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

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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. 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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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      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!

      1. re: lynnlato

        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.

        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          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.

          1. re: lynnlato

            Captive audience maybe?

        2. re: lynnlato

          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.

          1. re: sisterbeer

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

            1. re: sisterbeer

              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.

        3. 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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          1. re: Diane in Bexley

            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.

            1. re: lynnlato

              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.

              1. re: 9lives

                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.

                1. re: lynnlato

                  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

                  1. re: slotmansc

                    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

                    1. re: lynnlato

                      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.

                      1. re: slotmansc

                        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.