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Comment Archives: Locations: 3 Stars

Re: “Craftsmen Kitchen and Tap House

I finally made it into the peninsula to visit Craftsmen Kitchen, after a couple month wait for opening day. When you first walk in the door, you can tell there was a lot of money invested into design and decor. I really enjoyed the ambiance with the focus around a beautiful series of bars. There was plenty of space inside, and also an outdoor area with 4 large picnic tables.
The menu was very basic. One side had appetizers and smaller dishes. The other side featured more entree-like options. The waitress also gave us a large tap/bottled drink menu. My first thought, after glancing at the drink menu, was that it contained a lot of confusion. They tried to split things up by flavor profile, but didn't really get it right. There was a section for hoppy/IPA type beers, a section for local brews, a section for malt forward beers, and one other that I can't remember. The IPA/Hoppy section was fine, and featured many great brews. I am not sure there was a reason to separate the locals from the style based menu, as we didn't know exactly what flavor profile fit some of the local brews. The malty beer section was a complete cluster. There were pale ales (Hoppy), belgians, browns, and stouts all mixed in there. Those styles do not all fit the same flavor profile. I would have preferred them to not worry about style and just list all beers by brewery, or perhaps take time to separate by more than a couple flavor profiles. I didn't take time to check if most of the beers listed on the menu were actually on tap, but I didn't have any issues with my orders. The beer selection, while numerous, was not really impressive for a craft beer bar. It seemed like the had the normal basic offerings from many breweries, without carrying many seasonals or limited releases. I found it difficult to pick out a beer I really wanted to drink, but I am probably pickier than most patrons. I did like the option to have 8oz or 16oz pours, but I am not 100% sure the tumblers they use actually hold 16oz. The prices were a touch high, but that could be par for the course when you are a block from the market. The beers were served in clean glassware and seemed to be about the right temperature. My only suggestion there would be to use proper glassware for the style, but that is really asking for a lot.
Once we had a few drinks, we decided to order a few food items. We wanted to try two appetizers and a couple sandwiches. We ordered the Scotch Eggs (hard to find in the low country) and General Tso's Chicken Wings. The wings were really tasty, and they nailed the sauce. It was a nice mix of sweet and spice, and went well with the base crispy wings. The scotch eggs were not exactly what I am used to, but still very good. You only get one large egg, cut in half, so take note if you are sharing with a few people. My main course was the burger, which is made with house ground beef and some added pork belly in the mix. Pork belly makes for some delicious burgers, but also prevents you from getting a rare or medium-rare burger. It took quite a while to receive my burger, but we were in a large party. The burger comes with some thick cut fried potato rounds, but you only get 4 of these. If you are really hungry, it is better that you order more than just the burger. I did enjoy the seasoning on the burger, and would eat it again. I do wish there was more of a side with this. The other dish we got was the crispy pork belly sandwich. Basically, this is a piece of fried pork belly, between two pieces of toast, with a fried runny egg on top. I am not sure why the egg goes on top, as it makes the dish excessively messy. The belly was a touch overcooked, but the whole sandwich was still pretty good. This also cam with the small side of fried potato rounds.
Overall, I think this is a place worth checking out if you like craft beer. They are still very new and will probably be working on things like tap offerings and food. I think my expectations were a bit too high, due to years of drinking craft beer. I will likely return to see if they fall into a groove with food and beer selection. I wish them luck and much success. I am still happy to see another craft-centric bar in downtown Charleston, which covers a growing market of better beer drinkers.

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Posted by brewengineer on May 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM

So we've established for certain that Ryan Leaf owns this place?

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Posted by Pronghorn on May 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Re: “The Grocery

I'm suprised too - thought the dinner menue was over priced and certainly not enough food - Brunch was a much better value. My wife and i are shocked to see essentaily New York City prices at many of the new spots on upper King with out the quality- This includes The Grocery

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Posted by Bob Kosian on April 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Re: “The Grocery

I'm kind of suprised at the high star reviews too... The Grocery is good but it's not one of the greats. I would spend the same amount of money on a different restaurant. Good food, not awesome.

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Posted by C OB on April 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

Stopped in the other night for a drink and menu read.
I had to put the phone light on menu to read, tiny lettering & dim light.
Ended up ordering the Beef Carpaccio and the Lamb/Pork wontons from the 'Starters'.

The carpaccio was awesome, just the right amount of heat from the chile, and literally melts in your mouth.

The wontons were delicious as well. Served piping hot and tasty as well.

Now the bad part. These 2 apps were $14 combined. The carpaccio was served on a plate about the size of a tea saucer or dessert plate, paper thin & one layer thick. Big on flavor - short on quantity. The wontons...5 in all, served on the same size plate, again, a small portion for the price.

Add to this a $5.50 can of beer and it starts to add up fast. I also found it odd that there was no draught beer. I know cans are all hip these days...but really $5.50? Dinner plates start around $12(it is a very limited menu) and climb up from there...with your can of beer in an old gas station. Obviously, some love goes into the food but if you have an appetite, or give due consideration to the value of a dollar, this may not be the place for you.

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Posted by FOBofSC on April 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Bluerose Café

good food, but too crowded now. Also, sad to say the owner, though Irish, has NO idea how to cook a proper scone!

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Posted by RedheadinDixie on April 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Ko Cha Asian Restaurant

very average food, nice people but speak very very poor english

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Posted by coachz on March 10, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Re: “The Grocery

Wow, I'm pretty surprised at how well-reviewed the Grocery is here. I went with a group of 10, and none of us was particularly pleased with the food. The service was great and the decor was nice, but the food was overpriced for what it was and I feel like there are other restaurants downtown with a similar concept and better execution. I will not be going back.

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Posted by camelina65 on February 27, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Rutledge Cab Co.

Our dinner was less than inspiring, the kabobs were ok but boring, the wings were the same as was the burger. The food was just very mediocre. Their house red wine was decent and a relatively good buy. The cocktail I had was unique and I enjoyed it. I thought it was pretty loud inside and outside, but service was good. I will be back to try the all day breakfast options, though.

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Posted by willywoody on February 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Ms. Rose's

I was so excited to try out Ms. Rose's and walked away disappointed.
The food was so so but the service was terrible. Our server forgot our appitizer, let our water glasses sit empty and we had to remind her we ordered a second round of cocktails.
We ordered the gnocchi and a ruben. I asked to subsitute the protien in the gnocchi and our server said there was an upcharge, which i expected but it was her delivery that threw me off. The gnocchi was good, lots of flavor. The ruben was just average. I will give them credit for their fries. They were awsome.
I won't rush back anytime soon.

Posted by elsmoak on February 15, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

Love the style and the location is great in Avondale! Great beer selection and the food that I ordered was very good, albeit the presentation was a little lacking. I was however, a little disappointed in the margaritas. They taste wonderful, slightly sweet and tart, but when I think of a Mexican restaurant, I really picture large margaritas - not a small cynlinder glass filled with mostly ice. I want a giant margarita - at a good price. Otherwise, they seem successful and I hope that it continues!

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Posted by clemsonMUSC on February 12, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

The food I tried was bland. I tried the chicken taco and the Baja fish taco. Both were bland compared to Taco Boy. My friend had the Grilled Mahi taco and the Carne Asada taco. He agreed that the food needed more punch. The service was great and I liked the surf videos. Won't be back anytime soon.

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Posted by Rokko on February 7, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Black Bean Co.

I love going through the drive-thru at BBC, but the service inside the restaurant has been awful on the 3 occasions I've eaten there. I don't mind laid-back service, but in one visit, my waitress forgot multiple drinks, didn't put my order in at the same time as my dining companions', and wasn't at all apologetic. In an attempt to rush my food out, the kitchen delivered my "sautéed" fish almost entirely raw. To be fair, they did comp my meal - but I don't think I'll risk eating in, again.

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Posted by Dillon Lights on January 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Groucho's Deli

I used to love Groucho's but I just went through the drive thru and ordered a white moose with extra sauce (which I didn't get)and a sweet tea. This cost me $10. The whole way home, all I could think about was that I feel ripped off. I can get a gourmet sandwich at Ted's Butcher block for the same price.. with Mac & Cheese!

Posted by frannybnanny on January 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

Food: 5 stars
Drinks: 5 stars
Service: 1.5 stars
Atmosphere: 1 star

The food was worth the drive from Goose Creek. The Spanish Sunrise was a perfect brunch beverage and the coffee was nutty, rich, and delicious. The service was slow and server's attitude was flippant and off-putting.

I am not a fan of the industrial/warehouse setting but I understand it is a design trend. It feels unfinished and unwelcoming and cold.

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Posted by danadominata on January 14, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Hippodrome

Definitely think this event is overrated. We paid the $150 for each of us to be VIP, not to be confused with the VIP TABLE that was $1,000 for 6 people to have their own table. With the VIP ticket we were able to get a better liquor selection and access to the second floor. We were pretty excited for this event, but we were definitely let down. Last year we attending the Snyder Grand Ball right next store to the Hippodrome so I'm largely comparing my experience to the Aquarium's party.

Pros:
-The imax area was very big and open which allowed for us to interact with friends without having to scream at each other while listening to a pretty good band
-The lines for drinks weren't very long, waited 5 minutes max for a drink
-Organization wasn't bad, waited about 10 minutes in line outside to get in. Pretty quick check in

Cons:
-The VIP table members were taking seats from other tables and using end tables to sit on because there wasn't enough seating for the VIP table guests.
-The appetizers weren't very appetizing. I don't think warm deviled eggs go very well with whiskey. I was hoping for food a little more recognizable, not just slices of cucumber rolled up with some pinkish looking mayonnaise stuffed in it
-There weren't any tables or chairs to sit your drink on unless you went into the imax room in which case you can sit in those seats. But you're pretty much SOL for sitting down or having a table unless you get the VIP table


Next year we're just paying the $130 for the aquarium party where you get a much better selection of appetizers/food and seating available to everyone. I don't think the extra $40 was worth it for the VIP ticket. I'm not that picky with my alcohol and honestly, I would've been fine never stepping foot on the second floor. To me, it was an overpriced house party which we could've went to Red's for almost half of what we paid and got the same experience.

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Posted by Netterz0087 on January 2, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Re: “East Cooper Women's Center

Let me 1st say, the doctors are nice. Of course you will have to wait until they call u back. Prepare yourself for 1hr and a half to 2 hrs if you have something plannned or have to work. The front desk are not so welcoming, particularly the black lady. She is rude, does not smile and does not greet you at all. Looks like she ate something bad and decided to take it out on the pregnant lady. She talks so low that you have to ask her to repeat herself and she gets an attitude with you. I've seen her treat the other patients like this, so at least it not me. It makes the visit very uncomfortable. No southern hospitality with this lady. So if you're ok with the wait and want to be disrespected then this is the place.

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Posted by palmettopinkgirl on December 26, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Re: “The Shelter Kitchen + Bar

So-so food, drunken college kid crowd, and the beer selection is just a step above other bars on Shem Creek. I can't recommend this place, unless you just want to pound beers and yell a lot. I will probably revisit in a few months when the new bar crowd dies off.

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Posted by brewengineer on December 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Bowens Island Restaurant

I agree about the view, the food, etc. But there ain't nothing 'gracious' about the service. We laughingly call the man behind the counter "the bar nazi". Still we suffer his rudeness for the sunsets and oysters! Like they say at Bowens " some like it, some don't".

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Posted by why cook? on November 2, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

So I tried this place out and it's a little out of the way for me. There were some things I enjoyed and some things I felt could be better.

There was a 4square special for checking in and getting a free snack. I got the fried green tomatoes as I like FGT. I agree with the person above who mentioned this could be more seasoned. The cornmeal breading was kind of meh (like Shake and Bake would've been better lol) and it seemed the definition of seasoning that was performed was dump some salt and pepper into one spot.
I tried the tuna next. This was very tasty. I was just not thrilled at the price associated. I'm just glad that they do half off apps on Tuesdays to mitigate this a bit.
I also tried the ricotta cheese. The honey that came with the cheese and toast was a nice compliment. The ricotta in general by itself does not tend to have a lot of flavor, so the honey gave it just enough to be a nice little snack.
For dinner I had the chicken. It came with collards and mac/cheese. There was nothing special about the mac and cheese (a lot of places in town seem to add some little flare to mac and cheese to make it more memorable for grown ups), but then again this was just a side, so I really shouldn't expect much. The collards were decent after they gave me some extra vinegar to add. I think a little bit of salt would have helped too. The chicken was ok. I think the light breading they used was to better emphasize the honey. It was not bad, but not something I'd rave about.
The service was reasonable. There were times where there were lulls and times where they were well on top of things. I was waited on by a cute server named Ashley. I would go back if she asked me to go back lol.

Angel Oak is about a 30 minute drive from my place. It needs to come up with some more innovation to conventional items if I want to just randomly decide to go there with any kind of frequency. It should do more than simply be a place that has items A, B and C. It should have an awesome and innovative take on items A, B and C if it wants to draw people from further out.

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Posted by TheBicep on October 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM
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