jestine's kitchen is not closed
We went to The Southerly early one week day evening to avoid witnessing a kitchen under pressure. We ordered several signature dishes [ according to the waitperson ]. The ambience, furnishings, and waitpersons' uniforms speak upscale. The general presentation seems to convey southern cooking with proprietary treatments. Our order included 2 Budweisers. We also ordered Butternut Squash Soup, BBQ Chips, Roasted Beets, Fresh Fish Catch of The Day, Pork & Beans, and Buttermilk Fritters. The service pace was moderate -- not prompt. The dishes served were between warm and hot. Quality was good, though not remarkable. What struck us was Okra Grill up the street can generate soup and entree equally as good -- without the upscale ambience -- for 1/3rd the price. Our evening cost $103.19 for 2 with tax and 20% tip. If folks want this nature of food there are better places like Vickery's which will cost 70% the price. OR, go to Langdon's where the food is much better, the ambience is slightly nicer, and the prices are comparable. The Southerly is a nice old ladies tea room with ramped up prices. Not recommended.
So...Teddy. Why write anything at all?
This restaurant closed temporarily and has now re-opened. My wife & I went there many times before it closed and always enjoyed it. We have not been back since re-opening so can't comment on how it is now.
Chicken fried when you order it, fantastic sides, and syrupy sweet tea - what's not to like?
I am a fan of good food and friends have told me I ought to try your appetizers 'cause they are really good although I am not much of a big eater. Now, when it comes to really good musicians 'in my opinion', I'll frequent an establishment just for that reason. Jeff Bateman is one guitarist I have had the pleasure of listening to and he's worth the trip. Not sure who he has if anyone accompanying him, But will give it my best to come out this Wednesday 4/25/2012.
The restaurant looks really good as a remake of the old Applebees. I love that it is locally owned and the menu sounds delicious. We got the fried pickled okra and it was good. The shrimp and grits however was drowning in the gravy. It was more like a soup or stew than shrimp and grits. The flavor was yummy but it was so soupy! I will probably give this place another shot but I won't be ordering the shrimp and grits.
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.
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".
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!!!!!
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".
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 www.workmenscafe.com. 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.
Waitstaff and Chef need to SHUT UP in the bar area and dining room.
Honestly, the best restaurant I've ever been to.
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!
Best food for the price hands down.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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