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Comment Archives: Locations: Bars + Clubs: 5 Stars

Re: “Hanahan's Neighborhood Pub

Apparently this is the best kept secrect in Hanahan/North Charleston. From the road it looks like a dive bar/restaurant but inside it's not at all. A buddy of mine told me I should go in there on a Wednesday and try their steak special (10oz. for $8.95 with salad, french fries or baked potato). This may be the best deal going in town and the sorrounding area! You definitely won't be dissappointed and the waitstaff was great!

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Posted by HighTide on February 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Sticky Fingers

Great food, super service. Hosted a large party for lunch during our wedding weekend and almost everyone in the party bought the BBQ sauce sampler - it was THAT good.

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Posted by AliWalkerB on February 16, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Charleston Music Hall

Favorite venue in Charleston!

Posted by OutdoorEnthus on February 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Castaways Grille

I really wish I lived closer to Castaway's because it is such a chill, spacious bar for happy hour or to grab a bite. They have the usual pub fare but fancy it up with pasta dishes and a pork chop entree. I always make sure to go once a month on the Tuesday when they have a stand up comedy night. I'm usually not a big fan of stand up, especially when I'm not familiar with the comedians because I hate when I have to force myself to awkwardly laugh, but I've been three times and they've never disappointed! It doesn't hurt that they have super cheap beer and a $2 vodka special. I'd highly recommend!!

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Posted by jennie8pie2 on February 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Re: “EVO

I have celiac disease and I still eat here occasionally. That should tell you something.

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Posted by cgi-bin laden on January 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Re: “EVO

Let me start by saying I am rather disgusted by the fact that someone has enough hatred for EVO to "dislike" any positive review or comment on here. Really? What did this restaurant do to you? I won't let that affect my review of what I consider the best pizza in Charleston.
Why is this the best pizza in Charleston? Why does my opinion count? Actually, pizza taste is more subjective than any other food out there. It seems that some people think the best pizza comes from NY. Other people only like the thick Chicago style deep dish pies. I can appreciate all styles of pizza, and I used to make them as a part time job as a teenager. However, my true pizza purist side really appeared while living in Italy for 3 months (and during multiple return trips). While I lived in a little suburb of Torino called Venaria Realle, I learned that most popular pizza in Italy was Pizza Napoletana, which originated from Naples. This style had thin crust with light toppings, and was cooked in a wood fired oven. The wood fire always added a wonderful touch of smoke to the crust, while providing a high heat level to crisp things up. When you ordered a Pizza Margherita, you would get an 8" pie with a light covering of sauce, frest cut tomatoes, house made mozzarella cheese (I preferred to opt for Mozzarella di Buffalo), and just the lightest touch of seasoning from a couple basil leaves. This was pizza perfection to me. I tried this pizza from many places during my stays, and it was always delicious.
Now that I live in Charleston, I often miss this Napoletano pizza experience. Then, I discovered EVO. Extra Virgin Oven (EVO) takes pride in producing the most accurate representation of true Italian pizza you will find in this part of the country. They offer the same fresh ingredients and even feature a true wood fired pizza oven. The crust is always cooked to a perfect crisp level, and they even seem to have the dough chemistry worked out to match EU. To add some American spice to the traditional dish, they offer something called a Pork Trifecta. Sweet Jeebus, the Trifecta is delicious. I am still an American, and I love bacon. The PT gives you the bacon fix you needed, along with some house made sausage and pepperoni. I think the combination of tradition with an American pork lover's wet dream make this the best pie in CHS.
Aside from the orgasmic talk about the pizza, EVO also delivers on beer selection and service. I have never had an issue with the waitresses, as they are quick to take orders and deliver food. The craft beer selection had slacked off for a while, but seems back to normal. I also have enjoyed the breads I have tried from their bakery.
While there may be many NY pizza purists on Citypaper, if you love fresh ingredients, you really need to try EVO for yourself. I don't expect it to be #1 on everyone's list, but I would hope the flavor might convince you that these guys know what they are doing. All this pizza talk is making me hungry! Cheers!

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Posted by brewengineer on January 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Al di La

Wow! On Saturday night we had one of the best meals we've ever had in Charleston at Al Di La.

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Posted by alteredstate on January 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Al di La

Wow. Al di la is hands down the best Italian food in Charleston. Great food, atmosphere, and staff. Highly recommend the pork and lamb dishes while you are there paired with something from their wine menu. SO GOOD. This restaurant will definitely be a repeat visit on my next trip to Charleston.

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Posted by foodlovin23 on January 10, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Back Home Bar & Grill

Back home is an awesome place for great food and drinks. very friendly staff and a good place to just let go!!! Im a former employee of the bar i quit about two months ago. I go back for drinks once in a while and will continue to go. please everyone help thisw bar continue to be one of the only good places in WEST ASHLEY TO HAVE FUN @. cheese curds are awesome but i hated making them. Good luck guys. GO G-MEN!!!!!

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Posted by Guitar4228 on January 10, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Re: “House of Brews

I was shocked to find out how cool HoB was, especially since it was right down in Mt Pleasant. This place is a craft beer lovers heaven, wrapped up in a locals bar. First of all, if you are looking for a normal drinking establishment, you are in the wrong place. This is a house, converted into a bottle shop and bar. They have a nice list of rotating taps, along with two bedrooms full of bottles. Feel free to pick out any bottle you want, and they can have it chilled and served in a few minutes. Prices are fair, especially for Mt P. What really makes this place special is the atmosphere. The owner is the bartender, and you will not find a nicer guy. He cares about his customers and wants to personally meet every one of them (first name bases kind of thing). The house-like atmosphere really pushes you to meet and converse with strangers, as you sip on fine ales. The back and side yards are set up with fire barrels and seating, as well as a stage for live acts. With many positives, we must also discuss the negatives. My only main issue is the hours, which isn't the owner's fault. They close at 10pm, mainly due to the fact that they are in a residential area. I hear that one of the neighbors doesn't like them (for no good reason), and complains quite often. The early closing time can be a letdown if you are a late dinner kind of person looking for an after dinner beer. Despite the early closing, it is still an awesome place to hang out and enjoy some brews with friends.

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Posted by brewengineer on January 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Coleman Public House

CPH is my go to Mt P dinner spot on most weekends. The food is consistently good and the tap beer selection tends to be the best in town (in most cases). I have probably tried every burger on the menu, and they are all delicious. I usually order my burgers rare, and am never disappointed. This quality of beef was not meant to be ordered well done. So damn juicy! The lamb sliders are fantastic, but I found out they can also make you a Big Lamb (full sized lamb burger) which takes it to another level. The truffle fries are evil, with that perfect touch of salty truffle oil flavor and a light sprinkle of Parmesan. Lately, I have been ordering the Fish and Chips, as they seem to know how to do that dish better than most places around CHS. My only complaint is that the beer prices can occasionally be on the high side, but it doesn't deter me from ordering a few brews before and during dinner. If you love burgers and craft beer, CPH should be your new home.

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Posted by brewengineer on January 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Re: “The Shelter Kitchen + Bar

I am a big fan of the shelter. What they did architecturally to maximize and create a terraced open space from an existing structure is super. They have had time to refine their menu as well and some of their items really stand out, like their shrimp dip, which is an especially well crafted version of an already excellent local recipe. I think the place is an innovative treat.

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Posted by Randolino on December 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Re: “O'Brion's Pub & Grille

Decided to try the I'ON location with my best friend here visiting from from Texas. Of several places the two of us visited during his stay in town, O'Brion's actually did all of the basic things to make a customer feel like a necessary part of the business equation correctly. We managed to get a seat at a nice comfortable high top table, were greeted within seconds by a very lovely young lady (Eva) who was actually smiling and glad to be there, placed and received our beer order which arrived within a couple of minutes icy cold along with well chilled pint glasses, had our questions about the menu answered confidently, and proceeded to enjoy sports on the many quality flat panel screens without the annoying nuisance of loud blaring volume while waiting for our food. The food arrived quickly despite a sizeable crowd and my friend described the burger as the best he had enjoyed in Mount Pleasant. Likewise, the Cuban sandwich I received was total perfection on a plate. As a bit of a connoisseur of this particular sandwich, I must point out that this is the first time I have ever received a "true" Cuban made properly in this town and it tasted spectacular. My friend and I were quite happy that we were able to enjoy our experience at this O'Brion's location from the minute we walked through the door until we left feeling very satisfied that at least one place in Mount Pleasant actually has what it takes to earn the business and insure the return visit of its patrons.

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Posted by Los Super Saturn on December 13, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Mike Calder's Buffalo Pub

I love this bar best wings in town..ya ya some people don't like but my dad alawys told me you piss somone off then they tell 15 people it sucks.. and if its good youll tell a person. That being said its a fun place to go with good food. :)

Posted by Monty Grantham on December 12, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Back Home Bar & Grill

In response to "Sacred Arrow", this is the most ludicrous, meritless and I would even go as far as to call it slanderous review of a restaurant. This is a family owned restaurant, the owners and employees are extremely hard working to make it a successful place. I go there regularly and have never once witnessed any type of drug use or "marijuana" being smoked in the bathrooms or elsewhere. Especially being that many of my friends who are off-duty and retired police officers patron the place. Majority of whom are friends with the owner. Please keep your false reviews to yourself.

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Posted by nursie on December 7, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Re: “The Shelter Kitchen + Bar

Fun place to go with great music... Schema plays there a lot & they are definitely worth checking out! Always a great crowd, nice bartenders, & good food. Their fried pickles & fried green tomatoes are awesome... The Lowcountry Eggrolls are one of my favorites as well! To the person that did not have good service, I would certainly say give the Shelter another chance! They were really packed the first few weeks of being open. Go try a Hurricane & enjoy the nice fall weather :)

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Posted by ashleymarieriley on November 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Fuel

This is one of our favorite go to's for good food and a great scene! So many items on the menu that we love and great drinks as well! Love that it is dog friendly and it has the best outdoor seating on the peninsula.

Posted by locallady on October 17, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Bacco Italian Restaurant

My husband and I first went to Bacco a few months ago (after passing it numerous times and saying "we need to try that place!"). It was everything we had hoped for and more. The bread is magical - very crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. The half-carafe of red wine is tasty and reasonably priced. The fettuccini alfredo is full of flavor but not as heavy as others I've had/ But the star of the place for me is the PAPPARDELLE AL TELEFONO. So simple, yet so amazing. It's just pappardelle pasta with house-made mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil, but it's probably the best tomato sauce I've ever had. It's a dish I dreamed about afterwards. We've now made it somewhat of a tradition to go for a date night on Friday night when we're in town. I can't say enough good things about this place! You absolutely have to try it!

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Posted by Colleen on October 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Bowens Island Restaurant

Bowens Island has been a cool seafood joint for years, but they have recently improved the already wonderful experience. The food is still just as amazing as it used to be. I strongly suggest the fried shrimp and the oysters (when in season). They have really perfected their process of cooking shrimp, and it is always prepared perfectly. What would make the experience better? Well, consider washing that delicious food down with a wonderful local craft beer. Bowens Island now has 10 taps, all devoted to local beer. As far as I know, that makes it the best place to go in Charleston for local craft brews. They have offerings from Palmetto, Holy City, COAST, and Westbrook. You will have a hard time finding a better environment for dining during the cool Fall evenings here in the Lowcountry.

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Posted by brewengineer on October 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Re: “The Shelter Kitchen + Bar

Had the best burger I've had in months at Shelter! AWESOME!

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Posted by feralcreative on October 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM
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