March 10, 2010
1219 Savannah Hwy. (West Ashley)
Lunch (Mon.-Fri.), Dinner (Mon.-Sat.), &
Sat. Brunch. Closed Sun.
Midscale Southern comfort food prepared with local ingredients. On the regularly changing menu, you'll find favorites like deviled eggs, fried chicken, and gumbo.
Here’s what you need to know. If you want a plate of crispy, succulent fried chicken on a Tuesday night from The Glass Onion, you better order ahead. This West Ashley restaurant takes reservations for fried chicken night, and it’s the only way to guarantee yourself a plate. Otherwise, it’s first come, first served. But the consequences of missing out on the fried chicken aren’t all that daunting, because then you’d be stuck ordering something off the ever-changing seasonal menu, like a plate of pan-roasted triggerfish with fried okra, mashed potatoes, and the GO’s own brand of Thunder Sauce. Or perhaps you’ll be forced to savor every bite of local shrimp with andouille sausage and braised turnips over grits. There are worse things in life. No matter what you choose at The Glass Onion, you can be sure it’s fresh, local, and cooked with love and care. They take their soulful food seriously. The stripped-down lunch counter style of the restaurant puts the focus on what you’re eating, not where you’re sitting. The menu is written on a board by the counter and contains a rundown of what the chefs could get their hands on that day. Some days you’ll find catfish and quail, others soft-shell crab and pork belly. Some items are regulars and can easily become your favorite, like the fries and béarnaise, the deviled eggs, the pimento cheese, and the gumbo. The Saturday brunch brings crisp pork belly and local eggs with fluffy buttermilk biscuits. In the evenings, the pace is relaxed with live music, good wines, and pitchers of local craft beer. —Stephanie Barna Dish (Winter 2015)
jshaft00 says... NRSF75 -- I happen to love G.O., one of my favorite spots in town actually. I can definitely entertain different opinions about things, but I find a couple parts of your review a little...odd? Your steak was cooked great, but salty. As were your other sides. OK, I can understand that. I've never had an issue with the amount of salt they use, but that's personal preference. At least your steaks were cooked great, you freely admit. Your gripe about paying $20+ for "one person" -- that's for a regionally raised, grass-fed steak, with 3 sides (all most likely from local produce too), you mentioned green beans, mashed potatoes, and corn bread. Sounds like a freakin' bargain to me. If you don't value local produce over non-local, maybe it's not worth it, but for those of us that do it's frankly a very fair price. If you think the corn bread wasn't great, you're freaking dreaming. It's like a moist pound cake, that corn bread. Unbelievable. With honey? Come on, guy. The "wait staff" does nothing but come by to bring your food, check on you once, and bus your table. It's set up like a diner. What's not to be impressed by? I don't know what you're expecting here? I personally have NO problem with someone closing a crisper drawer in a fridge with their foot, as long as the foot doesn't touch the food. Your standards here are completely unrealistic. Do you think the kitchen staff's hands are completely disinfected at all times? Or do you think they should put on latex gloves before closing the crisper drawer? It's a small, local eatery. They hand-write their checks. They don't print them out. I don't see how this is a legitimate gripe even worth mentioning. Critique over. Sorry I won't see you in there again! ★★★★★
Boblovesfood says... How can you beat their 1/2 priced bottles of wine on a Monday??? And it's even an all green wine list -- www.ilovetheglassonion.com -- YUM! ★★★★★
jessicabcd says... I just moved to West Ashley on the 6th, and I've been to The Glass Onion three times now. The country captain is one of the best meals I've ever had, and it's only $10! Their "fresh from the garden" salad is just that: I had never eaten tomatoes and cucumbers so sweet. The food is cheap and delicious, and the atmosphere is very cozy. ★★★★★
So they might not serve it all the time, but they ought to start, because the corned beef tongue po’ boy at Glass Onion will make a girlfriend cry. First of all, it’s big. I mean stuff it in your mouth and can’t chew style. Large, like an opera singer. And if you get past the size thing, then you will have to contend with the richness of the tongue-twisting depth of flavor (no pun intended) that only a homespun rendition of a new classic could possibly aspire to. This thing, with its thick stack of cold cut gelatinous slices, meaty punch, and signature zing of sharp vinegary edge goes beyond merely being distinctive, it’s a class unto itself.