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This popular restaurant is serving some of the best seafood around. This place has made a lot of best-of lists for seafood, and you can order dishes that are fried, broiled, Cajun, Caribbean Jerk and more. Try the restaurant's specialty, the crispy flounder; a whole bone in flounder scored and fried. There are chicken and pasta dishes on the menu as well, if you just can't handle seafood. Plus, the restaurant is a celebrity favorite, boasting visits from everybody from Metallica to Oprah, so you may catch a glimpse of a star. The owners take customer service very seriously and go out of their way to ensure a positive dining experience. Reservations are not accepted so arrive early. Parking is available in the Omni parking garage.
Come to Jestine's for classic southern comfort food. This restaurant has been featured on Rachel Ray's USD40 A Day show, and not surprisingly, the food is excellent, with large portions but small prices. Each patron starts their meal with a bowl of complimentary cucumber pickles. Must-try dishes include the fried chicken, corn fritters, shrimp and grits, okra, fried green tomatoes, and the cornbread, which comes with pads of butter drizzled with honey. They don't take reservations, so during busy times a line forms outside the restaurant. However, the wait is worth it.
Hank's Seafood Restaurant is located in a refurbished warehouse which is nearly 100 years old! It overlooks the Historic Downtown area of Charleston and serves seafood delights. It also has an old saloon-style bar, and an exhibition raw bar where you can taste shellfish. Hank's is only open for dinner and is quite popular. The attire is business-casual.
After exploring the historic downtown district and working up an appetite, taking a break at this cozy family-owned café is just the thing. With a friendly, hometown ambiance, the restaurant is known for thick sandwiches, hearty bowls of Soup-of-the-Day, or tasty combos of half sandwiches, soup, or salad. Also noted for its sweet treats, customers won't be able to resist an Apple Strudel, Chocolate Bavarian Turnover, Strawberry-Cream Cheese Croissant, Lemon or Pecan Square. Specialty drinks include a variety of flavored coffees, Lattes, Cappuccino, and Hot Apple Cider. - Natasha Lawrence
This downtown warehouse restaurant is a fun place for large groups and casual get-togethers. Anyone who has seen the movie "Forrest Gump" knows that the Gumps know shrimp. Fried shrimp, BBQ Shrimp, Coconut Shrimp, Drunken Shrimp, Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp Shack Pasta;it is all here and more. And all the seafood served is fresh off the restaurant's own shrimp trawlers. Shrimp is not the only thing they do here though. You can order up a platter of Dixie Style Baby Back Ribs, a burger, or a cool, creamy smoothie too.
Billing itself as an "authentic Irish pub," Tommy Condon's offers three different dining experiences beneath one roof. Diners can opt to enjoy a meal on the large outdoor deck, in the pub section, or in the more formal back dining room. The dining room is decorated in true Irish country style and the entire establishment is adorned with Irish antiques and collectibles, brought straight from Ireland by Condon himself. The atmosphere is family-oriented and children are always welcome. Shrimp and grits sit right alongside fish and chips on the menu, but the big corned beef and cabbage plate is a must try for those yearning for the Emerald Isle.
Situated on the end of East Bay Street in Downtown Charleston is a small and cozy seafood restaurant. What was once just a thriving fish and seafood store, is now also a bustling eatery that offers some of the freshest catch of the sea cooked to perfection or served raw. Enjoy delicious items like the Fried Oyster Basket, Tuna Burger, Fish Sandwich, Po' Boy, The Lobster Roll, Fish Tacos, Crispy Oyster Taco, Shrimp Taco, Chilled Jonah Crab Claws, Fresh Oysters and Cheviche & Ahi Poke. Wash down your comforting meal with a chilled local craft beer and finish off with the indulgent Key Lime Pie for dessert. Pick up some of their fresh seafood to take home and enjoy later on.
Open since 1991 across from the Charleston City Market, this two-story landmark offers Southern cuisine such as its famous steamed Crab House Crab Pot with a variety of local seafood, sausage, corn on the cob and new potatoes served with garlic scampi butter. Other menu items include She-Crab Soup, Crab Puppies and Crab Cakes. They also serve juicy Hamburgers, Spicy Chicken Wings and Fried Green Tomatoes, but the menu emphasis is on fresh seafood. The second floor patio offers intimate outdoor dining with a view of the harbor and city activity below. Service is friendly and attentive. - Natasha Lawrence