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Re: “Rutledge Cab Co.

Our dinner was less than inspiring, the kabobs were ok but boring, the wings were the same as was the burger. The food was just very mediocre. Their house red wine was decent and a relatively good buy. The cocktail I had was unique and I enjoyed it. I thought it was pretty loud inside and outside, but service was good. I will be back to try the all day breakfast options, though.

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Posted by willywoody on February 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Rutledge Cab Co.

We thought RCC was great, and I have heard nothing but positives from everyone else I know who has been there. The grilled spicy wings were great, different than the usual fried variety. Drinks were also good and staff was all very friendly. I only saw a couple of menu items that looked over priced, one of which I ordered but it was still delicious. We will be back soon to try the burger, pizzas, and the BLT benedict...

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Posted by devilsadvocate on February 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Rutledge Cab Co.

We live a short walk away, so had high hopes for this new neighborhood hangout. They'd solved their initial teething problems with wait times and service by the time we visited -- waiters were attentive and food came out quickly -- but that's the best we can say about it. The cocktails we ordered -- three different drinks -- were all failures, with strange, synthetic flavors (mine tasted much like toilet freshener!). My wife ordered a spiked milkshake without looking at the price, and was shocked to discover it was $14, more than many of the entrees. The starters and mains we ordered were very bland: diner food that would be acceptable in another setting, but not at the prices we were paying. Everything was under-flavored and lacking in spark. The place was packed -- but I can't see it being that way in 6 months once the early excitement dies down, unless they do something dramatic with the menu. What a disappointment!

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Posted by Safrican on February 24, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Ms. Rose's

The service was excellent- Tara took wonderful care of us and made fabulous recommendations! The food was very good, although not quite as great as expected. However the staff as well as the atmosphere more than made up for cuisine not meeting the (admittedly high) expectations I had. The outside dining area is also VERY cool- we will certainly be back when the weather warms up!

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Posted by Koramandie on February 20, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Ms. Rose's

this well appointed bistro has great rooms, booths and out door seating... the ribs were perfect last night and the beer compliments a great menu... ORIGINAL MS ROSE may be a new refurbished place, but it's a winner on Sam Rittenberg, Sue & I love it

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Posted by AmericanAtheistFORMERClinicEscort on February 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Ms. Rose's

We've been there twice and found the service to be both friendly and attentive. The decor is really striking and I enjoy it. Their brunch benedict and chocolate french toast dishes were superb. The sausage sandwich is good but only if you like State Fair-level greasy. The bbq meatloaf sandwich is just as good as it sounds. The fried fish sandwich was a bit dry.

All in all, it is our current "go to" lunch spot for Sam Rittenburg-area shopping trips.

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Posted by factoryconnection on February 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Ms. Rose's

I was so excited to try out Ms. Rose's and walked away disappointed.
The food was so so but the service was terrible. Our server forgot our appitizer, let our water glasses sit empty and we had to remind her we ordered a second round of cocktails.
We ordered the gnocchi and a ruben. I asked to subsitute the protien in the gnocchi and our server said there was an upcharge, which i expected but it was her delivery that threw me off. The gnocchi was good, lots of flavor. The ruben was just average. I will give them credit for their fries. They were awsome.
I won't rush back anytime soon.

Posted by elsmoak on February 15, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Re: “The Rarebit

Drinks and ginger beer were yummy but a bit pricey. Didn't care for the food after it arrived, I was really excited because the burger was so fairly priced but when it came out it looked like I had just gone through the McDonalds drive thru. Was still hungry when we left.

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Posted by OutdoorEnthus on February 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Re: “The Rarebit

I like the atmosphere. I like the menu & I like the prices.
On a recent visit, my wife & I were seated for dinner. The service was good and staff was attentive. Food was lacking unfortunately.

My wife had the tomato soup & a BLT. Soup was very 'acidy' and needed some sweetness to offset this, consistency reminded me of marinara sauce. BLT- bread was over-toasted to the point of being brittle and overall sandwich was very dry for lack of mayo....a lot of bread & lettuce but weak on bacon. Please, leave the 3rd slice of bread out of the picture unless you plan on doubling up on the bacon.

I had the patty melt. It was tasty but small. Considering this is 2 beef patties, it is hard to imagine this rates even 1/3 of a pound. It would be a better offering cut into quarters and served as an app for about $5. The fries were fresh & hot, but personally, I do not care for the 'shoestring' style. They taste more of fry grease than potato and there was an over abundance of the burned-up, little crispy fries, as if I got the last of the run.

2 meals, a soup, 2 draft beers, and one signature drink(which was great) over $50 including tip and still hungry. Might be better as a lunch venue. I am rating 2 stars based on the food...if you want to take in the drinks maybe a 3.

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Posted by FOBofSC on February 10, 2013 at 4:01 AM

Re: “Castaways Grille

I really wish I lived closer to Castaway's because it is such a chill, spacious bar for happy hour or to grab a bite. They have the usual pub fare but fancy it up with pasta dishes and a pork chop entree. I always make sure to go once a month on the Tuesday when they have a stand up comedy night. I'm usually not a big fan of stand up, especially when I'm not familiar with the comedians because I hate when I have to force myself to awkwardly laugh, but I've been three times and they've never disappointed! It doesn't hurt that they have super cheap beer and a $2 vodka special. I'd highly recommend!!

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Posted by jennie8pie2 on February 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Castaways Grille

Loved the comedy night. Great crowd, fun times and lots of variety!

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Posted by ridera on February 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Re: “The Rarebit

My wife and I have been to this place 3 times in the last 6 weeks. The food was really good. The prices for downtown cannot be beat for the amount of food you get. The only problem we have had is with getting the waitress to refill the water glass. In the 3 visits we made they never refilled the glasses. I will continue to visit this restaurant for the food and hope I can get the waitress to step up the level of service.

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Posted by MAJIC42658 on January 28, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Mynt

This club SUCKS! I ended up going to the dive next door Big Guns! First of all, I had to explain my outfit to the stupid ass bouncers who said what I had on was not appropriate. (Deisel brand sneakers, Takeshy Italian jeans, an Armani jacket and a Ralph Lauren pull over, yeah over 400 dollars of apparel.) After my explanation and entering the club, I see everybody in outdated pleated Roundtree & York pants and antebellum Claiborne dress shirts with loafers that had rubber soles!! And that's just the start. I get there and everybody is standing on the floor NOT dancing, and the music was 90s rap remixed. I came there to dance, so I did. When I wanted a drink the dizzy, dyed blonds recognizes everybody but me! (and my friend and I were the only off-colored people there, so noticing us is like noticing a black furred rabbit in snow). I highly defend them for not recognizing me because of my skin tone, just poor service. After we get the drinks, which were decent, a fight breaks out and they let a guy who was blacked out back in the club! After that, I just left to BIG GUNS next door, and ENJOYED the rest of my night there.

I wouldn't go there ever again, even if I purchased JCPenny's brand pants.

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Posted by anilingus on January 27, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Back Home Bar & Grill

Back home is an awesome place for great food and drinks. very friendly staff and a good place to just let go!!! Im a former employee of the bar i quit about two months ago. I go back for drinks once in a while and will continue to go. please everyone help thisw bar continue to be one of the only good places in WEST ASHLEY TO HAVE FUN @. cheese curds are awesome but i hated making them. Good luck guys. GO G-MEN!!!!!

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Posted by Guitar4228 on January 10, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Early Bird Diner

We loved the Early Bird Diner before it ever appeared on any Dive show. What I love is how the service and food has stayed the same despite the lines that now plague the sidewalk in the morning. We've come to discover however that Wintertime is a great time to come back to the Bird since the lines are diminished now that tourists have flocked back home. For us the chicken and waffles and Curry Breakfast Eggs are all time faves. Their taters, biscuits and red pepper jelly are also delicious. Its easy to see that love goes into every bite and this stuff truly is made fresh and with some clever twists. We love the specials too when the mood hits, but its hard to steer us away from those mainstays. The special ice cream flavors are so good that we sometimes get ice cream at brunch! And for folks that think the Early Bird opens early...oh does not. Check the weekend times and then head on over. Early Bird is only a name and not a time indicator of when service starts..but when it does, we are always pleased and never disappointed.

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Posted by mrwhitsie on January 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Coleman Public House

CPH is my go to Mt P dinner spot on most weekends. The food is consistently good and the tap beer selection tends to be the best in town (in most cases). I have probably tried every burger on the menu, and they are all delicious. I usually order my burgers rare, and am never disappointed. This quality of beef was not meant to be ordered well done. So damn juicy! The lamb sliders are fantastic, but I found out they can also make you a Big Lamb (full sized lamb burger) which takes it to another level. The truffle fries are evil, with that perfect touch of salty truffle oil flavor and a light sprinkle of Parmesan. Lately, I have been ordering the Fish and Chips, as they seem to know how to do that dish better than most places around CHS. My only complaint is that the beer prices can occasionally be on the high side, but it doesn't deter me from ordering a few brews before and during dinner. If you love burgers and craft beer, CPH should be your new home.

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Posted by brewengineer on January 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Re: “The Shelter Kitchen + Bar

Let me start off by staying I've been to Shelter on 4 separate occasions with each visit impressing me less than the last. I can honestly echo previous comments that the food is nothing spectacular and the service is absolutely awful. I gave them the benefit of the doubt the first two visits (with them recently opening and still working out the kinks,) but after my last lunch visit and TWO HOURS later I will not be dining with them any time soon. If the food was something to brag about, or the place had more than 10 people dining, I might put up with a little wait. When you're several weeks post open and still have serious service issues, problems run deeper than just the occasional server having a bad day.

On my forth visit, which was for a happy hour with friends, it is only fitting that the bar service is as slow as the food service. @edoksa, i'm surprised you found ice in your beer with the 20+ minute wait I had to endure for a single beverage. Living in Charleston, even during the cooler months, ice shouldn't stick around that long.

Also, the atmosphere isn't very relaxing. At least put some kind of partition between the deck and Colman Blvd to reduce the road noise and cut down on the exhaust inhalation.

I hope the owners take this review and the others above seriously because adjustments need to be made for this place to be successful.

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Posted by MrCharleston on December 15, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Re: “The Shelter Kitchen + Bar

I am a big fan of the shelter. What they did architecturally to maximize and create a terraced open space from an existing structure is super. They have had time to refine their menu as well and some of their items really stand out, like their shrimp dip, which is an especially well crafted version of an already excellent local recipe. I think the place is an innovative treat.

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Posted by Randolino on December 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Re: “The Shelter Kitchen + Bar

So-so food, drunken college kid crowd, and the beer selection is just a step above other bars on Shem Creek. I can't recommend this place, unless you just want to pound beers and yell a lot. I will probably revisit in a few months when the new bar crowd dies off.

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Posted by brewengineer on December 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Re: “The Shelter Kitchen + Bar

Worst service in Charleston.

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Posted by Robert Donovan on December 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM
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