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Permalink 01:34:44 pm, Categories: $ Value Priced  

One Center St. Oceanfront Bar - Holiday Inn - Folly Beach SC

Oceanfront Restaurant Bar on Folly Beach
Alicia's Review - Good:One Center St Bar - Folly Beach

One Center Street
1 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439
(843) 588-6464


UPDATE: 6/01/06
This review has been downgraded from Excellent to very good due to the firing of the manager that made it what it was, Mel


I love, love, love One Center Street, also known as “that downstairs bar at the Holiday Inn”. What do I love about it? First of all, I love the beach and I am always happy when I am looking out over the water, listening to the waves crashing and smelling the salty, ocean air while enjoying a nice, cold beer. There are surprisingly few restaurants/bars where you can do this in Charleston so this is a unique and special spot. In the summer, they even have a Tiki bar where you can get a beer or drink to quench your thirst on those hot, humid days at the beach.

Secondly, I love the casualness of One Center. You can go in there in a pair of sweats or shorts, a bikini top or t-shirt and flip flops or even just your swimsuit and sandals – whatever – and you’ll feel comfortable. Along with this, and granted, I do go there a lot so I have gotten to know everyone who works there but I am going to make the bold statement that I don’t think you will get better service anywhere. I go there with different friends and many of them drink the same thing every time so my favorite gal, Caroline, sees them and just pops the top of their usual drink. For me, I switch things up a little so she’ll confirm and there it is in front of me within moments. Even better, you never have to ask for another one, she watches you and keeps them coming until you tell her you’re finished. That is what I call anticipatory service! Caroline is darling although I must be fair and say that Mel, the manager, has done a fabulous job building a great team. Heather is another one of our favorites and we have a great story about Heather. One night, we shut down the bar and the very next morning at the crack of dawn, we had to be at a company meeting at the Holiday Inn. We had had a few drinks that night and we asked who would be working in the morning. Lucky for us, Heather was and she promised she’d make us Bloody Marys if we wanted them. We were laughing about that story a couple months later and she told us, “And I would have, too!” Once again, that is what I call excellent service! I love a girl that will sneak cocktails into the company meeting for us! So, as I said Mel has built a team that is friendly, fun, great at what they do, and they always make you feel at home.

Last, but certainly not least, the food at One Center is great bar food. To be completely honest, I must admit that it isn’t always consistent but that is OK because 95% of the time, it’s great and the people and environment more than make up for that 5%. Some of my favorites are the Beach Burger, an 8 oz cheeseburger ($7.45 - I have had this many, many times and it’s a fabulous burger), the Buffalo Shrimp ($6.95), the Fried Flounder sandwich ($7.95), Fried Calamari served with Jalapeno Jelly ($6.60, I have always loved this one, although my friends have had it on a night when it wasn’t as great), the Killer Club Sandwich ($6.95), and the Mahi Mahi Bites served with honey mustard dipping sauce ($7.95). The Peel and Eat Shrimp are great if you want a lighter meal (1/3 lb for $6.95 or ½ lb. for $11.50), and the salads ($5.50 for the house) are very fresh and tasty, either as a starter or, for a meal if you add Chicken (additional $2) or Shrimp (additional $3.50). Enjoy, have fun, and say hey to Caroline, Heather & the girls for me!


Permalink 04:05:34 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Wagons on the Edge - Folly Beach SC

Wagons on the Edge - Folly Beach, SC

Wagons on the Edge, a vintage Wagon, Woodie and Van show, will be held on Folly Beach May 6th as part of the festivities. Stock and modified pre-1970 Station Wagons, Woodies and pre-1975 Vans will be on display throughout the business district.

Permalink 04:04:34 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

2006 Mid Atlantic Region Surfing Championships - Folly Beach, SC

Folly Beach will host the 2006 Mid Atlantic Region Surfing Championships May 5, 6 and & 7th. The post-season invitation only tournament will host 450 competitors from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia. Winners of the event will compete in the Eastern Surfing championships on the Outer Banks in September.

Permalink 03:55:08 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Verizon Heritage PGA Tour

Harbor Town plays host to the Verizon Heritage PGA tour event this month.With the purchase of Sea Pines’ Harbor Town Golf Links by the same group that holds Kiawah Island Golf resort, the former competitors are teaming up with stay and play golf packages like the “Best of the Lowcountry”. Charleston’s Edwin Watts Golf Store was named as one of the country’s top 100 golf shops by Golf World Business. The list names 25 stores from four catagories: private, resort, public and off-course.

Permalink 03:52:54 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Family Circle Cup returns to Daniel Island

Family Circle tennis returns to Daniel Island April 8-16. Sisters Venus and Serena Williams will compete in the oldest all-women Tier 1 event in the US.

Permalink 03:51:40 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Charleston Race Week and In Water Boat Show

Seabrook Island will present Charleston Race Week, a premiere One design PHRF and IRC regatta for racing sailboats 22-60’ April 6-9 headquartered at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. The In Water Boat Show will be held at the same location on April 27-30. It’s usually host to over 100 boats and many exhibitors. If you need more boating fun on the 30th, the 19th Annual Blessing of the Fleet will be at Alhambra Hall, just down the harbor.

Permalink 03:51:05 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Pet Fest at Palmetto Park

Don’t forget the pets…. Pet Fest will be at Palmetto Park on April 8. Visit the Aquarium for Animal Rescue Day, April 22, or if you are a turtle and art lover, check out the turtle “hospital” benefit for the Aquarium’s rehab facility at the Artist’s Loft on April 25.

Permalink 03:48:23 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Charleston Museum Summer Camp

Spring Break Camps… Just in time for spring break, the Charleston Museum will host a preview of its summer camp. Nature trailers will meet at the Dill Sanctuary on James Island. And a Spring Break Fun Day will be offered by Old Santee Canal Park.

Permalink 03:47:23 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Embassy Suites recieves the "Connie Award"

Rooms with a Review...The Embassy Suites’ Airport and Convention Center site has been awarded The Connie Award, named in honor of Conrad Hilton. The award is based on quality assurance audits, and customer scores on service and accommodations.

Expedia Travelers have rated the French Quarter Inn number 8 on its list of top 10 Four Star Hotels. They join some pretty heavy hitters on that list. Orbitz Insider Staff Pick included Charleston on its Top 10 Alternative Spring Break Destinations.

Permalink 03:44:23 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Summerville “Golden Age of Inns”

Summerville will celebrate the “Golden Age of Inns” May 10-13. The town was hailed as one of the two healthiest places in the world in the late 1800’s if one had a respiratory problem. The festival will celebrate the Woodlands 100 year anniversary plus a new exhibit in the Summerville-Dorchester Museum paying tribute to the gala hotels and lifestyles of the era. Tours of area inns, town square events and a gala birthday party will be part of the celebration.

Permalink 03:42:48 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Chef’s Kitchen Tour

Two unique culinary tours are being offered. The first explores the inner workings of some of Charleston’s most prominent restaurants. Called the Chef’s Kitchen Tour, it celebrates the chefs behind the great restaurants that seem to flourish in our area. On April 14th, an uptown tour will highlight the local 18th and 19th century dining and entertaining styles of the city’s finest hostesses. It will end with an evening celebrating the history of our cuisine at a local restaurant.

Permalink 03:41:40 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Bessinger’s Barbeque ranked #1 by National Barbeque News

Celebrating 60 years of pigging out...Bessinger’s Barbeque was named the number one barbeque restaurant by National Barbeque News, dedicated to the sport and recreation of barbeque.

Permalink 03:40:29 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The St. George World Grits Festival

Let’s talk Food in the Lowcountry...April 8 is the day grits lovers long for all year. The St. George World Grits Festival is back. Where else can you be rewarded for rolling in your favorite food in public? There’s a run in the morning, I guess to make room for the grits eating contest. There are grits grinding exhibitions, clotheline art, corn toss contests and plenty of music.

Permalink 03:37:43 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The Native Plant Symposium at the College of Charleston

The Native Plant Symposium will be at the College of Charleston April 21-23. “Partners in Conservation-Preserving our Natural Heritage” will be hosted by the Lowcountry chapter of the SC Native Plant Society.

Permalink 03:37:01 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The Farmer’s Market

The Farmer’s Market is just a block away, so stop in afterwards. All the fresh veggies and unique crafts you could want in a decidely fun atmosphere, the downtown market is open every Saturday morning from 8-1 pm April through December. Mt Pleasant begins at 4pm every Tuesday April-October and the North Charleston/Hanahan every Thursday Mid April through Mid November.

Permalink 03:36:23 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Plantasia - Horticultural Society - Plant Sale

If springtime makes you want to dig in the garden, you’ll want to visit the real yard sale at the Gaillard Auditorium front lawn on Saturday morning, April 29th. The Horticultural Society is sponsoring a plant sale like no other: Plantasia: the 5th Green Market for Plant Lovers.

Permalink 03:34:28 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

4th Annual Heritage Motorcycle Rally

If you’d rather tour the Lowcountry with the wind in your face, you’ll want to be at the Exchange Club fairgrounds during the 4th Annual Heritage Motorcycle Rally held April 7-16. Music, bike shows and the $125,000 Bike Build-Off plus the chance to ride through the Lowcountry and enjoy the beauty of spring weather.

Permalink 03:33:00 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

5th Annual Easter Promenade

Don’t miss the Hat Ladies 5th Annual Easter Promenade April 15th when ladies, gents, children, even pets show off their Easter bonnets. The stroll begins at Broad and Meeting Streerts. The Charleston Museum will celebrate with the Easter Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza on April 8th

Permalink 03:32:16 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Patricia Cornwell - Mystery of the H. L. Hunley

Fans of Kay Scarpetta will be excited to know that Patricia Cornwell, forensic crime fiction writer, will be adding her sleuthing skills to the mystery of the H. L. Hunley. The collabortion was announced recently by the Friends of the Hunley.

Permalink 03:31:14 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

American College of Building Arts - community workshops

Speaking of the art of building, the American College of Building Arts is opening a series of community workshops to the public. They include classes on timber framing, ornamental plasterwork and an introduction to pointing and paving.

Permalink 03:30:14 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

National Park Week at the Charles Pinkney Historic Site

Curious about life in colonial Lowcountry? Celebrate
National Park Week at the Charles Pinkney Historic Site at Snee Farm. Learn about indigo dyeing, rice pounding and iron smithing as craftsmen in 18th century garb demonstrate these skills.

Permalink 03:29:28 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Sixth Annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour

If art and design interest you, Kiawah Island is hosting their sixth annual Art and House tour on April 21. It will highlight five exceptional homes which combine spectacular private art collections and the architecture created to display it. Ashley Hall is offering a rare glimpse of some architecturally unique private homes and gardens not usually available to the public. This fundraiser is slated for April 29.

Permalink 03:27:57 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Martha Stewart enjoyed our hospitality recently.

April is always a Big month in the Lowcountry...Spring has arrived along with visitors from around the globe. Martha Stewart enjoyed our hospitality recently. She told stories of furnishings she had rescued from flea markets. These pieces, redone of course, now share Martha’s home. They are the inspiration for her new line of furniture rooted in the past but at prices more affordable than the real thing.

Permalink 02:37:39 pm, Categories: $$$ Expensive  

11 Center St. - Folly Beach SC - Wine and Tapas Bar

11 Center St. Folly Beach Wine and Tapas Restaurant and Bar
Alicia's Review - Wine List - Excellent:11 Center Folly Beach Wine Bar
Alicia's Review - Food - Very Good:11 center street folly beach sc
Alicia's Review - Overall Experience - Fair:11 center restaurant folly beach sc

11 Center St. Wine and Tapas
11 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439
1-(843) 588-9898

11 Center is sort of an anomaly in Folly Beach and, for awhile, I went there virtually every night for a dinner of tapas and good wine. They have a lovely wine bar with a great painting, and beautiful lighting, which makes for a pretty ambience.

The wine list is fabulous. It’s extensive, most of the servers are somewhat knowledgeable, and, one thing I really love is that they have a market downstairs so you can pop in and pick up a bottle to take home with you – or take home a bottle of wine that you had with your dinner and loved so much you’d like to have another glass once at home. The prices are decent considering it’s a retail store. You can find better prices elsewhere, of course, but it’s definitely fair considering the convenience factor.

The food is fair to good. I really like the Tuna Tartare ($9) which is fresh sashimi, ginger, pineapple, red and green peppers and cilantro served with black pepper encrusted crackers. The Pan Seared Lamb Chops ($10 for two) served with wild mushroom risotto are also pretty good, as is the Antipasto ($7), marinated and grilled artichoke hearts, supersoata, salami, and smoked provolone cheese. However, I would pass on the Gourmet Cheese plate ($9) as there is nothing gourmet about this cheese plate. It came with the tiniest portion of cheese I have ever seen (and I have been to France too many times to count and am accustomed to small portions), along with way too many candied walnuts and grapes to go with the miniscule morsel of cheese they served. Speaking of French, we took some friends of ours from France there one night and they ordered the Steak Tartare ($8), had one bite and didn’t touch the rest so, while I didn’t try it personally, I wouldn’t recommend that either.

The reason I don’t go there with the same frequency as I did in the beginning is I don’t feel the sense of hospitality as some of the other places I frequent. I have also written about One Center – a totally different crowd, totally different ambience – and, to be honest, I would have thought I would want to spend more time at 11 Center based on my personality and taste. But there is something to be said for feeling special when you’re a regular and you just don’t get that here. So for a more upscale experience on Folly Beach with “gourmet” food and wine, this is a fabulous spot to try.

Permalink 02:11:34 pm, Categories: $$ Moderately Priced  

Saint Johns Cafe - John's Island, SC

Saint Johns Cafe Johns Island SC
Alicia's Review - Very Good:St John's Cafe John's Island SC

St Johns Island Cafe
3140 Maybank Hwy
Johns Island, SC 29455
1-(843) 559-9090

My best friend was in town for a visit so I had an excuse to do lots of eating out last week and I have some fabulous new favorites.

We had a wonderful brunch at St. John’s Café on Sunday morning. We arrived just before the church crowds but, even still, this is a popular place and we had to wait a couple of minutes for our table. We all wanted to have the same “entrée” so we decided to start off with an “appetizer” of raisin French Toast, served with an apple, cinnamon whipped butter as well as regular butter. It was light, fluffy, sweet – but not too - and delicious.

We followed up the French Toast with Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict. It was delightful. The crab cake was fresh, the hollandaise wonderful. My eggs were cooked perfectly, although my friends were a little overcooked. Our waitress was having a rough morning so we didn’t ask her to take them back and we had plenty of food so I am not sure she even made it to the second egg anyway.

Because my best friend was in town and we did our fair share of “celebrating” her time here, I wanted to have a Bloody Mary with my brunch but they don’t serve adult beverages on Sunday so if you like to have a Mimosa or Bloody Mary with your brunch, try St. John’s Café on Saturday instead. During the warmer months, you can sit outside on the patio, which is a pretty setting.

Oh, I almost forgot. We had a star sighting while there…as we were leaving, we spotted Richard Davis from Flip This House having brunch with a small group. I am not much for getting excited about stars but A&E is my favorite station and I love Flip This House so it was kind of fun to see him having brunch at St. John’s Café.

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