MJ’s Soul Food

1634 Sea Island Pkwy
Saint Helena Island, 29920
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The BEST soul food!!!!! Our tour guide from Seretha from the Plantation/Island Tour recommended this place. I had the smothered pork chops which I was told is a signature dish. It was soooo good. My friends had the blue crab and shrimp which was so good that we had to go buy the batter as soon as we left the place. I also tried the red velvet cake which was moist and not too sweet. Every dish we tried was great,- collards, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese and don't forget the cornbread. The service was excellent and the owners came out to meet us and took pictures. They were super sweet. Definitely stop by if you're in town!
Exactly what I was looking for! I ordered the ribs special with a side of Mac-n-cheese and veggies...no way you could finish that dish in one sitting. My boyfriend got the shrimp plate (lightly breaded shrimp) with red beans and rice...two thumbs up. Huge place, with room for your whole family, and very friendly service.
Great place! I've been to MJ's three times in the last month or so. I've been for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and all were fabulous. The fried chicken is very good, the mac and cheese is incredible, and the greens are some of the only greens that I will eat. I'm in St Helena a few times a month and will visit MJ's at least once on each visit there.

(843) 838-2009

Soul Food

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Sweetgrass

100 Marina Dr
Saint Helena Island, 29920
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I was going to give this place a 3-star and my wife got on my case, probably due to the desserts and the Southern antipasto appetizer which she rated high. Shrimp and grits: i think my shrimp were a little overcooked. minor thing for me, nothing I would send back. It was still good, but it was something i noticed (since I do that myself on occasion). The entire dish is covered with a brown gravy which was a first for me. It isn't a cheesy/dairy sauce that you often get with the shrimp & grits. Southern Antipasto w/ black eyed pea hummus was a huge hit (big appetizer shared amongst 5 people. We also ordered the deviled eggs--they weren't bad, but I wasn't crazy about them. Our table ordered 2 desserts: Pluff mud cake and South Carolina State Fair (fried cinnamon dough, peaches, maybe something maple on it). The state fair might be a special since I don't see it on the online dessert menu, but that was excellent. Since we were all stuffed, we shared the state fair and took the mud cakes home. Our waitress, Tiffani(sp?) was excellent, attentive and had a quick-witted response when I complained about the creamer containers (shaped like cows) dispensing milk from the cows mouth instead of the udder. This wasn't the first time for some in our party, but it was my first visit--I'm sure we'll be back!
2.5 stars because the crab cake tasted like it was rotten, but the service was excellent. Fried oysters were good; it is hard to ruin those. Grilled caesar was meh. Grilled romaine lettuce is delightful, but develops a tough consistancy and cutting it with a butter knife is impossible. Ask for a steak knife if you dare try it. The dressing was not tossed in and it might have been mayonnaise. My husband liked his shrimp burger, but I am starting to question his taste...
On our third visit to Fripp Island, we decided to try Sweetgrass because we read the great reviews and the view sounded beautiful. We had family join us from Charlotte for a special evening. The place is lovely and the setting charming. It all started well enough, but when it took 20 minutes to get two beers, a cocktail, a glass of wine and a soda it was a harbinger of things to come. Our salads came out before the appetizers and then we waited ... and waited. It was well over an hour between our appetizer and the entrees. We sat there staring at dirty dishes until we finally asked our very green and inattentive waiter to remove them from our table. The manager or owner, I assume, stopped by at one point to mumble a thank us for our patience and say the food would be out shortly. It was another half an hour before the food arrived. When the food arrived it was good, not great. Some of the items were cold. By that time is was close to 9 p.m. (we sat down at 7 p.m.) and we just wanted to get out of there. No offer to comp a drink or dessert and barely an acknowledgement that we had a significant bill and experienced lousy service and a ridiculously long wait. Originally, I was going to give them two stars because the food was okay but the more I think about it, this place doesn't even rate a "meh". Really unprofessional all the way around.

(843) 838-2151

American (New)

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Bella Luna Cafe

859 Sea Island Pkwy
Saint Helena Island, 29920
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I thought the food was very good. My salad was fresh and the pasta was very good. Service was excellent.
We went here for a large family dinner as a last resort because 1) the annual dinner restaurant was completely booked and the wait was about 2-3 hours and 2) it was a Friday night. :( After getting over the hump of not being able to dive into amazingly fresh seafood for dinner, we finally settled into Bella Luna Cafe for some Italian food. We opted for a bottle of wine, which I can't remember the name of it, but it just didn't taste right. Our party had had the same bottle before and also thought it was slightly off. So, we ended up with a cheaper bottle of Malbec that ended up being fantastic. I ordered the pasta with clams in a white wine sauce, which wasn't entirely bad. However, waking up the next day feeling nauseous and barfing the whole ride to the airport was not the best way to end a beautiful week-long trip.
It was OK. Walked in and you could not tell who worked there (no one had uniforms of any kind). Young man took me to a table. Nice young lady took my order and brought me a beer. I ordered a Caesar salad with shrimp. The best part was the SHRIMP, as the Caesar dressing was ( for lack of better words ) watered down ( very weak tasting ), the whole thing just tasted blah, again the shrimp was good... I also had the Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken... That was good. I would go back for that alone. Décor was OK I suppose but the bathrooms could definitely use some cleaning (dust on the fixtures, bad). 2 draft beers, Caesar Salad and Fettuccine Alfredo was 31.42 after tax plus tip on top of that. A bit steep for me. Probably wont go back.

(843) 838-3188

Cafes, Italian

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Gullah Grub

877 Sea Island Pkwy
Saint Helena Island, 29920
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This place has some of the best ambiance and the friendliest staff anywhere. Restaurant.com has a $25 off of $35 certificate which will make your meal here the best deal going. Brought three kids in here on a Sunday and it honestly feels like you are eating dinner in someone's house. The TV was playing a loop of the owner with Martha Stewart and Anthony Bourdain as well as a few other stories that had been done on the place. Complimentary corn bread was unreal, just fantastic. Kids all wanted chicken and since there really isn't a kids menu the server, who is the owner's daughter I believe, offered to split a meal up for the kids which worked great. I had the fried shark strips which were nothing short of awesome and my wife had shrimp and grits which was also really good. The overall experience was memorable and will definitely go back. Make sure you check the house on their website as they are a little non standard.
real quick text. we were not impressed. staff was polite, but not apologetic for service. we went on sunday morning, memorial weekend. orders were mixed up. corn bread, jiffy mix? the food regular "down home' cooked meal, no specialty. what was served to us we do better at home, for soul cookin'. if 2+ are in your group, the food is brought out as it is prepared. meaning 1 could get your main course before your salad. your husband could get his full meal and you receive nothing by the time he is finished. 1 couple was upset and left.husband let wife finish what portion she had and they left. he did not eat.another group had 6. 1 man was brought his meal, while everyone drank tea and watched him eat. they brought portion of our meal, forgot our sides, forgot to serve salad first. we had to keep asking for what was missing. brought out wrong items and meal for my husband. he kept saying he didn't order that, didn't order this. i asked shouldn't you serve salad first, instead of main course, and the young lady said they had to run out, and it was being prepared??? didn't make any sense. she most definitely was having an off day, unless this is every day. we started asking the other servers to help us. i don't understand what was going on in the kitchen, or with staff, but they were not prepared.
I should have known something was up. Bourdain prides himself on saying he does not lie on the food he samples. I don't know how consistent this practice is, but I do know that while being filmed eating at Gullah Grub he made no real commentary on the food itself. In fact, he spent more time riding horses with the owner than eating. I mean, it's the Travel Channel, I know, but come on. The menu reads good and the food is deceptively prepared. Fresh out of the back of an establishment that used to be a house, I was certain the clanging of pots and pans in the kitchen was signaling a course of dishes fired over the cast-iron heirlooms of a family steeped in history and gritty, backyard-culled recipes. Based on what hit the table, I think the staff was banging the pots and pans to hide the sound of the microwave ding. I ordered the ribs, potato salad, cornbread and shrimp gumbo. "No", "eh", "no" and "eh" respectively. The ribs were boney shoulder pads and the cornbread was on the dry side the way a camel's nuts are "a little dusty." The potato salad was average, and for a seaside community they are surprisingly stingy with the shrimp in a shrimp gumbo. Maybe they're used to people wanting more soup out of their gumbo than meat. They didn't have the advertised greens. Mind you, the place opens at noon. How you gonna' be out of stuff when I just saw you open the door? And greens, no less? How you not gonna' have greens in-house? I'm reasonably sure I drove past a few hundred stalks of them coming into town. I ordered the "Swamp Water" (rim shot) to drink. I am reasonably sure that this is made with actual brackish sewage. The tea tasted like it came out of a garden hose, which is fine when you're seven and have a culinary palate tweaked by Space Rocks and Nerds, but less so when you're a grown foodie. A fellow newcomer informed me that the Swamp Water tastes like lemonade mixed with sweet tea. Wait, what? Any golfer can tell you that's an Arnold Palmer. I drove eleven hours into Gullah country to have a nasty Arnold Palmer? I rounded the meal out with a peach cobbler that was flaccid and breaded with whatever is in moth balls that makes rats die. The menu offers tossed salad, which I didn't order, but certainly felt like I'd experienced. Here's an observation for my readers in the Klan: Gullah Grub doesn't serve fried chicken. They sell a barbecued chicken, but not fried chicken. They sell a DVD of the owner teaching you how to prepare Grandma's pan-fried chicken and they don't sell fried chicken. They have this same DVD playing on a small TV in the dining area on a loop, but they don't sell fried chicken. They sincerely hope you enjoy the DVD because it's as close as you are getting to fried chicken. And I don't mean they were out (though at this point I would have hardly been surprised). I mean it wasn't on the menu. There is a KFC nine miles away that has better chicken than a world-proclaimed, southern low country cooking restaurant, winning the contest handily via the mere act of serving it at all. That puts the "low" in "low country cooking." So: missing items off the menu at opening, screw-you service, locals that do come in getting their food to go. The local who bumped the back of my chair going out the door gave me more attention than my waiter. All that glitters on the Travel Channel is not gold.

(843) 838-3841

Barbeque, Seafood

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Shrimp Shack

1925 Sea Island Pkwy
Saint Helena Island, 29920
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Best shrimp burgers. Make sure to pair it with a sweet tea. This is one of my favorite places in Beaufort. The location makes for the perfect stop after a day at the beach. Local gem. Highly recommended.
These shrimp burgers were WHAT'S UP, but even supersized, they were very much on the small side for the price. This was also made more obvious by the fact that they are delicious, and you'll end up wanting to eat way more than one fairly thin patty. I highly recommend getting sweet potato fries on the side, as well as checking the hours before you go (by giving them a call). This was a great pit stop before/after a day at Hunting Island. FYI: Cash only.
No bargains here. We got the shrimp dinner with onion rings and slaw. Portions are small and the prices are not so cheap. Food was ok but you will pay a lot for a spoonful of coleslaw and a couple of onion rings with your shrimp. $10.99. Place your order at the window and wait until they call your number. Make sure you have cash because they don't take anything else. There are better places around if you want seafood. Try the Foolish Frog in Frogmore.

(843) 838-2962

Seafood

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Harbor Island Realty

2123 Sea Island Pkwy
Saint Helena Island, 29920
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(843) 838-4722

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Island Grill

7 Dr Martin Luther King Dr
Saint Helena Island, 29920
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(843) 838-2330

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Weezie’s Crab Shack

1634 Sea Island Pkwy
Saint Helena Island, 29920
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(843) 838-2197

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Boondocks Restaurant

1760 Sea Island Pkwy
Saint Helena Island, 29920
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(843) 838-0821

American (Traditional)

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Seaside Getaways

1551 Sea Island Pkwy
Saint Helena Island, 29920
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(843) 838-8001

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