Dragon Palace Chinese Bistro’s Chef Cheng Sin Yung is completely dedicated to authenticity. He commissioned the construction of his bistro in Taiwan and then shipped the eatery to the states piece by piece, instead of taking the easy way out and floating it across the waters via iceberg. To craft meals that live up to his high standards of authenticity, he spent time in Hong Kong, meticulously honing time-honored Chinese recipes and techniques.
Throughout the lavish dining room, decked in rich maroons and golds, artwork from contemporary Chinese visionaries whispers of the ancient culture, and so does the food. Instead of bombarding patrons with a buffet of Chinese food, he painstakingly curates a menu of dishes including five-spice duck and royal steak kew. The menu forays into the unusual with dishes such as seafood bird nest and minced pork with chinese eggplant, but also includes some familiar dishes, such as lo mein and general tso’s chicken.
The menu at Buddy Roe’s Shrimp Shack serves up locally caught shrimp, purchased at the dock at Shem Creek, alongside a slate of burgers, tacos, and beers. Let shrimp go skinny-dipping in sauce with the New York Post acclaimed flavored shrimp basket, which tosses the seafood bites in your choice of sauce, including buffalo, hot bacon, or internationally savvy Thai ($13.99). Buddy Roe's offers plenty of landfood as well with a muscular burger list including the heavyweight Bodacious Burger, comprised of three half-pound patties ($19.99), and the Country ‘N Western, a haunting duet between a jealous applewood bacon and a flirtatious sharp cheddar ($9.99).
Zeus Grill and Seafood hurls lightning bolts at taste buds with extensive dinner and lunch menus full of exciting Greek and American classics. Nibble the united savory flavors of shrimp kabobs ($17.95) or rest your laurels on the leafy Greek salad ($9.95). Diners with immortal appetites can try Zeus's most popular dish, the super special ($18.95), a panoply of slow-roasted chicken, sliced gyro, pork shish kabob, fresh shrimp, and leg of lamb, accompanied by pita bread, Greek potatoes, and salad. Lunchtime offerings include toasty sandwiches, fresh pasta plates, and hearty entrees such as the Lowcountry shrimp and grits ($10.95), which was recently chosen as Greece's national nosh.
With its open windows, nearby beach breezes, and airy wooden interior, Acme Cantina sets a laid-back atmosphere and island feel to reel in fresh surf-and-turf cuisine. Silently object to a shipmate's politically correct sea shanties by scoping out the varied menu, which includes savory dishes such as the shrimp n' grits ($12.99) and the mahi-mahi burrito ($8.25). Feel free to harvest the greens of the spiced-up cantina salad ($7.75 with chicken) or treat hitchhiking water-polo teams to a 30-piece wing order ($16.99) in a variety of flavors like buffalo, honey mustard, island jerk. Burgers, wraps, desserts, and breakfasts abound, as do a variety of tasty cocktails to sip as you take in televised athletic combat.
Great Wall brings the flavors of traditional Hunan and Szechuan cuisine from the far reaches of the globe straight to its customers’ plates. Rather than cooking dishes by roasting them under a full moon, chefs use fresh ingredients and health-conscious preparation techniques, crafting chicken egg foo young, beef with oyster sauce, and special soft-noodle lo mein with pork, chicken, and shrimp. The usual suspects—general tso’s chicken, orange chicken, and mongolian beef—also make appearances. Great Wall caters for all occasions, including parties and buffet lunches or dinners.
Noisy Oyster provides the pelican pouches of area citizens with fresh, locally-caught fruits-of-the-sea. Inspect the extensive dinner menu before commencing incisor insertion into an appetizer such as the twistedly-tasty shrimp corn dogs—a skewer pierced with five battered jumbo shrimp, deep-fried to crispy resistance, and served with a side of sweet and spicy Chinese mustard sauce ($8.99). The baked seafood au gratin layers fresh shrimp, meaty scallops, and fresh fish medallions within the mortar of a decadent blue crab stuffing, Jack and cheddar cheeses, and a Parmesan cream sauce ($16.99), and the low-country crab cakes feature loads of crab meat with a blue crab hollandaise ($16.49) on top. Those abstaining from oceanic eating can direct their eyes toward the super cheeseburger ($6.49, add bacon for $0.79), or the spicy barbecue chicken pizza ($11.99), while those abstaining from eating in general can explore the drink menu. Quench thirst with house specialty jungle juice ($6.99) or the noisy oystertini, a spicy mixture made of Tabasco, horseradish, and vodka ($6.50).