Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina: Sea Island Grill & Lounge

November 14, 2011

Located within The Boardwalk Inn, at the Wild Dunes Resort, on Isle of Palms, South Carolina is a restaurant that will change your life — it is the Sea Island Grill & Lounge.

I had no idea what to expect when I sat down for my meal.  It is true that I had taken a sneak peak at the menu online and I already knew what I was going to order, but I had never heard one word about the restaurant before.  It is only time though, before it and the head chef become a household name.

The Sea Island Grill & Lounge is a perfect mixture of casual elegance.  When dining there you do not feel as though you must be dressed to the nines, however the locally inspired dishes are delectable enough to make you feel as though you are dining in one of the most expensive restaurant’s in the world.

For my starter, I ordered the classic Southern favorite: Lowcountry crab cake and fried green tomatoes.

For my entree, I ordered something that I will never forget and which I will compare to every meal I consume in the future: truffled popcorn scallops with sweet potato puree and steamed asparagus.

It was so good that it literally brought tears to me eyes.  My waitress, seeing how deeply affected I was by the food, brought out the chef to speak with me.  Chef Andres, who is originally from Colombia, is new to the restaurant.  When you talk with him it is easy to see that his soul has been captivated by the passion for creating masterpieces in the kitchen.  One night he was eating handmade popcorn in the kitchen, when a thought to combine popcorn and scallops came to him.  Now it is the most requested dish in the restaurant!


For my dessert, I was tempted by several choices, but decided that the “day’s special” of peach cobbler with buttermilk ice cream was a must.

The following evening I could have gone anywhere for dinner, but instead I chose to return to Sea Island Grill & Lounge to try some new dishes on the menu.  Chef Andres remembered that my husband had mentioned he was Argentine and was missing his country’s cuisine.  Thus, he created a unique starter of chorizo (my husband’s favorite Argentinean food) and sweet plantain bruschetta.  He also sent him home with a bag filled with chorizo.  Now it was my husband’s turn to cry!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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54 thoughts on “Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina: Sea Island Grill & Lounge

  1. Roxanne

    Colombia has changed my life. Living there, working there, being exposed to its food and its stories. It’s only natural for Colombian chef Andres to move you in the way that he did.

    Also, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a bigger pop corn fan than me. I just had lunch and looking at these photos is making my tummy grumble again…

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I’m so jealous (in a good way) that you lived in Colombia. What an incredible place to put down some roots. You would LOVE Chef Andres!!! I hope your paths cross with him somehow someplace.

      I’m going to have to disagree with you on being the #1 popcorn fan though, as I believe I hold that title!!!!!!!! 😉 It’s seriously my absolute favorite food in the world. If I was stranded on a deserted island it would be my #1 choice for food haha. OMG what’s better than movie theater popcorn with extra butter???????

  2. Alan Horton


    This is just not fair! You show me all this lovely looking food and there is no way I can have it unless I travel 3,000+ miles from the UK!

    Believe you me, if I lived closer I would be making a visit to this fine looking restaurant.

    Best wishes,


    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Awww I’m SO sorry!!! Maybe they can Fedex you some food haha? Just make a mental note about the restaurant, so if you do find yourself in this part of the world you make sure to try it out. Cheers!!!

  3. Cata

    I’ve never had fried green tomatoes! I’m trying to imagine popcorn w ur scalops! Def need to try those! I’m getting ready to try new things next week in Ecuador. Lots of ceviche and good breads I hear 😉 I can’t wait for a break! 1st days off since the honeymoon and it feels like forever.

  4. Alexa

    Ahh that all looks DELICIOUS! Very classy Southern food, it seems.. something we don’t have much of in the Midwest, that’s for sure. That was incredibly nice of the chef to give Lucas a taste of home! You always seem to meet the most fantastic people. 🙂

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Wasn’t the chef incredible for doing that??? I’ve never seen Lucas SO touched before! I honestly do meet the most wonderful people, I’m blessed in that area of my life for sure! And Southern food is sooo good!!!

  5. Terra

    Wow, what an amazing chef!!!! I would have cried too, those meals, that service, just absolutely beautiful:-) I stayed on Isle of Palm during one of my work trips, I adore it, but missed this gorgeous restaurant. I guess I will have to go back;-) oxox

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