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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Modern American

Re: “Leaf and Bar

Leaf Restaurant catered my son's Rehearsal Dinner in April 2013 for 70 people including several small children who were allowed to order from the children's menu. I worked with Pierre Espossey to plan the event and unlike other venues in Charleston, Leaf & Pierre expressed interest in providing the atmosphere and menu that would make for a great kick off to my son's wedding weekend. Thanks and I recommend Leaf Restaurant to any event planner or person wanting quality service and food in a great atmosphere.

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Posted by Charlyne B. Raih on May 2, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Leaf and Bar

leaf is far and away our favorite place to eat in ctown the staff and owners go out of their way to make it our #1 place when we visit from illinois basil leaf is my wifes favorite please don't change a thing on menu can't wait for march 2014 when we return

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Posted by breese on May 1, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Leaf and Bar

Their Basil Leaf Linguine has sauce that is way, way too creamy.

It sucks balls.

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Posted by Pronghorn on April 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Leaf and Bar

I agree with another reviewer about this being a great "go-to" place. If you have people in town or a group for lunch or dinner its a nice, inexpensive place to go. Plus they have great service. I was there this weekend (and I go a lot) and when my food came out, randomly the ham was missing from my ham bocadillo. I wasn't upset, I could tell it was an honest mistake and was happy to eat my truffle fries while they fixed it. The waitress took it off the bill without us even asking. And she removed our friend's beer b/c he didn't' care for it. Completely unnecessary, but appreciated. Those type of touches in service is what makes it such a go-to place for people in town.

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Posted by Q on April 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Re: “The Grocery

Excellent experience at Grocery! both small and large parties!

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Posted by lmwilso on April 17, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Re: “The Grocery

Good atmosphere, below average food for the price.

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Posted by mrlugnut03 on April 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Re: “The Grocery

I'm suprised too - thought the dinner menue was over priced and certainly not enough food - Brunch was a much better value. My wife and i are shocked to see essentaily New York City prices at many of the new spots on upper King with out the quality- This includes The Grocery

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Posted by Bob Kosian on April 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Stars Restaurant Rooftop and Grill Room

Great food, diverse menu. Really great prices as well - beautiful rooftop bar.

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Posted by C OB on April 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Re: “The Lot

Best service I have had yet in Charleston. Great food. Reasonable prices considering the quality. I would change the decor that may still be hanging about from its Cuban predecessor; it doesn't fit in with the simple elegance of the food and the table settings.

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Posted by Bridget Fountain on April 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Re: “The Grocery

I'm kind of suprised at the high star reviews too... The Grocery is good but it's not one of the greats. I would spend the same amount of money on a different restaurant. Good food, not awesome.

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Posted by C OB on April 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

We went to Angel Oak to use a Groupon we had purchased in the fall. We couldn't have been more pleased with everything. The decor is really cute. I loved the mismatched napkins and chairs. Our waiter, Dwayne, was one of the best servers I've encountered (and my husband I eat out often). He was very friendly, told us about the couple who owned the restaurant, checked on us multiple times to make sure we had everything we needed. He definitely put our experience over the top. As for the food, it was fantastic. We had the brie en croute, which was just enough food for us to share as a starter. It didn't feel heavy, like cheese can sometimes, and it came with grapes and strawberries, which were a good balance to the cheese/bread. For entrees, we had the salmon and the steak au poivre. I really liked the presentation of all of the food, but the fries in a little brown bag was just perfect! It prevented them from getting soggy from the sauce on the steak. Both entrees were delicious, and the serving size was just right. Not miniscule, like some fancier restaurants, but not oversized either. I think the brussel sprouts that came with the salmon were my favorite part of the meal. They were caramelized with brown sugar and lardons. Yum! It was also nice that we just happened to go on 1/2 price wine night, where they offer 1/2 price on wines by the bottle, but also the glass! It was a perfect weeknight date night! We will defintely be back!

Posted by Colleen on March 14, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Bistro 536

Dined over the weekend at Bistro 536 with my wife. Food was fantastic! Started off with the crostini which were generously topped with spinich and mushrooms in a delicious cream sauce. My wife had the vegetable risotto and I ordered the Osso Bucco. The Osso Bucco was delicious and fell off the bone from the long slow roast. Many wines by the glass gave us both a chance to pair a separate wine with our meals. All-in-all, this was a very nice dinner and I highly recommend.

Posted by joshl725 on March 11, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

Heart is an amazing addition to JI! The food and drinks are incredible! Service is on par with a fine dining experience, everything is made to order...not cookie cutter!! Get the word out so HEART continues to stay on JI! We love it!!

Posted by Deborah Porter on March 6, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

Sadly, I can only review the customer service and the decor, not the food. I tried to eat at Heart on a recent Saturday and when I walked in it was busy, but not hectic and we were the only people waiting (just 2 of us, not a big party). No sign indicates whether to seat yourself, or wait to be seated. There was a young man behind the counter (within direct eyesight, and less than 6" away) but we were ignored by him for 2 minutes until he finally said in an off-handed, almost annoyed manner that he would help us "in a minute." TEN, minutes later he was still ignoring us despite still being behind the counter and still attending to other customers at the counter off and on. This young man pointedly avoided eye contact, and when one of us approached the counter again to pick up a menu to hopefully, and subtly, "remind" him that we were still waiting, he continued to refuse to make eye contact and turned his back without saying a word.

After 10 minutes of being ignored, we decided to leave and take our business elsewhere on JI and where we treated like we existed AND had a great lunch at another restaurant.

As for the decor, it's open and bright, if not a bit bare. The restaurant smells really good when you walk in, but as noted above, sadly I cannot attest to the food. The noise, however, is really loud, probably because there is nothing to absorb it in the concrete and cinderblock construction. Even without being seated I could barely hear anyone, even when 2 feet away from me.

I hope that I caught the Heart Woodfire Kitchen on a very, very bad day, because I like supporting local JI restaurants. However, I'm not sure that I would use my time giving this place a second chance when I know that I can go elsewhere and actually be acknowledged within 10 minutes of walking in. Sadly disappointed.

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Posted by rkm on March 3, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Two Boroughs Larder

Clams!!!

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Posted by OnTheMark on March 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Two Boroughs Larder

Noodle Bowl!!!

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Posted by broberts on February 27, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Re: “The Grocery

I've eaten here about 5 times and have had excellent service and food each time. Last time I had a confit of pork shoulder. I think it was likely the best pork dish I've ever tasted. It's a destination dish. If you ever see it on the menu, run don't walk.

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Posted by willywoody on February 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The Grocery

Wow, I'm pretty surprised at how well-reviewed the Grocery is here. I went with a group of 10, and none of us was particularly pleased with the food. The service was great and the decor was nice, but the food was overpriced for what it was and I feel like there are other restaurants downtown with a similar concept and better execution. I will not be going back.

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Posted by camelina65 on February 27, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Re: “The Macintosh

I love Macintosh for Sunday brunch and for dinner. I am always pleasantly surprised with my dishes and great service.

I hear what others are saying about it being loud and dim. I haven't had a problem reading the menu, and enjoy the active atmosphere. Romantic its not, so if that is what you are looking for, I'd try some where else. But if you are looking for an energetic scene and some seriously good food, this is a great choice.

Favorites include:
Poutine
Pork Belly
Gnudi (drool)
Tilefish - YUM!

Posted by Q on February 13, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Stars Restaurant Rooftop and Grill Room

Have had multiple visits to Stars and love the old but new decor. The food is really amazing I was expecting top notch food and it was beyond my expectations!

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Posted by Jessa Skin on February 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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