We visited on a busy Friday night and the restaurant was packed. Luckily for us there was space at the community table and we were seated right away. Seeing the crowd I figured service would be slow, but I was wrong.
Our server was very attentive and cocktails and waters were provided almost immediately. The food came out quickly as well.
The atmosphere was great, my only reason for removing a star is that I found the tuna and mahi tacos to be quite bland. Still the rest of the meal was pretty good and the service was outstanding.
We will be returning
I just had dinner at Halls for the first time recently and I admit, I was a bit weary after reading some negative reviews concerning the food and the overly-friendly atmosphere. I went to dinner with as much of an open mind as possible though, and I'm happy to say that I was very pleasantly surprised. I was half expecting the fake, intrusive and unnecessary niceties described in previous reviews, but nothing was over-the-top. Yes, the owner was very friendly, but certainly not to the point where it was weird. We had a wonderful meal--the service was great, the food was excellent, and the atmosphere was warm. I would definitely go there again. And with food that good, they can welcome me as if we're long-lost relatives, I won't care!
This will be my second time visiting Middleton Gardens and I can't wait. I intend to use Omega Transportation as my ride ( since I can save 10% on a round trip) and I will tour the gardens after the demonstrations. I know the gardens will be beautiful this time of year. And I won't have to fight the traffic, so I am really excited.
Very good food from a concise menu in an interesting environment. I have recommended this place to others and look forward to eating there again.
Highs: the mole chicken (the best mole I've ever had and the chicken was tender and succulent); the lengua tacos (good enough for a 4-year-old to enjoy); the Dia de la Muerte decor; the frendliness of the staff; the rich and flavorful pork torta.
Lows: the queso fundido (tasted more like a bland alfredo), and the salsa was good enough but didn't have the fresh-herb/ingredient pop that the food did. They do need to tighten up the service routine, but we didn't have anything like the bad experiences described by others.
Miscellaneous: lots of parking, easy to get to, the owner seems well-involved and did come out and talk to us for a while.
Overall: a solid, rich menu in a very cool space without a huge price tag
I went as part of a trio on Saturday; 8pm no problem getting a seat (that won't last) but there was a solid crowd. There's no hostess station, you sorta meander upstairs if you don't want to sit at the bar. The music was quite loud downstairs, for better or worse, and permeated upstairs. I think they've mounted their subwoofers in the ceiling above the bar, which makes the benches upstairs vibrate. This might not be a negative.
Our server was knowledgeable about the menu, saying that they'd taken time to familiarize the staff with all the dishes. That was good. In addition to reasonably-priced (for Charleston) wine by the glass and bottle, they have several draughts (Westbrook White Thai, Kirin Ichiban, etc...) as well as interesting cocktails. I got this gin with ginger martini. DRINK THIS, but especially with your food.
Speaking of food: the 5-spice Pork Banh Mi is slap-your-momma, ridiculously good. The edamame spring rolls, shrimp dumplings, tofu and curry noodles are very good. The Vietnamese ramen bowl is just okay, but not anything that would sully the otherwise very good meal. I think its failing where the others succeeded so well was that it lacked any distinct, fresh-veggie/herb taste that leapt from the other dishes. The menu is great for sharing within a group, which we did.
With drinks and probably too much food for three, our bill was $24/person with tax, plus tip. Not bad.
They're getting lunch hours very soon (maybe already) as well as local delivery soon.
the food is seriously great! we started at the one downtown. the service sucked but the food was so good, we went back. there is no doubt that they take forever and dont fill your glass near as much as Americans would prefer, but this is the only place i would say it is worth it. we moved closer to summerville and are ecstatic that there is one close, so for the past three years we have been happy customers. summerville isnt packed like downtown so we get much better service.
We eat here a few times a month and it's consistently good. The biggest downside is the smell of the grocery store, which ranges from "interesting" to "oh my god I'm gonna hurl!" I have tried nearly everything on the menu and keep coming back to P1 and H3. Their goi cuon are the best I have had in Charleston. Be extremely careful when ordering because the woman who works there has a hard time distinguishing between the sounds of "B" and "P". Your best bet is to point to it on the menu so you can be sure. She's better in French than English so that's another option.
The restaurant looks really good as a remake of the old Applebees. I love that it is locally owned and the menu sounds delicious. We got the fried pickled okra and it was good. The shrimp and grits however was drowning in the gravy. It was more like a soup or stew than shrimp and grits. The flavor was yummy but it was so soupy! I will probably give this place another shot but I won't be ordering the shrimp and grits.
pretty legit, as far as hole in the wall mexican places go. a solid menu and chill atmosphere make it easy to become a regular PDQ. the chorichanga is on point, and not something i've seen elsewhere around Charleston. prices are on the cheap side of average. they will start closing down around you if you're still there at 9 on a weeknight, though. some fridays too. guess this just means they need more business! so go!
@jerseyboy77 They changed their name to Steel City but nothing else has changed besides that. don't really understand where you're trying to go with that comment. It's still a great spot. the Wedges are awesome and the Pizzas are great. Wings are solid too. Great pizza joint/sports bar with some suprisingly great draft beer choices.
I encourage you (if you like soul food) to stop by and try Silva Spoon. I think you will appreciate the food and hospitability. If for some reason you do not like the food don't badmouth the place, simple let the staff there know what you didn't like and why!!! No I DO NOT work for the restaurant...
WOW! Chicken Pad Prik spiced up to "Thai Hot". Perfectly prepared dish with red and green peppers, onions and a terrific brown sauce. This was a 2 napkin dinner; not for the hands or face but for the runny nose. I'll be back. No more trips downtown or off island for me. James Island is very fortunate to have this fine dining establishment.
Great time we had at social wednesday. Friendly hostess, accommodating wait staff, and great food & drinks!
In response to the comment below....Wow, coming from a Summerville Hick who has traveled quit a bit to VERY high end restaurants in MANY big cities (Le Cirque in NYC, Fleur De Lys in San Fran and Vegas just to name a few) , I will say I have had mostly good experiences at Oscar's. I think the Woodlands is COMPLETELY over-rated, the food is barely average, it's snotty, and NOT worth the money. I enjoy the quaint atmosphere in the bar at Oscars, the staff is always attentive and remembers us when we walk in. I think they have good steaks, (and they are just as comparable as what I was served at the Woodlands, in an atmosphere that I do not need to wear a tie, and I don't have to whisper my conversation due to the stuffiness). But what do I know, since I am just a hick from Summerville that has probably dined in quite a few more high end restaurants than most.
Thanks for the suggestion! While I didn't have the "Honey Badger Wrap," I can tell this staff is the ideal group to create and serve it in the city. Thanks again for the insight!
My bff and I enjoyed some pre-event drinks and tapas at Barsa Saturday night. The wine selection is varied and reasonably priced, we shared the dates, calamari and scallops. Next time we will be getting our own scallops, they were perfectly pan seared and the pumpkin broth gave a nice winter touch to the light scallops. We both agreed that the atmosphere would be great for date night and there were plenty of dishes that the men would enjoy too.
They know how to throw a party. Saturday night in west ashley has a whole new vibe. This 1 st year for then has been questioned by all, would they make it? What a way to go forth into the new year. Great crowd, Great food, bartenders could be a little faster with the service, and a more organized for checking out. This bar was on fire, live music after the game, kept the crowd till closing time. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW OWNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP IT UP.
Very good. No complaints. Will definitely be back for wings and bourbon. Bartender lacked a bit of knowledge about drinks/beers, but again, no complaints. The guy who appeared to be the manager was very knowledgeable and filled in the blanks. Really liked the atmosphere and the bar itself. The temp regulated drafts/taps is a nice option. Wings are a bit pricey, but worth it. Half price day makes them well worth it. Looking forward to trying more menu items.
It's a sad day for the Charleston food scene! Alas, Kim's is no more!
Not the ONLY place for Pho in Charleston, but out of the two choices, pretty delicious. Quyen's Pho is better.
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