If you’re on the hunt for a healthy whole food vegan menu, this is not the place. Motobar serves classic bar food and then some with a twist – it’s all vegan here.
A companion and I waited patiently for Motobar to open and made a point of stopping by a few weeks ago. While service was a little slower than we like, the food was fantastic and we enjoyed our experience. A recent review in Charleston City Paper seemed a bit biased to us and a few other readers based on the comments, so I decided to share a vegetarian and omnivore’s views on Charleston’s first and only plant-based bar.
Motobar is located at 487 King Street. As with many spots on King, if you’re not looking for the number, you may pass it by. The etched sign on the door is simple and classic. We walked in to find a intimate setting with both table and bar seating. The vintage motorcycle decor was a hit with us. The restrooms are wallpapered with pages from vintage Playboy magazines and may not appeal to all. There is a hot sauce/condiment bar and we spied a copy of the Thug Kitchen Cookbook which made us smile. We selected coffee, water, and tacos on this visit and made ourselves comfortable.
The wait for food was a little longer than we like, but we did pop in right as breakfast ended and lunch prep began. Other than that, we enjoyed our meal. My omni companion chose the special Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Tacos while I went with Portabello Tacos ($3.50 each) and we split a side of the Chili Brussels Sprouts ($3). The tacos were hot, fresh, and delicious. We intended to share them, but my companion decided to only share a bit of his Indian-inspired deep fried cauliflower and roti dish. I wish I had ordered them myself. My Portabello tacos were served on soft flour tortillas with perfectly grilled mushrooms, peppers, and onions. I was not disappointed at all. The Chili Brussels Sprouts were fantastic. The simply steamed sprouts then grilled sprouts were tossed in a Thai sweet chili sauce and topped with black sesame seeds. I wish we were hungry enough to try more, but that has to wait until another time.
Motobar’s menu includes sandwiches, salads, fresh smoothies, juice shots, and juices, breakfast, Sunday brunch, and a fully stocked bar. Everything is vegan, including the Poutine ($8). If you’re looking for a whole food health food menu, this is not the place. Swing by Motobar on Tuesday through Thursday from 8 am until 2 am or Friday through Sunday from 9 am until 2 am. The kitchen is closed from 3-5 pm daily, but the bar is always open and the staff is always friendly. Check out pictures of the staff, decor, and food on Instagram and Facebook and peek at the full menu before dropping by. Maybe we’ll see you there.
Motorbar just announced a kitchen renovation, so stay tuned for more information.