Although technically not on Folly, Bowens Island is a must for fresh-off-the-boat seafood, such as Frogmore stew or fried fish and shrimp. Bowens Island Restaurant 1870 Bowens Island Rd. Tuesday-Saturday: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. (843) 795-2757 bowensislandrestaurant.com
The Drop In Deli: 32-B Center St. Daily: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. (843) 633-0234 dropindeli.com
Aaron Alexander serves up The Redneck cheesesteak with a seasonal draft at this favorite watering hole.
The menu includes salads, sandwiches, and Tex-Mex fare, as well as hand-rolled sushi by Lisa on Tuesday through Friday nights.
A couple of Lisa’s creations: the Scorpio Roll (top) combines shrimp, cream cheese, mango, almonds, and spicy sauce, and the Little Wahine (right) has spicy tuna, eel, fish roe, and scallions.
A calzone with sauce on the side at Woody’s Pizza. Woody’s Pizza 39 Center St. Monday: 5:30-11p.m., Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 11p.m., Friday & Saturday: 11:30 a.m.- 12 a.m. (843) 588-0088 dowoodyspizza.com Photo by Mac Kilduff
Chico Feo: 122 E. Ashley Ave. Monday-Thursday: Noon-2 a.m. & Friday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-2 a.m. (843) 296-7155; chicofeos.com
Hank Weed and partner Cat Forester opened this easy-going, Caribbean-inspired gathering place, where you can find tacos and curry bowls aplenty; beer, wine, and sangria; and live music most weekends.
Chico Feo’s West Indian-style curry goat bowl, mahi tacos on homemade corn tortillas, and a refreshing cucumber soda to wash it down
BLU’s Beach Bar at Tides Folly Beach 1 Center St. Daily: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m. (843) 588-6464 tidesfollybeach.com Photo by Mac Kilduff
Lost Dog Cafe: 106 W. Huron Ave. Mon.-Sat.: 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. & Sunday: 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (843) 588-9669 lostdogfollybeach.com
First opened on Center Street in 2002, this popular joint soon outgrew its digs. Now it’s located on Huron Street, where you’ll likely find a line on most days. Happily, picnic tables and a nearby park make for a comfortable and well-worth-it wait.
Favorite brunch picks at Lost Dog Cafe—a pooch-friendly spot (at outdoor tables only)—are corned-beef hash and eggs and the eggs Benedict. Don’t forget the “licker” drinks, house-made Bloody Marys and Mason Jar Mimosas.
Black Magic Cafe 103 W. Erie Ave. Daily: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (843) 633-0025 blackmagicfb.com
The ’Wich Doctor: 106 W. Hudson Ave. Thursday-Monday: Noon- 8 p.m. & Tuesday: Noon- 3 p.m. (843) 588-6666 thewichdoctor.net
The ’Wich Doctor’s incredible white clam pizza is made in the Neapolitan style and topped with garlic oil, ricotta, Parmesan, Italian parsley, and lemon.
After 30-plus years in F&B, Jeff Butler (above) and his wife, Krista Hines, opened this “small space that’s huge on taste” in March 2011.
The Korean BBQ sandwich is piled high with Bulgogi-style beef with kimchee and quick-pickled cucumber.
Rita’s Seaside Grille 2 Center St. Daily: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday & Sunday brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (843) 588-2525 ritasseasidegrille.com
Photo by Mac Kilduff
Sunset Cay Yacht Club: At the south end of Folly, turn right onto 9th Street and follow the paved road to the end. Upstairs from the marina, you’ll find this casual hangout with fried seafood and cheap beers set against the backdrop of the Intracoastal Waterway. 66 W. 9th St. Ext. Monday-Friday: 4-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: Noon-9 p.m. (843) 588-0001 Note: Membership requires $5 in dues and a 24-hour waiting period.
Snag an outdoor table at Sunset Cay for fish tacos, steamed shrimp, and blackened grouper bites.
Tokyo Crepes 107 E. Ashley Ave. Monday-Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sunday: 8:30 a.m.- 10 p.m. (843) 580-6333 tokyocrepe.com