I'm sorry, don't care how "authentic" the food is, those chincy red and white checkered table cloths have got to go. They scream "Welcome to Genaro's", or even worse La Fontana!
Actually went there twice- OK the first time, second time smelled smoke, looked up, and realized that there were nicotine addicts sitting right across the bar from me.
Outside, but still blowing smoke into the bar.
I complained, left, and never returned.
Troll, for someone who dislikes in/out bars, or funding them, you seem to have a lot of experience dining at BB. Keep on fighting the good fight, but don'tt inflate your dining experience.
As someone who dislikes smoking just as much as Troll, I can honestly say that me nor my gaggle of children who dine there frequently, have been affected or even noticed smoking. It is not even close to the dining area.
My complaint is salt. I feel like I need a gallon of water after I eat there. I may be ordering the wrong items, everything seems highly salted. It is a chill, kickback place. A nice conversion of a previous restaurant. Hope it stays successful.
I will, however, continue to post warnings about places with these in/out bars, or open roll up doors between the smoking and non- smoking areas, such as seem to be so prevalent in Mt. Pleasant.
People need to be warned about those places where they are not properly protected from secondhand smoke so they and their families, especially their children, can avoid these places.
Those who don't give a shit are welcome to ignore my warnings and patronize those places anyway.
I really don't give a shit myself about what others do to themselves, but it is not acceptable when their behavior is damaging to my health.
So smokers ( and vapors!), take your poison outside and have at.
Establishment owners, stop trying to circumvent the smoking ordinances, protect your non smoking majority of customers, and your employees, by making sure that we are not exposed to that poison.
Try sitting at the bar across from the open windows to the outside bar, where the addicts sit and blow smoke in at you.
If they would keep those windows closed, and the outside smoke outside, then I would no longer have a problem with that place.
As long as the smokers and the smoke remain outside I'm good.
"The problem isn't outdoor smoking, it's the smoke being blown inside where it isn't supposed to be."
Why not bring this up to the management?
"If you go there, you are exposed to poisonous tobacco smoke.
Not smoke free, not acceptable."
I have been there a few times and never once had an issue with smoke. I am all for the smoking ban inside establishments, but I don't have any issue with it outside. Many places I visit allow smoking outside, and I have never had issues at these establishments.
"Have you seen a lot of people going into cardiac arrest at B&B or something?"
Nope. but then again, I never saw anyone working with asbestos back in the day keel over from Mesothelioma, nor have I seen anyone eating a burger immediately die of a heart attack.
The problem isn't outdoor smoking, it's the smoke being blown inside where it isn't supposed to be.
And yes, I do take my business elsewhere.
I've been there, and many other bars and never been bothered by people smoking outdoors.
I'm not one, but many people enjoy smoking while they are drinking beer or liquor, which like cigarettes also contains unhealthy and potentially addictive ingredients.
Automobiles are spewing poison more poison than smokers every time you walk down the street downtown. Its not a big deal for 99 per cent of people apparently.
Have you seen a lot of people going into cardiac arrest at B&B or something? Usually if I don't like a place I go elsewhere rather than trying to dictate to people how they should run their business.
If you go there, you are exposed to poisonous tobacco smoke.
Not smoke free, not acceptable.
"Another one of these useless places that try to circumvent smoking protections by having one of those horrible in/out bars."
While I don't like smoking, I don't think their intention with this bar is to get around a smoking ban. I majority of their customers don't even smoke. They are going for the whole Beergarten theme, that is so popular. Popularity comes from the fact that Charleston has pretty nice weather (except for today). My only complaint is that their beer prices tend to be on the high side for a James Island bar.
Another one of these useless places that try to circumvent smoking protections by having one of those horrible in/out bars.
You are on one side of the bar trying to enjoy your drink and food, the drug addicts are on the other side, technically outside, blowing their poison in at you.
How is the veggie burger?
Hope those holes in the driveway have been paved over or you could break and axle and lose your lunch at the same time.
No one has mentioned Rue de Jean?
I recently watched an episode of Belly Up that came in a helped the failing restaurant Cork turn into the restaurant Cannon. All I can tell you is that I won't choose to patronize this restaurant for no other reason other than the Exec Chef has no pride in her work. Any chef that is okay with allowing their kitchen to fall into such filth just doesn't care. You can rename the restaurant, assemble a new menu, and paint the walls, but that chef's character is the same.
It is often said that character is what you do when no one is looking. In this case, the chef chose not to care about her kitchen and, as a byproduct, the customers.
Personally, I don't think we can have enough French dining options in the Lowcountry. I'm a fan of French cuisine. Does anyone remember Beaumont's down on Cumberland? It wasn't the best French restaurant but I do miss it.
True French cuisine and the associated preparations are just fantastic. Complex preparations are not always the best offerings. Basics like a really good terrine, a solid charcuterie plate with a house-made saucisson, the simplicity and complexities of a slowly braised chicken or short rib, or a savory duck rillette on crostini. All delicious. This time of year, a ratatouille with all the local summer veggies is amazing.
Don't get me wrong, if someone wants to reincarnate a well-executed salmon and sorrels to tip their hat to a French classic, I would order it up without hesitation. Or even a pot-au-feu to celebrate family French offerings.
Bring it all.
I loved the Cork Bistro....watching the episode now....we'll see if I try the new place....
But remember that Le Medi and the brown butter flounder and the monkfish with the tarragon cream sauce...is gone. La Fourcette and the amazing hanger steak....is gone. Mistral, the only place I think that still served a proper artichoke, and the amazing smoked trout salad with oranges, is gone. Marianne has been gone for way too long. Then there was Lafeyette that started out as the Sugar Reef Cafe on Folly and then opened where Sermet's is now, is gone. What a Coq au vin with the little salad and pomme fritte they had. Thierry! So missed. He showed up for a hot second at some place on Bohicket Road and disappeared. Magic! SO - we have a hole that has quickly been filled. I am pleased and looking forward to supporting our franco-restaurant community. After all, the french are a large part of our history, from the Huguenots leaving catholic France to Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, providing us with support during the American Revolution.
Just finished dinner here. Everything was amazing! Chicken with black bean sauce was the best I've ever had. Put this one on your list!
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