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First Review For Motobar Declares it a Dive Bar with 'Mediocre Vegan Food'

"Vegan food doesn't have to be bad ..."

Chloe Gilstrap
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

In a town swimming in swine products, it's a bold move to plan a vegan eatery in the heart of restaurant row. Hipster diner Motorbar set up shop at 487 King St. with intentions to keep their facility free of animal products.

The motorcycle-themed establishment opened seven weeks ago and received their first official review over the holidays. City Paper critic Eric Doksa's less than flattering analysis of Motobar hit Christmas Eve. While an avid carnivore, Doksa isn't against abstaining from meats, dairy, and eggs, but he thinks the restaurant should work more towards elevating vegetables to a star role, rather than finding meat substitutes. He's not a fan of the faux cheeses or the "fake meat resembl[ing] thin pieces of pale pink silicone."

He thinks they have a pretty good bar though, and concludes:

One could argue that some of the best bites around town contain no animal products and consist of only the finest local produce. Something as simple as a carrot can be transformed into a memorable bite by simply roasting it or poaching it in its own juices. Motobar is better deemed a dive bar that serves mediocre vegan food than a vegan restaurant with a motorcycle theme.


487 King St, Charleston, SC 29403 (843) 805-5050