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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: “Karen Stabler, Caviar & Bananas

Congratulations on your success Karen! For those of you who do not know them, Karen and her husband Trey are both marvelous chefs and even better people.

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Posted by Robert Gotheridge on February 1, 2017 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Culinary Institute of Charleston looks to high schoolers to increase declining enrollment

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Posted by Raymond Anderson on February 1, 2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Culinary Institute of Charleston looks to high schoolers to increase declining enrollment

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Posted by Raymond Anderson on February 1, 2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Culinary Institute of Charleston looks to high schoolers to increase declining enrollment

ANY debt, so that you can get a $10.00 an hr job, is absurd. if you're willing to work 60-70 hrs a week as a Sous chef, you can make livable money, not have a life, but livable money. Such is the case with C'towns food industry, instead of a raise, they give you the boot, because there are so many restaurant workers out there ready to work for more peanuts.

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Posted by Dan Blake on February 1, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “La Hacienda King Street has closed

Dan, everybody is welcome to their opinion of food quality, but for you to state that a first-generation Mexican immigrant "hasn't a clue what real Mex is..." is just too ignorant to put aside. Have you even met him?

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Posted by BNP29412 on January 30, 2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “The Westendorff to get a Greek makeover

If your looking for a true ethnic food delight Stellas is a must . Being Greek myself it's been along time since I've tasted real Greek home cooking. Can't wait to go back. Love it. B

Posted by irha17 on January 27, 2017 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Here's how to get the most out of your Pounce Cat Café experience

And then??? What about the actual cat experience? Did you even pet a pussy??? How is this not included in this write-up?

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Posted by jennysays on January 27, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Here's how to get the most out of your Pounce Cat Café experience

hmmm, speed dating at a cat cafe... proper dress code is a cardigan sweater?

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Posted by Ima Oldman on January 27, 2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Here's how to get the most out of your Pounce Cat Café experience

What a bummer way to review an awesome place, welcoming staff and happy kitties! Also, providing a social service!! They even have a Speed Dating night which you didn't include. The included drink is coffee, tea, beer or wine - and being honest, eating is not the point of going to a cat cafe. I'm not sure you were the best "animal lover" to choose to review the place - the point is it's a novelty, its FUN and the girls are doing a great job managing demand with their online reservation system.

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Posted by maddie on January 27, 2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Take a look at Fish's new menu

New menu very interesting and broad. Sounds delicious! Can't wait to try!

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Posted by Paula Scholz on January 26, 2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “La Hacienda King Street has closed

All La Hacienda's are really bad Mexican food...Horrible trying to improve to bad....They don't know any better...Even the owner hasn't a clue what real Mex is...There isn't a good Mexican restaurant within 1700 miles, so who cares?

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Posted by Therealdan McKelvey on January 26, 2017 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Here's how to get the most out of your Pounce Cat Café experience

Gee, regarding your comments, this doesn't sound promising for the cafe. We have reservations this week and I'm sure it will be delightful.

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Posted by DaleS on January 25, 2017 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Joseph Jacobson's barbecue dreams are coming true with Wild Hare Smokehouse

Suggestion to Wild Hare. Will you be doing your own Corn Beef and Pastrami in house? If you are, please also offer these by the pound as well. That way I can eat a Rueben there and then assemble another couple of sandwiches later at home when the vegans are sleeping. Menu looks great and I will definitely be over to try it out.

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Posted by Cia Culinarykid on January 24, 2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Former Westendorff reopens as Stella's Greek restaurant on Mon. Jan. 23

I'm nervous. The Westendorf was horrible. Probably one of the worst meals I ave ever had. I was wth 3 other people and we all were in agreement. The service was bad too. Some jerky "hipster". I had written a review on Yelp saying this place can't stay in business long. A few months later , they were closed. I also happen to be friendly with a couple who moved here from Mahattan,who own a two very successful restaurants. One on the UES and one on the Lower East Side. He is a chef by trade,so when I try a new restaurant, I run it by him and his wife. When I told them about my awful meal I had, they said I was not nuts. I also have had the pleasure to meet Nathalie Dupree at some functions I have attended. We both attended Cordon Bleu in London, so we chat about food and she too has been in agreement with my views on food. So I think I know a little something about food.

When I read it was going Greek, I said " oh oh". Being from NYC, we know Greek. NYC has great Greek and bad Greek restaurants. But what they have are great GREEK DINERS. They offer great Greek food at great prices, plus anything else you want. We could use a Greek Diner here. It would do gang busters here. I had read when The Westendorf had closed it was going Greek. I had my reservations. I will try it and I hope I will be proven wrong. The real owners are not here. There is a difference. I only wish them success. I'll have a place for good Greek food.

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Posted by lynnar on January 24, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Joseph Jacobson's barbecue dreams are coming true with Wild Hare Smokehouse

You don't need to worry about them Duke's, now on the other hand JB'sSmokeshack on Maybank on John's Island...

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Posted by Ima Oldman on January 24, 2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Joseph Jacobson's barbecue dreams are coming true with Wild Hare Smokehouse

Yet another overpriced BBQ restaurant???

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Posted by Dukes Barbecue on January 23, 2017 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Bob Carter shutters Barony Tavern citing health issues

Please take care of yourself, Chef Bob. We'll be praying for you and look forward to your return.

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Posted by Singnkitty on January 23, 2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Former Westendorff reopens as Stella's Greek restaurant on Mon. Jan. 23

Thanks Westash. Pardon my mild dyslexia.

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Posted by Kinsey Gidick on January 23, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Former Westendorff reopens as Stella's Greek restaurant on Mon. Jan. 23

It's Stavros, not Starvos.

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Posted by westash on January 23, 2017 at 11:43 AM
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