The Island and the Hen on It


The Island of John or John’s Island as it is really called is one of my favorite places in the area. This is largely due to the rural bliss that awaits one as they drive across the river on Maybank Highway. However, there is another reason. I like a good restaurant and I found one in the the Fat Hen. David and I stopped in there the other day after my summer camp adventure and we had a great time like always so I thought I would give them a nod here on Southern Adventuress where all adventures are welcome – especially food adventures.

Fat Hen’s dishes are a French and Lowcountry combination proving to be what we like to call around here delicious, “comfort food.” Largely responsible for all this yumminess, head Chef (and owner) Fred Neuville started this familly business, where all members play a role, in 2007.

Neuville is one of three chefs at the Fat Hen and all three have impressive resumes containing achievements that have obviously contributed to the great cusine they offer. However, there is something more offered at the Fat Hen that good food alone would not keep their back parking lot full a majority of the time.

Perhaps it is the the decor. Light colored butcher block tables paired with dark, shaker inspired chairs amid gold and sage colored walls with simple, farm inspired pictures featuring mostly . . . hens! Or maybe it is the family atmosphere the you can feel when you step through the door. Of course, I could point to the welcoming bar area featuring a wide variety of wines with some great local options. Finally, I could also say it is because of the fresh food they use from their farm and garden or their friends and neighbors in the farming community. I think it is the combinatioin of everything and hope I have inspired you to take a drive out their way if you have never heard of it, haven’t been back in awhile, or were there just last week.

Until tomorrow’s adventure, I bid y’all adieu.


About Southern Adventuress

Transplant from California now living in Charleston, South Carolina after getting married in September 2010 to a Southerner. Join me as I reinvent my house on a strict budget, navigate the streets of my city; meet the challenges of pet ownership; and delve into education after institutional learning.

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