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Re: “Grimaldi's

Best Pizza I have EVER had (besides when living in Rome!)

Posted by jillfleischer on November 6, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Re: “DeSano Pizza Bakery

I shared a couple of pizzas with two friends recently and they were intersting artisan pizzas and the setting at the big tables was nice. I will go again - price was on higher side but all and all I found it to be a good experience.

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Posted by MayorPoinsett on November 6, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Halls Chophouse

No, Linda. There is clearly an organized effort behind what you're doing. You do realize, don't you, that you post after every positive comment or any curious comment about your negative fixation on Halls?
After 2 seconds' worth of searching, I found this:
Halls Chophouse
434 King St., Charleston, SC 29403
8437270090
93 visitor photos
Ranked #1 of 695 restaurants in Charleston
4.5 of 5 stars 825 Reviews
Travellers' Choice award winner Travellers' Choice® 2013 Winner Restaurants

Heh. So out of nearly 700 Charleston restaurants reviewed on Trip Advisor, 825 people volunteered to mention it's the best restaurant in town.
You're really going to have to ramp up your efforts to smear Halls on a larger scale if you'd like to have any effect at all.

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Posted by landsnark on November 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Halls Chophouse

Those are tourists sites and plenty of tourists have bought into Halls, no argument there. The vast majority of locals dissaprove of Hall's. That's why on a locals site you have a overwhelmingly negative opinion of Hall's. If those people went there more than once or twice or talked to locals who know the place and the family, they would obviously have a different opinion of the place. Plus, you are grossly exagerating that there are no negative reviews there, just not as many. Hall's has a well known negative reputation in Charleston, that's why so many locals avoid the place.

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Posted by LindaCHS on November 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Halls Chophouse

It is hard to believe that any place could be this bad and survive so I looked at yelp and trip advisor and there is not one single negative review nor one negative comment about the family.

In fact the reviews are glowing. something's fishy here.

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Posted by martin stuart on November 1, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Red's Ice House

horrible place, food is sucks, service is slow. i was there yesterday to watch halloween contest. i do not f.. believe that winners had no costumes won. Judges eliminated really good costumes like everybody's favorite rednecks couple. i believe winners were friends with bar stuffs or judges. worst halloween contest ever ever ever. highly not recommended. place needs to shut down.

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Posted by Jeremy Spencer on November 1, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Halls Chophouse

Notice everytime there is a poor review by a real person on here, a Hall or a member of their staff will pop up with a magical 5 star review, look at the pattern. Just look at the top comments about Hall's and the number of people who agree with the comment (like it) to know who is running the fake campaign here. And that would be you.

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Posted by LindaCHS on October 31, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Re: “DeSano Pizza Bakery

The joint needs a lot of work...Pizza isn't the best....Who can judge pizza? Everyone likes something different....They make it too difficult to eat in.......They cannot cook a pizza in 60 seconds, if you need to eat it....

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Posted by Therealdan McKelvey on October 31, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Halls Chophouse

Seems like someone in town has organized a campaign to attack Hall's on this board, (Charleston is still a very small town-not surprised at this). I've been there four times and found both the service and the food to be excellent. Special requests were handled were handled with alacrity. Found the family members to be very nice. Would definitely go again.

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Posted by Michael J. Pate on October 31, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Re: “DeSano Pizza Bakery

I thought this place would be awesome because it smelled so good inside and its off the beaten path away from the typically overpriced restaurants you find downtown. Pizza was okay, a bit burnt, but was way overpriced for the location. You can't buy pizza by the slice and you can't remove any ingredients so don't go here if you are a vegetarian. When I asked why you couldn't add/remove ingredients the manager or owner said it was complicated ... ? They should do a better job explaining this one if my pizza can't be free to be the pizza it wants to be. The girl at the front desk also joked that all the ovens have different "personalities" some like to burn the pizza, some undercook it, and some are just right. I got the burnt one.

The layout was awkward and lacked atmosphere. Waited 10 minutes for the girl at front desk to make a cannoli and then she forgot to make it with the other customers cannoli's. All and all it left a lot to be desired, like my cannoli that I didn't get.

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Posted by Kensie Whitfield on October 25, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Jestine's Kitchen

So...Teddy. Why write anything at all?

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Posted by chassc2011 on October 24, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Jestine's Kitchen

This restaurant closed temporarily and has now re-opened. My wife & I went there many times before it closed and always enjoyed it. We have not been back since re-opening so can't comment on how it is now.

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Posted by Ted Behling on October 24, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Sweeney's

So many weird reviews here! I feel the need to state the following before I share my review: 1) I am not a "Kiawah Snob." I'm a multi-generational middle-class Islander, ok? 2) Get over the location. Mondo's on James Island is ASTOUNDING and they're located in a "strip mall."

So, onto what's really important: THE FOOD. On one occasion, my friends and I share the reasonably priced apps: Mushroom Toast (sounds GROSS, but it's delicious) and the Roasted Apple. The apple was stuffed with this really delicious dressing that was neither too dry, nor two "glue-y." (I've been the victim of stuffing with a paste-like Consistency and was thrilled to find that not to be the case here.)

After a few more drinks, we ordered another round of that damn mushroom toast and I ordered this apple/onion tart. (A very apple-centric menu?) Delicious, delicious, delicious.

During this trip, our service was EXCELLENT. Our waiter was attentive, friendly and really nice. . .especially considering that we were just there for drinks and apps.

I tried Sweeny's again during lunch hours. My lunch-buddy, a visiting Long Islander, took on the Lobster Roll. . .which, I will admit, is too rich for my blood in regards to what I'm willing to spend on lunch. However, my LI buddy said the lobster was delicious and just as good as anything he's had at home. I took on the $10 barbecue chicken sandwich and found it pretty good. My chicken was a teeeeeny bit dry for my taste, but it was really good. Fries = DELICIOUS. Hot, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside.

Drinks/beers = cold and never without one!

Service = the first time, it was stellar! The second time, totally passable, but not up to the previous visit's standards.

Location = despite the yammering on about how it's located in a lowly strip mall, they've done a fantastic job with renovations and it's really very lovely. Anyone bitching about the location needs to get over it, get out and travel a little. I've eaten some of the most delicious food in some of the ugliest surroundings.

I'm looking forward to getting back there and trying other things on the menu. I suppose if you have to travel a long way to get there, it might not be your thing. But it's SO NICE to have another "on the nicer end of casual" restaurant on John's Island (even if it's practically across the street from the OTHER "nicer and of casual" [Fat Hen] restaurant on John's Island and not too far from the OTHER-OTHER nice restaurant [Wild Olive]).

If you're out that way, it's definitely good enough to give it a try. The prices aren't hot-dog cart low, but they are NOT as high as some people have suggested. (Not everything on the menu is a lobster roll.)

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Posted by Happier on October 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Eclectic Chef

Recently ate at Eclectic Chef... WOW! All I can say is WOW! What a wonderful sandwich. I ordered a sandwich and salad combo - nothing like any combo I've ever eaten. So much food for the money. Everyone was so friendly.. Great food and Awesome service! How can you not go back?

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Posted by ChazCub on October 18, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Re: “The Shelter Kitchen + Bar

The Shelter Kitchen and Bar is definitely not what I was expecting when I walked into it. As another bar on Shem Creek I was expecting fried seafood and all the other standard foods, but I was wrong. Their appetizers (which are half off on happy our or on Monday nights after 9 for food and bev night) are fantastic. The fried pickles and okra was amazing with the in house made chipotle ranch, and so were the Low country Rolls! (basically a spring roll for southerners, collards, pulled pork, and mustard based BBQ sauce). Even just the basket of fries I've had there before was great, it comes with a really fantastic garlic aioli.

The burgers are huge and superb. About 7 different choices for toppings, and you can opt out of a burger for a chicken breast, fried chicken breast, veggie burger (which is great) and even a Portabella mushroom. I've only had my burger cooked incorrectly once, and it was underdone so I sent it back and they actually recooked an entire burger instead of heating up my underdone burger. I was very impressed with the time it took to get food to the table, (as well as drinks) and the reaction time of managers to get out to the table to make sure problems are taken care of in a proper way.

Drinks do take a little while. But if you look at the bar on any given night, they may seem understaffed at some points. If you order your drink when you're 2/3rds done you will never wait on a drink. If you wait until you're done and then have to wait for your server to get back around when this place is packed, I can understand how people would think its bad bar service. But in reality its just its shear volume of people there. Maybe I just do this cause i'm in food and bev myself. But as a server, I enjoy going to The Shelter Kitchen and Bar, happy servers, happy people, happy managers, and a great overall atmosphere. Will be there again, and again.

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Posted by Xaak on October 15, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Sweeney's

I am a fourth generation Johns Island native and in no way am I a debutante. The food is spectacular, the staff is well taken care of, and the ingredients are chosen with the utmost care. If you want a negligent underpaid disgruntle jerk ,that hates his job slopping your burgers together, then go do that. Sweeney's takes care top to bottom. The lowcountry lacks service and pride in the food industry. I am relieved to see our little island taking pride in food. $11 a burger with a fabulous side made by hands of people who have a passion for food and can afford to eat there as well; hell of a deal!!

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Posted by AnnaC. on October 12, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Sweeney's

Had a great steak dinner. The wait staff and owner very friendly. Would recommend to friends. Not a once a week eatery. Eat there for special
dinners.
Try Southern General at the end of shopping strip for good burgers, sandwiches and beer. Also great people.

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Posted by lil' dave on October 11, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Re: “DeSano Pizza Bakery

The layout is indeed confusing, there needs to be a giant "ORDER HERE" sign when you first walk in. But the service was GREAT, from the front of house to back of house. Pizza was really, really great too - and I personally prefer a really thin crust but this regular crust was excellent. I had the Verdura, if you're a veggie lover this will be right up your alley. Great for large groups and kids.

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Posted by Claire OB on October 11, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Morgan Creek Grill

I have been going to Morgan Creek grill for several years. Haven't ever thought much of the service or the food, but love the location. After enjoying a nice afternoon downstairs at the Creek with friends I learned a few days later that they had charged my credit card twice. I called immediately and after speaking with 3 people was transferred to Carla Pope the "manager" who told me "it was a busy day, it was a human error." I totally agreed. Carla said they would refund my credit card for the second duplicate charge, so I asked that the restaurant also pay the expenses they incurred because of their double charge and Carla refused. She told me "its not our fault you can't manage your money." What? As a local who has frequently Morgan Creek Grill for years I cannot believe the outrageous attitude and behavior Carla exhibited. Where is the service recovery? After speaking with the bank today and no refund has been processed I will be contacting the fraud department.

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Posted by Debbie Hendricks Padoll on October 10, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Fuel

Fuel - Cannot leave a star rating as we were never served.

Just recently, on a past September Saturday afternoon, the weather has turned beautiful, and we strolled the neighborhood and stopped in at Fuel.

Red Flag #1) People standing around unattended. Not crowded, open tables & seats @ the bar. Multiple customers milling at entrance. No Hostess. A sign turned sideways...One side says, 'Seat yourself' the other side says, 'Wait to be seated". No one knows what to do. We seat ourselves in the courtyard.

Red Flag #2). Wait staff walking around but never acknowledge your presence. After several minutes I took a serve yourself approach and went to the bar. No one behind the bar. Returned to seat, waited a couple minutes. Continued to be ignored by wait staff. Go back to the bar.

Red Flag #3) No bartender. Waited. Waited some more. After about 6-7 minutes a bartender appears. Pretends I am not there, walks around the entire bar filling glasses & chit-chatting. After attending to all the customers already served(2 -3 minutes), he comes back to me. "What would you like?"...'May I have a menu please?' He hands me a menu & walks away. Menu lists draft beer and it is obviously inaccurate as I can see taps that are not listed on menu. I guess informing me of 'seasonals' & guest taps is not part of the deal. Since has turned his back on me, I'm not waiting again to inquire.

I go back to my table and ask my party about ordering. We agree to leave. WORST service ever is not fair...again, we were never approached by wait staff. Completely unprofessional & no interest in going back, I could understand poor service if they were busy, but not the case here. Another neighborhood establishment on my Blacklist.

Posted by FOBofSC on October 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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