By Mark A. Leon
Charleston is known for great dining, warm weather, cool coastal breezes, waterways and a down home sense of hospitality. Rarely, does a restaurant embody all these qualities in a truly memorable dining experience like the experience you will have at Morgan Creek Grill on Isle of Palms. Situated right on the Intracoastal Waterway offering cinematic views of the boats and sunset, Morgan Creek is a haven for locals and tourists alike. We had an opportunity to spend some time with the staff and enjoy a truly remarkable local meal last week.
Whether you are cozied up on the porch with a Lowcountry Lemonade enjoying a spectacular Western sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway, shucking oysters on the sand while listening to relaxing live music and eating S’mores by the fire pit or enjoying an intimate meal for two, Morgan Creek Grill will make every minute of your stay feel like home.
Get to Know Scot
While you are here, you will surely meet General Manager Scot Goldfarb, who goes out of his way to stop by each table and get to know you. Once you become a regular, you might even have your favorite table waiting for you upon arrival. Scot has a comforting demeanor that makes you feel like you have known each other for years and you can just “trust” him. In fact, Scot was so convincing, he managed to talk me into the Chicken Piccatta served over sour cream mashed potatoes, quoting, “It is one of the top five piccatta dishes I have ever had.” Given that I was overlooking the water in a seafood themed restaurant and I went the route of Italian Food is a sign of true honesty and trust. Saying this in true Southern fashion, “by golly, he was right”.
One Can Survive on Starters Alone
I am at liberty to say, that one could stop at the starter dishes and leave content. With exquisite flavor and presentation, you will fall in love with every bite of the savory options on the
menu. I cannot speak for all, but give high praise to the Oysters Rockefeller, Charcuterie Board and Seared New Bedford Sea Scallops. There is a burst of flavor and well-designed combination of compliments to the scallops and oysters that form a rainbow on your palate. Some restaurants add an artistry to menu preparation and design and Morgan Creek is no exception. They take pride in taking customer feedback and preparing dishes that are desired by its patrons. We can thank Karnan Devlin, for playing a role in this latest menu creation. She was recently promoted to executive chef and is proud of the carefully selected items on this current menu. We want to thank Ian, who was head chef on the evening we dined. Ian has hailed from a number of great establishments, including Fat Hen. He understands the importance of partnering with local fisherman and farmers to instill the highest quality of freshness and takes extreme pride in hearing from the customers and took time at the end of the night to talk to us about his role at Morgan Creek Grill.
Salad or Swordfish
If your stomach is seeking a lighter and healthier fare, Morgan Creek currently offers a Butternut squash, Brussels and Farro salad with a Cranberry Vinaigrette and Roasted Beet Salad with Red and Gold Beets, Whipped Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans and a Champagne Vinaigrette. The combination of ingredients are sure to be fresh and zesty with flavor. That salads are tailored to the season and built using local producers.
The entrees are cultivated to offer patrons a fine selection of variety including Ramen Bowl, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Grilled & Blackened Ribeye, Grilled Porkchop, Sunflower Crusted North Carolina Swordfish, Grilled South Carolina Wreckfish, BBQ Glazed Seared Sea Scallops and a number of local favorites.
If you are torn, we would like to recommend the Shellfish Stew. This steamy dish includes shrimp, fish, mussels, clams and calamari in a tomato saffron broth. Of course, for picky coastal patron, you can choose from five fresh catch offerings and prepare your meal just the way you like it.
Something for Everyone
One of the things that truly makes Morgan Creek stand out is its restaurant structure allowing for all types to partake and feel right at home. The main dining area has the feel of fine dining with dark wooden coastal décor and an intimate setting. Upstairs you can enjoy a few craft beers or cocktails while watching Saturday football. The patio is home to the sunset chasers who can lose themselves in the waterway and endless horizon and the sand patio with fire pit and stage speaks for itself hosting an Oyster Roast every Saturday during the season.
Morgan Creek is not just about great food, live entertainment, a gathering place for family and friends, majestic sunsets or a sports bar hang out. It is about a family feel, right on the water, the way the Lowcountry intended it to be.
*Oysters Rockefeller Photo Credit – Morgan Creek Grill