I love this place! The white truffle fries were some of the best I've had (and the gravy, and the cheese sauce). I'm a fan of the concept of picking a few things and doing them extremely well and Patat outdid themselves on my falafel and fries. Couple that with the friendly (and humorous) counter lady and I'll be back as often as my waistline will allow!
I had the Junior Falafel and a large fry that, due to an ordering mix-up handled the best way possible, came out as a full-size falafel and jumbo fry. Score!
The owner, savvy with her condiments, comped us an additional sauce to go with our curry sauce (mayo)... curry ketchup. I'm ethically opposed to regaling ketchup, but it was a delicious addition. The fries were not super crispy like you'd find from a peanut-oil fryer, but were still irresistible based on the quantity of remains: zero.
The falafel and pita were fine... I don't have a lot of basis for comparison for falafel. However, the broad selection of toppings that you can fire-at-will (in one trip only) into your pita really made it worth the while. Baba Ghanoujj, hummus, spicy feta, Israeli salad, avocado salad, tabbouleh, and several other things made it onto our plate. All were flavorful with the right combination of tastes that were far more than just salt and/or canned boredom.
On the surface, the prices seem high, and for the fries it is true. However, the toppings bar takes the falafel value all the way up to "great." Nicely done, Patat Spot!
You Say Potato They Say Friet..
I was quick to find that this is a very long name for a very small restaurant. Located at 41B George Street in the midst of other college favorites lies Patat Spot Friet & Falafel.
The owner is of Dutch heritage but was born and raised right here in Charleston and the restaurant is dubbed a “European Snack Bar”. We were curious and decided to give it a try.
The restaurant is painted a bright yellow and adorned with Parisian landmarks. We found it to be both warm and welcoming.
The service style is a walk up ordering system. You can get a regular or half pita filled with a cilantro, mint and bean combo or a large one. We both opted for the half pita.
The service and staff were very friendly, knowledgeable, and our lunch was served quickly. The odd thing is that the falafel a cilantro-mint-bean-chick pea combo is served within the pita and looks like a small hockey puck. My husband liked it, but it really didn’t blow my dress up. The good thing is that they offer a salad bar type of toppings that you can add to your pita.
We were told that many of the items on the topping bar were from the “pickle lady” at the market. They were all fresh and very inviting. We were quick to stuff our pita with these unique toppings.
The disappointment, unfortunately, were the French fries or Friets as they call them. Billed as potatoes imported from Belgium and “twice fried” for crispness, ours did not fit the bill. They were not served in the unique cone that we saw, but rather placed in one of our plates with the half pita, lukewarm and mushy - very disappointing. And they were $6.25, which think is a bit steep for friets.
I can say that we really liked the “toppings bar” and its freshness. We also enjoyed the choice of 15 dipping sauces that come with the friets. The spicy sriracia and Indonesian ketchup were a treat!!
I can’t say that I would return, but only because falafels aren’t something that I personally like, but I would encourage others to give it a try and hope that the restaurant does well.
If you like Black Bean Co. (which is decently good) you will LOVE Dellz Deli, wayyyy more authentic, much much better, yummier food. The wraps are twice as big. The price is much less. The service is much friendlier and much better. I used to order from Black Bean Co. at least 3 times per week, although they are nice, I feel their efforts are for franchizes and expansion, not for serving their customers. Dellz is devoted to serving her hungry customers yummy food that is great for them, not expansion and $$$$. Black Bean is pretty great yes, but Dellz blows them out the water. True story.
I live in the neighborhood and eat here often. It is truly ALL stars. It's one of Sal's restaurants. Everything fresh and yummy. It's super casual, walk up to the counter and order, then sit and they bring the food. Pour your drink or get it from the cooler.
The desserts are famous and worth every calorie!!
I think the reason that there aren't more reviews is that the locals want to keep it secret! It's also small and cozy.
They just added steak and eggs on the menu... OMG
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$22 for a take home lasagna which was a stretch to feed 4. Taste was ok, nothing special, probably equal or only slightly better than a supermarket frozen dish which would be a 1/3 the cost.
Here's the big problem, no instructions on heating and when asked, the attendant didn't know and said an hour sounded good (from frozen)
3 hours is more like it, luckily we weren't in a hurry to eat.
The whole staff at here is very friendly, even better the food is delicious! The burgers are the best (made fresh in the restaurant). But that is not all to their menu they also have a wide variety of breakfast and lunch items. Like the menu says you'll never leave hungry from the Great American Grill.
I just went to Great American Grill this morning, and oh man, do they do breakfast right. Not only do they do it all day, which is great for people like me who can't get their butt out of bed early in the morning, the food itself is awesome. Anyway, I had the pleasure of enjoying their French Toast with bacon. IT WAS AMAZING. The French toast is on Texas toast and satisfies my sweet tooth without being too crazy sweet early in the morning. They make their bacon to order, too! I watched them make it in their open-kitchen, and it came out just the way I like it.
You should be sure to check out this little Mom-and-Pop, I doubt you'll regret it.
@SusieG: not so sure you should be hijacking all of these CCP restaurant reviews with your blog if you've never heard of purple cabbage. Just sayin'.
Not great food but a great recovery!
In the Iron Gate Plaza on Hungryneck Boulevard is tucked a small, charming restaurant named Mosaic Café and Catering. Recently a friend of ours said it was her favorite place to take her daughter for lunch. She hasn’t steered us wrong yet, so we decided to give it a try.
The restaurant whose vision is to “effectively nourish the body and soul while preserving the highest level of quality and value” is warm and inviting. Our server, Lauren (who we also found out was one of the managers), was very knowledgeable and helpful.
The day we had lunch there was the first day for their February “monthly specials” menu. Lauren reviewed the menu with us and I decided to order the BBQ-ranch chicken sandwich which was advertised as a pan fried chicken breast tossed in balsamic BBQ sauce, topped with pepper jack cheese and cranberry cole slaw, on a Kaiser bun. My husband ordered a cup of white bean turkey chili and a Charleston chicken roller which was a wrap with grilled chicken, bacon, smoked Gouda pimento cheese, spinach, tomatoes and basil mustard. (This sandwich is rated as a Mosaic favorite on the menu.)
The menu itself is interesting. It offers a wide selection of salads, sandwiches, pasta and has an entire “fit” section where all of the menu items are 450 or less. It was difficult to chose.
The restaurant got busy but when we ordered it wasn’t and our lunch was served very quickly. We found the white bean chili to be very bland, but the Charleston roller was great. I again, had unfortunately ordered the wrong dish. The sandwich was as described and the cole slaw was an interesting “purple” (literally), but the sandwich was so overpowered by the taste of vinegar that it was barely edible. The pasta salad that I ordered as a side was al dente and then some, bland and tasted gritty. I had thought that by ordering one of the specials, especially on the first day would have be a win, but it wasn’t.
Lauren did everything she could to apologize. I usually temper my feedback if something is not great, but this time I found myself saying it was “simply awful”. She also offered to get me anything that I wanted on the menu, but we were on a time schedule and had to run.
A few minutes later another manager came to the table. She explained that the cole slaw and the BBQ sauce both had balsamic vinegar (no kidding), so that must be what I was tasting. I mentioned that I liked the vinegar, but it was just too much.
She really did a nice job apologizing, offering me a different lunch option – anything that I would have liked. But THEN she did something that was really unnecessary, and to me, somewhat over the top. She comp’d my sandwich AND she gave us a gift card to come back. Often times when a meal is bad the manager will comp an item but I’ve never had a manager give us a gift card to insure we came back and gave them another try. What a great recovery!
We will try Mosaic again. They really want you to have a great dining experience and it shows. I am certain next visit will be the charm.
More info at http://diningaroundcharleston.com
Very very good place for breakfast. Laid back atmosphere, and the interior is decorated with (you guessed it) tons of renditions and pictures of dogs. They allow people to bring their dogs outside, and in general I feel like the place does a good job of embodying the spirit of Folly Beach.
Most importantly the food is great. They put their own little twists on traditional breakfast so the place has a personality too. Definitely suggest it, but go early to get a seat!
We ate here for the first time because it was close to the movie theatre. We will DEFINITELY go back!
the starter bread was delicious - had to stop myself from gorging on it.
I had a simple parmesan crusted chicken breast with field greens on top. A small plate (figuring on popcorn later, you know!) and it was perfect! My husband had the seafood mac and cheese - the shrimp were PERFECTLY cooked. Most places overcook their shrimp - and it would be easy to do in a casserole type dish. These were wonderful.
Our friends had a chicken pasta and shrimp and grits. Both loved them - We were all members of the clean plate club!
Pretty decent service - but really, we were there before 6:00 p.m. - the restaurant was so not busy. We thought the prices were reasonable, too.
I said to my husband and friends, we can go back - and not even if we're going to a movie! This is high praise, as we live on James Island and this is slightly out of our way!
Went in today after recommendations from 2 different people. Food IS AWESOME. Just unbelievable. THe people working there were EXTREMELY FRIENDLY and was a pleasure to talk to. The pumpkin pie was DELICIOUS beyond anything that we had hoped for. THANK YOU for recommending. No doubt that we will be there if we are ever in Charleston.
Surprisingly delicious. Somehow when I make healthy food at home, it doesn't taste nearly as good! And it takes longer. I ordered online on Sunday night - the site said the food would arrive in 45 mins. It came in 20!
Great to have a healthy delivery option with easy online ordering (add/remove ingredients) - just like larger cities!
This place is a new fave.
It is wonderful to see a locally-owned restaurant in Summerville serving healthy food options. Summerville needed this! On my visit, I had a tasty strawberry and field greens salad. The two who joined me for lunch loved their dishes, too. Looking forward to going back!
For a measly $12, Friday night dinner at Ted's is probably the best dinner you'll have on the peninsula in that price range.
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