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Trigger fish with pesto, sweet potatoes, oyster mushrooms and carrots

Recently, Bri and I got to host a group (during a fabulous business trip to The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island) at Fat Hen on Johns Island. You guys. If you are ever within 25 miles of this place, you HAVE to check it out!

Grouper with succotash and bacon

We had a reservation for our group (yeah, you’re gonna need one..), but they weren’t quite ready for us when we arrived. So we all hung out on the amazing porch, complete with one of those porch swings that is big enough be a bed (P.S. I want one!!!!).

They have string lights and picnic tables outside, which really makes the whole place seem very homey and comfortable.

The inside has large sturdy wooden tables, and the water is served in mason jars and carafes. When we did get seated, the server told us all about the fabulous house made cocktails, each of them using some sort of delicious infused something or other. I had the ginger infused cosmo. And I didn’t regret it…

Because there were about 14 of us, we ordered several appetizers to share. The restaurant seems to be known for its mussels, as there are about 4 different styles. We chose two different ones, along with steak tartare and some cheese boards.

Shrimp and crab jumbalaya

But the real surprise of the night (which we sadly only ordered one of) was the fried green tomato app. I didn’t get a picture (because it was almost gone when it got to me), but it came with some kind of pepper chutney and the most fabulous pimento cheese spread you’ve ever tasted!

Almost immediately after we’d devoured all the apps, the servers began bringing out our food. You guys. The food. I can’t even. Almost everyone ordered something different off of the (rather extensive) menu, and not one person regretted his or her order.

I love a good table that allows each other to taste their food, and that is exactly what we did. There were forks and dishes being passed left and right, with a “you GOTTA taste this” or a “that looks amazing” all over the place.

img_1262Not one dish was bad or even subpar. Not one. And all of the dishes were huge (huuuuge). No one left hungry. Luckily we had taken a shuttle, because we were all in a food and wine coma upon completion of our dinners.
But that didn’t stop us from ordering dessert. Not ones to take recommendations lightly, Bri and I ordered the Pluff Mud Pie, which our server told us they are known for. It definitely did not disappoint. In fact, we tasted some of the other dessert choices, and while those were fantastic, everyone agreed that our mud pie was the best. So get that. For sure.