Red Orchid rocks. I have not eaten inside the restaurant in a year, but I call in my orders every couple of months for pickup and the food is always ready within 15 minutes. Ive been doing this for 3 years now. I have lived in NYC where the quality of Asian restaurant is far greater than those in the area, and this is the only place in CHS that comes close to having great Chinese food. One of my barometers in measuring the quality of a restaurant is tasting the soup. The hot and sour soup at Red Orchid is the best in town and no Asian place comes close.
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If you are advising them to return up north, perhaps you should join them shocksplicer. After all, you are not showing much southern hospitality.
@foodmancing is no better than the person telling the blogger to go back up north. Anyone care to share with me a restaurant in West Ashley or James Island that has the same affordable offerings that Luckys does? Maybe Triange? I cant think of one without a buffet or one that wont break the bank. There are so many ways to experience food and to dismiss a restaurant because of its category is outright foolish and ignorant. There are a ton of seafood, Italian, Chinese, sushi, bbq, etc. spots in the greater Charleston area. Is Foodmacing staying away from such fares as well? Lucky's is filling a void. I guess foodmancing would prefer another Applebees or maybe something new like a Macaroni Grill. Im willing to bet that foodmancing hasn’t even looked at the menu.
Restaurant Week is indeed a little overrated. It almost comes across as the only time to dine out for locals. Not all RW menus are created equal and worth the investment. Dont get caught up with the name of the place, and look over the menus before making reservations. We are blessed to have so many incredible restaurants in our city. As far as popular restaurants not taking part in the offerings, all the restaurants that participate are part of an organization that pays yearly dues. Why participate when you have no trouble filling seats and the fees are high?
Zia, I agree with Josh that you need not worry. Your concept is authentic for the Lowcountry in a city that lacks authenticity. Your food continues to shine and that is what will keep you around for a long time. Unlike Josh, I admire your passion and willingness to address what some may view as a hindrance. As a consumer, it is encouraging to see that you take every critique seriously and are not resting on your laurels. Keep doing what you do. You have outlasted many restaurants in the 843.
We need to get, AT THE LEAST, one of our city's Chefs on this show. The casting crew will be at Marion Square on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday starting at 10am. They are hitting up all the big markets, and we need to show everyone that Charleston can compete with NYC and LA as a dining destination. Let's spread the word by making all our fine culinary artists aware of this opportunity and encourage them to audition. Step up Charleston!
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