I'm a native and can't believe this is the first time I've eaten here since the Charleston restaurant opened six months ago. Had heard the Huntington restaurant is good and apparently very popular with live music offerings throughout the week. I had my first exposure to the Charleston restaurant at the recent Taste of Charleston where they offered up the best sample of the entire event with their Chicken and Waffles. It was the best chicken tenders (honey-nut encrusted, crispy fried) I have ever tasted and the unique pairings with the candied jalapenos, pecans, and the maple sage-infused syrup was TO.DIE.FOR. In fact, it won the TOC for Best Overall Dish. I should note that the Chicken and Waffles are only available for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. BTW, did I mention for a nominal price, Sunday Brunch includes all you can drink Mimosas and Bloody Marys?
Now, back to my weeknight dinner: It was like a party for the taste buds. Started out wanting to try all the homemade salsas so we ordered the Salsa Trio. It included a huge platter of very good, great-for-dipping chips. The three salsas were Black Bean and Corn, Fire Roasted Tomato, and Pico de Gallo. Our server, Chelsea, has been with the restaurant since they opened in Charleston and knew the menu like the back of her hand. She was a delight and very helpful. She advised that all of the salsas are made in-house with fresh ingredients and we could taste the freshness. We also ordered the queso dip. I could've made a meal of just those salsas and queso. They were great. The menu through the week consists mainly of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, as well as a few salads and sandwiches. Sounds limiting, but it is anything but! If you are like us, you will have a difficult time choosing from the exotic offerings. The pairings of meats with unique dressings and toppings make for some amazing combinations, again, all created by Black Sheep's head chef. My mother and I finally decided on two different burritos to share so we got a Thai Shrimp Burrito that included seasoned rice, pickled daikon & carrot slaw, smoked cashews, cilantro and a smoky Hoisin Peanut Sauce, and the Bulgogi Burrito, recommended by our server since we like spicy and sweet. The Bulgogi includes ginger and sesame marinated flank steak, house-made Kimchi, cilantro dijon and smoked cashews. It was a delicious combination for the Korean-inspired offering (although, honestly, the steak was a little too thick and chewy for me. Would have liked to perhaps have it more shaved than sliced, as it was). Regardless, both burritos were out of this world. Will definitely go back for another Thai shrimp and to try another taste sensation from the extensive menu.
Good value for the meal. Burritos were HUGE, had a good meat-to-condiment ratio, and were served with your choice of Black Beans, Three Bean Salad, Roasted Red Pepper Slaw, Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad, or Seasoned Rice (thought the rice could have been a little more tasty, but mixed it with my black bean salsa and it was the bomb!). Most of the burritos were in the $9 range, with a $2 upcharge to substitute shrimp.
The atmosphere was typical brewery (btw, did not try any of the craft beers so cannot comment on those). It was relaxed, rather simply decorated, nothing extraordinary, but comfortable. As I said earlier, service by Chelsea was outstanding. Will definitely be visiting again soon and have been craving those chicken and waffles off their brunch menu! Support your locally owned businesses and give this place a try. Definitely not a cookie cutter, run-of-the-mill chain restaurant. "OFF THE CHAIN," so to speak, in every sense of the phrase! Thrilled to have it in Charleston.