You’ve got to admire a restaurant that warns anyone ordering the prime rib: “This is a seafood house claiming no expertise in the preparation of red meat . . . No returns!” That straightforward approach makes the Wreck of the Richard and Charlene the quintessential Shem Creek seafood shack. A low-key, bare-bones place with paper plates and canned beer, the Wreck sits on a big dock looking out over Shem Creek. The big platters of fresh, local seafood include grilled or fried fish, shrimp, and scallops along with fried oysters, deviled crab, and stone crab claws. It’s named for a trawler wrecked by Hurricane Hugo near the spot where the restaurant stands today, which is down in the Old Village neighborhood and can be a little hard to find (check out the website for driving directions). They’ve loosened up a little in recent years and now take credit cards, but they’ve stuck to their guns on most everything else: no kids menu, no split tickets, and no reservations. A half-hour wait out on the old shrimp docks is par for the course, but it’s worth every minute. —Robert Moss Dish (Winter 2013)
The Wreck serves up some of the best fried and grilled shrimp, scallops, and oysters to be found anywhere. No credit cards accepted.
Features: Outdoor Dining, Dinner, Waterfront
Hours: D. Sun.-Thur: 5:30p.m.-8:30 p.m. Fri.&Sat: 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.