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!
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…
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???????
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.
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!!!
I would love to try those truffled popcorn scallops!
It was SO amazing! I’m absolutely going to eat there again within the next year, it’s a goal!!!
Oh wow how nice of the chef to create a meal for Lucas!!!
Sooo nice right!?
A restaurant that will change your life? Now THAT is a big claim. I’ll have to try it for myself.
It truly did, I could taste the love and passion in the food!!!
Wow the food looks so wonderful and inspiring!! It’s making me hungry!
Totally droolworthy I agree!!!
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.
How exciting you’ll be in Ecuador!!! I loooove South American food so much. Fried green tomatoes are so delicious! I could eat them every day. 🙂
PS: yay for nice colombians! 🙂
Oh my god that looks delicious Andy!!
It was soooooooooo delicious!!!
Yum! That looks fantastic! If I’m ever in South Carolina I’m going there! 😉
You won’t regret! Promise you a meal of a lifetime!!!
It sounds SO good! I would get the same appetizer – I love crab cakes and have never had fried green tomatoes, so it’d be the perfect combo of yummy standby and something new.
OMG you’ve never had FGTs!!! Bad girl! They are the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!
Awww, I love it when restauranteurs take the time to make your experience in their place extra special. 🙂
Makes SUCH a difference and a lasting impression!
Looks really good. I always look at menu online first just like you hehehe
Haha love it!
I think that the cuisine looks just gorgeous and I would be absolutely happy to visit Sea Island Grill & Lounge!
Music to my ears!!!
Everything looks very delicious but what impressed me the most was the dessert – it looks divine!
I’m a BIG dessert fan as well and I can promise you it was divine, but I was SO full when I ate it haha.
I’m totally taking my wife there soon! Looks awesome!
You 2 will LOVE it!
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. 🙂
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!!!
This definitely looks like the best meal ever!
It sure was!!!
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
He was SO amazing — he’s going to go great places I know it! We’ll have to return with our hubbies and have a couples getaway one weekend. XOXO
What a culinary adventure!
Couldn’t agree more!!!
Definitely dining here some day wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hope it’s soon! 🙂
I loved this post, absolutely superb!
Awww thank you SO much!
Andi, you are amazing! Your words your pictures wow!!!
Oh wow thank you soooo much!
Looks super de duper delicious!
I look forward to all of your amazing posts!
Sooo happy to hear that!
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What a wonderful restaurant and such a lovely chef.
Yes and yes!!! 🙂