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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Cafés

Re: “Bluerose Café

good food, but too crowded now. Also, sad to say the owner, though Irish, has NO idea how to cook a proper scone!

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Posted by RedheadinDixie on April 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Persimmon Cafe

We love it, great food and good prices for lunch. To many places now are overcharging for lunch but I can get a bag of chips and a sandwich for 8 or so dollars. I can get it delivered too!

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Posted by Surfer592 on March 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Black Bean Co.

Very Slow delivery and they never get my orders right. I think i need to find a new place to get delivery.. Plus they dont give much to eat.

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Posted by Surfer592 on March 12, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Five Loaves Cafe

Five Loaves in Mt. Pleasant has moved a few doors down in the same shopping center. The new space is larger and brighter, but with the high ceiling and concrete floor it is very noisy. There is a divider toward the back of the restaurant and sitting behind it is a little better.

We met a friend at 11:45. It was busy and we took the last booth behind the divider. The server came promptly with menus and took our drink order, returned with drinks and took our food order. Then we waited. And waited. And waited. I checked my watch and it was 12:25. Being generous we had waited at least 20 minutes to that point.

The server was refilling glasses at a table next to ours and noticed me. She came to apologize for the wait and said the kitchen got hit with a huge to go order. At 12:40 we finally got our food, which was at least a 30 to 35 minute wait.

While the food and service were okay, management failed horribly and created a poor experience. Taking an order so large it ties up the entire kitchen for 30 minutes and leaves a restaurant full of people sitting without food is simply stupid.

Posted by Charles Robinson on March 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Parson Jack's Café

...Very friendly atmosphere...great chicken tenders...good sweet tea...Chris Tidestrom does an excellent job on Thursday nights, at the open mic event, and the open mic scene will certainly grow rapidly as the summer season comes upon us. I have found the staff to be totally honest and polite...sometimes, maybe some people are served based upon their attitudes...and what they deserve...so Karma serves it up...

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Posted by Charlie Moore on March 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Re: “Black Bean Co.

Every time we have had Black Bean deliver to us they always forget several items from our order and we never get a receipt as well. Worst delivery. Always getting the order wrong. Called back to tell them and they just put me on hold and I've already been waiting over 10 minutes. Enjoy their food but getting it delivered is just a complete waste and a nightmare.

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Posted by Jessie Everidge on March 10, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Persimmon Cafe

Love it!!! When it comes to fast food...your options are usually pretty limited to low-quality/low-grade food. Persimmon is not only fast, but has an incredible array of options that are healthy and fresh. The soup happy hour is a great deal too on the way home from work.

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Posted by Graham Worsham on March 8, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Parson Jack's Café

Horrible service. Almost 1.5 hours for dinner. Every time is a long wait. Wish we had a better pub in West Ashley

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Posted by hissyfit on March 1, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Black Bean Co.

I love going through the drive-thru at BBC, but the service inside the restaurant has been awful on the 3 occasions I've eaten there. I don't mind laid-back service, but in one visit, my waitress forgot multiple drinks, didn't put my order in at the same time as my dining companions', and wasn't at all apologetic. In an attempt to rush my food out, the kitchen delivered my "sautéed" fish almost entirely raw. To be fair, they did comp my meal - but I don't think I'll risk eating in, again.

Posted by Dillon Lights on January 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Sloppy Cow

My favorite burger place in town! Go for the "Spicy Southerner" YUM

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Posted by NicoleS on January 17, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Sloppy Cow

Great food, great service and huge portions!

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Posted by katier18 on January 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Alluette's Café

After reading the great reviews for Alluette's, we were looking forward to a wonderful meal when we stopped in for dinner on a Saturday afternoon. Only only one other table was occupied, but the service was slow. The food was was a disappointment --- small, uninspired servings at a fairly steep price. The items displayed in the glass-fronted refrigerator sure didn't look organic. We left hungry, and later we ended up at Bon Banh Mi, where we had a terrific sandwich.

I don't think we'll be back. I can't believe this is the place about which we heard such good things.

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Posted by changemonger on January 9, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Alluette's Café

I had the worst experience I’ve ever had at a restaurant, and I eat out quite a bit. I’ve lived in Charleston for almost 7 years and have gone to just about every restaurant in the city. We went to Alluette’s tonight with a Groupon that was expiring tomorrow, so we expected the place to be crowded, even though it was a Tuesday night. We had also read about the restaurant and knew the food was prepared from scratch, so we expected to wait for a bit. We were seated right away when we arrived. It took about 15 minutes for us to get our drinks and place our orders. We were ok with this, since the place was busy, and the owner/waitress was nice about it. Things proceed to go very much downhill from there. We both ordered entrees, and I ordered soup, since I was hungry and figured that would be served quickly. I was very wrong. After waiting about an hour and 45 minutes and seeing 4 other tables who arrived after us receive their salads, I finally got the salad that came with the meal, only because my husband mentioned it to the owner, who only made excuses for the bad service stating that they mostly took reservations on Mon, Tues, and Wed and had a lot of walk-ins tonight. At that point, we had had empty iced tea glasses for about 30 minutes, and it took another 15 minutes plus asking multiple times/people to get a refill. We also mentioned the service to our waitress who also had multiple excuses, and asked us if we had researched the place, stating that if we had, we would have known that everything was made fresh, which means it would not be served quickly. I actually had researched the place and expected the service to be slower, but not receiving a salad for one hour and 45 minutes and not receiving our entrees for 2 hours and 30 minutes still seemed excessive to me. When my husband asked the waitress if they had researched how Groupon works , in that most people use it at the last minute, she replied that that was “retarded,” since they gave six months to use the Groupon. It wasn’t until well after we expressed our dissatisfaction to both the owner and waitress and had our entrees that the waitress asked if we would like a piece of cake or a cookie on the house. We declined, and when we paid our bill, we were charged the full amount of our meal. We had hoped that they would do something to make up for our awful experience, but no luck there. While we were there for 2 hours and 45 minutes, we saw multiple groups leave before receiving their dinners, and we talked to multiple tables who were also having the same bad experience we were. I almost can forgive most of what happened, since they seemed to be short staffed and not prepared for having Groupon customers, but the way we were treated by the owner and waitress was not acceptable. We were only given a half-hearted apology after speaking with them multiple times, and nothing was done to make up for the wait and bad service. Not to mention the food was not very impressive. The fried chicken was good but nothing exceptional. The lima bean soup was probably the best thing we had. The fried shrimp had no flavor at all. There are so many wonderful restaurants in Charleston. Don’t waste your time here.

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Posted by Colleen on January 8, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Black Bean Co.

The yogurt & granola are the best!

Posted by MN on December 31, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Gathering Café

I have had lunch and dinner at “The Gathering Café” several times…. Nice cozy restaurant… love the Tandoori rotisserie chicken, the meatloaf and the surprise specials like the Mahi Mahi with cauliflower mash and local sauté greens....in summary, yummy food, great atmosphere, friendly staff….what more can I ask?

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Posted by Maria Falangola on December 19, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Ladles Homemade Soups

Very dissapointing. We went to the Mt P location, and we had take out. The soup was SO bad that we actually went back with it instead of throwing it away and planning something else for dinner. There is no way a cook/chef made this soup as it had zero taste, way too much flour and the texture was appaling. Will never go back.

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Posted by eatingout on November 29, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Ladles Homemade Soups

Used to love Ladles (W. Ashley)... went yesterday and the soup was room temperature and very bland ("loaded" potato -- though they left off the "loaded" part, and lemon greek chicken). The staff was friendly, but very confused and were messing up everyone's orders (it's just soup and sandwiches!).

Disappointing.

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Posted by sbb on November 26, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Ladles Homemade Soups

In a word... Disappointing. The good. Friendly staff, Greek salad, sandwich. The bad. Dirty tables, food on the floor, room temperature soup, plastic bowls and utinsels, one third of their soup selections not available. On the soups we had... Loaded potato was bland. She crab was floury (yes, that's a real word). One can only deduct that the soups that weren't available on an early Satuday evening are the only ones worth trying. Won't bother visiting again. This was the Mt P location.

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Posted by OnTheMark on November 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Leaf Café and Bar

Leaf is a great place to eat and drink with excellent service. Contrary to popular belief, there are not that many "great" restaurants in Charleston, just a lot of them that would like you to think they are.

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Posted by Los Super Saturn on November 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Five Loaves Cafe

From all standpoints: excellent!

Downtown cafe last Wed: great, fresh food for good value ie ultimate BLT, light potato cakes over spinach; soups are awesome....a varied menu; half/full portions available; dedicated wait staff, cool interior and location.

Really, a joy to discover! Order enough to take some home...

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Posted by Mollie Katsen on November 4, 2012 at 2:59 PM
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