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Comment Archives: Locations: Bars + Clubs: Music Venue

Re: “Home Team BBQ

We first went to Home Team right after they opened, which was probably five or six years ago. We weren't impressed and haven't been back since. Friends said the recipes had been tweaked, and after the recent USA Today accolades we decided to give them a second try.

I ordered a half rack of ribs with mac and cheese and butter beans. The first surprise was when I cut into the ribs and discovered they were spare ribs, not back ribs. That was my own mistake for not asking so I sucked it up. The second surprise was when I found the membrane had been left on the back of the ribs. When cooked it turns into a plastic-like sheet that is disgusting to eat and difficult to remove, so most places do it before cooking. I picked off as much as I could.

Once I got past those two issues I was pleased to find the ribs were cooked very well. They had a nice crust on the outside, an obvious smoke ring, and the texture was excellent. They just didn't have any flavor. There was a bare hint of smoke and the crust on the outside had no obvious seasoning. It was tasty in a roasted pork kind of way, but not at all satisfying in an "I want bbq ribs" kind of way. Which is why I was there, so it was really disappointing.

I thought I could salvage it with some sauce. I'm not a fan of the vinegar and chili flake mixture so I skipped that and started with the Red Sauce. It tasted like a vinegar sauce with some ketchup added, but vinegar was the dominant flavor. I switched to the Sweet Red sauce. Basically it was the Red sauce with slightly less vinegar and more sugar. Finally I gave the Mustard Sauce a go. There was a pungent mustard powder flavor and a very strong vinegar component, which was followed by a very sweet honey-like flavor. None of the sauces worked for me, either being overly vinegary or overly sweet.

The macaroni for the mac and cheese was cooked perfectly. It was in a very watery, salty, white sauce that tasted vaguely cheesy. It wasn't bad but it wasn't appealing. The butter beans were also cooked nicely but they were really salty.

Overall everything was cooked well but for me the flavors were way off. All the sauces tasted too strongly of vinegar or were too sweet and the sides were extremely salty. That was how I felt when they first opened, and that's how it still is.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on July 3, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Art's Bar & Grill

AGAIN......and when might 'BABY FAT' be returning to ARTS.....if they are still together...they're a truly good sounding bunch of guys...:) :) :) :) ...and it's all SUPER good while listening-watching them at ARTS.....

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Posted by msdjyoung on June 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Art's Bar & Grill

......and when might 'BABY FAT' be returning to ARTS.....if they are still together...they're a truly good sounding bunch of guys...:) :) :) :) ...and it's all SUPER good while listening-watching them at ARTS......while munching down on 'a hamburger & fries .....yummy....

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Posted by msdjyoung on June 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Re: “True Blue's House of Wings

......and when might you book 'The Beach Brothers' again...that's Frankie McNeil, Mike Suggs and others, please...:) :) :)... I enjoyed a great meal at Tru Blues, the last time I was there when 'The Beach Brothers' were your entertainment....:)

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Posted by msdjyoung on June 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Jimbo's Rock Lounge

This place closed it's doors over a year ago...but it was a great Venue to hear great musicians.......

Posted by msdjyoung on May 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Smokey's Place Sports Bar and Grill

Best burger in town. Don't know what they are talking about in terms of right wing antics. I have been there a thousand times and never heard one discussion. Plus the owner is not a guy (I don't think), the wait staff is friendly, and the food is set at a very good price for the portions you get (I can never finish). Pretty funny reading the comments on the right wing stuff, as long shoremen go there all the time. You can smoke in there which is probably a turn-off for most, but there is always take-out!

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Posted by CID99 on April 25, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Smokey's Place Sports Bar and Grill

right wing political and publically antigay as if i want to have a beer and listen to unsolicited nonsense. better places elsewhere for food, service and friendliness.

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Posted by TxGrunt Jok on April 25, 2013 at 3:44 AM

Re: “How Art Thou Jazz Lounge and Tapas Bar

Cade Style was awesome! Blues, jazz, Motown, our feet were tappin' to the music while we joined in singing to old familiar songs. Great performance.

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Posted by David Berger on April 21, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Re: “How Art Thou Jazz Lounge and Tapas Bar

Cade Style was awesome! Blues, jazz, Motown, our feet were tappin to the music while we joined in singing to old familiar songs. Great performance.

Posted by David Berger on April 21, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Re: “The Ice House

Awesome Bar! Fantastic bartenders, and always make people feel welcomed!

Posted by Gisele Farmer on April 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Blind Tiger

The Caprese Grilled Cheese is one of the best sandwiches in Charleston.

We're dealing in facts, here.

Posted by Pronghorn on April 9, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Halls Chophouse

I have eaten at Hall's a few times. Most were business related and we did not really worry about the cost. I have eaten a lot of steaks in my time, and these were OK. Not the magnificent works of art the friends of Halls has described, but OK steaks. For the price, and and the amount of time needed to go through the "experience" I will eat some place else when it comes to my money. I am often asked where a good steak house is in Charleston. Oak is great and worth the money, but you can find other good restaurants in Chas. that are about half the cost.

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Posted by localhutch on April 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Blind Tiger

Look, you people need to know all bars foods suck. You cannot go to a bar and get good food. Period. It's done. Go to a good restaurant is you what good food. Bars food always suck. Regards, Riptide

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Posted by riptide on April 5, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Halls Chophouse

if there were zero stars available...
first as a regular traveler to the great city of charleston i would like to say that this city has always offered the best service and selection. i have travelled all over the country and always find my way back to this city for the most memorable experiences.
with that said i want to share one of the most disturbing experiences to date.
after being molested at the door by an overeager family member i had to wait an hour and 20 minutes past a reservation time in a noisy crowded bar area. The music was obtrusive and loud, clientele obnoxious and the bartender slow. One of the brothers kept assuring me a spot would open up but after getting a drink dumped on me i went to the bathroom to clean up. I opened the unlocked door bumping into a gentleman and a woman leaning over the counter engaged in either some sexual act or drug use. This is where things got weird. the man in the bathroom was the owners son! what kind of place are they running!
i grabbed my date appalled and left immediately.
Someone needs to look into this place. They are either running a brothel or a crack house.

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Posted by NYCprime on April 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Castaways Grille

I am so sick and tired of bars misspelling Guinness.... in their ad in CP they left off an N in Guinness.... why celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a bar that can't correctly spell one of the most recognized beers in the world? To Castaways Grille I say Pogue Mahone!!!!!!

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Posted by OwenG on March 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Seanachai Social Club

What a great local! So happy that there is a place on Johns Island to enjoy an after-work beer in a friendly pub. Bartender and owner Gerry is a gem, treats his customers as friends, and is a craftsman with the cocktails, too. Hard to drive past it on your way home without stopping for a pint!

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Posted by Wadmalaw on March 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Seanachai Social Club

Seanachai is a great little pub on Johns Island. Great staff with nice craft beers and Irish whiskey selection, with good live music every week.

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Posted by Bostick29487 on March 13, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Parson Jack's Café

...Very friendly atmosphere...great chicken tenders...good sweet tea...Chris Tidestrom does an excellent job on Thursday nights, at the open mic event, and the open mic scene will certainly grow rapidly as the summer season comes upon us. I have found the staff to be totally honest and polite...sometimes, maybe some people are served based upon their attitudes...and what they deserve...so Karma serves it up...

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Posted by Charlie Moore on March 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Re: “Legare Farms

Total Garbage. Do not get a CSA from them. They claim they grow their own produce, but alas, all they grow is more and more paranoid and resentful. When asked where the produce came from they claimed it was from their farm. I went on a tour of the farm and there is nothing growing there. At all.

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Posted by funbags on March 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Re: “A.C.'s Bar and Grill

Sometimes overly crowded. Doesn't stop me from going. Can't beat the champaign list.

Posted by NathanielFann on March 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM
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