Red’s Icehouse At Bohicket Marina (Seabrook Island, SC)
After our first night camping on Edisto Island, we decided to drive over and explore Kiawah and Seabrook Islands and grab a light lunch. Edie remembered having some incredible She-Crab soup on a prior trip to Seabrook, so we headed to the Bohicket Marina & Market to see if we could find a place that was open for lunch and served this Lowcountry specialty. While most of the shops and restaurants were so quiet we assumed they were closed, Red’s Icehouse drew us in thanks to the music flowing from the speakers on their outdoor patio.
According to their website, Red’s Icehouse is named after Lewis Hughes “Red” Simmons, a Mount Pleasant native who provided ice and fish packing services to the area. It is a 2-location local casual seafood restaurant with the original site apparently at the old Simmons family dock and the other location we visited on Seabrook overlooking the Bohicket Charter Dock.
We were greeted immediately by a friendly waitress who gave us perfect answers to our 2 questions – yes they had She-Crab soup and of course our dog could sit with us on the patio. Yippee!
For those of you unfamiliar with this awesome dish, She-Crab soup is a thick soup, similar to a bisque but not quite as heavy as a stew, made with (at least) crab meat (duh!), milk or heavy cream and finished off with a little bit of dry sherry. The soup at Red’s was served in a crusty yet soft yeast bread bowl with crackers on the side, though with the thick soup and wonderful bread bowl, the crackers ended up going to Knox.
The soup here was hearty and flavorful – well seasoned with a hint of sherry. Our only real complaint was that there were only a few chunks of crab meat in our bowl. More crab would have made the soup thicker and better in our opinion!
One of the other Lowcountry specialties we wanted to try was a Lowcountry Boil, a one-pot dish with shrimp (or other shellfish), sausage, red potatoes, corn on the cob and seasonings. According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, the seafood boils you find in the South Carolina Lowcountry are going to be milder than those you might find in the Cajun cuisine of Louisiana. Unfortunately, we found the boil at Red’s to be a bit too mild, even bordering on bland. The corn was wonderfully sweet though.
The service at Red’s was wonderful. From the waitress that greeted us at the door and brought Knox a water bowl, to the waiter that brought Knox a big doggie treat, to our own server, Edna, who took care of us quickly and with a smile, we were incredibly impressed with the staff – and we were thrilled at how dog-friendly they were! The only complaint was that the Lowcountry Boil came out before we’d even gotten half way through our soup. At least everything got to us hot & fast though!
Including tip, our total came to $23 which is probably a tad high for a typical light lunch where 2 people share soup and an entree. However, we were eating seafood…on a well-manicured residential island. The soup was $6.95 and the boil was $8.95. The portions are pretty good if you’re eating solo, and for 2 people looking for a light lunch, the portions work too.
The Doggy Bag, By Knox
Apparently the folks at Red’s understand the importance of dogs. I was treated like a king from the moment I walked in – I was presented with a silver bowl filled with ice cold water and a large doggie biscuit and I was allowed to bask in the sun by Mom’s chair. This is how all restaurants should be! The people-food that Mom and Scott gave me was quickly inhaled too…though seriously, Mom and Scott need to dole out some bigger portions!