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Aug 11, 2013 05:49 PM

first Charleston garlic crab experience?

We are heading down on Thurs for a long weekend, and I'm just about to wet my pants to have a garlic crab experience.Since the N. Charleston spots are just about all carry-out ,I think,should a garlic crab virgin like me head over to the west Ashley Charleston Crab House? I don't want to haul a bag of garlic crabs to a hotel room or try to eat them in a parking lot.Nobody I know really goes to The Crab House, but its the only sit-down place that they are on the menu.


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  1. I haven't found anyone around here that knows how to do a good fried hard crab I really can't make a solid recommendation.

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    1. re: JayL

      Not even in North Charleston? If not there Where?


      1. re: mollybelle

        Wish I knew! LoL

        I like to eat as much of the crab (shell and all) that I possibly can...I HATE picking crabs!

        What I find around here is that they don't fry the crabs long enough. I can crunch some of the shells, but not quite as much as I like. I'm forced to pick more than I care too...and that doesn't last for more than about one crab for me.

        If you like picking crabs, then you'll probably be satisfied.

        Where I come from you don't pick fried hard for the claw legs and the largest walking legs. The rest you eat...straight up.

        1. re: JayL

          Jay, I'm curious if you batter your hard crabs before you fry them. I could only eat a little of the shell of the crabs I had from Charlie Brown Seafood and agree that a longer frying time might help, but I'm not sure the breading would have stood up to that.

          MollyBelle, my suggestion would be to hit one of the North Charleston joints and eat in a nearby park. The weather is supposed to be relatively nice by Thursday (if it's not raining) and Park Circle is close by. Plus, if you go to PC, you can swing by EVO Craft Bakery just down the road and pick up some of their awesome bread/pastries. They are behind EVO Pizza and I think they stay open until around 4 pm.

            1. re: mollybelle

              Based on my limited experience, the places in North Charleston get crazy busy around dinner time. If you don't want to wait in line for awhile or scrounge for parking, you may want to try to go early.

              1. re: Low Country Jon

                Just came across this: here's another place that serves fried hard shell crabs and it's on the peninsula near Crosstown. Nana's Seafood. Looks like it has limited seating.

                More info:

            2. re: Low Country Jon

              I don't batter, per say...I usually dredge in a dry breading. Most falls off in the oil anyway.

              I normally pop the shell, clean them, break them in half through the middle, dip them in water (or's just to let the breaker stick), dredge in seasoned flour or breading, and fry till crispy & crunchy.

              The legs are ok, but biting into the body where the lumps are located is like complete splendor.

              We always eat them straight sauce or butter.

            3. re: JayL

              Okay Jay.Don't hold out.Where are you from that they do Garlic fried crabs just right?

              1. re: mollybelle

                No garlic...just fried hard crabs.

                North Carolina.

        2. I had some for the first time at Revenells in Charleston South Carolina on Savannah highway route 17 and I live in Maryland

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          1. re: mbdaniels78

            This whole subject still intrigues the hell out of hard shell crabs are relatively cheap.The only thing I can think of is to grab a bushel of crabs and a case of beer and go over to Jay's house and see what happens.