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Re: “The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene

The Wreck is the worst restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, in my opinion. Before someone says "you don't get the dive restaurant thing," I do get it. See my review of Bowen's Island. I love dives, and I love local seafood. I hate mushy poorly fried seafood. We had originally tried the wreck back in 2008, simply based on the story about the place. During that experience, service was slow, but not horrible. The food during that visit was ok, but not worth the price ($18 for fried shrimp, I believe).
Fast forward to December 2012. We decided to give the Wreck a second chance, as we were hungry and wanted some delicious fried shrimp. We arrived about 30 min after they opened, and about half the tables were occupied. It took about 20 minutes to get the server to take our drink order. I would say it was another 10 minutes before she took our food order, which was simply two menus with items circled in red. I ordered fried shrimp and fried scallops, while my fiance ordered fried shrimp and fried oysters with she crab soup as an app. We didn't see the waitress again at our table for 30 min after that. When she arrived, all she had was two dinner plates and no soup. We quickly asked about the soup, which must have been forgotten. As we looked at our meals, we realized they were all wrong. I had received fried oysters and fried scallops, while she received just fried oysters. No shrimp to be found. After the waitress came back, we told her about the errors, so she took the plates back and agreed to not charge for the soup. 20 minutes passes by, and we finally get some soup. The soup was just ok, by the way. 5 minutes later, new dinner plates arrive, along with a soft shelled crab (didn't order that). The dinners were wrong again. This time I received fried oysters and grilled scallops, while my fiance received fried oysters and grilled shrimp. At this point, we were 1hr and 30 min into dinner and starving, so we just ate what we got. The fried seafood was mushy, and not flavorful. The grilled stuff was ok, but not what we ordered. The combo meals cost $21 a piece, so we just paid for overpriced seafood without even getting what we ordered. I am not sure how this place is still in business. If your service and food are poor, what do you have that brings people in? My only guess is that the articles talking up the place have made it a dive tourist trap. All I can say, is that I will never go back to the wreck again.

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Posted by brewengineer on January 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Re: “The Shelter Kitchen + Bar

Let me start off by staying I've been to Shelter on 4 separate occasions with each visit impressing me less than the last. I can honestly echo previous comments that the food is nothing spectacular and the service is absolutely awful. I gave them the benefit of the doubt the first two visits (with them recently opening and still working out the kinks,) but after my last lunch visit and TWO HOURS later I will not be dining with them any time soon. If the food was something to brag about, or the place had more than 10 people dining, I might put up with a little wait. When you're several weeks post open and still have serious service issues, problems run deeper than just the occasional server having a bad day.

On my forth visit, which was for a happy hour with friends, it is only fitting that the bar service is as slow as the food service. @edoksa, i'm surprised you found ice in your beer with the 20+ minute wait I had to endure for a single beverage. Living in Charleston, even during the cooler months, ice shouldn't stick around that long.

Also, the atmosphere isn't very relaxing. At least put some kind of partition between the deck and Colman Blvd to reduce the road noise and cut down on the exhaust inhalation.

I hope the owners take this review and the others above seriously because adjustments need to be made for this place to be successful.

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Posted by MrCharleston on December 15, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Re: “The Shelter Kitchen + Bar

Worst service in Charleston.

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Posted by Robert Donovan on December 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Finz Bar and Grill

Finz is a nice place except for one problem: they have those damn roll up doors between the inside smoke free area and the outside addict area, so the addicts can just stand in the doors and blow their poison inside.
They leave these doors open so the poison gets in the smoke free area.
I won't be going back.
As with all non-smoke free places like this, the actual rating is zero stars.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on December 9, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Re: “The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene

The Wreck or poop in my mouth....? hmmm... If I order the poop can i split the check?

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Posted by benjamin.criscitiello on December 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Re: “The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene

I went the VERY first week it opened, with a nephew of the owner. I heard the entire story from the dream, the boat and the restaurant vision. I WANTED to like it because he was family to my friend. However, but and despite that, the fried shrimp was way overcooked, the sweet tea, was lifeless nondescript brown water. I have since been back twice once with someone who just had to try it, in July at night. Tepid tea, burnt fish, and marinating in my own juices, and the previous diner at my seat. Another time to see if anything had improved, which during this experience I left after being ignored by the "wait" staff, for 20 minutes despite sitting in their path to the "deck" diners. Along with Hymans, this place is the WORST seafood in Chucktown. Now I have only lived here for 33 years, so I may not know every restaurant in the CHS area, but to get here you have to pass numerous "tourist traps" that server marginally better fare. Anyone supporting this "establishment" on this forum has either ulterior motives, or absolutely no concept of the foodie scene in CHS. They probably frequent the Okra Grill and Cracker Barrel for a good night out. IMHO.

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Posted by mr fusion on December 6, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Re: “The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene

I agree with the negative reviews on here. And how this place got a nod from Southern Living is beyond me. I ate there a handful of years ago and will not be back. For one, they would not split the check...a major inconvenience. Additionally, at the time (I assume things have changed), they only accepted CASH. People had to leave and go to the ATM to get cash while the rest of us waited for their return in the parking lot. Additonally, there are no substitutions, no acceptions. You circle what you want on the menu, and that's it. The owner or manager(older man)was as rude as everyone says that he is. I felt from the time that we walked in that it was rule after rule..."no cell phones," "no substitutions," "no split checks," "no credit cards." I love a good dive...this isn't one that I'll be going back to...

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Posted by ABAB on December 3, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Early Bird Diner

DON'T try the catfish Po' Boy. An overcooked (previously frozen?) filet served on a big dense/doughy roll with a smear of unseasoned remoulade and topped with wilted lettuce. Accompanying side order of FGTs was mealy with tasteless but crunchy crust. Great iced tea. Other than the food being undesirable, I found the the place to be disgustingly dirty. You can just about see the germs crawling around on all the childrens books and toys. Overall, mediocre at best.

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Posted by arty on November 28, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Ladles Homemade Soups

Used to love Ladles (W. Ashley)... went yesterday and the soup was room temperature and very bland ("loaded" potato -- though they left off the "loaded" part, and lemon greek chicken). The staff was friendly, but very confused and were messing up everyone's orders (it's just soup and sandwiches!).

Disappointing.

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Posted by sbb on November 26, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Re: “O-Ku

Pretentious, dreadful, so noisy that it was hard to place our orders and we were hoarse when we left. Food mediocre and overpriced. Voting with my wallet, never again.

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Posted by cdfs on November 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Re: “O-Ku

I had a terrible experience - I was disappointed and underwhelmed by the food quality and service. The staff is unfamiliar with the contents of the menu and do not communicate clearly. My order was incorrectly delivered and they served poor quality dishes. When I showed the piece of sashimi that looked as if it had been torn off by a dog, the waitress did not offer to replace the dish. The sushi roll just falls apart and they served lettuce that was not fresh. Not to mention that they had a repairman clinking and clanking in the dining area while customers were still present and eating.

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Posted by Jfood on November 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Re: “The Med Eatery & Bar

Re: chapmanbates review
This is the thing that ticks me off about poor restaurant service especially when you've been in the food and bev. business for years. A salad which costs about $2.00 in ingredients to make can be comped easily at no loss to a restaurant with the hope someone sees this as an act of faith to get a costumer back in again, improve quality, and gain more business from rave reviews.
As far as I'm concerned I'll never go to this place. Hopefully the management will read these comments and improve things quickly or perhaps comment on the poor service and why it is this way.

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Posted by Johnny Hot on November 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Re: “The Med Eatery & Bar

For the last few years I have been aware that almost all of the food I have ordered here was mediocre with the occasional above average dish. Which I have been fine with me because for some reason I have always wanted to support Med Bistro and before that Med Deli, when the food was good. However, last Sunday my experience went beyond bad and I have to comment on it. I ordered a the pecan chicken salad and when it arrived it was truly one of the worst salads I have ever had. Extremely tasteless and bland and by the time the server asked how it was, I had no appetite any longer. I told her how bad it was and she asked if there was anything else she could bring me and I told her no. She took my plate with only @ 10% of it eaten and that was that or so I thought. When the bill came the salad was still on it... No manager came by to see why I had sent the meal back or for a discussion and there were only @ 6 tables at the time we were served. So I paid for it and on the bottom I said that I will never be back and I won't. When I said to the waitress that I was shocked that I was charged for such a bad meal she told me that she had asked the manager to remove it from the bill and was told no. Now, I was in food and beverage for 10 years and have never seen anything like this. I guess it goes to show that even the managers and owners have decided that bad food it too bad for the customer that ordered it. I will never be returning and I encourage all people reading this to stop bland food and stop supporting resturants that no longer seem to care about their customers or what kind of quality comes out of their kitchen. Thank you.

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Posted by chapmanbates on November 1, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Re: “The Shelter Kitchen + Bar

Terrible bartenders. Do not go for the night scene! They will without fair warning or last call, take your full drinks from you and poor them down the sink.
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Posted by happyfeet06 on November 1, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Re: “17 North Roadside Kitchen

I don't know which was worse, the service or the food. We've eaten here many times before and had great food and excellent service. Apparently they are under new management. We got there and they were out of half of all menu items saying, "They were switching to a new menu."

Then the food we got tasted like leftovers. Even the bread was stale. The server abandoned us for about 30 minutes. We finally asked the bartender to get us a check. I tried to ask one of the other servers but realized she was in the process of telling someone to "F* off." Her words, not mine. We finally got our bill & the waitress slung it on the table with attitude.


The time spent driving out there we could've had a great meal at a downtown restaurant.

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Posted by bb dell on October 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Re: “The Crab Pot

This place has been closed over 2 yrs now. Oct 2012.

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Posted by BJ's Sportsbar & Lounge on October 19, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Salty Waters Rawbar and Grill

They don't know how to shuck an oyster. But then, who in Charleston does?

0 of 20 people like this.
Posted by Guy on October 15, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Moe's Crosstown Tavern

What happened? My last few visits have left a bad taste in my mouth. How do burn chicken fingers? They tasted like burnt grease, my fries were soggy! You need to get a waitress as your bartenders are lazy and to busy taking shots at the bar with their friends and could careless that my food sucked and my draft was warm and flat. I mean hot! as in the pint must have just came out of the dishwasher! What happened to Moe's? it is just not the same any more.

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Posted by ComnFriday! on October 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Camp Sewee

The crabs arrived late. We followed the truck in at noon when the event was suppose to start. That was problem #1. Bought tickets for crabs and stood in line for 1/2 hour. At that time there were only 3 steamers working. Problem #2. No one had a clue what was going on. Problem #3. They were cooking 3 flavors of crab. Most the people wanted the regular ones. That was problem #3. Time after time the flavored crabs were being cooked. Ended up standing in line for a total of 2 hours before getting 2 buckets of crabs. They were ok but nothing to write home about. The event definitely needs a coordinator. The crabs should have arrived at least an hour before the opening and there should have been cooked crabs ready to go at the get go. The lack of coordination between the cooks was very evident, problem #4 Someone needs to be in charge! Definitely will not be attending again until the event is coordinated. Waiting in line 2 hours is ridiculous!

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Posted by Retiredbc on October 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Re: “The Shelter Kitchen + Bar

We would like to invite you to join us again soon and hope that we are demonstrating marked improvement in this our fourth week of service. The management and owners here intend for The Shelter to provide the best possible service and commitment to quality food at reasonable prices available anywhere in town. We appreciate your candor and are grateful for your patronage. If you decide to visit us again, please let Dave, Ryan, Thomas or Ashley know that you are again joining us. Best Regards, Thomas Berry

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Posted by Thomas Berry on October 3, 2012 at 8:55 PM
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