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Comment Archives: Locations: 3 Stars

Re: “Quyen

The best Vietnamese (only?) food on the island. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no sense of urgency from any of the staff. I want to love this place, but it is painfully slow. Vietnamese restaurants in D.C. are so efficient the meals arrive almost too quickly. Maybe as they get busier they will get faster. Two of the dishes we ordered were unavailable the last time and when I inquired as to where the dish was they said the reason we didn't get it is because they didn't have it. I actually watched the server ask the chef about the dish and he dismissively waived his hand at her and said, "Go away." Amazing.

Posted by Jasonian on March 2, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

Service was severly lacking~even sitting at the bar. A friend of mine sat at the bar to place a to go order and was never helped after getting her first drink. She ended up ordering a take out from another restaurant while waiting. Food is good as long as you have the patience.

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Posted by JINATIVE on February 24, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Re: “The Bagel Shop

My wife and I went to the Bagel Shop this morning to give it a whirl in hopes of a good bagel place downtown. Having to drive over the connector to James Island is inconvenient sometimes. Here is my review: Bagels were just okay. The everything bagel didn't have much "everything" on it and my wife's sesame bagel didn't have 1 sesame seed on it, which I found to be odd. There cream cheese selection is outstanding and is definately homemade. This made up for the okay bagels. Now on to the service/ordering part...it was completly unorganized. I think the shape of the store has something to do with it. I had no idea where to order and there were not any menus visable. However one of the employee's saw that I looked confused and helped me out with the menu and took my order. The guy next to me got skipped by 4 or 5 customers behind him and seemed confused as well. My order came out fairly quick so I was off. I wish I had tasted my coffee before I left becasue it was luke warm. Coffee needs to be piping hot...not warm.

Overall, the bagels are better than any other bagel downtown, but not as good as Bagel Nation (or whatever its called now) on James Island. I'll give them an exception on the service since they just opened and hopefully will work out that kink.

Posted by max on February 20, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Cru Cafe

I love the food at Cru, it's a great place for a lunch date before going to work. However, last week we went in at 11:45 and there was only one other table. It took an hour and ten minutes to get out of there. Other people came and went while we waited. i understand things happen but it should at least be acknowledged by the staff. I think they lost our ticket or something...

Posted by devilsadvocate on February 6, 2010 at 1:09 AM

Re: “Carolina Crust Gourmet Pizza

I think the comments are a tad bit extreme. The chairs around the tables are uncomfortable, however, the bar stools are great. The pizza is wonderful, especially "The Joe". You can find anything to complain about if you want to. I do hope that the owners will pay a little bit more attention to the service. You have an excellant opportunity going for you. The menu is delicious. You tend to have a dissappearing act going on there though. Sometimes it seems like it may be a "Serve Yourself" bar.

Posted by Joyful on February 5, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Midtown Bar & Grill

I have visited twice before, once at 10pm on a Friday and again at midnight on a Thursday. The bar itself is nice with a cool outdoor patio in the back. The bartenders are OK, not the best, not the worst. Both times when I visited all the bartenders were males, no cute girls. The service was good and the bartenders are on par with the rest of Charleston I would say.

The bar itself has a good crowd, typically a younger crowd. I rate this bar as average, a neat spot but offering nothing really new or special. I don't see what they have to offer over the neighboring bar O'Malleys, which has much better food and service and doesn't feel as cramped.

Overall I would give a three-star rating

PS Beware of testimonies by users who registered the same day as the review and only have 1 post.

Posted by twa318 on February 3, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Bushido

We made a special trip from Summerville to try out Bushido. We normally go to Wasabi in Summerville once a month and we would previously go to the one downtown before they expanded, and Bushido does not measure up to either of them.
We visited on a Friday evening and expected it to be busy, which it was, and the wait wasn't too long. Noise was pretty extreme so don't expect quiet conversations. My wife and I both had miso for an appetizer and along with the blandness I didn't enjoy the paper towel in my soup. We had 4 different types of sushi and while none of them were bad, none of them stood out as particularly good.
I think that Bushido is marginally better than Tsunami but definitely not better than either of the Wasabi's we have visited. If you are local or enjoy the carryout then I guess convenience is nice, but we are choosing to stick with Wasabi for our monthly sushi fix.

Posted by Chad D on February 2, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Blind Tiger

Three stars. The pub boasts a decent beer selection, and the bartenders are professional, efficient, and courteous. On the other hand, management is quite the opposite. Home of the infamous "bar stool bandit." You know who you are. Ladies and gentlemen, don't dare leave you seat. If you do, then be prepared to head for the street.

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Posted by Seatless in Charleston on January 29, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Hyman's Seafood

We give Hyman's a solid three. Had dinner there twice last weekend even after hearing y'all run the place down. OK it's an overmarketed tourist trap with a deceptively central location, OK our upstairs table hadn't been cleaned before we were shown to it once (but they were repeatedly apologetic about it), OK the "rare" seared tuna was overdone, OK the ubiquitous boiled peanuts get cold too quickly, OK there are too many duplicate photos of celebs on the walls, OK I can see how one would tire of taking out-of-town visitors there. But what they do is done well; they mix a mean dry Manhattan; and my wife, a big fan of shrimp and/or crab grits, pronounced the Carolina Delight the best such dish she's ever had. Twice. So lay off 'em a little, y'all hear?

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Posted by Yankee Tourist on January 19, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Alluette's Jazz Cafe

A cool place with great atmosphere but i havent been back since the first time i went there with a friend.... after we spent 30-40 dollars plus tip for drinks and food, they came around with a tip jar for the band...i gave a few dollars because i like to support live music ( and i thought i might get a dirty, shameful look if i didnt) but i thought it was a little tacky how they handled it. Left a bad taste in my mouth anyways.

Posted by wbgb2ms on January 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Re: “East Bay Deli

The food is good, but for the price, one would expect more! The food is overpriced. Paying over $10 for a salad bar, regardless of what is on it, is absurd.

Posted by Snake on January 8, 2010 at 9:51 AM

The food at daily dose is absolutely amazing. Hands down, i am never disappointed. However, i have never been to daily dose without having to wait an absorbitant about of time for my food. Sitting in view of the bar, you can watch the staff make the food, but are they making the food, or chatting to their boytoy or girlfriend of whomever? Its incredibly frustrating to know we have to wait for the cook to stop chatting before we can start eating. One visit over the summer of 2009, we had to wait over 45 minutes for our food when there were only 3 tables in front of us. Our money was refunded to us, and promises were made; they promised it wouldnt happen again, we promised we'd visit again. I love the food, but the service SUCKS. Be warned that if you plan on eating at daily dose, set aside an extra hour. Enjoy.

Posted by TaraInTheSouth on January 1, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

I'm happy with the beer selection, the atmosphere is very nice, the food is good. I really only have a few issues with the place. The first one is the table service. Quite slow, didn't get silverware, waited about 10 minutes for drinks. The waitress also took 15 minutes to get our check when we were ready to go. She rationalized it by saying, "I've been out for a while, so, you know." The food was good for the most part. I was pleased that there was a difference between the regular and large BBQ plates. The only issue was my brisket. I'm from KCMO, so I know my beef BBQ. It tasted great, very tender. However, there was a TON of fat on mine. I would estimate about 40% of my meat. I know a good brisket will have some, but it's easily trimmed before serving. It made the meal not worth the price based on the amount of meat wasted. The last complaint I have about the place is the exposed air duct running across the ceiling. It was apparently very humid because there was a lot of condensation that kept dripping on me throughout the evening. If the service improves at the tables I'll have a much higher opinion. The bar service is excellent, they use your name, don't force drinks down your throat, etc. Overall a good place but not without it's flaws.

Jeff
James Island SC

Posted by sckcguy on December 3, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

I ordered take-out from here Friday. The ribs were falling off the bone good. However, the mac and cheese and the appetizers were a disappointment. The macaroni was flavorless. The stuffed jalapenos and the bacon were underdone. The potato skins were actually halved whole potatoes with a sliver of chicken on top. They were also undercooked. I will give them another try for the pizzas or sandwiches, but skip the apps.

Posted by Leighteach on November 22, 2009 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Vespa Pizzeria

I concur with RRIP; the decor is terrific both inside and out but the meal was very slow and is trailing EVO, Monza, and Brixx in terms of wood-fired pizza. They get points for the quality and freshness of their toppings, as well as the balance of flavors in the crust. However, they're still working out the difference between "crispy" and "burnt" crust. Realistically, if you want pizza on DI, Orlando's is still the way to go... both for the value and the quality.

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Posted by factoryconnection on November 7, 2009 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Queen Anne's Revenge

Ate here this evening with the family. It was an enjoyable meal but nothing to write home about. The service was slowish (water and drink glasses were empty before a server came around AND we were promised bread with the meal THREE times and it NEVER came). Prices were reasonable.
The music on the patio was an added bonus.
Will return but not soon.....there are many better places in Mt P and Daniel Island to go to.

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Posted by lldevil02 on October 24, 2009 at 9:46 PM

Overall a nice atmosphere; very sharp, clean design to the place. The menu is simple and concise. But the delivery and execution of said menu needs some work. Food was well prepared but presented in take-out style recyclable container (more on that in a sec). As a result all the sauce, corn, and other little delicious bits sink to the bottom and end up a syrupy mess. Our server told us to press the button on our table tent if we needed help. My dish lacked any hint of heat so I lit up my table tent in hopes of getting some sriracha. Despite a server entering and leaving the dining room 3 times, it wasn't until I had reached the bottom of my saucy to-go container that I was offered help. I explained that I was hoping for some sriracha, but since i was done I didn't need any. He then happily quipped that he was glad i hadn't waited for help to eat, because they were out of Sriracha...imagine that.

I also left wondering a few things. Why put "hormone free chicken" on the menu when all chicken is in fact required to be hormone free (even KFC), unless you are trying dupe people. Why use recyclable throwaway containers regardless of eat-in or take-out? I'd be curious to know the environmental impact of producing these recyclable goods vs. washing reusable dishes.

In the end, poor service, poor pantry stocking, and poor plating is somewhat understandable from a week-old restaurant. Especially one owned by a young guy, opening his first restaurant. I'll try back in a month or two in hopes of seeing some improvements. Charleston could certainly use a place like this, once these kinks are ironed out.

Posted by folkfood on October 21, 2009 at 2:17 PM

I thought my food was very good on the opening day, but I went when they first opened. It was a good price for local and/or organic ingredients. I got the rice noodles and mine were fine. The servers did need a little more training, but everyone has a first day. The interior was cool, but almost too cool for Charleston. It almost seems like I was in Miami. I'll try again for sure!

Posted by LowcountryLady on October 20, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Johnny's

Great hot dogs and breakfast sandwiches. Parking nightmare

Posted by csb on September 21, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Re: “39 Rue De Jean

Just not that impressed...

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Posted by csb on September 21, 2009 at 1:31 PM
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