Nanobeerz - you are correct regarding Smoky Oak's food. It is poor - pretty much everything on the menu is underwhelming. Among other mistakes: they use far too much sugar in all their cornbread, batter, etc.
The BBQ is poor to put it mildly.
But I find their beer selection pretty good - you kind of need to know which of the taps are new and which ones are old. But they have a nice selection of tall boy bottles too - things like Rogue Chocolate Stout, etc.
This pretty much sums up their food:
Last few times I have been to Smoky Oak to have a beer with friends, I stopped at Barberito's for a burrito first.
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Tara: please take your knee-jerk ideas back where you came from. Or to Orlando or Dallas-Fort Worth.
We "binyahs" have NO desire to become the next Florida (an ugly state indeed). And it is OUR efforts over the past decades and centuries that have built and sustained Charleston and the Lowcountry. You seem eager to destroy the proverbial goose laying the golden eggs (i.e. Lowcountry quality of life) in a headlong quest for a fast buck.
You also seem to miss the fact that Texas is able to do without a state income tax because of massive oil and gas royalties that SC will never have. Florida is able to do it because of reasons that include large-scale tourism fees and taxes - that we can never hope to approach, particularly on a statewide level.
So without such large alternative income streams, how do you propose to replace the massive loss of revenue to our state coffers that eliminating the SC income tax would cause? Perhaps you have the magic flat tax or something equally ridiculous in mind...
Also: chasing "baby boomer retirees" is a Faustian bargain. They don't pay for as many services as they consume due to lower incomes, lower taxes paid, etc.
Will - you forgot to mention that Ashley Landess and the SC Policy Council have been doing great work on this issue. The SC Policy Council and League of Women Voters are BOTH looking out for the public on this one!
Thanks for doing your column without the potty-mouthed obscenities we have to suffer from Chris Haire.
Mr. Haire's points are correct, but his inability to refrain from obscenity-laced columns is getting tiresome.
The F-bomb and other obscenities added nothing, and instead put a puerile stink on the whole piece.
Sorry - but I only GIVE AWAY money to CHARITIES, not for-profit businesses...
Most businesses that cannot afford expansion costs either GET A LOAN or SEEK INVESTORS!
One word description: lame.
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