Not sure if it was because it was restaurant week or what, but I was expecting a lot out of this restaurant. My appetizer (crab cake) was pretty good, but those I were with (there were a total of 8) were just simply unimpressed by there courses. The entree was decent honestly, but my friends at my table seemed to be picking at their food somewhat, and my entree definitely had something left to be desired. 82 Queen has a reputation for being one of the better restaurants in Charleston, which means a lot in this city, and unfortunately there was nothing to set it apart (except for the whopping price--Thank goodness for restaurant week). Needless to say, I probably won't be going back to pay regular prices for mediocre food.
Also, something that really bummed me out was that I had tasted the mac & cheese from 82 Queen at the Charleston MacOff, and it was absolutely phenomenal there. When we ordered a side at the restaurant, it was nothing like what they were serving at the competition. It was still good, but at the MacOff it was oozing with different types of cheese and had all sorts of spices and collards mixed in with cream cheese and absolutely baked to perfection. Tonight I was served something that I could've made (probably better, honestly).
Overall, pretty unimpressed, and yes, I understand that restaurant week is busy, but when you run and operate a really nice and well-respected restaurant, restaurant week isn't an excuse to slack off on service or the food, and my party definitely have had better elsewhere.
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Next time I see him I'm buying 25 bags of peanuts. If anyone organizes something to raise money to help him out, please let me know! I would love to help. I love his spicy peanuts!
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