Saturday, July 23, 2011

Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, SC

Good 'Q down Kiawah Way

The Assistant Food and Beverage Director at Kiawah Island Golf Resort recently reached out to me and asked why I had not written about any restaurants in Kiawah.  Explaining that “it’s really not that far”, we decided to take the plunge.

I remember that when I first moved here my favorite shoe salesman Richard, at Bob Ellis Shoes told me that some of his clients that lived on Kiawah Island had condos in the city for the times they decided to have dinner in town. “It can’t be that far…” I thought, but it is a distance of about 50 minutes from Charleston.

Upon arriving it reminded me of when Dorothy’s house lands in OZ. Talk about the “air being fair” in this enclave.  Kiawah is a multi-gated community with many small streets of homes, most of which are waterfront. Quite simply put, it is just beautiful.

Dining Area Cherrywoods
Kiawah boasts numerous golf courses including the Ocean Course which is a new stop next year on the PGA tour. We headed to the Osprey Point Golf Course restaurant – Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House since it was recommended to me by the Asst. F&B Director.

We arrived there on a Saturday at about 1:15 p.m.  No worries about getting a table since there were only two parties in the entire restaurant.  The view was exquisite as it looked over the golf course and driving range.  I was surprised that there were so few patrons.  Our server explained that Saturday was the day that a lot of the rental homes turned and it was rarely busy.  In a community that can command $21, 750 a week (per their website), for a rental, perhaps folks are enjoying their rental homes and not eating their meals out.

When we entered the restaurant we were greeted very quickly.  Our server was knowledgeable, pleasant and quick to attend to our needs.  The restaurant itself though is stark, stark, stark, and in search of a theme. White walls are lined with a local artist’s photographs of classic cars. How this fits with BBQ is beyond me, but the place is less than inviting. The food though, is somewhat worth the trip. 

We started with the Bacon Wrapped Poppers.  These were billed as Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and smoked and glazed with BBQ Sauce.  I was a tad nervous that with so few patrons (although more arrived throughout our lunch) that our lunch would be slow and not all that good, but thankfully I was wrong.
Bacon Wrapped Poppers

Our poppers arrived quickly and they were hot and very tasty. The bacon that they were wrapped was a tad over done and tough, but they were really quite good.  Now on to our lunch…

Although they offered specialty salads and I was tempted to order one I went for BBQ instead.  I’m not a BBQ fan but why go to a BBQ restaurant and not order BBQ?  So we ordered the Barbecue Chow-Chow with Four Cheese Mac and the Beef Brisket with Onion Rings. Even typing this make me feel full…

Our lunch arrived in no time at all and quite frankly it was too hot to eat.  The Beef Brisket was as advertised, tender, sliced and piled high on a toasted bun with pickled red onions.  My Barbeque Chow- Chow was a delicate blend of slow smoked pulled chicken topped with green Chow-Chow and a fantasy on my plate.
Barbeque Chow-Chow

Beef Brisket

Both of us said little during lunch it was just that good.  The varieties of BBQ sauce on the table were sampled and enjoyed.  I had to take ½ of my meal home for dinner later and I was looking forward to it.  

I struggled with giving this restaurant a five plate rating as the food was spectacular.  The restaurant ambiance though leaves little to be desired.  It’s as if someone said, “Let’s have a BBQ place in this room” and they did.  I found that unfortunate.  Although the food was great I just couldn’t see myself returning to the restaurant because it had so little atmosphere.  If you are ever down there though, I would recommend stopping by for some great service and some great ‘Q.

We gave Cherrywood BBQ 4 out of a possible 5 plates.

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