Fodor's Expert Review Bowens Island
This seafood shack has survived hurricanes, fires, and the onslaught of trendy restaurants hitting downtown. Littered with oyster shells and graffiti, the funky spot serves dinner in an enclosed dock house, on a covered deck, and inside the main building. The menu is the constant: big ol' shrimp, fried or boiled; shrimp and grits; hush puppies; and the biggie—all the steamed oysters you can eat for about $20. At this "fish camp," you might be entertained by musician Smokin' Weiner or Juke Joint Johnny. This local landmark sits 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. Known for: one of the last old-school seafood shacks left; steamed oysters by the bucket; long lines on weekends.
1871 Bowens Island Rd.
James Island, South Carolina 29412, USA