As I covered in that last blog, Charleston Restaurant Week has kicked off, meaning lots of Isle of Palms food options.
It’s going on now through a week from Sunday (January 20th). It’s a fun way to feed the folks in your Charleston beach house with a vast array of Isle of Palms food.
The cuisine of the Lowcountry has become world famous, and the restaurant business around here is a fast-moving competition that columnists report on like sports scores. Restaurants open and close with shocking speed. Thus taking part in Charleston Restaurant Week could also be seen as an activity while you’re here. It’s dual purpose in that sense – adventure and nourishment all at once, for all ages in your luxury house on Isle of Palms. Plus, it’s one less meal you have to cook.
Participating restaurants at CRW
As I mentioned, well over 100 restaurants are taking part in CRW this time around. The following restaurants are taking part for the very first time and might be especially interesting to check out:
- Nico (near Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, not far from the Isle of Palms), well known for its fresh oysters;
- Josephine Wine Bar;
- Swig & Swine (Downtown Charleston);
- Bourbon & Bubbles;
- Tradd’s (which took over the location of the former Cypress on East Bay Street downtown).
There are both dinner and lunch options among the many different restaurants taking part. Offerings and special prix fixe menus have gotten much more creative with each passing year.
You can get the whole scoop on the official website, with links to the special event menus, websites and reservations. When possible, you should definitely make a reservation, as they tend to fill up very fast.
Another oyster option for Isle of Palms food fun
As I covered in a previous blog, an oyster roast is a longstanding, beloved Lowcountry tradition. It’s a way to enjoy a delectable gem of the ocean while having fun with friends and family around the shucking table.
You really have to experience one to understand the allure.
This weekend is your chance to try one in a pretty fun way. It’s Shuckin’ on the Cooper, a winter sister event to the ever-popular “Shaggin’ on the Cooper” summer dance series at scenic Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant. It’s organized by the good folks of Charleston County Parks, who put on an array of terrific events like the Holiday Festival of Lights.
This was originally scheduled for December but was postponed due to weather.
Here are the details:
- Fresh steamed oysters from Charleston Bay Gourmet, just $10 per bucket;
- A variety of hot dogs from Dave ‘n Dubs;
- Adult beverages for purchase;
- Other Isle of Palms food and snack options available at the Riverwatch Café;
- Live music by folksinger/songwriter Joshua Jarman;
- This Saturday, January 12th, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.;
- Tickets $8 advance, $10 at the door if there are any left (advance ticket purchases highly recommended);
- Children 3 and under are free;
- More info and advance ticket sales on their website.
It’s happening at the Mount Pleasant Pier in Memorial Waterfont Park in Mount Pleasant, under the Ravenel Bridge. It’s an easy drive from the Isle of Palms.
So check out a local restaurant or a classic Lowcountry oyster roast. And when you are looking for a perfect Charleston beach house, be sure to call EP.
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger
photo credit: Charleston County Parks and Rec
One of the more popular recurring events in the Lowcountry – Charleston Restaurant Week – is kicking off once again.
It involves one of Charleston’s most prominent charms: its world-famous cuisine. A visit here just isn’t complete without checking out at least one of the city’s countless great restaurants.
Charleston Restaurant Week starts tomorrow. CRW has fast become one of the most popular culinary events in the Holy City. This time around, it runs from Wednesday, January 9th through Sunday, January 20th.
When you come to stay in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, you’ve gotta eat. Of course we’ve made sure that our homes are outfitted with gourmet kitchens, making mealtime prep a fun family bonding time. But it’s also nice to eat out, especially in a city that’s fast become known as a foodie destination.
There is such a vast array of restaurant choices, all within a convenient distance. Some of the best eating spots in America are just a twenty minute or so drive from the Isle of Palms.
How Charleston Restaurant Week works
The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association started this event which takes place twice a year, in January and September. These are traditionally the “slower” seasons for restaurants. It also means you can score some deals, like you can on our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.
Not surprisingly, it’s become a big hit with locals and visitors alike.
Originally, Lowcountry restaurants offered special prix fixe menus of three courses for either $20, $30 or $40. Over the years they’ve made some tweaks and improvements. It now has a new entity at the helm – the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association. Organizers encourage restaurants to be creative and come up with their own special event menus, not necessarily adhering to the original price tiering. They’ve also expanded to include lunch options in addition to dinner.
Places fill up fast (Halls Chophouse, I’m talking about you), so reservations are highly recommended, where accepted. This event has proven to be very popular among locals, many of whom strategize and chart out their Charleston Restaurant Week schedule to hit as many places as possible. After all, well over a hundred local establishments are participating.
Another bonus – rates at this time of year are offseason and very reasonable on all our luxury beach house rentals SC. So you can take the money you save on our beach house rentals Charleston SC and put it toward some fine dining.
Here’s help in planning your CRW eating adventures
Here’s the official website. It’s quite comprehensive. You can either search by name or by area, e.g. downtown, Isle of Palms, Mount Pleasant, James Island/Folly, etc. There are links to the menus and prices along with their websites and reservations where applicable.
You can book many of the restaurants through Open Table. Here’s a link to their page that’s tailored just for Charleston Restaurant Week.
Just call us at EP. We’ll help you find the perfect beach house and will be happy to suggest some of our favorite restaurants while we’re at it.
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger
Well, peak season for our Isle of Palms vacation rentals is officially over, Labor Day is in the rear view mirror, and it’s time for the latest installment of Charleston Restaurant Week. Also, the Isle’s own farmers market is cranking up once again.
Charleston Restaurant Week (CRW Fall Edition) is here again
First up, it’s the fall incarnation of Charleston Restaurant Week. It starts tomorrow (Wednesday, September 5th) and lasts through Sunday the 16th.
Sponsored by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Charleston Restaurant Week hasbecome a very popular event that happens each January and September. It’s a great choice for both local residents and out-of-towners. It’s a perfect way to sample the cuisine for which Charleston has become famous.
Well over a hundred restaurants are participating in this incarnation of Charleston Restaurant Week. Generally they offer their own chef-designed multi-course prix fixe menus, at prices lower than ordering a la carte.
Here is a link to the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association’s helpful webpage on the event.
You can find participating restaurants in these areas/categories:
- Charleston (Downtown)
- Daniel Island
- Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes
- James Island/Folly Beach
- Johns Island/Kiawah
- Lunch/Brunch Options
- Mount Pleasant
- North Charleston
- West Ashley
Participating restaurants show up under each category or location. There are links to their menu, website and often where you can book a table, if possible. It’s highly recommended to make a reservation. Seats for CRW fill up notoriously FAST.
None of these locations is too far away. Even Kiawah, the farthest option, is a scenic and pleasant drive from the Isle of Palms. Plus, you could even factor in a stop along the way at a true Lowcountry treasure – Angel Oak.
Here’s more from Count on 2 News.
The return of a farmers’ market on the Isle of Palms!
Also this week marks the start of the second annual Isle of Palms Farmers Market.
You don’t even have to leave the Isle to get some of the freshest local produce and foodstuffs available.
You can get produce that was in the field or on the tree just a couple hours ago, often at better prices than the big chain stores.
Starting this Thursday, September 6th, walk, ride a bike or golf cart to the IOP Farmers’ Market! Last year was its first year, and it proved so successful that they are making it an annual thing.
Here are the details:
- The IOP Farmers’ Market will take place Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. in September and October. (They’ve added an extra hour. Last year it was from 4-7:00.)
- The 2018 season will last from September 6th through October 25th.
- Location: Isle of Palms County Park at 1 – 14th Avenue.
- Free parking.
- Plenty of vendors. Produce, crafts & food. Food trucks.
- Kids’ activities.
- Live music!
- More info on Facebook.
So check out those great eating options like Charleston Restaurant Week starting this week. And when you are looking for a great place to stay at the beach, be sure to call EP for the best.
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger