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Re: “Edmund's Oast

My review was about my experience. I found the food is overpriced, the portions small, it was so loud we practically had to scream at each other over the table, and the clientele was extruded from the same vintage cookie cutter. Maybe I hit it on the night of a scenester convention. Regardless, that was my experience. Yours may vary, which is why I think it's good for a wide variety of people to offer different points of view. What works for some may not work for others so it doesn't make either of us wrong.

As for "hating on top restaurants," I'm guilty as charged. I don't like being ripped off, end of story. That's how I feel about virtually everything on Upper King with the notable exception of Prohibition. Also, "top" and "popular" are not synonyms. Top is subjective and, as I said above, people have different opinions.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on March 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Re: “The Alley

Hey guys, we're sorry but this write-up is incorrect on the Occasional Milkshake! They played last week in The Alley, it was awesome. As much as we'd love to have them back in here with us they are not playing on Friday night. Mark Bryan and his band are incredible musicians, and great people.

We'll have all the NCAA Tourney games on the big screens and would love to have you in, fun atmosphere!

Have a great weekend!

Jimmy

Posted by JPoole on March 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

The service at this place is terrible. Ive been there about 3 or 4 times because the food is decent, but I doubt ill be going back. I went there this past weekend and watched people on the right and left arrive after me and get get served over and over at the half filled bar...you seriously have to wave down one of the girls behind the bar just to get a drink or place and order. So after it took twenty five minutes for my order to come I just got it to go and left. Great way to lose business but maybe theyre not too concerned about that.

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Posted by suuuper on March 26, 2014 at 9:54 PM

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: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

Ever since the opening of Cha Cha's, I only went here to party after-dark and have had mixed experiences, good and bad. It wasn't until last week that I decided to tag along to happy hour with some friends. I was blown away by the 1$ beef tacos and 1$ tecates. Seriously. Check it out.

Posted by TheKuhn on March 26, 2014 at 1:24 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: “Sand Dollar

Always a good time on Fri or sat fun place to drink dance or listen to live music

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Posted by silversurfer26 on March 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “A.W. Shuck's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

The Panko encrusted Cod Po'boy is my favorite!

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Posted by mattinchas on February 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Boone's Bar

Good burgers and Good craft beer.. What else is needed?

Posted by kevbodavidson on February 18, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Bay Street Biergarten

So glad Edmund's Oast is finally open now!

Posted by TheBicep on February 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Boone's Bar

We had all Of medical school here and they treated us like crap- we brought them business and they even kicked one of us out because he "touched" an empty keg by the bathroom apparently "depressurized" it when he first got here. The service is terrible, watch out! Bad experience.

Posted by Leyden on February 16, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Trayce's Too Neighborhood Bar & Grill

New owners, not Tracey anymore......now its not a good place anymore, save your money, go somewhere else!!!

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Posted by J B on February 13, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Upper Deck Tavern

The male bartender was awesome and he took over in the case of the negligence and rudeness of the female bartender. The female bartender was just plain nasty. She took an order from a guy standing right next to me when i clearly was before him then when i tried to get her attention she yelled "you have to wait a aminute" and served two more customers before me. I asked for Grenadine which they had in a bottle and she grabs a tray of cherries from the holder and poured the juice right in my drink. The other bartender made me a fresh drink but still :-P Also Karaoke Chris was rude. When It was my turn to sing on the Mic. Im an African american female and there was one african american male in the building and I guess it was Chris friend and said on the mic "hey man I couldn't tell the difference between you two" and started laughing to his underlying racial joke. But with my beautiful self i stole the show and he shut up. But Its a shame that 2014 I had was witness to ignorance of this sort in my own hometown. And I will definitely let the world know!!!!!

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Posted by queengoddess on February 10, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Hominy Grill

IHOP may not have the shrimp with their grits, but definitely has better food and better service than this place...the Hyman's of comfort food describes it well. Best tourist trap is the only Best of Charleston award Hominy deserves. Zero stars!

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Posted by The Super Saturn on February 9, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Re: “Hominy Grill

After 15 years of eating at Hominy Grill on occasion, I had a craving for shrimp & grits recently and stopped by for lunch all by myself. I was shocked at the disgusting glob of goo that was presented to me...it just LOOKED terrible. Regardless of the appearance, I dived in and, yes, looks weren't deceiving - it was TERRIBLE. After reading year after year about the BEST shrimp & grits in Charleston, I finally tried it & it was awful. The service wasn't much better. What a shame. The two stars are for easy access to parking & the guy bussing tables that finally came over & took this atrocity from my table.

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Posted by hollyplay on February 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Bay Street Biergarten

I didn't go there for the beer (so my rating is for the food only)... and had the Pork Schnitzel and Kaesespaetzle twice now. 1st time I was positively surprised by the taste, 2nd time 2 weeks ago not so much - the Schnitzel was not cooked/fairly raw and the batter didn't even stick to the meat; the Kaesespaetzle had more cheese than Spaetzle and was more like a soup. I know how it's done right, I'm a German. At the community tables it's disruptive if someone wants to use their cards...you got to move out of the way and it seems hard to keep the tables bussed..so you kind of put the previous guest's dishes away to the side yourself and hope a waiter/waitress doesn't think it's yours.
The staff is friendly and accomodating; the atmosphere fairly loud inside and it's a loooong wait for a table. I like the interior and the outside. Hopefully this place gets the kinks worked out - has lots of potential to be the IT-spot.

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Posted by Angelika on February 6, 2014 at 5:01 PM
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