The kitchen needs to find its way to a source for herbs and spices. Recent lunch for two. Fried green tomatoes with cornmeal breading with no discernible seasoning and did not adhere to the fruit. Large SHREDDED crab cake with little or no seasoning. Butternut squash soup that was inedible. Unseasoned cornmeal breaded catfish that was applied to very thin fillets that ended up dry and tough at each end and mushy in the middle.
In a word - inconsistent. I am a local, I have eaten here often. Sometimes its very good (never great) and sometimes its bad (and occasionally very bad). I have really enjoyed the wine and bar food, however, once made up a reason to leave in the middle of dinner it was so bad. Beautiful decor and good service but that's very normal for Charleston. When spending that kind of green I would go to Charleston Grill instead
Sorry nope! Flat taste at inflated prices. I really wanted to like this but it's was un-original and bland. While I appreciate the whole "local first" movement it should be something that is done bc it's the right thing to do and not used as your calling card... frankly the hype should be about the flavor and not the farm. Sorry but this is not going to be all I had hoped. Good service though.
How does a place rate 3.1 stars after only one review?
Ick. Bring back El Bohio please!
We went to the location expecting to be blown away with Cuban food and instead got lack luster food from a new restaurant trying to be cool and join the "locally grown" movement. While I appreciate the focus on "locally sustained meats and produce" the food was forgettable and flavorless.
2 glasses of wine and 3 small plates for "sharing" cost $50 + tip.
In a city with hundreds of options for food, I will not be back.
I went to Cypress for the first time last night for Restaurant Week. It cost $90 with tip for two restaurant week dinners and a martini - the martini (Lavender) was the only thing worth paying for.
Started with Lobster Bisque - it was okay. I had the Koren Beef BBQ for dinner and the first four or five bites tasted like nothing but char and ash from the grill. The rice and veggies were lackluster and overall I decided I'd rather save the calories for dessert. Bad idea. The Pecan Pie was horrible. One of the worst desserts I've ever had during restaurant week. It was small and round and I had to hold on to it with my hand in order to cut the crust. The middle was dry and it was just...definitely not good.
As someone who looks forward to restaurant week each September/January and really enjoys trying new places I can't normally afford, I was very dissappointed to have wasted my money here. If I ever go again, it will be to get a Lavender Martini from the bar upstairs - I'll eat dinner somewhere else.
Meant to give Angel Oak five stars!
We were glad to hear that a new restaurant opened on Johns Island, and we're really glad we stopped in at Angel Oak Restaurant on Friday night. The restaurant's interior is comfortable and inviting. Nicole (the owner) greeted us and made us feel at home by bringing a jar of boiled peanuts to our table. We ordered two appetizers --- the fried bacon and the lobster mac and cheese and both were delicious. For our entrees I chose the Beef Short Ribs (red wine-braised with thyme demi-glace over stone ground grits) and my significant other ordered the Shrimp Carbonara (with tender local shrimp and house-made pasta). We loved both dishes.
We like everything about the place --- the ambiance, the wonderful food and the great service we received.
Next Sunday we're going to try Angel Oak's brunch!
This is my first restaurant review. I live on James Island and every time we drove by Heart we said we were going to stop by. Well today we did! What a treat! My husband and I both enjoyed our meals. I had the blackened catfish and he had the cheeseburger with jalapeno peppers added. We enjoyed the sides. Our waitress was great. Everyone was friendly and the jazz music was a nice change from elevator or theme music. I plan on having my friend meet me there for lunch soon. Thank you for such an enjoyable dinner.
Best "bar" food in town!!!
The sirloin in a steamed bun, flatbread pizza and the bahn mi are out of this world. My wife really enjoyed the sweet and sour meatballs and the crab rolls (lobster style and she ate both)
One so-so dish (streak fries i.e. potatoes wedges) out of seven is 5-star. You're not going to save money by eating in the bar but a couple can share 6 or 7 amazing dishes and have a 2 or 3 drinks apiece plus a generous tip for about $150. It's laid back and delicious what more can you ask for.
Dinner last night was remarkably lackluster at a steep price.Something is badly amiss here
Our experience at FIG was absolutely amazing from start to finish. The mood is warm, the staff is inviting and knowledgeable, and the food is incredible. Our server, John, was very personable and really impressed me with his thoroughness and depth of knowledge of everything FIG. The first delight I experienced was their drink menu which featured some very creative cocktails. My focus immediately went to the 'build your own Manhattan' feature that allows you to custom design your perfect drink from a robust list of bourbons, vermouths, and bitters. Also very cool was the array of Negronis and other special proprietary cocktails offered.
Now onto the food...the focus here is on clearly on using locally sourced ingredients at their prime and treating them minimally to really honor the ingredient itself. Reading the menu, I immediately noticed that majority of selections begin with the actual source or location of the ingredients in the dish. We started out with the coddled Sea Island Farm egg and the chicken liver pate and pork ciccioli. So, I have never had a coddled egg and I really didn't know what to expect when we ordered it, but let me say this is an experience not to be missed. Our server brought out a tiny cast iron pot, removed the lid, and exposed a gently simmering sea of Parmesan cream, tiny croutons, and beech mushrooms. Diving into it, the egg yolk bursts and mixes with the broth to create a flavor that is absolutely sublime. The pate plate was perfect, the chicken liver and pork ciccioli were super smooth and flavorful and the pickled accompaniments and toasted brioche were just right.
For entrees we chose the ricotta gnocchi and suckling pig confit and were blown away by both. If you have never had ricotta-based gnocchi (as opposed to the more traditional and heavy potato-based) you have got to give it a try. Imagine plump clouds of sweet ricotta dumplings in a sea of deeply flavored lamb bolognese. Amazing. The suckling pig, sourced from nearby Caw Caw Creek Farms, is slowly confited and then the meltingly tender meat assembled rounded up and gently seared. Served with roasted beets and greens in a sea of pork jus this dish had everything.
Of the many higher end restaurants we have been to in Charleston, FIG sits right there at the top. What really differentiated this restaurant from some of the other top notch establishments was its lack of pretentiousness while still maintaining the experience. The food and service were perfect and we felt comfortable and welcome being there.
Angel Oak is the latest occupant of this cute little spot on Savannah Highway just south of Main Road, and I have to say it is definitely my favorite so far. The husband and wife couple that have moved in here have really made it their own with lots of personal touches that really make the dining area feel like home. If you have been into this space previously, be prepared to enjoy a complete makeover. The main space now looks like a proper dining room and the servers are all well versed and friendly. We were warmly greeted by Nicole, one of the owners, and promptly seated.
All of their appetizers sounded intriguing so we tried a good variety. The winners were definitely the crab cake and the fried bacon. The crab cake was pure, sweet blue crab with just enough to hold it together and bring out the natural flavors. A spicy remoulade was drizzled across the plate that gave a nice balance. The fried bacon consisted of a plate of lightly battered, smoky thick cut bacon strips, paired with a spicy buffalo dipping sauce to amp up the flavor. The port wine pate was nice and creamy, and came potted in a little glass mason jar. It was paired well with toast points and vinegary pickled radishes and a nice chow-chow. The lobster mac and cheese sounded divine, but we found the cheese sauce to be too oily for our liking.
The entrees were all very tasty, generous portion sizes and expertly cooked. We sampled the braised short rib and shrimp and grits. The short rib was cooked perfectly, it flaked away with a fork and a gentle touch. This was definitely one of the most tender pieces of meat I have had in a while, and could only have been improved if a little more of the demi-glace was present. The stone ground grits it sat atop were creamy and hearty, and a buttery sauce and some micro-herbs brought it all together. The bang-bang shrimp and grits were decent, flecked with crisp bites of smoky bacon. However this dish needed a bit more gravy and spice to live up to its bangin name. The execution of all the dishes was top notch, technique is no issue here. However I think if the chef were a little more liberal with the seasoning and sauces he would have a home-run.
The wine list is extremely short and several essential varietals were noticeably absent. I would suggest a broader range of styles and prices to better appeal to the wine drinking crowd. The beer selection was broad and even featured some local brews. It appeared that the beer selection will vary on a rotational basis, with the current offerings displayed on a chalk board.
Overall, Angel Oak shows a lot of promise and I am excited to see a passionate team at the helm of this establishment. Having not even been open for a week, I think it is fair to say that they will only get better. The owner checked in on us throughout the meal to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. The little touches, like the slate serving platters, create a wonderful ambiance. We look forward to trying them again after they have had some time to work out the fine details. It is well worth the drive to give this place a try, it is downtown quality food in a more comfortable West Ashley environment.
Personally, I don't like the atmosphere. It's hard, cold, clanky, clamorous, noisy, uncomfortable and unwelcoming. I like to go into a restaurant and "claim" my space, get comfortable and really enjoy the whole experience without feeling that my "neighbors" are a part of that experience. Sorry. Don't really care how good the food is...it's just not a place I want to spend a lot of time in. Kind of like a Trailways bus station without the luggage.
Hmmm...I guess I don't see it. I think it's a generational thing about wanting to sit in a very loud room and scream at your companion 2 feet away. And then have some sort of "music" buzzing overhead like a drone about to strike.
The food was good, but I'm WAY over this "buy local" crap. Really? That's the new rallying cry? Based on the amount of non-local booze, cars, clothes, gas and about everything else that isn't made here yet robustly purchased, I guess someone needs something to hang their hat on. Freeing Tibet got boring so now they're on to Buy Local. I want to sit a line of non-local tomatoes and a local tomato next to each other and bet someone they couldn't objectively pick it out by taste. Unless "buy local" means buy it from a local person who imports their goods. In which case, buy my stuff. But I digress, the food was very good - no problem. By the way, the local tomato was divine, it made the meal. I detected a hint of Johns Island with the aftertaste of pluff mud and Carnival Cruise Line soot. The alcohol is being too cute, almost kitchy. If the idea is to be different - don't. There's a reason popular drinks are popular and a reason why Pabst is only served post "what's the cheapest beer you got?" being asked to a bartender by a beaming young man with his date in tow and hand full of crumpled up dollar bills and change. I watched a bartender artfully muddle berries for a good 2 minutes to make a drink. I slipped in and out of a coma during the process. Service - extremely underwhelming. I actually agree with Zoe on this one - it shouldn't take 4 trips. Silverware at least should be on the table already. Menus can be taken with the hostess while seating. Specials told by waiter, then water brought and dinner ordered during that visit. Maybe three trips if I'm not ready to order when he brought water. That's it - MAX. But they are very friendly there, I must admit.
And yes, I agree - I hate to admit it Zoe, you're only being friended because of your outfit/body. But being a woman, I'm sure you not only realize that, you exploit it. But I also have to admit, I guess I would too if I were you. Kudos.
I have been to Heart now at least 8-10 times and have been there enough to realize 2 things--the food is really good and the service SUCKS! The best service we had was soon after they opened and we were the only table for late lunch. Then, the service got worse and worse. From having a full patio set-up but no one to work out there, to having a server that seems to avoid the table rather than wait on it, there are multiple front of the house fails there. I once joined the table after my friends had drinks and this completely confused the server.
My last meal there will probably be my last though after the most painful brunch ever. Our server must have had a rough night because he was in slowmo! It took 5 minutes for him to set out bev naps for water, 30 minutes to get our drinks, 30 minutes for food and then he never came back. We had to finish up with the manager who was aware of an issue without us saying anything.
I hope this place stays open so we have good food on James Island, but unless they clean house and realize their staff is making the restaurant a sinking ship, say goodbye to Heart.
Despite the blazing heat we sat on the patio area Saturday night. So glad we did. The herb garden and the GIANT tomato plant are a great backdrop to this "fancy barn" space. Our server, Ashley, was on point, knowledgeable and gave us great suggestions (including going to The Cocktail Club after our appetizers and drinks). We had the Ricotta Gnudi and the Tempera Squash Blossom. Great food and service to begin our date night downtown. As we walked through the dining room to exit, we were again very glad that we sat outside. The dining room is a very loud.
I will go to that restaurant tomorrow when I visit Folly. Sounds very interesting. But Zoe, the whining reviewer, I have one question: Why would anyone with a brain take their DOG to a restaurant? Is he the only mammal that will accompany you on a date? Folks who mistake their pets for humans are sometimes strange, but, please, don't bring your canines to places meant for people!
Love Heart and their food, but I really just want to thank Jaxx for such an awesome comment. You nailed it. Zoe, quit your whining and one-star reviews, no one cares and your level of stupidity is hurting my head. You ever think that maybe it's YOU and not all these restaurants?
The 51 friend requests probably have something to do with your boobs jumping out of your shirt, not your ignorant review.
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