Charleston

Xiao Bao Biscuit

Contact details

224 Rutledge Ave

Charleston SC 29403

Opening times

Mon.11:30 am - 2:00 pm 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue.11:30 am - 2:00 pm 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed.11:30 am - 2:00 pm 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu.11:30 am - 2:00 pm 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri.11:30 am - 2:00 pm 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat.5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun.Closed
  • Price range: $$

Reviews

“Back in the day it was an old gas station and they totally revamped the place.”
“I went with the mildest option- the cabbage pancake, and it definitely had some kick.”
“We also ordered the ma la ya dish, ma pa to fu, and the okonomiyaki.”
Pros
  • However, the owner has spiffied this place up with outdoor seating and made the interior of the building as cool and inviting as can be...
  • Prepared in the vein of the Chinese pork bun, but containing proteins cooked in the Southern tradition, the small sandwich was satisfying for my lovely meat-eaters...
  • The food at Xiao Bao is exemplary, and the service is good...
  • Locals love this place...
  • The short ribs came with kimchi (so good) and some pickled cucumbers...
Cons
  • The parking around there is truly terrible (does 1 hr/residential parking) mean only residents can park or that non-residents can only park for 1 hour?
  • I consistently get the Mapo Dofou which I feel a little bad about, but it's just so good...
  • ) that people generally ask for (but often result in bad food-wine pairings), they went with some off-the-beaten path grapes that fit perfectly with the restaurant's theme (e...
  • If you had a big oaky red wine with this food, you would probably have a bad experience so I applaud them for removing that temptation...
  • Spicy as hell, a little sweet, and bursting with 5-spice...
  • Then our main course came out, and it was a doozy: the last soft shell crab of the night served with green papaya salad and sweet jasmine rice...
Service & Staff
  • We got there around 730pm, which apparently was the perfect time because about 15 minutes later it became super crowded and packed...
  • XBB has cleverly been converted from an old service station to a cozy, local neighborhood haunt...
  • this was clearly a space I could spend hours alone with a good book and a good drink, or enjoy a great meal and conversation with friends...
  • The wait staff are cute and they know what all the dishes are if you're wondering what all the food is about...
  • It's funny that I ordered the okonomiyake because I had just arrived from Osaka, Japan the day before--so having it with bacon and eggs just seemed a little strange, but so refreshingly delicious!
Food & Drinks
  • Xiao Bao Biscuit offers Southern interpretations of Asian street foods; such as okonomiyaki; a Japanese savory pancake usually made with shredded cabbage, eggs, and sometimes meat; and an international beer menu that includes Beerlao and Chang Beer (Thailand)...
  • He succeeds with dishes like the aforementioned okonomiyaki, which contains shredded cabbage cooked in a manner that made it taste closer to home fries...
  • ) The special of the day and the food item that gave the restaurant its name was a McMuffin-sized fried chicken biscuit...
  • Like other reviewers have mentioned, XBB was converted from an old gas station into their Asian soul food restaurant...
  • We sat at the bar and managed to converse with the bartender/owner (he made awesome drinks by the way - all the cocktails were yummy...
  • As for food, we got the okonomiyaki with pork candy and the Korean short ribs (it was one of the specials)...
  • Overall, with atmosphere and food, this was a great place and I'd love to try more of their food!
Atmosphere
  • Re-purposed space, re-purposed decor--I wondered where else in the room the owners took the time to thoughtfully procure other re-purposed items...
  • The atmosphere was so relaxing and inviting...
  • Listening to the music overhead, this made sense: the soundtrack of the place is fantastic for any 90s R&B and hip-hop music lover--ranging from TLC to Whitney to En Vogue to the battle rappers of East Coast vs...
  • I think I found myself smiling each time the next song came on, as a flashback to my junior high and high school days and the music of that time...
Prices
  • What makes Xiao Bao Biscuit especially exciting and worth trying is that the owner's concept is well executed...
  • I ordered a glass of the lemongrass ginger beer ($3; a nonalcoholic beverage), which came in a tall glass and was the perfect thirst quencher on this near-summer evening...
  • Thai Papaya Salad, Japanese cabbage pancake, and the whole pink snapper were a great experience...
  • I had this amazing fried chicken with papaya salad and rice, also ate every last bite...
Summary
  • I'd recommend the Taipei Storm and the Sichuan Sting)...
  • Several WhiteFinderers recommended the okonomiyaki (Japanese cabbage pancake) and to add on an egg and bacon, which I didn't hesitate to order...
  • Would highly recommend the fresh and acidic/bittersweet ginger beer (non-alcoholic) and any of the specials...
  • I don't think it would hurt t add a few more options- I respect if spicy is the authentic way to go- or heck, their style- but a few more vegetarian options, and maybe some more lunch options overall would have been nice...
  • I would recommend this as an enjoyable option for those who are spice-hesitant...
  • Everything else tasted awesome...
  • Everything that goes into a dish seems to serve a purpose and compliments everything else...
Rating
Average user rating - 88 out of 100.

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Business info
Accepts Credit Cards
AlcoholFull Bar
AmbienceHipster
AttireCasual
Delivery
Good for Groups
Good for Kids
Good ForLunch, Dinner
Has TV
Noise LevelAverage
Outdoor Seating
ParkingPrivate Lot
Take-out
Takes Reservations
Waiter Service
Wheelchair Accessible
Wi-Fi