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Hilton Head/Blufton Roadside eats - I'm talkin' fried local fish & shrimp?

lynnlato Aug 9, 2011 12:28 PM

We go to HHI at least once a summer and I know that most of the area restaurants cater to tourists and don't serve fresh local seafood. I also am aware of the shrimp shortage this season. :-( But please, help a CH sister out - where can I find a roadside, no frills, shrimp & fish shack? Just about every beach town in NC & SC has at least one. Where is the hidden gem of hilton head? Not Sea Shack, please!

TIA!!!

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Sea Shack
6 Executive Park Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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  1. Sue in Mt P RE: lynnlato Aug 9, 2011 02:47 PM

    Hi, Lynn! Hope all's well.

    I just heard about a place on St. Helena's called Gullah Grub. I haven't been yet but it's on my list. Le me know if you go.

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      lynnlato RE: Sue in Mt P Aug 9, 2011 05:42 PM

      Hey Sue! I was hoping you'd chime in. Gullah's Grub looks like it would be right up my alley if it weren't an hour away from HHI. :-( I just checked out their website and WOW... everything looks delicious. Fish, shrimp, sweet potato pie - and mama's pan-fried chicken!

      I was hoping there was something hiding along 278, or not far off, like that place on James Island that served up "Jesus Crabs". Ha!

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        Sue in Mt P RE: lynnlato Aug 9, 2011 05:50 PM

        I wish I knew! I just don't get down that way much. You may have to take a detour for some Jesus crabs and fried shrimp.

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          lynnlato RE: Sue in Mt P Aug 9, 2011 05:53 PM

          I know, right?! Why oh why is HHI such a wasteland??? I mean, don't people from Ohio want fresh fish and shrimp too? Eh, probably not. Damn.

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            Sue in Mt P RE: lynnlato Aug 9, 2011 06:06 PM

            Captive audience maybe?

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          sisterbeer RE: lynnlato Aug 9, 2011 06:00 PM

          Bluffton Oyster Co. recently opened the Bluffton Family Seafood Restaurant. They serve local shrimp and local oysters in season. I'm down here right now; the shrimp is tasting pretty fine!
          And, it's right around the corner from the local bbq place that just moved from a small stand to a brick & mortar location. Haven't had a chance to eat that yet this year, though.

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            lynnlato RE: sisterbeer Aug 10, 2011 03:51 PM

            Thanks sisterbeer. I'll have to check it out. Man, ain't nuthin' like some fresh carolina shrimp. ;-)

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              wekick RE: sisterbeer Aug 11, 2011 07:30 PM

              We ate at the Bluffton Family Seafood Restaurant about a month or so ago. The oysters were out of the river but were frozen due to the season. They were good.

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          Diane in Bexley RE: lynnlato Aug 11, 2011 11:10 AM

          We are visiting HHI in early September and Sea Shack was recommended to us. Will that fit the bill? Please report back if you go.

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          Sea Shack
          6 Executive Park Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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            lynnlato RE: Diane in Bexley Aug 11, 2011 06:12 PM

            I don't go to Sea Shack shince Chef David left. He opened his own place, Roastfish & Cornbread. Sea Shack now is no longer worth the rundown atmosphere and long lines since he left.

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              9lives RE: lynnlato Aug 13, 2011 01:22 PM

              I like Roast Fish and Cornbread. They always have a few locally caught "specials" as well as shrimp. Beer and wine. It's nicer than a shack but pretty low key.Full service, sit down.

              1 word of caution. This place has been pretty crowded and long waits are common. I'd advise going early or late. We got there about 7:30 and told an hour wait. At the 50 min mark another couple came in and were told 10 mins. We were seated in 10 mins and they were seated right after..;) The gumbo was exceptional but everything has been very good too. If you have non fish eaters, the pot roast is great.

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                lynnlato RE: 9lives Aug 15, 2011 07:16 AM

                You're absolutely right - it's always crazy busy. We went at 5:30-6pm once and still had to wait a half hour. But yea, earlier or later is better. They don't take reservations. I love that you can count on them for fresh local fish and shrimp - such a rarity in HHI.

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                  slotmansc RE: lynnlato Aug 15, 2011 08:19 AM

                  Just got back from HHI this weekend. Went to RF&CB on Monday night. Went fairly early with a group of 7, didn't have to wait to long. Food was a good as ever. I had the fried soft shell, with some collards. Wish I had some now. Other people had shrimp, and they all enjoyed them.

                  Also went to One Hot Mama's for the first time. Ribs were just okay, but brisket was tasty.

                  Had lunch at an authentic mexican place, Taqueria el Porto, off Mathews Court. Excellent!

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                  One Hot Mama's
                  7 Greenwood Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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                    lynnlato RE: slotmansc Aug 15, 2011 01:00 PM

                    Yea, I've never been to One Hot Mama's but from what I've read it's gotten mixed reviews.

                    I looked up Taqueria el Porto and I think you mean Taqueria el Potrero off Matthews Ct? What did you have there? And did you stumble across it or did someone recommend it? I'll keep it in mind for next time.

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                    One Hot Mama's
                    7 Greenwood Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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                      slotmansc RE: lynnlato Aug 16, 2011 10:33 AM

                      Yes Lynn, I stand corrected. I had three different tacos, cabrito, carne asada, and chorizo. Great homemade corn tortillas and good salsas. They also had a lunch buffet going on. I was the only gringo in there, which I took for a good sign. I was looking for a place and punched in mexican in my GPS. Sometimes that doesn't work out, but this time it did.

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                        9lives RE: slotmansc Aug 16, 2011 10:39 AM

                        For tacquerias, I like Amigos Cafe in Circle Center off Pope Ave. American owned but the chefs are all from Mexico..always a good mix of Mexicans and gringos. Try the chicken salad, carnitas or fried oyster burrito.

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