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Comment Archives: Locations: Bars + Clubs: 4 Stars

Re: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

, I'm giving it 4 stars based on my experience. The happy hour is excellent: plentiful free pool tables and $1 Tecates (and when those ran out, they upgraded to a Costa Rican beer called Imperial.) The food is very good, especially for a place that identifies itself as a sports bar. We enjoyed the homemade tortilla chips and salsa and had no trouble getting to an open pool table at 5 pm. It appears as though renovations may not be complete yet...but the Mexican Day of the Dead murals that adorn the walls help set a fun vibe, as do the hand-painted, glowing skulls on the bar. We really enjoyed our appetizer sampler--the surprise hit for me being the fried pita bread. The Bacon-wrapped jalapenos were quite tasty too. My wife, who used to tend bar at a Latin bar, was blown away by her first rocks margarita, but had to ask them to remake the 2nd one...meaning it depends on who makes it. (Nicolette made the best one.)

The most important thing we noticed is that we could truly feel that everyone there is trying very hard to make this something good. Dollar beers and good food will get me in the door once. The attitude and effort being put forth have already brought me back for repeat trips.

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Posted by Jimi257 on June 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Cha Cha's Mexican Grill

Tried it out for the first time this week. Was very impressed with set-up, HH deals, and the tacos were great. Free pool, $1 Tecate, $2 tall boy PBR during HH (4-7pm). My two tacos were a lamb chorizo sausage wrapped in bacon with crispy onions and a spicy sauce, and a tempura baja fish with fresh red cabbage and cilantro n onions. Both huge, both super-tastey, 2 for $7. What's not to like there?

I'm sure some hyper-critical foodie D-bags will have something to say about this place (they always do...) To them I say tuck your Brooks Bro. shirt in, go eat at husk for the 3rd time this week en route to IOP for your beach day. This place is chill, friendly, good F&B at great price points. Should fit in nicely with the JI and FB crowds.

Well Done!

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Posted by ChesterCopperPot on June 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Halls Chophouse

I was honestly worried about eating here after reading the reviews. The Hall's friendliness is a matter of taste. We went on a fairly quiet Sunday night, and I found the host to be very hospitable and very helpful. I would ask this of the extreme negative folks, would you rather your hosts at a restaurant be overly helpful or non-existent. I thought the server did extremely well with our group, he did a fine job of explaining the specials and explaining preparations of dishes (such as the "bacon steak"). The food was very good. Not great, but not good either. We had to send one steak back because it was underdone for one in the parties liking, but my steak was fine. The prices are on par with upper tier restaurants in this area, which in my opinion is overpriced anyway. Then again, I ask myself, how much business would they draw if they lowered prices by 5 dollars a plate, or 10 for the upper regions? Probably not much at all. It is a very nice place for a special night, one of the best in Charleston. I couldn't afford to eat there more than twice a year, but I wouldn't turn the place down. I'd have to eat at Oak now that Jeremiah Bacon is running the show in order to judge, I was not a fan when Brett McKee was over there. Hall's is very good, and I would eat there again.

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Posted by Muskie on May 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Brittlebank Park

Tehn maybe you should go back to New York.

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Posted by Chrystal McConnell on May 22, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Pearlz

Fantastic service!

We visited on a busy Friday night and the restaurant was packed. Luckily for us there was space at the community table and we were seated right away. Seeing the crowd I figured service would be slow, but I was wrong.

Our server was very attentive and cocktails and waters were provided almost immediately. The food came out quickly as well.

The atmosphere was great, my only reason for removing a star is that I found the tuna and mahi tacos to be quite bland. Still the rest of the meal was pretty good and the service was outstanding.

We will be returning

Posted by twa318 on May 19, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Halls Chophouse

I just had dinner at Halls for the first time recently and I admit, I was a bit weary after reading some negative reviews concerning the food and the overly-friendly atmosphere. I went to dinner with as much of an open mind as possible though, and I'm happy to say that I was very pleasantly surprised. I was half expecting the fake, intrusive and unnecessary niceties described in previous reviews, but nothing was over-the-top. Yes, the owner was very friendly, but certainly not to the point where it was weird. We had a wonderful meal--the service was great, the food was excellent, and the atmosphere was warm. I would definitely go there again. And with food that good, they can welcome me as if we're long-lost relatives, I won't care!

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Posted by aegr on May 19, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Social

Great time we had at social wednesday. Friendly hostess, accommodating wait staff, and great food & drinks!

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Posted by foodie79 on February 9, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Oscar's of Summerville

In response to the comment below....Wow, coming from a Summerville Hick who has traveled quit a bit to VERY high end restaurants in MANY big cities (Le Cirque in NYC, Fleur De Lys in San Fran and Vegas just to name a few) , I will say I have had mostly good experiences at Oscar's. I think the Woodlands is COMPLETELY over-rated, the food is barely average, it's snotty, and NOT worth the money. I enjoy the quaint atmosphere in the bar at Oscars, the staff is always attentive and remembers us when we walk in. I think they have good steaks, (and they are just as comparable as what I was served at the Woodlands, in an atmosphere that I do not need to wear a tie, and I don't have to whisper my conversation due to the stuffiness). But what do I know, since I am just a hick from Summerville that has probably dined in quite a few more high end restaurants than most.

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Posted by nickieH on February 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Re: “The Griffon

Thanks for the suggestion! While I didn't have the "Honey Badger Wrap," I can tell this staff is the ideal group to create and serve it in the city. Thanks again for the insight!

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Posted by Urmothershusband on January 31, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Re: “The Pierpont Pub

They know how to throw a party. Saturday night in west ashley has a whole new vibe. This 1 st year for then has been questioned by all, would they make it? What a way to go forth into the new year. Great crowd, Great food, bartenders could be a little faster with the service, and a more organized for checking out. This bar was on fire, live music after the game, kept the crowd till closing time. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW OWNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP IT UP.

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Posted by Dragonhearted1 on January 15, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Boone's Bar

Very good. No complaints. Will definitely be back for wings and bourbon. Bartender lacked a bit of knowledge about drinks/beers, but again, no complaints. The guy who appeared to be the manager was very knowledgeable and filled in the blanks. Really liked the atmosphere and the bar itself. The temp regulated drafts/taps is a nice option. Wings are a bit pricey, but worth it. Half price day makes them well worth it. Looking forward to trying more menu items.

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Posted by Wingnut on January 12, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Re: “The Griffon

Great Place… With one exception

I really enjoyed the Griffon. Food was good and the beer selection was great. However, one bartender almost ruined it. It’s a small guy with black hair kind of spiked. Lee or Lloyd (I think). Wore a flower on his shirt and was very rude! Anyway, the place is great, but avoid this guy if possible…

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Posted by SCWriter on January 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Grindz Burgers & Brew

This is the place to get great burgers and occasionally a beer. Every time I have gone my burgers have been great! The location is tucked away in a rundown shopping center, I drove past it 3 times before I actually found it. As far as the decor inside, its nothing great!! The decor is bland, bright lights in the dining area, fake flowers, cheap tablecloths, no pictures, no uniforms, and radio is always playing.
As far as the food goes, I don't care if I'm eating on a cheap tablecloth with fake flowers surrounding me, I'll eat there again and again. Now if I was going out for the night to grab some drinks with a few friends, I would go somewhere else.

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Posted by samf on December 19, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Coconut Joe's Beach Grill & Bar

Always had a great time here, sure its a bit touristy, but living here, its nice to go out and do something fun like this place. Great ocean views, great Jerk chicken and they serve up a good solid breakfast too.

Only complaint would be that service while fair, is almost always very slow. The restaurant def runs on island time, but heck, with a view like that who cares.

Posted by shocksplicer on December 11, 2011 at 12:45 AM

Re: “The Pour House

FCB, they OPEN the doors at 9pm (usually, but sometimes earlier for "early" shows...depends on the band). Don't expect the band to start when the doors open, that's just silly. If you go to a sporting event would you expect them to open the gates at kick-off/first pitch/tip-off time? Sorry you won't be back, they have some of the best music in town at (usually) very reasonable door prices.

I took off one star because you cannot get a PBR for $1.50 anymore. It's $2 during happy hour (which ends too early, IMO...and I'm not alone in that). Will I stop going? No way! Too much good music and too many good people for that.

(Perhaps someone could rewrite the description to reflect the raised drink prices...?)

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Posted by arteear01 on November 27, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Re: “The Macintosh

Very nice menu that changes based on what is the freshest available. We went with a group of 6 and shared a good selection of the appetizers and everyone enjoyed all, The Rabbit was very rich and tasty and the Fried Squash Blossom was unique and delicious. We also had a good selection of the various entrees with the beef Deckle being a big hit, also loved the Bone Marrow Bread Pudding as a side order. Only slight negative is that it is a very loud space which makes conversation difficult especially with a group.

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Posted by csquared on November 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Re: “J. Paul'z

The food here is GREAT! Wonderful selection and perfectly-sized portions. I live nearby and I don't eat there often enough! I normally sit at the bar and the bartenders are always friendly and talkative - quick to make a suggestion, depending on what you're in the mood for. Great wine list. The atmosphere is very nice, but still comfortable if you're having a casual night. Highly recommended!

[And for "Chef Lisa" who gave this place such a terrible review: If you were REALLY a chef, you would know there is no such word as "eatable." The word you were looking for is "edible." Your welcome.]

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Posted by hollyplay on October 31, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Queen Anne's Revenge

I like the new chef and management. It's much better these days.

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Posted by zigzag on October 13, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Re: “The Ice House

I have ordered take-out from the IceHouse on several occasions and have no complaints. The food was very good, and reasonably priced. Service has always been cheerful and attentive. I will return again.

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Posted by Patrick Ewen on October 3, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Montreux Bar and Grill

I have been to the bar and will return again tonight for the second time. I loved it and am looking forward to another great night!

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Posted by Jinnett on October 1, 2011 at 5:51 PM
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