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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Southern

Re: “Lucky's Southern Grill

We ate there recently because some friends who live on James Island recommended it. We started with the black eyed pea fritters with ham hocks and we both found them mysteriously tasteless. The minuscule flecks of ham hock by themselves had flavor, and the black eyed peas by themselves did as well. But the whole thing together got lost in whatever they used to bind it all together. The salad they were served with was odd, both in concept and execution. Who eats a fritter nearly the size of a pool ball with a salad? The salad was diced cucumber, tomato and bell pepper that reminded me of pico de gallo, served with some mixed greens. It was dressed with red wine vinegar and nothing else. Both the fritters and the salad were screaming for salt and pepper.

For an entree I ordered the grilled pork chop special, which came with flash fried Brussels sprouts and griddled potato cakes. The best thing on the plate were the Brussels sprouts. They were caramelized and delicious and absolutely perfect. I appreciate it when people don't cook pork to death and pink in the center is perfectly fine. Mine was borderline raw in the center. It had been cooked over very high heat and there were some charred bits on the outside that tasted strongly of gas. The griddled potato cakes were just weird. It seemed like they took mashed potatoes and just put them on the griddle. They were lightly browned but had no texture. They were also very salty.

My partner got the fried chicken. The chicken was lukewarm and the breading was soft and not the least bit crispy. It also had a weird flavor, like they had cooked a lot of shrimp or something else in the same oil. Maybe it was the Brussels sprouts? The onion gravy was nice and had a flavor that reminded me of Thanksgiving.

It was okay overall, but fell into a middle ground where I'll probably not ever think of going back.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on March 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Lucky's Southern Grill

I'm no fan of bbq sauce and asked that it be withheld from the fried oysters that top the baked on the half shell pimento oysters. WOW-what a terrific starter.

As an early bird diner I often suspect prepared food from the afternoon lunch hour is the first out of the kitchen at supper time. That may not be the case at Lucky's. However, my order of fried chicken was served at room temperature and the skin was soggy. A second attempt by the kitchen produced piping hot crispy skinned pieces of rather bland chicken. Either way, I can't recommend this entree. The accompanying mashed potatoes with yummy onion gravy and the collards were both delicious.

Excellent service is worthy of a star but only if the food measures up. Maybe I'll go back and try a different entree but I doubt it.

Personally I have a three-tiered rating plan: 1) I'd go back 2) eh 3) awful. Lucky rates as an "eh".

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Posted by Guy on February 22, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Lucky's Southern Grill

I have eaten at Lucky's several times, and have left there every time, full and happy!! The food is delicious, the servings are "large", and the waitstaff is very friendly and helpful, and always there when you need them!! Plus the owner, John Davis. makes his rounds thru the room quite often checking on everyone. Lucky's is definately a hit!! Its my favorite place for Sunday brunch!!! Great job, John!!!!!

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Posted by Betsy Helander on February 15, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Biggie's Southern Gastropub

Tried the Monday night meatloaf and the gin and house made tonic. It was all good!
Can't wait to go back to my local neighborhood " gastropub".

Posted by luna4 on December 14, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Jestine's Kitchen

It is unfortunate for those visiting Charleston, SC that, for whatever reason(s), they do not venture past Calhoun Streets for a good lowcountry meal. Because there is Bertha's Kitchen on the upper peninsula. There is Ernie's on Spring St. There is also Huger's on King St. near Spring St. But, for those visiting Folly Beach they have discovered Workmen's Cafe'. Unfortunately, WC has been closed for over 2yrs. I was told, however by the previous owner that she is set to reopen in 3-4 wks. The owner plans to reopen in the same location. They are located on Grimball Road just 4 miles from Folly Beach. Check out their website It needs to be updated, but it will give you a general idea of what to expect. And, unlike Jestine's, her mother taught her how to cook. The restaurant was her mother's idea. Look for the City Paper and the Post and Courier's review of WC. Give them a try once they reopen. You will not be disappointed. Trust me. Oh, also their prices were not bad and you got a lot for the money.

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Posted by Angie Bellinger on September 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Harvest Moon Lowcountry Grille

Waitstaff and Chef need to SHUT UP in the bar area and dining room.

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Posted by anyone on March 28, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Jestine's Kitchen

Honestly, the best restaurant I've ever been to.

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Posted by newchasgirl on March 12, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Petticoats

We were looking for a place to have brunch and stumbled upon this place. The food was delicious and reasonably priced for the neighborhood (12 dollar steak and eggs?!) and the staff was very attentive and friendly. I would highly recommend the eggs Bernedette and the almond encrusted french toast. Phenomenal!

Posted by Pookypoo87 on February 21, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Boulevard Diner

Best food for the price hands down.

Posted by chfc on December 20, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Virginia's on King

Definitely my pick for a restaurant serving local ingredients and Lowcountry food. The servers aren't always the most friendly, but you get a lot for your money.

Posted by LowcountryLady on December 15, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Re: “The Med Eatery & Bar

This was OK because the food was bland. The tomato pesto soup tasted like crushed tomatoes, with very little flavor, yet still fresh. The risotto was not true to it's Italian roots, just tasted like firm rice with cream sauce and a few chopped veggies. I will say that the scallops were cooked just right, but the remainder of the dish was bland. On a good note, the atmosphere was nice and they had a great little trio playing.

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Posted by bropo on December 12, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Page's Okra Grill

I've always been a fan of Page's. Good southern cooking at a reasonable price. I've only had minor problems with the service, but it had more to do with staffing than anything else (1 server for 10 or so parties is a tad unreasonable in my opinion). The food is excellent, and I really loved their German nights a couple of months ago. It's just high quality local stuff, and they do run out of the good stuff quick, so you are best advised to come early. I hate the parking lot (there are more ruts and holes leading up to it than I could ever imagine), but the location is convenient in Mount Pleasant and generally there isn't a line to get in the place.

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Posted by Muskie on October 3, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Page's Okra Grill

I hesitate to write this. I don't want to go here again and have to wait a long time for a table...once people try the food...but i don't won't any negative reviews to be posted and that somehow scare anyone off.
Go here and try it. You won't be disappointed if you love local cuisine.
I've tried countless items on the menu since first stopping in and i've never had a bad item yet.
Go ahead and go anywhere in town for fried seafood..and pay 22 bucks for a seafood platter and i doubt it will taste as yummy as anything this kitchen produces.
simple food done right. choices of excellent sides. incrediable deserts what more can you ask for. Don't pay attention to any negatives and don't pay crazy prices ..this place has it all.
as far as the negative review of service..i've never had anything but excellent service so i really have no idea what thats about...actually even if the service is off on a day you choose to go don't worry about it cause the kitchen and the food is going to make up for any front end downside.

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Posted by artrogue on October 3, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Tomato Shed Cafe

My favorite spot for lunch in the Charleston area!! Everything is absolutely delicious and well priced!! My only recommendation would be to add a few more tables and eliminate some of the freestanding displays. I think they have enough of a demand for lunch to do that!!

Posted by rjm on August 28, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Tomato Shed Cafe

Just "discovered" this place last weekend & had lunch, my wife is now teaching school in that area. Unreal. Best crab cake (sandwich) I've had in my life (I've had a lot), excellent cuke/tomato/onion salad, and water/tea/lemonade for $7. Ended up buying some produce & shrimp (also reasonably priced) for dinner the next night.

We'll be back. Probably tomorrow.

Posted by ETimmonsP on August 27, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Tomato Shed Cafe

This place has the best home cooking in the Lowcountry. Never a disappointment. The fresh caught shrimp (NO PRESERVATIVES) come in daily from their own boat.

Posted by Guy on August 27, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Page's Okra Grill

I have never had worse service in my life. For the sake of decency, human interaction, and goodwill towards mankind pease dont eat here.

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Posted by JJM on August 22, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Harvest Moon Lowcountry Grille

Quality ingredients and top drawer presentation. I'm now a regular.

Posted by coachz on August 21, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Jestine's Kitchen

My boyfriend and I went to this restaurant tonight, I read some reviews before we went so we were a little worried it might not stand up to what we were looking for. Was I blown away. I'm from a little town and looking for something to make me feel at home again. We waited for about 45 min to be seated, weren't really sure what to do when we got there.... But soon we found out to wait in line. Just that simple. We both had fried chicken, sweet tea, mac, and collards. Amazing! I felt right at home. While you wait you can look inside and you feel like its just a hustle in there, but as soon as you get inside. It's got a homey feeling to it and it fairly on the quite side. They have this Coca-Cola cake, that is a great twist on some chocolate cake. We enjoyed ourselves very much and will be looking forward to coming back again. The wait in the heat is defitanly worth it!

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Posted by Megan61903 on July 29, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Virginia's on King

We had dinner here and were pleased with the flavors. I had the tomato soup and grilled cheese. The soup was a bit spicy for my taste buds, but good consistency. My husband had the pork sliders and said they were spicy too. The atmosphere was quaint.

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Posted by Georgiafan on July 26, 2010 at 7:40 PM
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