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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Modern American

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

and by the way, they obviously aren't prepared to host 2 people on a Sunday brunch because it took the waitress 4 trips to bring the menus, bring the waters, bring the setups and bring the food, never mind any condiments or s&p. Food was great, but the atmosphere was an immediate fly-fest. SWARMED! Must have been 50 flies (I guess because the patio shares the same space as the dumpster on the other side of a wooden fence) which calmed down a bit once another table got their food. WILL NEVER GO BACK!!!!! I can find worse people to waste my money and energy on.

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Posted by Zoe St Piesse on June 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

I called ahead to ask if they allowed dogs on the patio, and was told by a woman that they were welcome, so I was surprised when I walked in for brunch with my dog on a leash and was greeted by an angry redhead manager shouting 'NO!' NO THAT DOG IS NOT ALLOWED IN HERE!" I told him I knew dogs weren't allowed inside but I didn't know how else to get outside. He rudely escorted me outside and showed me a hidden gate that he explained was used by 'purveyors' {whatever} and he had no response when I asked him why didn't they mention this on the phone or have signs showing the entrance to the gate which was through the disgusting back alley of the restaurant. A$$hole!

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Posted by Zoe St Piesse on June 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Tristan

Hadn't been to Tristan's in a while, well over 5 years ago with a different chef and different style, and thought it was time to give it a try, again. Our meal was excellent and on par with the other top restaurants in town. We won't wait 5 years to go back, that's for certain.

Posted by willywoody on June 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

We are locals, have been going to Charleston area restaurants for over 40 yrs. LOVE this place! These guys know how to cook the best veggies and faro, yum! Meats and flatbreads also outstanding.

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Posted by eslamberson on May 31, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Two Boroughs Larder

We went a couple of weeks after they opened and everything was sublime. The food was inventive with a great conciseness. We went back this past Tuesday and I wondered what worm hole I had stepped into. For one, the place was packed to the rafters. We took the last table they had. It took a while for anyone to realize we were there and bring us menus. And then it took an even longer while for them to come back and ask if we wanted something to drink. And a while after that we got our drinks and got to order.

We had the kung pao sweetbreads, which we shared, then we both got ramen. The kunb pao sweetbreads were sweet breads. They were not even remotely kung pao. It's supposed to be bite-sized chunks of protein with a mixture of chilies, Sichuan peppercorns, and peanuts. The sweetbreads were fried in three large chunks. The sauce was simply straight soy sauce that completely overpowered the delicate sweetbreads and was so salty I couldn't eat it. There were no peanuts, peppercorns or chilies in sight, and it was topped with some incredibly pungent scallions that I was still tasting at lunch the next day. When our waitress -- who is one of the owners -- asked if we liked it, I said no and explained why. She asked if we wanted the chef to remake it for us. I was thinking in my head "he doesn't know what kung pao is", but I simply said no.

I ordered my ramen with lamb belly, kim chee, and pickled mushrooms in a pork broth. The lamb belly was three postage stamp sized slivers that I had to dig to find. The kim chee was spicy, but straight from the refrigerator, as were the pickled mushrooms. I didn't mind the kim chee being cold but was put off by the mushrooms.

I enjoyed talking with the owner and we had an okay time, but something really went off the rails. Because we had such a wonderful time the first visit we'll give them another try. I hope they can pull it together.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on April 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Re: “The Grocery

We enjoyed our experience! The menu is set up in a way that is perfect for sharing and trying lots of new things! I really like the drink list as well. Churros..not just for the fair!
Deep fried dough never tasted so good!

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Posted by foodful on January 30, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Re: “The Grocery

Love this place! Fabulous food, great cocktails, attentive and professional staff. I can't wait to try their brunch!

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Posted by Atlantis0330 on January 28, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Bistro 536

Outstanding restaurant with reasonable prices.

Goat cheese appetizer is fantastic. Calamari are fried, but light, and very good.
Have tried several entrees (grouper, salmon, scallops, beef medallions, daily specials) and all are outstanding. Go to this restaurant to get well-prepared food that you can't duplicate at home. This can't be a coincidence -- the chef is the best! Service is equally good.

I don't write reviews but I want this place to succeed.

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Posted by corazondeleon on January 24, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Re: “The Macintosh

We went for the first time during Restaurant Week. I wasn't prepared for dining in a cave so the first challenge was finding enough light to actually read a menu. I understand that at a bar you don't need bright lights because people are telling a bartender what they want to drink. In a restaurant, however, people need to read menus. Turn up the lights!

My spinach salad was a train wreck. It was supposed to have several components but all I got was spinach. The vinaigrette had no acid and the salt had just been thrown on and I got it all in one bite since I couldn't see what I was eating. My partner's lamb ravioli was cold on the outside and barely warm in the middle. The triggerfish and braised duck leg entrees were both excellent, but the desserts seemed like afterthoughts.

I'll give them another chance with greatly reduced expectations.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on January 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

Had my second trip there today, and it has always been great! Wonderful food in a laid back environment. The staff is really down to earth, and the owner chef is still working in the trenches making sure the food is to his standards every day. Make sure to try the brussel sprouts!

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Posted by Tayers06 on January 16, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

We've had lunch at Heart Woodfire Kitchen twice and love everything about the place. The food is great --- the vegetable side dish I tried was probably the best "side" I've ever had!

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Posted by alteredstate on January 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

Wonderful! The burger was perfect and I was astonished to eat the most tasty broccoli of my life! Go!

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Posted by Sandra on January 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

Outstanding fresh food prepared in house and served by a very friendly staff. Wide selection of adult beverages from the simple to the exotic.

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Posted by rockdoc98 on January 12, 2012 at 6:01 AM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

i'm quite a fan of folly beach and was visiting this past saturday for a typical stroll on the beach when i decided to venture home. upon doing so i noticed this new place i had never seen before. it had only been open for a month and i was more than surprised when my companion and i decided to give it a try. i had the braised chicken (breast) with roasted vegetables and farro, by far the best thing i have eaten at a restaurant in quiet some time. the chicken was cooked perfect and the vegetables were amazing. i'm not a fan of brussell sprouts which were included in the vegetables...after feasting upon theirs, i am now a fan! the decor and music is very eclectic and comforting, can't wait to go back!

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Posted by sarawcu17 on January 11, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Opal

Fabulous dinner at the bar with a couple girlfriends. Everything was delicious and service fantastic. I'm working on my strip mall biases and this restaurant helped a lot in that regard. Great meal, proud to be a Mt. Pleasantian.

Posted by JaneSMtP on January 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

outstanding. Best restaurant to happen to James island

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Posted by Howard Christiansen on January 5, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Re: “High Thyme

I took The Critic and Stupid Mike from 105.5 The Bridge out there for lunch....read and hear all the details:

http://blog.charlestonfoodbloggers.com/201…


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Posted by Charleston Food Bloggers on December 31, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Re: “McCrady's

Best in Charleston. Love it! Very unique favors and the best Manhattan in town.

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Posted by CharlestonEater on December 29, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Circa 1886

Another five star experience in downtown Charleston. Circa 1886 is off the beaten path and a little challenge to find, but be persistent and you will be rewarded. We had a great meal last night, the service was great and the surroundings are lovely. The food is imaginative and incredibly tasty. We'll be going back.

Posted by dsharlee on December 24, 2011 at 7:25 AM

Re: “The Macintosh

The Macintosh does not diappoint! Chef Bacon is cooking at his best. The service is warm and the menu changes almost daily. I had the ricotta gnudi, the short rib ravioli's and the deckle. It was amazing you should run not walk to The Macintosh

Posted by Daniel P on December 16, 2011 at 7:18 PM
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