The Best I Ever Had in South Carolina: Monte Lee

By:Bob Gillespie


WHO: Monte Lee is the head baseball coach at Clemson University, where he lead the Tigers to the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference championship and NCAA Tournament berths in his first two seasons there. Previously, Lee served as head coach at the College of Charleston, his alma mater, from 2009-15 and six-season stint at South Carolina as an assistant coach. His head coaching record in nine seasons is 362-186 (86-41 at Clemson), with six NCAA appearances and nine winning records.

HIS FAVORITE SC DISH: “The best thing I ever had in South Carolina is the shrimp seasoned SeeWee style at SeeWee Restaurant in Awendaw.”

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: “I love the SeeWee-seasoned shrimp because it makes all the seafood there stand out. It has a distinct flavor. The Southern-style side dishes make it a favorite overall dish for me because of the combination of great seafood and side dishes that I grew up eating for Sunday dinners at my grandmother’s house. I discovered SeeWee in college (College of Charleston), and ate there quite often when I coached in the area. The restaurant has a very rustic, general store feel to it, and is outside the city and surrounded by beautiful marshland and woods in Awendaw, near Mount Pleasant. You feel like you’re going back in time when you walk in.”

WHAT THE CHEF SAYS: Barbara Young: “I’ve worked at the restaurant since 1995, and this dish has always been a favorite of customers. We use fresh local shrimp from McClellanville and peel and grill them seasoned with Old Bay seasoning, garlic and squeezed lemon, and a little bit of sherry. You can order sides such as collards, lima beans, mac and cheese, fried or steamed squash, okra, red rice, eggplant, mashed potatoes or green beans. A dinner order comes with three sides, lunch with two sides. I only eat a few shrimp myself because I’m mildly allergic, but the dish is magnificent.”

SeeWee Restaurant, 4808 N. Highway 17, Awendaw; 843.928.3609

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