There's an awesome sandwich joint in the heart of McClellanville that's worth checking in, but not dining in. Why? Well, there's no seating inside the small building, however, there are tables and chairs on both sides outside.
Located at 824 Pinckney Street, this two-year-old eatery has been slinging out fresh-made sandwiches, homemade ice cream and lemonade and other treats to a very hungry - and dedicated - crowd.
That eatery is Boats N Hoagies. The name has a hilarious backstory, but you'll have to Google that and ask more when you visit.
Owners Brandon and Ellie Wall have built up quite a reputation with their food, too.
They serve breakfast and lunch 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, however, they prepare dinners on Wednesdays for pick-up. These dinners consist of Brandon's uniqueness, meaning he tries out dishes he's thought of and that are not on the menu sometimes. These dinners are portioned well and can feed up to four people.
So, let's talk about what we had that we think you ought to have.
The Steak & Egg came with roast beef, peppers, onions, Swiss cheese and a fried egg. You can choose your bread - Texas Toast, Ciabatta, Whole Wheat or have it in a Tortilla Wrap. I had this sandwich on Texas Toast and it was super good. Very flavorful.
I also tried The 843 on Texas Toast. This consisted of a local lump crabcake with shredded romaine, tomato, cucumber with roasted red pepper vinaigrette. It normally comes on a ciabatta, but Ellie told us to have fun with the menu. The Texas Toast on this worked great.
Next, the MCVL. This sandwich is packed with a well-portion sized chicken breast, mushrooms, vidalia onions and local brie cheese. Oh, it was just perfect. True Southern flavor right there, folks.
We can't forget to mention the homemade ice cream. The pistachio we had was creamy, thick and flavorful. Nothing like having some while waiting on - and smelling - your sandwiches being cooked.
The homemade lemonade is also a must. Again, Southern flavor and reminiscence of days when you stopped by a lemonade stand.
When you drive in, look for the building to your left and find a parking spot. Come in, tell'em Georgetown Foodland sent you and check out their order board. The specials are also a hit. When the aroma of your food hits your nose, you'll know this is a place to visit time and time again.
This location in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, has seen a few restaurants come and go. I think, however, The Rusty Rudder is here to stay for quite a while.
Owners Brian Johnston, Eric Paul and Executive Chef Mike Eckert not only have a great location with comforting decor and an amazing porch setting, but the food will astound you!
We dined in on a Saturday, which was all-you-can-eat oysters from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Manager Cameron Paul was ecstatic and pleasant while making sure both the inside and outside were handled well. Chef Mike was on the fire pit steaming oysters and they were coming off perfect. The back of the house never missed a beat as orders flowed from the kitchen in a timed rush - satisfying the customers not only in wait time, but taste as well.
Here's a little bit about the restaurant.
The Rusty Rudder Mount Pleasant serves chef crafted Lowcountry cuisine offering something for everyone including house smoked BBQ, award winning wings, pasta, local seafood, oysters, steak and more. Whether you’re looking for a delicious dinner, happy hour, live music, a friendly place to catch a game or just a great family friendly atmosphere The Rusty Rudder is your go-to spot in Mt. Pleasant.
That last statement couldn't be any more truer.
Let's talk about some dishes!
Look over to your left. That's the BBQ Shrimp. Comes as an appetizer. You can, however, ask for it as a dinner portion. Keep it our little secret, though. Sautéed shrimp over a sweet onion grits with house smoked pork belly and red bbq sauce. So good!
The Rudder Melt is an 8 oz. burger with Charleston ‘hot’ seasoning, pepper jack cheese, bacon and onion jam, on Texas Toast. Do not let the word "hot" scare you away. The sweetness of the bacon and onion jam counter what heat is there and it works so well together.
The Shrimp & Grits come as a hefty portion! Sautéed shrimp, alligator andouille, roasted red peppers, corn, tomatoes and green onions over pimento cheese grits topped with a chipotle cream sauce. The flavors of this dish really hit your taste buds - and put a smile on your face as you go for more!
The awesome Crab Dip comes with lump crab baked with a light parmesan cream sauce and served with a French baguette.
And you cannot go wrong with either a "BBQ Mac" or a "Seafood Mac" or a "Prime Rib Mac"! We say try all the macs!
The menus have a lot to offer! Right now, take a look at the photos and plan your culinary adventure at The Rusty Rudder today!
We chose to evacuate from area due to potential flooding. What we didn't expect was a new restaurant in Kingstree owned by a familiar face.
Holly Cusack has taken what she's learned in Georgetown and opened High Cotton Cafe, located on 117 North Academy Street in Kingstree, S.C.
It's a semi-rustic menu and a work in progress from what Cusack has told me. The tastes, however, are explosive.
The King Burger is a grilled Angus patty on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, cheese, bacon, avocado and fried egg. I got mine hard fried. It was fresh, flavorful and tasted great.
The Southern Tacos come with your choice of steak, chicken or shrimp. We had the shrimp. They're topped with their spicy southern slaw and a drizzle of house sauce, which makes the dish!
The vegetable soup is about as comforting as you can picture. The portion was excellent. Just the right blend of meat to veggies.
There's also Twisted Club - a traditional club served on a croissant.
But we think you'll love the Chicken Club Pasta Salad the most! Hearty rotini pasta is tossed with shredded chicken, bacon, tomatoes, cheese and avocado. It is then served over mixed greens with crackers. So good!
Enjoy the photos. We enjoyed the meals!