Post and Courier critic Hanna Raskin wholeheartedly recommends the oysters on the half shell at newcomer Chubby Fish — but not much more. The Coming Street establishment only gets two stars from the writer in its first formal review. “There are flashes of merit on the chalkboard menu of small plates, but all too often, the clean flavors of quality seafood are distorted by murky versions of trendy sauces and entirely too much seasoning,” she says.
While the triggerfish is “classically simple and perfectly cooked,” grouper cheeks are overcooked, rice is gummy, lamb ribs are too fatty, and the $85 “greasy sliced strip steak” is also overcooked.
Other than the food, Raskin notes the dining room is very warm, crowded, and involves a “crazily convoluted” system to get a table.
Charleston City Paper critic Vanessa Wolf travels to Folly Beach to sample the fare at Lowlife and finds a “fun, friendly bar with above-average eats.” She’s a fan of the poke, shrimp roll, double cheeseburger, wedge salad, and all the drinks.
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