Jun 14 2011

The Best Outdoor Eateries on Folly

You come to Folly for the ocean views and beach atmosphere, so why would you want to head inside when it’s time to eat? Most of the bars and restaurants on Folly offer outdoor seating, but only the locals know which porches, decks and patios are the best!

BLU Restaurant and bar has one of the most popular decks on Folly. It’s always jam packed on the weekends, mostly with twenty-somethings imbibing the day away. It sits directly on the beach, about 200 feet from the water, making it the ideal place to walk to from your beach blanket for a quick nibble. The food at BLU is some of the more gourmet that you’ll find on the beach, but the offerings outside consist of regular bar food, such as nachos. Dogs are welcome but BLU isn’t very kid-friendly on the weekends.

Bowen’s Island is about two miles from the beach, but well worth hopping in the car to get to. One of the most loved restaurants in Charleston, Bowen’s Island is little more than a shack with graffiti stained walls. So why do locals love it so much? The food and the atmosphere. Yes, there’s customer graffiti all over, but that’s just part of the charm. The outdoor seating offers views of marshland and wildlife, a nice change from the crashing waves. Food-wise, Bowen’s is known for shoveling piles of super fresh oysters onto your table and letting you dig in.

Snapper Jack’s is a popular place to catch live music on the weekends, but the view is another great reason to stop by. The third floor is a roof deck that overlooks Center Street and catches wind that smells of the ocean. The fare is typical burgers and beer, but the prices can’t be beat.

Taco Boy, also on Center Street, is another place you’ll often find a younger crowd. The small back patio is fenced in – so no views – but cozy nonetheless. There are a few coveted tables out front that allow for people watching. And the distinctive Mexican food is a Folly favorite, as are the margaritas. If you want to snag a seat on the patio here, you may have to wait your turn.

Folly Beach Crab Shack is a favorite for seafood, especially crab legs. The patio is fairly large and nicely lit up at night, but the beach is a quarter mile away. Instead, you’ll be watching people stroll down Center Street here as well. But when you’re on Folly, you don’t need to be right on the beach to be a part of the party.

Locklear’s Beach City Grill is on the pier and overlooks the ocean, much like BLU, but with more of a family atmosphere. Some locals think the food is just so-so, but it’s tough to beat the ocean view. At least stop in for a drink and listen to the waves.

Loggerhead’s is in the process of extending their deck, which sits a stone’s throw from the beach. The food is yummy and the location is great. Best of all, they have a good sized parking lot.

But the best way to find your favorite outdoor dining venue on Folly is to head there yourself and try them all!



Bob Hart Author

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