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Comment Archives: Locations: Bars + Clubs: Bar: 5 Stars

Re: “Crave Kitchen & Cocktails

I am never disappointed when I come to Crave - the food not only tastes delicious, but the ingredients are fresh. I have tired a lot of items on the menu - and my personal fav is the Northern Italian Beef and Pork Bolognaise - to die for! My husband has had a hard time deciding what to eat because it is all so good, but he does enjoy the Cedar Plank Salmon. A dinner would not be complete without trying thier creamy mac and cheese and lobster risotto. The service is efficent but it is the food that drives me back here- an hour drive each time!

Try Crave - you won't be disappointed.

Posted by alikissangel on March 6, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Bacco Italian Restaurant

Bacco has steadily been my favorite restaurant in Charleston (actually, period) for the past few years since it opened. It is very tasty, very inexpensive, and very cozy.

If you're reading this thinking "huh, I should try this place" then please consider this: go during the week. The word has gotten out and the restaurant is starting to fill up on weekends. I like eating here at 7 pm on a Saturday, so don't steal my table. Go on Tuesday or Wednesday, when chef/owner Michael offers his 7 course tasting menu for a mere $20. This includes 3 antipasti (appetizers), 3 primi (pasta), and a choice of dessert. The full menu is also available. Or go on Thursday, for half price wine bottles.

The food is the star here. Have you ever eaten something, closed your eyes, and had a moment, an experience? Not just putting food in your mouth because it's a metabolic necessity of life, but an actual experience from food? I've had that at probably 3 restaurants in my life, and Bacco is not only on the list, it's a repeat performer. Let's talk about some of those foods/moments.

Chicken liver crostini: If you don't like to eat "gross" stuff, you can skip this and go on to the pasta. That leaves more for me. These are magical. I order extra plates of this when I see it on the menu. When I was in Paris, I ordered goose live foie gras pate at every occasion. These crostini aren't just the next best thing to a Parisian cafe, they're better.

Pappardelle: On my first trip to Bacco, I had never heard of pappardelle. Afterwards, I scouted every grocery store in Charleston to find it (I'll save you the trouble: Whole Foods and Harris Teeter). This is a wide fettucini-like pasta with tomato sauce, basil, and mozzarella, as simple as it can get. It is also spectacular, a real example of the beauty of simplicity.

Ricotta cheese cake: I am not a dessert person, so just making it on this list is an accomplishment for the chef. This is unlike any other cheese cake you've had. It focuses on flavor and texture, not just cramming sugar and saturated fat into a wedge and calling it dessert. Also to note are the strawberries with balsamic reduction, again actual cuisine and a tasty way to end the meal.

Butternut squash soup: This is my wife's favorite dish. I normally think of soup as a course you get out of the way so you can get to the actual food. Much like salad. I make exceptions for only two: this and she crab soup. And wedge salads with bacon, but that's a different story.

Duck: I normally don't order, or particularly enjoy, duck. However, Michael makes the best duck leg, which my wife thankfully ordered, let me try, and I will now order next time I am there. I had similar tasting duck at a double Michelin starred restaurant, but Michael's is tastier, tenderer, and crispier.

There are many others, but considering the menu rotates seasonly, if not weekly, you're likely to have different choices each time you arrive.

In regards to the other aspects of the restaurant, as if the food isn't sufficient, the atmosphere is perfectly simple and comfortable, much like the food. The wait staff is perfect. I know most of them by name, because they are noteworthy.

Again, and I can't stress this enough, this restaurant is a must visit and my unequivocal favorite in town, but the 7 course chef's tasting menu on Tuesday and Wednesday is not only a steal of a deal, but a great way to experiment, diversify, and try some world class food you might otherwise not consider. If you go any other day, the regular menu is sure to please. Just don't take the last table, I want it.

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Posted by K and B on March 4, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Dublin Down

Forgot the stars! Great job on Daniel Island

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Posted by Restaurant reviewer on March 3, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Hominy Grill

I love Hominy Grill. Yes, it does get packed so plan ahead or get there early. To me, it's always been well worth the food. I'm a breakfast person so this place is FANTASTIC for me.

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Posted by Pepper.Potts on February 17, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Coleman Public House

Very friendly and knowledgeable bartender Amber (she's pretty too).
I had a visitor from Bavaria (THE beer country) and both of us enjoyed the locally brewed Westbrook wheat beer and the delicious food. Definitely not the last time I was there!

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Posted by CharlestonWolfgang on February 15, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Hominy Grill

I can't believe these reviews. The food here is incredible. I've been here for breakfast, which was good but probably a little too hyped up. Fine, let the tourist go here for breakfast...
I went here for dinner for the first time on Monday night and I actually woke up thinking about my food from the night before. It was incredibly delicious. There were four of us and all of our food was delicious, one had shrimp and grits, one had cajun meatloaf and one had trigger fish with cheesy deep fried grits. I had lima beans, mac and cheese, mashed sweet potatoes and corn bread. I could eat these for the rest of my life. Not to mention that we all drooled over the menu and all had a really hard time deciding what to order.
Our waitress was helpful with helping us choose, very friendly and attentive.
I can't wait to come back here for dinner.

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Posted by SarahKate on February 15, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Tommy Condon's Irish Pub & Seafood Restaurant

Great place to go for Beers and Music. Best part about this place is the Band, Bartenders, and Beers. It is not the best place to eat nor the best "Irish Bar" but the music and atmosphere has always made it ideal for me.

1 of 3 people like this.
Posted by talleypowertrader on February 13, 2011 at 1:30 AM

Re: “Wild Wing - Mt. Pleasant

Love Wild Wing! Bring Thomas Tillman back !

Posted by cad779 on February 12, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Re: “The Brick

I just wanted to let everyone know that this bar became under new ownership back in August of 2010 and I ask that you don't hold any of the negative comments prior to that date against us. Even though we kept the same name, we have greatly improved the bar and it's atomosphere. I invite everyone to come and check the bar out for yourself and for anyone who had a negative experience I ask that you come by and give it another shot. Thanks and I hope to see you at The Brick!

Posted by DirtyBirdVT on February 11, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Closed for Business

We were looking for a place for lunch yesterday and we came upon "Closed for Business" and decided to give it a try. I ordered the Grilled Cheese w/ tomato soup. The grilled cheese was DELICIOUS on thick sliced, buttery bread w/ three kinds of perfectly melted cheese. The tomato soup was also delicious, very fresh. My boyfriend ordered the fried chicken sandwich w/ french fries. That was also really yummy, the chicken was very lightly fried and not greasy. The fries, fresh cut, were so good we were fighting over the last few! Our server was very sweet and upbeat. The overall ambiance was very calming and inviting and I loved the handmade-looking lamps on the booth tables! I like knowing my food comes from local businesses, and it was well worth the $25 for lunch. We will be back again soon to try some of those craft beers and the pork rinds! Thanks for a GREAT lunch!

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Posted by SLIDE on February 10, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Finn McGoo's Irish Pub and Restaurant

This is the finest pub I have been to in Carolina. The owners are friendly, the music great and - - the drinks are not bad either!
sigmund

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Posted by sig on January 29, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Re: “King Street Cabaret

1337 has a cozy environment. The staff and girls are all friendly and yet crazy at the same time! Love that place!

1 of 1 people like this.
Posted by taylorjordan on January 25, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Re: “J. Paul'z

Great atmosphere, great food, and incredible bar! Love it!

Posted by beachlover37 on January 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Montreux Bar and Grill

Wow! I am shocked at the bad reviews. I LIVE at Montreux. I am there nearly five times a week. I have NEVER had a bad experience. I have never seen the drunks people talk about either. In fact, one person in our group was dropping the "F" bomb rather loud and the waiter came over to say, "You're going to have to quiet down." My friend was greatly offended, but I really appreciated that.

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Posted by versblakhorned on January 21, 2011 at 5:21 AM

Re: “Rehab Bar & Grill

Just discovered where the dman is. In top form as usual. Great place. Have some terrific acts. Hoping they can do more in the food department but what they have is good. Find a signature dish or something. Everyone should try this new place. What a better place to tell your friends you spent the night at......REHAB bar and grill

1 of 4 people like this.
Posted by avator on January 20, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Neil Jordan's Steakhouse

Love Neil Jordans. The Allen Brothers steaks are incredible. Atmosphere good and in particular, the bar area rocks, especially when Allen is holding court behind the bar. Allen is great at what he does and is the 2nd best bartender in a 2 mile radius!

Go one and you'll be hooked! Neil Jordans is a dining destrination experience-especially the bar!

0 of 2 people like this.
Posted by BigT on January 7, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Re: “High Cotton

Was in for dinner last night, and once again they did not disappoint!!! The pork belly appetizer with apple tart is off the charts!!!! They just expanded their bar and music to trios and a whole new mix of musicians. This place has been around for over 10 years, and there is a very good reason why. It's a must whether you live in Charleston or visiting for a long weekend

Posted by HCGM on December 30, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Re: “FIG

Friendly staff, great food. Seafood is always fresh and cocktail list has a variety of interesting drinks. Upscale without being pretentious. Love it!

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Posted by mynamewastaken on December 30, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Social

Great pizzas, great wine selection. I was actually surprised at their extensive craft beer selection as well. Young, hip ambience made for a nice change from other downtown restaurants.

Posted by mynamewastaken on December 30, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Re: “FIG

My husband and I ate at FIG last night with a group of friends, and the food and service were both phenomenal! They were more than willing to accommodate the size of our group, and did a great job explaining each item on the menu. We started with the Sheep's Milk Ricotta gnocchi, which had such a great flavor, and was prepared perfectly. My husband could not stop raving about the Strube Ranch Wagyu Bistro Steak, which he claimed was one of the best steaks he had eaten. We ended with a dessert of sorghum cake, with an amaretto ice cream, that came highly recommended by our server. He couldn't have been more right, as this dessert was heaven in your mouth.
Overall, wonderful experience! Our glasses stayed full all night, the food was original and full of flavor, and the service was impeccable. Can't wait to go again, and would highly recommend!

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Posted by Mayor1231 on December 18, 2010 at 4:17 PM
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