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Fresh Shrimp, Done Right

Libby Wiersema Libby Wiersema
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Sweet, succulent shrimp—it’s no secret that South Carolinians are crazy for them. For breakfast, lunch or dinner, plates of plump shrimp are served up at a frenzied pace by restaurants across the state. We eat them in sandwiches, plop them on our grits and rice, dip them in sauces, pickle them, put them in tacos, add them to soups, and make them stars of cool summer salads. We boil them, fry them, steam them, grill them, broil them and blacken them. Along our northernmost shorelines, they are prepared Calabash style, a favorite among shrimp lovers who like them fried up in a light, crusty batter and served in a satisfying heap.

Our marsh-rich coastal areas mean chances are good you’re getting fresh catch when you place your order, especially if you’re dining by the water. Shrimp season in South Carolina typically begins with a formal blessing of the trawlers in the spring, a ritual in which the public and shrimpers come together to pray for safety and abundance. Yes—we take shrimping seriously.

Our weather allows for a long shrimp season. But even in the off-season, an impressive number of chefs and restauranteurs are dedicated to sourcing the freshest shrimp available. Here is a list of seafood eateries with a reputation for serving fresh shrimp just right. It’s a long list, but only a partial representation—a testament to the remarkable aesthetic of South Carolina’s seafood restaurants.

 

Beaufort

Breakwater
Saltus River Grill
Sea Eagle Market

 

Bluffton

Bluffton Family Seafood House/Bluffton Oyster Company

 

Charleston

Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar
Coast Bar and Grill
Fleet Landing
Hank’s Seafood
Roadside Seafood
The Darling

 

Columbia

Blue Marlin
Dockside Bistro
Harbor Inn
Pearlz Oyster Bar
Polliwogs
Seafood Academy

 

Edisto Island

Flowers Seafood Company
Waterfront Restaurant

 

Florence

Julia Belle's
Orangeland
Tubb’s Shrimp and Fish Company

 

Greenville area

Bimini’s Oyster Bar
Great Bay Oyster House
Shuckin’ Shack

 

Hilton Head

Black Marlin Bayside Grill
The Crazy Crab
Ela’s Blue Water Grill
Hudson’s Seafood House
Marley’s Island Grille
Nick’s Steak and Seafood
Poseidon Coastal Cuisine
Red Fish
Skull Creek Boathouse

 

Isle of Palms

Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
Boathouse at Breach Inlet

 

Little River

Calabash Seafood Hut
Captain Juel’s
Crab Catchers

 

McClellanville

T.W. Graham & Co.

 

Mt. Pleasant

R.B.’s Seafood
Red Drum
Red’s Ice House
Shem Creek Bar and Grill

 

Murrells Inlet

Catfish Johnny’s/Bubba’s Love Shak
Hot Fish Club
Inlet Crab House
Lee’s Inlet Kitchen
Russell’s Seafood Grill
Wahoo’s

 

Myrtle Beach

Hook and Barrel
Mr. Fish
Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood
SeaBlue

Libby Wiersema
Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.