Charleston Haunt: A.W. Shuck's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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The next time you're on a Charleston vacation in South Carolina and looking for things to do and places to eat, look no further than AW Shuck's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar!  A.W. Shuck's is a Charleston favorite for Southern cuisine and appetizing seafood.  Locals also love to enhance their meals by throwing back a couple pints to go with their steamer clams and shucked oysters, although, both the food and the lagers are great on their own!

Once sampling the variety of choices the raw bar has to offer, such as the tasty raw oysters,  make your way to devilish appetizers like the Shuck's "award-winning" Stuffed Shrimp filled with Carolina deviled crab, then wrapped in bacon and deep-fried, or the classic Seafood Nachos!  It is no wonder that A.W. Shuck's was featured in U.S. Airways' Attaché magazine!  Attaché praised the Charleston seafood connoisseurs for their Bobby's Blue Crab Dip masterpiece which is so filling and satisfying that you may not even want to order an entrée after!

Not only has A.W. Shuck's Charleston become revered for their culinary excellence, the restaurant is located in one of the most historic and culturally saturated areas in the city, known as, The Market Charleston.  Once a Nabisco Warehouse, the building was reconstructed and designed 75 years earlier to serve as a secret gathering spot for alcohol consumption during the famous days of Prohibition.  Attendants paid for a supposed attraction that boasted a "Blind Tiger" as the "shows" claim to fame, although there was no such creature.

Perhaps the responsibility of karma, The Market was brought to its knees and fatally damaged by a passing tornado in 1938.  But determined not to lose a historic Charleston destination, The Market was rebuilt and eventually gave birth to A.W. Shuck's in 1978; and somewhat ironically, Prohibition ended shortly after the tornado.

Forever in South Carolina's culinary history, Shuck's still serves up both Southern and seafood favorites like the Legendary Casserole, overloaded with shrimp and scallops served over Carolina deviled crab and in a lobster cheese sauce, and even the traditional choice of Shrimps and grits; all of which are presented at extremely reasonable prices within a great atmosphere!

A.W. Shuck's old adage still rings true today for the Charleston restaurant: "When you're in the mood for real seafood… come get fresh with us!"


A.W. Shuck's
70 State Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-1151

Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; Friday & Saturday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

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This article was published on 2010/11/04