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Apr 25, 2010 04:58 PM

summerville SC

We are heading to Summerville this week to help my sister house hunt. Any thoughts on decent interesting restos - brk- lunch and dinner? No chains please. Any cuisine is fine. Nothing too fancy, just good interesting, honest food.

Hoping that soft shells might be available, can anyone recommend a seafood shop that might have live ones? Coming from Raleigh area and will bring cooler.

Also, I am assuming that Charleston is about 20-30 min away?


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  1. The Woodlands was a fantastic spot a couple years ago. I think Charleston is more like 30-40 minutes away.

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    1. re: veganhater

      While Woodlands most likely still is fantastic, it's also quite costly. Probably not what the OP has in mind. I like Sweetwater Grill for lunch, and also Mustard Seed (there are other locations but it's not a chain). Avoid Sticky Fingers.

      Charleston is about 30 minutes depending on traffic.

      1. re: birgator

        Oops. Missed the "nothing too fancy" in the original post. Woodlands certainly is too fancy, although worth it on our visit.

        1. re: birgator

          I've personally never been impressed by Sweetwater or the Mustard Seed. MS tends to be tasteless & the Sweetwater has no problem serving you cold shrimp & grits from the refrigerator.

          Sorry...I know my opinion on these places tend to differ from most others.

          1. re: JayL

            Can't say that I;m a frequent visitor to Summerville but meals I've had at MS and SW were both quite good but it's been a while. So JayL, where would you send the OP?

            1. re: birgator

              Sorry, I have no recommendation.

              I only had a reply to what others had suggested. As I said, my opinion on this differs from most.

      2. If you come down to Shem Creek in Mt P Raul's has softshells.Don't know if they're live. If you do that there are some restuarants close by I would recommend Locklear's, Boulevard Diner, and Page's Okra Grill.

        Boulevard Diner
        1978 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412

        1. I've seen some soft shells...saw some today...............$6 a piece! That price is freaking ridiculous! Like most things in the Charleston area, the soft shell crabs are over priced.

          In coastal North Carolina you can purchase soft shell crabs for $2-$4. Same down in Beaufort, SC.

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          1. re: JayL

            Isn't it a couple of weeks early for soft shells?

            1. re: Naco

              I don't know-I get them at my favorite place whenever they are available. The local ones are only available for a short time.

              1. re: Sue in Mt P

                The Soft Shell crab festival in Port Royal (by Beaufort) had their annual festival last week end. And soft shells were on the menu at Saxapahaw General Store on Friday too. I haven't priced them this year, but they're never cheap. The OP may want to check with One Stop Seafood in Summerville for their price.