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Go Fish!

Go Fish!
June 2015
Eating piles of fried seafood is a rite of summer. And while longtime favorite shacks like Bowens Island, SeeWee, and The Wreck are well-known and loved, a visit to an out-of-the-way, 60-year-old fish market inspired one writer’s tasty travelogue of the Lowcountry’s old-school, off-the-radar fried seafood joints  

More great dives, take-outs, and full restaurants with shack-appeal in town and nearby: 
Bowen’s Island Restaurant
Specialties: Fried shrimp, Frogmore stew, and steamed oysters (in season)
Distance from peninsula: 10 miles
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 5-10 p.m.
Notes: Counter service, full bar, credit cards accepted, dine-in or take out.
1870 Bowens Island Rd., James Island
(843) 795-2757

Dave’s Carry-Out
Specialties: Fried shrimp and scallops
Hours: Tues.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tues.- Sat., 5-11 p.m.
Notes: Dine-in (limited seating) or take out, credit cards accepted, street parking
42 Morris St., Charleston
(843) 577-7943

SeeWee Restaurant
Specialties: Fried seafood platter, hushpuppies, and she-crab soup
Distance from peninsula: 19 miles
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Notes: Dine-in or take out, beer and wine served, no reservations, credit cards accepted
4808 N Hwy 17, Awendaw
(843) 928-3609,

The Wreck of the Richard & Charlene
Specialties: Fried shrimp and oysters, stone crab claws, and fried hominy squares
Distance from peninsula: 5 miles
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Notes: Dine-in only, beer and wine served, credit cards accepted
106 Haddrell St., Mount Pleasant

Red’s Icehouse
Specialties: Fried scallops and chips, bacon-wrapped shrimp, and steamed oyster buckets (in season)
Distance from peninsula: Shem Creek, 5 miles, and Bohicket Marina, 21 miles
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m.- 12 a.m.
Notes: Dine-in or take out, private parking lot, no reservations
Shem Creek: 98 Church St., Mount Pleasant,;(843) 388-0003
Bohicket Marina: 1882 Andell Bluff Blvd., Seabrook Island; (843) 518-5515