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Re: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

Cha Cha's is a creeper. You can walk in to this lost strip mall joint and not expect anything at all. You can walk in and expect the typical American version of "authentic" Mexican. Or, you can just walk in and take it for what it is and then some. They have something special happening there. I've been going since they opened, and that was a rough start to say the least. they've really pulled the quality up by the bootstraps. I once had crappy service from a dum-dumb server at a table in the pool table room, that we kinda got forced to sit at, but never at the bar and never anywhere else with table sized parties.
Just tonight, the bartender smiled at me when I ordered another special cocktail. Like, I genuinely felt as if he was happy to make the drink rather it be an insult to his workload to make a $3 margarita. He was sincerely being gracious and hospitable.
The other major part about this place is the food. (going back to what to expect from authentic or americanized) It is what it is, and it's all good!! Bacon studded guacamole? You really can't go wrong with that. That may have just been a special, but it sincerely shows and proves that there is someone in the kitchen that truely cares about food.
Other than that, three words: Pork Belly Taco.
It will change your life......no really, it will.
(as long as they keep the pork belly portion well off)

1 of 2 people like this.
Posted by Frugal Gourmet on May 10, 2013 at 12:02 AM

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Re: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

I'm giving it three stars only because I know it can be more consistent. I know they had a rough start and I was hearing some really bad things about the food, but the last three times I've been in it's been really spot on good.
I think they had some serious kinks to work out, but as far as somewhere new, affordable and good to go on James Island, I've been loving it at Cha Cha's.
I mean: Pork Belly taco with roasted bananas and crunchy peanut butter!!
I like non traditional approaches to food and they are making some really interesting and good combinations.

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Posted by Frugal Gourmet on September 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Jacques Larson maintains the magic at Wild Olive

I tell everyone to go to Wild Olive! One of my favorite places in (or not) Charleston.
It really is a complete experience. Service, wine, food, atmosphere, prices...all great.

Posted by Frugal Gourmet on April 23, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Chai's Lounge

Had a great time at Chai's a couple weeks ago. a bunch of F&B friends from in and out of town equaled a lot of ordering, sampling and drinking. The service was great, the atmosphere inside and out was great, the food was at an awesome price! F&B during happy hour on Mondays means you get two seperate special menus to order from. Really well done!

Posted by Frugal Gourmet on December 15, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Quick Bites: Big Gun Burger Shop

Ummmm, that's because I don't own Hom!!!
I happen to not work at any restaurant and don't like to waste money on crappy food.
So if I make two bad comments about places that I wasted money at and one on a place that i'm curious to when it's opening, that makes me the owner of later said place?
Fucking idiots.
"EVERY" restaurant? Really? Jesus, sorry for twice sharing my opinion.
I mean, who really looks like the assholes here?
This is a comment forum to share your experinces at a restaurant, and when I finally do, I get attacked for it?
Wow, again, sorry for sharing my opinion.

Posted by Frugal Gourmet on July 8, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Ping-pong and gourmet burger joint planned for Upper King

What's the word on this place? Happening soon?
There are so many great places for a burger, I hope they raise the bar for the so-so places.

Posted by Frugal Gourmet on June 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM

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