Fried seafood in Charleston
Who has the best fried seafood in the historic area of Charleston? The places I thought about trying, namely Hyman's, have been kicked off my list.
The Marina Variety Store Restaurant, at the City Marina (on the Ashley River) does a good job with fried seafood. Not many places downtown for fried.
Hyman's is considered a tourist trap by the locals, and we always laugh at the waiting lines outside during the season.. Most of us consider "Hank's" (downtown, just north of North Market), or the "Boat House" ( on Sullivan's Island) to be the best places to go to get GOOD seafood.
The Wreck in Mt. Pleasant is probaby tops on my list. I'm assuming that you're looking for something fairly casual (rather than Hank's which is a little more to the swanky side although still not too fancy) and it doesn't get any more casual than The Wreck. You will have to leave the historic district but I think it is well worth it. Anyway, you'll be on Shem Creek which is fairly historic itself.
In addition to the seafood I would strongly recommend the banana pudding. I have eaten a lot of banana pudding in a lot of places and it is hands down the best I've ever had.
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The Wreck is a great rustic experience. But you can go nicer to Hank's too ($$$). But Wreck is fun for all.