From the first turn onto Folly Road to the ocean, we drive past dozens of delicious restaurants. Veering off at one of the side streets is where we find the local treasures. These are the places where we won’t bump into tourists, because these spots aren’t on the direct path to the beach. The newest addition to this small list of restaurants is Rollin’ South Kitchen.
Rollin South’ just opened up a short two weeks ago in the building that was formerly The Sloppy Cow. With a fresh paint job on the outside and an open and welcoming interior, this new diner has been bringing in crowds from all corners of James Island and the peninsula. Their lunch menu starts with Jim Island Snacks, which includes traditional comfort foods like Chuck Town Chips and Folly Fries, and then progresses through salads, hot sandwiches, cold sandwiches, and options from the grill.
The interior is decorated in our Charleston beach fashion, with comical life lessons painted on old wooden planks, and the dishes have witty names like the Fatty Patty Melt, Bubba’s Bacon, and the Reuben You The Right Way. Considering that they’ve only been open for such a short time, the staff were very knowledgeable about the menu. They were able to point out and explain their favorites from each category of food on the menu. The Reuben You The Right Way got the highest recommendation, and I opted to go with pastrami over the corned beef at the managers suggestion.
The name fits. The pastrami was tender and juicy, and it brought a pleasant bit of spice to the sandwich without over powering the other ingredients. The tartness of the sauerkraut paired wonderfully with the kick of the pastrami, and the melted swiss cheese worked well at everything together. Thousand Island dressing brought that familiar zest while the toasted rye kept all the flavor of the pastrami from escaping.
The fries are done just right here as well. They cut them in house and fry them to perfection, leaving them with a crispy golden outside and flaky white inside. If malt vinegar is your thing, they’ve got you covered here. If not, you can’t go wrong with ketchup.
The portions were perfect. I was completely content after cleaning my plate, but I was so satisfied with my lunch that I couldn’t help but to ask about dessert. My server said that the key lime pie is her favorite, and she hadn’t led me astray thus far. I love key lime pie because of the pairing between the tartness of the lime and the sweetness of the graham cracker crust, and this pie fits the bill. Just when you are about to pucker up from the sour filling, the sweet crust balances out each bite.
With their welcoming and hospitable staff and the delicious food options, Rollin’ South Kitchen has kept their tables full since the day they opened. It looks like the newest addition to the James Island food scene is here to stay.
Located at 1023 Harbor View Road, Charleston, SC