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“Outside city - but worth it”
Review of The Glass Onion

The Glass Onion
Ranked #33 of 910 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Neighborhood: Parkwood / Farmfield
Description: The Glass Onion is one of Charleston’s original home grown, locally focused, all-natural restaurants. Owner and Executive Chef Chris Stewart opened the restaurant in 2008 with fellow culinary colleagues. It was one of the first places in town to support local farmers and purveyors with almost every dish and drink. An eighth generation Alabama native, Stewart’s love and appreciation of southern food shows through his menu. His restaurant boasts comfort food that reflects his time growing up in Alabama, as well as New Orleans and Lowcountry influences. The ever-evolving menu changes daily and features as many local, all natural, hormone-free ingredients as possible. The soulful food draws influence from Stewart’s southern heritage and family recipes, especially from his grandmother Jennie Ruth; and is available for lunch, dinner and Saturday brunch.
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Outside city - but worth it”
Reviewed June 5, 2014

On the Savannah Highway, this little place looks like nothing on the outside, but is a true gem. Small and filled, but not noisy - everyone too busy enjoying food. All fresh, local and the menu changes daily. I had pan roasted trout on some kind of corn something underneath that was the best meal of our trip. Husband had soft shelled crab (it was just the season) and, although he had never had it before, loved it. Decent red wine better than expected. Service friendly and fast although did not feel rushed. Highly recommend.

  • Visited May 2014
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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“This Onion won't make you cry.”
Reviewed June 3, 2014

The Glass Onion was suggested to us by a local Charlestonian and I'm so glad we took his advice. The food here was delicious. We came for lunch and just beat the crowd by about 10 minutes. Great menu options and they pride themselves on getting local produce, shrimp, fish etc. My husband enjoyed his shrimp po boy, it indeed was packed with shrimp while I chose to dine on the fried green tomato and pimento cheese po boy. All I can say was it was delicous enough to make me go back the next day for dinner. A different menu but outstand just the same. Service was attentive, friendly and informative. The restaurant clean with a homey feeling. I loved everything about this place and will definitely be back!

  • Visited May 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lunch visit”
Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Amazing southern food, prepared in different and creative ways. Came for lunch and definitely got high quality food for a reasonable price.

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North Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent Southern Food Influenced by New Orleans”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

My family and I enjoyed our first experience at the Glass Onion. Everyone left feeling satisfied and full. Some highlights of our meal included the huge, fluffy biscuits, the pork belly with eggs and grits, and the gumbo. But the best thing was the bread pudding. The pudding itself was already very good compared to bread pudding I've had in New Orleans, but the whiskey sauce put it over the top. We also tried the fries with bernaise sauce, which was initially was a little strange, but then grew on us until it was all gobbled up.

The restaurant seems to strive to make its food from local produce and avoid ingredients like high fructose corn syrup. However, this is Southern food. You are not going there to eat super healthy.

The service was great. You order at the counter and pay after you eat, but multiple people consistently checked on our party, refilled our drinks, and made sure we were satisfied.

The restaurant, itself, has a small parking lot and has limited seating. It has a laid-back feel. The decor is simple and the restaurant is clean. Our party got to the restaurant about an hour after it opened for brunch and it wasn't very busy. But business definitely picked up at a rapid pace soon after we were seated.

  • Visited May 2014
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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“Good Food, Good Folks & Relaxed”
Reviewed May 23, 2014

If you find youself in Charleston and happen to be staying, working or traveling in the West Ashley area and you want a great and different lunch option, you couln't do better than the Glass Onion. They have limited seating, a good carry out business and a varied luncheon menu with a great selection of sandwiches and desserts. I eat there frequently when in town and find that the luncheon offering is consistently good. The evening entree offerings are a bit less predictable but nonethless generally good. If you are salt conscious you may want to be careful in ordering the seafood unless you check first with the server.

The sigange for the Glass Onion is extremely poor since there is not sufficient color contrast between the lettering and the background color and if you're not acquainted with the area you'll likely miss the entrance to the very, very, very small parking lot.

My advice...go early for both lunch and dinner.

  • Visited May 2014
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