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Comment Archives: Stories: Food+Drink: Restaurant Reviews

Re: “Sermet's provides James Islanders a comfortable dining outlet

So us James Islanders are not only lazy, but are fine with mediocre food. Pretentious ass.

Posted by Billy Burnett on March 16, 2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Chef Michael Toscano serves near-perfect food at Le Farfalle

Not the cleanest joint in town!

Posted by Therealdan McKelvey on February 25, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Re: “goat.sheep.cow.north is the stuff of cheese-lovers' dreams

Now this looks great!!!!!

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Posted by lynnar on February 9, 2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Go for the hummus at Istanbul Shish Kabobs

I voted for Trump and I like this restaurant. Food and politics aren't related (and it's a very safe assumption that the owners are either Americans or lawful residents in the process of becoming Americans - "biased towards...the American owned establishments of downtown Charleston").

Posted by Cid95 2 on February 6, 2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Go for the hummus at Istanbul Shish Kabobs

First of all, I would like to ask: what did this restaurant ever do to Vanessa Wolf to deserve such a scathing, demeaning review? This restaurant never attempts to compare itself to a James Beard award winning chef-of-a-restaurant. It's homestyle, comfort food. It's family owned- not fancy trained chef food. It's not pretentious. It's delicious, comforting, delightful in all the right ways. And I am proud to give them my hard earned dollar, because the people preparing and making the food from scratch deserve it. It's fresh, it's prepared right in front of you. Compared to most of the southern style eateries around here, I would venture to say it's even a healthier choice rather than "gritty & greasy" like Wolf claims. I feel like this review was highly unfair, biased towards the fancy American owned establishments of downtown Charleston rather than good down-home cooking. I would argue that Charleston does not have a diverse enough food scene, so why give this restaurant that actually adds something new so much grief? In a trump era presidency, where diversity from the middle east is on the line, a review like this could serious hurt a whole family's livelihood. Support this business, and when you're there, get the mixed grill platter and add grilled vegetables and the spicy grilled tomato salad. Charleston City paper: rethink who you want covering small, family run ethnic restaurants such as these.

Posted by Angela Blake Flory on February 5, 2017 at 5:39 PM

Re: “The smoky meats are promising, but some of Swig & Swine's dishes could use improvement

You must have gone on a bad day. While I kind of agree with the judgement of the wings and the ribs, the brisket and smoked turkey were to die for. I could barely move the brisket from the platter to my tray and ended up using my hands because because it was falling apart and unbelievably juicy. And the turkey... I'll start by saying I'm not really a fan of turkey - but this, this was something else. There was so much flavor and it ended up being one of my favorite meats. And the pork belly. The pork belly was amazing. Looking at it I wasn't too sure, but after taking a bite I was hooked. The only thing that was a bit dry to me was the ribs. I can't even comment on dessert because I couldn't save room for it with all the delicious meat in front of my face. The sides were good (we chose baked beans, mac n cheese, and coleslaw), the baked beans were definitely the favorite. I would highly recommend this place as it is some of the best BBQ I've ever had.

Posted by Coldfists on January 17, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Has Boxcar Betty's mastered the chicken sandwich?

I was going to try it, but after seeing reviews I think not, especially if the stuff is greasy

Posted by Gale LeBlanc on January 3, 2017 at 5:57 PM

Re: “An Orangeburg family spawns a loosely connected barbecue empire across S.C.

Interesting reading, definitely. My only slight recommendation is that people refer to the different Dukes restaurants simply as "Pepsi Cola Dukes" or "fire station/Chestnut Dukes."

"Hey, wanna get some Q?"
"Sure. Pepsi plant?"
"Yeah, meet you there."

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Posted by Richard Walker on December 18, 2016 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Three years on, Rutledge Cab Co. has secured its Upper Peninsula spot

I sorely miss the original flatbread, the briskit burger, eggs benedict, and meatloaf(special). The newer items on the menu are good-ish, but not to die for like those referenced.
I used to eat there a lot, but now only once in a while. AND my favorite bartender Paige hasn't been there for a while.

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Posted by jhark on December 14, 2016 at 6:29 PM

Re: “The smoky meats are promising, but some of Swig & Swine's dishes could use improvement

I truly enjoyed my meal in the Charleston, SC restaurant. Their collard greens are, without a doubt, the best I've EVER had in my life. I would go back in a heartbeat. My only suggestion is that they put cornbread on the menu!

Posted by Gail 1 on December 12, 2016 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Blind Tiger's upgraded look and menu work

nice look, nice menu, but that makes it not the Blind Tiger

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Posted by Ima Oldman on November 30, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Re: “McCrady's Tavern has plenty of hits and some unique B-sides too

Had lunch at the Tavern last Saturday and enjoyed the food very much. The only caveat was when I asked for a merlot, was told they did not have one by the glass, so I changed to a Malbec and was served a Malbec/merlot blend . . . what the ??? But most disturbing was the fact that the wine was ice cold, colder than the water we were served and I was told when I mentioned it, that it was the proper temp for red wines . . . . ?? really. S. McCarthy

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Posted by Susan Cavalier McCarthy on November 23, 2016 at 4:31 PM

Re: “The bulgogi and banchan are worth the trip to 843 Korean BBQ & Sushi House

This place is capital L Legit. If you like actual Korean food (as in, what you are served in Korea) then go here. I am happy we have such a restaurant in CHS and I've been twice in the past ten days since first trying it.

Posted by Cid95 1 on November 16, 2016 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Blues Burger Joint knows what's up with a steak sandwich

Surprised to hear such poor thoughts on the fries, granted we all know sometimes the fries don't always come out the way we like them, but I love their fries, especially when you opt to add some pimento cheese on top! Those things are delicious. They've also added a salad and are in the process of expanding the menu I hear, so I'm sure there are soon to be more veggie friendly options. Gotta try the Fowl Play chicken sandwich (my fave) and the Cuban as well!

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Posted by GreenLight1078 on November 7, 2016 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Blues Burger Joint knows what's up with a steak sandwich

Sounds to me like you go the Bam sauce, not the ranch. The ranch is actually pretty great, as is the Bam sauce (which many people choose to use instead of ranch). Would think a food reviewer would notice the mix up and not think they were trying to pass that Bam sauce as Ranch.

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Posted by GreenLight1078 on November 7, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Blues Burger Joint knows what's up with a steak sandwich

I like this place, kind of rocks

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Posted by Randall Floyd on November 7, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Sermet's provides James Islanders a comfortable dining outlet

"The dogs bark but, the caravan moves on."

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Posted by Mark Timothy Baker Jefferson on October 28, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Sermet's provides James Islanders a comfortable dining outlet

Your lede is confusing as fuck. I think partly because its based on a large assumption and partly because of some funky logic/wording. "JI needs restaurants because residents don't want to drive downtown for better food." I understand the fact that you think we don't leave the island because of the added inconvenience, even with the assumption that the food is going to be better. It is inconvenient at times, but a lot of people genuinely enjoy dining here. Regardless, you're projecting an opinion that may not be shared by most of the people that live here, which definitely comes off as pretentious. Critique the food as much as you want, but at least try to show an attempt at understanding why patrons come to these restaurants instead of just assuming that we eat here because its a bitch to drive downtown.

Also, to elaborate on my point about logic/wording:
You're basically saying that we need more restaurants. And you know this because you see people eating here instead of DT because of added inconvenience. This does not really prove your point. This is simply some conjecture that you came up with. So yes, maybe we do need more quality establishments and also it could be true that people settle for less for convenience sake. Both points can be true but the latter does not prove the former.

I dunno, there could be something I missed but I've read that first paragraph at least 1738 times and it still confuses me.

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Posted by Brett Ostwalt on October 28, 2016 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Sermet's provides James Islanders a comfortable dining outlet

.... creative food

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Posted by She She on October 27, 2016 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Sermet's provides James Islanders a comfortable dining outlet

Every visit we enjoyed delicious, reative food and cocktails plus affordable wines. What's not to love?

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Posted by She She on October 27, 2016 at 5:01 PM
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