James Island

The Barrel Makes A Splash on Folly Road


By Mark A. Leon

There is some buzz going around James Island, between Walmart and Folly Beach and that is the new craft beer watering hole, The Barrel.  Built from the ground up, many locals have been keeping an eye on this plot of land from dirt to roof anticipating its opening.  It does not disappoint.  With a lavishly open back yard, tailored for the grass sports fan, this meeting place offers shuffleboard, corn hole, open roaming for dogs and a caged dog area with a pool for the not-so-friendly canines.

There are plenty of patio tables and covered areas complete with shower fans during the warm months to ease patrons from the strains of the heat.

The Barrel is small and does not have an operational kitchen.  “How can I eat when I drink” you ask?  The Barrel has partnered with a number of food truck operators to ensure there is ample food during the open hours.  You will notice a recycling of food trucks in the back yard waiting to meet your hunger needs.  If you are picky about what food you like, you can find the food truck schedule right on the web at http://thebarrelcharleston.com/

Some of the participants in the Food Truck partnership are:  Cilantro’s, Smoke, Roti Rolls, Run Around Sue’s and Zombie Bob’s.

The inside is cozy with dark wood paneling, a “z” shaped bar top, an outdoor bar area with an inward view, a few chairs against the wall and a sizable community table.  The menu is a feast for the craft beer lover.  Heavily focused on local Southeast brewers with a nice added list of national micro brews, The Barrel offers everything from the white blond taste bud to the deep lager moustache wearing manly man.

This is a beer fan haven compartmentalized into an intimate setting.barrel2

Most of the patrons come inside for a little shelter from the heat, but spend alot of their time outside feeling as if they are in their own backyards.

There is limited parking, but plenty of street parking off of Folly Road.

Whether you are looking for a 4.9% alcohol content beer or a 9.5% high gravity, they have you covered.  There are 34 beers on tap to meet every drinkers needs.  This is a place to go with friends.  Bring your beer palate, enjoy a little shuffleboard and let the dogs roam free.


From the surfers, to the lumberjacks, The Barrel delivers one pint at a time.

Categories: Charleston Daily, Craft beer, James Island, Review, The Barrel | Leave a comment

Ooh La La France in Charleston – Delight with Baguette Magic


By Mark A. Leon

If you frequent Folly Beach, you have passed this small unimposing bakery just to the left on Folly Road.  It is hidden near a salon, boxing center, barber shop and La Hacienda.  You will notice the blinking open light, but many are unaware of the bakery creations that lie inside.  Baguette Magic offers a unique French Style Bakery experience right in your own backyard.

Their menu is small enough to fit in your wallet and their pricing is very similar to the Euro system where all tax is built in.  They even offer wallet size menus upon arrival so you can plan ahead for the next time.  Let us lay out the menu to help show the simplicity of this establishment.  Baguette Magic will not win you over with complex or fancy, but pure delicious delicacies.  The fresh baked fluffiness is in sight and smell from the first step inside.

They offer five culinary categories:  Bread, Croissant, Sandwiches, beverages (juice, milk, water) and Saturday & Sunday Brunch.  Of course, no meal would be complete without a fine coffee selection.  If you are looking for a traditional cup of drip coffee, keep making your way to Starbucks, for Baguette Magic only serves French Press pour.  It is rich and robust and wakes you like a zesty bar of soap.

Their breads and croissants are authentic French style and this authenticity, makes it a breath of fresh air in James Island.

The interior is small and quaint with a bar top area, a few booths and tables and a staff right in front of you baking away before the sun even rises.

If you are looking to start your morning right, start with a berry or almond croissant.  The soft flaky outside combined with divine fresh ingredients inside will leave your mouth wanting more.  Savor each bite and eat slowly for the taste lingers on.

If you find your way there for lunchtime, you may lean toward a Salmon & Dill Croissant, Prosciutto & Mozzarella with Basil Croissant or their unique offering of Pate de Campagne.

Baguette Magic can cater to one, an adoring couple starting their day before a bridge walk or cater to larger groups.

At $3.00 for a berry or almond croissant, $2.00 for a cup of coffee and $8.00 for a sandwich, the prices are incredibly well within any price range.


If you arrive to a line, don’t fret.  Be patient and enjoy the aromas throughout this small intimate bakery.  The wait will be worth it.

Starting in the fall, Baguette Magic will start to offer homemade desserts to its menu.

The staff truly compliments the food with a kind demeanor and welcoming smile with each visit.

Baguette Magic Website – 792 Folly Road, James Island, SC (843) 471-5941


Monday:        Closed

Tuesday:        7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Wednesday:  7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Thursday:     7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Friday:          7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Saturday:     7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Sunday:       7:00 AM – 3:00 PM


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