Pretty cool place, visited with the b-friend on a Saturday night after dinner at Fleet Landing. More folks arrived the later it got, but we had a couch/room to ourselves for quite a while. Friendly staff, but kind of pricey (6 liquor drinks & tip ~ $50). But still a swanky, cool kind of place.
Staff has always been pleasant, I like the fact that they all seem to help out each other with food orders, drinks, bussing tables, keeping the place clean... $2 Pacificos are jim-dandy by me, the jerk chicken sanwich is yummy, and the fries are awesome. Never thought about it for brunch...may try it out soon!
Small portions but pretty good food. Very good service and cute atmosphere.
Decent food, great atmosphere, definitely over priced. I got brunch and had to pay for a side of pico de gallo. Service is usually good unless it gets crazy busy.
I agree with the previous submitter, service is an issue. The ordering process is awkward and the menu doesn't offer many good values (omelette with toast $6-7?).
Okay, I visited from Toronto, Canada and I have to say I was a bit disappointed. My family and I ordered brunch. It was very busy but the wait wasn't too bad. My sister ordered the pork chop special and it was rather dry and the sauce was nothing special, I had the eggs with grits, double smoked bacon and ordered a side of sausage. The double smoked bacon was good but only two slices, I expected maybe one more; the real disappointment was the sausage, tiny and horribly dry!! The real praise is for their desserts, my mother ordered the butter milk pie and I had the chocolate pudding. OMG, this could have been the best dessert I have ever tasted, the pudding was so rich and smooth!! I had a few bites of the buttermilk pie and I was impressed although I had nothing to compare it to. Next time I am in Charleston, I think I will just order dessert;)
Went there for lunch and the food was good,The collard greens could have been seasoned more, When the wife asked for some extra lemon for her fried fish the waiter brought 2 pieces out in his hand and gave it to her. I don't think that would qualify for any cleanless code on earth. The waiter was very courtious and friendly but needs to brush up on how he serves extra lemon.
Decent brunch, good sandwiches, eating on the patio is great when there's a good breeze outside. Vickery's is our "stand-by /go-to" when we just cant decide or everywhere else is too blown up with folks...
Always enjoy popping into here for a drink or three..the atmosphere is quite chill, love the tucked away tables and booths. My only wish is that they would serve more of those lovely beers in bottles, as draught beer gives me a wicked headache!!
The new location is very nice, great remodeling of old warehouse, and fun atmosphere. Food is not their strong point. If you are looking for mexican fare like LaHacienda this is not for you. The guacamole though is the best I've had. Service was fine and a great place to get together with friends.
Stopped by last week. Sat outside. Service was good. No challenges there as there weren't many folks there (Tuesday night). Menu was disappointing. Definitely an app and beer place. If that's what you're looking for then you'll do fine.
Also not so impressed with Mercato! Romantic setting, YES...It's got great ambiance! I was not impressed with the food. I ordered the spaghetti and meatballs as I had been told they were great, but I thought the meatballs tasted a bit like sausage and were too spicy for my liking. I will say that it was a large portion, so if you're hungry this item is a goos option. My husband really enjoyed his dinner, but was left hungry and started in on my leftover spaghetti. The portion on the Potato Gnocchi is very small! They have a large wine selection so my husband asked the waiter to help in pairing our meals with a wine and I am convinced he gave us both the exact same wine even though he said they were different (neither of us could taste the difference!). All in all I was unimpressed with Mercato...for that price I would expect better!
I was acutally a little unimpressed with Infuzions. I don't like sushi and I guess that's the best part about this place because my husband LOVED it and he's a big sushi buff. He said this is only second best to Sushi Haru (which in his opinion is the best sushi in Charleston!). I had the vegedtable plate and was seriously disappointed with the fried green tomatoes! I expect much more from a restaurant here in the Lowcountry, but the hummus was good and the tempura vegetables (squash) was acceptable. I probably will come back for my husband to get the sushi, but will find something else to try.
Can't say so much for the sideways crab crawl you have to do to make it through the bar (hence the cutesy bar name), or the cheesy color-changing lights behind the bar (oooh...ahhh!), but I will say that the bathrooms are absolutely, amazingly,5-star hotel quality, which you never see in any bar downtown! "Squeeze" in there to the bathrooms at the back & see for yourself!
Ate here last week, and was delighted at some aspects, disappointed in others.
1) The burger was cooked perfectly (Medium, as I ordered). Awesome.
2) Service was great... attentive.
3) Great beer selection.
4) Great quality meat...
5) The sweet potato fries are a-mazing.
1) Everyone at my table commented that their burger was under-seasoned... and I agree...
2) The bun could be improved...
Went to Mozzo for lunch at 1:15 on Tuesday. It was packed still. There are so many options written on the chalk boards that its confusing what to order. I stuck with their version of the itallian sandwich. My wife got a turkey and brie sandwich. I got my sandwich back very quickly, however my wife's sandwich was missing. I had already paid for lunch, which was a very reasonable price and still no sighn of her sandwich. I finally asked and I guess they forgot to make it, so they rushed and made it for her. We got it to go, and when we got home to eat, her sandwich was missing the brie and the rasberry jam...so she got a turkey sandwich with cheese and lettuce instead. Big let down. They should change the way you make your order there. As a customer, I was very confused and the girl who took our order seemed confused as well. She did not write anythign down, which probably contributed to them forgetting my wife's order. The quality of the meats and cheese is very good. I will go back very soon and recomend it if you like a true northern style deli. I would have given it 4 stars if the service was a bit better and our order was correct. Sharpen up the service and you guys will do great.
Great service. Food is good. The menu needs more selections. Wine list is pricy. Not a five star.
I was a waitress years ago (1996) when the original owners - who were Jeff, Susan & Ann ran the Cantina.
I still go there to dine and have apps & drinks. The food was great back then. And in years past prior to Jeff subsequently buying out Susan and Ann back in the late 90's/early 2000's; the food actually got better!
The addition to the menu of ribs and a larger breakfast menu have made the Cantina an even better option for dining on IOP.
Since the ownership changed in early 2008 (to Bobby and Roger) the menu has varied slightly and been refined - order the chimichanga entree or the seared tuna appetizer and you will not be displeased.
Have there been missteps in the kitchen...yes. Has it been rectified? In my opinion a solid YES. The shrimp & grits are mouthwatering; the salsa is housemade - full of fresh chopped tomatoes; the wings are meaty, flavorful and have varying degrees of Buffalo heat as well as dry spice wings. Even the chicken tenders and calamari are floured and fried to order - no shortcuts!
The soft tacos and all the mexican dishes are great - way much better than the "pick a # combo" Mexican restaurants that seem to share the same menu that are scattered throughout the Charleston area.
By the way - this is more Baja/Veracruz inspired Mexcian - if you're expecting hard tacos, there's a Taco Bell on the IOP Connector.
Their original house salad dressing should be bottled - it's a fantastic mexican inspired sweet and tangy vinaigrette - spiked with cilantro and jalapenos. The crabcake eggs benedict topped with the green chile hollandaise is truly one of the best ways to start a Sunday at the beach.
So YES - the food at the Acme Cantina is really, really, really good.
Does the 'Cantina have a bar crowd? Sure does. Does the managment & staff treat non-drinkers poorly, rudely, insultingly or inappropriately? Not that I have ever seen in the 13 years I have been a patron. And by the way... I do not have perfect vision and I have always been able to read my bill.
The person who posted under the handle of "Mayor Riley" has some bizarre personal vendetta. Live and let live, I guess.
If he doesn't want to return to the restaurant, that means there will be one less person waiting in line for a table in front me!
Why just 3 stars you ask? I keep my 5 stars for the places white table cloth places. But 3 stars with great food, a comfortable funky beachy atmosphere...heck yes!
Welcoming, satisfying, reasonably priced.
My wife and I shared a dinner and some people-watching at Chinar on a Saturday night. The standard, unleavened bread and three sauces (chutney, mint, onions) were tasty and also worked well with our order of tasty Garlic Naan and Aloo Paratha breads. I had the Mutter Paneer and my wife had the dark lentils (I forget the proper name) as our entrees. We had plenty of basmati rice on a common dish, with our curries served in interesting and kitchy (perhaps even authentic) crocks. There was plenty of food for our dinner and a solid portion of leftovers for later. "Mild" is truly spice-free, "medium" had a pleasant heat but was nothing imposing. We didn't get "hot" but figure it was tolerable, and I'm sure I could have asked the kitchen to crank it up to eleven for their own amusement. Otherwise the dishes were subtly seasoned, distinct but not overpowering. Craving for Indian: sated, $30 for two plus tip.
Our server was attentive but not overbearing, and unfortunately was the only other person in the entire dining room, save for two take-out orders. This place is suffering from a major lack of exposure, press, and PR... no reviews on here or the P&C, and only two user reviews on Google. It did allow us to have the window seat from which my wife learned all about hipsters.
Please note that my rating is on an absolute scale, where 5 stars is reserved for really stellar restaurants and thus is not a dig at casual, tasty Chinar.
Went the other night to the new Taco Boy and so excited about their location downtown. Maybe this wasn't how it is all the time but we didn't have a great experience. It was really slow and we still had a hard time getting drinks from the bartender. I will agree with another commenter that the service was the worst part of our experience. The food was pretty bad too. It's not that it tasted bad but ingredients were missing from all of the orders and they were really plain. I'm going to write it off to them still just getting started and I really hope things are different when we return (which we will definitely do!)because it is a great building with wonderful renovations.
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