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Where to Eat Well at Charleston’s Beaches

From Folly Beach to Sullivan’s Island to Isle of Palms

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lost Dog Cafe

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106 W Huron St
Folly Beach, SC
(843) 588-9669
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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

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34 Center Street
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

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106 E Hudson Ave
Folly Beach, SC 29439
(843) 633-0460
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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

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15 Center St
Folly Beach, SC
(843) 588-9763
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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.

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5. Chico Feo

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122 Ashley Ave.
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.

Chico Feo
Mike Ledford

6. Bert's Market

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202 E Ashley Ave
Folly Beach, SC 29439
(843) 588-9449
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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.”

Bert’s Market
Mike Ledford

7. The Co-Op

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2019 Middle St
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
(843) 882-8088
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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.

Frosé
The Co-Op

8. The Obstinate Daughter

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2063 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC
(843) 416-5020
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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.

The Old Danger pizza at Obstinate Daughter
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9. Home Team BBQ

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2209 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC
(843) 883-3131
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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.

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10. High Thyme Cuisine

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2213 Middle St #C
Sullivans Island, SC
(843) 883-3536
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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

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8 JC Long Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
(843) 242-8310
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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.

The Dinghy Tap Room & Kitchen

12. Coda Del Pesce

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1130 Ocean Blvd
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
(843) 242-8570
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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.

Snowy grouper
Coda Del Pesce

1. Lost Dog Cafe

106 W Huron St, Folly Beach, SC

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.

106 W Huron St
Folly Beach, SC

2. Jack Of Cups

34 Center Street, 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.

34 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC

3. Lowlife Bar

106 E Hudson Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439

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.

106 E Hudson Ave
Folly Beach, SC 29439

4. Taco Boy

15 Center St, Folly Beach, SC
The spread at Taco Boy
Taco Boy/Facebook

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.

15 Center St
Folly Beach, SC

5. Chico Feo

122 Ashley Ave., Folly Beach, SC
Chico Feo
Mike Ledford

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.

122 Ashley Ave.
Folly Beach, SC

6. Bert's Market

202 E Ashley Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Bert’s Market
Mike Ledford

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.”

202 E Ashley Ave
Folly Beach, SC 29439

7. The Co-Op

2019 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
Frosé
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.

2019 Middle St
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

8. The Obstinate Daughter

2063 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC
The Old Danger pizza at Obstinate Daughter
Andrew Cebulka

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.

2063 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC

9. Home Team BBQ

2209 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC
Wings at Home Team
Home Team BBQ of Charleston, SC/Facebook

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.

2209 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC

10. High Thyme Cuisine

2213 Middle St #C, Sullivans Island, SC

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.

2213 Middle St #C
Sullivans Island, SC

11. The Dinghy

8 JC Long Boulevard, Isle of Palms, SC 29451
The Dinghy Tap Room & Kitchen

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.

8 JC Long Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451

12. Coda Del Pesce

1130 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Snowy grouper
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.

1130 Ocean Blvd
Isle of Palms, SC 29451

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