Oceanfront dining is a rare commodity in this town, but Blu serves it up all day long. And Chef Jon Cropf takes his seafood serious. So serious that the restaurant has garnered a platinum rating from the S.C. Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Institute, which means you can order the fish of the day and feel confident that it’s an environmentally responsible catch. Ostensibly a hotel restaurant located within the Tides hotel, Blu is a casual place that also caters to the locals who like to impress visitors with the excellent fare, whether it’s surf and turf or shrimp and grits. During the summer, the Sunday brunch with crab benedicts and steak and eggs served sunny-side up is always popular. —Stephanie Barna Dish (Summer 2013)
Fresh local seafood combines with an oceanfront setting to make this place perfect for a day at the beach.