Claire, when I read your comment about "yum" small plates and "gorg" space, my head filled with James Earl Jones and "totes McGoats" and along with your skinny jeans, I think THAT was what the first reviewer was talking about. His comments about the food were spot on. They may be "yums" but they're not truly representative of the menu, and the prices are a bit more than 25% high in my opinion. Bwengineer, please don't feel so obligated to rush to the defense of any negative comment about a local beer joint. We all get it just by the name you chose. You're too predictable.
Small plates are yum. Space is gorg. I love skinny jeans but the previous review is really confusing. If my jeans made you dislike the restaurant I apologize?
I am not sure what the previous review is all about, but I am guessing there is a common trend from all the hating on top restaurants. My 3 experiences at Edmund's Oast have all been fantastic. I will go ahead and state that I don't own a single pair of "skinny jeans" or even loafers. I do have a lot of love for craft beer, creative food dishes, and especially charcuterie, which is exactly what the Oast aims for in clientele.
First, let's talk about the beer. Beer is the focus of this place, and it is unique in many different ways because of it. Edmund's Oast is not just a brew pub, but also an amazing beer bar. The brews on tap at this place will impress anyone who loves craft beer. And the selection isn't just focused on rare beers like Cantillon and JW Lees from Europe, but they also keep a nice supply of local beers on tap. I also like that they are sticking to unique beers for the house production brewery, as this doesn't step on any toes in the local brewery scene. If beer isn't your thing, the mixed drinks are pretty tasty as well. I am hooked on the Red Wedding, as bourbon is my go-to outside of beer.
The food... well, that is almost better than the beer. Chef Andy is creating some wonderful cured meats, which is an art much like brewing. At this point, I have tasted almost every item on the menu. The highlights, other than charcuterie, are dishes like the pumpkin custard, lamb meatballs, burgers, and porridge. I even enjoyed the hearts and gizzards dish, which was a first. The very first time we visited, I thought the porridge was a bit too salty, but that was quickly fine tuned to a more balanced salinity. Some of the dishes may be a bit small, but they are "small plates" after all. I still felt full after sharing a few with my table.
Finally, I think it is worth noting that the ambiance is very relaxing in EO. The wait staff is always attentive, and the restaurant always feels very clean. The decorating was all done with taste, and even the bathrooms felt high end. I have been to this place dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, and I have been there with a button up collar shirt. Either way, I never felt out of place. I hope the Oast keeps the energy going that they have shown in their short time in the Charleston restaurant/beer scene. I know that I will always be recommending this place to any new visitors.
We went on a cold, rainy, weekday evening a couple of weeks ago. Edmund's Oast had only recently opened and it was packed, which we expected. The space was nice and you'd never know it used to be a decorative hardware store. As soon as we walked in I knew it was the wrong place for me, though. I don't own skinny jeans or a plaid shirt with snaps. I don't wear loafers without socks and a sweater around my neck. These trappings, along with a zeal for obscure pale ales, seemed to be key components of the clientele.
We were seated at a communal table and given menus, which we could barely read between the very low light and the poor choice of font. I hadn't heard of any of the beers so I had to ask for something that wasn't hop-driven since I don't like bitter beers. The server recommended two and I chose one at random. It was pretty good but not especially memorable.
We ordered a small charcuterie platter ($12) and roasted Brussels sprouts ($6) to start. For main courses we tried the seared triggerfish ($26) and miso rubbed pork loin ($26). Both the Brussels sprouts and charcuterie were tasty, but both portions were very small. The triggerfish was slightly overcooked and a minuscule portion, but tasty. The miso rubbed pork loin was cooked nicely but also small and almost devoid of flavor. Miso packs a punch but it was completely missing. The dashi had not even a hint of the smoky ham hock flavor that was promised. I love pea pistou but this tasted like a parsley chimichurri instead. In general I felt the food was okay and had potential but was overpriced by about 25%.
I wouldn't mind going back when it warms up, sitting outside at a table and having a beer, then moving on somewhere else for a meal.
Downtown Charleston finally Eats in Mount Pleasant!!
Terrific dining experience with comfortable service and stunning food. Long have we needed a place on this side of the bridge to be proud of!
I have not had the pleasure of dining there yet, but will tell you that each of the six or so times I have been, I have been able to hear my friends talking, which is uncommon in most of the bars on upper King Street. Sitting back Saturday night and watching a good looking defense end looking Charleston boy show off his shag moves to his girl was just wonderful. You could tell, his mother taught him well. Other your me tried to free style to "Carolina Girl", which just did not cut it with their ladies or the crowd. Girls gathered and swayed, waiting for a guy to come and ask them to shag. They were pretty and the guys just did not get it. That was sad. However, the other fellow stole the floor and he knew it.
Being able to see the jazz guys that used to play at Mistral from afar is awesome and I would never think that I would have seen that in a bar on Upper King Street. Even DJ Matt Todd was setting up as I was leaving, who could often be heard at LIGHT, Peter Evans' place down the street (of Stella Nova fame..) He will nail what the crown and the bar wants - and keeping it on the low key and not loud side will continue to be a pay off for this place.
Finally, NICE ladies at the entrance to meet you, greet you, and help you get a table and identify if you want food service or just drinks. Nice to have someone paying attention to you in a lovely way at the door - the way that it should be.
We came into to Sweeney's restaurant tonight for the first time and had the BEST service and the food was AMAZING! All four people in our party cleaned our plates completely with no left overs (which is never the case). The atmosphere was very cozy, CLEAN, and friendly. I already plan on going back later this week!
My husband and I stopped in to Cypress for a cocktail and an appetizer prior to our reservation at Blossom for Restaurant Week, the bartender had no problem expressing his negative opinion of restaurant week. I understand the discontent at having lower total sales therefore lower tips, but for the hour that my husband and I were at his bar we were the only customers so due to Restaurant Week, the bartender made a bonus $10 tip ($35 check) off of people that would not have been there on a normal Sunday evening. Every dollar counts, not just for those receiving the tips, but for those giving the tips as well.
Restaurant Week gives us a chance to try something different, and a good reason to treat ourselves. If you feel that the restaurant is not being properly showcased with the special menu, speak up. I have to believe that the star chefs of Charleston do not want their Restaurant Week menus to be their dirty little secrets. Restaurant Week is a chance for locals to get out and try something new, why not showcase your best dishes on these menus? I would not find a smaller portion of your award winning dish unreasonable when the special three course menu is the same price as a regular entree.
I took my wife to Circa 1886 for our anniversary and had the best time. As we live in Atlanta, I always recommend Circa 1886 to travelers. People say that it is off the beaten path but I am a believer in "The Road Less Traveled" - and it made all the difference!
After reviewing all the comments and giving each its implied rating, then averaging the total comment ratings, it appears McGrady's earns 2.7 stars. This would indicate you have about a 50-50 chance of enjoying your dinning experience there, and it will cost you dearly whether you win or lose on your visit. Realistically at the prices indicated, I would have to be assured a 4.5 star event before I would roll the dice on this place.
I will have to agree with the new years review we thought we would give the place a try thinking that since it was new years it would be extra special. What an absolute waste of money. Our new years was ruined due to the bland over expensive dinner that we had at McCradys. It is sad when you are sitting at a 7 course dinner at $150 a person and thinking maybe you should have just paid $100 for an open bar and h'ordeuvres elsewhere with more of an atmosphere and live entertainment.
I was at McCrady's last night, New Years Eve 2013, for dinner with my date. The food was absolutely awful (it was a 7 course chef's tasting menu). Each plate was priced at $150 for a total of $300 for both of us, or so we thought. Our waiter asked us if we wanted to have wine that complimented each course, which we did. At the fourth course, we were so disappointed in the quality of the food that we elected to leave without having the last two courses. The food was that bad. I was stunned at the poor quality, and the experienced ruined our New Years Eve celebration. So when our bill came, we were charged almost $600 dollars for the disaster that was McCrady's restaurant. That's right, $600 dollars for two people. I am a resident of this area, and I can say that the meal we had at McCrady's restaurant was the worst I have ever had. I would not even to be able to rate this experience as a one star.
I've only been to Graze for happy hour. The bar food and drink menu is great. I recommend.
I was a regular. Not any longer. Worst customer service ever. showed up at 5:25 PM for happy hour on the rooftop. parked in the Stars valet parking. told the bartender that we were parked there and the valet had not shown up yet. he said no problem. had dinner at the downstairs bar. finished at 7:05PM. The Stars valet had called parking enforcement and ticketed my car for $45. Valet manager said he came in and asked if the car belonged to a patron. stars manager then tells me to bad he is not responsible for the valet (who works for Stars) or the city. Will never go back again. plenty of other great dining with great customer service.
So many weird reviews here! I feel the need to state the following before I share my review: 1) I am not a "Kiawah Snob." I'm a multi-generational middle-class Islander, ok? 2) Get over the location. Mondo's on James Island is ASTOUNDING and they're located in a "strip mall."
So, onto what's really important: THE FOOD. On one occasion, my friends and I share the reasonably priced apps: Mushroom Toast (sounds GROSS, but it's delicious) and the Roasted Apple. The apple was stuffed with this really delicious dressing that was neither too dry, nor two "glue-y." (I've been the victim of stuffing with a paste-like Consistency and was thrilled to find that not to be the case here.)
After a few more drinks, we ordered another round of that damn mushroom toast and I ordered this apple/onion tart. (A very apple-centric menu?) Delicious, delicious, delicious.
During this trip, our service was EXCELLENT. Our waiter was attentive, friendly and really nice. . .especially considering that we were just there for drinks and apps.
I tried Sweeny's again during lunch hours. My lunch-buddy, a visiting Long Islander, took on the Lobster Roll. . .which, I will admit, is too rich for my blood in regards to what I'm willing to spend on lunch. However, my LI buddy said the lobster was delicious and just as good as anything he's had at home. I took on the $10 barbecue chicken sandwich and found it pretty good. My chicken was a teeeeeny bit dry for my taste, but it was really good. Fries = DELICIOUS. Hot, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside.
Drinks/beers = cold and never without one!
Service = the first time, it was stellar! The second time, totally passable, but not up to the previous visit's standards.
Location = despite the yammering on about how it's located in a lowly strip mall, they've done a fantastic job with renovations and it's really very lovely. Anyone bitching about the location needs to get over it, get out and travel a little. I've eaten some of the most delicious food in some of the ugliest surroundings.
I'm looking forward to getting back there and trying other things on the menu. I suppose if you have to travel a long way to get there, it might not be your thing. But it's SO NICE to have another "on the nicer end of casual" restaurant on John's Island (even if it's practically across the street from the OTHER "nicer and of casual" [Fat Hen] restaurant on John's Island and not too far from the OTHER-OTHER nice restaurant [Wild Olive]).
If you're out that way, it's definitely good enough to give it a try. The prices aren't hot-dog cart low, but they are NOT as high as some people have suggested. (Not everything on the menu is a lobster roll.)
I am a fourth generation Johns Island native and in no way am I a debutante. The food is spectacular, the staff is well taken care of, and the ingredients are chosen with the utmost care. If you want a negligent underpaid disgruntle jerk ,that hates his job slopping your burgers together, then go do that. Sweeney's takes care top to bottom. The lowcountry lacks service and pride in the food industry. I am relieved to see our little island taking pride in food. $11 a burger with a fabulous side made by hands of people who have a passion for food and can afford to eat there as well; hell of a deal!!
Had a great steak dinner. The wait staff and owner very friendly. Would recommend to friends. Not a once a week eatery. Eat there for special
Try Southern General at the end of shopping strip for good burgers, sandwiches and beer. Also great people.
Is it just me or does Foodlover8's review seem like maybe someone working there posted the review? "Golly gosh the burger was ONLY $11 dollars, I usually pay a LOT more for a burger this good". Yeah, sure.
I guess I could be wrong.
The burger I had wasn't 1/2 a pound and the server didn't tell me that the fancy schmancy bread with butter from unicorns was airlifted in from New York.
I've eaten at Sweeney's numerous times and that burger is SO good. My server told me they specially fly in 40% butter brioche buns from New York and that the burger is a half pound. It's also served with soup, salad or fries. I couldn't even finish my plate with the amount of food they gave to me. I've found most places charge a LOT more for a burger that good, including a side. It's kinda silly for there to be so many negative comments on a burger this good for $11. I suggest everyone go and try it, it's one of the best I've ever had.
Paying more than you want for lunch is your fault. Ordering Bud Light is also your fault. Sail on, kook.
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