I used to live down the road from this place and was always a huge fan of their food. I will never go back after what happened the other day. While our waitress took forever we chalked it up to how busy it was since the Cajun Fest had just ended. But while looking around for our food (which took almost 40 minutes to get there) we noticed one of the employees go into the bathroom with a girl. In a bathroom with no stalls it was pretty obvious what he was going in there to do. After about 15 minutes he and the girl returned and he went back into the kitchen. I wrote a note on our receipt and told the waitress who tried to assure us he didn't work there. Yet he was wearing their uniform and alternated between the kitchen and behind the bar. After this experience I will not be back..
The owner gave me a political sermon (including his POV on immigration) within 5 minutes of sitting down for the first (and last time). No thanks.
These people have no idea what they're talking about! Smokey's is one of the best bars I've seen in town by far! Very nice, clean place, excellent food (highly exceed expectations of your typical bar menu), and outstanding service! The bartenders are not just hot, but they're super friendly and are always on top of things! This place is not what it used to be- major improvement! Live bands and the Blues Bash are rockin', great food, cold beer, good prices, friendly atmosphere, excellent service, and all around good times...... what more could you ask for?! This place definately deserves a second look.
We were seated upstairs and the noise from below flooded the stairwell and echoed horribly. It was so loud we gave up trying to have a conversation. The food itself was okay, but it was overshadowed by the dry aged steak. It had a very pronounced funk that tasted like eating Parmesan cheese rind. I have had dry aged beef several times and a bit of this flavor is expected, but this was excessive. When our waiter finally showed up and we told him he said it would take 20 to 30 minutes to get another entree. My partner and I shared my meal instead.
With all that, the worst part was the host. He was a strawberry blonde man who obsessively smoothed his hair between interrupting people to welcome them to the restaurant. Based on other reviews I assume it was Billy. What he does is patently *NOT* warm and friendly. He is boisterous and overly familiar to the point of being creepy. I felt like I had walked into the house of a serial killer and he was trying to "act normal" so we wouldn't notice the bodies under the stairs. We timed our exit to when he was at the other end of the bar, hoping to avoid him. No such luck. He burst through the door just as it closed to accost us one more time. We fled into the night.
I won't be back. I fear for my soul and I value my taste buds.
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.
I will never come back. Between the awful service and the blatant disrespect from management, Smoky Oak has lost a James Island local forever.
was totally ignored by blond bartender who saw me turned her back and never turned towards me again ,,goes along with insulting staff ,,,o yeah insulting open mic night , The Mill wraps circles in hospitality and Open mic with young mi. oh once the dudes from Lowcountry Blues came to the Mill and asked Young Mi if she could stick them up front...like they were stars ,,they are corpes
"Locals" place. Friendly. Older crowd. Some pretty decent pool tables but they shoot league a couple of times a week and it takes up all the tables so it might not be your first choice of someplace to go to shoot pool. Not the fastest bartenders in the world but they make do. Not much of a karaoke crowd but I think that's as much to do with the substandard karaoke system as anything else. Worth your time to swing by for a cold in the evening before heading off somewhere else.
Awesome food and great service, I think at this point there's not a single thing I haven't tried on the menu and its all pretty good. The homemade pickles are great as are the BBQ Ribs.
so great...and it's FOR SALE!
Great food, great crowd, great live music! What more can you ask for?
Sure beats driving downtown. This place ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!
We think Squeeze is THE best! We never miss the chance to stop in to visit the awesome bartenders, the great live music on the weekends. I personally like that the bartenders always ask if you liked your drink, they care about what they are serving you. And yes, the bathrooms are wonderful! GO TO SQUEEZE!!!!
I HEARD WALE IS COMING TO MUSIC FARM ON MARCH 1, 2012 IS THAT TRUE? IF SO HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS. ALSO WHO'S GOING?
Nanobeerz - you are correct regarding Smoky Oak's food. It is poor - pretty much everything on the menu is underwhelming. Among other mistakes: they use far too much sugar in all their cornbread, batter, etc.
The BBQ is poor to put it mildly.
But I find their beer selection pretty good - you kind of need to know which of the taps are new and which ones are old. But they have a nice selection of tall boy bottles too - things like Rogue Chocolate Stout, etc.
This pretty much sums up their food:
Last few times I have been to Smoky Oak to have a beer with friends, I stopped at Barberito's for a burrito first.
Barbecue should stand on its own with seasoning/dry rub etc. It should not need to be lathered in sauce in order to get some seasoning. This is where Smokey oak fails. The meat on its own is tender, but flavorless. The bar, staff, and other food choices are good--the beer selection is fantastic---we go because we live close by. But the best bbq is in tennessee/kentucky.
In response to the comment below....Wow, coming from a Summerville Hick who has traveled quit a bit to VERY high end restaurants in MANY big cities (Le Cirque in NYC, Fleur De Lys in San Fran and Vegas just to name a few) , I will say I have had mostly good experiences at Oscar's. I think the Woodlands is COMPLETELY over-rated, the food is barely average, it's snotty, and NOT worth the money. I enjoy the quaint atmosphere in the bar at Oscars, the staff is always attentive and remembers us when we walk in. I think they have good steaks, (and they are just as comparable as what I was served at the Woodlands, in an atmosphere that I do not need to wear a tie, and I don't have to whisper my conversation due to the stuffiness). But what do I know, since I am just a hick from Summerville that has probably dined in quite a few more high end restaurants than most.
so.... wyjess how long have you worked there?
Overrated. I will take Moe's any day over this.
Rivers Ave near the mall is not in the heart of Berkeley county. It's close to Goose Creek but that's Charleston county. Just sayin...
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