How we started


The SeaCow was established by Lori Fowlkes in March of 1996, it was originally located where the liquor store is. Lori and her then nine-year-old daughter decorated the diner using fabric with whimsical cows on it. Lori designed the logo, and being so close to the sea, she decided the cow should have a snorkel. This logo and others are still on the T-shirts worn by the employees and sold to patrons.


Lori was the creator of many of the recipes still served today. The mustard tarragon dressing, Moo La La French Toast, curry chicken salad, Cobb salad and John’s Omelet (a tribute to her brother-in-law who always ordered a huge omelet with all the fillings) are just a few examples.


In 2001 The Sea Cow was relocated to its present location. In 2001 Lori sold The Sea Cow to Tammy and Tom Kontinos. They expanded the menu to include the Rueben, Philly cheesesteaks and burgers. They were the first to run The Sea Cow seven days a week, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, a schedule that is still in effect today (except for a few renovation days each winter). Tammy and Tom, along with their children Athena and John, started serving dinner in the summer months.


Today The Sea Cow is owned and operated by Lisa and Doug White. They purchased The Sea Cow in 2007. On their first visit to Edisto and The Sea Cow, they knew it was the place for them! Soon they renovated the kitchens so they could better serve a full dinner menu. They kept much of the items the same but added things like the blackened tuna, tilapia, Mahi Mahi, Lowcountry boil and shrimp and grits.


All of the pies and desserts are still baked on premises by Martha, the in house dessert chef, using some of Lori and Tammy’s original recipes along with some of her own creations. They regularly feature cheesecakes, giant cookies, key lime pie, peanut butter silk pie, and almond joy and bourbon pecan pie. Make sure to save room for dessert!


The Sea Cow Eatery is open seven days a week and features a pet friendly deck for alfresco dining. Please stop in and join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner!