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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Cafés

Re: “Patat Spot Friet & Falafel

Extremely overpriced. Pretentious presentation of menu. Stick to Charlie's Grocer if you want authentic falafel.

Posted by businessgurl on March 19, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Patat Spot Friet & Falafel

Best Fries and Falafel in town!!!!!! All those yummy sauces and that salad bar is AMAZING!!!

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Posted by CharlestonFoodies on March 16, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Patat Spot Friet & Falafel

We were there on opening day so it should get better as they iron out a few things. That being said, as another reviewer commented the frites were less than hot. This is due to the frites being staged on the counter next to the cash register with no warming plate or lamp, while they wait for their falafel brethren to join them.

My wife and I were excited to hear of Patat Spot's opening as we were frite fanatics during our time in Seattle. Unfortunately the frites we were served Saturday did not measure up to our previous frite experiences. They lacked the characteristic crunchy exterior accomplished by the double frying technique. They did not seem double fried. They were exactly like the fries I make at home. Good, but not frites. Just french fries.

The falafel. The two fried balls for $8 arrived inside half a pita shell. Seemed a bit steep. The price point would have been more acceptable if the falafel was really good, but it lacked a robust falafel flavor. We couldn't quite identify what was missing. The accompanying "Salad Spot" offered an impressive selection of condiments and toppings for both the frites and falafel.

The decor is pleasant and the service is friendly and welcoming. We'll be back in a couple of weeks for round two. We expect it will be a top notch experience next time.

Posted by eastoak on March 4, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Black Bean Co.

Great food, but definitely not for the cost conscious.

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Posted by avande1882 on March 3, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Black Bean Co.

Black Bean Co. disappoints with its rice-heavy + spring mix-heavy burritos that are skimpy on the main ingredients like Black Beans and Guacamole. Also: last week I ordered a burrito that didn't mention sprouts on the menu - but I got them. Yucky discovery to make when you get it back to the office.

Since I discovered Dellz Deli last night, I won't be going back to the Black Bean Co.
A previous reviewer hit the nail on the head - BB Co. costs more than Dellz, gives skimpier portions, and is simply not as good.

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Posted by CharlestonNative on March 3, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Five Loaves Cafe

I have had dinner many, many times at the Five Loaves in Mt. Pleasant and it is always a delightful experience. Very friendly and experienced wait staff, excellent and different specials, very reasonable prices and quality food prepared with care. It is a gem of a neighborhood restaurant.

Posted by noname on March 1, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Black Bean Co.

More authentic what? Wraps?

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Posted by ATLien on February 24, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Black Bean Co.

Five stars!

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Posted by alteredstate on February 24, 2011 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Patat Spot Friet & Falafel

Excellent food, lots of variety, and good salad bar. All around A+ !!!

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Posted by Tanya Tibbens on February 24, 2011 at 1:58 AM

Re: “Black Bean Co.

Wow- Chef Ellis really serves great wonderful organic food- good for the soul! He cares totally about being LOCAL- using Thackery Farms- a local farm and goes out there daily and farms himself- he cares about his customers and that is his primary concern. If you are vegan or not- stop in for a treat for the best organic tasty food around and good for your wallet too! Can't wait for the James Island location- more yummy food for the area-

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Posted by frang on February 23, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Patat Spot Friet & Falafel

The atmosphere, service and above all, food, was all fantastic. I've never had falafel, but my worldly, well-traveled, gourmand husband said they were the best he'd eaten on this continent! Delicious. We are a two hour drive away, and honestly, the thought crosses my mind every weekend to make a day of it to include a visit to Patat Spot, because I CRAVE that amazing blend of flavor. Plus, it is healthy (even the friet are healthier than your run of the mill fries), but don't tell the kids!

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Posted by PetraJS on February 23, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Patat Spot Friet & Falafel

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!

Posted by JenHSadie on February 23, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Black Bean Co.

Awesome food.

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Posted by bogardsthooligan on February 18, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Patat Spot Friet & Falafel

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!

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Posted by factoryconnection on February 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Patat Spot Friet & Falafel

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.

Posted by susieg on February 13, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Black Bean Co.

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.

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Posted by downtownwraplover on February 10, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Village Bakery

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.

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Posted by kittykat on February 7, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Mosaic Cafe & Catering

A blogger is just an author that doesn't have the talent or experience to write a book.

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Posted by goodfoodonly on February 5, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Just Chill Grill

$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.

Posted by ALEYEAST on February 4, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Mosaic Cafe & Catering

@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'.

Posted by Jaxx on February 2, 2011 at 7:25 PM
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