is it cleaned up?
The BEST mussels anywhere on the peninsula!
It is a funky little place with local art and comfort food. Like a mom and pop but with hipster staff. Meat loaf, pork chops, and breakfast all day. Simple but good.
Great mussels mariniere. French fries are like crack. Good service. Can be very noisy on weekends, but so many restaurants are. Quiet ones are ones without people. What does that say?
I love Nirlep, but they recently raised their prices by a significant margin. The chicken korma is now $14; the lamb korma is $16. This makes me sad.
I don't get it. Why the complaints? This is not a fine dining place. It is a wonderful classic French dinner bistro; The kind I like to drop into in Paris. We are regulars, usually eating a salad frisee with goat cheese and Moules Frites. They also are known for their Suchi (a bit of a surprise). It can get noisy around end of work, hookup time and the service can be terrible on any of the holidays due to over demand and decreased staff, but it hasn't stopped me from going. If you want elegant and pretty food, go elsewhere and pay considerably more. Here time it well and eat well.
Four of us went after a Spoleto event. Talking to those across the table turned into a shouting contest due to the noise. We will not go back for a later meal.
Have been several times for lunch and the decibel level was nowhere near as bad.
Visiting Charleston from out of state, my boyfriend and I found out about Diggity Doughnuts from researching various food blogs and magazine reviews that gave them stellar marks. We visited the shop on a Thursday about an hour and a half before they closed, it was very quiet, only us eating inside and a few others dropping in to pick up doughnuts. We ordered doughnuts and coffee with the owner who seemed very nice and down to earth. I was pleased with unique taste and flavor of the doughnuts, as was my boyfriend (someone who typically doesn't eat vegan or vegetarian food). After enjoying our doughnuts and seeing on the menu that they served a Sunday brunch in addition to their regular doughnuts we decided to stop back on Sunday to grab brunch and doughnuts to take back home to our families.
Sunday we arrived right at 11am when they opened and placed our order for 2 breakfast sandwiches and doughnuts. The woman helping us at the front desk was very nice and when we placed our order for breakfast sandwiches she told us it could be about 15 minutes and asked us if that would be okay before she put the orders through. We said that would be fine and she reassured us the doughnuts and coffee would be out shortly while we waited. We took a seat outside and the doughnuts and coffee came in about 5 minutes or less, as she told us. The doughnuts were hot, fresh and quite delicious, we were not disappointed on that front. We were talking and waiting patiently for our food when we saw the time and realized it was 30 after. At this point we were a bit annoyed but figured it had to be coming at any minute. 15 minutes later, however, we still had no sandwiches and were wondering what the hell was going on. By this time we were ready to go in and ask for a refund for our sandwiches so we could be on our way after waiting for 45 minutes. Though about this time the woman who rang us up at the front came out to apologize and tell us they hadn't forgotten us and our food would be our any minute. So we held tight, seeing as it seemed the food would be right out. 15 minutes later at noon, we still hadn't got our meals. By this point we were really quite frustrated as I would imagine most people would be after a "15 minute wait" turned into an hour, with no updates letting us know how long it would really be so that we could decide to skip it. So I walk in about to ask what's going on when the owner walks out with 2 breakfast sandwiches, so I ask her if those are for my boyfriend and I and she says "I don't know, are you sitting outside?", in an aggravated tone as if she didn't notice the 2 of us sitting outside (there were only 4 people seated outside, my boyfriend and I included, and she had been back and forth to serve the other table).
The lack of updates on the increasing wait time was extremely frustrating. However at least the woman at the front desk seemed genuinely sorry for the inconvenience, whereas the owner seemed annoyed and unapologetic. It's not like I expect people to bend over backwards when things go wrong but a genuine apology from the owner and perhaps an "is there anything I can do for you?", would have helped. Especially disappointing because it's a small business and the food is quality. I hope they can learn from this and hire more staff, get more equipment or stop serving brunch.
Rue de Jean is a Charleston classic that never disappoints. Downtown is so saturated with new and amazing restaurants that it’s easy to forget the ones who have been a fixture for such a long time. We were endlessly debating on which new restaurant to visit when we decided to pick a place we haven’t been in years. Rue fit that description.
Each of our courses came out tasting better than the last. The escargot, while straightforward, was delightful. The steak Roquefort was cooked to perfection, and the scallops were massive with perfect texture. The rich cream both served with the scallops was out of this world. Our server was a true professional, and the wine recommendations were spot on.
What is the point of this review? It is to remind those of us who have lived downtown for years to not forget the classics. There are so many new restaurants that have opened recently and it’s easy to fall into the hype trap while overlooking the establishments that have been producing a consistent and quality product for a long time.
I've been to Park Cafe twice. Pretentious, overpriced and blah food. The restrooms are labeled "WC" like we're in England. I've had the smoked chicken salad and the honey poached turkey sandwiches. Both were fresh and well put together, but just lacking any kind of flavor punch for the price. I prefer the sandwiches at Ted's butcherblock and Sunrise bistro express.
Decent pizza, although it did not dethrone D's as the best pizza in Chraleston. Fast service, our pie came out super quickly. The space inside is nice but empty as we were the only patrons in the place.
Just FYI for anyone who heard otherwise: DeSano is NOT BYOB. You cannot bring beer, only wine (???). We found this out after showing up with our own beer. So be forewarned: it's BYOW, not BYOB.
Rather expensive for the amount of food but delicious. We are here 3-4 weeks a year and delight in trying new places to eat. The Grocery was a a real find and we will be back. My wife had the swordfish entree which was wonderful. Not that hungry I tried the soft shell crab small plate which was sitting on a bed of peppers and green with a vinegary dressing. A great choice.
In a very competitive restaurant town, they are creating food that cannot be found elsewhere in charleston. Very original flavors, great location, prompt service. This is a restaurant I can eat at a dozen times( and I have) and never order the same thing.
We recently visited Charleston for our 25th wedding anniversary. I had read the Trip Advisor reveiws and we made reservations for this fine restaurant. It far exceeded our expectations! The staff here was amazingly helpful and friendly, while still very professional. The food was impeccable! My husband had the whole fish and I got the chicken kabob. We also loved the pickled turnips. We are so glad we choose to eat at Leyla's.
The food is not bad but the food tends to sit much longer than it should on a well run buffet. The lady is nice and a good businesswoman. The old taliban looking guy is a bit grumpy and tactless when constantly trying to push beverages on people. All in all the food is middle of the road, not much to complain about especially for the price point, but home cooked indian food can be done up so much better. This place only seems great because it is the only option while Taste of India is a train wreck. If Bombay in N. Charleston wasn't constantly changing management or whatever other drama they have/had going on, I'd give them more of a try because some times their stuff has been super and sometimes it's B-rate.
Got takeaway from there the other night. Clearly, there is some Chinese and Thai influence on the menu to make it more suitable for American tastes, but it was all very good and the staff were sharp and on the ball.
Nirlep is the best Indian food in Charleston, it is the best Indian food in South Carolina, it is the best Indian food in America, it is the best Indian food in the world and the universe!
Some may say it is the best! But I say it is the best of the best!
To the rest
My girlfriend and I recently returned to the USA after living in Hanoi. I formed an addiction to Vietnamese food while living overseas and have been consistently disappointed by the lack of authenticity of Vietnamese restaurants in the southeast. That is, until my first visit to Mi Xao. The pho bo is absolutely perfect, it truly makes me feel like I'm back in Vietnam. The owner, Toan, is a gentleman and is always incredibly friendly to us every time we come by. Mi Xao has become my favorite restaurant over the last few months and has been a huge help for me personally transitioning back to life in the USA! If you are thinking about stopping by, I can not recommend Mi Xao more!
This chef needs more recognition. He is equal to a lot of the top chef in Charleston. Please help build his reputation to the status it needs to be.
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