It's the 15th anniversary of our annual celebration of the best seafood dives. To celebrate, fried-food guru Steve Millburg takes us on a tour of the 50 best ever.
Writer: Steve Millburg, Illustrations: Matt Caserta
Bowens Island Restaurant, Charleston
Graffiti already covers the walls of the new dining room. Servers still shovel steamed oysters onto your table. The fried shrimp and fish are still fabulous. And now Bowens Island takes credit cards! 843/795-2757 or bowensislandrestaurant.com
The Wreck of the Richard & Charlene, Mount Pleasant
The shrimp and oysters are super fresh and delicious. The Wreck also takes unusual care with side dishes, such as fried hominy, hush puppies, fried green tomatoes, and red rice. 843/884-0052 or wreckrc.com
SeeWee Restaurant, Awendaw
Trappings from the building's general-store past remain as decor. Homemade sauces add zest to excellent fried seafood; start with the lightly breaded calamari. 843/928-3609