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Re: “Taco Boy

Anyone who does not make me choose a Sangria or Margarita, but instead puts frozen margarita IN my Sangria, gets my vote. I love the large portion of delicious guacamole - - large enough that I don't resent sharing. The corn on the cob with the spicy sauce is just delicious. And the tacos make my inner foodie very happy.

Posted by innerfoodie on March 8, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Red Drum

Red Drum has traditionally been more of a scene than a restaurant. Recently, however, they have changed course and now offer some of the best food, if not in Charleston, at least in Mt. Pleasant, and at a reasonable price. It's important to note this change, because if you've been before, you owe it to yourself to try it again.

Old Red Drum: Whose Porsche is parked out front? Food is ok. Atmosphere a little stuffy. Check seems very expensive. No, seriously, that's a nice Porsche.

New Red Drum: The economy gets blamed for messing up a lot of good things. There are a few restaurants in town, however, that have had to really improve their quality to stay relevant now that their real estate agent clientele have left and they're having to cater to people with discerning tastes. Red Drum is a prime example of this (also Cypress). When it came time to sink or swim, they learned backstroke.

It is possible to get a great dinner here, both on the cheap or going all out. The pork tacos are bargain priced but pack a real punch of flavor. The fried local shrimp are similarly priced, and are done right. Give me those two on a plate with one of their mojitos or margaritas, and I'm happy and only out 20 bucks.

For the finer dining side, the pork chop is one of the best in town. It's better prepared than Brett McKee's 17 North chop, although it lacks 17 North's delicious smoke. I'll call it a tie, and for anyone that knows to pick a good pork chop over an OK steak, you need to try Red Drum's. Speaking of steak, the hanger with frites is a great example of meat and potatoes at its finest. The scallops are also a solid choice and well prepared. The wine list is good and, while not cheap, reasonably priced.

Even if it's only to try the pork chop, it's worth another visit to see how a bad economy can make a good restaurant.

Posted by K and B on March 4, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Mama Q's Kitchen

Really good fully loaded burgers. Great shoestring fries. Terrific veggie burrito. Neat neighborhood joint. Big promoters of the Lowcountry High Rollers.

Posted by Guy on February 24, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Barberito's

we love barberitos. better than moes - but yet so similar. tuesdays are kids eat free nights - we go often! friendly staff - they always seem to remember us. i always get the steak - whatever seasonings they use, mmmmm! prices are decent, but we will rarely go on a full price night.

Posted by Momto2boysSC on February 23, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

Had a great evening there. Loved the interior, very upscale. Food was very good and had a great time. Friendly atmosphere. Specially enjoyed the murals. Perfect touch.

Carolyn and Bob

Posted by Carolyn2yahoo.com on February 17, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Patat Spot Friet & Falafel

I had the Junior Falafel and a large fry that, due to an ordering mix-up handled the best way possible, came out as a full-size falafel and jumbo fry. Score!

The owner, savvy with her condiments, comped us an additional sauce to go with our curry sauce (mayo)... curry ketchup. I'm ethically opposed to regaling ketchup, but it was a delicious addition. The fries were not super crispy like you'd find from a peanut-oil fryer, but were still irresistible based on the quantity of remains: zero.

The falafel and pita were fine... I don't have a lot of basis for comparison for falafel. However, the broad selection of toppings that you can fire-at-will (in one trip only) into your pita really made it worth the while. Baba Ghanoujj, hummus, spicy feta, Israeli salad, avocado salad, tabbouleh, and several other things made it onto our plate. All were flavorful with the right combination of tastes that were far more than just salt and/or canned boredom.

On the surface, the prices seem high, and for the fries it is true. However, the toppings bar takes the falafel value all the way up to "great." Nicely done, Patat Spot!

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Posted by factoryconnection on February 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Eurasia Café and Wine Bar

Went for the 1st time last weekend. There were 4 of us and everyone was pretty happy.
The fried oysters appetizer was just "ok" from one dinner companion. Nothing special about it.
The beef tenderloin carpaccio was good but not as good as the one at Ole Post House.
The Edamame was "edamame" but the lemon was a nice touch.
Two thumbs up on the Grilled Romaine Caesar Wedge. Damn good salad and the croutons were dynamite! Yes, croutons!
Two thumbs up on the Granny Smith Apple, Warm Brie & Prosciutto Salad.
Another person had the Grilled Steak & Cheese On Toasted Ciabatta and he said it was good.
Two thumbs up on the Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels with Pernod and the Chinese Vegetable Spring Rolls.
The biggest problem we had at Eurasia was the "loud factor". Granted it was a Saturday night but O_M_G it was LOUD.
We will all definitely return, just not on the weekend.
Eurasia is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood.

Posted by Little Nell on February 8, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Re: “The Ice House

Great bar for hanging out with friends and enjoying drinks at a resonable price. The staff all knows your name and treats you as part of the IceHouse Family. Good selection of music that isn't played at a level that you can't hear yourself think. Will give it 5 stars when summerville goes non smoking.

Blaine

Posted by blinginblaine on January 31, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

Liked the atmosphere and new look. Menu could be expanded, but everything we ordered was very good. Overall a great place for drinks and light fare. Has it's own parking area, which is a plus.

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Posted by ReasonableDoubt on January 30, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Red Orchids

Red Orchid rocks. I have not eaten inside the restaurant in a year, but I call in my orders every couple of months for pickup and the food is always ready within 15 minutes. Ive been doing this for 3 years now. I have lived in NYC where the quality of Asian restaurant is far greater than those in the area, and this is the only place in CHS that comes close to having great Chinese food. One of my barometers in measuring the quality of a restaurant is tasting the soup. The hot and sour soup at Red Orchid is the best in town and no Asian place comes close.

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Posted by Cockytalk on January 28, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Opa Café

Really enjoy this restaurant and staff! The gyros are divine and the appetizer meatballs(not sure of Greek name) melt in your mouth. The lemon chicken soup is tasty too! Wasn't satisfied with an entree and let the staff know. It was replaced immediately.

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Posted by marybeth_sc on January 26, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Kaminsky's

My boyfriend and I were slow to be seated, and I think they were understaffed for a Saturday night, but the hostess and waiter were both very pleasant. I shared a pot of raspberry tea and the delicious cappuccino chocolate torte. I was surprised to find that they had comped our dessert to apologize for the wait!

Posted by jessicabcd on January 23, 2011 at 2:51 AM

Re: “Runaway Bay Restaurant

Went for a staff lunch early January and unfortunately was the only one to come away thinking it was just "ok." I'm easily pleased but really disliked having to carve my own jerk chicken plate (grissle and something slimey were abundant). The flavor was enjoyable, however. The salad was colorful and the house dressing (ranch with curry) is definitely worth a try! I had a bite of the house desert, some sort of cake steeped in rum with ice cream and it was very, very tasty. The entree prices were as expected, around $10-12 but only about 5 different choices. Desserts were the same price as the entrees. Service was great and the view was enjoyable, even in the rain. Based on me being the only one who got the crap chicken, I'd recommend it, but I'd only go back if someone else were paying.

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Posted by jessc4343 on January 18, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Buddy Roe's Shrimp Shack

I've been going to Buddy Roe's for about 4 years now and absolutely LOVE IT!! They always have great entertainment and good food. Love the outside deck. If you want to dance the night away this is the place to come to. Ronnie and Kim Johnson are very good, down to earth,honest people. I very highly recommend Buddy Roe's. Diana Talbott

Posted by dtalbo61 on January 12, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Zia Taqueria

I can't wait to go back. It was past lunch hour (after 2:00 p.m.), on a rainy Saturday afternoon. I have always believed that a good way to test the mettle of a restaurant is to go there when it’s slow. During the busy lunch/dinner periods, things usually go well, since the restaurant is usually in a rhythm. But when it’s slow – fewer employees, people are beginning to think about the end of the shift and starting to clean up, then things can slip.

When we entered the restaurant we were a little confused about what to do. Do we wait for a hostess? Do we seat ourselves? And then we looked up and saw a small wall menu adjacent to the bar and a sign that told us to order there. There were seats at the bar open and we decided to sit there. It was still confusing. Was someone going to wait on us? We glanced around the restaurant, still uncertain.

Small, not overly themed, with about 30 – 40 seats, plus the bar and an outside patio, light music played in the background.A very quiet atmosphere, but then again, we were hitting it at a rather slow time.

The bartender came to take our order. It surprised me that there were no sparkling bottled water options, so I made due with soda water. I would normally have tried a margarita but we were heading to a Christmas party later that night. We started with a Chile con Queso. Before we could just about blink it was in front of us along with fresh salsa and chips. That was fast!

The Queso was made with pepper jack cheese, red bell pepper, garlic and white wine (I’m stealing this from the menu, as I would never have remembered everything.) We could not wait to dig in. It was by far one of the best Queso dishes I have ever had (I lived in Dallas for many years and there are many great Mexican restaurants there…). Warm, smooth, colorful and it had a light kick to it. Nice.

The only downside of our appetizer was our service at the bar. We never received any silverware, plates, napkins, etc. from our bartender. At this point I was still a little confused as to whether it was self serve or full service at the bar. The lack of service put me off a bit.

We rustled up plates, etc. from a nearby condiment station. The service style continued to be confusing. I finally realized that if you place your order at the register you received a number and your lunch would be brought out to you. If you were seated at one of the high tops in the bar area or at the bar, the bartender would wait on you. No prob, we were too busy enjoying our appetizer.

Although the bartender seemed to know some regulars, she became animated only when she spoke to her colleague that this was the last day-shift (thankfully), that she had until a week from Tuesday. We did ask her how long the restaurant had been opened, (2 yrs.), if she was one of the original hires (yes, there is very little front of the house turnover), and how business was (good, we’re pretty busy, especially during the holidays), but otherwise, she didn’t speak to us. Isn’t she supposed to be paid for her wit and charm?? Guess I'm used to a bit more interaction from bartenders.

Our lunch included a 10+++, super star, unbelievable, can’t-say-enough-about-it sandwich and another item. Here’s the scoop. But first, we had to ask for silverware to begin eating. Urgh.

We ordered the Carne Asada (thinly sliced beef) Tortas Mexicanas. The menu description hardly does this sandwich any justice. It was served on fresh baked telera bread that had been toasted. It is topped with black beans, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, avocado and cilantro jalapeno spread (again, a direct steal). PLUS… it is served with a small, grilled corn on the cob topped with melted butter and sprinkled with fresh, grated cheese.

The sandwich is massive, easily the size of a small dinner plate. By the time I went to ask to try the corn, it was gone. All I kept hearing was, “Wow, this is something.” Now, on to what I ordered for lunch.

The carnitas quesadilla’s presentation was just lovely, (ut oh, that's like telling someone they are about to go on a first date with they have a nice personality…), overstuffed and served on a fajita-like cast iron skillet. It was accompanied by “cream” (similar to sour cream only thinner), homemade guacamole and a very spicy jalapeno relish. It looked sensational. But alas, the pork inside the quesadilla was dry and not very warm. The cheese had melted nicely, but having the carnitas just luke warm took away from the meal, especially since it tasted great.

It was however, the type of meal that you know you should stop eating, but just can’t. I only ate ½ of my quesadilla, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. The sandwich was MIA before you knew it.

Every time I have a meal somewhere and plan to write about it, I drop a card that says, “Read our thoughts @diningaroundcharleston.com.” As there have been some hidden gems that we’ve really enjoyed. If the experience was great, I want them to know and hopefully enjoy and share my thoughts with the team, if it wasn’t that great, I hope that they take it to heart and know that I am just being honest in what my experience was like. Hopefully, they can also fix a few things.

Sometimes I get a note from the owner, GM, etc. She/he will explain what happen if we’d hit a speed bump, or thank me for my thoughts and invite me back. I’ve even received an email where the owner was YELLING at me for what I wrote and questioned "Who do you think you are??" (I responded that I was Jane Q. Customer, and I helped to pay his mortgage, staff, keep his lights on and his suppliers happy.) But here’s the interesting part.

Within minutes of leaving, Kevin W. Grant, the owner/chef dropped me an email. He thanked me for dropping the card and visiting the restaurant, hoping that everything was superb. I applaud his pride of ownership and concern about his brand. I would go out of my way to recommend the place (and already have). I can't wait to go back. View more of our comments at http://diningaroundcharleston.com

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Posted by susieg on January 7, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Re: “O'Brion's Pub & Grille

Great atmosphere. Friendly and attractive staff. Many beer selections and great food for pub fare. Highly recommend.

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Posted by Jess123 on January 6, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Poe's Tavern

When we know we want a quick bite at a place we can always count on to deliver, we head to Poe’s. You know that when you order your favorite item it’s going to be delivered to you quickly and “Just right”.

We decided to go to Poe’s on a Sunday when most restaurants serve Brunch only, and brunch just wasn’t grabbing us. Poe’s is a typical beach bar on Middle Street in Sullivan’s Island. It sits among a few restaurants in a one block area. When other restaurants might be slow, Poe’s is most often packed. There is seating on a two level patio outside, and even on very hot days the crowd overflows to the patio.

I personally don’t know the history on Poe’s but it appears that it has been around since Moby Dick was a guppy. It was apparently founded to preserve the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe. It’s a nondescript place, old tables and chairs, some community tables and high tops, a large draft beer selection and t-shirts for sale and the burgers are named for Edgar Allan Poe stories like the "Tell-Tale Heart": fried egg, applewood bacon, and cheddar cheese. Like I said…… nondescript. T don’t let that put you off.

Their menu is limited, which is a good thing, for this is a place that does a few things great, not good, but great. My husband and I ordered our usual, chicken sandwich for me burger for the big guy. There are a variety of ways that these can be ordered and so we decided to go with the special of the day with a little twist. The special was topped (either chicken or hamburger) with Pepper jack cheese and fried pickles. I ordered mine topped with Cheddar cheese and fried pickles as I never had a fried pickle before.

Although somewhat routine as we always order the same or similar items I’ve found that when I’ve ordered other menu items I’m disappointed and missing my old friends. Our sandwiches came out quickly and were perfect. The fried pickles… were off the hook! The bartender (we were seated at the bar), was quick to ensure that everything was to our liking. The bartender himself is also a fixture at Poe’s. We’ve been going there for six years and he’s almost always there. ‘Don’t know his name, but he’s always there – another thing we can count on, good service.

We left with full stomachs, a very small dent in our wallet and a smile on our faces. When you go there look past the surroundings and directly to the menu. You won’t be disappointed.

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Posted by susieg on January 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Foster's Pub

This bar is a WELCOME change from the stuffed up and stuck up locations around it. (Not naming, but you KNOW what I'm talking about) The atmosphere is worth the trip here, and a good time is usually had by all. The great beer selection is impressive, and the jukebox is instant-fun.

I've been in roughly 15 times, and have come to the following conclusions:
-The bartenders here do NOT care about women sitting at their bar. While I understand that women generally tip less, I wonder if these bartenders aren't propagating that problem. (I'm a waitress myself, and never tip under 20%, but the service here remains consistently inattentive and cold.) I would not mention this if it had only happened to me, but it's a consistent assumption here. Other people have said it as well.
-If you are not a regular and you come in late night (after 10pm, they close at 2), prepare to be the last priority in the joint. The servers are closing out, and downing beers at the end of the bar with the still-working bartenders. I get it, after a long day you want to unwind. But this means that the bartenders and owners are all crowded up and getting wasted, and won't be taking a drink order from you for a WHILE.
-Don't order cocktails that require a shaker. Usually it will have the taste of whatever shot was made before still left in it.

So as long as you sit down at the bar realizing that the service isn't going to wow you in any way, you're in for a good time. It's really just a gaggle of people looking to get drunk. Don't try to make it into an experience of anything else. And don't get hustled in pool.

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Posted by LCDawgs on January 5, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Husk Restaurant

Husk does the Haute Down Home thing well, in a highly attractive package and hits most of the high notes.

1. Excellent presentation, atmosphere, design and setting
2. Copious bourbon list, good draughts, didn't look at the wine
3. Attentive and very good staff
4. The entrees were $22 and up... at this price point I expect consistent "wow." The food was very good but not consistently exciting: the beef tenderloin was the chief culprit. My duck came with this quinoa and butternut squash side and the whole thing was delicious. The cornbread and "finest hams" appetizer were both really terrific.
5. EVERYTHING has meat in it. The cornbread has bacon (YUM), the butter has pork reduction, the veggies have pork. That's not a complaint, just an FYI.
6. The bar doesn't have the capability of making anything interesting for pregnant ladies. Another down-check compared to other downtown competitors. A small complaint, meaningless for most.

I was a little confused as to why people go to $120/couple meals and dress like they've just wrapped up errands at the mall. I'd say half of the patrons were dressed too casually. Yeah, I know... it's Charleston, but these weren't all tourists.

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Posted by factoryconnection on January 4, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Sorry, Jaxx. I've lived in NYC. Still like Andolini's.

Posted by sarahhope56 on December 31, 2010 at 6:19 PM
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