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Comment Archives: Locations: Bars + Clubs

Re: “RB's Seafood

Have not been to RB's much since it was supersized to a three level monstrosity on "The Creek", but met some friends on top last Saturday and I must say the experience was very pleasurable. I was somewhat concerned about the food quality based on previous visits, but something has definitely changed for the better because the entrées passing by our seats at the bar looked, smelled, and likely tasted spectacular. While my party did not order any main dishes from the dinner menu, the selections we did sample were definitely fresh, flavorful, and delicious. The blackened salmon Caesar salad was so much better than any other similar one in this town with a large portion of nicely seasoned fish, soft-leafy spinach, and real Caesar dressing it could easily be enjoyed independently as a satisfying meal. The fried onion rings are lightly battered to perfection and extremely addictive. I mention this because I am not a big fan of onion rings and for the most part avoid them entirely. Other samplers were equally well prepared with fresh ingredients and served at the correct temperatures. The place was busier than normal possibly due to some large wedding, prom night, and private parties yet the service did not seem to suffer. How the lone bartender was able to handle the constant waves of patrons and remain as friendly and accommodating as she was is beyond me. Other “so called” bartenders in Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston could learn much from this young lady. Everyone in my group, some of whom were from out of town, really had a great night on Shem Creek and that is not so easy to accomplish anymore. True, the “overkill” parking lot signage needs to go and the nautical theme is a bit over the top, but Ronnie Boal’s seafood palace beside the shrimp docks is providing quality local waterfront dining and, like the man himself, will still be there in one form or another when the rest go down with the ship.

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Posted by Los Super Saturn on April 18, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

finally a replacement for Buffalo South, the place has a great elevated bar, Happy Hour is superb.... we keep going back you should too, Tecate & salsa, what ever you order on the menu is nutrition with a buzz, what more can you ask from a sports bar ?

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Posted by Larry Carter Center on April 15, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

Bleh. Nothing more to say. Just bleh. Maybe a yawn. Bleh.

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Posted by Paul Cheney on April 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Re: “The Ice House

Awesome Bar! Fantastic bartenders, and always make people feel welcomed!

Posted by Gisele Farmer on April 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

Don't believe this halfway to Halloween costume party coming up. We went to the one on Halloween and they decided not to give out any prizes since they didn't get enough entrants. I spent 2 hrs hand painting my husband as a skeleton and when we complained they offered us one shot of fireball. Boo! Ps. Not each, just ONE shot of fireball.

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Posted by CarlyW on April 11, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Re: “The Rarebit

My new go to place for lunch on upper King- best onion rings ever
good food at the right price

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Posted by Bob Kosian on April 10, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Blind Tiger

The Caprese Grilled Cheese is one of the best sandwiches in Charleston.

We're dealing in facts, here.

Posted by Pronghorn on April 9, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Bacco Italian Restaurant

I haven't been but the comments convinced me to go when I go back ..I love Italian food.Do you have one at Myrtle Beach?

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Posted by Carol Dutton James on April 8, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Halls Chophouse

I have eaten at Hall's a few times. Most were business related and we did not really worry about the cost. I have eaten a lot of steaks in my time, and these were OK. Not the magnificent works of art the friends of Halls has described, but OK steaks. For the price, and and the amount of time needed to go through the "experience" I will eat some place else when it comes to my money. I am often asked where a good steak house is in Charleston. Oak is great and worth the money, but you can find other good restaurants in Chas. that are about half the cost.

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Posted by localhutch on April 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Blind Tiger

Look, you people need to know all bars foods suck. You cannot go to a bar and get good food. Period. It's done. Go to a good restaurant is you what good food. Bars food always suck. Regards, Riptide

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Posted by riptide on April 5, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Halls Chophouse

if there were zero stars available...
first as a regular traveler to the great city of charleston i would like to say that this city has always offered the best service and selection. i have travelled all over the country and always find my way back to this city for the most memorable experiences.
with that said i want to share one of the most disturbing experiences to date.
after being molested at the door by an overeager family member i had to wait an hour and 20 minutes past a reservation time in a noisy crowded bar area. The music was obtrusive and loud, clientele obnoxious and the bartender slow. One of the brothers kept assuring me a spot would open up but after getting a drink dumped on me i went to the bathroom to clean up. I opened the unlocked door bumping into a gentleman and a woman leaning over the counter engaged in either some sexual act or drug use. This is where things got weird. the man in the bathroom was the owners son! what kind of place are they running!
i grabbed my date appalled and left immediately.
Someone needs to look into this place. They are either running a brothel or a crack house.

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Posted by NYCprime on April 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Bacco Italian Restaurant

Bacco is my go-to Italian restaurant in the Charleston area. I have been there many times and have never been disappointed by the food, drinks, or service. I tend to be very picky with Italian food, after living in Italy for a short time. Chef Michael is an expert at recreating and reinventing many of the traditional Italian dishes I love. I especially enjoy his ability to prepare perfect hand made pasta cooked Al dente, as it should be. His main courses are also quite amazing, and we look forward to creative specials like the seared lamb neck. While you are there, make sure you give the home made limoncello a try. I look forward to my next visit. Ciao!

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Posted by brewengineer on April 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Re: “The Rarebit

Been twice, impressed both times. Had French toast at 11pm with a "Dark & Stormy" cocktail. The French toast was excellent with the sorghum syrup and $2 optional strawberries and bananas. The Dark & Stormy was tasty, but I wouldn't get another one for the $9 they charge for it. I came back later for lunch. Tried the chicken and waffle plate. The chicken was really, really damn good. The waffle was ok. Service was good both times.

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Posted by Rokko on April 2, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Joe Pasta

Four ratings, 3 one-star, 1 two-star. True average rating: 1.25 stars.

So why does it rate 2.2 stars?

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Posted by arteear01 on March 17, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Castaways Grille

I am so sick and tired of bars misspelling Guinness.... in their ad in CP they left off an N in Guinness.... why celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a bar that can't correctly spell one of the most recognized beers in the world? To Castaways Grille I say Pogue Mahone!!!!!!

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Posted by OwenG on March 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Seanachai Social Club

What a great local! So happy that there is a place on Johns Island to enjoy an after-work beer in a friendly pub. Bartender and owner Gerry is a gem, treats his customers as friends, and is a craftsman with the cocktails, too. Hard to drive past it on your way home without stopping for a pint!

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Posted by Wadmalaw on March 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Joe Pasta

Things wrong from my visit last summer (and only visit).
1. Wait staff took over 10 minutes to say hello to the table (We, a 4 top, were 1 of 4 tables so they weren't weeded)
2. So much dust and crud on the walls that it was NASTY to look at.
3. Lack of management intervention during a scuffle between two employees. Curse words flew rampant out of one guys mouth involved in the scuffle.
4. Wait staff (all four servers), hostess and bartender stayed by the bar and talked the whole time. Drinks stayed empty and the cook had to walk the food out due to our "server" chatting at the bar.
5. Management promised gift certificates mailed due to our horrible experience to make up for the scuffled witnessed but they never came.
6. Food was marginal at best.
7. The best part was the cook who walked our food out and checked on us 2x due to our waiter loving to chat with other workers.

I've run a restaurant and I never would have allowed this lack of service to take place. I will never go there again and when friends ask, I am very honest about my experience there.

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Posted by Padget on March 13, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Seanachai Social Club

Seanachai is a great little pub on Johns Island. Great staff with nice craft beers and Irish whiskey selection, with good live music every week.

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Posted by Bostick29487 on March 13, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Joe Pasta

Nastiest lasagna....how do they stay open? Gross.

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Posted by comer2007 on March 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Parson Jack's Café

...Very friendly atmosphere...great chicken tenders...good sweet tea...Chris Tidestrom does an excellent job on Thursday nights, at the open mic event, and the open mic scene will certainly grow rapidly as the summer season comes upon us. I have found the staff to be totally honest and polite...sometimes, maybe some people are served based upon their attitudes...and what they deserve...so Karma serves it up...

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Posted by Charlie Moore on March 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM
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