I wouldn't necessarily call myself a "foodie" (so cliche nowadays anyways), but I would call myself someone who loves a good meal with good company. After a very rough week (to say the least) that ended with a Friday the 13th, my husband and I were trying to decide where we wanted to go to dinner. His birthday was the next day, so I wanted to take him somewhere special. We bounced around ideas for hours. It amazes me that we live in a city with so many restaurants new and old, but still do the whole "Where do you wanna go?" "I don't know, where do you wanna go?" thing for hours on end. I'll admit. I love Charleston and I love Charleston food. What I don't love is it seems like you spend well over $100 for a decent date night in Charleston. The cost of food and booze just amazes me. So on Friday the 13th, after endless rounds of back and forth, we decided on the OD, or the Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan's Island. We have been there once before and were very very pleased. I tried to make reservations, but knew that would most likely be impossible because it books up weeks at a time. My husband and I love to go places (even the nicest of restaurants) and sit at the bar and just chat with the bartenders. (After all, if I wanted to just sit there and have a quiet night just the two of us, we would eat dinner at home).
So alas, we get to Obstinate Daughter. It was crowded, there were no tables. What I really liked was that they have a waiting list for the bar seats. I like that you don't have to elbow your way into a bar stool. Also, you can grab and drink and take it outside. The weather was beautiful on Friday so we definitely didn't mind having a drink outside. It only took about 10 minutes and we were able to be seated at the bar. We looked to the left of us and there Darius Rucker was in all his glory celebrating his 50th birthday. I've seen Darius a few times before around town. He definitely holds a special place in my heart being a girl from Columbia and growing up on Hootie and the Blowfish. Also, our first dance was to his song at our wedding. The first time I actually saw him was two days before the wedding and knew somehow it was fate. Trying to act cool and like I'm at total local, I've never approached him, however, it was cool for my husband to share his birthday weekend with Darius.
Anyways, back to dinner. We sat at the bar, enjoyed a few drinks, including one very good Moscow Mule. Bantered with the bartenders (told them they reminded us of an old married couple). We started off with two appetizers. The first was a flatbread with butter bean puree. This was probably one of the best things I have ever eaten, seriously, no exaggeration. The flatbread was buttery and the butterbean puree had a nice touch of lime. It reminded me a lot of guacamole. We also enjoyed some mushrooms with sauteed spinach, topped with fresh parmesan cheese. Anyone who knows me knows I DO NOT LIKE CHEESE. However, this fresh parm was fantastic. These two apps had us full already, but we had to order a pizza. The last time we were there we had the Ranger. Since the mushrooms were topped with an egg, I didn't want a pizza topped with egg too, so we decided for the Moultrie. It was a mushroom and pepperoni pizza (my two favorite pizza toppings). It was as good as ever. We finished the meal with a piece of red velvet cake accompanied with a candle and some birthday wishes for the birthday boy. The bartenders also bought a shot of limoncello (my first time having it, and it was good). As we were leaving, they brought Darius' birthday cake out. I was in awe that everyone seemed to let him be normal. It wasn't like the whole restaurant stared at him or didn't let him enjoy his meal.
We left OD fat and happy (and really not that broke, our bill was only $100 for several rounds of drinks and all that food). However, I wasn't ready to leave Sullivan's just yet. The sun was setting and there was a calmness in the air. My husband and I decided to walk down to the beach. We passed Sullivan's Island Elementary School and couldn't believe how nice the school was. We got to the beach right as the sun was dipping below and the night sky was setting in. We were right in front of the lighthouse. We sat there and just stared out for what seemed like forever. There was something so peaceful about that night. Maybe it was all setting in how bad of a week we had and how much we had gone through. I sat there with tears streaming down my face, with my emotions as raw as the scenery. It was just a horrible, no good week, and I knew in that moment it was over. I was happy to put that week away and start a new fresh chapter. It was the perfect ending to a bad chapter.
I think I can file this as one of the best date nights we have ever had and hopefully one of the best birthdays he has ever had. I thank Obstinate Daughter and Sullivan's Island for making me truly remember why I love this city and why I chose to call it home everyday.
PS Sorry for the lack of photos, I thought I saved my Snapchat story and I didn't :(
Haley Parler Moore
Charleston resident. Digital Marketer. Crazy Crossfitter. Bulldog Mom. Wife. Gamecock fan. Constantly clad in Lululemon.