By far one of the best Asian restaurants in town and worth a drive. I had the teriyaki bento box and was overwhelmed by the variety of flavors and the quantity of food. It was one of the less-sweet teriyaki beef dishes that I have had and the flavor of the tender meat came through nicely. The ginger dressing on the salad was very fresh tasting and the 2 Grenade appetizers were a wonderful surprise. The staff are very attentive and watching two women manage the whole dining room was a study of efficiency and grace. My partner had the Yaki Soba noodles upon the recommendation from the server and the dish arrived sizzling! We left very satisfied and would advise everyone with a craving for Asian flavors to take a trip to Riso noodle house. Oh and the prices are very reasonable.
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Skibo's was disgusting. Sloppy Cow was a huge improvement over the greasy plates that Skibo's tried to pass off as food. My parents (and I'm 52 yo) sent their meal back twice to the kitchen before they threw up their hands (as opposed to threw up their meal) and went home. My partner said it was the only place around that could mess up french fries. No wonder the place is gone. The fact it wasn't sooner is a testimony to how low some folk's standards are when dining out. We live within walking distance of this location and are looking forward to a new restaurant opening in the spot so quickly. We wish the new owner a successful launch in September.
Basil? Best Asian Fusion instead of the more deserving Zen in West Ashley is a surprise win to anyone who eats at both restaurants regularly. I've had experiences at Basil that left me wondering why they have such a following other than their downtown location. Despite two hiccups their first year, the experience and consistency at Zen has me driving further when I'm craving those Asian flavors. I must however credit Basil for being a prime player of the redevelopment of Upper King St. into Charleston's hot locals-oriented foodie district.
I find it quite funny when people move to a port city and then complain that ships spoil their view. Good thing they didn't live in 1860 when every wharf was populated with tall-masted ships. Where would Charleston be if antebellum lawyers had sued for mast height restrictions? This city was built on the success of ocean-going trade and transportation and if it spoils the view so be it.
Charleston is a real, working city not a museum reconstruction like Williamsburg, Virginia. We should be happy that passengers regularly depart and arrive to our seaside city as they did when coastal steamers were a major transportation mode on the east coast. I'd rather live in a dynamic, alive city with traffic than in one that is quiet but in decline.
I see no problem with the expansion. Though not a fan of Walmart and its reliance on imported goods, they do provide employment opportunities in an area that could use a few more jobs for those not blessed with a college degree or professional training. I think a bit of the rise in petty crime and robberies on James Island is due to the loss of entry level jobs.
As far as a Walmart goes, the Folly location is in need of serious improvement especially since there are no other choices for JI residents unless they want to waste fuel and time going to K-mart or Target.
I find the issue around increased traffic and noise to be moot because anyone who buys or rents around a commercial corridor should expect such things. We should encourage economic growth and vitality in these commercial zones and encourage safety and quiet in our residential zones. The problem rises when the zones are in close proximity to each other or even overlap. But usually the market compensates for the liabilities of living near commercial development by depressing the costs of living there. The cheapest apartments are usually found near the noisy roads and railroad tracks; hardly the safest and quietist places to live, but nice to have for folks who cannot afford to live elsewhere.
Gosh, I hope it is not another chain restaurant. It's depressing enough having Barbara Jeans and Bubba Gumps on the Market.
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