Poogan was the name of a dog that got left behind when the house was sold; Poogan stayed on the porch even after the new owners decided to change a ... More
Poogan was the name of a dog that got left behind when the house was sold; Poogan stayed on the porch even after the new owners decided to change a charming old Victorian house into a restaurant. The establishment's name choice was obvious, since the dog greeted everyone who came. Diners are still greeted with a Southern hospitality and menu. Dishes are made with local ingredients featuring such specialties as Miz Bertha's She Crab Soup, Poogan's Po-Boys (shrimp, oyster, catfish), Lowcountry Shrimp & Grits, Carolina Alligator and Key Lime Pie.
The plates on the table when we arrived were dirty... one had a bug on it. The waiter didn't write down our order and didn't get 2 of them correct. The food was on par with a diner - nothing special at all. Overall, I wasn't impressed. The only good thing it had going was the 1/2 priced mimosas @ 2.50 each.
We love this restaurant. We - meaning our family and all our friends.
You have to love the stories about Poogan and the ghost stories which abound here but mostly it's about the food. The huge biscuits are to die for! The seafood is wonderful and the old home which contains all the quaint little rooms is so great. The parking garage across the street is a plus also.
We came to Charleston for our 41st anniversary. We made reservations for 5. We got there 20 minutes early. A young man said we could wait in the bar till 5. Miss Rude jumped from the corner and basically told us to leave and return after 5.
She was extremely rude. We never came back. There loss.
Had lunch at Poogan's recently and enjoyed it very much. The best part may have been the biscuits served before the meal. (They serve biscuits in a basket instead of bread.) Boy they were tasty! The service was attentive and asked us if we wanted more biscuits, which of course we did. The main courses we were good too -- Low Country Pasta, Cajun Sausage & Red Beans, and Bacon,Lettuce & Fried Green Tomato sandwiches. Our party left full and very satisfied. My son was very interested in the stories of "Zoe" the ghost that supposedly haunts the restaurant. The staff was very pleasant and patient with his questions. A Very Charming Place.
We were very excited about going to Poogan's Porch after having heard so many wonderful recomendations. It was fun, we enjoyed being in a place with a ghost history, and the story of Poogan the dog is just wonderful. However, that is all we can say good about our experience there. We were seated in a dining room in the back which was disappointing as it had very inexpensive modern dropped ceiling tiles, badly water stained, which I did not expect to see in a historic place noted for its' atmosphere. The water stains lead us to feel we were in a less-than-clean atmosphere, and could easily have been replaced for very little cost at Lowe's or Home Depot.... the service was absolutely terrible, and we were there for a late lunch so the server was not all that busy. I asked for a refill of my soft drink three times before finally getting it, and never did get the biscuits we requested twice. We had the she crab soup, which was very good, and then the chicken salad plates which were good, but nothing special or outstanding. Very small servings. Dining was very distracting as one of the employees, wearing heels, kept walking briskly about the room, making a loud "clack-clack" on the tiles with her shoes, and the busboy was extremely annoying as he cleared tables and replaced paper table cloths, while conversing loudly with his coworkers. We did not find the servers to be especialy friendly. We are glad we went to Poogan's Porch so we can say that we were there, but I doubt we would ever be tempted to go again.
This authentic historic Charleston resteraunt was the days treat.
The food was excellent, original and filling.
The story of "Poogan" is a one-of-a-kind southern pooch tale.
Please stop by, enjoy a drink, and some wonderful food.
New to Charleston, moving here recently from Ohio, I heard from co-workers that one week in Febuary Poogans Porch rolls back prices to the 1976 menu. Sounded good to me and it was. Myself, wife, and daughter were seated in the 1st floor dinning area with a very attentive server. We throughly enjoyed our meal and the total was very resonable. I understand that they do this every year as a treat for the locals. Make sure you have reservations well in advance... an elderly couple in front of us were turned away because of this, I felt bad for them since they had a tough time just climbing the stairs just to get through the door. There were plenty of empty tables but my daughter, a server herself, explained that they may only have so many servers for so many tables. Only later did we find out that its supposedly haunted... which make it even more interesting next time. We really loved our experience and hope to return again soon. A+++
After reading a positive review in Frommer's guide to Charleston, my wife and I had dinner here. We were seated in a large dining room in which the background music was too loud and inappropriate for a quiet dinner with conversation. The wait staff was very inattentive. Bread was not brought to the table until 10 to 15 minutes after we ordered and then it was quickly taken away before we had finished our main course. The food was mediocre at best despite prices which should require a higher standard. The waitress disappeared for another 15 minutes after we asked for the check. During a 5 day vacation in Charleston this was our worst dining experience. Happily all the others met or exceeded our expectations. I would advise avoiding Poogan's Porch unless you are a culinary masochist.
I have been to Poogan's on several occasions and I believed this would be the perfect place to impress my yankee inlaws. They really needed to have exposure to the best southern food and ambiance possible and Poogan's did not let me down. The best wines and food were all there. Thank you so very much for always being the best. A very special thanks for the personal welcome from the owner, Bobby who made us feel right at home, as did all the staff.
My husband and I visited Charleston for our 7th anniversary in March of 2006. I was 7 months pregnant with our 3rd child. The first night we went to Poogan's Porch I really wasn't looking forward to it, but after that first dinner I wanted to go back and we did the night before we left. I still crave the food to this day!!!
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