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Comment Archives: Locations: 4 Stars

Re: “Taco Boy

Good grief, Taco Boy---did you guys make someone mad? That's the only reason I can see for the litany of awful reviews here. So, you wouldn't find Taco Boy in Houston. I'm glad to know all Mexican-ish restaurants in Houston are perfect. I'm also glad to know it is the pinnacle of Mexican cuisine. Who knew?

What Taco Boy is not:
1. Authentic Mexican.
2. Overpriced (Have you guys eaten anywhere in Charleston? How much cheaper can you make a taco when its ingredients go beyond the basics?)
3. A five-star gourmet establishment.

Taco Boy is a great spot for happy hour, lunch, or dinner (sorry--never tried brunch). The general decor is clever and eco-friendly, and the ambience is sort of lively yet laid-back. Yes, there are college kids (because some college kids are old enough to drink and all of them are old enough to eat), but there are also 30-something singles, parents with children, and everything else.

There aren't a ton of tourists (yay!) because it is, admittedly, in a sketchy area. Don't leave anything of value in your car, and don't hang out unnecessarily by the side of the road. Biking to this area at night seems imprudent to me, but I still see people doing it.

The service is generally okay--usually, great; other times, not so much. The food is very consistent. Guac is awesome. Considering you get a vat of it, I don't think it's too expensive. Frankly, every Mexican restaurant I've ever been to has better salsa, so don't feel bad about skipping it.

The Taco Boy Salad (Note: Not to be confused with a Taco Salad, which isn't even on the menu) is fantastic. I order it frequently as a meal, and that's something I never do anywhere else. The slice of Tres Leches is huge, and the michelada (Tex/Mex style beer) is not to be missed.

This is a great place for groups, with ample parking and long tables that can hold quite a crew.

Give it a try. At least go for cocktails. And if you hate it, stay home. I'll be happy to take your place in the courtyard.

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Posted by CHS_Foodie on October 27, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Taste of Thai

Craig D, you're talking about Thai House. But Taste of Thai is awesome!!

Posted by SoUtHeRnQT4LyF on October 24, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Silva Spoon Soul Food Cafe

We ate here for lunch today and it was really good. I got the pork chop, macaroni & cheese, and collard greens with sweet tea. All perfectly seasoned and exactly what I was hoping for. My friend got the fried whiting, red rice, collard greens, and sweet tea and was not disappointed. This is our ne "go to" soul food stop.

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Posted by seankiki on October 22, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Taste of India

Chicken Tikka Masala, rice pudding and some bread; always love the food, the lunch special buffet is great, as is the Sunday lunch buffet with the extra special offerings! Like that you can order the 'heat" to your specifications.

Posted by Pixy1422 on October 18, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar

There is a new chef in the kitchen and for fans of now defunct Coco's Cafe in Mt. P, you'll recognize him right away. Yup. I can't wait for him to add his own spin to the menu.

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Posted by Angelicatt on October 18, 2010 at 12:48 AM

Re: “South of Broadway Theatre Company Studios

I saw this play over the weekend. I am so in love with it! This group of actors has choosen to do a play that puts the trail of Daniel Duncan right in your face. There are some in your face racist parts in the play that makes you see why this person was hung. The cast is very funny having one side of their face white, and one side black. All the actors play both black and white characters as well as role reversal. This is an eye opening play that you should come and see. Also it is a true story that happened 100 years ago, and 10/10 was the date of the trial of this poor man. Come support the arts and see a play that might make you change your mind!!!

Posted by Barnabus on October 11, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Re: “The Gin Joint

Great little place and an extensive drink list. We sat in the front toward the door so it was hard to hear what kind of music they were playing, if any. That would be my only suggestion for them--get a better sound system and/or bring in some live fun music. Even better if you could open the doors to the patio out front. We'll be coming back for sure!

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Posted by kmj1969 on October 8, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Sette

I took my sweetie here for our wedding anniversary on Tuesday. We were very pleased. I had the veal special with pasta; she had the chicken piccatta. Her only complaint was that it was a tad heavy on the capers. We will definitely return.

Posted by zigzag on October 8, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Saffron

I love Saffron. It's not "precious" but honest value for the price. We got my daughters b-day cakes here many years (chocolate mousse cake) and we also love the veggie curry. The owner is a kind hearted person who gives to the community.

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Posted by Sweating Over the Small Stuff on October 7, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Chucktown Tavern

Hardcore downtown "suits" happy hour crowd. Pool, darts, foul language, stiff drinks, mostly hospitality and hotel industry regulars. Except they're all friggin' Boston fans. What's up with that?!

Posted by New_Yorker1 on October 7, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Re: “The Gin Joint

Drinks are absolutely fantastic and the staff is very friendly and knowleadgable. The drinks are more expensive than your average establishment, but they are worth it.
Perfect place to have a few pre-drinks or grab some late night snacks. The chocolate pie with pop rocks (yes, pop rocks) is heaven on a plate.

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Posted by Q on October 5, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Basil

When I think of Basil, two words come to mind: crowded and hot. The crowded part is a plus and a minus, as it's great to busy and popular, but place is a hole in the wall. It was hotter than hell in there, both in terms of temperature and spiciness. But the food is great and above par for what I've eaten in this genre in the US.

Posted by Muskie on October 3, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Page's Okra Grill

I've always been a fan of Page's. Good southern cooking at a reasonable price. I've only had minor problems with the service, but it had more to do with staffing than anything else (1 server for 10 or so parties is a tad unreasonable in my opinion). The food is excellent, and I really loved their German nights a couple of months ago. It's just high quality local stuff, and they do run out of the good stuff quick, so you are best advised to come early. I hate the parking lot (there are more ruts and holes leading up to it than I could ever imagine), but the location is convenient in Mount Pleasant and generally there isn't a line to get in the place.

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Posted by Muskie on October 3, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Monza

Monza has the ultimate Caesar Salad. It really proves that amazing ingredients are the key to amazing food. I love their pizzas, love their salads, and during the winter get their bread pudding. IT IS AMAZING. I loved it so much I begged the chef to give me their recipe and she did. i love monza...sometimes their staff does have some attitude but whatever I just sass them back. Luckily I love their food or else I probably wouldnt go back after some of the experiences I have had with 2 of their waitresses

Posted by cpd31 on October 1, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Capriccio Restaurant

Wow, its unfortunate that dsharlee had such a bad experience at Capriccio's- it's one of my favorite spots. My husband and I typically get the Caesar Salad and the Eggplant Parmesan entree and split it- with the plentiful bread and olive oil we don't go hungry. He gets a beer (which comes in a small bucket of ice) and I get a glass of wine. One of the things that we love about it is that the wait staff is encouraged not to turn the tables quickly- so, if you want your check, ask for it. We love not feeling rushed. The casual atmosphere and seeing the owner at every visit makes this a very special place.

Posted by ksconger on October 1, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

Been there a few times, no problems at all. The food was Awesome! Brisket & BBQ best in the area. Having the ability to travel in Texas, Memphis & ST Louis, I still find the BBQ in the South so much better. I maybe spoiled, but there is nothing like getting Pork, chicken, ribs, whatever straight off the smoker, Sauce optional, as real BBQ does not need any.
The only drawback is a few bartenders do ignore "Non Regulars". I was overcharged for beers which I did not order or drink. So it happens, but more then once? Shame on them. I learned to bring in cash & pay as I go, problem solved! Tell them I tip at the end, got better service.

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Posted by Charles Bishop on September 30, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

Since I haven't had the chance to attend I'll give the pub/BarBQ the benefit of the doubt. Through my observation of most of all of the above, it may me true that the neightborhood does not want the establishment located there.

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Posted by msdjyoung on September 25, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Hubee D's

Hubee D's DeeLivers. Great atmosphere, comfortable chairs, great graphics so it is easy to choose from the menu, clean and organized dining room. Food screams FRESH, tastes great. These guys know what good food is - first quality, fresh, simply prepared, attractively served and priced gently. You can pay lots more at many national chains, and local mom & pop's and not get anywhere near the value. A fun place and it will grow.

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Posted by field274 on September 23, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Ate here for lunch today, awesome experience. As I was waiting for my guest to arrive, i was checking out the tap list on the wall and was greated by a waiter who told me about the different beers they currently had on tap and which ones just arrived. he then told me about the daily specials they have throughout the week, trivia tuesdays, beer flight wednesdays, and happy hour raffle for house cash on fridays as well as live music. It sounds like the saturday patrons try to make it an Ohio St bar and sunday patrons make it a Redskins bar. for our meal, I had the mahi mahi sandwich which was cooked perfectly atop a nicely buttered onion roll. My date had the eggplant parm on foccacia which looked great. They could use another vegetarian option on the menu like a vege wrap or something. Definetly a place I will be back to.

Posted by joshl725 on September 22, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Il Cortile Del Re

Have been several times over this past summer and always leave in a joyous mood. The wine list is fantastic as is the wait staff's knowledge of the wines, the alluring Italian ambiance is always apparent whether inside or in the courtyard, and the food is terrific, adding up to a lovely experience that myself and numerous friends of mine thoroughly enjoy. Also, the Mushroom ravioli is out of this world.

Posted by a long lost charlestonian/cofc grad on September 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM
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