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Mar 20, 2011 11:53 AM

Bowen's Island Charleston

I have heard mixed reviews ranging from the best to the worst, particularly after the fire. I will be in the area in the next few weeks. Is it worthwhile? And if it is not what is for a similar type experience. I know the rest of the Charleston restaurant scene so am focusing on oyster roasts.

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  1. I have enjoyed Bowen's every time I've been. The oysters are always delicious and the atmosphere is fun. If you've never been you should go just to see what you think.

    Also many area charities host oyster roasts as fundraisers, and we always go. Here's one that I',m attending:

    At events like that bring your own glove, towel, and knife. I always take my own cocktail sauce!

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      Many thanks - we arrive late the 26th so can't make that one but as a local you have helped interpret the potpourri of reviews. My daughter lives on Folly but doesn't eat seafood so is no help!

      1. re: swarttav

        Sometimes I think people have expectations that just don't match the reality. With a place like Bowen's you have to "get it". Bowen's is not fancy, and it has an interesting order process. If you love oysters and enjoy experiences that are out of your norm, then go and enjoy.

        Pick up a City Paper when you get here. It may have other oyster roasts that, what with work and all, I might have missed. Have a great time. And lucky you to have a loved one on the Edge of America!

    2. I just ate there again Wednesday night and dang the oysters were perfect.Not too many people doing the "all you can eat" so the oyster cooker kept them coming.I had my rehearsal dinner there and cannot say enough good things about Bowen's or the Barber family.Good people!

      1. Thanks Sue and Mickey. We went there Tuesday night and had the best time. The oysters were wonderfull and so was the fried seafood. Since it truly is a shack, I think that accounst for lots of the mixed reviews - likely from tourists who don't understand that those types of shacks in the South are all about the food. I can see where some moight find the atmosphere intimidating - we found it wonderful. so thanks again for putting my unease at rest!

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        1. re: swarttav

          I am so glad yo had such a good time. I guess that's what I meant when I said you have to "get it" and by that I mean appreciate it for what it is.

          My name is on the wall, lol! Enjoy the rest of your visit.

          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            I just caught an episode of Unique Eats on the Cooking Channel and Bowens was part of the show.Pretty cool!