As you might imagine, Big T has some pretty strong opinions about where to get fresh seafood! Here are his top picks for grabbing the freshest catch if you’re in the Charleston area.
Located on the banks of Shem Creek, Mark and Kerry Marhefka provide fresh fish to the best restaurants in Charleston. Mark is a life-long fisherman that takes his boat, the Amy Marie, out into the Atlantic to catch a variety of common, and not so common, types of fish. But locals know that you can sign up for their CSF (Community Supported Fishing) which gives us access to that same amazing fish!
Right next to Abundant Seafood at Shem Creek is Geechie Seafood where you will find the best and most affordable local shrimp! During shrimp season in the Lowcountry, you can pull up right next to the dock and watch as the Rector family unloads the haul from their boat, just as they have been doing for decades.
Mount Pleasant Seafood:
Right across Shem Creek you will find Mount Pleasant Seafood. This one stop shop has been providing seafood to the local community for 70+ years. Of course they specialize in all of our favorites like shrimp, oysters and soft shell crabs. But they also have a variety of local food products too, so you can get your shrimp AND grits at the same time!
Crosby’s Fish and Shrimp Co:
Crosby’s is another local family owned business that has been providing the Charleston area with fresh seafood for over 30 years. Head out to their dock on Folly Beach to relax and enjoy the view. But be sure to bring along a cooler to take home the daily catch!
If you head out to the Isle of Palms beach, be sure to stop in at Simmons Seafood. They always have a great selection of fresh seasonal seafood, along with your favorite Lowcountry seafood dishes like Crab Stuffed Flounder and Carolina Shrimp Dip. But don’t leave without grabbing a slice of their Key Lime Pie, it’s famous for a reason!
Do you have a favorite place to grab the freshest seafood? Share with us in the comments!