There are so many ways seafood can be prepared and eaten in Charleston. From the wonderful Dave’s Carryout (a corner dive, which fries it up deliciously) to the fancier Amen Street to many more in between (the tourist oriented Hyman’s, the communal tables at Hank’s Seafood, the newly converted food truck to restaurant Roadside Seafood, to the superb dishes at so many of the top Charleston restaurants), one spot always rings true — for the food, location and experience, Bowen’s Island (owned and run by Robert Barber, a James Beard Award-winning chef).
Surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the marshes and rivers of the Lowcountry, Bowen’s Island offers a fairly limited menu, but you can always find amazing fried shrimp, fish and crabcakes (and hush puppies!). But the real reason to go there are the oysters — steamed by the bucket-full, they are about as fresh as you can get. Check out the entire menu. The whole experience is just pure fun and good eating.
Bowen’s Island is located in the middle of the marsh off Folly Road, on the way to Folly Beach.
What’s your favorite place for seafood in Charleston?