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?
Conveniently located in James Island, just minutes to both Downtown Charleston and Folly Beach, you will find 736 Clearview Drive. Enjoy the finest views of Historic Charleston from this 0.67 acre, harbor view lot on Wilipena Creek. An existing dock, with 5’ of water at high tide, is perfect to park a boat. Not up for boating? You can still enjoy the Carolina sunshine from the large in-ground pool/ hot tub with slate waterfall. This could be the perfect outdoor oasis you are looking for!
This contemporary residence uses glass and light to create spectacular panoramas of the waterviews from kitchen, living room, master bedroom and wet bar. Entrance is through impressive double paneled doors to a mid level slate foyer. Below foyer to the left are the living and dining rooms with a study for complete privacy. Circling the stone fireplace and descending in either direction from the foyer is the spacious three story family room. Flanked on the west is the kitchen and laundry room and to the east is the bar and intimate seating area great for entertaining. Two separate bedrooms and full bath could be a mother-in- law suite. Master bedroom with private balcony upstairs opens out to family room and windows facing the harbor. Distinctive original 70’s bathroom & Jacuzzi tub with a circular stair leading to a meditation space. East side has 3 more additional bedrooms and loft sleeping space for a total of 6 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The garage is detached with 4 bays, overhead storage and plenty of work shop room. Attached to the garage is a spacious greenhouse w/ separate entrance. This expansive 4,800 square foot home has a alot of character and is ready for custom personalization!
The concept was unveiled Thuesday and calls for tearing down a majority of the aging buildings on the property and opening up about 50 acres of waterfront land for public use and redevelopment. A consultant describes the current look as “making a garden and putting all this junk in front of it.” The plan also would transplant BMW’s local port operations and shift cruise ship passengers from the terminal near the end of Market Street to an existing building at the pier’s north end. The firm hired by the State Ports Authority as a consultant called the redevelopment proposal “one of the half-dozen most important urban projects in the U.S.”
A redrawn map of the area shows a series of rundown port buildings which would be removed to create space for new parks, streets and future real estate ventures.
Officials stressed everything revealed was nothing more than conceptual and a master plan could take decades to execute adn the details are likely to change over time. The type of future development , be it residential or commercial, will be driven by market demands.
Officials will deliver an update at another coummunity meeting later this spring. But the plans are exciting and just more reasons why the future in Charleston real estate is so bright (we gotta wear shades!).
*Information from Allyson Bird’s Post and Courier article in the 2/10/10 issue
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