By Pamela Brownstein
After shuddering its doors last year, Foolish Frog — the cute little restaurant with gorgeous marsh views on St. Helena Island — recently reopened with new owners and a new menu. Chef Will McLenagan features fresh seafood in a variety of forms as well as classic burgers, sandwiches, salads and favorite steak, rib and pork dishes.
The Lunch Bunch was in love with the appetizers: Flash Fried Calamari with garlic chimichurri, Fried Pickle Chips with a yummy garlic dill buttermilk ranch sauce, and the Cracked Okra — fried seasoned okra with island spiced Trinidadians sauce. Kim declared the lightly battered veggies a must-have.
For the main meal, Buck ordered the Oysters Fry N Chips Basket, while David had the Fish and Chips Basket, and both father and son were pleased.
I tried the Mahi BLT made with blackened Mahi Mahi, lettuce, tomato, bacon and a Cajun remoulade on a crusty baguette. My piece of fish was so thick and juicy and overall the sandwich was simply awesome.
Kim and Nikki decided to split the fried local shrimp basket and the beef ribs by the bone. The shrimp were big, but the ribs were ginormous! Between the two of them, they could barely finish the four tasty ribs cooked low and slow.
Dessert specials vary daily, and we were fortunate enough to sample two amazing homemade creations. The Peanut Butter Pie was melt-in-your-mouth goodness, and the thick, chocolatey crust on the Oreo pie paired perfectly with vanilla ice cream and chocolate toppings — you’ll be hooked after one bite!
The Foolish Frog is located at 846 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island. Lunch is served Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner from 5 to 10 p.m., and Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Catering available. Call 843-838-9300 or visit www.thefoolishfrog.com.