The previous poster has done nothing but complain about Charleston restaurants since moving here...take it with a grain of salt. I've been to Zia numerous times and have always had great experiences with the food and the service. Zia and Santi are the closest to authentic as it gets. Real foodies order guacamole (made to order) anyway...
If you love meat cook on a grill this is the place to eat. the chicken and ribs marinated and seasoned and oh so good. Pollo also has fried plantains cooked brown and caramelized with a little crunch, there is also yucca, tostones, black beans and rice. They serve some latin standards like tacos,quesadillas as well as a spicy/fruity shrimp tropical. I have tried the other things but the big bang is the grilled chicken go ahead and order a whole bird so you can take some home. I have used ,my leftovers in quesadillas, soup, pot pie... I could go on about how great this place is but you should try it yourself. During the day you can watch the latin soap opera's with the local latin population or in the evening's they play salsa music. Don't forget to order a mango drink to wash it all down with! Go Now!!
Love this place, a little on the expensive side but still fantastic. Make sure you get the salsa sampler
I've eaten here twice and I've had fantastic meals and attentive servers. The chips are fresh and light, and the salsa is unique and smokey. The traditional guacamole was creamy and comforting. The sopa de lima is one of the best soups I've ever had: what a fantastic medley of flavors. The quesadillas are crisp and not overly cheesy. The sirloin tacos have a fantastic sweet-sour flavor.
That is the biggest best burrito I have ever had. I am addicted
I ate lunch at The Taco Spot today and have to say that I thought it was very good. I had the grouper taco which was great. My boyfriend had a burrito and my friend had a chicken quesadilla, which she said was very spicy but good. I'd recommend this place if you want something quick and in West Ashley. I know that we'll be back.
After spending a whole summer at Santis I felt like I needed to update my review. I can say without a doubt Santis is THE BEST mexican food downtown by FAR.
There is so much to love about this restaurant that its hard to pick my favorite attribute. Is it the lighting-fast food and drink service? Is it the absolutely delicious tacos and perfect guacamole? Or maybe its the servers who remember you and will bring out tequilla shots on the house for being a good customer.
I look forward to going to Santis every week, and their margaritas puts other restaurants to shame. Santis has ruined Taco Boy for me because whenever I go to Taco Boy I'm pissed that my margarita tastes like water and my $4 taco just doesn't compare in flavor. Whoever said it earlier is right on the money, Santis Best Mexican Food 2009!
Every time I've eaten at Santi's (downtown), I've never been disappointed. Everything tastes much more fresh than any other Mexican restaurant in town, and their flank steaks are awesome. All of my friends have also ALWAYS had great experiences - and I'm no plant.
I've now been 4 times and am really excited by the addition of this restaurant to the area. It's awesome to have the choice of a large outdoor seating area OR a cool atmosphere inside. As a cheese-eating- vegetarian lover-of-Tex Mex, I have found the menu to be friendly to me and all of my meat/seafood eating companions (though it is not for people who don't like spice). I also appreciate being able to walk out without that greasy smell that you get at most Mexican restaurants. As a general reference, I love Moe's and Barberitos but sometimes want the "whole" dining experience where there is a server who lets me converse with friends/family while I eat. I also love Juanita Greenbergs but hate finding a parking spot. Overall, I dig the food (MUCH better than the one on Folly), don't balk at the prices and appreciate having a place downtown where parking is easy. I think Taco Boy is that perfect package. This is a new permanent on my rotation.
Totally 5 star. Supreme location and service and straight out forward thinking! Expands the local's options to avoid the worn out, bobble-headed, tourist tribe that invades our city. The adaptive re-use and the "off the beaten path" location alone deserves 5 stars, and then the food. Awesome! I do agree with Santi's being another great option, but, for ambiance, they really pale in comparison to this new Taco Boy spot. Eat here now and enjoy!
Very good tacos and burritos. Taste great but the portions aren't very big. Get chips to fill up the void.
Me Like. Plain, simple and unassuming but yet the food quality to back up a 4=star rating. Pricing is very fair for a lunch without having to shell out lots of dough.
I have been there about a dozen times since they opened. I like the food a lot and have never noticed an attitude by the cashier/bartender or the wait staff.
The price point on food and the quantities are pretty good. The lunch specials are priced really well. And yes, I like the fresh and made to order aspect of the food. Absolute thumbs up on the guacamole. Plus when it is not too crazy, Raul himself will come out and socialize with the patrons. It's definitely not the food from the frozen aisle of the store junk like La Ha or Los Arcos. The only critique I may have is at times the servers don't seem to be fully informed of all the items on the menu, i.e. ask a question and they might be able to answer, but more often than not it has been "let me go ask".
Ever since the opening of Cha Cha's, I only went here to party after-dark and have had mixed experiences, good and bad. It wasn't until last week that I decided to tag along to happy hour with some friends. I was blown away by the 1$ beef tacos and 1$ tecates. Seriously. Check it out.
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)
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.
Wonderful experience. Friendly and helpful staff. Great food!
, I'm giving it 4 stars based on my experience. The happy hour is excellent: plentiful free pool tables and $1 Tecates (and when those ran out, they upgraded to a Costa Rican beer called Imperial.) The food is very good, especially for a place that identifies itself as a sports bar. We enjoyed the homemade tortilla chips and salsa and had no trouble getting to an open pool table at 5 pm. It appears as though renovations may not be complete yet...but the Mexican Day of the Dead murals that adorn the walls help set a fun vibe, as do the hand-painted, glowing skulls on the bar. We really enjoyed our appetizer sampler--the surprise hit for me being the fried pita bread. The Bacon-wrapped jalapenos were quite tasty too. My wife, who used to tend bar at a Latin bar, was blown away by her first rocks margarita, but had to ask them to remake the 2nd one...meaning it depends on who makes it. (Nicolette made the best one.)
The most important thing we noticed is that we could truly feel that everyone there is trying very hard to make this something good. Dollar beers and good food will get me in the door once. The attitude and effort being put forth have already brought me back for repeat trips.
Tried it out for the first time this week. Was very impressed with set-up, HH deals, and the tacos were great. Free pool, $1 Tecate, $2 tall boy PBR during HH (4-7pm). My two tacos were a lamb chorizo sausage wrapped in bacon with crispy onions and a spicy sauce, and a tempura baja fish with fresh red cabbage and cilantro n onions. Both huge, both super-tastey, 2 for $7. What's not to like there?
I'm sure some hyper-critical foodie D-bags will have something to say about this place (they always do...) To them I say tuck your Brooks Bro. shirt in, go eat at husk for the 3rd time this week en route to IOP for your beach day. This place is chill, friendly, good F&B at great price points. Should fit in nicely with the JI and FB crowds.
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