The Best Places to Eat in Fripp Island
For starters, there’s the Springtide Market & Deli at 1 Tarpon Boulevard, right next to the Fripp Island Real Estate office. Springtide is at “the front of the island,” aka “the gateway to the island.” It’s a convenience store open daily from 9 to 5 where locals and tourists buy groceries as well as sandwiches and then some. Featuring fresh coffee and teas, beer and wine, ice cream, produce, soups and more, perhaps Springtide is best known for its deli sandwiches. If you love a good chicken or turkey salad sandwich, Springtide is the place to go. Furthermore, the place features “all day breakfast,” which is nice if you’re in the mood for sausage and biscuits in the late afternoon. From salads to burritos, and potato salad to cole slaw, this unique market/deli seems to have something for everyone. If you want to know more about Springtide Market & Deli, please call 843-838-0040.
Property owners on Fripp Island often eat at The Bonito Boathouse, a classic seafood restaurant at the Fripp Island Marina overlooking the docks. Did you know that Fripp Island is a limited access resort that functions like a gated development? Using its amenities requires the purchase of an amenity card– so you’ll need one to dine at the Bonito Boathouse. That said, Bonito Boathouse is considered to be one of the nicest places to eat dinner on the island. It has an extensive wine list and people come from near and far to try the various cocktails, like the caramel apple martini and the “Carolina Cosmo.” What are some of the restaurant’s specialties? How about the Sweet Maine Lobster Pie? It contains sweet lobster, coastal shrimp, and a Cognac lobster sauce capped in a crisp pastry lid. Diners also enjoy the crab cakes, broiled stuffed shrimp and snow crab legs. For those who don’t like seafood, try their sirloin or ribeye steak. Burgers and sandwiches are also available, and there’s a kid’s menu, too. For hours and directions to The Bonito Boathouse, please call 843-838-1506.
Looking for a nice place to eat breakfast on Fripp Island? Go to the Ocean Point Grille from 7 to 11 in the morning where you’ll find omelets and pancakes. At lunchtime (11am – 3pm), the place serves sandwiches, salads and burgers. Many golfers frequent the Ocean Point Grille; call 843-838-1508 for more information.
Speaking of golfers, as many people know, Fripp Island attracts golfers from around the nation to its beautiful courses. Fittingly, there’s a place called The 19th Hole. It’s in the Ocean Creek Clubhouse and has a nice patio overlooking the 18th hole. Open seasonally, The 19th Hole is where to go for breakfast or lunch while enjoying a day of golf. Call 843-838-1509 for details.
Also open seasonally is The Beach Club Food Court on Tarpon Boulevard, where families go for dine-in or carryout chicken, pizza, tacos, wraps, ice cream and more. Customers like the fried potato wedges and chicken strips. It’s right next to two pools– one for everybody and one for adults only, so it’s convenient when you’re hungry after a swim. At this property, you’ll also find the more formal Fripp Island Beach Club with a dining room overlooking the Atlantic. Customers rave about the lobster pot pie and the pecan crusted grouper, and you can enjoy wine with your meal here.
During the summer, people flock to the Cabana Club restaurant at 22 Sea Mist Road. With both indoor and outdoor seating, this place offers pools to swim in as well as fantastic views of Pritchard’s Island and Skull Inlet. Burgers, hot dogs, fries, sandwiches, salads and more are on the lunch menu here. Occasional specials can include fried catfish, gumbo and pulled pork. Willie’s Wet Bar serves exotic tropical drinks poolside. Call 843-838-1598 with any questions you might have.
Not too far from Fripp Island is the Johnson Creek Tavern at 2141 Sea Island Parkway on Harbor Island. Try their Jamaican Jerk pork chops, “Frogmore Stew” (a local tradition with shrimp, sausage, onions, peppers and corn), and/or the BBQ Ribs or stuffed flounder. Fried oysters by the bucket or on the half shell are popular here. Looking for shrimp served in Alfredo sauce mixed with grits? This is the place to get them. Call 843-838-4166 for hours and directions and to find out when they’re having live musical entertainment.
Along Highway 21 (Sea Island Parkway), about a twenty minute drive from Fripp Island proper, you’ll also find the Shrimp Shack, offering straight-up seafood eaten outdoors, as well as Boondocks (seafood, steak and ribs), Gullah Grub (chowders, gumbos, corn bread) and MJ’s Soul Food restaurant (ox tail, liver and onions and collard greens) among other drinking and dining establishments.