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Seafood: Bownen's Island Restaurant is the only restaurant on it's own 13 acre island, and is self-described as an, "island, restaurant, and state of mind," all at once. Founded in 1946 by May and Jimmy Bowen, this seafood and oyster joint on James Island is only 5 minutes from Folly Beach, and offers up fantastic sunset and salt marsh views from its wrap-around porch deck. While Bowen's Island Restaurant offers fried seafood options, the all you can eat steamed oysters, served to the table by the shovelful, are the shining stars of the menu. Inexpensive beers, hushpuppies, and fires go perfectly with your sunset water views and steamed local oysters in this ultra casual island joint.

Oyster Bars: You're in for a real treat when you opt to visit Bowens Island Restaurant, a place with an entire 13-acre island to itself. The restaurant itself, and its simple, unique concept, were founded by May and Jimmy Bowen in 1946. Located just a few minutes drive from Folly Beach, Bowens Island Restaurant is known for its outstanding oysters, served fresh from the water mere feet from its inlet-view dock. Here, you'll catch some of the best sunsets around while indulging in all-you-can-eat local oysters in an ultra-casual and family-friendly environment. Bowens Island Restaurant is no 'oyster bar,'but instead more of an oyster haven, complete with cheap local beers, hush puppies, and fried shrimp to accompany your oysters.

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Local Expert Clare Sweeney Says:

Seafood: "Be sure to bring a marker to add your name to the visitor graffiti covered walls and tables!"

Oyster Bars: "Plan for dinner at Bowens Island Restaurant on your way back from Folly for a casual, laid back meal--just in time to catch the sunset."

Best for Seafood Because: This local's favorite is a mandatory destination for any true oyster lover!

Best for Oyster Bars Because: Bowens Island Restaurant epitomizes the fresh, local seafood experience in Charleston, where oysters are served by the shovelful from local waters.

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