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.
Toni when you insult someone don't be surprised when it comes back your way. You insulted my beer selection and insinuated I can't do simple arithmetic. Why? Because I didn't give a good review to the restaurant. I comprehend completely Toni, you have a vested interest at Sweeney's most likely as a server or bartender. Sorry if the criticism stings but maybe when you are older and wiser you won't be so fast to belittle others for speaking their mind.
My opinion is that Sweeney's is overpriced but the food was good. I had a bud light draft that set me back $4 bucks which I thought was a rip off. Excuse me if I don't share your high opinion of Sweeney's.
I don't expect they will last through the winter considering the location and price of a meal. If I'm wrong, good for them!
Thanks for calling me an asshole for speaking my mind Mr. Salidude. Since you couldnt comprehend let me break it down for you, the only part of my comment directed to you personally was that about the beer selection. The rest of my statement was my reflection on the article posted about this restaurant from city paper itself. Someone put their name on this business and as a private owner it would be nice to have local support, you saying youll go when its bankrupt is just plain rude. If you think its overpriced whatever dont eat there, but dont hope a business fails because I (the asshole) tweaked a nerve.....thats really messed up. Im sure your older and wiser so show a little class man.
To answer your question Toni the reason I ordered the bud light and burger was because everything was seriously overpriced. The lunch special was $30 and I'm not to crazy about paying an arm and a leg for a friggin beer because a bunch of overly impressed with themselves downtown douchebag "beer connoisseurs" deem the oatmeal raspberry infused $12 a beer IPA something worthy of their delicate palates.
$30 dollar lunch specials in an empty strip mall restaurant with Nascar playing on the screens above the bar, yeah, I can't wait to spend my money there! I'll leave this high class place to you Toni. Better yet I'll wait until it folds and assholes like you are gone. I will return when Sweeney's goes bankrupt and returns back to a friendly neighborhood bar/restaurant instead of a pretentious over priced restaurant in a strip mall.
"The local crowd didn't support Mama Q's enough to keep it open"
I tried to support Mama Q's, her burgers were awesome. But her hours were ridiculous. Open when she wants, close when she wants, regardless of what hours she advertised. Her perogative, but no way to run a business.
If her hours were more consistent she'd still be open, and crushing it.
Seriously who drinks bud light draft anyway. Get on board with some craft selections like the rest of this city. The menu offers quite a selection without breaking the bank. If anything for the quality of food their prices are average! Maybe its time to re adjust your palate. The cost of food is going up which means to sell you a deboned chicken thigh stuffed with chicken breast on top of other delicious sides is going to cost you; and at $23 for this dish....hello bargain. I want to go out to a place where I feel welcomed and treated more like family, Sweeneys does a great job! It cracks me up that people complain or are shocked at how much they spend going out, are the prices not on the menu? Do you understand the basics of math? Then you shouldnt be shocked when your check comes. They have great cocktails, something for every diet, awesome macoroni and cheese, and a to die for chocolate pie decadant enough to satisfy anyone. Watch what you spend when you go out and take care of your servers, dont be an asshole. If you cant do basic math and if you dont realize that 20% is a standard now! Then stay home and try to cook up your own masteieces.
This restaurant is CLEARLY for Kiawah snobs. Not Johns Island residents. I've lived here for 21 years. They may make it but it won't be from Johns Island people.
Well, hutch, most places are doing 6-8oz of ground beef. You may have noticed that food is getting expensive, especially proteins. There is a bun involved, some toppings, and a side. In this case, it sounds like the soup came with. 30% food cost would certainly not be out of line, and $11 would therefore be pretty easy to get to with decent ingredients. "Kobe" beef from Australia or wherever would be more expensive than that, and true Kobe beef would be way more expensive. Where DO you like to eat? What local restaurants fit your criteria? Personally, if I were a restaurant worker or owner, which I am not, I would probably just prefer you stay at home instead of coming in anyway. You'd probably also complain about the prices at those fancy Mt. P butchers, though. You are right though about the fact that lots of burgers are ridiculously priced and mediocre. That is why I pointed out that execution and ingredients make the difference.
Place is priced high. Seriously too high. As in these guys are in line with The MacIntosh in their prices without delivering as good a meal high. In a strip mall. On John's Island. Good luck with that.
How in the world can you justify $11 for a hamburger? Kobe beef? Hand fed cattle with hybrid corn that makes it taste like prime rib? This hamburger thing has taken off with ridiculous prices and mediocre fare in most places. I'll just have to take the very best meat that the best butcher in Mt. Pleasant can supply and do them at home. I don't eat any fast food hamburgers, either, so save your comments.
The local crowd didn't support Mama Q's enough to keep it open, and their food was very inexpensive and catered to the area. It was also good every time I was there. $11 for a burger isn't expensive if it is done properly with quality ingredients. Unless, of course, you're looking for McD's price and quality.
Went in for lunch on a Saturday afternoon and had an 11$ hamburger that was pretty good. The soup that came with it was good. The $4 bud light draft sucked.
I'd give them some more time to come to their senses and realize they could have a very good and busy neighborhood bar/restaurant if priced for the local crowd. If they don't and continue to try and be an "upscale bistro" they will be gone soon.
Stars was a lovely place, like many in Charleston (we are so spoiled). Did not have any food there, but wine and beer menu were vast, but seriously overpriced especially for being on tap. Was disappointed that they didnt serve food on the rooftop, but an overall a nice experience.
My fiancé and I were very excited about trying this restaurant, as we were seriously considering using it as a potential rehearsal dinner venue. Our waiter was phenomenal: very friendly, knowledgeable, and made several great suggestions for wine. The appetizers were very good. My entrée, the salmon, was delicious. However, my fiancé's trout came out of the kitchen laden with salt. Neither of us ever likes sending back/complaining about food, but my fiancé has a very hearty appetite, so when he could only take three bites of his food, I knew it was pretty bad. I tasted it, and it tasted like salt water; you couldn't taste anything else in the dish. We told our waiter about this problem, and he assured us that the trout would be taken off of our bill, since it was inedible. However, the manager then quickly came out to our table and, astonishingly, told us that it was supposed to taste that way, and that we would have to pay for it. We were both shocked by how patronizing the manager was, and if he would have tasted the entree, he would have quickly realized the fish was dead from over-salting (we love salt by the way!! Just not when it tastes as if the salt shaker exploded on our food). The waitor obviously was embarassed, and apologized several times for the kitchen's mistake. Anyway, after that experience, we definitively decided not to have our rehearsal dinner there. It's too bad, because the rooftop is lovely. All it would've taken for me to give this place 4 stars and walk out of the restaurant happy was a comped trout, or at least a less salty one to replace it, even a simple apology from the manager. Instead, he acted as if we had unrefined palates (although that could've been true at that moment, since the salt prohibited us from tasting any other flavor the rest of the meal).
I never review restaurants. I work in F&B, and I also eat out a lot. I like to think that most places understand their strengths. We can't all be the next Sean Brock sensation or Mike Lata's next big thing, nor do we want to be. There's nothing wrong with being a cheap burger joint, or rocking out bar food, or consistently offering a pleasant surprise when we just aren't in the mood to go downtown. More importantly everyone has there bad days and we all deserve a pass or two. The only reason I felt the need to add my two cents is there are so many other "neighborhood favorites" that consistently put this place to shame and deserve the attention. Just to wrap it up in a neat little package; The service was SLOW, the chicken was dry, the shrimp was overcooked, the "seasonal" menu was riddled with GREEN tomatoes at the height of tomato season, the owners were overbearing, and the prices were demanding for mediocre food. So many other "neighborhood favorites" consistently deserve my attention; Glass Onion, The Lot, Wild Olive, Heart, Black Bean Company, Zia, Home Team, The Southern General, Smoky Oak, Fat Hen, Pick Thai, even the Sloppy Cow and Gene's (I love the pork chop sandwich). i guess a lot of folks live nearby and need an option but I'm keeping my standards, it's worth the drive.
How "upscale" can you be in a strip mall?
Give me a break.
Upscale means overpriced is my guess since I haven't stopped in yet.
I've only been to Sweeney's once so far, but it seems like a great addition to John's Island. They've worked wonders with Normandy Farm's old space, and the menu items my table tried were nice, too (crab salad, scallops). It has a nice mix of meaty and veg-friendly dishes. It's also pretty flexible in terms of price. You could go big with fairly expensive entrees, or order a sandwich for a modest dinner out. I hope it gets enough support to keep opening for lunch - with Fat Hen and Wild Olive both shuttered during the day, it really fills a gap, then!
I am now re-reviewing Heart after returning since I heard they made some front of the house changes. I was pleasantly surprised to find AWESOME service this time around. I have never had bad food at Heart (always delicious but just painful service coming from a former food and bever), so I had to stop going after repeated bad service. It seems this issue has been resolved and we had a very nice server for Saturday brunch, I believe Duncan was his name. Congrats to Heart and thanks for giving me a place to eat on JI thats reasonably priced and has good, quality food!
I would disregard any review written during restaurant week... kind of a given there.
Cypress is excellent. Been going there since they opened and it is always a favorite, even when new and great places open.
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