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Comment Archives: Locations: 2 Stars

Re: “Virginia's on King

I've now eaten at Virginia's five times, so I feel pretty comfortable in making this review. The bottom line is that the food and value are good (and sometimes very good), but the service is awful.

Fried Pickles: B+
Pulled Pork Sliders: A-
Blackened Scallops: D (scallops are the smallest I've ever seen and the citrus zest is overpowering)
She Crab Soup: A-
Wedge Salad: A-
Shrimp and Grits: B (not bad, but not up to Chucktown standards)
Country Fried Steak: A (my favorite so far)
Fried Chicken: A (among the best in town)
Blackened Catfish: B+ (could use a more delicate hand, particularly on the salt)
Hoppin John: A (love it, wish they served those black eyed peas on their own as well)
Sweet potato fries: B (a bit soggy the time I had them)
Mac & Cheese: A- (good, but much better available in town)
Steamed Broccoli: B- (broccoli was overripe)
Baby Lima Beans: B (overcooked and not much flavor)

Overall, quite good for the money, but maybe they should have a smaller menu and just offer what's freshly available for side dishes. Also, beer and wine selection is pretty weak.

As for the service, it's awful. Hostess seems perpetually confused and bored (hard to do at the same time). Servers always seem rushed and disappear from the dining room for long stretches. Tables do not get bused promptly. It's a small place, so it's probably difficult to staff for a rush, but something has got to give. The last two times I was there I ended up walking to the bar to ask for my bill. I'm not sure who's in charge, but it doesn't take an expert to look across the dining room and see that most tables are waiting for something.

Dining room is simple and elegant. The space could easily accommodate a far more formal restaurant.

Again, food is good and reasonably priced, but I doubt I'll be back unless management changes.

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Posted by dubyadee on July 7, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Caviar & Bananas

Way too overpriced!!!
I can appreciate what they are trying to do... emulate a certain New York establishment but they have too much going on and not enough influence on the basics. A half hour to get a sandwich made, no cashier available and a premium price tag. Go down to Bull Street to get a better sandwich with no frills.

Posted by ddiey on July 6, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

I was there a couple of weeks ago and after reading several of the reviews it seems that I am not the only one whose brisket came out extremely soggy with a lot of fat on it. I got the sandwich and my bread was so wet I couldn't even eat it and the brisket I had to use a knife and fork to trim off all of the fat. Definitely do not get the brisket. Also, the side of hash is not good at all, I wouldn't even classify that as hash.

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Posted by chs_hokie on July 2, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Monza

It has been a few months.......but.........
Tried a couple of different pies, and they were OK. Love thin crust, but don't like the personal size pie..easy way to skimp on toppings. And yes, I thought they were miserly with toppings including cheese.

Second time around, wasn't ready to eat, just wanted to have a beer, and decide on eating options. STAFF tells my wife and I "NO",'if you are not going to order, you can't sit at the bar and have a drink'. I should say, they were not crowded.

I give 'em 2 stars. one for wood fired and for thin crust, another 'cause it's a cool space. I give them an "A" for a**hole. Two stars might be too much credit.

If I had a stroller, I would have been really pissed...........!
I live a block off of King, and I will never return. FU.
Too many decent pizza joints to deal with attitude.

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Posted by FOBofSC on June 28, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Re: “The Glass Onion

Was NOT impressed. Apps were good, however my table ordered 3 steaks they were cooked great but VERY VERY salty. Same with the mashed potatoes and green beans that came along with it. My meal was over $20 for one person, the corn bread wasn't great, and I wasn't very impressed with the wait staff. We watched a girl close a crisper drawer with her foot! NASTY! And the way the bill was written out chicken scratch and not separated. I will not be back.

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Posted by NRSF75 on June 24, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Coconut Joe's Beach Grill & Bar

My husband and I went here last Friday looking for a casual place to eat some dinner and listen to some music. Obviously we knew that it would be crowded and we would have to wait. We put our name on the list and went upstairs on the deck to listen to the music. The music was great and the view of the beach is wonderful, but it was way too pricey. We each got an Amstel Light and they were almost 5 dollars a piece. Once we got into the restaurant after about 30 minutes (not a big deal, we totally expected this on a friday night in june) we were litterally forgotten about...several times by our server. The food was ok but nothing amazing. This place has tourist trap written all over it.

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Posted by SarahKate on June 20, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Maria's Mexican Grill

average food, average menu, and smoke from the bar at no extra charge

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Posted by coachz on June 13, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Re: “17 North Roadside Kitchen

Went over Memorial Day weekend and as a huge fan of Brett and OAK, I was very disappointed in the experience. We did not have reservations, so we expected to wait and were fine with that. However, when we did get seated (on the porch) it took our server an inordinate amount of time to greet us and we weren't given water or silverware until after we had placed our order. She was apologetic but said they were out of glasses and she had to wait for more to be cleaned?? Food delivery was erratic. We noticed tables that sat before us got their food before us and some that had been there longer still didn't have theirs when we got ours. The menu was appealing but pricey I thought for the portions. I went simple and got a burger which was good, but the side of mashed potatoes were cold and tasted as if they came from a box. Surely Brett would not allow add water mashed potatoes to be served in one of his restaurants??? I agree with earlier comments that this is a side project in sore need of more hands on direction from Brett.

Posted by casualcat on June 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Market Street Saloon

The jv team of coyote ugly girls. Most of the girls can't dance and they make up for their lack of looks (that's what this bar is supposed to be about right?) by showing more skin. If you are hot, you are hot and lack of clothes is not going to change it. Should consider hiring some A-team hotties, if they are not qualified, train them. Anything would be better than what they got (for the majority of them working there). Trying to get drinks there is a feat in itself.

Posted by -A on June 5, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Quyen

2 stars for service
5 stars for food.

I LOVE Quyen but when we went last week, after getting our food, out waitress disappeared! Never saw her again- never got our drinks refilled, and i waited 15 minutes after finishing eating for the bill to come...it never did....and i had to go up to the counter to get my check!

So frustrating. I love it there so much but service is important to me (and yes, i have worked as a waitress before).

Posted by lldevil02 on May 25, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Triangle Char and Bar

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.

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Posted by goodfoodonly on May 22, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

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.

Posted by Guy on May 20, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Pollo Loko Peruvian

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.

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Posted by Rokko on May 15, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Blu Restaurant & Bar

meh...

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Posted by dirty mck on May 5, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Virginia's on King

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.

Posted by joshl725 on May 4, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Okay... Went back. I see so much potential in this place. Location, setting (yes, I think the theme is okay) and great bar. The problem is still a staff that seems more interested in hanging out than serving guests. Not all of the staff... But, enough to have an impact on your experience. Please, please, please get this thing corrected. I WANT TO LIKE THIS PLACE! But, you make it hard.

Posted by ScottRanger on April 27, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Re: “King Street Grille

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.

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Posted by seahawk29464 on April 26, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Oscar's Restaurant

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.

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Posted by beenthere on April 6, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Re: “The Mustard Seed

Needs more meat on the menu.

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Posted by Guy on March 26, 2010 at 6:25 PM

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
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