CPH isn't what it used to be. The burgers users to be the best in town, now they're dry and flavorless. Prices have gone up on everything. Brunch is just bland and not well made. My guess is the new cooks just don't care. My once favorite restaurant is now a place I avoid unless I'm just looking for a beer. The fries and Mac and Cheese are still good, so two stars.
We had our first dinner at Angel Oak Restaurant a couple of weeks ago and are returning for another delicious dinner this week. The buttermilk fried chicken was so succulent and juicy that all the other people dining with us wished it had been on their plates! I had the shrimp with homemade pasta that seemed to have been prepared especially the way that I like it!
Even though the place is small, the portions were more than enough to satisfy our appetites. As a matter of fact, I couldn't finish my entree because of the salad and appetizers which we could not resist having before our meal. Try Angel Oak Restaurant to enjoy a wonderful Southern meal and atmosphere. The meal is well worth the extra distance to get there!
The Enchiladas Verde is great and the wait staff is very friendly.
What happened? My last few visits have left a bad taste in my mouth. How do burn chicken fingers? They tasted like burnt grease, my fries were soggy! You need to get a waitress as your bartenders are lazy and to busy taking shots at the bar with their friends and could careless that my food sucked and my draft was warm and flat. I mean hot! as in the pint must have just came out of the dishwasher! What happened to Moe's? it is just not the same any more.
Bowens Island has been a cool seafood joint for years, but they have recently improved the already wonderful experience. The food is still just as amazing as it used to be. I strongly suggest the fried shrimp and the oysters (when in season). They have really perfected their process of cooking shrimp, and it is always prepared perfectly. What would make the experience better? Well, consider washing that delicious food down with a wonderful local craft beer. Bowens Island now has 10 taps, all devoted to local beer. As far as I know, that makes it the best place to go in Charleston for local craft brews. They have offerings from Palmetto, Holy City, COAST, and Westbrook. You will have a hard time finding a better environment for dining during the cool Fall evenings here in the Lowcountry.
I love this place. It offers delicious and creative food for the more adventurous foodie. I still dream about the noodle dishes.
Good, simple food in a diner atmosphere. No frills and has the decor of a late 70's Dennys. But the food is Okay, and interesting menu items, like alligator with grits. If you go on weekend mornings, you will see nothing but locals, lots of handshakes, old blue hairs and the southern church crowd. It is a step back in time.
Had the best burger I've had in months at Shelter! AWESOME!
We would like to invite you to join us again soon and hope that we are demonstrating marked improvement in this our fourth week of service. The management and owners here intend for The Shelter to provide the best possible service and commitment to quality food at reasonable prices available anywhere in town. We appreciate your candor and are grateful for your patronage. If you decide to visit us again, please let Dave, Ryan, Thomas or Ashley know that you are again joining us. Best Regards, Thomas Berry
I have eaten more than a dozen dishes here since the opening and never fail to be impressed. Yes, you will pay more than El Bohio, but that is not a fair comparison. When was the last time you ate sausages made in-house? Pasta? I have tried things here that I would not have ordered anywhere else (Headcheese, it's incredible but needs to be shared as it is very rich). The same food downtown would cost quite a bit more.
Also, if you haven't tried it you must have the Poutine. Steak fries, chicken gravy, pork belly and fried cheese curds. Haven't had it this good since I last visited Canada.
So I tried this place out and it's a little out of the way for me. There were some things I enjoyed and some things I felt could be better.
There was a 4square special for checking in and getting a free snack. I got the fried green tomatoes as I like FGT. I agree with the person above who mentioned this could be more seasoned. The cornmeal breading was kind of meh (like Shake and Bake would've been better lol) and it seemed the definition of seasoning that was performed was dump some salt and pepper into one spot.
I tried the tuna next. This was very tasty. I was just not thrilled at the price associated. I'm just glad that they do half off apps on Tuesdays to mitigate this a bit.
I also tried the ricotta cheese. The honey that came with the cheese and toast was a nice compliment. The ricotta in general by itself does not tend to have a lot of flavor, so the honey gave it just enough to be a nice little snack.
For dinner I had the chicken. It came with collards and mac/cheese. There was nothing special about the mac and cheese (a lot of places in town seem to add some little flare to mac and cheese to make it more memorable for grown ups), but then again this was just a side, so I really shouldn't expect much. The collards were decent after they gave me some extra vinegar to add. I think a little bit of salt would have helped too. The chicken was ok. I think the light breading they used was to better emphasize the honey. It was not bad, but not something I'd rave about.
The service was reasonable. There were times where there were lulls and times where they were well on top of things. I was waited on by a cute server named Ashley. I would go back if she asked me to go back lol.
Angel Oak is about a 30 minute drive from my place. It needs to come up with some more innovation to conventional items if I want to just randomly decide to go there with any kind of frequency. It should do more than simply be a place that has items A, B and C. It should have an awesome and innovative take on items A, B and C if it wants to draw people from further out.
We REALLY wanted to like this restaurant. We went in pumped up about them and ready to try out their lunch buffet. The buffet is the only option at lunch, and when we arrived, we found that there was very little selection. The meat choices - fried or baked chicken - (hope you like chicken!), with green beans, a "hoppin' Jane," and some sort of unidentified, dried up fruit dessert that was covered by paper towels to keep away the flies. The baked chicken was unappealing - it looked more like boiled chicken, with a grayish color - and the fried chicken was GONE. I waited over half an hour for the fried chicken to be replenished, and apparently, everyone else did, too. By the time it arrived on the buffet, I was too disgusted with the rest of my meal to even give it a try. My companion did, and said that it was the one edible thing on the buffet. The hoppin' Jane - a rice and lima bean mix - was a cold glob on my plate, but it was the only thing I managed to eat. The green beans had no flavor at all. I never salt my food, but I did that day. We left unsatisfied and still hungry. I have never been so reluctant to pay for a meal in my life. We had been hoping that this would become a regular on our restaurant rotation because it is close to home, but I wouldn't return to eat there if you paid me. SO disappointed. I don't want to give even one star.
Excellent service is a given (it is, after all, the sister of the lovely Pour House). My only complaint...and it is a lame one...is that they don't offer kind veggie burritos, kind grilled cheese, kind South Pas, etc. I was totally hoping that they would be offering "Parking Lot" food, but it was not to be. It's fresh, it's locally sourced, it's lovingly prepared...sure, it's a price bump, but, from what I hear, it's worth it. There *is* a bottom line to be met. Don't base your review on their price point, base it on your experience.
I do miss the damn best fries in Charleston, but if I want to bitch about it I'll bitch to the owners. All those I've spoken with that have eaten there give their new version five stars but I haven't had their fries yet. Perhaps once I go there for food instead of music and ambiance I'll come back and post a real review. Your mileage may vary.
pretty good food.. excellent service. a bit more pricy than bohio, but i don't mind if its local ingredients.. worth a try!
This place is nothing to write home about. I tried it for both lunch and brunch. Nice laid back decor, but the service is slow even when its not busy, and their brunch menu is very limited. My eggs were cold and hard, but my grits were very tasty. I had lunch there as well. Burger is fine, but doesn't stand out. There are enough other places with better views that I'd go back to before heading back to the Shelter again.
I really, really wanted this place to be good. We have very few decent restaurants on 17 past Main Road. I even gave them two chances. Unfortunately, the first waiter was a disaster. I ordered eggs benedict and he brought an egg and crabcake dish. I'm still not sure he knew the difference. The grits were like eating a ladel of salt. The egg was runny after ordering it well done. So, I figured one bad meal, no big deal. The second time I went back, the food was right, but it wasn't good. And really I could have put up with all of that, except that they were rude on top of everything. The place is so small, they actually told this man who had just finished eating and paying, he had to leave because they needed the table. They didn't ask him nicely like, gee would you mind terribly giving up your table, they were like, you know we really need that table so the owner told me to tell you to leave. The look on his face? Well he was just plain embarrassed and beet red. I was embarrassed for him. I know he'll never be back. As for me, only if I was starving and this was the last place open. Ughh. In Charleston no less, where manners are supposed to be everything.
Despite the negative reviews, my husband and I decided to try this place out. It was good as was the service. We tried the sausage for an appetizer ($8) my husband had the pork belly ($11) and I had their soup special ($8) which was butternut squash with shrimp-I was disappointed that they didn't let me know it would be served cold but it was still good. The menu that day (Friday) had really good looking stuff. We will go back for sure! Oh, and their prices are definitely not expensive for dinner. We had a couple of beers each and I had a glass of wine. With tip our bill was about $50. Oh and Matt Lee (Lee Brothers) was there, wonder what he thought...
I ordered shrimp tacos. Horrible. Boiled tasteless cut up meat. Daughter ordered the grits and they were burnt.
Husband ordered fried shrimp that were supposed to be tossed in barbecue sauce. They were just plain. As a solution the waitress brought out a side container of barbecue. This plate was ok.
My son did like his fried chicken tenders and french fries. But honestly he likes anything fried.
Brother-in law had chicken wings that were cold.
Service was bad. Food took way too long. Had to find her for another beer or water and again for napkins.
Won't go back.
We had a wonderful dinner at Angel Oak Restaurant, but stopped in for brunch and were disappointed. The food was good, but the portions were ridiculously small. The Eggs Benedict came without a side, with just a smidgen of hollandaise sauce, and there were just a few silver dollar pancakes on my friend's plate. We left hungry.
The best food I have tasted in Charleston, for a decent price, wonderful service and ambiance. Love this place ! The staff are all pleasant, informative and eager to be helpful. Food comes out fast, is hot and obviously well made. Quality local ingredients are very apparent and the menu is perfect. I have no complaints whatsoever !
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