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Re: “The Wreckfish

Not sure about the crab all you can eat, but I have been three times to the oyster roast on Fridays. First time, they ran out by 6:30, and I credited that to lack of experience. The next two times, though, I have been very pleased. Plenty of oysters, cooked just right, and $2.00 drafts during the happy hour. The cooker keeps the oysters coming, and the folks around me were also pleased. Definitely a place to go for good oysters and cheap beer. Isn't that the definition of a good oyster roast? Highly recommend, and will be taking friends along tonight for another round. By the way, stay away from the same event at the Noisy Oyster on Thursday nights. Overcooked every time, and as the evening wears on, the salt in the cooker becomes more and more pronounced. They don't add any water to the steamer as the steam escapes. The oysters are overcooked and tasteless.

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Posted by localhutch on December 27, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Re: “The Wreckfish

HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE!!! Went once for lunch, went back for all you can eat crab legs with a huge group. They promised ALL YOU CAN EAT crab legs from 6-9pm and ran out at 8pm. Not only was our huge party out of crabs but other small tables around us were not given the ALL YOU CAN EAT CRAB LEGS that Wreckfish was promising to honor. This restaurant is a WRECKING BALL!!!! After talking to a server (that wasn't ours because ours had been sent home), two managers, AND the OWNER, NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE APOLOGIZED AND/OR GAVE US THE APPROPRIATE "CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT" FEEL. I've been in the restaurant business for over 14 years and this treatment was COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE!!!! They are all about themselves and NOT ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS! Plus their food is just okay and way overpriced for what you get. I advise anyone wanting or thinking about trying this place and/or going back to STAY AWAY!!!! STAY FAR FAR AWAY! Plus the place smells like urine the minute you walk in. That should have been my first indication to turn around and go somewhere else. I would have been better off eating at Northwoods Mall Food Court. If I could leave a negative star rating i would.

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Posted by mia184flower on December 24, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Re: “Wild Olive

I have been to Wild Olive on multiple occasions and have always had a wonderful experience. The food is amazing. I lived in Florence, Italy for a while and when I came back to the states I was constantly disappointed in the Italian food. However, when I found Wild Olive I was extremely pleased by the authentic Italian cuisine. The ambiance is perfect for a dinner date or a special occasion. I highly recommend dining at Wild Olive and enjoying a night out in John’s Island!

Posted by vlhutson on December 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Re: “DeSano Pizza Bakery

When I think Neapolitan pizza, a thin crispy crust comes to mind but this is not what I got here. The service was good and the pizzas came quick, but our pizza crust was barely cooked--almost soggy. Not impressed at all! Will not being going back.

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Posted by LowcountryLady on December 21, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Bay Street Biergarten

I will be interested to see what the comments are in a few months. But when folks take the time to write reviews, and they are not so good, maybe the owners will take note and make some immediate changes. That place has been a number of restaurants in the past, and all have failed. Unless you have something that is unique and affordable, folks will go once, and then return to their original haunts. The parking has always been a problem down there, and won't improve....ever. Where does the staff park? And if you get a reputation of being overpriced, that is an immediate stab in the heart. I'm going to try it out this weekend, and will write a review of the experience. I am looking forward to seeing how these guys have tried to be different.

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Posted by localhutch on December 19, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Re: “DeSano Pizza Bakery

Disregard the above review...this is the best pizza in the ....fill in the blanks...YOU cannot get better than this...Dano.....KNOWS....

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Posted by Therealdan McKelvey on December 13, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Graze

I've only been to Graze for happy hour. The bar food and drink menu is great. I recommend.

Posted by TheKuhn on December 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Bay Street Biergarten

Easy does it...

Do in it easy...?

I will stick with Arizonas

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Posted by Salty Pussy on December 10, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Bay Street Biergarten

I went to the Biergarten on a Saturday for lunch. I ordered the Pimento cheese roll appetizer (recommended by the server), Pork Schnitzel, tried two different beers, and my dining companion had sweet tea and a salad. The pimento cheese rolls lacked any discernible taste other than 'gooey cheese', could have been Velveeta for all I know. The pork schnitzel was as tough as shoe leather and tasted about the same as one would expect shoe leather to taste. Proper schnitzel, when prepared correctly, has been pounded thin, and could basically be cut with a fork. This was certainly not true of the Biergarten's version which was a carved piece of meat, that was then egg-battered and dredged through flour. Thankfully we passed on the 'beer card'. $50 for lunch that was not very tasty? I do not think so. My lasting impression is that if you desire a large space to hang out and drink beer, this is probably a good option, but I would skip on the food. Parking, as mentioned in several others post is a major problem.

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Posted by UKnowImRite on December 10, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Bay Street Biergarten

Bay Street Biergarten Review

If you're looking for a great selection of craft beers (mostly offered directly at the bar) or just want a large venue for socializing with a group of friends, this is a great spot. The table taps can be a little difficult to get to when crowded, but still a nice addition that bings a different style of service Charleston has been missing out on. With regards to food, there is pretty decent menu, but quite honestly most people go here for the beer selection, so its generally what you expect (the giant bowl of tattertots with cheese and gravy still always fun at any age). The staff has been friendly and accommodating as well.

The only issue I see is with parking around the area can be a llittle bit sketchy, since the lot always get full. However there is a giant lot that is open on the port terminal road that runs parallel to E. Bay.

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Posted by JL82 on December 8, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Trattoria Lucca

The food here is always wonderful, however, I won't go back until they address the atmosphere problems. The acoustics in the space make it impossible to have a conversation, which is what you would want to have. I have heard this from many others who have been and also mentioned despite the wonderful food the atmosphere kills the experience.

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Posted by Amy Kay Papp on December 6, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Bay Street Biergarten

The bier card was a golden opportunity to set BSB apart from the pool of comparable establishments. If anything, that should have been focused on for success only. Otherwise when you come down to saying that outside of the bier card, you are just like everywhere else, that really hurts in promoting your brand. If you are just like everywhere else, why don't I just go everywhere else?

I will cut some slack on the servers and their lack of knowledge since that takes time for most new places to overcome. I may try BSB again in a couple of months to see if they have improved. But if they are either no different or if what makes them different is not better, then I don't expect this to be a true and successful biergarten for the many in Charleston who are well-versed in beer.

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Posted by TheBicep on December 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Trattoria Lucca

Maybe not a relevant review...I went within a year of opening. Limited menu & pricey...not a bad thing, but small portions. Drink orders move like a herd of turtles. Service was questionable...Server would walk past table after initial drink order without further inquiry, refill on water or refresh bread basket. It's a small place so when a server ignores you it makes for an uncomfortable situation. Neither myself nor my wife have been compelled to return...and we live 2 blocks away.

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Posted by FOBofSC on December 5, 2013 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Bay Street Biergarten

We want to show some love to Bay Street Biergarten as they showed us love when allowing Bison Branding to vinyl wrap their truck.

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Posted by Pleasant Details on December 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Bay Street Biergarten

I'll have to agree with the naysayers—I think the self-service aspect is a novelty that may be fun to play with once or twice, but I wouldn't be shocked if they start to gather dust once the initial wave of interest dies down a bit. I'd recommend The Craftsmen on Cumberland St. if you're looking for a wide selection and don't want to be punished for not wanting to play bartender. That said, brunch chicken waffles are outstanding and it's a good spot to catch a game.

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Posted by dimestore_watch on December 3, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Bay Street Biergarten

General FYI: For those of you that aren't a fan of the bier card and/or don't want to learn how to use it, Bay Street has all of the amenities of a normal restaurant/bar. All of the beers at the the tables are in fact available behind the bar. The only beers that require a bier card purchase are those at the craft beer tasting wall (which consists of 6 rotating unique and harder to find craft beers). Additionally, the non-communal tap tables do not require a card and are "activated" by a server. The staff is always eager to help those that want to learn how the system works and learn how to pour their own beer. The card and tap tables are meant to be an educational tool but it is obviously not for everyone. For those that aren't interested in the tap system, there is food, liquor, wine and a huge beer selection that you can easily order the "old fashioned way." PS: the "get a life" comment was not an inside job... but this is :) We hope this clears up some confusion. Prost!

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Posted by bsbteam on December 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Bay Street Biergarten

It's frustrating because if you want to order a beer from the taps throughout the restaurant you have to use a prepaid card which charges you by the oz even if only foam comes out. Also hard to view the selection of taps when the restaurant is busy also feels like you're intruding on other customers dinner if you want to go get a specific beer. Then if you want to order from the bar or waitress you only have 13 beer options total. I see what they were trying to do but didn't quite enjoy the experience.

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Posted by Emilie Rosset on December 3, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Bay Street Biergarten

I enjoyed Bay Street Biergarten's beer selection but have to agree with the others that the prepaid card is a scam. Watch out for the free pour, the get you by charging you for half of a glass of head each time a keg is changed. I paid 60$ for a card and was denied my Bombay Sapphire gin martini at the bar, which is unacceptable. And also, what's the deal with the community tables and the fact that one person has to pick up the whole tab? That's not how a community table operates. I like how the poster 'easydoesit' gives the restaurant 5 stars in order to bash a fellow reviewer. That smells of an inside job. Hilarious! In other news, the beef jerky was great!

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Posted by ShredTheGnar on December 3, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Bay Street Biergarten

I agree with the previous commenter about the prepaid cards. For such a vast selection of beer, why am I only limited to 13 options when there is probably 100 other drinks they can make behind the bar. If I’m going to pay you $40 without having a single drink, I’d appreciate you giving me a heads up next time.

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Posted by freethebeer on December 3, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Gullah Cuisine

Best Gullah food around. All the rice dishes are great, especially the gullah rice. Fried chicken almost as good as my mommas.

Posted by ShredTheGnar on December 3, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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