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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Cafés

Re: “The Pickled Palate

I live in the OV and walked past this place a thousand times without even noticing. One day something caught my dog's eye and she wouldn't move. After looking for what she saw, I noticed it: an animatronic display of vegetables singing in a caboose (or something). After that, I always wondered what was up with this interesting place dubbed "The Pickled Palate". It took a while for me to make it over there, since they're primarily open only for lunch - but once I did get in the door, the wait was worth it. Amazing service and the lady's working the place treat every customer like their own family. Sandwiches and salads out of this world and a treasure trove of interesting nick-knacks and lowcountry decorations. One of the best gems of the area, hidden right off Coleman, in my own backyard.

Posted by wiser on July 24, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Re: “The Pickled Palate

Completely original cafe tucked in a garden near Shem Creek. It's mellow vibe makes it okay to kick back and relax as long as you want with friends, family, wine, and their delicious home made foods. Soups, salads, and panninis and daily specials.

Posted by BytheC on July 24, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Re: “The Pickled Palate

Great light fare. Fabulous wines . Friendly folks that hold many fundraisers for those
In the community .

Posted by luckydwg on July 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Bluerose Café

While our brunch today at Bluerose was good, if unremarkable, from a culinary perspective, the service was shockingly bad. I met a number of girlfriends who were visiting from out of town. We had two babies and a toddler in our party. While the babies made a typical mess (crumbs on the floor around their highchairs and napkins that had fallen to the floor), it was not extraordinary. Toward the close of our meal, a man came out and handed me a push sweeper and told me to "clean up our mess or pay extra." Dining with children, I always pick up after them (we were still seated with plates on the table at this point), and I typically leave a generous tip for the server to compensate him or her for having to deal with any mess left behind. Here, in a room full of other patrons, my friends and I were left, stunned, to clean the carpet. In perfect fairness, the waiter who served us for the majority of the meal was lovely and as this incident wasn't his fault, I didn't withhold a tip.

I live in the neighborhood, and try to eat out predominately at local restaurants. I'm also typically relatively forgiving of minor glitches or service errors, but I have never felt so unwelcome at a restaurant. I will not be returning, and I plan on sharing my experience with all of my friends, particularly those with children so that they don't suffer the same humiliating experience.

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Posted by Rebecca Key Johnson on December 30, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Eclectic Chef

Recently ate at Eclectic Chef... WOW! All I can say is WOW! What a wonderful sandwich. I ordered a sandwich and salad combo - nothing like any combo I've ever eaten. So much food for the money. Everyone was so friendly.. Great food and Awesome service! How can you not go back?

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Posted by ChazCub on October 18, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Black Bean Co.

I never take the time to write a review but this is worth saying... Black Bean Co. was THE WORST food experience I have ever had! I have never been so Angry about a restaurant experience! The service was rude, they got my order wrong and the food itself was HORRIBLE. My wrap seemed like it was pre-made and refrigerated over night because it was so tasteless, dry, with no sauce (which there was supposed to be) and barely any guacamole, and my "side" (it was the size of a salad dressing container) of pasta salad was DISGUSTING because it was frozen and clumped together, dry, and completely tasteless. I feel sick to my stomach now, because of the bad food and the fact that I WAY WAY OVER-PAID for this "food". How can this restaurant be on King St. in Charleston?! Ugh, so gross!

Posted by Emma McGlade on September 15, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Purée Café

Went expecting to highly dislike this place (NOT a vegetarian) and left there in love! I can not get enough of their portabello burger. Their salads are all good - I tried them all at this point. I actually feel good about what I ate when I leave and not my usual "Ugh should not of eaten that". This is a well needed break from my usual dining and I try to go at least twice a week lately. I recommend their brunch to everyone!

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on July 31, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Parson Jack's Café

Decent bar food. Not good by any means, but not horrible. Service was tolerable. You won't hate going here, but there's really no special reason to go there either.

Posted by Colin Kerr on July 22, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Parson Jack's Café

I live in the near vicinity of Parson Jack's and have tried the restaurant a couple of times. The first time I went there, the service was so so, but having worked in the service industry for years, I know that there are some nights when the staff is just "off." The second time I went there, the service was still pretty lacking. For example, I asked for a glass with my bottled beer and the waitress looked at me like I was crazy for asking for such a thing. I was with friends who knew the waitress, so i didn't make a big stink about it, but deep down I was like, "Really?!"

Also, the times I have been there, the waitresses always try to make excuses as to why the food takes forever to come out. The first excuse was, "We're really backed up tonight, so it's gonna take at least 45 minutes for your food to come out." The ironic part was that there was maybe 6 tables seated in the whole restaurant, so I didn't buy that excuse. The second excuse was, "our entire kitchen staff is new, so it is gonna take about an hour for your food to come out. They're still working out the kinks." You'd think that management would keep a couple of veterans on board to train the newbies, unless the entire kitchen staff walked out the night before. Knowing this place, I wouldn't put it past them.

Basically, the managment of this establishment should take a long, hard look at themselves in the mirror because what they're doing now isn't working. I really want to like this place since I live nearby and I really think that it has some potential, but the management needs to change in order for me to return.

P.S. - I really hope that Parson Jack's management reads this post and does something to save their restaurant.

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Posted by corporalklegg on July 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Dell'z Uptown

I really like the spot. They have great food and a terrific atmosphere.

Posted by pizzaben on June 17, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Re: “Sloppy Cow

Finally got out here Saturday night......Damn!! Actually the best burgers I've had in Charleston and you've got to try the Sloppy Fries. Only glitch we had was wife insists her beef is destroyed and the color of shoe leather. When I told the server that she didn't like the Medium doneness, he apologized (unnecessary), took it back to the kitchen, returned with it shortly, apologized again and offered to replace it if it still wasn't right. It was perfect, the service, especially for a burger joint, was friendly and over-the-top the food was exceptional and, by comparison, if some of the prices charged for Downtown burgers are justified, then this place is the best bargain around.

Posted by Ima Oldman on June 17, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Leaf Café and Bar

So we've established for certain that Ryan Leaf owns this place?

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Posted by Pronghorn on May 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Leaf Café and Bar

Maybe we went on a bad night but the Calamari, fish fry and the basil linguine were all flavorless. I've had better pasta from a box! On the other hand I've had a great brunch experience, so who knows.

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Posted by Megan Thiel on May 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Leaf Café and Bar

Leaf Restaurant catered my son's Rehearsal Dinner in April 2013 for 70 people including several small children who were allowed to order from the children's menu. I worked with Pierre Espossey to plan the event and unlike other venues in Charleston, Leaf & Pierre expressed interest in providing the atmosphere and menu that would make for a great kick off to my son's wedding weekend. Thanks and I recommend Leaf Restaurant to any event planner or person wanting quality service and food in a great atmosphere.

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Posted by Charlyne B. Raih on May 2, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Leaf Café and Bar

leaf is far and away our favorite place to eat in ctown the staff and owners go out of their way to make it our #1 place when we visit from illinois basil leaf is my wifes favorite please don't change a thing on menu can't wait for march 2014 when we return

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Posted by breese on May 1, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Leaf Café and Bar

Their Basil Leaf Linguine has sauce that is way, way too creamy.

It sucks balls.

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Posted by Pronghorn on April 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Eclectic Chef

This is my favorite Summerville restaurant. I have never had anything bad there. The customer service is great as well. Great soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts.

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Posted by lizmart on April 29, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Leaf Café and Bar

I agree with another reviewer about this being a great "go-to" place. If you have people in town or a group for lunch or dinner its a nice, inexpensive place to go. Plus they have great service. I was there this weekend (and I go a lot) and when my food came out, randomly the ham was missing from my ham bocadillo. I wasn't upset, I could tell it was an honest mistake and was happy to eat my truffle fries while they fixed it. The waitress took it off the bill without us even asking. And she removed our friend's beer b/c he didn't' care for it. Completely unnecessary, but appreciated. Those type of touches in service is what makes it such a go-to place for people in town.

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Posted by Q on April 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Re: “How Art Thou? Cafe

Cade Style was awesome! Blues, jazz, Motown, our feet were tappin' to the music while we joined in singing to old familiar songs. Great performance.

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Posted by David Berger on April 21, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Re: “How Art Thou? Cafe

Cade Style was awesome! Blues, jazz, Motown, our feet were tappin to the music while we joined in singing to old familiar songs. Great performance.

Posted by David Berger on April 21, 2013 at 8:34 PM
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