March 09, 2011
17 Lockwood Blvd. (Downtown)
B, L, & D
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner overlooking the water. Cheap, good, no-frills.
MVSR is one of those places that quietly does just what it’s supposed to do. It’s on the water, above Salty Mike’s at the top of the City Marina. It promises breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with reasonable prices and water views, and delivers exactly that. The menu is huge and family-priced, and the service is fast and friendly. We prefer breakfast, actually, where you’re going to get more than you can eat and an extra cup of coffee while you read your Sunday paper, unmolested, and gaze out at the Ashley River meandering by.
thebestingolf says... We had a nice experience here for lunch. The cost of food has made it difficult for places like this to provide good food at a value. My wife had the lobster Po Boy and I had the grilled shrimp. The lobster was very lightly fried which is not an easy thing to do. Much easier, and most places do, batter heavy and fry the hell out of something. This was not the case. Really well prepared. The shrimp was OK but a very small portion. The bread was at the end of it's freshness so really didn't eat much of it. The service was good to very good. As a rookie I didn't know to bring my parking ticket with to be validated so my server said "no problem, I'll get you a pass." Much appreciated. As an old dog with lots of experience, it's obvious to me that this is a breakfast place and I can't wait to give it another try. ★★★★★
Johnathan Ishmael says... Good, simple food in a diner atmosphere. No frills and has the decor of a late 70's Dennys. But the food is Okay, and interesting menu items, like alligator with grits. If you go on weekend mornings, you will see nothing but locals, lots of handshakes, old blue hairs and the southern church crowd. It is a step back in time. ★★★★★
There just aren't many places left in town like the Marina Variety Store. The humble mom-and-pop restaurant on the Ashley River serves traditional Southern fare such as grits, hashbrowns, and fried steak as well as standards like eggs, omelets, and waffles. Each dish is prepared in an open kitchen and served by a pleasant member of the wait staff. Expect to be called "honey" or "darling" a lot. The Marina Variety store is a classic spot for old salts nursing hangovers or families in need of some morning sustenance.