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Comment Archives: Locations: Bars + Clubs

Re: “Pancito & Lefty

Ordered the $15 pork relleno. Had at the MOST 3 oz of meat and was served with a side salad of potatoes, radish, canned oranges and cilantro with a dressing. It might qualify as an appetizer but not a meal. Jesus it was tiny. Go to El Mercadito and get Carne Asado or to Rio Grande and get their carnitas platter or mexican tacos. So much great food for a great price. Downtown sucks for me. Either the meals are way expensive or the portions are kid sized or both. Here it was the latter. They also don't have salsa or sweet tea. Whuuuuuuut ???

And what is is with these restaurants with cheap chairs with no cushions or booths, hard concrete floors and no music playing. Am I having fun yet ?

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Posted by calm assertive on July 15, 2018 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Crab Shack

I don't know what these trolls are on or where exactly they are going from the 3 crab shacks, but if they are talking about the crab shack on Folly Beach, they are obviously off their meds or trolls for work as a web advisor for a competitive restaurant. For instance, The Super Saturn kind of gave themselves away as they mentioned leading people away from the "Clean" establishments downtown. Jealous?! Competition? I doubt he's ever worked at a downtown restaurant as most all of them have rats, roaches, mold and bacteria in the kitchens under the units, etc. I've worked in the expensive restaurants downtown (I won't mention names) and let's just say some kitchens don't deserve near an A rating but get at least $40 a plate for food. Did they go to the other ones in other locations versus the one on Folly Beach that has been a favorite for 18 years as the FBCS is locally owned by a 40 year veteran of restaurants and is really picky about the quality of the food and the cleanliness of the place. Guy above, says the crab legs are "precooked" but the clusters are frozen which is WRONG! as they are flash frozen and purchased from local seafood distributors while the crab legs are inspected for quality. The owner also pays for the top grade levels of seafood as yes, you can purchase low grade seafood and the lowest is usually served in places like Chinese buffets. They aren't pre-cooked and for the price he pays, they had better not be or frozen twice. He'll send them right back. He checks all of the food personally before letting them deliver the fresh food. He purchases locally sourced shrimp from McClellanville which don't have that "soapy" cheap shrimp taste list a lot of places do. The scallops are Bay Scallops and are the top grade level and simply amazing! Two Things to get, the She Crab Soup which is actually the REAL recipe of Charleston and not loaded down with a ton of fake or canned crabmeat and the Shrimp and Grits are terrific. The fried foods are lightly battered so they have a great taste as in fact, pretty much everything on the menu is fantastic. Now, is the FBCS a 5 star restaurant with nice 1000 thread count table cloths?! NO! It's a "SHACK" with buckets which means it's going to be ultra casual and just a fun place to eat and a great value for the money which is still fairly costly due to seafood with the higher grade quality of the food which cost more but well worth it. While this endearing "Dive" has the lived-in local restaurant feel, it is deceptively "clean" versus the "shack" look as the kitchen gets cleaned every night even the cooking units and every weeks the entire place gets a serious scrub down for extra cleanliness! It is a fried and grilled seafood place after all which requires extra cleaning daily. It is one of my favorite places to go and get real, local seafood versus downtown where they give you a few shrimp and a 6 oz steak for $45 dollars. I mean, if you like California - Manhattan - Charlestonian fusion then look no further than downtown for the food is great but bring the CC as most of the high end restaurants will charge as they're menu is nouveau cuisine which is fine, but what happened to real Charlestonian restaurants? The Folly Beach Crab Shack Might not look like an ultra-modern snobotorium where you will drop $200 for 2 people to eat, but it's got honest food, good quality food that tastes great and is affordable. This place is a must, for visiting Charleston. I would also recommend Page's Okra Grill on Coleman Blvd. if you want good ol' southern cooking while staying in Mt. Pleasant near Shem Creek along with The Wreck and Shem Creek Bar and Grill for good seafood in an ultra casual local restaurant. Downtown, there is McCrady's, Peninsula Grill, The Mill's House, The Harbor Club, Carolinas, Henry's for the cool history and don't miss Hank's Seafood which is pricey, but great! Also, do not miss Rue De Jon, Coast, Fish, Husk or Cru Cafe as Cru is a small romantic dining bistro in an old Charlestonian Single home but highly recommended! Btw, If you crave duck, go to a local dive bar called the Tattooed Moose and get the Duck Club Sandwich which was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Now, then, let's get back to the reviews above...some people are just never happy unless they complain and the top three statements were not' warranted had the reviewers knew the behind the scenes truths of supreme level of seafood served "beach/shack/rustic" decor with historic artistic murals of Folly Beach with a lived in look. It's a Seafood "SHACK" for the kid in all of us! It's where the older locals go to eat and nowhere else as it's the "Cheers'" Folly Beach. Seriously, get the She Crab Soup with the sherry! Thank you for reading the truth. Best, a true Charlestonian.

Posted by GhostArtist on July 12, 2018 at 10:20 PM

Re: “EVO Pizza

Ten star establishment! Great pizza!

Posted by Rosemary 1 on June 22, 2018 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Bar Normandy

One of the top 5 restaurants in Charleston. The others are FIG, Bowans Island, Chez Nous and Xiao Bao Biscuit.

Posted by Salt Marsh on June 19, 2018 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Saltwater Cowboys

I had dinner there last night with my family. It's a pretty big place with lots of indoor / outdoor areas to eat drink (bars). As the "Cowboys" in the name implies, bbq is a key part of the menu which is unusual, historically speaking, for Shem Creek places. Plus fried and some other seafood (ceviche for example). Good appetizers.

The location and views are great, obviously, since it doesn't have another place next to it. Lots of young bar crowd also, so make sure you are in the "area" you want to be in if you're not in that crowd. We were seated quickly; our waitress was very professional and service was fast.

The fried grouper was really good and so were the chicken wings, the bbq was a bit dryer than I prefer but still good. I think for a family dinner on the creek, I would still go to Shem Creek Bar & Grill. For drinks and bar food, this place is good.

Posted by Cid95 on June 19, 2018 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Saltwater Cowboys

Had dinner there last Thursday. A 30-minute wait but it passed quickly. Waitress was excellent, very attentive without being intrusive - a tough balance. Food was great, view was great. Will definitely return!

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Posted by Marilou Auer on May 21, 2018 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Saltwater Cowboys

We had a late lunch there today (05-11-18). Even at that hour, there was a 20 minute wait which gave us time to check the place out. The views are all superb. Our server, John, was very attentive and brought our items as quickly as he could though the kitchen was running behind. I would not want to be there during peak hours if the slow or understaffed kitchen is a regular occurrence. The nachos were excellent, and the presentation was impressive our favorite selection!

Posted by Barbara Shealy on May 12, 2018 at 1:07 AM

Re: “Hungry Monk Music

Outstanding place to listen to great local music.

Posted by rhayes73 on April 18, 2018 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Back 9 Pub

Come out to see JellyBeans Karaoke Roadshow at Back 9 Pub on Friday nights at 10pm. Its the best karaoke show around. Its definitely the best karaoke show in West Ashley.

Posted by Jason Sturkie on April 3, 2018 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Coconut Joe's Beach Grill & Bar

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Re: “The Dinghy Taproom and Kitchen

Cool place, indoor dining room connects with outdoor (heated enclosed) patio. Space is notable for vintage neon '96 Wave' sign overlooking festivities. Good vibe, good music, great location (as the dark side goes).

Posted by Katherine Lundy on March 1, 2018 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Mynt

Good times!

Posted by kevbodavidson on February 13, 2018 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Locals Bar

The morning after eating the sushi at Local's I had the worst food poisoning imaginable. I spent two days in bed throwing up. I couldn't sleep because the constant pain and nausea. Prescribed medicine did not help.

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Posted by Michael_Label on January 25, 2018 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Toast of Charleston

The mimosas are not bottomless, and its $14 for a carafe, not $10. Also I tried 3 salad dressings and they were all terrible. Not a place to go if youre looking for memorable food.

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Posted by Taylor Harold on December 27, 2017 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Coconut Joe's Beach Grill & Bar

We love your service and food. Everytime we go to IOP we eat there every night most of the time my grandchildren love it also. It's great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Hannah Matlock on December 19, 2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

By the way, I have had the cheese plate at Edmunds two times, along with the sweater around the neck folks, and it is some of the best tasting cheese in the area. I wonder if it comes from that local farm over on Johns Island? Goat cheese tends to be a bit "tangy", and the offerings at Edmunds really fits the bill.
The beer selection is vast, and the more hops in a beer, the better I like it. Price is not that bad compared to the newer bars in the area. The clientele will eventually smooth out, and hopefully it will be a group that I like to hang with. So far there is parking available in the area, but with the huge expansion of food places up NoMo, I fear it may become a problem. So far the Union Headquarters is pretty good about parking in their place in the evening, so that is a definite safe option.....and for a good price. Free.

Posted by Dale Hutchison on October 10, 2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

The review by Brewengineer sounds like those reviews that show up for a well-known, but rather overpriced and boring chop house on King St. The wording and the phrases come right out of a "book of reviews" for critics. You can see right through them, and know the writers are often comped for their meals, and therefore write complimentary reviews of those places. I don't care about what the other customers are wearing, usually, but the sweaters around the neck cross the line.

Posted by Dale Hutchison on October 10, 2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “King Street Cabaret

My first time there at the cabaret and by the way i am a 45 years old Caucasian man who loves my beautiful black sisters but when i went into the club i didnt see any i met some of the dancers there and sat and talk with a few of them and asked if they were any black girls there i was told that they dont hire black girls, bad enough no one greeted me coming into the club it was poor judgement, weird looks and horrible hospitality. I took my money and went to The Silver Slipper where i got treated with respect!!!! It was the worst experience ever. I wouldn't recommend this club to anyone

Posted by Tommy Lance on October 9, 2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

EmpireInvisible why are you insulting me?

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Posted by Ima Oldman on September 29, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Edmund's Oast

Should have named the joint - "Oldman's Boast" - to describe the ambiance enjoyed whilst one waits on a rude bartender to rancorously serve a horrible tasting over priced liquid in a warm glass.

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Posted by EmpireInvisible on September 28, 2017 at 11:52 AM
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