When Insiders Want a Little Local Nostalgia and Some Respite: Ellis Creek Fish Camp

23 May 2016,   By ,   0 Comments

When Insiders want a little local nostalgia and some respite,  they head to the laid back Ellis Creek Fish Camp

Almost immediately when you pull into the parking lot of this now one-year-old restaurant on James Island, it begins to feel as though you’re in for a well-deserved ‘vacay’ from the city,  a kind of respite from the ills of the world if you will…It’s a little like that ‘leaving-your-worries behind-and-checkin’-into-summer-camp-kind-of-feeling…..(never mind the restaurant’s cool name)…

Ellis Creek Fish Camp. It's nostalgia, it's a respite.

Ellis Creek Fish Camp. It’s nostalgic, it’s a respite, and it has a rather show-stopping beautiful Lowcountry view.

This fish camp restaurant is the place to go if you want to sit creekside and idle the time away on a beautiful day, while you sup on superbly executed, but really not too fussy southern comfort foods, fresh local seafood, and local craft brews.

The locale also invokes a bit of nostalgia for those of us ‘insiders’ who remember well that this little bend in the creek was the former site of a once popular eatery, Mimi’s Creekside….A place that was truly loved by many of us locals. Not only could you chow down on flawlessly made soups & fish chowders, fresh seafood dishes & the very best dessert confections around, but you could also enjoy this gloriously peaceful view:

Now this is lunch with a view...

While they say you can never go home (so to speak)  the good news is that the stunning view from the deck hasn’t changed a bit since the old days (thank gawd)…and Ellis Creek Fish Camp, with it’s very own lovely, laid back rustic kind of charm, delivers on all the other fronts as well…

outside ellis creek

There’s plenty of easy parking and outdoor seating and even a couple of outdoor cornhole sets in the shade for the kids:

Sit under repurposed sails

When you get there, you can sit under these funky repurposed sails near the marsh’s edge and sip on a signature cocktail like a “James Island Breeze” or if you like, you can choose from a selection of spicy, crisp local craft brews…

CocktailBeer Sign Ellis F Camp-1


And if you love, love love (like we do) fresh lump crabcakes with blue crabmeat, fresh garden basil & corn salsa, you’re in luck. The crabcakes are absolutely amazing here.  We had to rush to snap a pic before this delectable treat was devoured by a certain someone…


The grilled fish tacos with pico de gallo and scrumptious remoulade will rock your world too:


Everything was so light and tasty, making it hard to resist this airy slice of key lime pie…13255977_10154370351532867_3522106250471397955_n

There’s great seating inside too:

Bar at Ellis Creek Fish Camp

In fact the whole place is really cool..literally… because there are fans everywhere, both indoors and out…13241320_10154370836827867_4391543533870707654_n (1)

Ellis Creek Fish Camp is a hop, skip and a jump away. It’s right off the James Island Connector, and barring rush hour traffic, it’s really only about 10 minutes from downtown…’though it feels like it’s miles and miles away from it all…. Insiders know, it’s a bit of nostalgia with a show stopping view… it’s a respite from the worries of the world with wonderful fresh seafood, and it’s really one of the best dang creekside restaurant around!



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