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Folly Beach/Charleston, SC - Great local seafood restaurants and fresh seafood market recommendations

Iwantnina Aug 7, 2009 10:53 AM

We'll be staying in Folly Beach next week and are looking for:

-a great, locally owned fresh seafood market. We will be cooking at home most of the time and want a great place the locals would go to.

-a great, locally owned seafood restaurant. We want something that's not too touristy, not all fried, not too fancy (we'll have our 2 year old with us), but not so kid-friendly that the food is no good. Someplace where you can get a lovely piece of local fish or a delicious local crab cake for $20-ish. Last time we had dinner in Charleston, we ended up in a too-touristy, fried place that served me a moldy lemon with my meal. Trying to avoid that!

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    General Knowledge Aug 7, 2009 11:29 AM

    The seafood market you're looking for is Crosby's - it's at 2223 Folly Road, just before you hit the island of Folly Beach.

    As for restaurants, the Folly Beach seafood restaurants tend to be very touristy and very fried. You can search for seafood restaurants in Charleston on this board, there have been plenty of discussions. On that side of town, I'd recommend Charleston Crab House on Wappoo Creek Drive (good view, reasonable prices. the dishes are not real inventive generally but I've had some good meals.)

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    1. re: General Knowledge
      lamesa Aug 7, 2009 11:35 AM

      Another place you might like is called the Wreck of the Richard and Charlene. Do a google on it and see what you think. It is ramshackle with GREAT food.

      1. re: lamesa
        mikeh Aug 7, 2009 06:53 PM

        Was down in Charleston for the past week and ate dinner at The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene just last night. As usual, it was hands-down the best fried seafood you can get anywhere. I always go for the triple combo. platter (although you can get an even larger plate with fish as well). All the seafood is super-fresh and clearly local. Love the pairing of red rice and cabbage slaw, and the hushpuppy is to die for.

        Skip all the neon-lit touristy places and go to The Wreck. The dining area itself is on a concrete slab, and enclosed via screens. Last night, the seabreeze was blowing through the place, you could hear the birds and seagulls outside, a thunderstorm in the distance. wow, such a perfect setting.

        I'd drive down from North Carolina just to have dinner there.


        1. re: mikeh
          BetsyinKY Aug 8, 2009 05:05 PM

          If you're looking for ramshackle with great food, you can find it closer to Folly than The Wreck. Bowen's Island is amazing! Super fresh and super delicious, but there is nothing fancy about it at all. In fact, you'll probably think the ragtag collection of shack-like buildings should be condemned....until you taste the food! There's nothing like sitting on the creek, watching the dolphins, and eating the
          freshest shrimp you've ever tasted! If you Google it, you can find more reviews and directions, because it's basically at the end of a dead-end dirt road.

          1. re: BetsyinKY
            mikeh Aug 8, 2009 05:16 PM

            I've been for the oyster roast where they dump the burlap sack on tables and you dig in with your shucking knife, but how do they do it in the off-season with shrimp and other seafood? It's it sit-down at picnic tables?

            1. re: mikeh
              BetsyinKY Aug 8, 2009 10:03 PM

              You go in the one room with the cash register and order and pick up your drink. Then you go find a place to sit, either in the big open room or out on the end of the dock at a table. Then they bring you a tray of food when it's ready.

          2. re: mikeh
            danna Aug 10, 2009 06:08 AM

            question for the Wreck fans: when I was on IOP with my parents last year, they really didn't enjoy my choices: Fig and Cru. They are apparently imtimidated if there are menu choices they are unfamiliar with and also seem unhappy and annoyed by a la carte menus. For some reason my Dad can't seem to grasp ordering a salad rather than having one automatically brought to him...dont' get me started...

            So this year I think they might like something a little more traditional beach food...BUT...my Dad has a heart condition and can't eat (very much) fried food. So...is there anything you think he'd enjoy at the Wreck? They tend to go for broiled scallops and stuff like that. thanks.

            1. re: danna
              Cpt Wafer Aug 10, 2009 08:02 AM

              Checking their menu it looks like they will broil their fish and grill their shellfish and shrimp. It's pretty darn rustic and may be a little warm for your dad. Maybe a call to them would be in order.

              >For some reason my Dad can't seem to grasp ordering a salad rather than having one automatically brought to him...

              My folks are the same way. It's vexing.


              1. re: Cpt Wafer
                danna Aug 10, 2009 09:11 AM

                thanks! I think that looks like something they'll like. So you're saying there's no a/c at all?

                Actually, Daddy's in good shape. He's the poster boy for diet and excercise. Heart attack at 55, followed by my Mom's hawk-like monitoring of his fat intake, daily walks, and now, at 74 he plays golf 4 times a week.

                so here's to grilled seafood! (hold the butter)

                1. re: danna
                  Cpt Wafer Aug 10, 2009 11:34 AM

                  Sounds to me like he's good to go. Not sure exactly what the HVAC situation there is but I've never been uncomfortable and I like it cool.

                2. re: Cpt Wafer
                  observor Aug 11, 2009 05:08 AM

                  "My folks are the same way. It's vexing."

                  Let me attempt to clarify: They don't like shelling out ten dollars for a salad?

                  1. re: observor
                    Cpt Wafer Aug 11, 2009 07:56 AM

                    And allow me to retort: Someone that lays out $20,000 for a custom made Persian rug is not worried about the price of a salad. That's why it's vexing.

                3. re: danna
                  lizzy Aug 10, 2009 09:45 AM

                  Hi Danna!

                  Sigh, my father is the exact same way, he still mocks FIG to this day. I just hope something like this isn't genetic. ;-)

                  It's been awhile since I have been to The Wreck, but I thought I would add another restaurant into the mix, SeeWee Restaurant. I don't know if you have ever been, but it is comparable to The Wreck and I also think it is better. Their menu is extensive for a seafood place, all seafood can be ordered grilled with your choice of seasoning, and their sides are great, especially the collards. Also as a southern girl, you might appreciate they make their own desserts including coconut cake with 7 minute frosting, hard to get around here, and caramel cake, but you have to get there early before they run out. It is in Awendaw, 10 minute drive from North Mt. P or a 20 minute drive from the IOP connector, but it is on 17 and easy to find.


                  1. re: lizzy
                    danna Aug 10, 2009 10:44 AM

                    uh oh! I think i'd rather inherit Dad's heart disease than his willingness to eat at Red Lobster ;-)

                    Thanks...are the sides good at SeeWee? if so, it looks like my husband would love it. And I am the queen of coconut cake, so I always enjoy seeing another version. (fie on Pennisula Grill's attempt)

                    1. re: danna
                      lizzy Aug 10, 2009 11:27 AM

                      The sides are good at SeeWee. I enjoy the collards and the fried green tomatoes, and my fiance enjoys the mac and cheese and the green beans. They also have nightly specials, including side specials, if memory serves me right those tend to be more seasonal sides. Fyi, if you truly are interested in the coconut cake I would call before you go because the desserts change daily.

                4. re: mikeh
                  LaLa Aug 10, 2009 11:02 AM

                  Are children welcomed there? They say they don't offer a childrens menu.

            2. danna Aug 10, 2009 06:02 AM

              ditto crosby's for seafood.

              I've never had much luck dining on Folly. You could drive in to Al Di La, fantastic Italian just on the Folly side of downtown. Or come on into downtown and eat at FIG, and make sure you get fish. Wahoo is local and it was superb last time I was there.

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              1. re: danna
                uptown jimmy Aug 10, 2009 12:49 PM

                Al Di La is amazing and located in West Ashley, not Folly Beach: different bridge, much closer to town.

                FIG was a profoundly frustrating experience for us, detailed in a previous post. Our fish there was just plain awful. Should have sent it back. Instead, we won't go back.

                1. re: uptown jimmy
                  danna Aug 10, 2009 12:58 PM

                  I'm well aware of where Al Di La is. I mean to say that when one is coming from Folly, one gets to Al Di La before getting to downtown...so slightly quicker and easier than going to the historic district.

                  Although I suppose it's not the greatest rec. since upon re-reading the OP seems to be specific in wanting a seafood restaurant. I suppose Hanks and Cru Cafe would be my other suggestions in Chas for fish.

                  1. re: danna
                    uptown jimmy Aug 10, 2009 08:58 PM

                    Still think your Al Di La location description was confusing. Especially for someone who isn't well aware of where the restaurant is located. And it's a truly great restaurant, anybody who hasn't gone there, well gosh-darn-it you need to go there now.

                    On Folly, we love Bowen's Island and Taco Boy, but that's some pretty casual fare.

              2. Sue in Mt P Aug 11, 2009 01:43 PM

                I bet I know exactly which touristy moldy place you went to!

                The Wreck is great, and right on the shrimp boat dock-fun for kids. The Seewee is great too. The fried eggplant makes me want to burst into song. The Mustard Seed has an extensive menu that Danna's dad might enjoy.

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                  Iwantnina Aug 17, 2009 07:13 PM

                  Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions. We shopped at Crosby's nearly every day and had many delicious meals using ingredients from there. We ended up having dinner at The Wreck. It was SO good and just the kind of place we had in mind. I loved the neighborhood it was located in, everyone was very friendly and not pretentious at all, and we really enjoyed ourselves. I will definitely be using this site again for finding good restaurants when we are traveling!

                  If you need suggestions for Asheville, let me know!

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