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Re: “Oriental Garden

Lots of people rave about this place but I have tried it several times and have walked away disappointed each time. First of all the place looks bad. For me a bad looking sushi place does not entice me. I prefer my sushi to be fresh and if the place looks like a dump then it makes you wonder. The service has always been terrible. One visit during a particularly busy night you could actually see the servers avoiding eye contact. We stood there with several other people (some of who eventually left) for at least 20 min before anyone even talked to us. The sushi was pretty good but the rundown appearance and terrible service make this place get a very low rating.

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Posted by possumjc on March 15, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Re: “17 North Roadside Kitchen

decent service. one option for pescatarians and that was salmon...not very exciting choices. we also had a reservation and was not seated until 45 minutes afterwards with no apologies from anyone about the wait. will not go back unless something changes

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Posted by scchica on March 14, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Neil Jordan's Steakhouse

The food and service was good, but we didn't feel it was anything special for the price. We normally eat at a fine dining steakhouse downtown, which is around the same price. This, unfortunately, did not compare.

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Posted by foodlover40 on March 8, 2010 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Taco Boy

I visited Taco Boy downtown for their opening pre-party, and have been back to visit a few times.

The downtown location fails at being a restaurant that serves great food. Their mexican offerings just are not very appetizing and as others have pointed out EXTREMELY overpriced. The only offering that I have really liked was the nachos with chorizo, a dish that I can honestly say is stellar. I have sampled every taco and they most really are lacking in flavor.

Their margarita selections are a joke. Honestly I would be embarrassed to serve that green water and call it a margarita. Other drinks are expensive and not at all strong. They are VERY weak. Last time I visited I ordered the "Cadillac" which is supposed to be a step up from the standard offering with top-shelf alcohol. It wasn't good.

The 2 stars are for the ambiance and the bar. It is a very cool spot, and the bar area is a hip place. It is ashame the food and drinks are sub par.

Santis is just up the road, and their food has so much more flavor and costs half as much as Taco Boy. Cheap and delicious margaritas too that no one would ever dare call watered down.

If you are serious about decent mexican food keep driving up meeting street to Santis. If you are more worried about looking cool while you dine on crummy food then Taco Boy is your spot.

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Posted by twa318 on March 5, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Sette

The quality of the bread foreshadowed the quality of the meal: it left a lot to be desired. The bread was mushy, with no discernible crust and a dense interior. The mussels' white wine broth was much too sweet and lacked some needed acidity. The tomato basil sauce in the linguine and meatballs tasted like it was straight from a Ragu jar. I expected more as I have had fantastic meals at Uno Mas, another Dine with Sal establishment. Pass on this restaurant: this is not real Italian.

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Posted by jessicabcd on March 3, 2010 at 2:50 AM

Re: “Neil Jordan's Steakhouse

The steaks were good. Thats about all I can say. My wife and I decided to try it for dinner because a friend gave us a restaurant.com coupon for $25 BUCKS OFF. Seemed like a good deal. Well two ribeyes @ $33 bucks each, two straight up drinks and two salads. $120 bucks with tip, even with the $25 off. If it were "upscale" I might feel better, but I think they think a bit too highly of themselves. The steak was good, but I won't be back.

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Posted by I Like Food! on March 2, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Eclectic Chef

My wife came home one day telling me of this restaurant and how good it was. I couldn't wait to try it. I really enjoyed the outdoor seating and the friendly way we were greeted as we walked in the door. The owner was at the register taking orders and was very nice with a large smile on his face.

The food was okay, at best. I had a sandwich with turkey and bree cheese that was a little too much like one I've had at vickerys right down to the sweet, herbed mayo. I did like the cripsness of the granny smith apple and the fresh flavor of the bread it was on, however. My wife had the chicken salad with a really good pasta salad as the side. I had the potato salad and found the potatoes a little undercooked and way over seasoned, tasting a bit like seafood for some reason. The chicken salad and pasta salad, however, were good enough that I will come back the next time I'm in Summerville, just in hopes that the turkey sandwich was just not to my liking.

I was not overly impressed with their desserts, however, as I was told they were fresh and some of them were bought in, as was apparent by the pieces of paper between the slices.

Overall, I will come back, even if just to be greeted as warmly as we were again. Few places are like that anymore.

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Posted by Skywise on March 2, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ

Upside: Pork and chicken were both delicious. Mac and cheese is very different with a vinegary tang - but very good. Super cold beer hit the spot.

Downside: Once I got my food and initial beer I was pretty much ignored by the staff. Had to go to the bar and get my own beer and then had to go up to get a take out box since everyone seemed to be focused on talking with their friends, not catering to the customers.

There were approx. 12 people at the restaurant at the time.

Great food, crappy service.

Posted by ID_Lefty on February 20, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Jim 'n Nick's Bar-B-Q

The Cracker Barrel of BBQ joints. Better suited for some lonely exit on I-95, probably near Lumberton, NC.

Posted by OnTheMark on February 16, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Saffron

Saffron used to be a lot better. Past times I have been it hasn't seemed very clean. The menu is okay. I just never feel like the food is that fresh. The day old bread is a nice touch but definitely tastes like old bread.

Posted by sally78 on February 9, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Sermet's Downtown

Boring food. I ordered the roasted tomato soup, which had a decent flavor but was a bit one-note: creamy. I also ordered the grilled salmon salad; the "poached pears" were just pears out of can.

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Posted by jessicabcd on January 29, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Wild Flour

I first heard about this new bakery while having lunch at Five Loaves. One of the waitresses raved about Lauren's delicious chocolate croissants and said her husband was sneaking to the bakery every morning to buy one. I love chocolate croissants. I was so excited. I have been trying to sample one ever since. First, I went on a Tuesday. No croissants on Tuesdays. Then, I went on a Wednesday. Sold out. I tried another Wednesday. Not ready yet. Finally, today she said that she would only bake them once a week because they were too much work. She failed to mention what day. I give up! All the other items there are good. Selection is limited. Also, good luck finding the place. The sign is hung the wrong direction for a busy street and you cannot see it easily.

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Posted by Travelgirl on January 29, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Re: “The Olive Oil Shop

If you're into processed, flavored oils, then this is your place. If you're looking for cold pressed, unfiltered traditional oils, then you'll be disappointed. But I guess like most of the stores on King Street, they cater to the tourists. I've been able to find traditional oils (filtered) just as good in local grocery stores (not Whole Foods or Earth Fare). Oils are like wine, its really a personal preference.

Posted by OnTheMark on January 24, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Red Orchids

I'm from Atlanta, where there are plenty of good, authentic Asian restaurants. After reading the good reviews about this place, I expected much more. The food was decent, but could have been much better. I ordered the house soup, and the wontons were much too doughy and contained very little pork. I also ordered the lettuce wraps with chicken, and they were too salty. The peanut sauce was good though. Overall, I am unimpressed, and will probably not return.

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Posted by jessicabcd on January 19, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Re: “Quyen

How I hate to be the one negative person, but will try to explain. I love Stephanie's recommendations and after lots of Twitter posts, we went tonight. It was a disaster. I can only guess that our experience was unusual. We had to ask for service several times since the waitress kept neglecting to come back (15 minutes or so to order in the first place). A couple near us was looking for their server at one point, after a while without, to explain they needed their check quickly to catch a movie.
The wait staff brought us AND the tables around us the incorrect orders - 5 times it happened while we were there.
The food was a very enjoyable experience and there were so many things we wanted to try, but after the mistakes and the non-attentiveness, I don't know if we have the energy!

Posted by tigerrd on January 2, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Anson

Great flounder with apricot sauce, however, other diner's dish (seabass over succotash)consisted of a square of underseasoned fish dropped on top of a few dozen bland beans in a watered down broth and definitely left something to be desired. Atmosphere was a little too dull for our taste. Would not go back as there are better options in this town.

Posted by kpt on December 29, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Cupcake

The cupcakes are great, but I think they are much too pricey. Especially, one of the ones they gave me was unbelievable small. I had a two-for-one coupon, but even at 3.50 for two it is a little out there.

Posted by observor on November 24, 2009 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Grindz Burgers & Brew

I live walking distance from Grindz so when it opened, we had to check it out. My hopes were high there would be a gourmet burger joint with some good drafts where we could hang out, enjoy a good meal, and walk home. The only part of that dream was that I could have walked home. But I didn't - I ran.

I'll preface my review by saying we did go to Grindz within their first month of opening. However, there is only so much to making an excellent burger once you have the menu created. I went with the Dirty Sanchez, not because of the name, but the idea of fusing mexican food and a burger together sounded too good to be true. It was. I ordered the burger medium and it came out essentially seared and bloody raw in the middle. The toppings were all there but none of them were of any particular good quality and they didn't blend together. Although I didn't hate the burger, I was disappointed that it cost me $9 and really wasn't very well made. In addition to being a lackluster burger, it took a good 30 minutes for it to come out. I asked the waitress 2 seperate times for status of my meal and was dismissed both times. A fellow diner ordered the cheesesteak sandwich which was a clumsy disappointment. Tasted like the cooked oscar mayer roast beef in a dry pan and stuffed it into a stale roll. The beer selection stinks and the ambiance rivals that of a DMV lobby.

As Jeff said, this place is not BAD. But it's not great or even good. The food is just average, the service is lackluster, and the atmosphere is a confusing quasi-family friendly-sports bar-strip mall vibe. I can honestly say I would rather spend my $9 for a burger at Ruby Tuesday's. Or go to Hardess and get 2.

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Posted by aaronrichard on November 22, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Rendezvous Bar and Grille

Excellent decor, less than acceptable service. Understandably, the bartender was alone. They would do well to have a more experienced tender flying solo. Frankly, I would be very surprised if the management knew their employees (if they are employees) were on a review page giving lip service to customers. Maybe is a little more indicative of their service and attitude than I normally give reviews credit for. Place has great potential.

Posted by BeerGood on November 9, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Vespa Pizzeria

Evo and Monza are much better...decor is nice, typical new restaurant jitters with slow, inconsistent service. Pizza's are very small (too small for the price), much smaller than Evo or Monza. Mine did taste of ash from the wood fired oven.

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Posted by rrip on October 27, 2009 at 1:18 PM
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