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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Modern American

Re: “Edmund's Oast

Ima Oldman, but the space IS gorg. It's totes gorg. FYI you can also use totes as an adjective like "That's so totes" or even a verb like "totes me that beer". I should have used it in my rev above because it's the perf abbrev.

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Posted by C OB on March 26, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Re: “The Granary

The Granary is new to my neighborhood, and I am so thankful it is there. This place serves up some of the best charcuterie in Charleston, with an equally awesome dinner menu. Do yourself a favor and get the duck confit wings. Pricing is fair for the quality, and the atmosphere feels very much like downtown CHS. I still need to try the fried chicken on Monday nights. It is nice to see such a classy joint move into Belle Hall shopping center.

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Posted by brewengineer on March 25, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

"Bwengineer, please don't feel so obligated to rush to the defense of any negative comment about a local beer joint. We all get it just by the name you chose. You're too predictable."

I see you have read 0 of my reviews. I caught a lot of crap for not giving Craftsman 5 stars. I only defend places that are being judged because of unrelated issues (like clothing of the customers). Old man, why not just write a review of your own? I stand by my opinions of the quality of food and drink at this establishment. Having been there 4 times now, and tasting my way through the entire food menu, I feel that I have experience enough to write my own review. But by all means, feel free to judge based on comments about skinny jeans.

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Posted by brewengineer on March 25, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

Claire, when I read your comment about "yum" small plates and "gorg" space, my head filled with James Earl Jones and "totes McGoats" and along with your skinny jeans, I think THAT was what the first reviewer was talking about. His comments about the food were spot on. They may be "yums" but they're not truly representative of the menu, and the prices are a bit more than 25% high in my opinion. Bwengineer, please don't feel so obligated to rush to the defense of any negative comment about a local beer joint. We all get it just by the name you chose. You're too predictable.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on March 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

Small plates are yum. Space is gorg. I love skinny jeans but the previous review is really confusing. If my jeans made you dislike the restaurant I apologize?

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Posted by C OB on March 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

I am not sure what the previous review is all about, but I am guessing there is a common trend from all the hating on top restaurants. My 3 experiences at Edmund's Oast have all been fantastic. I will go ahead and state that I don't own a single pair of "skinny jeans" or even loafers. I do have a lot of love for craft beer, creative food dishes, and especially charcuterie, which is exactly what the Oast aims for in clientele.
First, let's talk about the beer. Beer is the focus of this place, and it is unique in many different ways because of it. Edmund's Oast is not just a brew pub, but also an amazing beer bar. The brews on tap at this place will impress anyone who loves craft beer. And the selection isn't just focused on rare beers like Cantillon and JW Lees from Europe, but they also keep a nice supply of local beers on tap. I also like that they are sticking to unique beers for the house production brewery, as this doesn't step on any toes in the local brewery scene. If beer isn't your thing, the mixed drinks are pretty tasty as well. I am hooked on the Red Wedding, as bourbon is my go-to outside of beer.
The food... well, that is almost better than the beer. Chef Andy is creating some wonderful cured meats, which is an art much like brewing. At this point, I have tasted almost every item on the menu. The highlights, other than charcuterie, are dishes like the pumpkin custard, lamb meatballs, burgers, and porridge. I even enjoyed the hearts and gizzards dish, which was a first. The very first time we visited, I thought the porridge was a bit too salty, but that was quickly fine tuned to a more balanced salinity. Some of the dishes may be a bit small, but they are "small plates" after all. I still felt full after sharing a few with my table.
Finally, I think it is worth noting that the ambiance is very relaxing in EO. The wait staff is always attentive, and the restaurant always feels very clean. The decorating was all done with taste, and even the bathrooms felt high end. I have been to this place dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, and I have been there with a button up collar shirt. Either way, I never felt out of place. I hope the Oast keeps the energy going that they have shown in their short time in the Charleston restaurant/beer scene. I know that I will always be recommending this place to any new visitors.

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Posted by brewengineer on March 19, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

We went on a cold, rainy, weekday evening a couple of weeks ago. Edmund's Oast had only recently opened and it was packed, which we expected. The space was nice and you'd never know it used to be a decorative hardware store. As soon as we walked in I knew it was the wrong place for me, though. I don't own skinny jeans or a plaid shirt with snaps. I don't wear loafers without socks and a sweater around my neck. These trappings, along with a zeal for obscure pale ales, seemed to be key components of the clientele.

We were seated at a communal table and given menus, which we could barely read between the very low light and the poor choice of font. I hadn't heard of any of the beers so I had to ask for something that wasn't hop-driven since I don't like bitter beers. The server recommended two and I chose one at random. It was pretty good but not especially memorable.

We ordered a small charcuterie platter ($12) and roasted Brussels sprouts ($6) to start. For main courses we tried the seared triggerfish ($26) and miso rubbed pork loin ($26). Both the Brussels sprouts and charcuterie were tasty, but both portions were very small. The triggerfish was slightly overcooked and a minuscule portion, but tasty. The miso rubbed pork loin was cooked nicely but also small and almost devoid of flavor. Miso packs a punch but it was completely missing. The dashi had not even a hint of the smoky ham hock flavor that was promised. I love pea pistou but this tasted like a parsley chimichurri instead. In general I felt the food was okay and had potential but was overpriced by about 25%.

I wouldn't mind going back when it warms up, sitting outside at a table and having a beer, then moving on somewhere else for a meal.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on March 18, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Re: “The Granary

Downtown Charleston finally Eats in Mount Pleasant!!
Terrific dining experience with comfortable service and stunning food. Long have we needed a place on this side of the bridge to be proud of!

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Posted by seastararts on February 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Prohibition

I have not had the pleasure of dining there yet, but will tell you that each of the six or so times I have been, I have been able to hear my friends talking, which is uncommon in most of the bars on upper King Street. Sitting back Saturday night and watching a good looking defense end looking Charleston boy show off his shag moves to his girl was just wonderful. You could tell, his mother taught him well. Other your me tried to free style to "Carolina Girl", which just did not cut it with their ladies or the crowd. Girls gathered and swayed, waiting for a guy to come and ask them to shag. They were pretty and the guys just did not get it. That was sad. However, the other fellow stole the floor and he knew it.

Being able to see the jazz guys that used to play at Mistral from afar is awesome and I would never think that I would have seen that in a bar on Upper King Street. Even DJ Matt Todd was setting up as I was leaving, who could often be heard at LIGHT, Peter Evans' place down the street (of Stella Nova fame..) He will nail what the crown and the bar wants - and keeping it on the low key and not loud side will continue to be a pay off for this place.

Finally, NICE ladies at the entrance to meet you, greet you, and help you get a table and identify if you want food service or just drinks. Nice to have someone paying attention to you in a lovely way at the door - the way that it should be.

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Posted by Mitchell Crosby on February 5, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Cypress Lowcountry Grille

My husband and I stopped in to Cypress for a cocktail and an appetizer prior to our reservation at Blossom for Restaurant Week, the bartender had no problem expressing his negative opinion of restaurant week. I understand the discontent at having lower total sales therefore lower tips, but for the hour that my husband and I were at his bar we were the only customers so due to Restaurant Week, the bartender made a bonus $10 tip ($35 check) off of people that would not have been there on a normal Sunday evening. Every dollar counts, not just for those receiving the tips, but for those giving the tips as well.

Restaurant Week gives us a chance to try something different, and a good reason to treat ourselves. If you feel that the restaurant is not being properly showcased with the special menu, speak up. I have to believe that the star chefs of Charleston do not want their Restaurant Week menus to be their dirty little secrets. Restaurant Week is a chance for locals to get out and try something new, why not showcase your best dishes on these menus? I would not find a smaller portion of your award winning dish unreasonable when the special three course menu is the same price as a regular entree.

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Posted by danadominata on January 13, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Circa 1886

I took my wife to Circa 1886 for our anniversary and had the best time. As we live in Atlanta, I always recommend Circa 1886 to travelers. People say that it is off the beaten path but I am a believer in "The Road Less Traveled" - and it made all the difference!

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Posted by Philip Echerer on January 10, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Re: “McCrady's Restaurant

After reviewing all the comments and giving each its implied rating, then averaging the total comment ratings, it appears McGrady's earns 2.7 stars. This would indicate you have about a 50-50 chance of enjoying your dinning experience there, and it will cost you dearly whether you win or lose on your visit. Realistically at the prices indicated, I would have to be assured a 4.5 star event before I would roll the dice on this place.

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Posted by Streetlaw on January 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “McCrady's Restaurant

I will have to agree with the new years review we thought we would give the place a try thinking that since it was new years it would be extra special. What an absolute waste of money. Our new years was ruined due to the bland over expensive dinner that we had at McCradys. It is sad when you are sitting at a 7 course dinner at $150 a person and thinking maybe you should have just paid $100 for an open bar and h'ordeuvres elsewhere with more of an atmosphere and live entertainment.

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Posted by driver15 on January 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Re: “McCrady's Restaurant

I was at McCrady's last night, New Years Eve 2013, for dinner with my date. The food was absolutely awful (it was a 7 course chef's tasting menu). Each plate was priced at $150 for a total of $300 for both of us, or so we thought. Our waiter asked us if we wanted to have wine that complimented each course, which we did. At the fourth course, we were so disappointed in the quality of the food that we elected to leave without having the last two courses. The food was that bad. I was stunned at the poor quality, and the experienced ruined our New Years Eve celebration. So when our bill came, we were charged almost $600 dollars for the disaster that was McCrady's restaurant. That's right, $600 dollars for two people. I am a resident of this area, and I can say that the meal we had at McCrady's restaurant was the worst I have ever had. I would not even to be able to rate this experience as a one star.

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Posted by grappler on January 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Graze

I've only been to Graze for happy hour. The bar food and drink menu is great. I recommend.

Posted by TheKuhn on December 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Stars Restaurant Rooftop and Grill Room

I was a regular. Not any longer. Worst customer service ever. showed up at 5:25 PM for happy hour on the rooftop. parked in the Stars valet parking. told the bartender that we were parked there and the valet had not shown up yet. he said no problem. had dinner at the downstairs bar. finished at 7:05PM. The Stars valet had called parking enforcement and ticketed my car for $45. Valet manager said he came in and asked if the car belonged to a patron. stars manager then tells me to bad he is not responsible for the valet (who works for Stars) or the city. Will never go back again. plenty of other great dining with great customer service.

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Posted by mdm on November 8, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Stars Restaurant Rooftop and Grill Room

Stars was a lovely place, like many in Charleston (we are so spoiled). Did not have any food there, but wine and beer menu were vast, but seriously overpriced especially for being on tap. Was disappointed that they didnt serve food on the rooftop, but an overall a nice experience.

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Posted by enest2 on August 30, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Re: “Stars Restaurant Rooftop and Grill Room

My fiancé and I were very excited about trying this restaurant, as we were seriously considering using it as a potential rehearsal dinner venue. Our waiter was phenomenal: very friendly, knowledgeable, and made several great suggestions for wine. The appetizers were very good. My entrée, the salmon, was delicious. However, my fiancé's trout came out of the kitchen laden with salt. Neither of us ever likes sending back/complaining about food, but my fiancé has a very hearty appetite, so when he could only take three bites of his food, I knew it was pretty bad. I tasted it, and it tasted like salt water; you couldn't taste anything else in the dish. We told our waiter about this problem, and he assured us that the trout would be taken off of our bill, since it was inedible. However, the manager then quickly came out to our table and, astonishingly, told us that it was supposed to taste that way, and that we would have to pay for it. We were both shocked by how patronizing the manager was, and if he would have tasted the entree, he would have quickly realized the fish was dead from over-salting (we love salt by the way!! Just not when it tastes as if the salt shaker exploded on our food). The waitor obviously was embarassed, and apologized several times for the kitchen's mistake. Anyway, after that experience, we definitively decided not to have our rehearsal dinner there. It's too bad, because the rooftop is lovely. All it would've taken for me to give this place 4 stars and walk out of the restaurant happy was a comped trout, or at least a less salty one to replace it, even a simple apology from the manager. Instead, he acted as if we had unrefined palates (although that could've been true at that moment, since the salt prohibited us from tasting any other flavor the rest of the meal).

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Posted by belle vie on August 22, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

I never review restaurants. I work in F&B, and I also eat out a lot. I like to think that most places understand their strengths. We can't all be the next Sean Brock sensation or Mike Lata's next big thing, nor do we want to be. There's nothing wrong with being a cheap burger joint, or rocking out bar food, or consistently offering a pleasant surprise when we just aren't in the mood to go downtown. More importantly everyone has there bad days and we all deserve a pass or two. The only reason I felt the need to add my two cents is there are so many other "neighborhood favorites" that consistently put this place to shame and deserve the attention. Just to wrap it up in a neat little package; The service was SLOW, the chicken was dry, the shrimp was overcooked, the "seasonal" menu was riddled with GREEN tomatoes at the height of tomato season, the owners were overbearing, and the prices were demanding for mediocre food. So many other "neighborhood favorites" consistently deserve my attention; Glass Onion, The Lot, Wild Olive, Heart, Black Bean Company, Zia, Home Team, The Southern General, Smoky Oak, Fat Hen, Pick Thai, even the Sloppy Cow and Gene's (I love the pork chop sandwich). i guess a lot of folks live nearby and need an option but I'm keeping my standards, it's worth the drive.

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Posted by nativestranger on August 18, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

I am now re-reviewing Heart after returning since I heard they made some front of the house changes. I was pleasantly surprised to find AWESOME service this time around. I have never had bad food at Heart (always delicious but just painful service coming from a former food and bever), so I had to stop going after repeated bad service. It seems this issue has been resolved and we had a very nice server for Saturday brunch, I believe Duncan was his name. Congrats to Heart and thanks for giving me a place to eat on JI thats reasonably priced and has good, quality food!

Posted by LowcountryLady on July 14, 2013 at 5:37 PM
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