Many of those visiting Charleston know that downtown is a hot spot for restaurants, but where should folks visiting one of the local beaches eat? From barbecue to noodle bowls, these island eateries can offer a wealth of choices for the hungry wave jumper or sunbather.Read More
Where to Eat Well at Charleston’s Beaches
From Folly Beach to Sullivan’s Island to Isle of Palms
1. Lost Dog Cafe
Before a day at Folly Beach, frequent visitors know to hit up Lost Dog for brunch. The cafe has something for everyone on the menu, from huevos rancheros to fresh fruit parfaits. Relax with a mimosa before hitting the waves and sand.
2. Jack Of Cups
Folly Beach, SC
Full of surfers and deal-seekers, Folly Beach stop Jack of Cups offers filling ramen, dahl, and a highly-addictive red curry macaroni and cheese. The menu is a mash-up of different cuisines, including nods to the South, which is always good while sipping a few craft beers.
3. Lowlife Bar
Self-proclaimed “chill ass bar,” Lowlife offers expertly crafted cocktails, queso, local shrimp rolls, double cheeseburgers, and more in a hip and lively beach space. Lowlife also serves brunch every day of the week, so it’s like a vacation within a vacation.
4. Taco Boy
A visit to Taco Boy is all about the experience. The interiors are lively and full of fun details. It offers a long list of tacos with unexpected fillings, like the Korean beef tacos stuffed with kimchi and grilled flank steak or the sautéed shrimp tacos come with ancho chile yogurt sauce and cabbage. On a nice day, enjoy the patio with a few friends and a frozen screwdriver to go with the other selections.
5. Chico Feo
Folly Beach, SC
Spanish for "the ugly boy," Chico Feo makes for a super chill stop after a day on the beach. The eatery feels like visiting a friend’s backyard. The menu is a mix-up of warm weather favorites from across the globe, like Cuban beans and rice, bun cha, and plenty of tacos.
6. Bert's Market
Bert’s Market isn’t a restaurant, but it is an icon on Folly Beach. The 24-hour corner store is well known as stop for made-to-order sandwiches and just about everything else you need for a day at the beach. Bert’s puts it best: “Patronized by freaks, surfers, skaters, crunks, retirees, tourists, stoners, day trippers, hippies, hipsters, and regular folk, Bert’s is the rockingest grocery in town.”
7. The Co-Op
The Co-Op is well known for two things: portable frosé and owner Jess Patterson’s often NSFW Facebook posts. Marketing ploy or not, these quirky missives certainly get the attention of his audience. The shop sells hangover-killing breakfast sandwiches, salads, and signature sandwiches like the Cowboy Chicken with chicken, bacon, and avocado with ranch dressing on a brioche bun. On Tuesdays, the Isle of Palms location of the Co-Op serves In-and-Out-style cheeseburgers.
8. The Obstinate Daughter
Diners can eat pizza, pasta, and fresh seafood just a few steps from the ocean. From the skilled hands of executive chef Jacques Larson, the Obstinate Daughter offers a stunning dining room to spend visit for lunch, brunch, or dinner. Visitors should order a craft cocktail, a few oysters, and try the ricotta gnocchi with short rib ragu at least once. Also, look out for specials, like the recent confit duck leg with local greens, peaches, fried potatoes, pickled onions, and slivered almonds tossed in a gorgonzola vinaigrette.
9. Home Team BBQ
Home Team BBQ on Sullivan's Island is always packed with friends and families ordering pulled pork plates and catching a game on the televisions. The smoked wings with Alabama white sauce are addictive, as are the frozen boozy Gamechanger cocktails.
10. High Thyme Cuisine
Cozy bistro High Thyme offers a more upscale experience than most beach-goers expect. Guests visit this Middle Street restaurant for celebratory dinners and Sunday morning brunches. Find dishes like mussels in a coconut chili broth, cioppino, three-meat bolognese lasagna, roasted summer squash with mozzarella, and more comforting dishes.
11. The Dinghy
The Dinghy keeps a super relaxed vibe on Isle of Palms, so customers can bring sandy feet or wet bathing suits for a cold beer and pub food. It’s like a favorite, worn-in neighborhood bar that happens to be steps away from the beach.
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12. Coda Del Pesce
Contemporary Italian eatery Coda del Pesce sits right on the beach at Isle of Palms. Customers can watch the ocean while ordering from chef Ken Vedrinski’s seafood-filled menu. Make reservations early for dishes like the snowy grouper with peanut potatoes, grapes, and Castelvetrano olives.