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winedine Apr 25, 2010 04:58 PM

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?

Thanks!

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    JayL Apr 29, 2010 06:56 PM

    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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      Naco Apr 30, 2010 03:54 AM

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

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        Sue in Mt P Apr 30, 2010 10:00 AM

        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.

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          birgator Apr 30, 2010 02:18 PM

          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.

    2. Sue in Mt P Apr 28, 2010 03:48 AM

      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.

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      Boulevard Diner
      1978 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412

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        veganhater Apr 25, 2010 08:56 PM

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

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          birgator Apr 26, 2010 12:07 PM

          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.

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            veganhater Apr 26, 2010 01:22 PM

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

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              JayL Apr 27, 2010 05:06 PM

              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.

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                birgator Apr 27, 2010 05:50 PM

                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?

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                  JayL Apr 28, 2010 05:22 PM

                  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.

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