Johns Island seafood restaurant the Royal Tern gets three stars for food this week from Post and Courier critic Hanna Raskin. She dedicates two paragraphs on the seafood chowder, which is “... milky and rich and athrob with potato flavor,” before moving into the critiques of the entrees.
Raskin contends that the while the fish is perfectly cooked, the saucier doesn’t quite rise to the same level. The lemon-butter sauce is “toneless,” noodles have too much garlic sauce, the sauce with the swordfish is “sludgy,” and the pesto is “bland.”
The appetizers bring the star count back up with potted shrimp, cured salmon, and a “respectable” seafood tower. Raskin recommends washing down all those small plates with a local beer or smart cocktail.
The last thing Raskin recommends is taking an Uber to the Maybank Highway location, since the parking lot is packed and patrons will want to stay for an extra drink.
• The Royal Tern’s successful landing brings small plates and drinks to Johns Island [PC]