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Take It Outside

Take It Outside
October 2011
Eat and drink alfresco at some of the Lowcountry’s newest outdoor dining spots

Folly Roadside Kitchen, James Island
How many places let you roast free s’mores in a firepit and rise to the challenge of cornhole? Folly Roadside Kitchen offers both in an outdoor dining experience unlike any other in town. Bonus: live music Thursday through Sunday, complete with drinks available from the patio Tiki Bar. 951 Folly Rd. (843) 277-2410,

Leaf Café & Bar, Downtown
This recent addition to the peninsula’s food scene had big shoes to fill when it moved into the former location of Vickery’s. But with a smart interior makeover and an expanded patio, Leaf is holding its own. Feel the glow of the sun as giant French doors bring the outside in. Or relax under the patio’s Chinese elm as you dive into a Leaf Benedict during Sunday brunch.15 Beaufain St. (843) 793-2230

Basil, Mount Pleasant
This King Street Thai favorite expanded its reach to the East Cooper set and brought with it a posh second-story lakefront lounge. The upstairs bar windows also slide away, giving the effect of open-air dining. 1465 Long Grove Rd. (843) 606-9641,

Zocalom, North Charleston
Housed in the skeleton of an old gas station, this hip Park Circle spot cooks up Mexican street food at affordable prices and in a neighborly atmosphere to boot. On a cool fall evening, enjoy your meal outside. Or, if you’re lucky, you’ll pop in on a sunny day when they’ve rolled up the bay doors to meld indoor and outdoor dining. 1049 East Montague Ave. (843) 225-5201,

Taco Mamacita, Sullivan’s Island
Enjoy some Middle Street people watching from the patio of Sullivan’s Island’s newest taco joint. Snack on Oy Vey tacos and homemade guac washed down with a sweet margarita while you enjoy the funky vibe of this muy delicioso restaurante. 213 Middle St. (843) 789-4107,