This is the second part of a 3 segment mini series called: “3 Places To Make A Rezzy ASAP.” All of the places in this blog series are places that I enjoy greatly and highly recommend making a reservation at because they are always packed and are MIND BLOWINGLY FANTASTIC! Thats why they are always packed! If you can’t grab a reservation, then try to snag a seat at the bar…because even though you may have to wait…the food is worth it! I recommend making a reservation at these places and treating yourself to some delicious food-because this after all, is one of the reasons we live in Charleston or visit it. Life is too short to not enjoy the good things-sometimes that might mean scheduling far in advance, even if its not a special occasion, do it just for the simple pleasure of: enjoyment.
Several years ago a great Italian place opened on John’s Island called, The Wild Olive. It very quickly earned a great reputation for having delicious food, a nice wine selection and good service. People came from all over the area and neighboring counties to grab a plate of their amazing pasta or order an array of tasty appetizers to share. The restaurant quickly got attention for their interesting takes on Italian dishes using local, regional produce. It has remained a busy, thriving and terrific dining spot. So it was no surprise that people started getting very excited and wanted to know what was going on when the mere mention that the owners were considering opening a sister restaurant on Sullivan’s Island. Charleston was buzzing with anticipation…and when they announced that indeed plans were underway for a sister restaurant to open-we (food lovers of the lowcountry) could barely contain our excitement!
When the Obstinate Daughter opened, it was INSTANT SUCCESS. They opened their doors the first day, and already had the associated reputation of their sister restaurant to get people to come in and check it out. However the reason people have continued returning is because the O/D has its own unique and marvelous spin on contemporary southern cuisine, pizzas, seafood and pasta. I cant properly describe why it is so amazing-it just is. The flavors are spot on, the daily specials keep me excited, the sauces are full of flavor, the desserts are deadly good and (the fact that it has been: green restaurant certified) is a total bonus! Its one of the places that you mention the name in conversation and it has instant recognition and respect. Everyone loves this place, its one of those spots that you walk in and feel comfortable immediately. But you had better make a reservation! It is packed-all-the-time and if you don’t make plans in advance you’ll be lucky to get a table by 10pm. They have a great bar if the restaurant is full, but to be honest, you may be waiting awhile to grab a stool (the place is slammed…every day of the week). So-as-soon as you finish reading this article, look at your calendar and call to make a reservation asap!!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
My favorites include checking out the daily specials on the chalk board (there are typically several varieties of oysters, cheese, local seafood and seasonal salads). I LOVE those Geechie frites, the lowcountry shrimp roll and the red velvet and carrot cakes are AMAZING! Also another fav feature I love about going there is stopping by to visit, The BeardCat’s Sweet Shop underneath of the restaurant…its mind blowingly good (and deserves its own article) but until then, I suggest trying the following flavors: olive oil, pistachio, chocolate (its pretty special) and salted caramel !!!