Hey, Los Saturn, I don't know if you are in the same Charleston as I am, but locals use this place quite frequently. You must have had a bad experience, but please don't say things about the place that are just not true. Best food in Charleston? No. But for what they have, it tastes good, has large portions, and has been around probably longer than you have been alive. Hymans, however, is definitely one to avoid if you live around here. But the lines that form along Meeting St. are those that any restaurant owner would love!
Republic lost all credibility with us...Thursday night found us looking forward to the Third Annual School Supply Drive at Republic. (http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/third-annual-school-supply-drive-at-republic/Event?oid=5349300) We shopped for supplies, having fun thinking about when WE were back in school so many years ago, and looking forward to an evening of cocktails and supporting a good cause. On the way over the bridge, we even heard an advertisement for the event.
Imagine our surprise when the host knew nothing about the event. So we went to the bar and found out...nothing. No one knew anything about the event. We asked several other patrons who were also holding book bags of school supplies. Nothing. Finally, one gentleman at the bar said a manager had come out, and bought him a drink, but that event was cancelled. So we asked to see a manager. We were told he was out (at 10:00 p.m. on a Thursday??).
We figured we would enjoy a cocktail at least, to salvage the evening. We stood at the bar (with 5 empty stools), and a bartender directly in front of us, wiping glasses, for over 7 minutes. No acknowledgement, no order, nothing. And two other bartenders at the end, talking to each other.
At this, we gave up and left. Yesterday, we stopped by Mamie Whitesides Elementary, and dropped off the supplies to an extremely grateful Ms. Pounder, the principal, working outside at the school doing landscaping.
Republic, you dropped the ball on this in a big way...
P.S. Does it seem absurd that a bar bans ball caps inside, but then is selling a ball cap with their name on it?
Excellent spot. The Bun Mi sandwich was perfect, with a nice steamed bun exterior, and bahn mi style pork inside. Their charcuterie is well made and full of salty goodness. I am glad they are downtown, and not near my house. I would gain way too much weight eating there.
The only problem I have with this place is that it's close to work, and after I eat there I don't want anything but a nap. Greasy goodness...
@Los Super Saturn, I would have to disagree. My wife is a local and we love to stop in during the summers and get an ice cream. I have never had a bad experience getting a scoop in a bowl with sprinkles.
Do not be fooled...this is a place locals avoid at all costs - just like Hyman's Seafood and The Wreck!
"Best fried coconut ice cream with raspberry sauce, ever!!!"
...and everything else is simply the worst, ever!
Hello. Please, I will like to contact with Robert Dickson. I worKed at the Cellar restaurant in 1971 as the piano player where John Bennett was the director and I am trying to find him. I will apreciate if you can help me. My wife has a Facebook page. There you could leave the way to contact me
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most restaurants have this policy and for good reason. I have seen tables held for the rest of the party when they never show up. you can have 4 people eating at a table for 8 and the added wait time.
To those; that don't agree to the "all need to be there to be seated " rule; Go somewhere else; You won't be missed. I'll take the table.
Best fried coconut ice cream with raspberry sauce, ever!!!
It's narcissistic to think you should be able to hold a table until the rest of your party arrives when there are other patrons who are ready to be seated and order.
Although I love the BB Co., they tend to be inconsistent with ingredients, and for the price you pay for their food they truly need to stay on top of things and deliver what customers order. I love that James Islanders can get healthy food on the go that's super tasty. Best wraps on the island since the Daily Dose.
Every course was DELICIOUS!
Trollslayer, you are absolutely right on the smoking. It's disgusting and blows right into the restaurant.
There were 3 of the 7 of us there, and we were ordering carafes of mimosas. We weren't sipping on water, and even if we were, too bad. With a group of 7 people, people are going to order and you are going to make money. If a business wants my money, you can damn well seat me and those who are present with my party while we wait on the rest to arrive.
I agree with BNP29412 on this one. Pearlz downtown has the same policy. What if the last person in your party is an hour behind (which I have seen before from previous F&B work)? Tables are specifically meant to be used to make money. If you are using that table patiently waiting on others to arrive, then they aren't making money & most likely turning other people away. Its a smart business decision. I know its hard to coordinate, but if everyone arrives at the same time, it shouldn't be a problem.
Not smoke free. The addicts sit at an outside bar and blow smoke across to the inside of the building.
It is also very annoying for a big group to start to be seated when the first person arrives and then proceeds to drink water with lemon for 45 minutes while the rest of their party saunters in. If a restaurant has a busy service and wants to do a good job for every patron, this is how they have to seat tables.
Although their brunch is delicious, I was quickly aware that I may never return with a group of people as they will not seat you until EVERY person in your party is present. They sat numerous people before us while we waited. Very annoying.
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