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Charleston/ Mt Pleasant - seafood market

We're staying in a place in Mt. Pleasant at the beginning of June. We'll have a car. Where is the best place to buy fresh seafood? Is shrimp normally available by then? Thanks.

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  1. There are several on Shem Creek: Mt. Pleasant Seafood, Magwood's and Wando. There will be fresh seafood at the Mt Pleasant Farmer's Market on Tuesdays' from 3:30 til dark at Moultrie Middle School. The shrimp should be available by then.

    If you are interestedand can use 10 lbs or more, I have a shrimper friend that you can call in the morning, tell him how much you need, and meet him at the dock with your cooler. My email is on my profile.

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      Sue, thanks for the great tips. Is there a bakery that you like for great crusty bread? I'd love to get shrimp off the boat, but there are only four of us.

      1. re: LAfoodexplorer

        You're sure welcome.

        The bakery at Whole Paycheck, I mean Whole Foods is good. There's a new one on Coleman Blvd. that I haven't tried yet. I can't think of the name-I googled it but can't find it yet. I'll look and get the name.

          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            Thanks for researching the bakery! I looked up the seafood markets and found a YouTube video from last year roaming around the Mt P farmer's market. All look great. We're excited to get the fix'ns for some good home cooked meals.

            1. re: Sue in Mt P

              Kudzu is an new location of one we have in Litchfield/ Pawleys Island and also in Georgetown
              Their bread is awesome plus they have out of this world shrimp salad. We also buy great desserts from them.
              http://www.kudzubakery.com/#!page-2

              1. re: LaLa

                Thanks. I found another place across the Ashley River -- Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery, 32 Windermere Blvd. I understand they provide great bread to a lot of the best restaurants. Are you familiar with them?

          2. re: LAfoodexplorer

            There is also a GREAT bakery on Pitt Street in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant that also sells sandwhiches. http://www.dinewithsal.com/village will get you there! The owner of the bakery also has a number of other great places to dine too! I hope that this has been helpful! I have lived in Mount Pleasant my entire life so don't hesitate to let me know if I can help you further!

            1. re: cflowers

              Hi neighbor! I think I live down the street from your parents.

              Does VB sell bread? I never get anything in there but great salads!

              1. re: Sue in Mt P

                I have only bought sandwhiches and sweets but I bet that they might! My dad lives on Seminole Street which is where I grew up. My Mom passed away about 7 years ago. Just in case you want to know if you live on that street...Betty Gissell who lived next to my Mom and Dad's house for about 40 years passed away recently. Small world, huh?

                1. re: cflowers

                  Yep. I'm the one with the Elvis busts in the yard! And I didn't know Miss Betty, but I've waved at her.

                  I bet VB would bake something special if the OP asks. They are SO nice and accommodating. Best shrimp salad in town. And I haven't been to Kudzu, in the old Billy's/Page's place. I should do some reconnaissance.

                  1. re: Sue in Mt P

                    I bet that you are right! You live in great neighborhood. I don't live far away...Old Village Landing off of Center Street. Wave to me next time you see me!

              2. re: cflowers

                Thanks! Ever shopped at Our Local Foods on Clements Ferry Road or at their Thornhill Farms store in McClellanville where they grow their produce? We were thinking about driving out to the McClellanville store so we could also check out the 100 acre farm. I'm an avid urban vegetable gardener. Love to cook fresh from the garden and I'd enjoy getting fresh from the farm produce.

                1. re: LAfoodexplorer

                  Wow! I have never been there but I will have to check it out! :)

                  1. re: LAfoodexplorer

                    It is worth the trip....plus you just may run into Chef Sean Brock as I have a couple of times!

                    1. re: LaLa

                      Thanks. Have you been to Ambrose Family Farm (High Cotton supplier) or Thackeray Farms (McCrady's supplier), both on Wadmalaw Island? I understand Ambrose is a u-pick farm for whatever happens to be in season. I haven't yet been able to confirm whether Thackeray sells to the public. Since the two farms are close together, we thought we'd take a drive in that direction one day.

                      1. re: LAfoodexplorer

                        Thackery's had a booth at the Farmer's Market on Saturday.

                        I like the Fields' Organic Farm out on Wadmalaw. The Fields are really nice. If you call them, they might be willing to show you around. It's a busy time though.

                        1. re: Sue in Mt P

                          Thanks for the tip. I will give them a call. As a farmer at heart, I enjoy checking out other farms.

              3. re: Sue in Mt P

                Big thanks to Sue... we just scored 10 pounds of head-on shrimp at Wando's for $2.00 a pound. Heading back to Georgia in the morning, dinner tomorrow will be shrimp, the rest goes in the freezer.
                Hmmm. Now I need to figure out what to do with it tomorrow...too many choices. Guess I will spend the ride home looking for recipe inspiration. (I won't be driving!)

                1. re: Sue in Mt P

                  Sue,

                  Have enjoyed perusing this thread....big foodie, lowcountry, and gardening fan! . Generally love to stock up on shrimp on my visits to the lowcountry. Wondering if you would share your shrimper friend's info for me to contact? In town this week. Usually purchase from Magwood's or Geechie, but interested in purchasing from an individual. Thx!

                  1. re: Ellene1

                    And both of those are great, family owned places. Tommy's # is 8434422970. His boat is the Mrs. Judy Too. Call him early in the am and tell him how much you need. You can friend him on FB too.

                    1. re: Sue in Mt P

                      Awesome! I will call. Thank you sooo much. :))

                2. I was there last week and the Middle School Jazz Band was playing for everyone's musical enjoyment. It really is fun. Have a great time.

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                  1. re: Sue in Mt P

                    We're out in Mt Pleasant now and having a great time. Yesterday, we went to Joesph Fields farm on Johns island and then met up with him again at the Mt P market yesterday. Very nice market. After the market we had a nice meal at Gullah Cuisine. We had intended to make it to Seewee, but we were coming up on closing time, so I didn't want to make the trip and have them shut the door as we arrived; coincidently, we met the nephew of the owner over at Geechee Shrimp on Shem Creek right next to Magwood's.

                    Also hit Normandy Farms Artisan Bakery in West Ashley. Great bakery and wonderful bread. Had their bread at both FIG and The Macintosh. Good news for Mt P -- sounds like they plan to open a cafe in Mt P.

                    So far, the best meal during our Savannah/Charleston trip was at FIG. Local 11 ten in Savannah was number 2.

                    Is Melvin's Legendary BBQ near the Whole Foods any good? Where is the best BBQ in the area?

                    We have enjoyed so many of your tips. Thanks.

                    1. re: LAfoodexplorer

                      It sounds like you are making the most of your time! SO glad you're having fun.

                      Barbeque,, and what is good, is a source of much discussion/disagreement/ consternation on here! I'm partial to que with no sauce. Melvin's has traditional SC mustard-based sauce. The sides are good, as are the burgers for a fast food place. I just returned from NC, with my favorite barbeque in a tub. You might consider Fiery Ron's on Sullivans. The que is not bad and the beach atmosphere is fun.