My husband and I had dinner there recently. We are big vietnamese food fans and were very excited to have a new asian restaurant to try in town. The pros- beautiful setting, fantastic drink list, fresh ingredients and excellent dumplings. The cons- pho broth was flavorless and noodles were very overcooked-very disappointing to us since we heard that there was a vietnamese head chef. We hope to hear that the chef will stop catering to the masses and start making some wonderful authentic pho- we would definitely pay for that!
The Hibachi Grill in Ladson has the best Pho in town. There is a Vietnamese lady working there who puts the time and care into the broth. Sadly the other Hibachi Grills in town are not related to this one so you have to take a little trip.
The main person behind building this community center is a Sufi- for all the people who don't understand that they are the mystical, aritistic, peaceful side of islam that people don't hear about. It is the attempt at the moderates of Islam to have their voice heard in their repudiation of the radical factions of their religion. That being said, I have also travelled and spend a great amount of time in Muslim countries and seen first hand what happens when there is no seperation of church and state. It turns any religion into a stifling, repressive force that is at the whim of any politician to translate what they want it to say. If I have to see a strip club, retail shops, and christian churches all surrounding ground zero, a community center and a mosque will hardly be a distraction. Especially if there are no minuets calling me to prayer.
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