A group of us went to Blu last week to try it out for the first time. The rennovations at the Holiday Inn are great. The Blu dining room is huge, which was expected because it is in a hotel. We had a drink at the outdoor bar prior to sitting down for dinner. What a great place for drinks. I would come back simply for this. Now on to the food. It is mostly small plates so we all decided to share a bunch of stuff. We had scallops, sliders, duck shooters, veggie spring rolls, the clams, and the cheese plate. The scallops were perfectly cooked. Crisp on the outside and tender and moist on the inside. Duck shooters were good. The marindade or sauce they were in was very strong, however the soba noodles and fried wonton helped mellow that taste out. Sliders were great. These seem like a simple thing, but they were cooked perfect and the onions and the crisp pickle that were served with it really stepped these sliders up. Veggie spring rolls were awesome. They did not last long on the plate. Served with soba noodles and a dipping sauce. Great textures and flavors. I did not get to try the clams, but the plate was empty and I was told the sauce served with them was great. Cheese plate was fine too. Standard 4 cheese with some sweet and salty items to accompany the cheese. A great starter to share with everyone.
The service was attentive and was able to reccomend a few things for us. Two thumbs up for Blu and all of its staff. The portions are great and very price friendly. Thanks for the great night Blu!
Overlooked gem. People think it's a tourist trap but tourists go there for a reason. THe place is hopping, the food is great and the service is tops. Just don't try to go during the peak hours (Fri & Sat evening) and I promise you won't be disappointed.
I have eaten at Blu several times and it is always great! Personally, I love the pepper seared tuna and it is one of my favorites on the sharing menu so I guess that's a matter of taste. The artful and precise presentation of the dishes is not something you would expect to see on Folly and is a refreshing change from a clearly talented Chef. Keep up the great work, Blu!
Convenient location just off N Market, pleasant atmosphere (nicely dressed adult crowd with no screaming children), attentive service, pretty good food (just maybe a little high$$$$), but overall pleased and will go back.
Terrific! Everything was fresh, well prepared and well presented. My meal consisted of Carolina Cup oysters on the half shell, stone crab claws, peel and eat shrimp, mussels in tomato/basil/garlic broth and the entre' special of the night, soft-shell crabs. Others at the table enjoyed ceviche, Belgian endive/arugula/blue-cheese/beet salad, baked grouper, pan seared sea scallops, curried shrimp. Attentive wait staff was very responsive to every request. A thoroughly good time was had by all; including a six year old who loved her popcorn shrimp. However, I was dismayed by the lack of fish varieties on the menu. Nothing but sure bets: salmon, tuna, grouper. How tiresome. I can get those in every respectable seafood restaurant in USA.
Went back again last week after a 4 month period. I don't know why I bother. Cold food again. I agree with guystarr. Nobody is paying attention in the kitchen.
I use to love going to the cantina. we would go there every sunday and spend hours drinking and eating. the food was good and the staff was kind. It was at its best when the origional owners (Ann and others) ran the joint. It was still good up until a few years ago... I stopped going because hte quality dropped and most of the kind staff left. I still go every few months hoping it changes back to what it use to be... but as of a couple weeks ago, it was still pretty disapointing. With the warm weather coming now i wish the 'Old' Cantina was still around!
I think that this whole thing arose from Boobie insulting one of his good customers, and threatening this customer with bodily harm with no premise. Abuse of the "right to serve laws." I was personally told that Boobie doesn't like non drinkers in his bar. Boobie brought this negative reaction by posting ugly, untruthful comments on the internet to insult a good man's character. All this guy did was post a negative feedback on the service that he received. The incident arose, because Boobie didn't think he was tipped (accidently) enough for his services on that particular day. This incident was reported to the police department, as the customer felt that he was not only insulted, but assualted when Boobie slam the change in the customers face, and screamed at him. The fact was the small tickets that you receive at Acme are not printed well enough to read for people that have unperfect vision . Boobie decided to slander this good custmer; instead of being a man and apologizing for his actions. I find this unforgivable. I have the proof that Boobie went on a personal champagne to slander a veteran, christian, kind, generous man that has no criminal record, and does not drink alcoholic beveages in the business atmospheren and reputation that ACme indorses. I also know that other customers have not been treated well, as the story of the woman that just had heart surgery. As far as ACME goes I can not support their actions or beliefs that they own their customers and have the right to threaten and slander them for any reason. Remember the gentleman that was threatened by ACME paid his bill and tipped. Boobie just took it upon himslf to be irrational that day, and took it out on his customer publicly and on the internet. That in my opinion is aick pup.
I have to start by saying that someone that has access to the internet believes that they are a literary genius. I'm sorry sir, but your spare time is very much scene. I can see that you have a very specialized degree in literature, but to start his name is Bobby. If you are going to push slander at someone, at least spell his name correctly. As far as illegal aliens are concerned, that is quite possibly one of the most racist and obscene comments that you could possibly make. Just because someone is not a Caucasian, that's white in case you were wondering, that doesn't make them illegal. Sorry to bust your bubble. There is an eloquent way to put everything that you truly want to say. When you find it, the people that read this might actually want to hear it. There are many people that regularly frequent the acme cantina, and they tend to have very pleasurable experiences. I must say that the one thing that the acme cantina and mike the mayor have in common is that they both have character. I'm just sorry that yours can't be used for better means. Thank you to those that support the acme cantina, and I hope that no one will come to see the restaurant with preconceived ideas that were spread from unreliable sources. My name is Frank Kline, and I'm not afraid to allow those that read this to know who I am. I just hope that those that have too much time on their hands and obviously have the internet, can help the economy by perhaps investing in some eharmony.com.
definitely not as good as it once was. someone is just not paying attention anymore . . . reeks of lackadaisical kitchen management
Good view. Mediocre food.
A friend and I went to Fish on Tuesday night for their "Mercy of the Chef" special, and it was amazing. We had three courses paired with wine tastings for $30. Before we even received the first course, we were hooked on the bread, which is served with this sweet teriyaki soy sauce. The three courses were all very flavorful. Neither of us left a bit of food on our plates! The atmosphere is also quite nice. Very serene. We can't wait to go back and try the dim sum and some other regular menu items.
I went to this place the first week of December and thought it was fine. It definitely is more of a bar that serves seafood pub-grub. They had oyster selections from all over the gulf and east coast. I like cold water oysters way better than carolina or gulf oysters and they were good. The seafood gumbo had great flavor, but for me it was too chunky. I would have liked more of a broth with lots of chunks, this was all chunks. Wings were good, beer ice cold. It was noisy but not overly so. The waitress said they had a noise problem when they first opened but showed me the acoustic stuff they installed in the ceiling. So overall I though it was not a restaurant but a pretty good bar, with good oysters, cold beer, and ok food other than that.
Stopped in after the Christmas Tree lighting event last night. Had the ribs. A little dry and not very warm. The mashed potatoes were not warm either. Pretty obvious the food had been waiting be be delivered to the table. The cole slaw bowl was placed on the plate and covered about 1/3 of the potatoes. I should have stuck to my usual crab cakes... Servers were as friendly as ever.
What a joke this place is! Call it an oyster house, pay $10 for a "bucket" and get a small bucket inside of a regular bucket. This is oyster season! If you are an oyster house, you better offer something special, different, less expensive, in larger portions or something other than your competition that is right down the road with beautiful views of Shem Creek.
The service was terrible! One server brought us to our table, continued to ignore us for another 10 minutes while waiting on a talbe right next to us! When our actual server finally came to the table she didn't even know what the specials of the day were. While waiting for our drinks, we watched while yet another server circled the room, waiting on tables and delivering food all while chewing on a piece of gum like a cow would chew its cud (mouth open and all). How disgusting!
We went for oysters but only ordered one beer and left. For all of the hype and excitement of an actual oyster house, this restaurant falls well below par.
here's something I don't understand, if your experience is not right , if something is not right, how about complaining and see how the staff/management reacts. I dont understand how someone sits quietly and has a bad experience. Let someone know you are having a bad experience and give them a chance to rectify it. If they can't then let them have it but dont suffer in silence, let your unhappiness be known and see how the establishment deals with it. that is a true test
The hubby & I love the shrimp quesadillas at abe's. Big fat shrimp stuffed into 4 quesadillas the size of pizza slices -- they were excellent.
We also really like the seared tuna tacos -- with the tasty sauce they put on 'em with the pasta side.
And the chopped tomato & onion salsa, guacamole, sour cream and lettuce leaves were all fresh & clean -- which counts for a lot in a place that serves raw.
The only thing that could improve is the coffee and that's small stuff.
In responce to Stu, i am not one of the investors. i am an employee of a competeing restaurant accross the street.
From the comments going up ithink that we do not have much to worry about, unless these people get there thing together.
Not happy with paying roughly $70 for two after suggesting the food was not too good .. All I got was shrug of the shoulders from our waitress. She was too busy figuring out her job and what to do besides smiling. Martin Stuart posted above is one of the investors. He should have hired better people before opening up. Agree with other folks about heavy salt, cold soggy fries, burned stuff that was cold. Bad man. We won't go back for food. It's just a bar.
Brew was ice cold .. food was better than nasty and less than tasty -- hot was cold and cold was okay .. nice crowd, 'though they are not a soft spoken bunch .. surely they can do better .. let's give em a chance !
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