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Comment Archives: Locations: Bars + Clubs: Music Venue

Re: “Charleston Music Hall

Favorite venue in Charleston!

Posted by OutdoorEnthus on February 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Castaways Grille

I really wish I lived closer to Castaway's because it is such a chill, spacious bar for happy hour or to grab a bite. They have the usual pub fare but fancy it up with pasta dishes and a pork chop entree. I always make sure to go once a month on the Tuesday when they have a stand up comedy night. I'm usually not a big fan of stand up, especially when I'm not familiar with the comedians because I hate when I have to force myself to awkwardly laugh, but I've been three times and they've never disappointed! It doesn't hurt that they have super cheap beer and a $2 vodka special. I'd highly recommend!!

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Posted by jennie8pie2 on February 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Re: “EVO Pizza

I have celiac disease and I still eat here occasionally. That should tell you something.

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Posted by cgi-bin laden on January 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Re: “EVO Pizza

Let me start by saying I am rather disgusted by the fact that someone has enough hatred for EVO to "dislike" any positive review or comment on here. Really? What did this restaurant do to you? I won't let that affect my review of what I consider the best pizza in Charleston.
Why is this the best pizza in Charleston? Why does my opinion count? Actually, pizza taste is more subjective than any other food out there. It seems that some people think the best pizza comes from NY. Other people only like the thick Chicago style deep dish pies. I can appreciate all styles of pizza, and I used to make them as a part time job as a teenager. However, my true pizza purist side really appeared while living in Italy for 3 months (and during multiple return trips). While I lived in a little suburb of Torino called Venaria Realle, I learned that most popular pizza in Italy was Pizza Napoletana, which originated from Naples. This style had thin crust with light toppings, and was cooked in a wood fired oven. The wood fire always added a wonderful touch of smoke to the crust, while providing a high heat level to crisp things up. When you ordered a Pizza Margherita, you would get an 8" pie with a light covering of sauce, frest cut tomatoes, house made mozzarella cheese (I preferred to opt for Mozzarella di Buffalo), and just the lightest touch of seasoning from a couple basil leaves. This was pizza perfection to me. I tried this pizza from many places during my stays, and it was always delicious.
Now that I live in Charleston, I often miss this Napoletano pizza experience. Then, I discovered EVO. Extra Virgin Oven (EVO) takes pride in producing the most accurate representation of true Italian pizza you will find in this part of the country. They offer the same fresh ingredients and even feature a true wood fired pizza oven. The crust is always cooked to a perfect crisp level, and they even seem to have the dough chemistry worked out to match EU. To add some American spice to the traditional dish, they offer something called a Pork Trifecta. Sweet Jeebus, the Trifecta is delicious. I am still an American, and I love bacon. The PT gives you the bacon fix you needed, along with some house made sausage and pepperoni. I think the combination of tradition with an American pork lover's wet dream make this the best pie in CHS.
Aside from the orgasmic talk about the pizza, EVO also delivers on beer selection and service. I have never had an issue with the waitresses, as they are quick to take orders and deliver food. The craft beer selection had slacked off for a while, but seems back to normal. I also have enjoyed the breads I have tried from their bakery.
While there may be many NY pizza purists on Citypaper, if you love fresh ingredients, you really need to try EVO for yourself. I don't expect it to be #1 on everyone's list, but I would hope the flavor might convince you that these guys know what they are doing. All this pizza talk is making me hungry! Cheers!

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Posted by brewengineer on January 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Back Home Bar & Grill

Back home is an awesome place for great food and drinks. very friendly staff and a good place to just let go!!! Im a former employee of the bar i quit about two months ago. I go back for drinks once in a while and will continue to go. please everyone help thisw bar continue to be one of the only good places in WEST ASHLEY TO HAVE FUN @. cheese curds are awesome but i hated making them. Good luck guys. GO G-MEN!!!!!

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Posted by Guitar4228 on January 10, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Re: “House of Brews

I was shocked to find out how cool HoB was, especially since it was right down in Mt Pleasant. This place is a craft beer lovers heaven, wrapped up in a locals bar. First of all, if you are looking for a normal drinking establishment, you are in the wrong place. This is a house, converted into a bottle shop and bar. They have a nice list of rotating taps, along with two bedrooms full of bottles. Feel free to pick out any bottle you want, and they can have it chilled and served in a few minutes. Prices are fair, especially for Mt P. What really makes this place special is the atmosphere. The owner is the bartender, and you will not find a nicer guy. He cares about his customers and wants to personally meet every one of them (first name bases kind of thing). The house-like atmosphere really pushes you to meet and converse with strangers, as you sip on fine ales. The back and side yards are set up with fire barrels and seating, as well as a stage for live acts. With many positives, we must also discuss the negatives. My only main issue is the hours, which isn't the owner's fault. They close at 10pm, mainly due to the fact that they are in a residential area. I hear that one of the neighbors doesn't like them (for no good reason), and complains quite often. The early closing time can be a letdown if you are a late dinner kind of person looking for an after dinner beer. Despite the early closing, it is still an awesome place to hang out and enjoy some brews with friends.

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Posted by brewengineer on January 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Re: “O'Brion's Pub & Grille

Decided to try the I'ON location with my best friend here visiting from from Texas. Of several places the two of us visited during his stay in town, O'Brion's actually did all of the basic things to make a customer feel like a necessary part of the business equation correctly. We managed to get a seat at a nice comfortable high top table, were greeted within seconds by a very lovely young lady (Eva) who was actually smiling and glad to be there, placed and received our beer order which arrived within a couple of minutes icy cold along with well chilled pint glasses, had our questions about the menu answered confidently, and proceeded to enjoy sports on the many quality flat panel screens without the annoying nuisance of loud blaring volume while waiting for our food. The food arrived quickly despite a sizeable crowd and my friend described the burger as the best he had enjoyed in Mount Pleasant. Likewise, the Cuban sandwich I received was total perfection on a plate. As a bit of a connoisseur of this particular sandwich, I must point out that this is the first time I have ever received a "true" Cuban made properly in this town and it tasted spectacular. My friend and I were quite happy that we were able to enjoy our experience at this O'Brion's location from the minute we walked through the door until we left feeling very satisfied that at least one place in Mount Pleasant actually has what it takes to earn the business and insure the return visit of its patrons.

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Posted by The Super Saturn on December 13, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Back Home Bar & Grill

In response to "Sacred Arrow", this is the most ludicrous, meritless and I would even go as far as to call it slanderous review of a restaurant. This is a family owned restaurant, the owners and employees are extremely hard working to make it a successful place. I go there regularly and have never once witnessed any type of drug use or "marijuana" being smoked in the bathrooms or elsewhere. Especially being that many of my friends who are off-duty and retired police officers patron the place. Majority of whom are friends with the owner. Please keep your false reviews to yourself.

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Posted by nursie on December 7, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Bowens Island Restaurant

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.

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Posted by brewengineer on October 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Sticky Fingers

Great place to eat and great service !! Thanks for your southern hospitality Ashley.

Posted by Diane Charity McGonigal on August 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Oscar's of Summerville

Oscar's has been a main stay in Summerville for 30 years and is consistant in serving great food, providing excellent customer service and affordable prices. It's for sure on my list of favorites!

1 of 2 people like this.
Posted by Drake Reily on August 23, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Back Home Bar & Grill

Back Home Bar and Grill serves up delicious food with great service. The menu offers something for everyone, and everything is really, really good. With its homemade bread and tender, perfectly seasoned beef, the Philly Cheese Steak is authentic and delicious and the Carnegie Deli-inspired Reuben is the best you'll find this side of NYC. And the fries...... they're fresh-cut and crisp, without being greasy.

We'll be back soon to try the Maine Lobster Roll!!

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Posted by alteredstate on August 19, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Re: “FIG

Our experience at FIG was absolutely amazing from start to finish. The mood is warm, the staff is inviting and knowledgeable, and the food is incredible. Our server, John, was very personable and really impressed me with his thoroughness and depth of knowledge of everything FIG. The first delight I experienced was their drink menu which featured some very creative cocktails. My focus immediately went to the 'build your own Manhattan' feature that allows you to custom design your perfect drink from a robust list of bourbons, vermouths, and bitters. Also very cool was the array of Negronis and other special proprietary cocktails offered.

Now onto the food...the focus here is on clearly on using locally sourced ingredients at their prime and treating them minimally to really honor the ingredient itself. Reading the menu, I immediately noticed that majority of selections begin with the actual source or location of the ingredients in the dish. We started out with the coddled Sea Island Farm egg and the chicken liver pate and pork ciccioli. So, I have never had a coddled egg and I really didn't know what to expect when we ordered it, but let me say this is an experience not to be missed. Our server brought out a tiny cast iron pot, removed the lid, and exposed a gently simmering sea of Parmesan cream, tiny croutons, and beech mushrooms. Diving into it, the egg yolk bursts and mixes with the broth to create a flavor that is absolutely sublime. The pate plate was perfect, the chicken liver and pork ciccioli were super smooth and flavorful and the pickled accompaniments and toasted brioche were just right.

For entrees we chose the ricotta gnocchi and suckling pig confit and were blown away by both. If you have never had ricotta-based gnocchi (as opposed to the more traditional and heavy potato-based) you have got to give it a try. Imagine plump clouds of sweet ricotta dumplings in a sea of deeply flavored lamb bolognese. Amazing. The suckling pig, sourced from nearby Caw Caw Creek Farms, is slowly confited and then the meltingly tender meat assembled rounded up and gently seared. Served with roasted beets and greens in a sea of pork jus this dish had everything.

Of the many higher end restaurants we have been to in Charleston, FIG sits right there at the top. What really differentiated this restaurant from some of the other top notch establishments was its lack of pretentiousness while still maintaining the experience. The food and service were perfect and we felt comfortable and welcome being there.

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Posted by aaronrichard on August 15, 2012 at 6:58 AM

Re: “Rehab Bar & Grill

Nice dance floor and great bartenders!!! They have a bartender that should be in Vegas! He flips bottles and blows fire! Definately the most entertaining around here! They also have great steak specials on wednsdays.

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Posted by steve madden on August 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Re: “The Break Room

We love the Break Room and everyone there! They have the best food! (Thank you, Nate!) Tony is the best bartender ever...we met "Bartender Bobby" the other night and he did a great job. Bobby is a very nice person! Good prices. The regulars there are the nicest people you would ever want to meet...Jan, Pete, Steve, Jerry, Missy, Jake, and of course...Willie :) just to name a few of the many. Great, very friendly, welcoming crowd. The Break Room is upscale without being snooty. We found the Break Room quite a while ago and we have become "Vacation Regulars"! Made good friends and we look forward to go there each time. We always feel welcomed by all! ~ Terry and Barbara Bozon, Raleigh, NC~

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Posted by Barbara Yonkin Bozon on July 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Wolf Track Inn

Always liked the Wolf Track but since I quit smoking, can't do it anymore.

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Posted by shardo1955 on July 27, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Wolf Track Inn

Was a truly fun evening when the Wiggins Brothers played about a month ago maybe late June or early July 2012. I hope the 'Track' will have them back soon.

1 of 1 people like this.
Posted by msdjyoung on July 26, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Re: “The Mezz

The Only Premier Jazz Bar in Town. This is a true experience!

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Posted by Blue35 on July 24, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Wings Neighborhood Bar & Grill

This Place has the best food

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Posted by Dino on July 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Tristan

Hadn't been to Tristan's in a while, well over 5 years ago with a different chef and different style, and thought it was time to give it a try, again. Our meal was excellent and on par with the other top restaurants in town. We won't wait 5 years to go back, that's for certain.

Posted by willywoody on June 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM
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