Certain restaurants stand out in the mind, whether for the food, the atmosphere, the service or some other tangible quality.
Most often for me, the standouts showcase the absolute finesse of the executive chef. The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina offers the whole package, and I’m already planning my return visit for a long, lingering meal. Or two. Or maybe even three.
Yes, it’s that good.
My only regret is that I don’t live close enough to become a restaurant regular.
A few weeks ago, I visited this refreshing restaurant, open just five months now and already thriving. Perched atop Beardcat’s Sweet Shop, The Obstinate Daughter is whitewashed chic with rustic nautical elements. But it is so much more than a beautiful setting. It is a food lover’s destination.
Under the watchful eye and direction of Executive Chef Jacques Larson (Wild Olive), The Obstinate Daughter has quickly gained national attention. Rightly so. His food is superb, creative and memorable. More than that, the food from his kitchen is at once rustic and refined. But delivery of great food comes down to technique, and Larson and his staff have what it takes to ensure that every meal making its way to diners is as good as the one before and the one to follow.
Seasonal specialties change daily, with emphasis on small plates, superb pizzas, and pastas made with local ingredients and seafood.
More than Just a Pretty Space
The Obstinate Daughter is committed to best practices. As their website reads, “The Obstinate Daughter is proud to be a part of the progressive food movement of Charleston and the cultural renaissance we are experiencing. We are also excited to be working towards the Green Restaurant Certification that our sister restaurant, Wild Olive, procured in the Spring of 2013. Promoting sustainable practices is a cornerstone of our business ideology.”
So who was the Obstinate Daughter?
In a political cartoon dated 1776, Miss Carolina Sulivan was named one of the obstinate daughters of America. Depicted with battlements and flags flying from her hair, she symbolized the birth of a nation. As the restaurant’s website says, “To us, The Obstinate Daughter is a beautiful reminder that the stubborn refusal to change one’s course of action can change the course of history.”
At The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island, her new and improved twenty-first century self may well symbolize the birth of a new type of restaurant – one that’s approachable, wholeheartedly satisfying, and on the cutting edge of what’s new and cool in food.
2063 Middle Street
Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
T: (843) 416-5020