We ate at the Mustard Seed on James Island two nights ago. This is one of our "comfort" restaurants -- you know you will get good food in a cozy atmosphere at fair prices. It is one of our "safeties" -- when we want to go out, but can't really decide where to go.
Well, it does not hold that status anymore!
First, it has moved into a larger, sterile space (just next door from where it was on Maybank Highway to where Locklear's used to be) -- it now feels a bit like a slightly more upscale Ruby Tuesday. The service was VERY slow, despite the waitress being very nice and capable. The food was a disaster -- the inside of my chicken enchiladas was cold (not luke warm, but cold) and had to be sent back, my wife's pecan encrusted chicken was undercooked to the point of much of it being inedible, and she also reported that the fresh tomatoes had a chemical taste. Lots of waiting for a big disappointment.
For a Sal Parco restaurant (he also owns Boulevard Diner, the other Mustard Seeds, Uno Mas and Sette), this was a major flop. There is too much good food in the area to waste our time and money here -- we'll not be hurrying back.