Re: The Commentist....
Right there with you. The burgers are just 'ok.' You better options in West Ashley are Sesame or Parson Jacks for burgers. Too bad, because the menu (at least on paper) has a lot of potential. They just need someone that can execute.
Great atmosphere for a neighborhood joint. Long way to go to attract off-islanders. My most recent visit uncovered the fact that Country Crock is often substituted for butter by the front staff. Boo! Terrific onion rings. I have given up trying to get a cooked to order hamburger. If I liked Q maybe I would stand a better chance of having a decent meal.
I had the charco-grilled chicken lunch at Pollo Tropical. My chicken was overcooked and dry. I had to cover it with a liberal amount of sauce to make it edible. The sides were bland and uninteresting. I did enjoy an order of their fried plantains, that was the only good thing about my visit.
Ate here for brunch on sunday, can't say I was very impressed. I had heard a lot about the place and that it was top quality but upon eating here, I can not say I agree with the reviews. To their defense, it was 1 in the afternoon and all I had to eat all day was a glass of milk and a cup of coffee so I may have just been cranky. I got the shrimp and grits and I think the thing i disliked most was the type of sausage used. It was more of a kilbasa whereas I prefer a spicy andoulle for my shrimp and grits. My girlfriend got the pancakes and I thought they were great. Not really motivated to go back when there are sooo many restaurant options available.
Me and my wife went out to enjoy a Saturday night, I wish we did not go to the King Street Grill. The wings were the worst I have ever tasted, the sliders seemed to come from a can. Then we get our bill and it was wrong, we were overcharged by 20.00. The music was not the best either, the Michael Jackson Tribute band need to practice a lot more. I will say that the beer was good and cold.
Don't let the white table cloths fool you. This is a restaurant that is "almost" or more accurately falls in the "wannabe" category. It has no place being mentioned in the same sentence as Charleston dining.
Spinach dip appetizer was good, the rest of the meal mediocre enough to not warrant a return visit with so many fine restaurants in the area. Steak Au Poivre was a thin ribeye, overcooked with brown gravy. No pepper, no cream, no brandy, no character. Chicken Oscar also completely misses the target.
It was also priced like the fine restaurant it proved not to be. I couldn't be more disappointed since it would be great to have a restaurant in Summerville that really is what this one purports to be.
Needs more meat on the menu.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cracker Barrel of BBQ joints. Better suited for some lonely exit on I-95, probably near Lumberton, NC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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