The Obstinate Daughter
Pasta, pizza, and seafood in a gorgeous space
This restaurant serves up some awesome Italian dishes and local seafood in it's nautical, chic space. You really can't go wrong with anything on their menu, because they prepare their food with a Lowcountry flare that is unique and delicious. Reservations are recommended for dinner.
The Obstinate Daughter
Quirky spot for burgers and drinks
While they serve a full menu of elevated bar fare, this laid-back spot is best known for their delicious burgers. Either eat outside and take in Sullivan's quaint downtown or sit inside surrounded by Edgar Allan Poe memorabilia. The tavern is named for the famous writer because Poe was stationed for just over a year at Fort Moultrie down the street. He even set one of his short stories, The Gold Bug, on Sullivan's Island.
A Bench by the Road
A place to remember the lives of enslaved Africans
An estimated 40% of the Africans transported to North America via the Middle Passage passed through Sullivan’s Island. It is estimated that nearly half of all African Americans today have ancestors who went through quarantine here. In an interview in 1989, author and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison said, "There is no place you or I can go, to think about or not think about, to summon the presences of, or recollect the absences of slaves . . . There is no suitable memorial, or plaque, or wreath, or wall, or park, or skyscraper lobby. There's no 300-foot tower, there's no small bench by the road." And there wasn't until the Toni Morrison Society placed this bench here in 2008. This bench overlooking the water is behind the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center.
Edgar Allan Poe Library
Public library inside of Battery Gadsden
This branch of the Charleston County Library is housed inside a former artillery battery from the early 1900's. While the library is small, it is fun to see inside the former military installation. This library is named for the famous writer because Poe was stationed for just over a year at Fort Moultrie down the street. He even set one of his short stories, The Gold Bug, on Sullivan's Island. Be sure to ask the librarian about the building and the man the library was named for.
Sullivan's Island Beach
Beautiful, peaceful beach
The beach access points on Sullivan's Island are called a stations, running from 9 to 32 with occasional half stations along the way. Check out the kite surfers at Station 28.5, the lighthouse at Station 18.5, the Sullivan's Island Nature Trail at Station 16, or practically any station for beautiful houses behind you and pristine beaches in front of you. No matter where you end up stopping, make sure you park with all four wheels of your car off the street or you will get a ticket. After you are done at the beach, stop by one of the restaurants on Middle Street for a drink or a bite to eat.
Home Team BBQ
Laid-back spot for drinks and pulled pork
Stop in to try pulled pork by itself, on nachos, in a sandwich and in many other iterations. In addition to offering up other barbeque staples they serve chicken wings that are a real crowd pleaser. If you are not hungry, it is a great place to relax with a drink during the day or at night when they have live music. Be careful around their famous (and dangerous) Game Changer! They also have locations downtown and in West Ashley.