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Will be driving from Charleston to Savannah in early April. Any good local places for the famous,local shrimp burgers?

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  1. Try Buddyroe's on Coleman in Mt Pleasant. Fun.

    1. Sorry, meant to post the link!

      http://www.buddyroesshrimpshack.com/

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      1. re: Sue in Mt P

        I'll try to check it out,too.

        1. re: redstickboy

          I just got a coupon offer on Groupon for Buddy Roe's. You may want to check the Charleston groupon for today. $10 for $20 worth. (Might be more attractive if you live here and go anyway rather than getting one and not being able to use it).

      2. This will require a detour (but you are still heading the right way, and Beaufort is really nice) but take it, after all, you ARE a chowhound!
        The Shrimp Shack
        1925 Sea Island Parkway
        St Helena Island, SC
        8438382962

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        Shrimp Shack
        1925 Sea Island Pkwy, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920

         
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        1. re: Tee

          I strongly dislike the shrimp burgers at Shrimp Shack. It's a LONG drive, and it's overrated.

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          Shrimp Shack
          1925 Sea Island Pkwy, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920

          1. re: UrDaddy

            if you are the same urdaddy that likes Jim and Nicks's as an example of charlotte bbq, we are polar opposites food wise!
            but if we all agreed this would be a boring place, and ch is never boring.
            btw, where do you suggest redstickboy go for shrimp burgers?

            1. re: Tee

              Now, now. Let's remain calm and keep our composure. After all, we're talking about shrimp burgers here.

              Shrimp Shack is terrible, awful, horrendous, and terribly overrated. I am hardly alone in that assessment. Just do a quick Google search, and you will see dozens of negative reviews.

              Without a doubt, redstickboy should go to the Foolish Frog for shrimp burgers. They are excellent !!

              Now, as to your silly little red herring, I will say this: Charlotte is to bbq, as Sweden is to tequila. Sometimes a chain is all you've got, hence my suggestion of Jim n Nick's. There are world-class bbq "joints" in North Carolina, but not one of them is in, or near, Charlotte.

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              Shrimp Shack
              1925 Sea Island Pkwy, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920

              Foolish Frog
              846 Sea Island Pkwy, SC 29920

              1. re: UrDaddy

                All calm and composed here, and no red herring intended. There is nothing wrong with us having different opinions. Please keep in mind that we are not snarky on this board, which is a refreshing change from most forums. I really like the civility of the southeast board. I am glad you are here, keep posting but dont be so touchy!
                I will try your suggestion of the Foolish Frog the next time I am in the area and will happily post. Thanks for the suggestion!

        2. OOO I concur. I love the Shrimp Shack.

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          Shrimp Shack
          1925 Sea Island Pkwy, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920

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          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            I've heard of the Shrimp Shack. Pat Conroy's favorite olace for shrimp burgers. We'll see if we can work it into the trip. We'll have two chances,going and returning to Charleston.

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            Shrimp Shack
            1925 Sea Island Pkwy, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920

            1. re: redstickboy

              FYI
              that is a large shrimp burger in the photo, i believe they do have a smaller version.

          2. I too will direct you to St. Helena Island but the Foolish Frog. I was about to recommend their shrimp burger until I checked their menu and realized that it was a crabcake sandwich that I had instead. It was fantastic though. Still worth a plug on here even if they don't have a shrimp burger.

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            Foolish Frog
            846 Sea Island Pkwy, SC 29920

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            1. re: GrillMaster

              Agreed!!
              Foolish Frog is the place to go. Their service is pretty awful, but their food is excellent.

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              Foolish Frog
              846 Sea Island Pkwy, SC 29920

              1. re: UrDaddy

                It was on the lunch menu when I was there last week.

            2. You guys really need to get to NC for a good shrimp burger - that photo looks disgusting. Sorry - don't have photos from my favorite places here - El's Drive Inn in Morehead City and a couple of others. But the whole concept is different. Large shrimp are individually fried, topped with a little slaw and cocktail sauce - out of this world!

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              1. re: Jeanne

                Big Oak Drive in Salter Path (Emerald Isle) NC.

                1. re: boaviagem

                  Yes - Big Oak Drive Inn is great too!

                2. re: Tee

                  I think some clarification is in order....in Eastern NC, a shrimp burger is exactly what Jeanne described.

                  This thread seems to be about the more patty-type sandwich down in the lowcountry SC area.

                  1. re: Jeanne

                    Adding links for El's Drive-In and Big Oak Drive In & Bar-B-Que . Other suggestions for Eastern NC style shrimp burgers?

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                    Big Oak Drive In & Bar-B-Que
                    1167 Salter Path Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

                    El's Drive-In
                    3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557

                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      El's and Big Oak were the two standouts for me when I lived in NC. You can't go wrong with either, but your visit should involve one of the two (if not both!).

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        I read that you will be staying in Beaufort Melanie. You will going right by El's in Morehead City on your way to Beaufort - you have to stop there for shrimp burgers. They also have oyster burgers if you're interested in one of those also.

                        1. re: Jeanne

                          Thank you. Any strong recs for shrimp burgers on the Outer Banks? i'll have a bit more time out there and I'm crossing a lot of chow territory on the way to Beaufort.

                          Or maybe I'll drive back to Morehead City for a shrimp burger dinner after I check-in at the hotel since it's so close to Beaufort.

                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                            I'm driven down from Raleigh just to have a shrimp burger at El's. You should definitely swing by there.

                            1. re: Melanie Wong

                              Don't know about shrimp burgers in the Outer Banks but will do some research. I do know that Tortuga's Lie has fried oyster sandwiches which I'm sure are good - I usually get the shrimp tacos there. Love the place.

                              1. re: Jeanne

                                The only place I've read of with shrimp burgers is Sam and Omie's. Maybe someone else will chime in.

                        2. re: Jeanne

                          El's rocks, and has for years.

                          1. re: fredb2548

                            I called ahead to El's to find out what time it would open the doors on Wednesday. 10:30am, which was perfect to dash over from Beaufort and then taking the shrimp burger on the 12:30pm ferry to Ocracoke.
                            http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

                            A good plan, but I was running a little bit late checking out of my hotel and didn't get to El's Drive-In until 10:45a. I mentioned that I'd be taking the shrimp burger for my lunch on the ferry. The gentleman asked which ferry and what time. He let out a low whistle when I said Cedar Island at 12:30p, and said, "Well, you won't arrive none too early." I started to worry that an hour's driving time was too optimistic to get there 30 minutes before departure (when my reservation would cancel). So, he made up my order ahead of the other people waiting for food and sent me off with a wish and a prayer that the draw bridge wouldn't be up.

                            I arrived at Cedar Island terminal at 11:57a, due in large part to the kind propane truck driver who pulled over and waved me ahead when it was safe to pass. Here's what my large shrimp burger, $5, looked like after an hour's drive.
                            http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...
                            The bun was damp and the breading on the shrimp had softened. But the fried shrimp were still warm and tasted so sweet. Unlike my aversion to slaw in combination with barbecue, I thought El's slaw, which is not as sweet as so many, was a great compliment to the fried shrimp.

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                            El's Drive-In
                            3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557

                        3. Forget the shrimp burger that is shrimp ground up into a patty and fried. What an awful technique. That would be like putting chanterelle mushrooms in a blender. This corridor has some of the sweetest, most succulent jumbo shrimp in existence, thanks to the beautiful marshes. Just get a shrimp po-boy piled high with local shrimp if you want it in sandwich form. Like at the Glass Onion in Charleston.

                          Or barring that, just get yourself a tray of fried jumbo shrimp with fries and a sweet tea from some hole-in-the-wall shack that carries fresh seafood. Two places that immediately spring to mind are:

                          -Fishnet Seafood on Johns Island just west of Charleston
                          http://roadfood.com/Restaurant/Overvi...

                          -Dave's Carry-Out in downtown Charleston:
                          http://roadfood.com/Restaurant/Overvi...

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                          Glass Onion
                          1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407