I agree with the negative reviews on here. And how this place got a nod from Southern Living is beyond me. I ate there a handful of years ago and will not be back. For one, they would not split the check...a major inconvenience. Additionally, at the time (I assume things have changed), they only accepted CASH. People had to leave and go to the ATM to get cash while the rest of us waited for their return in the parking lot. Additonally, there are no substitutions, no acceptions. You circle what you want on the menu, and that's it. The owner or manager(older man)was as rude as everyone says that he is. I felt from the time that we walked in that it was rule after rule..."no cell phones," "no substitutions," "no split checks," "no credit cards." I love a good dive...this isn't one that I'll be going back to...
Los Pollos Hermanos - Your contention was that locals don't go there. I can assure you that we do, and it's not just my partner and me. How long you have been here has no bearing on that.
There are plenty of places I don't like and I use a review to tell others what is wrong. If you did that it would probably keep people from flagging your post as spam since it is a generic rant.
This is a repost because the original was removed.
I have lived here 53 years so who are you going to believe?
ZERO STARS: When I read that Southern Living had chosen The Wreck , along with three other seafood places within a few miles of Charleston in their list of ten best, I immediately had to find a way to thank the publication. As a Lowcountry Native I cannot express enough gratitude to Southern Living for steering the tourist crowds away from all of the sanitary dining establishments where edible food is prepared and served without an attitude so we locals can enjoy shorter wait times before being seated at a table. Either the creators of this list had that goal exactly in mind or did not bother to actually eat at The Crab Shack, Bowens Island, See Wee, or The Crab Shack as it is a well known fact among those who reside here that along with Hyman's Seafood (another past recipient of Southern Living accolades) these "so called" dining establishments rank among the absolute worst the area has to offer in all categories. It is difficult to imagine how Southern Living could possibly miss the mark so badly with these particular four choices in just one article. However, for those who doubt the accuracy of the assessment in this comment, please come experience these places for yourself then decide. No doubt their cash registers are counting on your visit.
I've lived here for 15 years and my partner is a native Charlestonian. Despite what the review previous to mine says, locals *do* eat at The Wreck because, for what it is, The Wreck is excellent. It's not FIG or McCrady's, but it is impeccably fresh seafood prepared well and served in an unpretentious environment.
Yeah the owner is a grumpy old man until you get to know him, and nearly all the staff are his relatives. They do their own thing and will not cater to you. That's part of the charm. If it's not your style, don't go. But if you do go, don't bitch about it because you have been warned.
ZERO STARS: When I read that Southern Living had chosen The Crab Shack, along with three other seafood places within a few miles of Charleston in their list of ten best, I immediately had to find a way to thank the publication. As a Lowcountry Native I cannot express enough gratitude to Southern Living for steering the tourist crowds away from all of the sanitary dining establishments where edible food is prepared and served without an attitude so we locals can enjoy shorter wait times before being seated at a table. Either the creators of this list had that goal exactly in mind or did not bother to actually eat at The Crab Shack, Bowens Island, See Wee, or the The Wreck as it is a well known fact among those who reside here that along with Hyman's Seafood (another past recipient of Southern Living accolades) these "so called" dining establishments rank among the absolute worst the area has to offer in all categories. It is difficult to imagine how Southern Living could possibly miss the mark so badly with these particular four choices in just one article. However, for those who doubt the accuracy of the assessment in this comment, please come experience these places for yourself then decide. No doubt their cash registers are counting on your visit.
I agree about the view, the food, etc. But there ain't nothing 'gracious' about the service. We laughingly call the man behind the counter "the bar nazi". Still we suffer his rudeness for the sunsets and oysters! Like they say at Bowens " some like it, some don't".
The Wreck is the anti-restaurant of the Lowcountry food scene in that it is staunchly an unapologetic, old-fashioned seafood shack. Yep, I agree its a bit overpriced as are 99% of the restaurants in the Charleston area thanks to tourism. I moved here from further up the coast from a town known for its fresh local seafood. The Wreck is as good as it gets anywhere for this style of preparation. What is served at the Wreck is the old fashioned fish fry approach. I've had the grilled seafood at the Wreck. It's nowhere near as good as the fried seafood. I can tell you that nowhere will you find better fried oysters or scallops. The outside is crunchy and the inside is succulent and not overcooked every time I've eaten there. It's never greasy. Don't like fried seafood? Then it isn't worth going there. But if you do, there is none better. Just know what you're getting into when you go. Sitting out on the deck drinking a beer and watching the sunset across Shem Creek among the fishing trawlers simply adds to the ambiance. During oyster season they are known for having oyster roasts out on the deck. Don't listen to the blithering nabobs of negativism posting here because they didn't know what they were in for before they got there. This is the best place to go in the Charleston/Mt P area for traditional seafood. Go somewhere else if you want something other than what they have, don't blame the restaurant.
No need to shuck oysters...Take it from a coastal bum who grew up eating seafood, fishing, and crabbing, and lived on the coast all my life! You eat Fried Oysters! Yes, these are the best by far way to eat an oyster if the cooks know how to cook them and they are not all breaded. Salty Waters has some delicious Fried Oysters, and you don't need to shuck them or eat them raw , which is nasty! I will never eat raw seafood in my life. You can't beat fried oysters, clams strips, and fish (salt water fish only). Stop arguing about shucking oysters and eat them the right way , fried!
Hey Guy...have you never been to Big Al's Oyster Bar at Shem Creek Bar & Grill? Albert has won the oyster shucking contest so many times at the Lowcountry Oyster Festival that he cannot compete anymore. The man knows how to shuck oysters. Icy cold Oysters on the half shell here cannot be beat for quality and price!
This place has been closed over 2 yrs now. Oct 2012.
There's a big difference between opening an oyster and shucking an oyster. After opening the oyster has to be freed ofthe shell before it can be properly called shucked. Seldom done and when attempted I have never had a dozen that were all free. Hopefully when The Ordinary opens Charleston raw oysters will be 100% freed of their shell.
Poor Guy, never been invited to an oyster roast in Charleston. Wonder why?
"They don't know how to shuck an oyster. But then, who in Charleston does?"
Gee, Guy, I guess nobody...? Why don't you teach us ignoramuses how it's done properly.
They don't know how to shuck an oyster. But then, who in Charleston does?
This place is good! I love seafood and am a seafood critic. Grew up since being a baby eating seafood, living on the east coast. The fish and oysters here were great! Finally, I find few places that are really good seafood places, especially a casual, cool place like this. The portions were great! A good change from the old place, I will return for sure!
Bowens Island has been a cool seafood joint for years, but they have recently improved the already wonderful experience. The food is still just as amazing as it used to be. I strongly suggest the fried shrimp and the oysters (when in season). They have really perfected their process of cooking shrimp, and it is always prepared perfectly. What would make the experience better? Well, consider washing that delicious food down with a wonderful local craft beer. Bowens Island now has 10 taps, all devoted to local beer. As far as I know, that makes it the best place to go in Charleston for local craft brews. They have offerings from Palmetto, Holy City, COAST, and Westbrook. You will have a hard time finding a better environment for dining during the cool Fall evenings here in the Lowcountry.
I ordered shrimp tacos. Horrible. Boiled tasteless cut up meat. Daughter ordered the grits and they were burnt.
Husband ordered fried shrimp that were supposed to be tossed in barbecue sauce. They were just plain. As a solution the waitress brought out a side container of barbecue. This plate was ok.
My son did like his fried chicken tenders and french fries. But honestly he likes anything fried.
Brother-in law had chicken wings that were cold.
Service was bad. Food took way too long. Had to find her for another beer or water and again for napkins.
Won't go back.
Awesome food - great prices - best seafood and breakfast around!
Pearlz is great for happy hour. The menu is very reasonably priced for the quality of food. They have a tuna tartar dish that is a stand out, and the shrimp are perfectly fried. The fish tacos are unremarkable. I'm not an oyster person, so I can't speak for those, but people seem to love them. In addition, the draft beer is always really cold, and the bar tenders and servers are friendly and efficient. I've never had a bad experience at this place.
I must admit that I have enjoyed Pearlz may times in the past. This trip was not the experience that I was hoping and have enjoyed iln the past. The waitress’ recommendation on oysters was totally off base, I don’t think she actually eats oysters. Secondly, grilled Mahi fish taco was mostly a cabbage taco with little chunks of fish on top. It’s not at all what I’ve come to enjoy on my previous trips. I think I’ll just stick to the gulf oysters and skip the rest of the menu.
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