Just order a 1/4 chicken plate and you will be happy... especially if you add an order of plantains. So delicious, so filling. Sure, the restaurant decor is nothing to write home about, but nothing in that area of N. Charleston is all that nice. The people that run Pollo Tropical are super friendly with good service though. If you want good food, check this place out!
As Curtis Brown accurately points out, the City is doing some serious sleight of hand here. What was once proposed as an "overlay zone" to place slightly stricter restrictions on new bars/restaurants is now an outright ban....and yet people are saying the F&B people won?!? While the moratorium is "temporary" (at only 1095 days long), how is that any better that what was originally proposed? As residents of this city, are we really ready to say no new restaurants can open in the next 3 years? While I think some changes need to be made in order to improve the quality of life for downtown residents, outright bans are not the answer. I just hope people speak up at both of the upcoming meetings because this new plan is by no means a victory.
@swampfox...where exactly does it say that bikers are required to get out of the way of cars? Bicyclists have the same rights as cars to use the road, and it is the person driving a car that is required to yield to bicyclists. As a person who rides a bicycle for 99% of my travel on the peninsula, I am happy to be part of the parking solution; however, it's very sad to hear that many people think of me (and others using non-motorized transportation) as problems.
@Thomas Meservey...I love the idea of having people park in the upper neck area. Why spend all this money to get rid of the environmental hazards when we can just park right on top of it! Everyone should park their car outside of the downtown area, swap out for a golf cart and enjoy the urban center that way. I mean, who isn't happy when riding in a golf cart?
So sad to hear this. As much as I have enjoyed many meals at other Ruth's Chris locations, I don't think Charleston needs another national chain moving into the downtown scene. The facts are abundantly clear that a much higher percentage of money spent at local businesses stays in the area economy than when spent at a national retailer (Lowcountry Local First can help clarify this is you have any doubts). Charleston certainly has no shortage of great steakhouses and having a nationally-recognized name will only divest tourism dollars away from Charleston's economy. As much as Charleston wants tourists, the City needs to do a better job of getting said visitors to spend money on LOCAL businesses. Some may say this is just one restaurant and it won't make a difference, but with a Chipotle coming to King Street soon (and several other national eateries having opened in the last few years), Charleston is starting to look like Anytown America - and that's not a good thing.
CityVox....if you are really concerned about the resale value of your house, I'll buy it from you right now - and I'll even give you the full amount that you paid for it. You really think parking is the key element that affects the value of your home? Please don't take this personally, but you have to be a moron to think that an expanding population and more businesses is hurting the value of your property downtown. As more young people (and educated elders) move into peninsular Charleston, the car will take a much needed backseat to other means of getting around and the demand to be so close to everything will far outweigh the fact that parking is hard to come by. We are already seeing the demand for better bike routes and improved bus/trolley options (and walking will always be a viable option), so embrace the changes...or sell me your house.
I P Y....where exactly did Mat say the government should be the one controlling the news/media? I believe he was just discussing a plan by the FCC to study the privately-held media outlets, not take over control. Perhaps having an "independent third party" conduct such a study would be better in your opinion, but until private money is raised for this kind of thing, I think having the government take a look wouldn't be such a bad idea. And while the internet does offer the availability of more interesting/factual news stories, it is short-sighted to think that everyone takes the time seek them out - and thats assuming people even have the internet. Far more people have tvs than internet, and the local news is free over the airwaves. Plus you need to realize that most people would rather plop their ass on a couch and be "fed" media content rather than actively work to find valuable content.
Overall Mat raises some very valid points. The local news has very little content of actual benefit to the community, while items that people should be concerned about (such as a new development projects, corrupt politicians or even positive community events) are rarely discussed. Although it may be too easy to simply say it's the rich and powerful who want to keep the masses uninformed, living in fear and focused on the mundane...it's hard not to come to such a conclusion from personal observation. (Now if only someone would conduct a study to provide factual information to backup such beliefs...)
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