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Re: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

Cha Cha's is a creeper. You can walk in to this lost strip mall joint and not expect anything at all. You can walk in and expect the typical American version of "authentic" Mexican. Or, you can just walk in and take it for what it is and then some. They have something special happening there. I've been going since they opened, and that was a rough start to say the least. they've really pulled the quality up by the bootstraps. I once had crappy service from a dum-dumb server at a table in the pool table room, that we kinda got forced to sit at, but never at the bar and never anywhere else with table sized parties.
Just tonight, the bartender smiled at me when I ordered another special cocktail. Like, I genuinely felt as if he was happy to make the drink rather it be an insult to his workload to make a $3 margarita. He was sincerely being gracious and hospitable.
The other major part about this place is the food. (going back to what to expect from authentic or americanized) It is what it is, and it's all good!! Bacon studded guacamole? You really can't go wrong with that. That may have just been a special, but it sincerely shows and proves that there is someone in the kitchen that truely cares about food.
Other than that, three words: Pork Belly Taco.
It will change your life......no really, it will.
(as long as they keep the pork belly portion well off)

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Posted by Frugal Gourmet on May 10, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Re: “RB's Seafood

Have not been to RB's much since it was supersized to a three level monstrosity on "The Creek", but met some friends on top last Saturday and I must say the experience was very pleasurable. I was somewhat concerned about the food quality based on previous visits, but something has definitely changed for the better because the entrées passing by our seats at the bar looked, smelled, and likely tasted spectacular. While my party did not order any main dishes from the dinner menu, the selections we did sample were definitely fresh, flavorful, and delicious. The blackened salmon Caesar salad was so much better than any other similar one in this town with a large portion of nicely seasoned fish, soft-leafy spinach, and real Caesar dressing it could easily be enjoyed independently as a satisfying meal. The fried onion rings are lightly battered to perfection and extremely addictive. I mention this because I am not a big fan of onion rings and for the most part avoid them entirely. Other samplers were equally well prepared with fresh ingredients and served at the correct temperatures. The place was busier than normal possibly due to some large wedding, prom night, and private parties yet the service did not seem to suffer. How the lone bartender was able to handle the constant waves of patrons and remain as friendly and accommodating as she was is beyond me. Other “so called” bartenders in Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston could learn much from this young lady. Everyone in my group, some of whom were from out of town, really had a great night on Shem Creek and that is not so easy to accomplish anymore. True, the “overkill” parking lot signage needs to go and the nautical theme is a bit over the top, but Ronnie Boal’s seafood palace beside the shrimp docks is providing quality local waterfront dining and, like the man himself, will still be there in one form or another when the rest go down with the ship.

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Posted by Los Super Saturn on April 18, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Re: “MEX 1

cheaper than Taco Boy, comparable to Zia, not quite as original as Taco Spot. Fun atmosphere. Taco list does have room to grow, but doing extremely well so far.

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Posted by laurenb on April 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Re: “The Rarebit

My new go to place for lunch on upper King- best onion rings ever
good food at the right price

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Posted by Bob Kosian on April 10, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Crust

The pizza is great! Butternut Pizza was my favorite. The salads are also really good. Restaurant itself is a bit small but is a great addition to James/Johns Island. We've been back 4 times.

Posted by Claire OB on April 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Re: “The Rarebit

Been twice, impressed both times. Had French toast at 11pm with a "Dark & Stormy" cocktail. The French toast was excellent with the sorghum syrup and $2 optional strawberries and bananas. The Dark & Stormy was tasty, but I wouldn't get another one for the $9 they charge for it. I came back later for lunch. Tried the chicken and waffle plate. The chicken was really, really damn good. The waffle was ok. Service was good both times.

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Posted by Rokko on April 2, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Pollo Loko Peruvian

Wonderful experience. Friendly and helpful staff. Great food!

Posted by AlphonsePhive on March 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Barbecue Joint

I've had BBQ Joint food fairly regularly since the day they opened and I've never had a bad experience nor anything but welcoming service. These negative reviews sound way too personal. Regardless, I've never had any hesitation about recommending their food to anyone for lunch or catering. I've had the competitors' product from all other mentioned places and BBQ Joint is right there with 'em.

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Posted by factoryconnection on March 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

We went back to XBB in February and it was a much better experience. The items listed as mains were more substantial and the pricing was adjusted across the board. The Szechuan peppercorn drink was intriguing and delicious, and the okonomiyaki outstanding. I'm glad they have made some changes, and we will definitely go back regularly.

The only real problem we had was difficulty reading the menus due to the small font, dim lighting, and the lack of contrast between the charcoal print on light gray paper. A minor quibble is that nothing indicates whether or not a dish is spicy. I can handle heat, but I still like to know what I'm getting into.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on March 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Bistro 536

Dined over the weekend at Bistro 536 with my wife. Food was fantastic! Started off with the crostini which were generously topped with spinich and mushrooms in a delicious cream sauce. My wife had the vegetable risotto and I ordered the Osso Bucco. The Osso Bucco was delicious and fell off the bone from the long slow roast. Many wines by the glass gave us both a chance to pair a separate wine with our meals. All-in-all, this was a very nice dinner and I highly recommend.

Posted by joshl725 on March 11, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Andolini's Pizza

I have to say Andolinis is a safe bet for NY style pizza. The only problem is that each location the pizza seems different. The downtown location is always the best for me it's just not the easiest place to get to.

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Posted by aval12 on March 8, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Re: “A.C.'s Bar and Grill

Sometimes overly crowded. Doesn't stop me from going. Can't beat the champaign list.

Posted by NathanielFann on March 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Montreux Bar and Grill

I'm usually a downtown guy, but I live in Summerville. I've always been skeptical of going to bars in my own area but I decided to give Montreax a try this past Friday night. I was surprised about how normal and young the clientele was, similar to being at a bar downtown. Had a few drinks which weren't expensive at all and had a great time with my friends. Definitely checking it out again.

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Posted by Vincent22 on March 3, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Two Boroughs Larder

Clams!!!

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Posted by OnTheMark on March 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Ms. Rose's

We've been there twice and found the service to be both friendly and attentive. The decor is really striking and I enjoy it. Their brunch benedict and chocolate french toast dishes were superb. The sausage sandwich is good but only if you like State Fair-level greasy. The bbq meatloaf sandwich is just as good as it sounds. The fried fish sandwich was a bit dry.

All in all, it is our current "go to" lunch spot for Sam Rittenburg-area shopping trips.

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Posted by factoryconnection on February 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Sweet CeCe's

I work in DT Charleston and found this place by accident. Have been back a couple of times because the selection of flavors & toppings is phenomenal and I like that it's self-serve.

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Posted by Amy Walstra on February 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Castaways Grille

Loved the comedy night. Great crowd, fun times and lots of variety!

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Posted by ridera on February 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Re: “The Rarebit

My wife and I have been to this place 3 times in the last 6 weeks. The food was really good. The prices for downtown cannot be beat for the amount of food you get. The only problem we have had is with getting the waitress to refill the water glass. In the 3 visits we made they never refilled the glasses. I will continue to visit this restaurant for the food and hope I can get the waitress to step up the level of service.

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Posted by MAJIC42658 on January 28, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Re: “The Macintosh

I tried the Macintosh during Restaurant Week 2013 and thought everything was really well done. The Orange Ghost and Honey Badger cocktails were inventive without being precious, and the server was professional and enthusiastic. The portion sizes were surprisingly large for a 3/$30 menu. I had a beautiful carrot salad and the seasonal vegetable plate, which was even better the next day.

Posted by Dillon Lights on January 28, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

I really adore the food at this place; it's comforting and unpretentious but there's enough imagination in it to keep things interesting. It's true that the service isn't especially smooth, but it's never detracted from my experiences and the waitstaff is always, at least, pleasant. The vegetable stew is one of my favorite things to eat in Charleston.

Posted by Dillon Lights on January 28, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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