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Enjoy Good Eats and Good Vibes on Sullivan’s Island

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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Whether you’re shredding the surf or lounging in a beach chair, you’ll work up an appetite after a day on the beach. Fortunately, you won’t have to go far to satisfy your hunger on Sullivan’s Island.

With an array of casual restaurants just a block or two off the beach, it’s easy to fuel up in the comfort of your flip flops. Here are a few popular choices:

Poe’s Tavern – Named after Edgar Allan Poe, Fort Moultrie’s most famous enlistee, this popular eatery is known for its fun ambiance, gourmet half-pound burgers and bar-top concoctions. The menu includes burger selections with names like Tell-Tale Heart, Black Cat, Gold Bug and Pit & Pendulum in tribute to the works of the Master of the Macabre.

The Obstinate Daughter – Open daily for lunch and dinner, this Sullivan’s Island institution offers inventive Southern and American fare influenced by French, Italian and Spanish cuisine. The menu features classics like Frogmore chowder and Geechie Frites along with an array of seafood selections, pasta, pizza and local craft beer.

Dunleavy’s Pub – A sister and brother team from New England opened this Irish pub nearly 30 years ago and it has been going strong ever since. Both the vibe and fare are casual with burgers, sandwiches, wings, salads and soups on the menu and plenty of Irish beer on tap.

Home Team BBQ – The atmosphere is always lively at Home Team BBQ, whether you sit on the covered porch or take a table inside. Enjoy live music featuring local and touring artists or watch your favorite team on TV while you chow down on some finger-licking ‘que.

The Boathouse at Breach Inlet – With its stunning waterfront location at the breach between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, you’d expect to get fresh, local seafood at The Boathouse – and that’s exactly what they deliver. Come early and enjoy a cocktail at the Rooftop Bar while swooning over the view.

MEX 1 Coastal Cantina – Reminiscent of the cantinas along the Baja Peninsula, Mex 1 offers tacos, quesadillas, tortas and other Mexican dishes made with fresh, locally sourced produce. The chicken and pork are smoked on-site. Complement your meal with a margarita or one of the house-infused tequilas.

High Thyme Cuisine – Experience fine dining in a casual, come-as-you-are atmosphere in this Sullivan’s Island hot spot. Beautifully prepared and served, the eclectic collection of American fare includes fresh seafood, comfort food and seasonal dishes.

Republic Ice Cream – For an afternoon pick-me-up or anytime you’re craving a scoop of creamy goodness, stop by this ice cream shop. The menu also includes milkshakes and coffee.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.