Fulton five used to be my favorite spot in charleston, but it has gone sharply downhill. Chef Brett Maynard was the heart of their success. The food is mediocre at best these days
McKee's attempt to pay homage to Nobu ends in watered down entrees with poor presentation and terrible ingredients. Tuna Tartar with quail egg was awful, the quail egg over-powering whatever flavor the frozen tuna could present. Yellowfin Carpaccio, although highly recommended by the server, was over dressed and served in an absurdly large plate. As for the nigiri, the restaurant is not even serving the correct sweet shrimp as amaebi and the uni was hacked to bits. Also, it's a joke to offer a f&b discount on Sunday of only 15% and then provide exponentially better deals during weeknight happy hour. The f&b discount should be the standard half off food only. On the other hand, great service and cocktail list. The sushi rice is the best in town.
Huge giftshop in front set the stage for this experience. We had the general manager competing with a waiter to take our orders. The General Manager told us drink specials started at 9pm. When 9pm rolled around and we tried to order drinks on special our waiter tells us he's never heard of drink special starting that late. The best parts of the meal were the fried calamari (well-cooked) and the garlic bread (it had a unique twist of gorgonzola on top). The special catch, local flounder, was supposed to be pan-seared. It was more like microwave poached and drowning in paprika. The crab cake was pungent, very fishy tasting, but had a good texture. The prices do not reflect the value and the ambiance is lacking. We won't return.
Terrible bartending. See my comment about the irish coffee. Decor is overly trendy. Loud annoying music. That's too bad, because the food is actually good.
My boyfriend and I went their for the first time this past spring and let me it will most likely be the last. We ordered calamari... it had plastic in it - a lot of plastic. For dinner we order fried fish and stuffed pork tenderloin. The fried fish was good, but it is also an idiot-proof meal. I ordered the pork b/c it resembled something similar to what I make and I wanted to compare/contrast the dishes. Yeah, next time I'll just stay home and make it myself. Dry pork w/out any real glaze - no thanks! There was a pretty decent selection of beer, but I am a cabernet drinker and there was no real selection for me to ponder. Oh, and there was some terrible r & b/pop music blaring in the bar. We really wanted to enjoy it there, but oh well.
Have been lots of times, to both locations, but I prefer downtown. Now that they have closed, we are stuck with the Mt. Pleasant location. Service last night was awful - 30 minute wait for sandwiches, no drink refills, no smile, and overall we seemed to inconvenience the server who was clearly more interested in going home. Food was mediocre and not up to par even for casual dining experience. Soggy fries, unseasoned fish, overcooked burger, etc. I complained to the manager who pulled my check up only to find out the server took it upon herself to double the tip I had signed for. Not sure I will ever be back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
average food, average menu, and smoke from the bar at no extra charge
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.
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.
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).
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.
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