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redstickboy Feb 2, 2011 03:16 PM

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

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    mikeh Mar 10, 2011 09:33 AM

    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/Overview/1405/fishnet-seafood

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

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    Glass Onion
    1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407

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      Jeanne Feb 18, 2011 11:16 PM

      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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        boaviagem Feb 19, 2011 04:09 AM

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

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          Jeanne Feb 19, 2011 10:00 AM

          Yes - Big Oak Drive Inn is great too!

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          billyjack Feb 20, 2011 11:25 AM

          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.

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            Melanie Wong Apr 20, 2011 04:51 PM

            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

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              mikeh Apr 20, 2011 11:16 PM

              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!).

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                Jeanne Apr 21, 2011 04:36 PM

                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.

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                  Melanie Wong Apr 25, 2011 08:15 AM

                  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.

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                    mikeh Apr 25, 2011 11:10 AM

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

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                      Jeanne Apr 25, 2011 11:19 AM

                      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.

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                        Jeanne Apr 25, 2011 05:37 PM

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

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                  fredb2548 Apr 22, 2011 04:34 PM

                  El's rocks, and has for years.

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                    Melanie Wong Apr 28, 2011 08:36 PM

                    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/melaniewong/5667414247/

                    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

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                  GrillMaster Feb 4, 2011 12:02 PM

                  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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                    UrDaddy Feb 11, 2011 11:12 AM

                    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

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                      UrDaddy Mar 12, 2011 04:59 AM

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

                  2. Sue in Mt P Feb 2, 2011 04:24 PM

                    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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                      redstickboy Feb 3, 2011 08:35 AM

                      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
                        Tee Feb 3, 2011 09:14 AM

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

                    2. Tee Feb 2, 2011 04:22 PM

                      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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                        UrDaddy Feb 11, 2011 11:12 AM

                        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

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                          Tee Feb 14, 2011 01:18 PM

                          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?

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                            UrDaddy Mar 4, 2011 04:24 AM

                            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
                              Tee Mar 9, 2011 10:08 AM

                              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. Sue in Mt P Feb 2, 2011 03:42 PM

                        Sorry, meant to post the link!

                        http://www.buddyroesshrimpshack.com/

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                          redstickboy Feb 3, 2011 08:36 AM

                          I'll try to check it out,too.

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                            birgator Feb 3, 2011 09:34 AM

                            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. Sue in Mt P Feb 2, 2011 03:30 PM

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

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