In a word - inconsistent. I am a local, I have eaten here often. Sometimes its very good (never great) and sometimes its bad (and occasionally very bad). I have really enjoyed the wine and bar food, however, once made up a reason to leave in the middle of dinner it was so bad. Beautiful decor and good service but that's very normal for Charleston. When spending that kind of green I would go to Charleston Grill instead
I found it delicious, but the portions are on the small side. The sandwich was a hot dog size for $8.50, with no side. They just need to tweak it, and it could be an institution.
Sadly, Raul's has impressed less each time I've had lunch.
Lunch 1 - great service and food; several months ago
Lunch 2 - good service and food; couple of months ago
Lunch 3 - Horrible table service, no limes or lemons. Tacos were okay. one month ago
Lunch 4 - This week brought some work colleagues. Table service was embarrassing. No limes or lemons available (really?), stale tortilla chips.
Regrettably I've had my last meal at Raul's. Of course, all Raul needs to do is fix the table service, keep the chips fresh and figure out how to buy limes and lemons and I might give it a shot...
great food, small portions, took $17 to fill up, limited menu
Really tasty. I mean it, I enjoy their food. My problem is it is overpriced. I wish they could cut their prices by $2 across the board. As-is I almost never eat there
Hmmm...I guess I don't see it. I think it's a generational thing about wanting to sit in a very loud room and scream at your companion 2 feet away. And then have some sort of "music" buzzing overhead like a drone about to strike.
The food was good, but I'm WAY over this "buy local" crap. Really? That's the new rallying cry? Based on the amount of non-local booze, cars, clothes, gas and about everything else that isn't made here yet robustly purchased, I guess someone needs something to hang their hat on. Freeing Tibet got boring so now they're on to Buy Local. I want to sit a line of non-local tomatoes and a local tomato next to each other and bet someone they couldn't objectively pick it out by taste. Unless "buy local" means buy it from a local person who imports their goods. In which case, buy my stuff. But I digress, the food was very good - no problem. By the way, the local tomato was divine, it made the meal. I detected a hint of Johns Island with the aftertaste of pluff mud and Carnival Cruise Line soot. The alcohol is being too cute, almost kitchy. If the idea is to be different - don't. There's a reason popular drinks are popular and a reason why Pabst is only served post "what's the cheapest beer you got?" being asked to a bartender by a beaming young man with his date in tow and hand full of crumpled up dollar bills and change. I watched a bartender artfully muddle berries for a good 2 minutes to make a drink. I slipped in and out of a coma during the process. Service - extremely underwhelming. I actually agree with Zoe on this one - it shouldn't take 4 trips. Silverware at least should be on the table already. Menus can be taken with the hostess while seating. Specials told by waiter, then water brought and dinner ordered during that visit. Maybe three trips if I'm not ready to order when he brought water. That's it - MAX. But they are very friendly there, I must admit.
And yes, I agree - I hate to admit it Zoe, you're only being friended because of your outfit/body. But being a woman, I'm sure you not only realize that, you exploit it. But I also have to admit, I guess I would too if I were you. Kudos.
Very good food. Unpleasant experience. Not likely to return.
I visited Jamaican Me Hungry with 5 friends on a recent Saturday afternoon. Both of the CP reviews are correct about the flavor and quality of the food. Between the six of us in our party, we sampled the jerk chicken, the curried goat, the oxtails, and the fish entrees, as well as the beef patties. The plates were presented in a very attractive manner and everyone was happy with their food. However, getting to that point was not easy or enjoyable.
The first misstep was right after we sat down and looked at the menus. Perhaps there was a misunderstanding on our part (I am willing to concede this point), but we were expecting a more casual dining experience. Instead, the menu pricing was much closer to formal dining standards. In hindsight, I suppose the prices are appropriate, considering they include soup and salad, but the menus did not state that. When I told one of the servers that we would have to come back another time because the prices were higher than our party was prepared for, I was told they do have a lunch menu with lower prices, and she handed several lunch menus to me. What the heck?!?! It was around 1:00 in the afternoon when we walked in. Why weren't we informed of the lunch menu to begin with?
So, we ordered. And waited. The only other party in the restaurant left shortly after we ordered. For the next 30 minutes we sat and attempted to amuse ourselves. I understand and appreciate that made-to-order food takes time. But during that time there was not a single attempt from any of the staff to engage us in conversation, and no bread or crackers to snack on, not even the option to buy an appetizer, from what I could tell.
Finally the food came out and it was good. But I did have to ask, twice, to have our glasses of water refilled -- even though we were still the only party in the restaurant.
As we were leaving, another table had just been seated. They were being welcomed very warmly, and we overheard one of the staff tell the party that samples would be brought out so they could decide what they liked before ordering. Perhaps if that level of hospitality had been displayed to us, I would be considering a second visit.
I really want to find great Phad Thai in town (I'm close to giving up), but Pick Thai's was completely flavorless. It was on the right track because it thankfully lacked that sweat red sauce that lots of restaurants use; however, there were no spices and no peanuts. Maybe the other dishes are better.
I must admit that I have enjoyed Pearlz may times in the past. This trip was not the experience that I was hoping and have enjoyed iln the past. The waitress’ recommendation on oysters was totally off base, I don’t think she actually eats oysters. Secondly, grilled Mahi fish taco was mostly a cabbage taco with little chunks of fish on top. It’s not at all what I’ve come to enjoy on my previous trips. I think I’ll just stick to the gulf oysters and skip the rest of the menu.
This is my first ever restaurant review so be patient. Walked in the door and wasn't turned off by the decor. It was okay in a hokey pseudo-chinese sort of way but a big improvement on the average strip mall take out. This restaurant is serious about being a dine in experience.
Service was good and prompt but the menus left a film of grease on our hands. I actually had to wash my hands before eating. This is not a good sign.
We ordered the Dragon Palace Sampler (appetizer assortment). The spring rolls were really cabbage rolls, the crab puffs were cream cheese filled (someone waved a crab at the mixture when it was filled) and the fried wonton skin was tough. The honey glazed pork was excellent until I found large shreds of pork fat and the pickled carrot. Pickle flavor didn't seem to fit. The crispy ginger shrimp was excellent but had lost its crispness. I didn't expect the pineapple in the seafood rolls.
The asparagus stuffed shrimp appetizer was excellent until they drizzled it with what tasted like sweetened mayonaise.
We also ordered the steamed chicken dumplings. They were ok but I thought the wonton skins were tough.
We also ordered the chicken Mei Fun. This is a dish that I love. The noodles glistened with a fresh coat of oil at service but they were still dry. I suspect that the mei fun was prepared ahead of time and stored until time to cook.
We spent about $50 (with a pot of tea for $2.50 and two domestic light beers). All in all, a pretty disappointing experience.
I went with some friends for brunch a couple of weeks ago and was unimpressed. The food was very good but the prices are absurd. $12 for a pimento cheese omelet that doesn't come with a side is frankly ridiculous. Glass Onion's is better and costs $8. Entering orders on the iPad was obnoxiously slow and screamed trendy zealot. Coupled with the decor featuring purposefully mismatched seating, sparse communal tables, and bare Edison bulbs, it added up to trying too hard.
I loved the food, the atmosphere is okay if you're facing away from the glaring bare bulbs, but it's just too expensive.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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