Best burger ever. Still miss it.
I don't know much about the steak sauce since I don't eat steak on the rare occasions I am forced to eat at Hall's. But I am sure that it is overpriced and that Billy Hall shook the hand of the person who made which is enough for me to make sure never to touch the stuff
$9 bucks for steak sauce that has the flavor profile of Heinz 57 and A-1? Or I can pay $5 for a bottle of A-1 and Heinz 57, combine them together to make a sauce with the same profile. Twice the sauce, half the cost.
A wise man once said "this is why we can't have nice things." The management of each of these breweries made a respectable decision because eventually you will be punished for expecting Joe Public to exercise good judgment. No, morons, your shy dog that hates loud noises and gets protective on the leash is NOT the dog to bring to a noisy, crowded brew pub!
This is probably the most critical step that the Charleston F&B community can take to ensure the long-term growth continues. I'm living proof that it can be done as well, and it's not for everyone, but those who want and need it will take advantage, and it could be a great example for other cities!
A lot of people with dogs are like a lot of people with children. They tend to overestimate their friendliness and intelligence and lose all capacity to reason why there are some places it may not be appropriate to bring them. Not to mention the people that neglect their children and pets usually think the rest of society should bear the burden of those deficiencies.
Wow, I just read this...I thought dogs were not allowed at all inside. So I was surprised to read this. But owners should know their dogs to begin with. My previous dog, who was about 70 lbs. loved people,but did not get along with other doggies. So, I could not take her to places. Dog owners need to be responsible. They make it bad for responsible ones. I now own a Yellow Lab, who I started to train when he was a puppy. Labs, tho are so so gently anyway. He would not hurt a fly. It is a shame that some dog owners hv to ruin it for the rest of us.
Looking forward to the opening. I could actually walk here from my house.
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"The dogs bark but, the caravan moves on."
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.
.... creative food
Every visit we enjoyed delicious, reative food and cocktails plus affordable wines. What's not to love?
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.
Eight months ago I pointed out that after less than a year the BBQ restaurant fad had given way to Nashville Hot chicken and I predicted that most of Charleston's restaurant hacks would be chasing a new fad inside a year. I predicted the Hot Brown, tots got here first and everybody has to have their variation now.
Connelly - here's a road trip: hop Amtrak going North, switch trains at Penn Central in New York to the Adirondack Limited and ride it to the end. This time of year the ride through the Adirondack Mountains along Lake Champlain is absolutely breathtaking. Then when you arrive in Montreal, take the elevator up four floors from Canadian National Station to street level, hail an Uber and have the driver drop you off at the nearest bar, any bar. Walk in, order a Molson Red and a poutine. When the bartender hands you your food tell him you ordered poutine, you love poutine, and this is nothing at all like the poutine you've had back home in Charleston. Demand that he bring you the real stuff.
"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.
.. Continue to spread misinformation tupper..
On average, those in the bottom 40% of the income spectrum end up getting money from the government. Meanwhile, the richest 20% of Americans, by far, pay the most in income taxes, forking over nearly 87% of all the income tax collected by Uncle Sam.
($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.
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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