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Press and Mad River Bar and Grill in Charleston, SC.


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Mad River Press & Accolades

 Rob Young of "The Preview" - Charleston Post and Courier Review of Mad River Bar & Grille Thursday, February 28, 2008

Rob Young writes---

"It's a mad world, where a Vermont ski chalet can wash up in an old church on Market Street.

  Mad River acts more lodge than luncheonette, its decor found by the fireplace, mounted deer head and high wooden rafters. With four other locations sister streams in New York, Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia, Mad River functions chiefly as a lively bar given to a crowded dance floor on weekends.

  The club takes a backseat during lunch hours, offering mostly bar grub, appetizers, burgers, wraps and sandwiches, soups and salads.

  We opted for the mini crab cakes ($8), breaded, rolled into balls and deeply fried, served with a tangy sauce (think Bloomin' Onion) and lightly fried onion straws. We dug it; the dish proved to be a warm treat.

  Other starters include Southwest egg rolls, queso dip, nachos and a promising mussels dish ($10), steamed in white wine, crushed tomatoes, chopped garlic, lemon and butter.

  The burgers pay homage to those sister streams, drumming up Chicago, Manhattan, Baltimore and Philly creations. The Charleston ($8) is represented by red onions, apple smoked bacon, melted Swiss cheese and a nice honey barbecue sauce, the meat swallowed in a Kaiser roll. It's good, filling and agreeable.

  From the others, the Baltimore ($8) sounded most appealing, topped with crab dip, cheddar cheese and Old Bay seasoning.

  Wraps include a blackened and grilled chicken option ($8) with tomatoes, red onions, Jack cheese and sort of a Ranch dressing. Tasty.

  Try the fried okra, too, even better with a splash of Texas Pete.

  All in all, the food had us gleefully, madly surprised".

Mad River Bar and Grille
32B Market Street
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 723