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Recommendations for Folly Beach, SC

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I'm heading to Tides at Folly Beach in September for a few days. I've been to the Mt. Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes areas before but it's been years and years ago. Never been to Folly and the Tides seems to be a nice hotel. I'm looking for recommendations more in the Folly Beach, Shem Creek sides of the water as opposed to dining in Charleston. I will be by myself and am comfortable with that. I like fine dining but I LOVE laid back, not necessarily all fried, type of dining. Any recommendations will be appreciated and probably drooled over :)


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  1. Hi! The Charleston area is a frequently discussed topic on this board. At the upper right hand corner of the screen is a search box...if you type "folly" in that, you will pull up many existing threads that will give you lots of information, such as this one:


    1. I will start by saying that I am affiliated w/ this restaurant on Folly- The' Wich Doctor and are very unique.As per Chowhound guidelines, we have been mentioned on previous threads.If that's not your thing, Heart Woodfire Kitchen on James Island ( about 7 miles from Folly) has a pretty good reputation and is laid back.Also, on James Island in the Food Lion shopping center is a year old place called Pick Thai.Good Luck!

      1. I love Folly, hope you do too. i just got back from Isle of Palms because I couldn't find a place that suited me to stay on Folly, but I'm still a little disappointed. Folly has a special vibe. I was REALLY eager to try Wich Doctor, it looks so great on Facebook where they post their specials. Please report back.

        In addition to the places on Folly that you'll read about, you could go to Wild Olive or Fat Hen, which are on the Folly side of town without actually heading into the historic district.

        I have stayed at that hotel when it was a Holiday Inn. It was pretty bad, but hopefully it's been upgraded since the change in ownership.

        1. Tides looks to be a thurough "re-do" to the old HI.We have been to BLU a couple of times for happy hour specials and we were pleased.

          Wich Doctor, Surf Bar, Drop in Deli, Rita's are all good.Tokyo Crepes is great for a late breakfast.

          The glass onion, Wild olive and The Fat Hen are great ,just not on Folly proper as Danna said.

          Folly is a fun place full of fun, laid back people.The Isle of Palms is populated by Stepford wives and overly pampered children with last name first names! Just kidding (wink).

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          1. re: mollybelle

            Oh nuh UH you didn't!

            Recently, Folly passed an ordinance to discontinue all that drankin' on the beach. The consensus is it's much more pleasant. I have been meaning to get over to Wich Doctor myself and just haven't had time. Hope I can get there this week.

            The other not fried places on James Island include Mustard Seed and Boulevard Diner. You won't see many tourists in either of those.

          2. No trip to Folly would be complete without a trip to Bowen's Island for the sunset and seafood.

            1. Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I've been reading some of Dorothea Benton Frank's books and she has some of these places in her stories. LOL I'm pretty sure I won't starve. I'm an almost life long resident of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and I do so much miss the Redneck Riviera. Folly looked like a wonderful substitute :)

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              1. re: Proud2BWLVRebel2

                If you are here on a holiday weekend, go to Atlanticville. You might see Miss Dottie herself.

                1. re: Proud2BWLVRebel2

                  Here I am. danna is right. Poe's is fun, but I don't bother this time of year. Too many people. Atlanticville is one of my favorites. I just got back from Sullivans. There's some kind of construction going on over there. If you're out at Folly it's a ways away.

                  I too loved Myrtle Beach way back when. Again, too many people for me.