Fodor's Expert Review Bowens Island

$$ Greater Charleston Seafood Fodor's Choice

This family-owned seafood shack has survived hurricanes, fires, and the onslaught of trendy restaurants hitting downtown. The menu at this funky spot littered with oyster shells and graffiti is reliable: big ol' shrimp, fried or boiled; shrimp and grits; hush puppies; and the biggie—trays of piping hot steamed oysters. Dinner is served in an enclosed dock house, on a covered deck, and inside the main building. You can find this local landmark on an island just before Folly Beach, about 15 minutes from downtown. When you see the sign, head down the dirt road until you see water.

Seafood Casual Dinner $$ Historical Views Fodor's Choice Family

Quick Facts

1871 Bowens Island Rd.
James Island, South Carolina  29412, USA

843-270–7050

www.bowensisland.com

Known For:
  • One of the last old-school seafood shacks left
  • Traditional Frogmore stew (aka Lowcountry boil)
  • Long lines on weekends
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch

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