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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: New Southern

Re: “Peninsula Grill

Consistently the Best. Best Food, Service and Wine. The desserts are fabulous-always. Have never had a bad meal or experience in over 10 years. Not once, wish I could say that about others here but I can't. I travel between my home in NYC and here and can say that this place can match many of the classic dining establishments in NYC and far outshines all the other restaurants here. Others newbies come and go, but this place stays. Must be a reason for that.

Posted by CIACulinaryKid on July 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Poogan's Porch

This has long been a stand-by for bringing out-of-town visitors due to the combination of reliably great food, an atmospheric setting, and reasonable prices. I have generally been pleased by the updated menu items I've tried. The recent (June, 2012) CP review has some negative comments on the scallops with pork belly, but it was a marriage made in heaven to me. My own first experience here came as part of a job interview some years ago, and that meal was part of what hooked me on moving to Charleston. There are better restaurants in Charleston, but they are not places I could go frequently. Poogan's Porch is my favorite in its class.

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Posted by obviousdusty on June 7, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Midtown Bar & Grill

I've been to this place 3-4 times in the last year. The food is actually pretty decent, but the atmosphere and service not so much. We go in there for dinner during the week when it does not seem to be very busy. The acoustics are terrible and the food is always slow to come out. I would go there more often for the food, but I just get annoyed with the lack luster service and too laid back attitude from the staff.

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Posted by Zip's Girl on May 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Oscar's Restaurant

In response to the comment below....Wow, coming from a Summerville Hick who has traveled quit a bit to VERY high end restaurants in MANY big cities (Le Cirque in NYC, Fleur De Lys in San Fran and Vegas just to name a few) , I will say I have had mostly good experiences at Oscar's. I think the Woodlands is COMPLETELY over-rated, the food is barely average, it's snotty, and NOT worth the money. I enjoy the quaint atmosphere in the bar at Oscars, the staff is always attentive and remembers us when we walk in. I think they have good steaks, (and they are just as comparable as what I was served at the Woodlands, in an atmosphere that I do not need to wear a tie, and I don't have to whisper my conversation due to the stuffiness). But what do I know, since I am just a hick from Summerville that has probably dined in quite a few more high end restaurants than most.

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Posted by nickieH on February 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Oscar's Restaurant

Overrated. I will take Moe's any day over this.

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Posted by agentguerry on February 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Oscar's Restaurant

It seems only the old Summerville residents say this is a good place. I guess if you've never left Summerville in your whole life then maybe you would think this is a good restaurant. I know better. Staff is great for serving not so good food. Totally over priced for what it really is. Sooooooo far from upscale unless you live in a trailer park.

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Posted by CharlestonEater on December 29, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Husk Restaurant

I have been to Husk only for lunch so far, but am excited to try them again for dinner and Thanksgiving.
The first time I went to Husk, it was only on recommendation and I must admit I was worried. They change their menu every day, and what if I didn't like it? I've been too entirely too many places claiming to serve southern food, southern style food, or a twist on the south. Well, Husk did NOT disappoint.
Our waiter was amazing. He was hilarious and sweet, he gave his recommendations and was even ballsy enough to say his least favorite dish, which I happened to order. With four people at our table we managed to try almost everything.
The rolls the give you at the beginning are divine. The cocktails are amazing. I must admit that I have no heat tolerance so I can't recommend anything with jalepeno vodka but that Copper Lantern is to die for.
I got tenderloin that was cooked to perfection. I have tried the shrimp and grits which were delicious. These are how grits should be... not some watery mush. Thick and big and yum.
Oatmeal pie for desert, you know you want it.
And if you go on a day with rabbit soup, fear not, and dive in.

PS. Anyone who is scared of pork lard needs not to eat at any place claiming to serve southern food. Come on, we store our bacon grease here!

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Posted by BonjourPrincess on November 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Hominy Grill

What passes for good food here is better comedy than most of what you'll get at Theatre 99. I assume the head chef makes only sporadic visits. Or maybe he's in line with all the overweight tourists outside. Someone needs to tell him he doesn't need to wait out there; he can go on back to the kitchen and take over the reins from that stoned CofC student. Seriously, Denny's makes a better biscuit. Who cares, right? You've got a cash cow. James Beard would be so proud!

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Posted by lizard man on September 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar

I have been to a lot of the new restaurants in town, but my wife and I went back to one that we have not been to in a long time. The Swamp Fox in the Francis Marion hotel is a true classic. We took advantage of Restaurant Weeks 3 for $30 menu. WOW were we impressed. We started with fried green tomatoes that were cooked to perfection. The goat cheese and pepper jelly that were paired with the tomato made me want to have it for the whole meal, not just for a starter. Than we moved on to some of the best flounder we have had in a while. It had just the right amount of spicy peach glaze on a crunchy light panko breading. Finally, we finished with the apple tart with amazing caramel sauce. With the food tasting this great and the incredible atmosphere of the Francis Marion hotel and view of the square, not only will we be back, but I think I might just become a regular!

Posted by Mistweaver on September 10, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Hominy Grill

The shrimp and grits are the best in Charleston (which means the best anywhere, really). The Cobb salad and the Chicken Ranch salad (a frequent special with fresh corn, fried green tomatoes, chicken, and a home made ranch dressing with a punch) are long-time favorites. Every "vegetable" (sides, really) on the blackboard is fresh, local, home-made and amazing. The fried green tomato BLT rocks. And how does a southern chef make such awesome french fries and huevos rancheros? Oh, and did I mention the fried chicken? The food is always top-notch and consistent. The service is knowledgeable and friendly. And since they've added more enclosed space, the wait is more tolerable (shorter and with cocktails!), the restrooms easier (two instead of one...no line), and they have a bartender cranking out creative southern-based adult beverages. Rock on, Hominy Grill.

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Posted by CantThinkofOne on August 18, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Hominy Grill

My coworkers and I ate here today while checking off items from your 101 list. I have only ever been here for breakfast, which I loved.
The patio is now closed in. I, personally don't like it. I loved the patio. It was like a secret hideway from the tourists.
The food was lackluster. I ordered the club and I could have had the same sandwich anywhere. My coworker ordered the shrimp and grits (which were very good) but are only offered at a dinner portion for $16.95 at lunch.
The service was the real issue. Our waiter seemed bothered to be serving us. Rushed us through the meal and everytime he spoke he seemed annoyed we were even there. We all work in the hospitality industry as well and know you have to give the customers a reason to return. Average food and poor service are not a reason.

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Posted by uenvyme on August 17, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Hominy Grill

My last two visits for lunch have been so disappointing. Servers are zombie-like with no interaction or introduction. Just walk up and say "there's the special board. Ready to order?" Bloody mary's had to be sent back because they were basically tomato flavored water. Cheese grits had virtually no hint of cheese. It's been embarrassing because both times I was entertaining guests for their first time at a well known restaurant in charleston. Come on, guys, don't slip now.

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Posted by Bethwoff on August 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Hominy Grill

Ate there for the first time after hearing they were in the "Top 10" places in the USA to eat a pancake. I don't think they make my "Top 100."

1. The pancakes seemed slightly overcooked, and not an overwhelming portion - no sides?
2. The butter provided is little, individually wrapped pats of butter. What a pain to unwrap butter pats when you are trying to eat pancakes.
3. The syrup arrived well after the pancakes. Even Waffle House brings syrup when you place your order, not as an afterthought or only on request.

On the upside, the wait staff was neat, attentive, and did bring the syrup when asked.
As others have stated, parking is, well, very hard to come by.

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Posted by ctcatches on August 12, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Carolina's

We loved the food. We had the spring tasting menu. Chef Jill's choices for our 5 course meal. A complete surprise until the food gets to your table. Such a delicious and fun way to taste the cuisine.

Posted by Kari O on July 31, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Hucks Lowcountry Table

I usually try to give a restaurant 2 chances before I critique but this place was so absurdly overpriced it's not worth it. Overall, the meal was good and the chef creative, but the dining experience was horrible. The atmosphere is frenzied with staff buzzing everywhere, not congruent with a relaxed beach environment. Our server was prompt but startlingly loud. Our bread was OK but had a cinnamon taste, that's fine but with olive oil?? The food came out quickly adding to the fast pace feel. OK, I get the point, in-out-next. I would label this place as a tourist trap with no focus on repeat business. Far too many excellent restaurants in Charleston that deliver the whole package for me to come back again. Good luck.

Posted by Jackass on July 31, 2011 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Husk Restaurant

Was excited to eat here after having such trouble getting a reservation. The space is nice and we enjoyed the appetizers, soft shell crab and chicken skins, but the entrees were nothing to write home about. One dish, the risotto, was inedible. Dessert was tasty, I think it was the oatmeal pie I will eventually go back because I want to like the place, but the first impression wasn't stellar.

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Posted by patelsd on July 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Jacob's Kitchen

The food was FABULOUS and the staff was outstanding. I highly recommend Jacob's Kitchen for any catering needs.

Posted by 13e on May 23, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Re: “Hominy Grill

i disagree my food was really good and the portions were fine, the one thing i will say the host told us there were no seats available inside, only 3 tables were being used, and only had outdoor seating, it was pretty cold outside (getting caught up on my reviews), and when we left there were still tables that had not been touched, so that didnt sit well with me, but whatever still had a really good meal

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Posted by erinsloan on April 27, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Anson

I found the bar staff to be a bit overwhelmed with a normal bar crowd and a bit disingenuous. Waitstaff was great!

Posted by as54588 on April 4, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Anson

It might sound corny, but “Awesome on Anson” is the only way that I can describe this restaurant.

Many people have told me that this was a great place to eat, but I have to admit I was more than surprised at how good it was. Tucked away just shy of the Historical Market district Anson is one of Charleston’s true hidden gems.

We landed there without reservations on a rainy night and were quickly seated. The restaurant is casually elegant, welcoming and has a menu with a variety of both low country favorites and traditional fare. Our server was outstanding throughout our dining experience and quickly attended to our every need. A native Charlestonian she was very knowledgeable about the menu and the items that we asked about. She immediately brought us hot, sliced bread with soft, whipped butter. I was to find out that my husband’s pet peeve is cold, hard butter served with fresh, warm bread. After all these years… who knew? Both were excellent.

I did ask her, “Before we fall in love with an item on the menu, are there any specials?” She did mention one, but it didn’t interest us. We then ordered our first course.

The Crispy Risotto Cake with Serrano ham, a few grilled shrimp and a delicate cream sauce was something that I had never seen before, yet alone thought of cooking. We were to find that the Chef is not only talented, but very creative.

The Crispy Risotto Cake had a tasty crisp shell but was light and airy inside, something that you wouldn’t expect for a risotto, yet alone a fried one… to die for.

My salad – The Fried Oysters & Bibb Lettuce was tossed with a subtle dressing and the oysters were lightly battered and served piping hot. This alone could have been dinner.

As we ordered our dinner I decided for something on the lighter side. When I ordered the Pan Steamed Mussels our server said, “I think we’re out of them, but I’ll check.” Back to the menu I went. Upon her return we found out that they did in fact have them that night. Yeah!

My husband then ordered the Braised Beef Short Ribs, something that he’d decided upon after briefly scanning the menu. “We’re out of those tonight,” our server lamented. She mentioned that “because of Lent we sell out of those quickly on Thursday and Friday nights.” This made me smile. As a kid, “Lent” to me was filled with Friday fish fry’s, tuna, salmon and whatever fish dish my mom could create for what seemed to be an unending period of time. Maybe this season was treated differently in the south???

So after feeling like we were in a Seinfeld episode we asked her if there was anything else that they didn’t have so we had a fighting chance to order dinner. She said that everything else was available.

After a wait that seemed a tad lengthy, but in every way worth it, our entrees were delivered. I did land on the Pan Steamed Mussels that were served with crisp French fries. The mussels were tossed in a light broth of garlic, jalapenos, white wine and parsley. The French fries that accompanied them were crisp, hot and well seasoned. Although actually somewhat full from our appetizers it was a type of meal that you couldn’t stop eating.

The Double Cut Fried Pork Chop was all that and a bag of chips! It was nicely breaded and had a great flavor, but the stars of the plate were without question, the side dishes.

There are many restaurants that are leaping on the Mac ‘n Cheese train. Flavors are added, toppings too. But to me, Mac ‘n Cheese takes me back to when my mom made it years ago. She was a tiny Polish woman who kept things simple and added four basic ingredients – shredded cheddar cheese, milk, butter and elbow macaroni. When I’m sick this is the dish that I ask for. It’s sheer comfort food at its best and “smoked gouda”, “lobster” and/or bacon is not needed. The Mac ‘n Cheese served here mirrors my mom’s and could be the best I’ve tasted since she made it so many years ago.

Not to be out done, Mac ‘n Cheese’s companion was Collard Greens, but not just any collard greens. These had a nice bit of spice to them (red pepper flakes we were told) and were incredibly flavorful. I found myself trying to distract my husband so that I could steal some from him.

As I wrote this I tried to think what restaurant in Charleston we liked more. It’s right up there to us as one of the best of the best. I actually had to use my Roget’s Thesaurus to find enough adjectives to describe our visit. In looking up the word “perfect”, I saw many suggestions, but “flawless” fit the bill perfectly.

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Posted by susieg on April 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM
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