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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Thai + Vietnamese

Re: “Fire Street Food

I won't go into the whole ordeal...but based on my families experience on a single visit...I have no plans to go back.

Service was weak even though we were seated 6' from counter and there were only a couple other patrons. Waitress was more involved with setting up shop & organizing rather than waiting on customers. Meanwhile, one of the owners(?), a woman, is walking around with a glass of wine in hand and offers no assistance.

My meal came out separately and long after everyone else was a party of 3. Food was not appetizing and bit 'off' from one would expect of familiar dishes.
No thank you.

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Posted by FOBofSC on February 10, 2013 at 4:15 AM

Re: “Bon Banh Mi

"Try Bon Banh Mi only if you want some food that excites your taste buds." i hate when people say shit like that. is it supposed to be a challenge for all those people who enjoy flavorless/dull food?

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Posted by joshl725 on February 8, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Bon Banh Mi

Damn tasty food. Try Bon Banh Mi only if you want some food that excites your taste buds. Every sandwich and taco is packed with tantalizing flavor. Service is quick for takeout, and they do deliver downtown. Parking sucks on Spring street.

Posted by Rokko on February 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Taste of Thai

My new favorite, recently discovered, take out spot! I order out and get the basil rolls, green papaya salad, and chicken curry - all are great! They have a nice dining room and one day I'll make plans to dine in.

Posted by Jessica Tims on January 27, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Re: “CO

they are actually on this site THREE times... perhaps to not show any of the negative reviews! Read this Charleston City Paper page for the truth…

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Posted by EaterMe on September 26, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Re: “CO

They have some how managed to remove all negative reviews! At first I gave this place two stars but that shiesty move has down graded them to ONE! Food is not authentic - overpriced for food/flavor to taste ratio - music is obnoxious - service slow - and hey did I mention the food was BAD!!!!! I am in food and beverage and I come from the west coast where proper vietnamese food reigns... trust me save your pennies and head to H and L asian market. The food there is not perfect by any means but at least your not pissed when you leave.

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Posted by EaterMe on September 26, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Bon Banh Mi

I've been to Bon Banh Mi three times so far. Consistently tasty every time. I prefer the tacos over the sandwich

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Posted by William Dunlap on September 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Bon Banh Mi

Got a bag of sandwiches to go and they were amazingly good. Great spot, cool people.

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Posted by ryanh on September 14, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Bon Banh Mi

I found it delicious, but the portions are on the small side. The sandwich was a hot dog size for $8.50, with no side. They just need to tweak it, and it could be an institution.

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Posted by Sam Pisasale on August 31, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Bon Banh Mi

Congratulations Jason & Jeremy! ! I agree best bahn mi in town! Thanks Aaron Richard for the great compliments on the bread! To find out more about your new village baker, check out this facebook link!

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Posted by charlestonpane on August 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Bon Banh Mi

Without a doubt, the best new spot in town. My wife and I are BIG fans. Aaron, you are right, the beef short rib is the bomb. It's tender and has just enough spice.

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Posted by reedlws on August 20, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Bon Banh Mi

great food, small portions, took $17 to fill up, limited menu

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Posted by coachz on August 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Bon Banh Mi

The folks from Street Hero have finally opened up a brick and mortar location just off King Street and we are so glad they did. If you have had the pleasure of enjoying one of their Banh Mi's at the Charleston Farmer's Market, you now have the good fortune to enjoy these any day of the week (except Monday). The store is clean and bright and the staff was on top of it when we joined them for dinner. Everyone was engaging and passionate about what they were doing and it came through in the finished product. There is beer and wine available as well if you want to stay a while.

This little sandwich bar makes it simple to enjoy the Vietnamese specialty of Banh Mi. Their menu is straight forward - choose a vehicle for delivery of amazing flavor and then choose what it will be filled/topped with. They offer salads, but we opted to sample a variety of their tacos and traditional sandwiches. The tacos are double wrapped corn tortillas griddled to a nice exterior texture. They were good, but we both felt that the corn flavor from the tortillas was a bit too prominent in the dish, robbing a little from the otherwise delicious filling. But the bread....oh man the bread. According to the owner, their rolls are baked by someone local who shall remain nameless. I would compare the rolls to the texture of a Cuban bread, thin crusty exterior and a pillowy-soft interior. I noticed when Jason was assembling our sandwiches he even pulled out the center of the roll, an often overlooked step that is so important. Both incarnations came with the same array of fresh condiments, including pickled carrots and radishes, lots of fresh cilantro and basil, spicy mayo, and a crunchy topping of fried onions.

We tried their 'fillins' of country pate and ham, five spice pork, red curry beef shortrib, and ginger lemongrass chicken. The flavors of each were unique and bold, and it's nice that they offer such a range because each of these really provides a totally different experience texturally. The beef shortrib was so rich and tender, I wanted a bowl of it. The pork was very nicely spiced, but it is a ground meat so we didn't love this one as much due to the lack of structure in the sandwich. The chicken was juicy and had a great flavor, bright with lemon and ginger, but lacked the richness we love so much in a Banh Mi. Which leads us to the winner - the pate and Vietnamese ham combo was our favorite as a cohesive sandwich. This was truly a perfect Banh Mi in the classic way. If you have never had one before, I would start here to get the baseline of what this sandwich is supposed to be. All of the other variations are done very well and it is well worth your time to sample the whole gamut.

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Posted by aaronrichard on August 17, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Re: “CO

I lived on the west coast for years where Vietnamese and Thai restaurants were cheap, plentiful, and authentic. It's rare to find the same level of tastiness here. I wish I could remember the name of the shrimp and noodle dish I was by far the best Vietnamese food (or any Asian food for that matter) I've had in Charleston. Perfectly flavored and spiced. The noodles were a perfect texture and the portion was enough to get full and take some home. My husband had a rice dish with several different types of meat that was good, too. And I'm glad they have Westbrook White Thai on the menu! There was a really friendly hostess and the server was nice enough-just very busy. My only complaint is that it was too loud in the restaurant. They were playing club music loud enough to make conversation difficult (we sat upstairs).

Posted by eastoak on July 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Pick Thai

*sweet not sweat...ha!

Posted by eastoak on July 2, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Pick Thai

I really want to find great Phad Thai in town (I'm close to giving up), but Pick Thai's was completely flavorless. It was on the right track because it thankfully lacked that sweat red sauce that lots of restaurants use; however, there were no spices and no peanuts. Maybe the other dishes are better.

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Posted by eastoak on July 2, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Pick Thai

Five stars! Everything is wonderful. Try the desserts!

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Posted by alteredstate on July 1, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Re: “CO

My girlfriend and I walked over on a prime Saturday evening around 8:00pm. We had a short 10-15 minute wait but were able to sit at the bar and we both got drinks. The bartender was both knowledgeable and attentive. I tried the CO Singapore sling which was better then average. If there are no seats available at the bar then you have to kind of awkwardly wait against a wall behind the people sitting at the bar. After our brief wait we were seated at the top of the stairs. Overall they have a number of small 2 top tables for couples, 1 small section of couch seating maybe for 4-5 people and a number of community tables which is probably why people don't ever seem of have to wait very long despite the restaurant being busy.

We started with the pork and ginger gyoza ($5) and the crispy pork and crab spring rolls ($6) which were both phenomenal. The dumplings were some of the best in town and the spring rolls were crispy, delicious and not the least bit greasy.

For our entrees I ordered the beef pho ($12) and my girlfriend ordered the pad thai ($14). The pho came out steaming hot with perfectly rare beef slices. It was well seasoned and came with a side of sriarcha like chili sauce to spice it up a little if desired. The pad thai was on par with Basil's. I think they're both delicious and I wouldn't be able to pick one over the other.

The only sour spot was the service. Our server was very rude, dismissive and inattentive. I thought that perhaps this was an isolated incident however the table beside of ours was having a similar experience with a different server. I was a little disappointed because in my opinion having excellent food is usually the hard part, having a friendly well managed staff should be the easy part.

Overall the food was wonderful and I will definitely go back even if its just for takeout!

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Posted by Bill Price on June 14, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Re: “CO

Overall: a solid, rich menu in a very cool space without a huge price tag

I went as part of a trio on Saturday; 8pm no problem getting a seat (that won't last) but there was a solid crowd. There's no hostess station, you sorta meander upstairs if you don't want to sit at the bar. The music was quite loud downstairs, for better or worse, and permeated upstairs. I think they've mounted their subwoofers in the ceiling above the bar, which makes the benches upstairs vibrate. This might not be a negative.

Our server was knowledgeable about the menu, saying that they'd taken time to familiarize the staff with all the dishes. That was good. In addition to reasonably-priced (for Charleston) wine by the glass and bottle, they have several draughts (Westbrook White Thai, Kirin Ichiban, etc...) as well as interesting cocktails. I got this gin with ginger martini. DRINK THIS, but especially with your food.

Speaking of food: the 5-spice Pork Banh Mi is slap-your-momma, ridiculously good. The edamame spring rolls, shrimp dumplings, tofu and curry noodles are very good. The Vietnamese ramen bowl is just okay, but not anything that would sully the otherwise very good meal. I think its failing where the others succeeded so well was that it lacked any distinct, fresh-veggie/herb taste that leapt from the other dishes. The menu is great for sharing within a group, which we did.

With drinks and probably too much food for three, our bill was $24/person with tax, plus tip. Not bad.

They're getting lunch hours very soon (maybe already) as well as local delivery soon.

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Posted by factoryconnection on May 11, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Pho #1

We eat here a few times a month and it's consistently good. The biggest downside is the smell of the grocery store, which ranges from "interesting" to "oh my god I'm gonna hurl!" I have tried nearly everything on the menu and keep coming back to P1 and H3. Their goi cuon are the best I have had in Charleston. Be extremely careful when ordering because the woman who works there has a hard time distinguishing between the sounds of "B" and "P". Your best bet is to point to it on the menu so you can be sure. She's better in French than English so that's another option.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on April 1, 2012 at 11:38 PM
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