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Comment Archives: Locations: 4 Stars

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

Liked the atmosphere and new look. Menu could be expanded, but everything we ordered was very good. Overall a great place for drinks and light fare. Has it's own parking area, which is a plus.

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Posted by ReasonableDoubt on January 30, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Red Orchids

Red Orchid rocks. I have not eaten inside the restaurant in a year, but I call in my orders every couple of months for pickup and the food is always ready within 15 minutes. Ive been doing this for 3 years now. I have lived in NYC where the quality of Asian restaurant is far greater than those in the area, and this is the only place in CHS that comes close to having great Chinese food. One of my barometers in measuring the quality of a restaurant is tasting the soup. The hot and sour soup at Red Orchid is the best in town and no Asian place comes close.

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Posted by Cockytalk on January 28, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Opa Café

Really enjoy this restaurant and staff! The gyros are divine and the appetizer meatballs(not sure of Greek name) melt in your mouth. The lemon chicken soup is tasty too! Wasn't satisfied with an entree and let the staff know. It was replaced immediately.

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Posted by marybeth_sc on January 26, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Kaminsky's

My boyfriend and I were slow to be seated, and I think they were understaffed for a Saturday night, but the hostess and waiter were both very pleasant. I shared a pot of raspberry tea and the delicious cappuccino chocolate torte. I was surprised to find that they had comped our dessert to apologize for the wait!

Posted by jessicabcd on January 23, 2011 at 2:51 AM

Re: “Runaway Bay Restaurant

Went for a staff lunch early January and unfortunately was the only one to come away thinking it was just "ok." I'm easily pleased but really disliked having to carve my own jerk chicken plate (grissle and something slimey were abundant). The flavor was enjoyable, however. The salad was colorful and the house dressing (ranch with curry) is definitely worth a try! I had a bite of the house desert, some sort of cake steeped in rum with ice cream and it was very, very tasty. The entree prices were as expected, around $10-12 but only about 5 different choices. Desserts were the same price as the entrees. Service was great and the view was enjoyable, even in the rain. Based on me being the only one who got the crap chicken, I'd recommend it, but I'd only go back if someone else were paying.

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Posted by jessc4343 on January 18, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Buddy Roe's Shrimp Shack

I've been going to Buddy Roe's for about 4 years now and absolutely LOVE IT!! They always have great entertainment and good food. Love the outside deck. If you want to dance the night away this is the place to come to. Ronnie and Kim Johnson are very good, down to earth,honest people. I very highly recommend Buddy Roe's. Diana Talbott

Posted by dtalbo61 on January 12, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Zia Taqueria

I can't wait to go back. It was past lunch hour (after 2:00 p.m.), on a rainy Saturday afternoon. I have always believed that a good way to test the mettle of a restaurant is to go there when it’s slow. During the busy lunch/dinner periods, things usually go well, since the restaurant is usually in a rhythm. But when it’s slow – fewer employees, people are beginning to think about the end of the shift and starting to clean up, then things can slip.

When we entered the restaurant we were a little confused about what to do. Do we wait for a hostess? Do we seat ourselves? And then we looked up and saw a small wall menu adjacent to the bar and a sign that told us to order there. There were seats at the bar open and we decided to sit there. It was still confusing. Was someone going to wait on us? We glanced around the restaurant, still uncertain.

Small, not overly themed, with about 30 – 40 seats, plus the bar and an outside patio, light music played in the background.A very quiet atmosphere, but then again, we were hitting it at a rather slow time.

The bartender came to take our order. It surprised me that there were no sparkling bottled water options, so I made due with soda water. I would normally have tried a margarita but we were heading to a Christmas party later that night. We started with a Chile con Queso. Before we could just about blink it was in front of us along with fresh salsa and chips. That was fast!

The Queso was made with pepper jack cheese, red bell pepper, garlic and white wine (I’m stealing this from the menu, as I would never have remembered everything.) We could not wait to dig in. It was by far one of the best Queso dishes I have ever had (I lived in Dallas for many years and there are many great Mexican restaurants there…). Warm, smooth, colorful and it had a light kick to it. Nice.

The only downside of our appetizer was our service at the bar. We never received any silverware, plates, napkins, etc. from our bartender. At this point I was still a little confused as to whether it was self serve or full service at the bar. The lack of service put me off a bit.

We rustled up plates, etc. from a nearby condiment station. The service style continued to be confusing. I finally realized that if you place your order at the register you received a number and your lunch would be brought out to you. If you were seated at one of the high tops in the bar area or at the bar, the bartender would wait on you. No prob, we were too busy enjoying our appetizer.

Although the bartender seemed to know some regulars, she became animated only when she spoke to her colleague that this was the last day-shift (thankfully), that she had until a week from Tuesday. We did ask her how long the restaurant had been opened, (2 yrs.), if she was one of the original hires (yes, there is very little front of the house turnover), and how business was (good, we’re pretty busy, especially during the holidays), but otherwise, she didn’t speak to us. Isn’t she supposed to be paid for her wit and charm?? Guess I'm used to a bit more interaction from bartenders.

Our lunch included a 10+++, super star, unbelievable, can’t-say-enough-about-it sandwich and another item. Here’s the scoop. But first, we had to ask for silverware to begin eating. Urgh.

We ordered the Carne Asada (thinly sliced beef) Tortas Mexicanas. The menu description hardly does this sandwich any justice. It was served on fresh baked telera bread that had been toasted. It is topped with black beans, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, avocado and cilantro jalapeno spread (again, a direct steal). PLUS… it is served with a small, grilled corn on the cob topped with melted butter and sprinkled with fresh, grated cheese.

The sandwich is massive, easily the size of a small dinner plate. By the time I went to ask to try the corn, it was gone. All I kept hearing was, “Wow, this is something.” Now, on to what I ordered for lunch.

The carnitas quesadilla’s presentation was just lovely, (ut oh, that's like telling someone they are about to go on a first date with they have a nice personality…), overstuffed and served on a fajita-like cast iron skillet. It was accompanied by “cream” (similar to sour cream only thinner), homemade guacamole and a very spicy jalapeno relish. It looked sensational. But alas, the pork inside the quesadilla was dry and not very warm. The cheese had melted nicely, but having the carnitas just luke warm took away from the meal, especially since it tasted great.

It was however, the type of meal that you know you should stop eating, but just can’t. I only ate ½ of my quesadilla, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. The sandwich was MIA before you knew it.

Every time I have a meal somewhere and plan to write about it, I drop a card that says, “Read our thoughts @diningaroundcharleston.com.” As there have been some hidden gems that we’ve really enjoyed. If the experience was great, I want them to know and hopefully enjoy and share my thoughts with the team, if it wasn’t that great, I hope that they take it to heart and know that I am just being honest in what my experience was like. Hopefully, they can also fix a few things.

Sometimes I get a note from the owner, GM, etc. She/he will explain what happen if we’d hit a speed bump, or thank me for my thoughts and invite me back. I’ve even received an email where the owner was YELLING at me for what I wrote and questioned "Who do you think you are??" (I responded that I was Jane Q. Customer, and I helped to pay his mortgage, staff, keep his lights on and his suppliers happy.) But here’s the interesting part.

Within minutes of leaving, Kevin W. Grant, the owner/chef dropped me an email. He thanked me for dropping the card and visiting the restaurant, hoping that everything was superb. I applaud his pride of ownership and concern about his brand. I would go out of my way to recommend the place (and already have). I can't wait to go back. View more of our comments at http://diningaroundcharleston.com

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Posted by susieg on January 7, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Re: “O'Brion's Pub & Grille

Great atmosphere. Friendly and attractive staff. Many beer selections and great food for pub fare. Highly recommend.

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Posted by Jess123 on January 6, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Poe's Tavern

When we know we want a quick bite at a place we can always count on to deliver, we head to Poe’s. You know that when you order your favorite item it’s going to be delivered to you quickly and “Just right”.

We decided to go to Poe’s on a Sunday when most restaurants serve Brunch only, and brunch just wasn’t grabbing us. Poe’s is a typical beach bar on Middle Street in Sullivan’s Island. It sits among a few restaurants in a one block area. When other restaurants might be slow, Poe’s is most often packed. There is seating on a two level patio outside, and even on very hot days the crowd overflows to the patio.

I personally don’t know the history on Poe’s but it appears that it has been around since Moby Dick was a guppy. It was apparently founded to preserve the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe. It’s a nondescript place, old tables and chairs, some community tables and high tops, a large draft beer selection and t-shirts for sale and the burgers are named for Edgar Allan Poe stories like the "Tell-Tale Heart": fried egg, applewood bacon, and cheddar cheese. Like I said…… nondescript. T don’t let that put you off.

Their menu is limited, which is a good thing, for this is a place that does a few things great, not good, but great. My husband and I ordered our usual, chicken sandwich for me burger for the big guy. There are a variety of ways that these can be ordered and so we decided to go with the special of the day with a little twist. The special was topped (either chicken or hamburger) with Pepper jack cheese and fried pickles. I ordered mine topped with Cheddar cheese and fried pickles as I never had a fried pickle before.

Although somewhat routine as we always order the same or similar items I’ve found that when I’ve ordered other menu items I’m disappointed and missing my old friends. Our sandwiches came out quickly and were perfect. The fried pickles… were off the hook! The bartender (we were seated at the bar), was quick to ensure that everything was to our liking. The bartender himself is also a fixture at Poe’s. We’ve been going there for six years and he’s almost always there. ‘Don’t know his name, but he’s always there – another thing we can count on, good service.

We left with full stomachs, a very small dent in our wallet and a smile on our faces. When you go there look past the surroundings and directly to the menu. You won’t be disappointed.

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Posted by susieg on January 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Foster's Pub

This bar is a WELCOME change from the stuffed up and stuck up locations around it. (Not naming, but you KNOW what I'm talking about) The atmosphere is worth the trip here, and a good time is usually had by all. The great beer selection is impressive, and the jukebox is instant-fun.

I've been in roughly 15 times, and have come to the following conclusions:
-The bartenders here do NOT care about women sitting at their bar. While I understand that women generally tip less, I wonder if these bartenders aren't propagating that problem. (I'm a waitress myself, and never tip under 20%, but the service here remains consistently inattentive and cold.) I would not mention this if it had only happened to me, but it's a consistent assumption here. Other people have said it as well.
-If you are not a regular and you come in late night (after 10pm, they close at 2), prepare to be the last priority in the joint. The servers are closing out, and downing beers at the end of the bar with the still-working bartenders. I get it, after a long day you want to unwind. But this means that the bartenders and owners are all crowded up and getting wasted, and won't be taking a drink order from you for a WHILE.
-Don't order cocktails that require a shaker. Usually it will have the taste of whatever shot was made before still left in it.

So as long as you sit down at the bar realizing that the service isn't going to wow you in any way, you're in for a good time. It's really just a gaggle of people looking to get drunk. Don't try to make it into an experience of anything else. And don't get hustled in pool.

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Posted by LCDawgs on January 5, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Husk Restaurant

Husk does the Haute Down Home thing well, in a highly attractive package and hits most of the high notes.

1. Excellent presentation, atmosphere, design and setting
2. Copious bourbon list, good draughts, didn't look at the wine
3. Attentive and very good staff
4. The entrees were $22 and up... at this price point I expect consistent "wow." The food was very good but not consistently exciting: the beef tenderloin was the chief culprit. My duck came with this quinoa and butternut squash side and the whole thing was delicious. The cornbread and "finest hams" appetizer were both really terrific.
5. EVERYTHING has meat in it. The cornbread has bacon (YUM), the butter has pork reduction, the veggies have pork. That's not a complaint, just an FYI.
6. The bar doesn't have the capability of making anything interesting for pregnant ladies. Another down-check compared to other downtown competitors. A small complaint, meaningless for most.

I was a little confused as to why people go to $120/couple meals and dress like they've just wrapped up errands at the mall. I'd say half of the patrons were dressed too casually. Yeah, I know... it's Charleston, but these weren't all tourists.

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Posted by factoryconnection on January 4, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Sorry, Jaxx. I've lived in NYC. Still like Andolini's.

Posted by sarahhope56 on December 31, 2010 at 6:19 PM

I gotta agree with everyone else on here. the food is killer! so what if i couldn't pronounce half the items on the menu, they were delicious and huge portions! This will have to be my go to spot for lunch from now on.

Posted by joshl725 on December 30, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Graze

It's too bad that it sounds like @CityGirl won't give this place another chance, the food was incredible and the quality was well beyond the price point! I tried a couple bites of everyone's plate in my party. The wild mushroom pappardelle was served in a light cream sauce that was just delicious with the sun dried tomatoes. The short rib ragu was just amazing. I had the filet of beef which was cooked perfectly to my liking and served with a nice herbed goat cheese that was just delicious when eaten with the beef. The beer and wine selection is great and the bartender made a perfect drink. Definitely a must if you're in the Mt Pleasant area.

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Posted by joshl725 on December 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Eurasia Café and Wine Bar

My husband and I have been to Eurasia several times since its opening. The happy hour is fantastic: $3 glasses of good house wine and half off appetizers at the bar. The spring rolls were solid - obviously freshly rolled, stuffed with chinese veggies and served with two spicy dipping sauces. I thought the tuna-tartini was wonderful - the tuna two ways was cold and refreshing and the seaweed salad was crisp and briny. The ginger rice was perfectly seasoned. My husband didn't care for it as much as I did - oh well - more for me :)

On a second occasion we found the hot and sour soup to be tasty, with plenty of tofu and chicken served with a side of crisp wonton chips. The beef carpaccio was very good and the truffled egg salad on the side had amazing flavor. Unfortunately, the bouillabaisse was a bit lacking. It consisted of a few clams and large mussels, a few large shrimp and a couple of tiny pieces of lobster (so small they should not be listed as an ingredient). A piece of the pan fried "catch of the day" was served on top and did not mesh well with the dish. The sauteed shrimp and smoked gouda cake was the most delicious meal we have had there. The shrimp are large and cooked perfectly, and the grit cake was decadent. Other highlights of our meals include delicious homemade coconut gelato and the excellent/friendly servers and bartenders.

We look forward to returning to try some of the sandwiches - our friends are raving about them. We have heard that the burger is in the running for the best in town. I sure hope so!

Posted by isidella on December 29, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Andolini's puts out a good pizza. Although a little pricey, it is some of the best in Charleston. You can't miss with a whole pizza and the lunch deals are too good to pass up.

Posted by Snake on December 29, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Taste of Thai

I had the tom yum koong soup and the nam sod salad with pork, and my boyfriend had the ba mee pad noodles with chicken and a Thai iced tea. Everything was delicious and the service was great, but I took off one star because I think it was a bit pricey ($34). We will definitely return.

Posted by jessicabcd on December 23, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Re: “Husk Restaurant

Spent an hour at the bar two nights ago, awesome experience, one of the classier bars I've been to in Charleston and the pre-prohibition cocktails are bangin.

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Posted by another cofc student on December 16, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Virginia's on King

Definitely my pick for a restaurant serving local ingredients and Lowcountry food. The servers aren't always the most friendly, but you get a lot for your money.

Posted by LowcountryLady on December 15, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Re: “O'Brion's Pub & Grille

Love this place! The staff is friendly and accommodating! My family and I usually go in for an early dinner...the orange burger is our favorite! I was pleasantly surprised to find out they do half price burgers on Tuesday nights. Then today I learned they do bottomless mimosas on Sundays, which was a great treat for my girlfriends and I! We needed a place like this on our side of town, and I'm glad we finally have one!

Posted by southerngirl21 on December 12, 2010 at 10:42 PM
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