Isle of Palms isn’t just touristy shops, cafes, and ice cream stands. Many folks call the IOP home year-round and they have a few go-to’s with neighborly vibes and food that stands up to even the best of downtown Charleston offerings. Here are 5 eateries on Isle of Palms locals just cannot live without.
The Refuge | 1517 Palm Blvd.
Whether you’re looking for a workspace with coffee, bagels, and free wifi or a night out complete with live music, expertly crafted cocktails, and meals made with fresh, local ingredients, you’ll find refuge at the Refuge. It’s also a stellar spot for lunch. There are several soup and salads options, but the sandwich menu is where it’s at — hot, cold, signature sammies, or build your own. Our favorite? The Refugee Burger: bacon and fig jam, brie, arugula, and fried egg on brioche.
Coda Del Pesce | 1130 Ocean Blvd.
Sunshine spills into the adorable, contemporary dining room of Coda Del Pesce located on Ocean Boulevard. Serving up homemade pasta and Italian seafood dishes, Coda is known for its fare as well as its splendid ocean views. Sit on the patio and enjoy both raw and cooked specialties, like oysters, octopus, smoked salmon, crab ravioli, triggerfish, and grouper. Primi pasta courses are all imaginative masterpieces, but our favorite has to be the Tagliolini with blue crab, anchovies, lemon, and bread crumbs.
Long Island Cafe | 1515 Palm Blvd.
Long Island Cafe has been an IOP staple for 30 years, surviving countless storms, including Hurricane Hugo. Inside, a simple but elegant dining room awaits along with everything from delicious bottles of wine to grits to creatures fresh from the sea. The walls are decorated with local art, while dishes are created with ingredients from places like Toby’s (clams) and GrowFood Carolina (veggies). Even if you’re just hungry for dessert, LIC has you covered with key lime pie, pecan pie, hummingbird cake, and mud pie, just to name a few!
Morgan Creek Grill | 80 41st Ave.
There’s nothing not to love about Morgan Creek Grill — it has personalities and moods covered: a casual, down-home outdoor bar that gets festive most nights, a quiet, beautiful dining room perfect for date nights, and an upstairs bar / dining area for folks needing a beer, a good appetizer, and a TV for watching the big game. On many evenings, there’s also live music from artists who hang their hats on the IOP, or not too far from it.
The Boathouse at Breach Inlet | 101 Palm Blvd.
The Boathouse at Breach Inlet has been a Charleston tradition for 20 years now. The mahogany interior and ceilings lined with vintage row boats sets the scene, as does the breathtaking views (top tip: best sunset on the island!). As for the food, it’s all Southern and the menu’s full of seafood greatness, like lobster, crab cakes, lobster tails, mussels, clams, and more. There’s even a raw bar. And if you find yourself at IOP on a Sunday, don’t miss the brunch, which includes our favorite: the Boathouse Benedict with crab cakes.
What’s your favorite meal on IOP?
It’s beach season and there is no doubt that each one of Charleston’s beaches has it’s own charm. I would say that all are worth a visit, and you can pick one that suites your mood! If you’re looking for surf and are feeling adventurous, Folly is for you. If you’re looking for a great beach to take the kids to, Isle of Palms is where you should be. Want to go kiteboarding? Head on over to Sullivan’s. Each week we will be featuring a different local beach, and this week it’s Folly Beach! Below are some guidelines, rules, and what to expect at Charleston’s most laid-back beach.
Folly Beach is known for it’s surf, college-aged eye candy, fun festivals, and eclectic lifestyle. Just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston, the locals like to call this The Edge of America. The bumper to bumper traffic (totally worth it!) is proof that Folly Beach is the only place to be on a hot summer day.
Folly Beach is probably the favorite beach among the locals. The beach is always open to the public and if you’ve got some cash, you can park at one of the beach’s access points. You can also park for free on the island streets – as long as all your tires are off the road and you don’t mind the walk. Folly is a great place to play volleyball, cornhole, and frisbee but there are some key rules to follow at this beach. There is no drinking or glass allowed on this beach. Trying to sneak it and getting caught will land you a $500 fine, so it’s best to just avoid it in my opinion. Also, starting Memorial Day, dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10AM and 6PM, and they must always be kept on their leash at all times and of course pick up their waste. Littering will get you a hefty $1000 fine and bonfires, fireworks, playing on the sand dunes, disturbing turtle nests, and possessing glass bottles will cost you close to that. For an official guideline of the rules, click here. Just be respectful and have fun!
It’s not just the sun, sand, and surf that brings people to Folly. It’s strip of locally owned shops and restaurants matches the laid back life style of this island town. Head over to Center Street for the best margarita at the original Taco Boy, a local favorite. You could pop in to Lost Dog Cafe for a massive breakfast made island style or get a sandwich, salad, or even sushi delivered beach-side by Drop In Deli.
Check out the Post and Courier to see what fun events are happening at Folly, whether it be Taste of Folly, Folly Beach Pub-crawl, Flip Flop Drop, the sand sculpture contest, or Follypalooza. There is always something happening at Folly and there is plenty of things to do for any kind of person. Explore a maritime forest, drink at the Morris Island Lighthouse, build a giant sand castle, ride bikes, fish off the pier, parasail, watch the sunset, dine out, dine in, and of course, surf! Weddings are also very popular on Folly, with an event permit costing only $25, even though you would have to go inland for your reception.
So grab a surfboard, paddleboard, or even a kiteboard, and head to the Washout. McKevlin’s offers boards for sale on consignment and 1-hour surf lessons for $40. If surfing isn’t your thing, bring your fishing rod and cast on the Folly Pier, where you can fish for $3 – $10 from 6AM to 11 PM. Either way, pack that cooler and get ready to spend one of the most relaxing afternoons you’ve ever spent on a beach.
Folly Beach, SC – January 19, 2013
Come down to Folly Beach and enjoy food, drinks, and other offerings of local Folly Beach restaurants and clubs for the Taste of Folly. Center Street will be closed off for the festivities which will include tents for each establishment for tastings, live music, and kids activities. There will also be a chili cook-off, a hot dog eating contest, a silent auction, a date auction, and the server olympics. Eric Penrod & Tim Davis Duo & Folly Beach Reggae All-Stars will be performing on the Center Street stage. Guaranteed to be a fun time for all. New this year will be the Battle of the Bartenders, sponsored by Virgil Kane, held at the Blu, where each bartender will make their own take on a cocktail with Virgil Kane, and the crowd will be the judges.
Some schedule notes:
Hot Dog Eating Contest 12-1, Date Auction 2-3, Awards Ceremony 4:30-5. Live music in between. Click below for a map, schedule, and chili cook-off rules.
Last night I went with a friend to Uncorked – an unpretentious wine bar in Mt. Pleasant’s Belle Hall shopping center off Long Point Rd. Uncorked opened about five months ago. They have a wide assortment of wines, a few craft beers, a decent selection of chocolate and also cheeses. Charcuterie is coming soon and I can only hope some olives as well. The owner David Willis, manager William Bennett, and assistant manager Peter Demarest are very informed about their wines and cheeses and happy to share their knowledge and their opinions in a fresh, light-hearted way. In no way is this place boring or snobbish. It’s an intimate space with a small bar, a sofa, two upholstered chairs and a few tables and chairs inside and out. It’s a comfortable, low-key and yes truly as they claim an unpretentious wine bar. A perfect place for a first date, a girls’ happy hour, heck, I think I’d have no problem going there alone and reading a book while sipping from a glass of prosecco and nibbling on bonbons (the pecan pie and double shot latte bon bons rocked my sweet tooth).
I must admit I have paid today for my night out at Uncorked, I have a cheese hangover. Seriously, we ate a lot of cheese and after our chocolate plate, we decided we wanted more – the owner was extra nice and plied us with a few extra cheese options to try. I couldn’t say no. Nothing disappointed. I don’t know when I’ll be able to eat cheese again and the mention of the word cheese is not sitting well with me today. Which is unfortunate because today I found out about THIS-
Goat~Sheep~Cow. Newly opened at 106 Church St. in downtown Charleston there is a little gem with a Parisian feel and their focus is CHEESE! I read this awesome story on one of my favorite blogs Read Charlie. They have almost 200 kinds of cheeses. Now that is my kind of crazy. I can’t wait to go there. I think it will have to wait until next weekend, however. When I do, I will report. But from reading the article and checking out their website, how could they disappoint any cheese lover?
Not surprisingly, the Wall Street Journal, named Charleston on of the best places for people to retire. And who could disagree? Downtown Charleston is the perfect size and combination of history, culture, gourmet dining, and shopping. We have an abundance of parks, historical landmarks, and cultural organizations for people to devote their time and talents. Not to mention the College of Charleston which offers adult education and many cultural events year round.
Click Here to read the whole article which also includes some great testimonials.
The new Red’s Ice House at Bohicket Marina is a beautiful setting on the Marina with boats in the foreground and stunningly colorful sunsets across the marsh and river in the background.
The Post & Courier’s recent article gave Red’s 4 stars for view, 3 for atmosphere and 3 for service. There is a ground floor bar area with flat screen TVs, 2 dining areas, one of which has long tables, perfect for families. The outdoor dining patio gets plenty of use, but there’s more – an upstairs video game area, another large bar with inside and outside seating and a stage at ground level for the musical entertainment. Don’t forget Happy Hour 4-7 pm.
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It’s worth the drive from town for a lazy afternoon by the Creek, some shopping and wandering the marina, great value on Red’s meals and drinks and music to while away the evening. Seabrookers and Kiawah residents have the edge, its right in our back yard…
September 8– 19th
It’s Restaurant Week in Charleston! Go on-line, check out the menus and make your reservations now.
Local restaurants are encouraged to offer three course meals for $30 for high end dining and $20 meals for more casual options.
With more than 50 restaurants participating there is tremendous variety. For West Islands residents or guests, The Ocean Room, and Jasmine’s Porch at The Sanctuary would be great choices.
Summerville residents can enjoy the Restaurant at The Woodlands Inn and for downtown options McCrady’s and Circa 1886 come to mind, but there are many more wonderful opportunities to soak up the ambience of our wonderful dining options here in Charleston. How lucky are we? Enjoy!
Here is your March 2010 real estate market report for Folly Beach. There were 6 properties sold during March 2010. They included one lot on Little Oak Island, a Mariner’s Cay for $412k and an oceanfront property for $655k. The average sales price for the month was $393,400. This continues the downward trend on prices and it seems like many sales are pushing prices lower. This has resulted in a higher number of transactions, as buyers realize that prices are now within reach and pull the trigger on the island lifestyle they have been dreaming of.
Come on down to the island! The prices are fine!
If you have always thought that living at the beach was too expensive, then think again. In 2009 Q1, the average sales price was $438,000 and that has dropped to $401,000 in 2010 Q1. 22 properties sold in 1st Quarter 2010, compared to 11 in the 1st Quarter of 2009. The lower average sales price explains the reason for the increased number of sales. More people are able to move onto Folly Beach, leaving behind the feeling that it is too expensive to live on the beach. Increased demand typically signals the bottom of the market, so if this trend continues we could see prices rise in the future.
Now is a great time to buy a Folly Beach home because of the combination of low prices and low interest rates. Make sure you are working with someone who is an expert in the market and knows their way around the island. Please contact me here with any questions.
Folly Beach Real Estate – 843-425-6414
I have seen a Folly Beach lot that is available for the cheapest price I have seen in a long time. How much is cheap? Not $500,000. Not $300,000. Not even $200,000. Think lower. Click here to find out.
If you are a builder, or investor, or interested in living on Folly Beach this is a great opportunity. I can help guide you through all the due diligence regarding the property, and can walk you through the permitting and building process on Folly Beach. This is one of the lowest prices for land on Folly Island that I have seen in a long time. Call me for details or click here to contact me.