The BEST place we ate at in Charleston...the pimento macaroni and cheese was fabulous, as was the BLT. The kettle chips were out of this world. The service was great as well.
as an European i think iam spoiled in a certain way because i visited a lot of restaurants in whole europe.
We had our christmas dinner here and i have to admit it was by FAR the best food i had in whole Charelston.
compliments for the chef and his restaurant crew.
The Crab soup is outstanding !
the atmosphere like being at home
Chapeau , Poogans
True Fine Southern Cuisine.
The food and staff are wonderful. My daughter who hates grits, love's Poogans' Shrimp & Grits. The Bananna & Pecan pancakes are my daughters favorite though. The Poached eggs with smoked salom is unbelieveably superb! Be sure to try the fried alligator it's the best I have ever had!
This is a restaurant for those who like "Fine Southern Cuisine"! The menu is not weird as listed in a previous review, if you have small children who have not been exposed to fine cuisine, go to IHOP.
Weird menu and over-priced.
My family and I visited Poogan's once and that will by our first and only time. I saw absolutely nothing special about this place. In fact, the menu is just plain weird. I guess if you like fancy-smancy "off the wall" and expensively priced "Food Channel" type cuisine then by all means eat there. It has been a couple of years ago but I do remember that it cost my two children and myself over $80 to eat there and that did not include the tip!
If memory serves correctly, I do not remember experiencing any rude behavior on the part of the staff who waited on us. The restaurant is located in a lovely old house (reportedly haunted, although the waitress I asked about the "haunting" said she had never seen a ghost there).
My biggest complaint was the price and type of food they offered - just not my "cup of tea" I suppose. My two favorite Charleston Restaurants are now "Hyman's Seafood" and "Bubba Gump's" and I highly recommend either of those two places. ;)
Enjoyable evening. Just enjoyed a wonderful evening at Poogan's Porch. I live in Charleston and this was my first time here. The reviews didn't quite match my experience tonight. Our waiter was so nice and friendly. It did take about 20 minutes for us to actually order, but after we ordered, the appetizer was out in less than 10 minutes and the meal in less than 20. The food melted in my mouth. I had the Charleston Chicken, which is chicken on a flaky pastry with a creamy mushroom wine sauce..MMM! And there were plenty left overs to take home. My companions enjoyed the Calabash seafood platter and the pecan crusted flounder...wonderful!!!! All dishes came with Veggies and rice, and some mouth watering biscuits. If you visit the restaurant in February the usually have a special because it is the restaurants anniversary. They use 1978 prices, which is a steal! be sure to call ahead and make sure. Reservations are a good idea!
Tourist trap with mediocre food.. It's hard to imagine how this restaurant survives, except for its reliance on tour book comments--which don't seem accurate in our view. Service was fine, ambiance about what one would expect for a central Charleston restaurant. Wine list appropriate for the menu. Food was another matter: Fried oysters were more breading than oyster; scallops were overcooked and not very flavorful, despite heavy cheese topping; jambalaya passable, but not noteworthy; crab and crawfish cakes rated okay. Sides for all dishes were served cold. Nothing spectacular about the atmosphere and no idea how this restaurant could achieve a high rating.
Outstanding Meal. We chose Poogan's Porch not only for the delicious choices we found on their menu when searching online, but also for the history of its location and the ghost stories that come along with it. We had a 5 pm reservation, arrived at 4:55 and the first thing we were told is they wouldn't be seating for a bit because it wasn't 5 o'clock. I thought that odd since the restaurant was completely empty with the servers standing around doing nothing. When we commented on the fact that it was 4:55 she said she didn't realize the time and seated us immediately. The atmosphere was very quaint and we were seated near the cozy fireplace. The room was cold and drafty; yes, even in Charleston it can get chilly. The bathrooms were also cold and not very well cared for. Our waitress was friendly enough but seemed preoccupied in other thoughts. We inquired about the ghost history there and she did not want to tell us anything about it. We asked how long she had worked there and were told 18 years. Now it seems to me if someone has worked there that long they would not only know the history but be anxious to share it with the customers. She was not very attentive. Another waitress serving another table was very anxious to tell ghost stories and we sat there wishing we had her as our waitress. The food was outstanding! The freshly made hot biscuits left you craving more (which we did request). I ordered the pan seared pork tenderloin with sweet mashed and asparagus. It was the best pork I've had in years. My companion ordered the Plantation Fried Chicken with mashed and string beans. I sampled his meal and, to be honest, had almost wished I ordered it. The portion sizes were great and we actually didn't have room for dessert. We did order the peanut butter pie and also the bread pudding to go. Both desserts were delicious later on that night. If asked if I would recommend this restaurant, absolutely, but be sure to request a waitress that knows some of the history..
You must try the Fried Green Tomato BLT.
My girlfriends went to Poogans for brunch one day. The wait was exceptionally long but the food was good. Our server was helpful and suggested celebratory memosas. You could tell that there weren't enough servers for the amount of tables though; this probably made the wait so long! My one friend got the Fried Tomato BLT, which was out of this world! I got the fried green tomato benedict, which was good except my eggs were overcooked. I did notice, however, that the chef included an extra yolk on the plate-probably because he/she noticed that the eggs were overcooked.
Poogans was good but not as delicious as some other places in Charleston.
Miss Rude meaner than a junk yard dog. We made reservation for 5 pm for our 41st anniversary dinner. We are staying at the navy base in goose creek. We didn't know how long it would take to get into town so you guessed it we got there 20 minutes early. It was Sept3, labor day and little traffic. A nice young man said we could wait at the bar. As we made our way to the bar Miss Rude jumped from the corner and told us to leave, that they opened at 5. We try to say the young man told us but before we could finish she told us again to leave. We came to Charleston to eat our anniversary dinner at Poogan's as we heard many great things. We should have gone to Savanah to Lady's and Son. Thanks Miss Rude .
Bad service and lousy food. This was one of the worst experiences we have had and we eat out a lot. For Sunday Brunch at 10:30 the wait for a table was about 20 minutes. We expected that. However, once we were seated upstairs it took about 10 minutes to even get our drink and food order taken. It took 45 minutes to get our food. People who came in with us were gone 25 minutes before we were fed. I had the veggie omelet. It was gray! It looked terrible. My husband had the low country breakfast and he said it was terrible. We both had grits and his were very dry and hard. Others around us were complaining about the service, too. Several patrons had to get up to get their own drink refills. At one time there were 4 dirty tables (out of 10) and no one was in any hurry to clean them. The place had people all over waiting for tables. Fine another place to eat. We recommend Magnolias!
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