The Lettered Olive offers solid food at reasonable, if a bit high, prices

The two-month old Wild Dunes restaurant, The Lettered Olive, has added Enzo Steffenelli formerly of the Sea Island Grill. It seems to make for a decent dining experience.

The Lettered OliveCharleston Chow has done a brief write-up of the family-friendly resteraunt that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner:
Steffenelli's expansive, well-executed menu of sophisticated mainstays with a European twist will distract you from the noise into a quiet, well-sated place at a fair price. Indeed, entrees range from the low $20's to a somewhat steep mid $30's, but the portions are so fantastically large, and the quality of the food so high, potential wallet pain is instantly mitigated.

The chef explores the globe, dipping into the Lowcountry, the Caribbean, Italy, France and Asia for inspiration and offering everything from oak fired flatbreads to a gorgeous and gargantuan Half Asian Five Spice Duck with Orange-Green Peppercorn Sauce ($25). Another equally large and visually impressive dish (I did not taste this) is the Charleston Red Rice, a virtual platter of the Lowcountry favorite topped with a seafood cornucopia of shrimp, mussels, scallops and lobster ($32).


The Lettered Olive makes a series of compelling arguments for a most rewarding dining experience. And, that's not just for tourists.

So if you find yourself in the gated resort, check it out.

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