OK, I know I'm going against the grain here because Sean Brock is so well-regarded, but I found Husk to be a challenge. The menu is heavy on pork, and if you like pork in its many forms you'll do fine. But I went with a friend and her husband and she doesn't eat pork so she was restricted to only one dish on the menu - a fish dish that was beautifully prepared and very tasty.
We were seated upstairs in an absolutely beautiful room. However, because the kitchen is downstairs, the wait staff has to carry your food up the main stairs with guests coming up (and back down) to be seated. It slows the service a little.
Also, the only bar in the restaurant itself is a service bar, so if you want anything other than the 4 types of vodka available at the service bar (which my friend's husband wanted), you have to wait till the server gets it from the full bar located in a separate building next door. It's a little strange...
Won't go here until they stop selling diseased and abused goose liver (aka Foie Gras)
We eat at Anson about once a month, usually with company from out of town. If you want traditional Charleston food with some innovations mixed in, this is the place. It has a very professional waitstaff and a very comfortable atmosphere. We have never had a bad meal there and have had many truly outstanding ones. Generally there are several seafood options available including their signature crispy flounder and shrimp and grits. Anson is one of the best, most consistant restaurants in Charleston. Some of the other fine restaurants in Charleston have gotten a little "fru fru" for our tastes, Anson remains solid.
I ate at Huck's last night for the third time, and I'm always impressed when I go. I usually end up getting one of the specials, because they sound amazing. Last night I had a pretzel crusted bass with match-string potatoes, red cabbage, and this really delicious stone ground mustard sauce. I've tried the pork chop and fried chicken from the regular menu and was very happy with both. Our table also ordered two bottles of wine, since they were 1/2 price (something we definitely appreciated!), and it was one of the best pinot noirs I've had for a very good price. The service is top-notch, and you can't beat the unique cocktails.
To the person from MD who ordered two different things with crabcakes and was disappointed, I question why, when you could have the best crabcakes at home, you would order them when visiting Charleston (even though I find it hard to believe anything would not be good at Huck's).
Surprisingly horrible food bad, all around. I brought my whole family here from out of town for an authentic Charleston meal. omg....it was not. They look like they do well, its a good story, good marketing, but it does all come down tot he food, and it was, well...gross. So glad to read others had a similar experience, and that it wasnt just me and my family, and all of my friends and their friends who agree.
Ouch, I know....bit I am just keepin' it real, here.
Cannot go here anymore. Its crowded as heck with tourists. So sad, really! I had liked their food, but is just gotten impossible to navigate.
I wouldnt really call this a local spot anymore. Its a tourist spot. That might not make it any worse, but dont come here expecting to eat with locals!
Just keepin' it real.
Dont drive here either...impossible parking.
overated. head to Jestine's
Went to the Sunday brunch yesterday. Not as good as it was cracked up to be. The salmon patties had little salmon in them and for a "home cooking" touted place our food came out surprisingly fast. Fast is not such a bad thing but to us fast does not necessarily mean home cooking which is what we expected. The shrimp and grits were over priced at $17 and were also not what we expected and all three dishes were bland. Overall, may give it another shot but not anytime soon.
excellent food, consistent. the service has ranged from piss poor to excellent-sort of a crap shoot there. I bring friends and family to Hominy whenever they are in town because we know the food will be good BUT FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, CLEAN THE DAMN PATIO AREA!!! There are more and more flies and funny smells eminating from there than the water treatment plant on JI!
two words: SOAP AND WATER. I know it's a tight space but there is tons of outdoor seating at rest. in town and I have never experienced so many flies and stickiness in general. Love the food, but mgmt should make more of an effort to keep the place clean
Tons of crab shell in the she-crab soup...I expect a little shell now and then in the average bowl of she-crab, but this was like eating a bowl of bones covered in a creamy liquid. I'm lucky I didn't break my teeth. Also, the waitress was crazy slow. I had to get up out of my chair like four times to get the check and then again to get my credit card back. Will not return.
One of the highlights of the trip!
5 stars. Delicious!
I had lunch at 82 Queen today. I ate inside the lovely historic home. The food was by far the best I had all weekend. The table next to use recommended the She Crab soup. It was creamy and simple. Then I had the Etouffee. The flavors were so simple and delicious. It was wonderful, I will have to get the recipe. The dill bread was a nice touch too. I would have never thought to put dill in bread. I would recommend this restaurant to all aspiring chefs!
My husband and I tried their Sunday brunch. There was a line first thing in the morning, however they were quick to seat everyone. I had the french toast and it was out of this world! The pecan butter was delicious! My husband had the big nasty biscuit and said it was really good. It was the highlight of our trip and will go back the next time we're in town.
I had a shrimp etouffee. Nothing fancy but so well balanced a mix of flavors that I enjoyed the last bite more than the first - it grew on me with experience.
My wife comes from the Roussillion region of France, where chicken livers are eaten often. She declares the chicken livers at the Hominy Grill the best she ever had.
And let me second the comment on the lima beans. I never liked lima beans before.
The service was fair, the atmosphere unpretentious almost to a fault. The food is a bargain for the quality.
How this wins best of in Summerville with The Woodlands right down the street escapes me. Heck, Ill even take Moe's over Oscar's. Its mediocre food off a menu from 15 years ago. The staff is great, but it doesnt matter how friendly you are if you have no idea what a Steak Au Poivre is, dont put it on the menu. I actually laughed when it came out. It would have been better breaded and fried with the gravy they slather all over it.
The part that killed me is they charged you Fine dinning prices for fancy Huddle House food. Bad restaurant, bad food, bad prices, great staff. Luckily its in Summerville where the hicks dont know any better (my inlaws included)
Three stars is a kind rating. We were told this place was the best in Summerville. Well, if this is the best, I will cook every meal for as long as we live here. I give them three stars b/c they tried, I hope, to make it a nice restaurant. Frankly, the food just really isn't that great. Where we are from, eating is an event. This restaurant might make it a year back home.
I'm about as far from an owner as you can get, in that I don't even know anyone personally that works @ G.O., much less do I work there, and much more less do I own it. Unless you're talking about NRS being the owner of a rival restaurant, you are flatly wrong. Thanks for playing, though.
It's really easy to pick out the responses from owners on this site.
NRSF75 -- I happen to love G.O., one of my favorite spots in town actually. I can definitely entertain different opinions about things, but I find a couple parts of your review a little...odd?
Your steak was cooked great, but salty. As were your other sides. OK, I can understand that. I've never had an issue with the amount of salt they use, but that's personal preference. At least your steaks were cooked great, you freely admit.
Your gripe about paying $20+ for "one person" -- that's for a regionally raised, grass-fed steak, with 3 sides (all most likely from local produce too), you mentioned green beans, mashed potatoes, and corn bread. Sounds like a freakin' bargain to me. If you don't value local produce over non-local, maybe it's not worth it, but for those of us that do it's frankly a very fair price.
If you think the corn bread wasn't great, you're freaking dreaming. It's like a moist pound cake, that corn bread. Unbelievable. With honey? Come on, guy.
The "wait staff" does nothing but come by to bring your food, check on you once, and bus your table. It's set up like a diner. What's not to be impressed by? I don't know what you're expecting here?
I personally have NO problem with someone closing a crisper drawer in a fridge with their foot, as long as the foot doesn't touch the food. Your standards here are completely unrealistic. Do you think the kitchen staff's hands are completely disinfected at all times? Or do you think they should put on latex gloves before closing the crisper drawer?
It's a small, local eatery. They hand-write their checks. They don't print them out. I don't see how this is a legitimate gripe even worth mentioning.
Critique over. Sorry I won't see you in there again!
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