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Refined vibes, tropical tipples, and sublime small plates await at The Longboard on Sullivan’s Island

Refined vibes, tropical tipples, and sublime small plates await at The Longboard on Sullivan’s Island
December 2021

Plus sample nigiri and more at the new 167 Raw Sushi Bar

167 Raw Sushi Bar

Formerly home to 167 Raw Oyster Bar on East Bay Street, whose wild popularity led it to decamp to roomier digs on lower King, this subway tile-lined sliver of a sushi bar seems destined to follow in its predecessor’s footsteps with reservations booked solid since opening last summer. But for anyone slowly wading back into the restaurant scene after playing it safe during the peak of the pandemic, dining at 167 Raw Sushi is a bit like getting tossed into the deep end: Space is tight, and the music loud. However, you’ll be very glad once you come up for air. Among the sublime sushi selections, the daily nigiri stand out, notably an ethereal vermillion snapper with shiso. The izakaya side of the menu is equally inviting, with smoked oyster beignets, fried chicken bao, and a stellar milk bread “cheese toast” with trout roe and bonito flakes that is quickly becoming a signature bite. Not ready to wade in just yet? You can order online for pickup.

The Longboard

In August, Charleston native Clint Gaskins opened a spiffed-up iteration of his St. John eatery on Sullivan’s Island. While the former 450 Pizza Joint has been transformed into a rather refined, chic, and airy space, the vibe is laid-back with friendly service and a focus on gathering for cocktails and a bevy of small plates from the seafood-centric menu. Belly up to the U-shaped bar for tropical tipples, such as the sweet and smoky Mi Boy Lilikoi, featuring reposado tequila, mezcal, and passion fruit foam, or one of a handful of equally intricate, and similarly priced, mocktails. Of the small plates, the hamachi crudo hits all the notes with chili oil, soy, fried shallot, and scallion, and the jerk-seasoned roasted cauliflower is rich with creamy yogurt and raisins. There are only a couple of nods to landlubbers, so gather your oyster-loving friends for the daily “Oyster Hour” and its special pricing on chilled and grilled varieties and frozen island drinks.