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Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene

106 Haddrell St
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 884-0052
An abandoned ship lied on Shem Creek in South Carolina for many years. In 1989, the wrath of Hurricane Hugo blew through Charleston and onward to Mount Pleasant. The eye of the hurricane passed right through the vessel demolishing any structure that had previously existed. That ship, the Richard and Charlene, was removed and has now become the site for one of Charleston's favorite seafood houses.

After being lost for about 20 minutes driving back and forth, passing the restaurant twice, we finally asked a passing car and he pointed us in the right direction.

$3.88 Fried Green Tomatoes (7)
To call this the best dish of the night says more about what was to come. It was however, a perfect fresh fry, just enough where the tomato still had a good bite and lightly seasoned.

$21.24 #7 Seafood Platter (5)
Fried shrimp, scallops, oysters & fish of the day, red rice, slaw, sivea beans, pup, fried hominy square
Again, the platter came freshly fried, which seems pretty basic. But numerous places fry at too low a temperature, over crowd the oil, or let it sit too long before bringing the food to the table. I would leave my positive reflections at that. Everything else is what you would expect from a southern Sizzler, soggy beans and dull red rice. The hominy was a slight bright spot.

$8 Deviled Crab (2)
I'm not sure I would be a fan of any traditional deviled crab. With fresh seafood, I'd go with the old cliche of less is more. Why take good crab meat mask it with breadcrumbs and then deep fry it.

$4.34 Banana Pudding (3)
At six times the cost of Sweatman's version, I would have expected a chunkier more homemade consistency. The quality tasted of a Jell-O box variety.

What 'The Wreck' has going for it is a lot of history, a locals charm, and the fortuitous celebrity plug. But for quality of food, you'd be better off going elsewhere to experience Charleston's culinary treasures.

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