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 ($35 check) off of people that would not have been there on a normal Sunday evening. Every dollar counts, not just for those receiving the tips, but for those giving the tips as well.
Restaurant Week gives us a chance to try something different, and a good reason to treat ourselves. If you feel that the restaurant is not being properly showcased with the special menu, speak up. I have to believe that the star chefs of Charleston do not want their Restaurant Week menus to be their dirty little secrets. Restaurant Week is a chance for locals to get out and try something new, why not showcase your best dishes on these menus? I would not find a smaller portion of your award winning dish unreasonable when the special three course menu is the same price as a regular entree.
Went in for lunch on a Saturday afternoon and had an 11$ 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.
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
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.
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.
Food: 5 stars
Drinks: 5 stars
Service: 1.5 stars
Atmosphere: 1 star
The food was worth the drive from Goose Creek. The Spanish Sunrise was a perfect brunch beverage and the coffee was nutty, rich, and delicious. The service was slow and server's attitude was flippant and off-putting.
I am not a fan of the industrial/warehouse setting but I understand it is a design trend. It feels unfinished and unwelcoming and cold.
So I tried this place out and it's a little out of the way for me. There were some things I enjoyed and some things I felt could be better.
There was a 4square special for checking in and getting a free snack. I got the fried green tomatoes as I like FGT. I agree with the person above who mentioned this could be more seasoned. The cornmeal breading was kind of meh (like Shake and Bake would've been better lol) and it seemed the definition of seasoning that was performed was dump some salt and pepper into one spot.
I tried the tuna next. This was very tasty. I was just not thrilled at the price associated. I'm just glad that they do half off apps on Tuesdays to mitigate this a bit.
I also tried the ricotta cheese. The honey that came with the cheese and toast was a nice compliment. The ricotta in general by itself does not tend to have a lot of flavor, so the honey gave it just enough to be a nice little snack.
For dinner I had the chicken. It came with collards and mac/cheese. There was nothing special about the mac and cheese (a lot of places in town seem to add some little flare to mac and cheese to make it more memorable for grown ups), but then again this was just a side, so I really shouldn't expect much. The collards were decent after they gave me some extra vinegar to add. I think a little bit of salt would have helped too. The chicken was ok. I think the light breading they used was to better emphasize the honey. It was not bad, but not something I'd rave about.
The service was reasonable. There were times where there were lulls and times where they were well on top of things. I was waited on by a cute server named Ashley. I would go back if she asked me to go back lol.
Angel Oak is about a 30 minute drive from my place. It needs to come up with some more innovation to conventional items if I want to just randomly decide to go there with any kind of frequency. It should do more than simply be a place that has items A, B and C. It should have an awesome and innovative take on items A, B and C if it wants to draw people from further out.
We had a wonderful dinner at Angel Oak Restaurant, but stopped in for brunch and were disappointed. The food was good, but the portions were ridiculously small. The Eggs Benedict came without a side, with just a smidgen of hollandaise sauce, and there were just a few silver dollar pancakes on my friend's plate. We left hungry.
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.
My husband and I stopped in for a drink and a small bite to eat at the bar last night. Unfortunately we were not particularly impressed. I ordered the "Mac-hattan," which was the worst Manhattan I have ever had - it was really watered down and had ice chips floating in it, presumably from over-shaking. The octopus panzanella was not much better. The octopus was nicely cooked, but everything else on the plate buried the delicate sweetness of the octopus. The heavily buttered mushy croutons and roasted root vegetables were really fatty and heavy, the bitter greens on the plate could have been a nice contrast to the heaviness of everything else, but they were drowned in a dressing reminiscent of Hidden Valley Ranch. Basically it lacked balance and was crying out for some acid. On a high note, my husband enjoyed his rabbit and the Avery Ellie's Brown Ale on draft. We'll give them one more shot for a whole dinner, but my expectations will be a bit lower next time.
It was the best of times and it was the worst of times. I can't think of a better way to describe our experience at Cypress.
Cypress is one of the three Hospitality Management Group Inc, restaurants (sister restaurants include Blossom and Magnolias) on East Bay. Parking is easy as there is a parking lot nestled between the three locations.
The restaurant itself is very pretty. High ceilings, an antique brick façade, colorful chairs, an open kitchen and a “wine wall” adorn the 1st floor. There is a second floor seating area that includes a bar, but we did not see it. Ceiling lights changed colors as we were there giving the room wonderful, warm hues.
The Best Of Times…….
Although the restaurant would become crowded after we were seated, it wasn’t crowded at all when we arrived. This lent itself to allowing our server to quickly approach our table. We ordered a few beverages and then began to pursue the menu selections. The menu is very interesting. There is a page that has your regular app’s, salads, entrees, etc. and a page that has “seasonal offerings” which included ‘Three for $39.00’ selections – appetizer, entrée and dessert. We liked the variety and the selections.
I was chagrined to realize that I had forgotten my reading glasses. This would have really slowed the ordering process… The server overheard me and mentioned that customers had often left reading glasses and so they had loaners that I could use. I took him up on his offer and it was a big plus.
We started with the Crab Cake over Creamed Corn, a Butter Lettuce Salad and the Charcuterie (House Cured Meats Plate). Chef Craig Deihl is one of only a couple Chefs making his own Salami and dried meats . Bar none, every dish was terrific. Our friend grew up in Maryland and is a crabmeat afficianato. She mentioned that her dish was one of the best crab cakes she’d ever tasted. The House Cured Meats were served room temperature which brought out the flavor even more. A variety of olives also garnished the dish. This too, was very nice. My Butter Lettuce Salad was “like budda”, but… the top core of the salad was very brown. How do you miss that? Brown-ness aside we thought we were off to a great start.
It was then that we began to wait awhile for our entrees. No big deal as the company was great. But I did notice that other servers were much more engaging with their customers than ours. They were making suggestions, explaining were the local products came from, etc. Our server was just robotic. "Oh well”, I thought, our appetizers were very good, so perhaps the entrees would be too.
The Worst Of Times………
This is when the fun came to a screeching halt. First of all, our server was nowhere to be found. Many runners brought our entrees. The plates were very warm and everything looked good. Alas, looks aren’t everything.
I ordered the Wahoo. On a dare the server couldn’t really tell me much about it, but it was the only fish dish offered. Two building-block-like pieces of incredibly bland, pan seared fish were served over a succotash concoction that included local beans. I don’t think I’ve ever had a more bland dish - bland and salty, very salty.
The guys ordered the filet that was topped with a house-made Boursin cheese. It was accompanied by boring, zero flavor fingerling potatoes and asparagus. I think our friend said it best when he said, “Had I known there would be a Tsunami of cheese I would have never ordered this.” The cheese completely overpowered the meat.
An “Oscar” version of a filet was also ordered. It came with some asparagus and this gross, burnt version of a large potato chip which was inedible. Each steak had a different degree of doneness although they were all ordered medium. All of the dishes were also very salty. Our server remained MIA.
We got through dinner OK and then he did arrive to see if we wanted dessert. I suggested some decaf and then we all passed on dessert. I had ordered the Three for $39.00 special and dessert was included however. So I asked for 4 forks so that we could all try it.
Tick tock, tick tock, time march on. No server and no cheesecake. Finally after we were on our second cup of not-even-lukewarm coffee we asked if the cheesecake had been forgotten. He said it was on its way. We watched then as he scurried around the kitchen. We started timing this and it was over 12 minutes before it arrived. This was on top of the first 8 minutes or so we waited.
And THEN the cheesecake was just awful. A small 1 ½” by 2” piece of ricotta cheesecake was served on a plate with three strawberries. It tasted like packing peanuts. But the absolutely horrid thing about the dish was it was topped with what appeared to be candied orange rind. We think that the pastry chef might have mistakenly used salt instead of sugar in making it. It literally made us all gag.
All in all, don't bother. There's plenty of other great restaurants in Charleston.
It's nice to have a place like 17 North way out yonder for those of us in MP looking for a good meal, after a long day, without having to drive too far. The food is good and the menu is interesting. Love the fact that they are growing their produce on property. Happen to agree about things like the utensils and tiny wine glasses. The prices certainly merit a bit better quality. Overall, food is good and service has been friendly. The outside patio with the fire pit is most inviting, especially unique touch is the marshmellows they provide for roasting!
I usually make a reservation and have not had to wait long for my table, but after reading the former hostess' comments, I'm so glad she's not working there anymore. Makes me think twice about the next time I go, what is the rest of the staff thinking? Do they share the same loathing for the patrons that this person obviously does? Hope Brett has something to add to make me feel comfortable about returning to 17 North because honestly that was quite a turnoff.
FIG is an interesting place. The menu is great with lots of fresh choices. However, the portions were tiny and expensive. I was not expecting a huge plate full of food but considering that sides are extra I expected the entree to be filling. I'll probably try it again since the menu was so good but hoepfully I can find someone else to pay!
Ate here this evening with the family. It was an enjoyable meal but nothing to write home about. The service was slowish (water and drink glasses were empty before a server came around AND we were promised bread with the meal THREE times and it NEVER came). Prices were reasonable.
The music on the patio was an added bonus.
Will return but not soon.....there are many better places in Mt P and Daniel Island to go to.
Great service. Food is good. The menu needs more selections. Wine list is pricy. Not a five star.
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