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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Modern American

Re: “Graze

The best restaurant out there. It's always hard to figure out what to order because it's all soooooo yum! My coworkers and I eat lunch here often. Nice atmostphere. Great staff, great management, and the best chefs in Charleston!

Posted by Winnie Timmons on January 4, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Graze

It's too bad that it sounds like @CityGirl won't give this place another chance, the food was incredible and the quality was well beyond the price point! I tried a couple bites of everyone's plate in my party. The wild mushroom pappardelle was served in a light cream sauce that was just delicious with the sun dried tomatoes. The short rib ragu was just amazing. I had the filet of beef which was cooked perfectly to my liking and served with a nice herbed goat cheese that was just delicious when eaten with the beef. The beer and wine selection is great and the bartender made a perfect drink. Definitely a must if you're in the Mt Pleasant area.

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Posted by joshl725 on December 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Re: “FIG

Friendly staff, great food. Seafood is always fresh and cocktail list has a variety of interesting drinks. Upscale without being pretentious. Love it!

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Posted by mynamewastaken on December 30, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Re: “FIG

Charles Robinson - You obviously don't know what you are talking about if you are going to name drop the wrong name. It's a shame that the floor tiles at FIG made it into your review. Maybe you should just take your $140, and with all of your talent - cook dinner for yourself at home.

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Posted by isidella on December 27, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Re: “FIG

Off night. Happens everywhere. Robert Carter was not the chef at Charleston Grill. That's Peninsula Grill. Also, sometimes there is no "wow." Great can be delivered in subtle ways. That goes for people, art, conversation, car rides, evening strolls, and restaurants. By the way, some of the greatest cooking in the world happens by people that are "rooted in the past." Thanks for sharing.

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Posted by asdf on December 24, 2010 at 1:53 AM

Re: “FIG

Let me start by saying I'm a self-admitted food snob. I won a scholarship from Food Network to attend culinary school just so I could learn more. I even choose vacation destinations based on the food scene. It doesn't have to be fancy, it just has to be excellent. Awesome tacos served from a makeshift stand make me just as happy as Michelin stars, and I've had both.

I have lived in downtown Charleston (Wagener Terrace) since 1997, and have dined at every restaurant worth noting. I fell so in love with McCrady's, Cypress and Charleston Grill that I just never made the time to go to FIG. I finally did so recently, and it was a disappointment. The hype simply didn't match the experience.

The service was barely adequate, the food uninspired, and the atmosphere abysmal. It was elementary school cafeteria floors, wait staff dressed in white T-shirts and ankle-length black aprons, and 80's-era paint on the walls. The food portions were adequate, and everything was prepared well, but there was no "wow". We were seated next to the service station in the back so I expected that it would be hard to be ignored. I was wrong. There were long waits between courses, and lengthy periods with empty water glasses.

I get Chef Lata's point of view and I appreciate his finesse and attention to detail. When I'm spending $140 per person on dinner I expect to be wowed. I wasn't. I found myself comparing it to what Sean Brock, Craig Diehl and Robert Carter (formerly of Charleston Grill) were doing in 2006. They have long since moved on, but I find Chef Lata firmly rooted in the past. It's undeniably delicious, but as a culinarian it's just not all that interesting to me.

So if you're a foodie and you're looking for an inventive and inspirational dining experience, don't go to FIG. If you just want to have an excellent meal and can get past the too-casual-for-the-price-point and slightly rundown decor, it's a fantastic choice. Personally, I'll save my money for McCrady's.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on December 23, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Re: “FIG

My husband and I ate at FIG last night with a group of friends, and the food and service were both phenomenal! They were more than willing to accommodate the size of our group, and did a great job explaining each item on the menu. We started with the Sheep's Milk Ricotta gnocchi, which had such a great flavor, and was prepared perfectly. My husband could not stop raving about the Strube Ranch Wagyu Bistro Steak, which he claimed was one of the best steaks he had eaten. We ended with a dessert of sorghum cake, with an amaretto ice cream, that came highly recommended by our server. He couldn't have been more right, as this dessert was heaven in your mouth.
Overall, wonderful experience! Our glasses stayed full all night, the food was original and full of flavor, and the service was impeccable. Can't wait to go again, and would highly recommend!

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Posted by Mayor1231 on December 18, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Graze

Great food. Great staff. Great atmosphere. Went here for dinner and plan on trying the lunch menu soon.

Posted by kris7 on December 12, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Graze

Absolutely one of the best restaurants in Mt Pleasant. Great menu, fantastic wine pricing, great service and modern decor.
Go try this place, you will not be dissapointed.
We went back on a weeknight, as last weekend there was a long wait at 9pm, and now I can see why.

Posted by eatingout on December 12, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Graze

Yuck! Awful all the way around!

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Posted by CityGirl on December 12, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Charleston Grill

I went here last weekend to celebrate a new job, and as such my girlfriend and I opted for the 6 course tasting menu with pairings. It was COMPLETELY worth it, and this would easily rate in my top three meals, arguably the best, I've ever experienced in Charleston (be warned... it's definitely at the top of the list from a total bill standpoint). The standout were a crab cake course and the dessert, which was a sort of sweet potato biscuit surrounding cinnamon apples sprinkled with toffee and whipped butter, but no course disappointed. The most interesting was an ahi tuna sashimi dish with a greek flair, including feta? and olives in the topping...

Our server's work was beyond reproach - knowledgeable and friendly without being overbearing in the slightest. The meal was well timed and perfectly portioned. With two amuse bouche courses (one pre-dessert) + a little celebratory chocolate at the end our six course meal was really more of a nine course feast, yet I left the restaurant feeling satisfied but not full, tipsy but not drunk...

With all the Husk's and other new restaurant parading across the pages of the City Paper and other's it's easy to forget the classics like Charleston Grill, but I'm very glad I was able to get a meal in here before moving away.

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Posted by dirty mck on December 8, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Re: “17 North Roadside Kitchen

I've been to 17North at least six times, and I've never had an issue with anything there. The food is always great, our wait time was short, and our server was always friendly and attentive. Yes, sometimes it can be loud, but we usually sit outside.

Posted by dowwy on November 18, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Re: “17 North Roadside Kitchen

Great in every way. We where very very pleased. Thank you!

Posted by just beachy on November 13, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Re: “McCrady's Tavern

This is a very talented and creative chef. The best in Charleston right now! This cuisine is not for everyone, but if you are a tru foodie...fanastic!

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Posted by cs on October 6, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Graze

Stopped in without a reservation and they were nothing but accommodating. The food was AMAZING!! I was with my family and we all ordered different things. The mussels were fresh, hot and spiced with curry. The beet salad was excellent- warm roasted beets served with a chilled greens and orange segments. I had the blackened scallops- best I ever had and tried the Korean BBQ- melted in your mouth. We have constant visitors and I will be sure that they all get a chance to eat at Graze. Best new restaurant in the area. thanks.

Posted by jvbprint on September 19, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Circa 1886

Went for the 3-course restaurant week offering and was extremely impressed, from service down to the (much more important) food itself... If you're reading this before heading out there yourself this week... get the salad, antelope, and either the angel cake or the sweet potato creme brulee... You won't be disappointed!

Posted by dirty mck on September 16, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Graze

I might check them out - but before I make the drive I'm waiting for their empty website to put up a menu.

Posted by CharlestonNative on September 15, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Graze

Went for lunch today and was really pleasantly surprised! The food was delicious. The menu has so many great options, I had a hard time choosing. The decor is very modern and appealing. Service was outstanding. Overall I was really impressed and can't wait to go back. It is nice to have something in Mt. Pleasant that could compete with any downntown restaurant.

Posted by jackiern on September 14, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Graze

I got the pleasure to dine on the private opening night and it was excellent. My bride to be and I shared lobster mac and cheese which was to die for, shared a seared/blackened salmon salad which was very generous in portion size and topped it off with their crabcakes --> best around... no filler! The atmosphere was moder/classy with a touch of lowcountry and it was a very pleasant and comfortable experience....best new restaurant! Thanks Bradford and Mike. Cheers

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Posted by rcurnett on September 11, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Re: “17 North Roadside Kitchen

tried to go there one sat at noon only to find closed. are you kidding with all the subdivisions out there? open for lunch. some older folks are not going to make a reservation in the evening to go to a roadside diner. Brett I have heard you speak and your passion for the kitchen.. lets be real and open up lunch and dinner. also 4 churches in park west. think anyone would want sunday brunch???

Posted by runner on September 8, 2010 at 1:09 PM
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