the time to insert even one vegetarian dish amongst their main courses to begin with, which quite frankly is unheard of in 2014. What was the chef's offering for her tonight you ask? Assorted grilled/fried vegetables. That's right, the chef at Husk put together the exact same dish that the chef at Outback always suggests, and they were both equally impressive.
'chili pimp you asshat it's your fault for not knowing that everything including the water is prepared in pork fat at Husk, as such it's your fault for seeking a vegetarian dish there' I hear you say. Fair enough, so let me tell you about my dish. I ordered the amberjack. Now keep in mind that amberjack is a wonderful fish, both robust and flaky at the same time, a fish deserving of being allowed to be tasted on its own merit with subtle accents to complement its texture and inherent flavor. Instead it was swimming in a sauce comprised of a cacophony of ingredients imagined in the mind of a chef that would rather overthink the obvious than leave well enough alone. Seriously dude, fish plus a few precise elements not fish and all of them. All I tasted was the soup he called a sauce and the fish might as well have been bread to the palate. Ugh!
Deserts were bland end equally too clever for their own good taste.
We're glad we went but we will not be going back.
They must have a hell of a PR dept. cause I can name at least fifteen better Charleston restaurants than Husk, and half of them are tourist traps. To go back to the original point ... it is still a complete mystery to us what the Husk fuss is all about.
Considered one of the best in town and still going strong. Would put in the same catagory as Husk, Charleston Grill, and McCrady's. Went earlier this year and still on top.
decor 4 stars
service 4 stars
food 2 stars
Affordable, but nothing was tasty enough that would make me want to eat here again. I had the shellfish over grits, my MIL and I shared the fried green tomatoes, and my husband had the steak and eggs, never have I experienced such plate envy as I did when I tasted his southern fried steak with red-eye gravy. The shellfish and grits was bland, the lobster like rubber and the lonely scallop was gritty and the friend green tomatoes were like hockey pucks. I was looking forward to a delicious Sunday brunch with my family, although not delicious, the service was spot on and the atmosphere was pleasant.
I only gave them 4 stars because they took their delicious pad thai off the lunch menu.
It was wonderful.
Frank Lee and his team are so talented. Justin, Trevor, Jason, Stacy and the staff are wonderful. Go there now. Charleston's best!
IHOP may not have the shrimp with their grits, but definitely has better food and better service than this place...the Hyman's of comfort food describes it well. Best tourist trap is the only Best of Charleston award Hominy deserves. Zero stars!
After 15 years of eating at Hominy Grill on occasion, I had a craving for shrimp & grits recently and stopped by for lunch all by myself. I was shocked at the disgusting glob of goo that was presented to me...it just LOOKED terrible. Regardless of the appearance, I dived in and, yes, looks weren't deceiving - it was TERRIBLE. After reading year after year about the BEST shrimp & grits in Charleston, I finally tried it & it was awful. The service wasn't much better. What a shame. The two stars are for easy access to parking & the guy bussing tables that finally came over & took this atrocity from my table.
My bf and I dined at 82 Queen last night. We had never been and decided that Restaurant Week was the perfect opportunity to try this restaurant. We had drinks at the bar before our table time, the bar is almost publike and pleasant. We had dinner in the "Queen's Garden" which was romantic, comfortable, and like an enchanted nook that was completely unexpected. The food was stellar. The Roasted Pepper and Corn Bisque was creamy and full of flavor, the Burrata was creamy, the orange tomatoes firm and sweet/tart, and the wine reduction was different and delicious (and I am so glad it was not another balsamic reduction). The short rib was mammoth-sized, but succulent and it shredded at the instant the fork touched it, the cheerwine bbq sauce was delightful and the wreckfish was meaty, juicy and satisfying. The biggest surprise came from the bacon caramel sauce that was served with the creamiest, most chocolately cheesecake I have ever tasted. Our server Mark was friendly and attentive and we had a wonderful time as well as a delicious meal.
I will preface this review by saying we went on Father's Day, so I knew it would be 'blown up' with people. I arrived 30 minutes ahead of my group to put our name on the list b/c we had 7 people in our party & I figured they would need to combine 2 tables or something, so I was trying to think ahead. The hostess looked put out when i said there were 7 people and said things like, "well, we dont really have tables for 7, can you split tables?" and "if everyone isnt here when we call you, we have to skip you." I appreciated the honesty, but not the attitude it came with. Well, when they called us, 5 of the 7 folks were present (the other 2 were trying to find a parking spot). We explained this and when the hostess walked away, she said "Well, I cant hold a 7 top for people who arent here" to a waitress. 5 of the 7 of us WERE right there, and we were going to sit and order coffees/mimosas, etc. They sat us at a 5 top and told us the other 2 would have to sit 'over there' -- totally across the room. SO, she wasnt holding a 7 top, then, right?! We actually asked the waitress if there was any way to squeeze 2 extra chairs at our current table & she was nice enough to suggest we add the adjacent 2 top she had (couple there were paying bill). Once we got settled and ordered, the food came out pretty quickly and was decent enough for breakfast fare, although nothing 'spectacular'. The other posters are right, this place really seems to cater to tourists and shoots for quantity over quality experience. I hadnt been here in a while and probably would try other places before returning again.
Once you get your "tech" worked out, you can conquer the English language and learn to spell.
So goodfoodonly... I did not join yesterday all my tech got infected so I made a new account. It's not at all my intention to write only negative reviews I just happened to have some pretty shit food last week. As for the soles of my shoes... at least they are more traveled and have had more experiences than a meal here would garnish. I have a multitude of places I enjoy dining in Chaleston I live, work, and eat here and love our food culture! Just not he unwaranted hype!!!!!!! As far as black bean is concerned you can shove it and go stand in line for a $14 semi good "artisan" dinky ass sandwhich with the rest of the know it all hipster elite.
So...EaterMe. You joined yesterday and posted a bunch of negative reviews except for...a deli and CrapBean and Company. Shows where your palate is. The soles of your shoes...
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