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Comment Archives: Locations: 2 Stars

Re: “Raul's Taqueria & Mexican Grill

I can see the potential but very disappointing. I've waited about a month to cool down and post this.

I had a bad feeling when I walked in and was asked If I had 'reservations'. Place was maybe 1/2 full(or half empty).
Slow inattentive service, but friendly. Our wait person had a poor grasp of the English language. I inquired if meal came w/ rice, beans, or both, as the menu does not specify. Waiter had to go ask...tells me neither...so I order a side of rice. Lo & behold, I get a side of rice, and rice & beans on entree plate. Presidente Marg on menu is non-existant, they only have Jaurez tequila. Again, waiter had to go ask. We were never asked for fresh drinks after our initial order. Seems everything went that way. I can only say food was OK, my plate came out later than the other meals, was lukewarm, and dry...which pretty much killed it. I had chicken enchiladas. I've had better.

A highlight was the chips. Waiter set them on the table and pushed them towards wall where the candle ignited the wax paper liner. He had to throw them on the floor to put the flames out. Muy flammable.

They must have known we were unhappy as Management comp-ed our drinks. Still about $34...2 entrees, nachos, and a side o' rice. After 1st experience not too motivated to go back.

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Posted by FOBofSC on March 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Vino Burgerz

The menu reads amazing, it just doesn't get executed. All of the burgers ordered by my party should have been delicious purely based on the description but turned out to be mediocre. Unfortunately the fries are the highlight. The atmosphere is a little lacking and the laminate floor makes it seem more like a cafeteria. If the food was good the atmosphere could be excused, but that's not the case. Our service on the other hand was very good. I think a shake up in the kitchen and perhaps a change in bread suppliers could make a big difference here.

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Posted by Bill Price on March 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Lucky's Southern Grill

We ate there recently because some friends who live on James Island recommended it. We started with the black eyed pea fritters with ham hocks and we both found them mysteriously tasteless. The minuscule flecks of ham hock by themselves had flavor, and the black eyed peas by themselves did as well. But the whole thing together got lost in whatever they used to bind it all together. The salad they were served with was odd, both in concept and execution. Who eats a fritter nearly the size of a pool ball with a salad? The salad was diced cucumber, tomato and bell pepper that reminded me of pico de gallo, served with some mixed greens. It was dressed with red wine vinegar and nothing else. Both the fritters and the salad were screaming for salt and pepper.

For an entree I ordered the grilled pork chop special, which came with flash fried Brussels sprouts and griddled potato cakes. The best thing on the plate were the Brussels sprouts. They were caramelized and delicious and absolutely perfect. I appreciate it when people don't cook pork to death and pink in the center is perfectly fine. Mine was borderline raw in the center. It had been cooked over very high heat and there were some charred bits on the outside that tasted strongly of gas. The griddled potato cakes were just weird. It seemed like they took mashed potatoes and just put them on the griddle. They were lightly browned but had no texture. They were also very salty.

My partner got the fried chicken. The chicken was lukewarm and the breading was soft and not the least bit crispy. It also had a weird flavor, like they had cooked a lot of shrimp or something else in the same oil. Maybe it was the Brussels sprouts? The onion gravy was nice and had a flavor that reminded me of Thanksgiving.

It was okay overall, but fell into a middle ground where I'll probably not ever think of going back.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on March 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Lucky's Southern Grill

I'm no fan of bbq sauce and asked that it be withheld from the fried oysters that top the baked on the half shell pimento oysters. WOW-what a terrific starter.

As an early bird diner I often suspect prepared food from the afternoon lunch hour is the first out of the kitchen at supper time. That may not be the case at Lucky's. However, my order of fried chicken was served at room temperature and the skin was soggy. A second attempt by the kitchen produced piping hot crispy skinned pieces of rather bland chicken. Either way, I can't recommend this entree. The accompanying mashed potatoes with yummy onion gravy and the collards were both delicious.

Excellent service is worthy of a star but only if the food measures up. Maybe I'll go back and try a different entree but I doubt it.

Personally I have a three-tiered rating plan: 1) I'd go back 2) eh 3) awful. Lucky rates as an "eh".

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Posted by Guy on February 22, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

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.

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Posted by CharlestonNative on February 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

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.

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Posted by folly breez on February 15, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Raul's Taqueria & Mexican Grill

I desperately wanted to like this place but I would be lying if I said this was worth another trip to N. Charleston. It was una cocina mas autentica but slow, overpriced, and sort of meat-gruel based with poor quality vegetables.

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Posted by mustbe on February 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Tattooed Moose, JI

My partner, a friend and I went to Tattooed Moose last night for the first time. The corn dogs were probably the best I have ever had and the smoky tomato soup was delicious. We got the Reuben, Cuban and duck club and they were all excellent. I loved the fries but I couldn't tell they had been cooked in duck fat. The aioli was a tasty addition.

So why the two-star review if I loved everything? The service was awful. After we seated ourselves a young woman came by and dropped menus. We asked for water while we looked at the menus and I asked about their beer list, which was on the back of the menu. She came back in about 10 seconds with the water and we asked for a few more minutes. She cheerfully said "Take your time" ... and she never came back. She brought food to tables near us and walked past a handful of times, but never even looked at our table and never stopped. Finally she ensconced herself at the short bar to the left of the door to the kitchen, staring intently at something on the bar and ignoring everything else around her.

The friend who was with me finally walked up to her to ask about ordering beers and food. She handed my friend the beer and said she would be right over for the food order. As my friend turned around the server went back to whatever she was staring at on the bar and never budged. My friend sat down, looked at her in disbelief, and said she was reading the menu.

Finally the bartender, Ryan, walked over and asked if we wanted to order food. From there the service was okay, but the damage was done. You simply don't pointedly ignore customers for 15 to 20 minutes.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on January 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Raul's Taqueria & Mexican Grill

I was really excited to try this place as my family and I are always looking for good Mexican food and the reviews for Raul's have been good. We went there on a Saturday night and even though the place was only half full, the place was really disappointing. It took about 45 mins. for our food to arrive and we were ignored the whole time except for our initial drink order/chips. My rellenos were cold, my son's nachos had sour cream (which I asked them to leave off) and my husband's chicken enchiladas were dry. We were given all kinds of apologies and reasons as to why things were so screwed up, but who cares! The place has been getting good reviews and they can't have adequate staff at 7pm on a Saturday night? I think Raul's may have potential once they get their act together, but last night was a bummer. We were hungry and drove 15 mins. to get there in the rain and by the time the food came out I just didn't care anymore.

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Posted by Zip's Girl on January 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Re: “The Macintosh

We went for the first time during Restaurant Week. I wasn't prepared for dining in a cave so the first challenge was finding enough light to actually read a menu. I understand that at a bar you don't need bright lights because people are telling a bartender what they want to drink. In a restaurant, however, people need to read menus. Turn up the lights!

My spinach salad was a train wreck. It was supposed to have several components but all I got was spinach. The vinaigrette had no acid and the salt had just been thrown on and I got it all in one bite since I couldn't see what I was eating. My partner's lamb ravioli was cold on the outside and barely warm in the middle. The triggerfish and braised duck leg entrees were both excellent, but the desserts seemed like afterthoughts.

I'll give them another chance with greatly reduced expectations.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on January 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Bottles

This is a mini total wine (some staff included).

Wine selection is fairly limited, Beer is probably a quarter of what CBX jams into their store, and about equal toi the better piggly wigglys. Lot of losers mixed in to the beer section; in about a year people will be cautioning you to watch dates on the beer. Liquor selection is good, but poorly organized.

I also hate placing the same item throughout the store, very annoying.

Staff is not at all educated in the products (this goes up to management)

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Posted by ALEYEAST on December 12, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Re: “King Street Grille

Food is great, its the only reason I come back. Buffalo shrimp are awesome, and love the waffle cheese fries.

The service though is ATROCIOUS. One time I just had to leave, my group (3 people) got seated and we never could find anybody to take orders, drinks, anything. Crazy.

The rest of the times, service has just been super slow, Takes probably 15 minutes just to get drinks. Its a shame too because the food is great.

Posted by shocksplicer on December 11, 2011 at 12:58 AM

Re: “Jimmy John's

Its subs...They are good, but I don't see what the fuss is about. Quality and menu is on par with Subway, Blimpies, Firehouse and any other of the chains.

Oh and expensive too. Guess they have to cover themselves because they deliver.

Posted by shocksplicer on December 11, 2011 at 12:55 AM

Re: “Blu Restaurant & Bar

We made a reservation for thanksgiving(party of 4). Wanted to seat us with two elderly people outside without heaters. When we asked for seating inside we got skipped by multiple parties of 2&4. No thought or flexibility. Then we get seated at two 4-tops crammed together with someone needing to sit on the crack. Overall food was what we expected, traditional holiday items were good. Oysters were old and dried out. Cheese and salad station was bargain average. Our waiter was attentive and did a good job. The hostess and her three minions gave us the eye the whole time. If we thought that we could have gone somewhere else to get turkey we would have.

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Posted by JO-NC on November 27, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Queen Anne's Revenge

After not liking Queen Anne's Revenge since they opened, we went shortly after they changed their menu because we heard it was much improved. Wrong. Service was just plain abysmal. It took nearly 20 minutes to get drinks and the waitress reeked of cigarette smoke when she delivered them so it seems obvious where the delay was.

Of the six of us only one enjoyed her entree. My fish special entree was cold to the point the sauce had formed a skin. My partner's mixed seafood was tasty but salty, and the portion was tiny.

It has potential, but not so much that I want to go back.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on November 17, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Social

I went to Social regularly when they opened a few years ago & always loved it...fast forward to my most recent visits, where the food was still very good but the service was so horrible that I will not be going back. The bartenders were all too involved with chatting each other up and doing shots behind the bar to take our order. When I inquired about different wines, the server attempted to upsell me to the most expensive glasses available. She did the same thing with the food, which was good, though scant, with respect to the prices. Too bad this has become yet another "see & be seen" bar, instead of the classy place it started out as.

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Posted by hollyplay on November 10, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Blind Tiger

Have a drink, enjoy the courtyard, skip the food.

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Posted by Cooney on October 6, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Eurasia Café and Wine Bar

Wine bar, not. I am a little tired of hearing anyone with a wine list (which Eurasia actually has a decent one) call themselves a wine bar. Social is the only one close to wine bar in this area. Simply: a wine bar needs to offer a large variety of wines by the glass, it needs to do set flights and free form flights (ability to offer a half glass). It should have a preservation system unless the wine is marked and flies out.

That all being said, the bottle list here is good and a value to boot.

Food on the other hand was not stellar.

Fried Oysters: supposed to be served with Buere Blanc, couldn't discern, just ok

Caesar Salad: way underdressed, but the croutons were good bit heavy for the salad though

Off the Hook Rockafeller: two fried oysters on a filet (catch of the day) over mashed potatoes and spinach with fontina cream. pretty mundane, potatoes would be what you make for a big family dinner very nuetral, not enough of the fontina cream to taste past a bite or two, fish was fairly flavorless.

Fine Swine: sort of a cured tenderloin with pork fried rice taste, ginger overpowered everything here, very unbalanced.

Cheesecake was frozen in the middle and debonded from the crust, not sure how old it might be,

Overall, I would go back and try an appetizer again, not a meal to give a second chance and more so to sample another bottle.

Place definitely needs work.

Posted by ALEYEAST on September 16, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Hominy Grill

What passes for good food here is better comedy than most of what you'll get at Theatre 99. I assume the head chef makes only sporadic visits. Or maybe he's in line with all the overweight tourists outside. Someone needs to tell him he doesn't need to wait out there; he can go on back to the kitchen and take over the reins from that stoned CofC student. Seriously, Denny's makes a better biscuit. Who cares, right? You've got a cash cow. James Beard would be so proud!

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Posted by lizard man on September 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Hatchell's American Tapas Tavern

We used to go to Hatchells all the time. Then they upped their "tappas" sized portions to meal size so you have to pay more and can't possibly order several to share, and got rid of Harp. We ate at Hatchells BECAUSE of the small portions and equivalently sized prices, oh yeah, and for the Harp, but don't see much reason anymore. I can get an average tasting too-big meal and no Harp just about anywhere in MtP

Posted by echo on September 8, 2011 at 8:16 AM
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