Sullivan's Island has played host to history, accommodating an important battle of the American Revolution and, in the late 1820s, a certain author named Edgar Allan Poe. The writer enlisted in the army and wound up at Fort Moultrie, at the western end of the island. His stint inspired "The Gold Bug," a short story about a magical beetle, and then much later, Poe's Tavern. The bar and restaurant is beloved among visitors and locals for its fish tacos and gourmet burgers,
all named after Poe stories. To wit: The Tell-Tale Heart, containing fried eggs, apple-wood bacon, and cheddar cheese; the Amontillado, with guacamole, jalapeño jack cheese, pico de gallo, and chipotle sour cream; and naturally, the Gold Bug Plus, done up in a variety of cheeses. Come early to enjoy the clever treats, as Poe's has a line year-round.