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Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

Blackened doesn't nessisarily mean it's bbq. Dry chicken, burnt sausage, and tastless bbq no wonder they provide so many different sauces to drown the flavor into the food with. Top that off with a rude staff and you get a James Island local that'll be driving to Home Team for his BBQ fix.

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Posted by back to basics on April 1, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

I will never come back. Between the awful service and the blatant disrespect from management, Smoky Oak has lost a James Island local forever.

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Posted by tree b on March 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Re: “The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene

Came to this restaurant with my BF and 5 other people. Food was ok. Then it came time to pay the bill and a grey haired old man who claimed to be the manager handed us one ticket and pointed at a sign that says the bill could not be split. I ended up putting 200$ on my credit card and then proceeded to get yelled at by this man who claimed to be the manager. I asked why the waitress didnt ask if we wanted split checks and he scolded me again for not reading a tiny sign no where near where we sat. I attempted t defend myself but after throwing my credit card and my receipt at me, I realized it was useless. We left there feeling almost cheated. Very disappointing.

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Posted by StefanieSC1 on March 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Vino Burgerz

Took half day off of work to check out this new place for lunch with a friend. When we arrived at 3pm on Tuesday, MARCH 13, there was a note on the door saying their FEBRUARY hours and they were CLOSED.
Sure would be nice if they knew what month it is and for their REAL hours to be posted on their site.
Now we'll never know if the food is good.

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Posted by Debbie Walker on March 15, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Foster's Pub

Absolutely awful. if you don’t work there, know the bartender, or a Cleveland browns fan on Sundays... STAY AWAY. no interest in the casual diner. As a Belle Hall resident I hope this place goes out of business.

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Posted by ggreghh on March 3, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Re: “Bombay Indian Restaurant

I am sorry to say I went back today with a bunch of folks for lunch and the food was gross and the service was bad. I liked it before, I wonder what happened ?

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Posted by zigzag on February 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Oscar's Restaurant

Overrated. I will take Moe's any day over this.

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Posted by agentguerry on February 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Re: “King Street Grille

I love King St Grille. Ive been to the one DT many times and also the one out by Kiawah and had great food. However, this one is awful. We sat at the bar outside for twenty minutes in front of 2 bartenders who refused to talk to us or really even look at us. The girl bartender in the Eagles jersey might as well have been taking a nap under the bar. We got buckets and they said they couldn't split half bud light half budweiser because of some sort of inventory problem. Ive split buckets all over Charleston and never have had this problem. The food came out then sat on the bar for a while and got cold while the bartenders were "working". Ill go back to KSG, but never this one!!!!! Awful

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Posted by chickenandwaffles on January 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Halls Chophouse

Went to Hall's for the Restaurant Week special 3 for 40. Next time I'll go to High Cotton or The Oak and pay full price.... Hell, next time I get the craving for a steak, I'll take the buttermilk chicken at Magnolias before I go to Halls. Service was plaintively agreeable, but the steak was mediocre at best and luke-warm, the potatoes and green beans tasteless and the Caesar salad was mostly Romaine stalks (was this to compensate for the lower Restaurant Week prices?) and the tables crowded together so tightly, every time a server visited the table next-door I got a butt in my face. We were bum-rushed out as soon as we had finished our plates, and then coat-check couldn't find my coat even with the tag they gave me. Waiting for them to find my coat we had an interesting encounter with Billy Hall. He gave one lame excuse after another while continually trying to shake my hand. Complained about having to participate in Restaurant Week after being yelled at by the restaurant association, and on and on. I won't be back.
A bit of advice to Billy: Son, you missed your calling - somewhere in North Charleston there's a used-car lot that needs you desperately.

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Posted by pissedoff yankee on January 14, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Re: “The Dog & Duck

Cannot speak for the other locations but the one in Summerville is overall not worth the drive, the foods decent but some of the waitresses and bartenders make it difficult to have a good time. There is constant friction between them that you can sense, our waitress was being bought shots by the next table and she was definately not sober while she served us, in fact I questioned several items on our bill that weren't even ours. When I asked to see the mgr, think his name was Don, the waitress got a little irritated, and even after I expressed my disappointment about the waitress he acted as if it was normal and she continued to serve us. So we will not be visiting dog and duck anymore and I would suggest you don't waste your time

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Posted by CharlestonDawgy on January 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Re: “The Cocktail Club

Why was my comment removed? CCP censorship? Really?? Or is someone in Palmer's back pocket? If you think the following 2 reviews are by different people, who just happened to register and post for the first time on the same afternoon, I've got some news for you: they aren't. It's slick marketing aimed to temper a negative review. Let your product speak for itself, CC. And stop posting glowing reviews for O Ku, without identifying yourself as GM of an establishment owned by the same parent company.

"Best bar in Charleston! Excellent service, delicious drinks, and tasty food. Will be back again and again! I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could!"

"This place really has a unique and mature environment. Service and technique are unbelievably polished, creative, and just plain fun! Classy establishment."

Similar, no?

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Posted by Jaxx on January 5, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Re: “The Cocktail Club

Slow, long-winded service. My girlfriend said the juice tasted old and when she tried to tell the bartender she just gave her attitude. WASTE OF MONEY! Much better bars around like the Belmount or Hom.

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Posted by Concernicus411 on December 31, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Re: “The Red Pepper

Way over priced for mediocre food. If you can open a jar and cook boxed pasta, save your money and eat at home.

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Posted by Mistweaver on December 23, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Queen Street Grocery & Café

I have been going here for a year now, mainly because of the Gluten Free Crepes that they started doing, which was amazing for me since I have a gluten intolerance. I moved down the street from the cafe this year and was so excited to be so close. To my surprise, they had changed the gluten free availability to only once a week on Fridays. I work 8-6 mon-fri, so this is not a possibility for my great Sat/Sun brunches that I used to love to go to. I also recently used a Groupon and was a little confused at my charges, and instead of explaining it the cashier explained nothing to me, kept staring blankly at me, didn't help me out at all, and honestly just made me feel bad. I haven't been back since, don't think I ever will.

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Posted by chasgal888 on December 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Queen Street Grocery & Café

@ eastoak: here's what I got from your review: service is slow, indifferent, and inconsiderate, food is average, 3 STARS!

Good service doesn't require "Southern sugar coated niceness", whatever the fuck that is. A little respect goes a long way.

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Posted by Jaxx on December 17, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Re: “California Dreaming

Went for lunch. Music was way too loud and 80's pop music just isn't my thing to listen to by the "relaxing" water. Of course, the louder the music, the louder the restaurant as everyone has to speak up louder just to be heard. I would call the ambiance "early mess hall". Ordered Blackened Chicken Alfredo. Chicken wasn't blackened at all. Just chicken with some kind of "blackenish" spice festooned up on it. Salad came with a croissant (bit odd, but ok) that was "drizzled with honey". Why? Blue Cheese dressing was a color not of this earth and inexplicably sweet. I can't take enough Tums to kill the heartburn (not sure if from the food or the amazing amount of money I paid for the pleasure of dining there).

Posted by gooseslapper on December 17, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Queen Street Grocery & Café

The last 2 times I've been there, the staff have been lackluster at best. It's close to where I work, but I've been scouting and trying other places since August. It's too expensive for what you get and the staff need several lessons in customer service or something. Or maybe better staff should be hired by management?

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Posted by FreckleFan on December 16, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Queen Street Grocery & Café

I went to Queen St. Grocery recently and had a terrible experience...as stated in previous posts, the owner was unfriendly and engaged in a 5-minute personal conversation with another worker while I stood at the counter, 2 feet from her, waiting to order. As I approached the counter for the 2nd time to purchase another drink, she did the same thing with a wine rep. Not apologetic or friendly at all when she finally decided to acknowledge my presence each time. Next, I was presented with the most bland hummus ever created...and a soggy crepe arrived 20 minutes later. The place wasn't busy at all and I left $20 poorer & very disappointed. Maybe I caught her on a bad day (she was complaining about commuting from Hilton Head), but I still won't be back.

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Posted by hollyplay on December 16, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Butcher & Bee

Wow. When will Charleston's Hipster restaurant fade end?

This place should be avoided, its in a sketchy part of town where nobody could feel safe at night in and the atmosphere inside is even more depressing. One wooden table and a scattering of random chairs. The chairs are mostly just steel or rusted metal. There was one chair with a thin cushion that looked like they got it out of a medical landfill.

Pro - The chalkboard menu in the kitchen area was a unique touch and was well done.

The food is incredibly limited, salty and expensive. Very small portions for sandwiches that are in the $13 neighborhood. No thanks.

The very limited menu is hampered by the fact that everything has some sort of 'non-traditional" ingredient thrown in. I understand trying to be different, but it just comes off as desperate. Why not just focus on making an awesome *REAL* cuban instead of trying to be cute with it?

One upside was that parking was free and plentiful, didn't really see anyone else eating there so I got a front row spot. Whoooo.

The antique cash register, cabinet, the mason jars, it just screamed hipster phony.

Staff was friendly though, so they've got that going for them.

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Posted by shocksplicer on December 11, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Re: “Barbecue Joint

I don't know where these people have had barbeque before. Quite possibly the worst BBQ I've ever had. You eat it for days (burping it back up) and you feel sick after leaving there. The fried Chicken is again the worst I've ever had. I guess people just like it because you get 10 pounds of food on your plate. The sides don't help out. The tea is good.

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Posted by Bea Arthur on December 10, 2011 at 9:23 PM
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