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Comment Archives: Locations: Bars + Clubs: 4 Stars

Re: “Red Drum

Red Drum has traditionally been more of a scene than a restaurant. Recently, however, they have changed course and now offer some of the best food, if not in Charleston, at least in Mt. Pleasant, and at a reasonable price. It's important to note this change, because if you've been before, you owe it to yourself to try it again.

Old Red Drum: Whose Porsche is parked out front? Food is ok. Atmosphere a little stuffy. Check seems very expensive. No, seriously, that's a nice Porsche.

New Red Drum: The economy gets blamed for messing up a lot of good things. There are a few restaurants in town, however, that have had to really improve their quality to stay relevant now that their real estate agent clientele have left and they're having to cater to people with discerning tastes. Red Drum is a prime example of this (also Cypress). When it came time to sink or swim, they learned backstroke.

It is possible to get a great dinner here, both on the cheap or going all out. The pork tacos are bargain priced but pack a real punch of flavor. The fried local shrimp are similarly priced, and are done right. Give me those two on a plate with one of their mojitos or margaritas, and I'm happy and only out 20 bucks.

For the finer dining side, the pork chop is one of the best in town. It's better prepared than Brett McKee's 17 North chop, although it lacks 17 North's delicious smoke. I'll call it a tie, and for anyone that knows to pick a good pork chop over an OK steak, you need to try Red Drum's. Speaking of steak, the hanger with frites is a great example of meat and potatoes at its finest. The scallops are also a solid choice and well prepared. The wine list is good and, while not cheap, reasonably priced.

Even if it's only to try the pork chop, it's worth another visit to see how a bad economy can make a good restaurant.

Posted by K and B on March 4, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Re: “The Ice House

Great bar for hanging out with friends and enjoying drinks at a resonable price. The staff all knows your name and treats you as part of the IceHouse Family. Good selection of music that isn't played at a level that you can't hear yourself think. Will give it 5 stars when summerville goes non smoking.

Blaine

Posted by blinginblaine on January 31, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Buddy Roe's Shrimp Shack

I've been going to Buddy Roe's for about 4 years now and absolutely LOVE IT!! They always have great entertainment and good food. Love the outside deck. If you want to dance the night away this is the place to come to. Ronnie and Kim Johnson are very good, down to earth,honest people. I very highly recommend Buddy Roe's. Diana Talbott

Posted by dtalbo61 on January 12, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Re: “O'Brion's Pub & Grille

Great atmosphere. Friendly and attractive staff. Many beer selections and great food for pub fare. Highly recommend.

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Posted by Jess123 on January 6, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Poe's Tavern

When we know we want a quick bite at a place we can always count on to deliver, we head to Poe’s. You know that when you order your favorite item it’s going to be delivered to you quickly and “Just right”.

We decided to go to Poe’s on a Sunday when most restaurants serve Brunch only, and brunch just wasn’t grabbing us. Poe’s is a typical beach bar on Middle Street in Sullivan’s Island. It sits among a few restaurants in a one block area. When other restaurants might be slow, Poe’s is most often packed. There is seating on a two level patio outside, and even on very hot days the crowd overflows to the patio.

I personally don’t know the history on Poe’s but it appears that it has been around since Moby Dick was a guppy. It was apparently founded to preserve the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe. It’s a nondescript place, old tables and chairs, some community tables and high tops, a large draft beer selection and t-shirts for sale and the burgers are named for Edgar Allan Poe stories like the "Tell-Tale Heart": fried egg, applewood bacon, and cheddar cheese. Like I said…… nondescript. T don’t let that put you off.

Their menu is limited, which is a good thing, for this is a place that does a few things great, not good, but great. My husband and I ordered our usual, chicken sandwich for me burger for the big guy. There are a variety of ways that these can be ordered and so we decided to go with the special of the day with a little twist. The special was topped (either chicken or hamburger) with Pepper jack cheese and fried pickles. I ordered mine topped with Cheddar cheese and fried pickles as I never had a fried pickle before.

Although somewhat routine as we always order the same or similar items I’ve found that when I’ve ordered other menu items I’m disappointed and missing my old friends. Our sandwiches came out quickly and were perfect. The fried pickles… were off the hook! The bartender (we were seated at the bar), was quick to ensure that everything was to our liking. The bartender himself is also a fixture at Poe’s. We’ve been going there for six years and he’s almost always there. ‘Don’t know his name, but he’s always there – another thing we can count on, good service.

We left with full stomachs, a very small dent in our wallet and a smile on our faces. When you go there look past the surroundings and directly to the menu. You won’t be disappointed.

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Posted by susieg on January 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Husk Restaurant

Husk does the Haute Down Home thing well, in a highly attractive package and hits most of the high notes.

1. Excellent presentation, atmosphere, design and setting
2. Copious bourbon list, good draughts, didn't look at the wine
3. Attentive and very good staff
4. The entrees were $22 and up... at this price point I expect consistent "wow." The food was very good but not consistently exciting: the beef tenderloin was the chief culprit. My duck came with this quinoa and butternut squash side and the whole thing was delicious. The cornbread and "finest hams" appetizer were both really terrific.
5. EVERYTHING has meat in it. The cornbread has bacon (YUM), the butter has pork reduction, the veggies have pork. That's not a complaint, just an FYI.
6. The bar doesn't have the capability of making anything interesting for pregnant ladies. Another down-check compared to other downtown competitors. A small complaint, meaningless for most.

I was a little confused as to why people go to $120/couple meals and dress like they've just wrapped up errands at the mall. I'd say half of the patrons were dressed too casually. Yeah, I know... it's Charleston, but these weren't all tourists.

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Posted by factoryconnection on January 4, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Husk Restaurant

Spent an hour at the bar two nights ago, awesome experience, one of the classier bars I've been to in Charleston and the pre-prohibition cocktails are bangin.

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Posted by a long lost charlestonian/cofc grad on December 16, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Re: “O'Brion's Pub & Grille

Love this place! The staff is friendly and accommodating! My family and I usually go in for an early dinner...the orange burger is our favorite! I was pleasantly surprised to find out they do half price burgers on Tuesday nights. Then today I learned they do bottomless mimosas on Sundays, which was a great treat for my girlfriends and I! We needed a place like this on our side of town, and I'm glad we finally have one!

Posted by southerngirl21 on December 12, 2010 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Al di La

Well made Italian food, nice atmosphere/location. Really nice wine selection. I'd say it lived up to our expectations, which were fairly high.
We agreed that we've had better Italian, but this is a close second.
There is room for improvement... our server rushed us and seemed disinterested in describing the dishes, for example.

Posted by bropo on December 12, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Madra Rua

Great place for a pint o' beer... good atmosphere for hanging with friends (4+ stars). The food is good, but not wow, fairly typical (3 stars).

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Posted by bropo on December 12, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Charleston Beer Works

great beer selection, great games to play while there, always have every game on TV, and there is always a ton of good looking coed's there.

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Posted by roger dodger on December 7, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Mosaic Cafe & Catering

We ate here for the first time because it was close to the movie theatre. We will DEFINITELY go back!
the starter bread was delicious - had to stop myself from gorging on it.
I had a simple parmesan crusted chicken breast with field greens on top. A small plate (figuring on popcorn later, you know!) and it was perfect! My husband had the seafood mac and cheese - the shrimp were PERFECTLY cooked. Most places overcook their shrimp - and it would be easy to do in a casserole type dish. These were wonderful.
Our friends had a chicken pasta and shrimp and grits. Both loved them - We were all members of the clean plate club!

Pretty decent service - but really, we were there before 6:00 p.m. - the restaurant was so not busy. We thought the prices were reasonable, too.

I said to my husband and friends, we can go back - and not even if we're going to a movie! This is high praise, as we live on James Island and this is slightly out of our way!

Posted by Momto2boysSC on November 30, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Mike Calder's Buffalo Pub

rayjay is a pissed-and-bitter out-of-towner who was so juvenile that he pouted and asked for the remainder of his dinner order to go and did not leave a tip, even after the staff explained the situation to him (I was a regular local patron at the bar that night as well). This is an awesome hangout and highly favored by locals and visitors alike.

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Posted by thatguy on November 14, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Art's Bar & Grill

All you can eat local oysters on Sundays. $10. Yes.

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Posted by Sark on November 1, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Chucktown Tavern

Hardcore downtown "suits" happy hour crowd. Pool, darts, foul language, stiff drinks, mostly hospitality and hotel industry regulars. Except they're all friggin' Boston fans. What's up with that?!

Posted by New_Yorker1 on October 7, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

Been there a few times, no problems at all. The food was Awesome! Brisket & BBQ best in the area. Having the ability to travel in Texas, Memphis & ST Louis, I still find the BBQ in the South so much better. I maybe spoiled, but there is nothing like getting Pork, chicken, ribs, whatever straight off the smoker, Sauce optional, as real BBQ does not need any.
The only drawback is a few bartenders do ignore "Non Regulars". I was overcharged for beers which I did not order or drink. So it happens, but more then once? Shame on them. I learned to bring in cash & pay as I go, problem solved! Tell them I tip at the end, got better service.

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Posted by Charles Bishop on September 30, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

Since I haven't had the chance to attend I'll give the pub/BarBQ the benefit of the doubt. Through my observation of most of all of the above, it may me true that the neightborhood does not want the establishment located there.

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Posted by msdjyoung on September 25, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Re: “O'Lacy's Pub

Great place in Summerville. Lot's of friendly locals, great staff. The owner is usually there most of the time for a friendly chat. They have local bands every Friday, and on Saturday's the Karaoke get's rockin' around 9:30. The Karaoke has a very wide variety of music to sleect from and most of the time, if the KJ does not have a song, he will try to find it and get it within minutes. He plays great musical selections to fill in the time between singers if needed.

Posted by Ronster on September 20, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Laura Alberts Tasteful Options

finally made it to Laura Albert's for lunch. Food was awesome! I got the seared tuna sandwich. nice, thick cut of tuna, seared wonderfully, piled high with fresh tomato. side of asian slaw which i did feel was missing a little something but couldn't place it. also, this was a little expensive for a place i could come on the regular (good thing it was a work lunch), $13 for the sandwich, but def worth it!

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Posted by joshl725 on September 7, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Blind Tiger

Personally I have always had a great time here. Everyone is really chill, nice. Good drinks, awesome place out back.

Posted by Joey Mama on September 3, 2010 at 7:20 AM
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