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Comment Archives: Locations: 3 Stars

Re: “La Tabella

when Lombardis opened on Jim Isle, I was ecstatic; a red sauce Italian restaurant right on the island. I so desperately wanted to like it, I went three times. Sorry, even with the friendly owner checking each and every table at least twice during their service, the food just didn't cut it.

La Tabella is a different kettle of fish, (they really don't servce a kettle of fish). On my first visit, I tried the spaghetti with marinari sauce, figuring if they coudn't make red sauce, it will spare me another trip. If a place can't handle the basics, the rest of the menu would follow suit. Happily, they nailed it.

La Tabella offers a large menu that should have something for everyone.

I'll be going back soon.

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Posted by timc on March 29, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Poe's Tavern

I agree with Aleyeat's last paragraph regarding busy nights and getting a table. If you're that busy, put a hostess on the floor. Why should the customer be put in the position to pester other customers by hoovering over them while they hopefully finish. And then it happens to you when you're winding down. Hey, but it's Poe's... Like Paris Hilton. Famous for being famous.

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Posted by OnTheMark on March 27, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Poe's Tavern

Have been here many times, but never a review. This can serve as a compilation I guess. Food: menu is small but the burgers and tacos are good. I have probably ordered the tuna tacos 80% of the time, mahi tacos 10%, and burger the rest of the time. All are good and safe bets. My wife orders the buffalo shrimp salad most of the time. Also, fries are some of the best in the area.

The beer at Poes is OK, decent amount of drafts, but most wasted on inane products. I have also been here when the draft system has been down, the beer tasted flat, and have also got a different beer than I ordered. For the most part though, the beer was served acceptably.

Last time I was there, I was squinting to see what was on tap when the bartender said the list is on the board. The list on the board is firstly not up to date and secondly only lists the brewery not the beer. This is something I find more and more with uneducated servers. I have ranted about this before. When asked what beers they have, they answer with the name of the brewery and omit which style. This probably comes from their macro upbringing in the beverage industry. Nobody ever says which Budweiser is that on tap? Needless to say, I never did find out what Kona was on tap although I wouldn’t have ordered it anyway. A second thing that happened after the first bartender left (shift change) was a server asked the bartender which Southern Tier and where it was from? This is a tourist destination so they were likely looking for a local product. The bartender did tell her the type, but just said I don’t know about location, not “so and so knows” or “I will find out.” Anyway, I told her Lakewood, NY and she looked at me and said “is that really where it is from?” I was thinking no, I go around to bars and make up places when people ask where a brewery is from. Minor point: most, not all of the bartenders think they are something special. Servers have been better.

The last item that is a peeve is when they are busy, it is a crapshoot for a table. You are forced to hawk over people trying to guess which one will finish first. Sometimes, if you have good Karma, a table opens up as you walk up, but then you probably gain bad Karma because there is likely someone else somewhere else in the place who has been waiting longer. The answer to this is they are busy enough where they don’t care, just be forewarned.

Will I go back, duh, yes. I just wish they cared more about the customer and the beer.

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Posted by ALEYEAST on March 26, 2010 at 10:49 AM

In the site of the old Mcaffrey’s Pub, which didn’t last long. Was there once and was unimpressed. This is a review so don't complain about the length. If uninterested, don't read.

Not much décor change, inviting enough although I can see someone wiping out off the ledge of the sidewalk after a few pints too many. We sat at the bar which is divided in two, unchanged from the Irish Pub. Met right away by a bartender and we digested the beers available which where on a menu (not updated) and also on a chalk board with prices (marvel concept). Menu and beer list were one in the same, time and again these places need to realize print a cheaper beer list cause it is going to change. I think they have 16 taps total (4 nitro) but 2 were empty. The list included Stone IPA, Victory Storm King, 2 taps of Lite, 2 taps of Allagash White, Sierra Nevada Big Foot, 2 taps of Guinness (nitro), Bear Republic Apex (the reason we came), Bells 2 Hearted, Young’s Double Chocolate (nitro), Dales Pale Ale, and Avery New World Porter. Not a bad varied list, I’d say they are now the best tap list on DI, Laura Albert’s would be second only due to limited number of taps, but this is a tavern and LA is not very comfortable to sit and have a beer. Also, a halfway decent bottle list is available.

A group of guys were indulging in craft beers, saw a Hopslam bottle and several other pints being consumed, a good sign.

On to food, the menu has a bit of an identity crisis. Why do the people who open these places need 5 standard entrees? They have a Poe’s-like Chicken or Burger area and a limited appetizer area that could use some work. We were snacking so we ordered the Fried Green Tomato Stack, Orange Soy Wings, and sliders (supposedly good burgers here). Fried green Tomato Stack was the best of the bunch but was pretty tiny for the price. The wings were non-offensive and served with additional sauce on the side. They just didn’t have a lot of pop in the flavor and the sauce really didn’t hold onto the wings. Two other flavors were offered, buffalo and BBQ, which we didn’t try. The sliders were a bit of a disappointment as they were quite dry and overcooked and only 2 came to the order where 3 is usually expected, not mentioned on the menu ($1 extra for cheese). Additionally, the burgers came with mustard and ketchup, no pickles or any other topping which may have taken some of the dryness away. Fries that came with the sliders were advertised as hand cut and they were quite tasty.

I say we will definitely be back and I wish them good luck. Again, a beer menu with write-ups could be easily done and I think I would invest in knocking down the divider between the two halves of the bar. One thing I did see was a guy next to us order a Weihenstephan Hefe that was on the bottle list, but not on tap, and they didn’t have it any longer. But, the bartender offered him a taste of Allagash White right before I was about to recommend it to him, instead of just waiting for him to make another selection. That’s a bartender who knows a little something about what he’s selling, which is refreshing.

Posted by ALEYEAST on March 26, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Best pizza in Charleston? are you kidding? While I can name at least 5 better places, the only one you need to go to for REAL NY pizza is La Pizzeria. Hands down the best in charleston. I grew up in Boston and guisieppis would not last 1 day up there. Stick with their sandwiches and wedgies, which are pretty good.

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Posted by max on March 24, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Re: “FIG

FIG is an interesting place. The menu is great with lots of fresh choices. However, the portions were tiny and expensive. I was not expecting a huge plate full of food but considering that sides are extra I expected the entree to be filling. I'll probably try it again since the menu was so good but hoepfully I can find someone else to pay!

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Posted by possumjc on March 15, 2010 at 3:35 PM

I visited Soda Water today for lunch. I arrived around 11:30 and left about 12:10 and was the only person there the entire time. Ordered the special hamburger of the day, a mushroom, swiss, and grlled onion with fries. I was not given a choice of how I wanted it cooked and it came out well done, more than what I would have chosen. No lettuce or tomato and had to ask for condiments. Pre-packaged seasoned fries, nothing special. For $9.50, I would have expected more. Had to ask for more water. Dirty, and I mean dirty restroom. Obviously not cleaned from the night before or this morning. All in all, not bad but could have been so much better.

Posted by Shotgun on March 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Mike Calder's Buffalo Pub

Solid spot for a good guiness and good food. Went for dinner last week. The menu is nothing special, the usual bar type food, sandwiches, burgers, etc. I got the rueben. It was pretty good. The bread maintained it's integrity nicely and didn't flatten panini style (which i can't stand) after being toasted on the grill.
All-in-all, a good spot for a bite to eat, drink a couple beers, and watch some sports.

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Posted by joshl725 on March 8, 2010 at 11:38 AM

I am really in between 3 stars and 4 stars. I have now been here a couple times. The bartenders are always very friendly. Friday night, had a great conversation with one about basketball. The $10 steak as mentioned above, great deal. Stopped in for dinner, got the steak, cooked very well, very tasy and it came with fries which were also great.
Friday night they had a reggae band which was a ton of fun! The band was awesome and I hope they have them come back, make it a regular thing.
They have some pretty good beers on draft too. I really can't find anything to complain about at all. They also have a pool table making this a great place to hang out with friends or to come for dinner.

Posted by joshl725 on March 8, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Morgan Creek Grill

Great place for a sunset dinner. Better in the off season, but that goes for most places in the chs area. Have dinner then head upstairs for a drink and take in the sunset. Food was good and service great.

Posted by I Like Food! on March 7, 2010 at 2:17 AM

Re: “EVO

I don't know about "best pizza in charleston" but that's only becuase I haven't tried it all yet! Went in for lunch and ordered the margherita pizza. It was delicious! I moved to Charleston from DC and these pies definetly rival the famous 2 Amy's in DC. EVO is definitely worth it for the pizza. Also got the arugula salad with procuitto; light, delicious, perfect starter to the thin italian style pies.

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Posted by joshl725 on March 4, 2010 at 9:48 AM

My wife and I came in last night for the grand opening. We actually didn't know this place was even here. We pulled in after seeing the guy on the corner putting up the grand opening sign. I admit I know little about beer, being a Blue Moon and a PBR kinda guy. I was quickly told about the Allagash which I enjoyed very much. The Bartender, Kevin, was very nice and quite helpful.

We came in at the time that they were setting up a little tasting buffet. I really enjoyed the onion rings and the spinach dip, though it was a little runny . The crab cakes weren't as good as most I've had, but my wife loved them so maybe it was a matter of taste.

The menu is okay. Not the best, but not the worse I've seen in a pub. Qasadillas and natchos don't fit on a pub menu in my opinion. I also would have liked to have seen a few stables on the entree menu, Shepard's Pie and the like. I ended up having the fish and chips and my wife had a burger. We both really enjoyed our food, my fish was cooked a little too done, and I did not get the blue cheese slaw the menu said came with it, but the batter was good with lots of pepper which I like, and it was so much I didn't even need the slaw. My wife's burger was perfect to the T and the fries were good. We really liked the peppery ketchup we got with the fries.

I know the place is new and just opening, but I would like to see some more entree type items on the menu, not just fried food and sandwiches. All and all we had a good time and enjoyed our food. We'll be back, I'm sure, but probably not at night again. This seems like a great place to come for a quick in and out lunch.

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Posted by Skywise on March 2, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Quyen

The best Vietnamese (only?) food on the island. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no sense of urgency from any of the staff. I want to love this place, but it is painfully slow. Vietnamese restaurants in D.C. are so efficient the meals arrive almost too quickly. Maybe as they get busier they will get faster. Two of the dishes we ordered were unavailable the last time and when I inquired as to where the dish was they said the reason we didn't get it is because they didn't have it. I actually watched the server ask the chef about the dish and he dismissively waived his hand at her and said, "Go away." Amazing.

Posted by Jasonian on March 2, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

Service was severly lacking~even sitting at the bar. A friend of mine sat at the bar to place a to go order and was never helped after getting her first drink. She ended up ordering a take out from another restaurant while waiting. Food is good as long as you have the patience.

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Posted by JINATIVE on February 24, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Re: “The Bagel Shop

My wife and I went to the Bagel Shop this morning to give it a whirl in hopes of a good bagel place downtown. Having to drive over the connector to James Island is inconvenient sometimes. Here is my review: Bagels were just okay. The everything bagel didn't have much "everything" on it and my wife's sesame bagel didn't have 1 sesame seed on it, which I found to be odd. There cream cheese selection is outstanding and is definately homemade. This made up for the okay bagels. Now on to the service/ordering part...it was completly unorganized. I think the shape of the store has something to do with it. I had no idea where to order and there were not any menus visable. However one of the employee's saw that I looked confused and helped me out with the menu and took my order. The guy next to me got skipped by 4 or 5 customers behind him and seemed confused as well. My order came out fairly quick so I was off. I wish I had tasted my coffee before I left becasue it was luke warm. Coffee needs to be piping hot...not warm.

Overall, the bagels are better than any other bagel downtown, but not as good as Bagel Nation (or whatever its called now) on James Island. I'll give them an exception on the service since they just opened and hopefully will work out that kink.

Posted by max on February 20, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Cru Cafe

I love the food at Cru, it's a great place for a lunch date before going to work. However, last week we went in at 11:45 and there was only one other table. It took an hour and ten minutes to get out of there. Other people came and went while we waited. i understand things happen but it should at least be acknowledged by the staff. I think they lost our ticket or something...

Posted by devilsadvocate on February 6, 2010 at 1:09 AM

Re: “Carolina Crust Gourmet Pizza

I think the comments are a tad bit extreme. The chairs around the tables are uncomfortable, however, the bar stools are great. The pizza is wonderful, especially "The Joe". You can find anything to complain about if you want to. I do hope that the owners will pay a little bit more attention to the service. You have an excellant opportunity going for you. The menu is delicious. You tend to have a dissappearing act going on there though. Sometimes it seems like it may be a "Serve Yourself" bar.

Posted by Joyful on February 5, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Midtown Bar & Grill

I have visited twice before, once at 10pm on a Friday and again at midnight on a Thursday. The bar itself is nice with a cool outdoor patio in the back. The bartenders are OK, not the best, not the worst. Both times when I visited all the bartenders were males, no cute girls. The service was good and the bartenders are on par with the rest of Charleston I would say.

The bar itself has a good crowd, typically a younger crowd. I rate this bar as average, a neat spot but offering nothing really new or special. I don't see what they have to offer over the neighboring bar O'Malleys, which has much better food and service and doesn't feel as cramped.

Overall I would give a three-star rating

PS Beware of testimonies by users who registered the same day as the review and only have 1 post.

Posted by twa318 on February 3, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Bushido

We made a special trip from Summerville to try out Bushido. We normally go to Wasabi in Summerville once a month and we would previously go to the one downtown before they expanded, and Bushido does not measure up to either of them.
We visited on a Friday evening and expected it to be busy, which it was, and the wait wasn't too long. Noise was pretty extreme so don't expect quiet conversations. My wife and I both had miso for an appetizer and along with the blandness I didn't enjoy the paper towel in my soup. We had 4 different types of sushi and while none of them were bad, none of them stood out as particularly good.
I think that Bushido is marginally better than Tsunami but definitely not better than either of the Wasabi's we have visited. If you are local or enjoy the carryout then I guess convenience is nice, but we are choosing to stick with Wasabi for our monthly sushi fix.

Posted by Chad D on February 2, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Blind Tiger

Three stars. The pub boasts a decent beer selection, and the bartenders are professional, efficient, and courteous. On the other hand, management is quite the opposite. Home of the infamous "bar stool bandit." You know who you are. Ladies and gentlemen, don't dare leave you seat. If you do, then be prepared to head for the street.

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Posted by Seatless in Charleston on January 29, 2010 at 10:33 AM
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