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Comment Archives: Stories: Food+Drink: Restaurant Reviews

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

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

I'm with you, Ron! Honestly was thinking the same thing-exact same food but owned by Sean Brock and it would be the most outstanding thing ever! I've been to this Sermet's location and personally thought the gnocchi was amazing and not just fine.

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Posted by sarmstrong2002 on October 27, 2016 at 3:39 PM

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

"residents are willing to overlook subpar cuisine in favor of an inexpensive night out at a place within their neighborhood. Factoring in the cost of the food, parking, and the time it takes to sit in traffic, it's no wonder James Islanders aren't willing to make the trek downtown on a random weeknight."

Or maybe James Islanders just don't buy into the City Paper-perpetuated hype that food has to be glazed with Sean Brock's ball sweat and Mike Lata's taint shavings to be good and are perfectly fine with the low key culinary atmosphere as it stands.

And not sure what reality you're living in, there is hardly any traffic heading from JI to downtown on a weeknight.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on October 26, 2016 at 4:19 PM

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

..."overworked salad"

"It's inexpensive"...
($24 for 3 scallops....$19 for 3 bites of tenderloin)

"the first bite tasted like I was eating a sauted orange rind. "

"The sauce was the exact same flavor as Papa John's pizza sauce."


THE SCALLOPS -

..."were so salty that I was grateful that there were only three of them"

..." suffered the misfortune of being seasoned with a heavy hand. The risotto, conversely, was not salted enough and still possessed the telltale crunch of being under-cooked. "


THE TENDERLOIN -

"Unfortunately, the only flavor that I could taste was the smoky grill grates "

"The first bite wasn't so bad, but after forkful number three I was perfectly fine with foregoing the meat to pick at the pure."

"They are barely as good as they need to be to attract an audience."

...." Sermet's food is fine. Not excellent and not awful. Just fine."

"I've realized that the food is just fine and that's actually fine."

SO...although there were a few positive notes on the dishes at Sermet's (i.e. the eggplant) , I can't help but Wonder how this critical overall review still allows this restaurant to be rated as "just fine" It seems to imply that James Islanders less discerning palates will be OK with this kind Of "mediocre" fare. Is it possible Sermet's is just kind of getting a pass just for being around for so long downtown?

Ultimately I can't imagine how this Cuisine will consistently appeal to the overall demographic of James Island.

Time will tell.

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Posted by Mike Cheatwood on October 26, 2016 at 2:21 PM

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

It's nice to see something different than the usual food review in this paper praising every single restaurant as the best thing ever. (See the article about Le Farfalle's $50 cheese).

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Posted by stronghand on October 26, 2016 at 8:21 AM

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

She obviously had issues before she went there , the food is outstanding !

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Posted by Paul Luman on October 26, 2016 at 7:30 AM

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