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Charleston beaches: best food & drink?

Things tend to change pretty slowly in Charleston, but it's been several years since I've been and it is a recession. So, Low Country Hounds, any thoughts on the current best places to eat, drink, and hang out on Sullivan's, Folly, and I.O.P.? (Any cuisine, any price range, as long as it is a good value.)

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  1. Definitely Poe's on Sullivans.

    1. Home Team BBQ has a new location on Sullivan's Island. Their bands/music make it a pretty cool place to hang out if that's what you're looking for. Check out their web site for information and band schedules.

      By the way...I am a bbq restaurant owner in the Greater Charleston area and Home Team could (in some far fetched way) be considered my competition. I do not know any of the owners, managers, or employees. I am, however, an infrequent customer of thiers. CHOWHOUND requires that I divulge this information in the following CHOW rule, "Those with a relationship to a given restaurant or other commercial venture must disclose their affiliation when discussing the place or its competitors."

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      1. re: JayL

        JayL, you got nothin' to worry about in my book. I don't know your rest. but I give two thumbs down to Home Team. Blah sides, sauces aren't that good either.

      2. I like Taco Boy on Folly Beach - large selection of tacos, excellent guacamole. A casual bar atmosphere. I had their pineapple-infused-tequila Margarita last time, and it was quite good. Also on Folly Beach is Lost Dog, which I've only been to for brunch but they do lunch too. There are a couple new places that have just opened out there and I haven't been to them yet, but I've been meaning to - Rita's got a pretty good writeup in the City Paper, and I think there's something called Center Street Kitchen.

        On IOP, Boathouse on Breach Inlet is one of my faves.

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        1. re: General Knowledge

          I ate lunch at Taco Boy a couple of years ago. I liked it, and so far it's the only place recommended I've already been. Thanks, everybody. Keep 'em coming!

          1. re: General Knowledge

            Taco Boy is wonderful for an afternoon snack and shot.

            Can't recommend Poe's, though. Ate there last week and had awful service and mediocre food. We just don't get all the Poe's love. It's a nice porch to sit on, but the food and drink are just not that great.

            Aren't they the same owners?

          2. I will second the recs for Home Team and Poe's on Sullivan's, and I will add Huck's Lowcountry Table on IOP. It's a little more upscale than the others, but it is very good. They focus on fresh and local, have a wonderful view of the ocean and are open for both lunch and dinner.

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            Hucks
            1130 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC 29451

            Poe's Tavern
            2210 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC

            Home Team BBQ of Sullivans Island
            2209 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC

            1. I forgot to ask earlier: Has Bowen's Island reopened yet? If so, how does version 2.0 compare to the original?

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              1. re: Jeff C.

                Yes Bowen's Island has reopened, actually they reopened soon after the fire. The building may be gone, but it is the same Bowen's Island. Even though it isn't oyster season I would highly recommend it, and definitely plan your visit around the sunset.

                1. re: lizzy

                  Great news! Thanks.

                  1. re: Jeff C.

                    Oh, yes! Do go to Bowen's Island! We went and I think my family thought I had lost my mind when we first pulled into the clearing and they got a look at the "restaurant". However, when a tray loaded with freshly fried shrimp, hushpuppies, and fries floated by us, they decided I was pretty smart after all! I think it was the best fried shrimp I've ever eaten in my life...and I've had a lot of shrimp. I don't think there is any downtown restaurant that could beat the atmosphere of sitting on the dock overlooking the creek where the dolphins are playing as the sun begins to set.

              2. ACME Cantina on IOP: I had the most fantastic nachos there at an amazing price...piled high with lots of cheese and everything else for a real bargain. I have been told their breakfasts are awesome also, and the prices are incredibly reasonable...bands and brews there also. Not on the beach, but a very pleasant seating area there.