It's been tough on restaurants during this pandemic. In large cities, many have shuttered and will never come back. When it comes to rural communities, the odds are even higher they'll shutter.
In McClellanville, a cool and hip joint located at 824 Pinckney Street is continuing to press forward and adapt. They continue to serve the great food their known for, and have special days, like "Drivin' N' Fryin'," where they serve up fried flounder and shrimp. The smile is still there, of course. Just covered up under a mask. You can hear the laughs, though.
But its the attention to safety detail that's continuing to bring customers.
Many people are wary of dining in for food and they even second-guess take out at times. Boats N Hoagies has a simple drive-thru model set up where you line up on the side of the road close to their eatery and you get served without getting out of your car. The staff is wearing masks and making sure social distancing is practiced.
More, the quality of the food hasn't changed. Matter of fact, I think it's gone up. With them simplifying the menu to core offerings, they are able to perfect the serving and stay consistent. They even wear shirts with their menu on the back so customers can see their offerings sitting comfortably in their car or truck - or golf cart.
I love their style. And yes, that's a WWE championship belt. Ellie, her husband and co-owner Brandon Wall, have made their uniqueness shine through dark and trying times.
With friends Paul and Andrea Holloway, you cannot ask for better folks to chat with and watch as they cook and serve food to you.
We may be in a pandemic, but don't tell Boats N Hoagies that. They are too busy serving customers their amazing food, awesome smiles and funny comments. Nothing has changed except how they do it.
If you're looking for something good and worry whether it safe or not, Boats N Hoagies in McClellanville is perfect for you.
They are closed on Wednesdays. Call for details or questions. 843-887-3058