I found Laura Alberts on BeerAdvocate.com when I was looking for beer places to visit in the Charleston area. They had some great reviews so my wife and I stopped by yesterday. I was blown away with the selection. They didn't have a lot of beer, but the beers they had were really hard to come by! Bottles: Oskar Blues Old Double Bagger, Brooklyn Black Ops, and Terrapin's Georgia Theater Dubbel Draft: Ballast Point Sculpin, Allagash Confluence. We decided to stay for lunch. We had the Ahi Rare tuna over bok choy salad (so good) and split the Mortadella sandwich (the menu it explained that mortadella is a high end baloney of sorts made with pistachios) the sandwich came with grilled onions and a imperial stout mustard (beer food heaven!!) The price matched both the quality of the food and the portion size provided. They served the beers in proper glassware!
I saw an ad for a dinner they having tonight with Sweetwater, my wife and I are attending - I'll follow up with a dinner review.
This place is great. Service can be slow on a Saturday or Sunday morning when the staff may have been out a little late the night before, but the food is outstanding!
I heard a rumor that a 2nd Downtown location was in the works. Any truth to this??
Best lunch on DI, hands down. Reasonably priced considering the portion size (I took half of my huge $13 sandwich home!) They always have some rare beer on tap.
One of my readers suggested that we try Halo, a restaurant on Ashley Avenue across from MUSC. My readers haven’t steered me wrong yet, so we decided to give it a go.
Parking can be a little challenging for this restaurant, but the parking gods were smiling on us and we found a metered spot a few streets down from the restaurant.
On the way to ordering we ogled the glass covered “jewel box” of fresh made pastries. I could see one of these treats was going to be in my immediate future. My husband went up to check out the upstairs seating while I stood in line to order.
Although it wasn’t very busy (we got to lunch very late), the ordering process took awhile. There was one cashier who is very helpful, but because there were a lot of options, i.e. breads, side dishes, etc. each customer was asked and given all of these options, which took some time. There could probably more efficient way of doing this that I believe would help to drive traffic and sales.
After placing our order I headed up to the great outdoor table that my husband had found. Once you place your order you’re given a small plastic number that stands on your table. Your food is then delivered to your table. We waited for lunch and watched the world go by…….
If I had one complaint it would be that our lunch took a long time. For a not-so busy restaurant it took almost 20 minutes for our lunch to arrive. BUT… when it did arrive it was well worth the wait.
The menu consists of the baked goods that we first saw, 3 soups, 8 salads and 24 sandwiches. Their breakfast menu (7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.), looks very interesting and we can’t wait to go back and try it.
During our wait we munched on the blueberry scone that we’d ordered. I have worked with a very large bakery café chain in the past and I thought I knew scones. This was the most un-scone-like scone that I’ve ever eaten. It was moist, light, and airy and the blueberries tasted like they were picked that morning. I’d go back to Halo just for that!
I ordered the Quesadilla Salad with Chicken. I thought the item sounded interesting. I really didn’t know where the chicken was going – on the salad or in the quesadilla, and found out that it comes in the quesadilla. A large, hot quesadilla was served atop a pile of greens and fresh accompaniments – diced tomato, carrots, banana peppers, and black bean and corn salsa. All were very fresh. Although the mixed cheese and pretzel roll advertised with the salad did not make the trip upstairs to our table, I would not have known they were missing until I reread the menu this morning. The salad was very good, but I didn’t care for eating out of a plastic clam shell with plastic silverware as if we had taken the item to go. Despite these few pet peeves, the salad was a winner.
When we go back for lunch I’ll be trying the sandwich selections. My husband’s “Brickhouse” sandwich came out cut in half and stacked at least 4-5” high. The side dish was the pasta salad of the day, which was as he put it, “Not their specialty.” He didn’t seem to mind, since the sandwich was terrific.
Served on a nice, fresh Ciabatta roll (they were out of multigrain bread that the sandwich is usually served on), thinly sliced roast beef was topped with a heaping serving of crumbled bleu cheese, roasted red peppers, red onion and pesto. All I kept hearing was “You ordered the wrong thing, this is great!”
Upon leaving one of the employees (a manager perhaps?), asked how everything was and said that he was pleased that we enjoyed everything and invited us back. And back for a visit we shall go.
I thought the food was overpriced for not being anything fancy. In addition, I asked the server to leave something off my plate, but she put it on there anyway and then had the nerve to get into an argument with me about whether or not I should still pay for it. She charged me for the same plate twice. It was an awful dining experience and I will not be returning. There are too many other places with better food and better service.
Great value, charming and good, good food!
Great sandwiches, soups and salads!!!! Affordable wines and beers. I'm new to the neighborhood and i am going to frequent this place alot! Go chicken salad, go!
I have eaten here several times since its opening and have been very impressed every time with both the food and the service. My non-vegeterian boyfriend even loves the falafel which says a lot. I went late night this weekend and maybe it was me or maybe the cashier misunderstood me but my order was messed up and even though it was 2am the owner, who was still there, made sure my order was correctly fixed and even brought it outside to me with a smile. Great food, great service and definitely a must eat place in Charleston!
Bull Street Gourmet, eh? More like Bull Sh%* Gourmet. Sad to say this place has really declined in credibility. Recently ordered a bagel sandwich and was given a BLACK bagel. Completely burnt. The staff is so rude, also clearly they do not pay attention to what they are serving.
In addition, they advertise that they use H&H Bagels. H&H Bagels are New York bagels. When I ordered a bagel, I watched the clerk grab my bagel from a Kirkland / CostCo bag.
Not only do they serve you burnt food, but they lie about where the food comes from.
Get it together, B.S.G. Bring back what used to be good.
Love this place. The food is fresh with a lot of flavors. The friets are delicious. I think the prices are very fair considering everything is homemade and fresh. I agree with Mrs16 100%.
Love the atmosphere too. Funky and fun! Can't wait to go back.
I just got schooled by Mrs.16! Ouch!
Patat Spot here wanting to thank all of you for your input. The good and the bad!! We are very happy that most of the comments are good and we know it is near impossible to please everyone but we will continue to try. We would like to clarify that we do have a falafel jr. combo and our combo friet portion is a little smaller than the friet you would get for $3.95(that is a HUGE portion)BUT it also includes a drink and dipping sauce. A meal of Falafel Jr(with unlimited toppings from falafel toppings bar),friet, dipping sauce and drink for 8 bucks. Not bad at all. A plain sandwich from our neighbors(C&B or Bagelshop) will put you back 8 bucks without sides or drink. One thing to mention also is that none of our food is processed. We are all about fresh whole foods. Our falafel is unique because we use no fillers at all in them. No bread crumbs, no matza meal, no gluten just yummy beans, fresh herbs and spices. Our falafel is different than the run of the mill falafel you will find at the few places that do acutally carry falafel. We try to not compare ourselves with anyone else because we are so different. We hope you will try us out.
Once again we would like to thank all of you who have tried our food and took the time to comment here. We are happy that most comments are written by people who have tried us out and not by "employee's/ownership/friends of both boosting star ratings with good reviews." Like we said, we can't please everyone but we are having a blast trying. Check us out and know we are open late night(3am) Fri and Sat only. Thank you and Eet Smakelyk(Dutch for Bon Appetite),
Patat Spot Friet & Falafel
41 B George St-Next door to Jack's :o)
Scrolling down through the comments it seemed like another battle of real patron reviews on the negative side and employee's/ownership/friends of both boosting star ratings with good reviews. For some reason I trust Factory Connection's review and will give a try.
WOW- THIS PLACE ROCKS!! I got the Falafel Jr. Combo(which was only $8 and my fries were hot and delicious) and my favorite is the falafel toppings bar. Not overwhelming if you know food and love good fresh items to add to your pita. If you want processed stuff get your footlong or your charlie's falafel. Patat has nothing but tasty fresh food. I go there about 2 times a week. Not to mention my late night run for hot fries on fri or sat night(they are open till 3am woot woot)
Not a big fan of this place either. I went in for lunch one day and got the falafel. i agree with everyone that it's way over priced for a mediocre meal. The falafel weren't cooked well and weren't very flavorful. i loaded up on the toppings bar but found it more overwhelming than delicious. Definitely a waste of the $9, i would have been happier with a $5 footlong.
I had high hopes and was disappointed, to say the least. I ordered a junior falafel, which had one falafel in half a pita. I paid $3.00 to make it a "combo" which I assumed meant I would get a regular size fries and drink (since there was no junior combo) and instead got what looked like a styrofoam dixie cup and about 10 soggy, lukewarm fries. All in all, I paid 12 dollars for half a sandwich and a half order of fries. Also, I asked for my fry sauce on the side and got it on top, making the fries even soggier. The falafel itself had good flavor but I agree with one of the other comments above- Charlie's grocery has the best falafel in town that they make from scratch every day and you get a whole pita with four or five falafel for $5.00!
We are so lucky to have a place like Patat Spot to add to our great local offerings of REAL food!
The only thing missing-a lovely Belgian draught to go with their lovely food!
Patat Spot is the only place in town that offers NON-FRIED Falafel. Everyone else's are VERY unhealthy.
That's why I order mine 'grilled' at Patat Spot (and always pass on the friets).
Sure, they are not super-cheap - but that is the cost of using superior ingredients in their wide range of toppings.
Went back to Patat Spot today for more. Three times this week. Wondering how someone thinks their simple fresh food is pretentious but anyway. If you want a breaded falafel go to Charlie's (or any other place here locally),If you want Gluten free, delicious and fresh toppings to load into your pita yourself,head over to Patat Spot. The staff are so sweet and helpful. They make everything in house and the pickle lady from the farmers market makes all of their pickled goods. They are a unique wonderful addition to the food scene. Open late too on Fri and Sat!!!!
Extremely overpriced. Pretentious presentation of menu. Stick to Charlie's Grocer if you want authentic falafel.
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