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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Modern American

Re: “Edmund's Oast

We ordered both charcuterie plates, and they were both solid. The beer selection is solid too. I went in June, so maybe it was the timing, but the crowd seemed very touristy, middle-aged, and well-heeled. I'm 40 and I was younger than most people there. Maybe my preconception of beer gardens as unpretentious, neighborhood places skewed my feeling, but I really did not feel very relaxed there. I couldn't imagine hanging out with my friends and just having a good time. And some of the beers were a dollar or so more expensive than I've seen them other places (like the Oak Barrel Tavern).

Another reviewer mentioned feeling ripped off on Upper King St. I know how he/she feels, since I've had that experience too. I wouldn't say I felt ripped off at Edmund's Oast; it just felt like I was being sold an up-scale brand that I didn't need or really want to pay for.

I do think I have to read more reviews before I check out new places. Unfortunately, a lot of them seemed aimed more at tourists with money to blow rather than locals just interested in a good meal and drinks.

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Posted by Native Ink on July 16, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

I've been there several times. Speaking focused on the food, beverage, decor and service while ignoring the prices, I had a great experience each time. Staff is knowledgeable and helpful. But my one reservation is the price point. The small plates have almost always been tasty, but $11-$14 for really small plates, or $12 for the same beer that other establishments of good quality charge $6-$8, that does annoy me. I know EO doesn't need my business, but I would go more often if prices were tuned down a bit for middle class folks.

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Posted by Dr. Giggles on July 14, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

Went here for the first time last week after hearing about it and was pleased with the experience. Apps and entree's were a hit. Will be back!

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Posted by JDChas on July 13, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Stars Restaurant Rooftop and Grill Room

My boyfriend and I ate dinner here a few weeks ago on a romantic getaway to Charleston. We chose Stars because the menu sounded good, the weather was nice, and they have a rooftop bar. We made a reservation, were seated promptly by a friendly hostess, and were excited to try the many delicious-sounding menu options.

Our high expectations were not met, unfortunately. It was extremely loud inside the restaurant, to the point of not being able to hear each other screaming across our small two-person table. Additionally, the bruschetta and flounder tasted like the Dead Sea. I didn't have high blood pressure when I went here, but I could very well have left with it, considering the ridiculous amount of salt in these dishes. Upon "finishing" our meal, and sending nearly the entire plates of food back to the kitchen, no one bothered to ask us if there was anything wrong with the food.

The lesson I have learned from this experience is as follows: if you want a fun drink and a cool rooftop atmosphere, this is the place to go, but if you want a delicious and romantic meal, look elsewhere to one of the many fabulous Charleston restaurants.

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Posted by ELS1013 on April 1, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

My review was about my experience. I found the food is overpriced, the portions small, it was so loud we practically had to scream at each other over the table, and the clientele was extruded from the same vintage cookie cutter. Maybe I hit it on the night of a scenester convention. Regardless, that was my experience. Yours may vary, which is why I think it's good for a wide variety of people to offer different points of view. What works for some may not work for others so it doesn't make either of us wrong.

As for "hating on top restaurants," I'm guilty as charged. I don't like being ripped off, end of story. That's how I feel about virtually everything on Upper King with the notable exception of Prohibition. Also, "top" and "popular" are not synonyms. Top is subjective and, as I said above, people have different opinions.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on March 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

Ima Oldman, but the space IS gorg. It's totes gorg. FYI you can also use totes as an adjective like "That's so totes" or even a verb like "totes me that beer". I should have used it in my rev above because it's the perf abbrev.

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Posted by Claire OB on March 26, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Re: “The Granary

The Granary is new to my neighborhood, and I am so thankful it is there. This place serves up some of the best charcuterie in Charleston, with an equally awesome dinner menu. Do yourself a favor and get the duck confit wings. Pricing is fair for the quality, and the atmosphere feels very much like downtown CHS. I still need to try the fried chicken on Monday nights. It is nice to see such a classy joint move into Belle Hall shopping center.

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Posted by brewengineer on March 25, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

"Bwengineer, please don't feel so obligated to rush to the defense of any negative comment about a local beer joint. We all get it just by the name you chose. You're too predictable."

I see you have read 0 of my reviews. I caught a lot of crap for not giving Craftsman 5 stars. I only defend places that are being judged because of unrelated issues (like clothing of the customers). Old man, why not just write a review of your own? I stand by my opinions of the quality of food and drink at this establishment. Having been there 4 times now, and tasting my way through the entire food menu, I feel that I have experience enough to write my own review. But by all means, feel free to judge based on comments about skinny jeans.

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Posted by brewengineer on March 25, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

Claire, when I read your comment about "yum" small plates and "gorg" space, my head filled with James Earl Jones and "totes McGoats" and along with your skinny jeans, I think THAT was what the first reviewer was talking about. His comments about the food were spot on. They may be "yums" but they're not truly representative of the menu, and the prices are a bit more than 25% high in my opinion. Bwengineer, please don't feel so obligated to rush to the defense of any negative comment about a local beer joint. We all get it just by the name you chose. You're too predictable.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on March 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

Small plates are yum. Space is gorg. I love skinny jeans but the previous review is really confusing. If my jeans made you dislike the restaurant I apologize?

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Posted by Claire OB on March 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

I am not sure what the previous review is all about, but I am guessing there is a common trend from all the hating on top restaurants. My 3 experiences at Edmund's Oast have all been fantastic. I will go ahead and state that I don't own a single pair of "skinny jeans" or even loafers. I do have a lot of love for craft beer, creative food dishes, and especially charcuterie, which is exactly what the Oast aims for in clientele.
First, let's talk about the beer. Beer is the focus of this place, and it is unique in many different ways because of it. Edmund's Oast is not just a brew pub, but also an amazing beer bar. The brews on tap at this place will impress anyone who loves craft beer. And the selection isn't just focused on rare beers like Cantillon and JW Lees from Europe, but they also keep a nice supply of local beers on tap. I also like that they are sticking to unique beers for the house production brewery, as this doesn't step on any toes in the local brewery scene. If beer isn't your thing, the mixed drinks are pretty tasty as well. I am hooked on the Red Wedding, as bourbon is my go-to outside of beer.
The food... well, that is almost better than the beer. Chef Andy is creating some wonderful cured meats, which is an art much like brewing. At this point, I have tasted almost every item on the menu. The highlights, other than charcuterie, are dishes like the pumpkin custard, lamb meatballs, burgers, and porridge. I even enjoyed the hearts and gizzards dish, which was a first. The very first time we visited, I thought the porridge was a bit too salty, but that was quickly fine tuned to a more balanced salinity. Some of the dishes may be a bit small, but they are "small plates" after all. I still felt full after sharing a few with my table.
Finally, I think it is worth noting that the ambiance is very relaxing in EO. The wait staff is always attentive, and the restaurant always feels very clean. The decorating was all done with taste, and even the bathrooms felt high end. I have been to this place dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, and I have been there with a button up collar shirt. Either way, I never felt out of place. I hope the Oast keeps the energy going that they have shown in their short time in the Charleston restaurant/beer scene. I know that I will always be recommending this place to any new visitors.

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Posted by brewengineer on March 19, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

We went on a cold, rainy, weekday evening a couple of weeks ago. Edmund's Oast had only recently opened and it was packed, which we expected. The space was nice and you'd never know it used to be a decorative hardware store. As soon as we walked in I knew it was the wrong place for me, though. I don't own skinny jeans or a plaid shirt with snaps. I don't wear loafers without socks and a sweater around my neck. These trappings, along with a zeal for obscure pale ales, seemed to be key components of the clientele.

We were seated at a communal table and given menus, which we could barely read between the very low light and the poor choice of font. I hadn't heard of any of the beers so I had to ask for something that wasn't hop-driven since I don't like bitter beers. The server recommended two and I chose one at random. It was pretty good but not especially memorable.

We ordered a small charcuterie platter ($12) and roasted Brussels sprouts ($6) to start. For main courses we tried the seared triggerfish ($26) and miso rubbed pork loin ($26). Both the Brussels sprouts and charcuterie were tasty, but both portions were very small. The triggerfish was slightly overcooked and a minuscule portion, but tasty. The miso rubbed pork loin was cooked nicely but also small and almost devoid of flavor. Miso packs a punch but it was completely missing. The dashi had not even a hint of the smoky ham hock flavor that was promised. I love pea pistou but this tasted like a parsley chimichurri instead. In general I felt the food was okay and had potential but was overpriced by about 25%.

I wouldn't mind going back when it warms up, sitting outside at a table and having a beer, then moving on somewhere else for a meal.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on March 18, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Re: “The Granary

Downtown Charleston finally Eats in Mount Pleasant!!
Terrific dining experience with comfortable service and stunning food. Long have we needed a place on this side of the bridge to be proud of!

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Posted by seastararts on February 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Prohibition

I have not had the pleasure of dining there yet, but will tell you that each of the six or so times I have been, I have been able to hear my friends talking, which is uncommon in most of the bars on upper King Street. Sitting back Saturday night and watching a good looking defense end looking Charleston boy show off his shag moves to his girl was just wonderful. You could tell, his mother taught him well. Other your me tried to free style to "Carolina Girl", which just did not cut it with their ladies or the crowd. Girls gathered and swayed, waiting for a guy to come and ask them to shag. They were pretty and the guys just did not get it. That was sad. However, the other fellow stole the floor and he knew it.

Being able to see the jazz guys that used to play at Mistral from afar is awesome and I would never think that I would have seen that in a bar on Upper King Street. Even DJ Matt Todd was setting up as I was leaving, who could often be heard at LIGHT, Peter Evans' place down the street (of Stella Nova fame..) He will nail what the crown and the bar wants - and keeping it on the low key and not loud side will continue to be a pay off for this place.

Finally, NICE ladies at the entrance to meet you, greet you, and help you get a table and identify if you want food service or just drinks. Nice to have someone paying attention to you in a lovely way at the door - the way that it should be.

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Posted by Mitchell Crosby on February 5, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Sweeney's

We came into to Sweeney's restaurant tonight for the first time and had the BEST service and the food was AMAZING! All four people in our party cleaned our plates completely with no left overs (which is never the case). The atmosphere was very cozy, CLEAN, and friendly. I already plan on going back later this week!

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Posted by Alison Lazarus on January 19, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Cypress Lowcountry Grille

My husband and I stopped in to Cypress for a cocktail and an appetizer prior to our reservation at Blossom for Restaurant Week, the bartender had no problem expressing his negative opinion of restaurant week. I understand the discontent at having lower total sales therefore lower tips, but for the hour that my husband and I were at his bar we were the only customers so due to Restaurant Week, the bartender made a bonus $10 tip ($35 check) off of people that would not have been there on a normal Sunday evening. Every dollar counts, not just for those receiving the tips, but for those giving the tips as well.

Restaurant Week gives us a chance to try something different, and a good reason to treat ourselves. If you feel that the restaurant is not being properly showcased with the special menu, speak up. I have to believe that the star chefs of Charleston do not want their Restaurant Week menus to be their dirty little secrets. Restaurant Week is a chance for locals to get out and try something new, why not showcase your best dishes on these menus? I would not find a smaller portion of your award winning dish unreasonable when the special three course menu is the same price as a regular entree.

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Posted by danadominata on January 13, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Circa 1886

I took my wife to Circa 1886 for our anniversary and had the best time. As we live in Atlanta, I always recommend Circa 1886 to travelers. People say that it is off the beaten path but I am a believer in "The Road Less Traveled" - and it made all the difference!

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Posted by Philip Echerer on January 10, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Re: “McCrady's

After reviewing all the comments and giving each its implied rating, then averaging the total comment ratings, it appears McGrady's earns 2.7 stars. This would indicate you have about a 50-50 chance of enjoying your dinning experience there, and it will cost you dearly whether you win or lose on your visit. Realistically at the prices indicated, I would have to be assured a 4.5 star event before I would roll the dice on this place.

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Posted by Streetlaw on January 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “McCrady's

I will have to agree with the new years review we thought we would give the place a try thinking that since it was new years it would be extra special. What an absolute waste of money. Our new years was ruined due to the bland over expensive dinner that we had at McCradys. It is sad when you are sitting at a 7 course dinner at $150 a person and thinking maybe you should have just paid $100 for an open bar and h'ordeuvres elsewhere with more of an atmosphere and live entertainment.

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Posted by driver15 on January 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Re: “McCrady's

I was at McCrady's last night, New Years Eve 2013, for dinner with my date. The food was absolutely awful (it was a 7 course chef's tasting menu). Each plate was priced at $150 for a total of $300 for both of us, or so we thought. Our waiter asked us if we wanted to have wine that complimented each course, which we did. At the fourth course, we were so disappointed in the quality of the food that we elected to leave without having the last two courses. The food was that bad. I was stunned at the poor quality, and the experienced ruined our New Years Eve celebration. So when our bill came, we were charged almost $600 dollars for the disaster that was McCrady's restaurant. That's right, $600 dollars for two people. I am a resident of this area, and I can say that the meal we had at McCrady's restaurant was the worst I have ever had. I would not even to be able to rate this experience as a one star.

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Posted by grappler on January 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM
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