Let me start off by saying the pizza is fantastic! The rest can use some fine tuning and I hope the owner takes these criticisms constructively.
- The layout of the restaurant is terrible. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the ovens. When you walk in the door you're sent down to the register with no view of the dining area or the ovens. There is a big wall blocking it that serves no purpose but to hang a TV on the other side. Knock that wall down.
- Train the girl behind the counter a little better. We ordered the margarita pizza and she asked, "which one?" Well, there's only one on the menu so that one. Then she told us it came with one topping. Added a topping unaware it added $4 to the bill.
- Bottled beer selection isn't bad, Bells Two Heared, Palm, Pluff Mudd Porter, Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, and Peroni. There was no glassware to pour the beer which was pretty weak. My suggestion is to keep it simple. Get rid of all the choices and put in a two tap tower. Have Peroni always on and rotate a local beer on the other, Palmetto preferably since it's less than 1 block away.
- Add an outdoor area. The parking lot is huge. Section off part and add picnic tables. This will draw a much larger lunch crowd on a nice day.
- Train the wait staff a little better and find a better way to identify tables orders. There were two tables seated in the restaurant one with food and the waitress is shouting out someone's food number. Use process of elimination to determine that it's probably for the table with no food. I don't blame her when the restaurant is busy since they only write your number on your receipt and you just place it on your table. No one came to check in on us during the meal either.
- There's a water fountain in the corner for water. Put some glasses and ice over there so people can pour themselves a glass of water.
- The condiments (parmesan, red pepper flakes, etc.) are by where the pizza is made in a fixed container so it can't move. Put it in a shaker on each table like every other pizza joint so you're not carrying your large pie through the restaurant to add a little parmesan.
Let me reiterate, the pizza is FANTASTIC! It was a bummer to see only two tables in there for lunch on a Friday.
I will try not to be too wordy with my review. Simply put this pizza is some of the best pizza I've ever had in my entire life, and that's saying a lot. Artisanal Neapolitan Pizza has never been a truer statement. Every ingredient was bursting with flavor and those flavors came through in a harmony that made this pizza addictive. I can't wait to go back and have my taste buds blown away again. Not to mention, awesome open atmosphere watching them work the dough and build the pizzas and very friendly staff. If you haven't been here you need to go, it's the best pizza in Charleston hands down. Sorry Mellow Mushroom, Andolinis, and anywhere else in town, but DeSano wins.
TERRIFIC pizzas. Once the dough and toppings are combined it only takes 60-90 seconds to bake followed by table delivery by very pleasant staff. I will be going back again and again for sure. This is the GO-TO place for pizza in the greater metropolitan area!
I've always said if I had a restaurant that featured "specialties" there would be no substitutions allowed. Failure would be swift, assured my family. The menu at Desano's is ALL "specialties" and there are NO substitutions: they have their reasons and they make sense if your interested, and I was. Desano's confidence in this concept and the superb quality of the product will prove my family can occasionally be wrong. When the craving sets in I only hope there's an available table or else I'll have to get it to go and eat it in the parking lot.
Have eaten there a few times, trying something different each time. The food is great. Nice & laid back atmosphere. They have a very good beer selection. Nice to have a local place on Johns Island to grab a good beer and awesome samich. I would highly recommend. Give it a try.
Both of the shrimp sandwiches here are fantastic, and they make some really fun condiments (sweet potato-garlic kimchi, sweet onion-mustard relish, etc.). I also like their green beans and their macaroni salad with pineapple and green chilies. I haven't been as impressed with their fries or chips so far (too soggy one time, too dry another), but I imagine they'll work out those kinks, soon, if they haven't already. This place is a great option on Johns Island.
The downtown location will open soon. Until then visit http://www.lowcountryoliveoil.com/ to find lowcountry olive oil at a retailer or farmer's market location near you.
Poe's has been one of my favorite go-to places for a long time and I LOVE the mahi tacos!! BUT to see this Tomas lady's seriously annoying and ridiculous rant on the side of my computer whenever I'm perusing the Charleston City Paper is plain annoying . Ever heard of a babysitter, Tomas? Yeah? Well, CALL ONE and stop complaining about the fact that your unruly children obviously are NOT OLD ENOUGH to sit still and be presentable in a really great establishment. Complete idiot.
Absolutely loved my experience at Burwell's. Food, atmosphere, and service were spot on.
This restaurant is CLEARLY for Kiawah snobs. Not Johns Island residents. I've lived here for 21 years. They may make it but it won't be from Johns Island people.
Take your screaming child away from other paying customers until he calms down. Problem solved.
Our current schedule is
7:30-8:30 Weds. Early bird maintenance
12:00-1:00pm Thurs. Lunch and Learn
4:00-5:00pm Work and Learn
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 9:00-11:00am - Work and Learn with kid friendly activities
As much as I appreciate the previous 2 comments made in response to my post, I disagree with your overall statement. We were there at 11 am for a total of 30 min. We go there because it's loud, they have a kid's menu, they have high chairs, the wait staff has always been really nice, the food has been great, and the bartenders are knowledgeable. As such, I'd like to retract the statement about the "horrible, overpriced bloody mary's". I still do not appreciate the general manager being a complete jerk about the situation including when I went back to apologize for the inconvenience and complain about how we were treated. His statement that "he didn't want to tell me how to raise my kids" was uncalled for, unnecessary, and extremely hurtful. I would suggest that if they do not want parents to bring their kids there, there are easier ways to accomplish this such as removing the kids menu items and high chairs. I can assure you I will not go back with or without my kids. Since I no longer care nor do I have any more time to devote, I will no longer post any more comments in regards to this.
Agreed, where have you been? Best Food Truck in the Chuck!
Terrific company downtown to see good theatre. They do a lot with the smaller space and it is very comfortable. Creative sets and lighting and quality productions.
"I have never been treated so poorly in my life."
You must not have a very hard life, Tomas. No one wants to hear your crotchfruit cry, especially in a TAVERN. If you can afford to go out to eat, you can afford a babysitter. Next time I go there I will personally ask for Travis and tell him to keep up the good work.
one general question? Do the owners of these restaurants we see reviewed each week ever read them? If so, then I would hope to see some changes. When the general problem is price and quantity, why don't they change? I know all about price points. It costs a lot to run a restaurant. But overcharging for small quantities, and folks reporting it on a regular basis, means you'll go the way of so many little food joints we see shuttered after the owners tire of losing money.
Why anyone would bring a 1 year old, coupled with a 2 1/2 year old, to a restaurant that does not have arches or a Chucky Cheese mouse on it always amazes me. This is a bar that serves food. Don't upset the adults in the place with little kids. When you do the nasty and have kids, plan on being out of touch with decent restaurants until your kids grow up. Frequent places that have slides and playground equipment. Or silly games. Match the social maturity of your offspring with the intended menus and other patrons who are there. No food would be good with a little kid crying next to you.
I never take the time to write a review but this is worth saying... Black Bean Co. was THE WORST food experience I have ever had! I have never been so Angry about a restaurant experience! The service was rude, they got my order wrong and the food itself was HORRIBLE. My wrap seemed like it was pre-made and refrigerated over night because it was so tasteless, dry, with no sauce (which there was supposed to be) and barely any guacamole, and my "side" (it was the size of a salad dressing container) of pasta salad was DISGUSTING because it was frozen and clumped together, dry, and completely tasteless. I feel sick to my stomach now, because of the bad food and the fact that I WAY WAY OVER-PAID for this "food". How can this restaurant be on King St. in Charleston?! Ugh, so gross!
I have never been treated so poorly in my life. My 2 year old hit his head and screamed in pain. When we were able to calm him down a few minutes later we placed our order. Literally, a minute later, the general manager, Travis, came over and asked "IS THERE GOING TO BE A PROBLEM HERE? YOU'RE KID'S YELLING IS DISTURBING!" Nevermind that he almost busted his head open and we were clearly emabarrased that we quickly requested boxes. On our way out, he took it upon himself to to tell us "BYE BYE!" As if he was the conquering hero that saved his patrons from the terrible 2 1/2 and 1 year old children. After we went home and put our kids to sleep for their nap, I went back to calmly let him know I have never been treated so poorly and wouldn't be coming back even though I have been there regularly for a decade. He actually told me he doesn't want to tell me how to raise my kids, but he had to look after his other customers comfort. Clearly he doesn't have kids, or he would have known that we were more worried about our son's well being than disturbing a few tourists sucking down horrible, overpriced Bloody Mary's at the bar. Way to go Travis, you clearly care about your regular customers.
Where are you guys?! I work downtown and every Friday I'd notice your truck at the True Value parking lot on E Bay. You hooked me with the pork belly steam buns early summer. Then the battleship & the bloody mango slushie. Then the oyster sliders after that. I also remember those delicious crispy pork tacos & then that delicious okra side dish. The fries were the best too. Sniff, I miss U guys...and the calamari!
Your number one fan, lee
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