Here's the truth: Ranting and raving is fun, and putting all of your pet peeves down on paper is a blast. That's the kind of thing that all of us here at the City Paper love. But as much as we love putting out an entire issue dedicated to bitchin' and moanin', there's one part that we just don't like: Writing the intro. Seriously, it sucks. Like harder than a Dyson. Or Sasha Grey. Or a liposuction gone horribly, horribly wrong. So, enough with this crap. We've had with intros. Oh. And enjoy our special year-end What's Your Beef issue.
One of our food critics, Robert Moss, picks his top 10 beefs about restaurants. Cypress chef Craig Deihl has a beef with beef. Jeff Allen takes issue with bogus BOGO deals. Brys Stephens wants to see more vegetables at restaurants. David Thompson, Stephanie Barna, Matt Owen, and Susan Bass share their foodie gripes. A local bartender, Caroline Millard, has some tips for drinkers. Mickey Bakst talks about how a great restaurant is not just from a great chef. Marc Collins takes on Trip Advisor.
A dedicated fan wonders why you don't know how to attend a show. The Music Farm's manager doles out advice. It's hard enough to lug PA equipment, so don't mess with Stratton Lawrence. The drunk jerk with the loud mouth might deserve a knuckle sandwich. Charleston's music scenesters weigh in. Doug Walters thinks it's no fun dealing with cancellations. T. Ballard Lesemann learned how to stop worrying so much and (almost) resolve a beef with drum pads.
Kwadjo Campbell has a beef with lost tourism dollars. The Coastal Conservation League wants more local meat. Tim Mallard and Marc Knapp share their beef with the mayor. Ryan Nelson reminds us that Charleston is not your garbage dump. Lawyer Andy Savage says there are too many laws. Jonathan Sanchez takes on the sales tax solipsism. Greg Hambrick gets car sickness over higher ed reform. Will Moredock calls Charleston a rose with many thorns. Jack Hunter reconsiders Mark Sanford. Full-time griper Chris Haire has a big list of gripes. Myles Hutto shares some bartender beefs. Dwayne Green argues that if the Confederacy had won, slavery would have continued in the South. Clay Middleton has issues with political beef.
Erica Jackson Curran reminds us that rude audience members have the power to ruin theater-going experiences. Nick Smith says local artists shouldn't have to struggle to make a living. Tim Hussey says being an artist is more than a dress code. Erin Glaze reminds us that the City Gallery at Waterfront Park is a great gallery, not just a place to pee. Mark Sloan wants us to re-visit our local galleries. Chelsie Ravenell, Liz Vaughn, Erica Jackson Curran, and Lindsay Koob discuss fashion, music, and sore asses. Kevin Young follows the journey from trash humping to butt-munching. Felicia Feaster takes on Hollywood. Nicholai Burton wants to see more original movies. Susan Cohen really wants to see Hackers again. Ken Hanke is tired of 3-D.