Low-Country Classics at SeeWee Restaurant, Charleston, SC

3 May
2012

First, is it lowcountry, low-country, or low country? I’m not sure. And this place isn’t technically in Charleston, it’s to the east, in Awendaw, SC. Close enough. And we were camping out there and this place was down the street.

We had hoped to go to The Wreck of the Richard & Charlene, but they’re only open a few hours every night and we were in the mood for an afternoon snack. We got a lot more than that at The SeeWee Restaurant.

One of the “must-have” dishes on my list was She-Crab Soup, sort of the South Carolina version of New England Clam Chowder. At SeeWee, it’s thick and delicious and served with a little container of Sherry. I added some to the soup and swallowed the rest. Every soup should have a chaser.

Dinner plates at SeeWee come with three sides, so we ordered one of those to split thinking it’d make a great afternoon snack. We ended up not eating dinner. We had fried calamari, fried green tomatoes, fried sweet potatoes, and fried okra. Fried! Everything was great … and fried. These were my first fried green tomatoes, and I’m a fan. Lisa, not so much. I also loved the okra (Lisa, no) — it was crisp and delicious and not slimy at all.

Instead of bread, See Wee gives you a basket of hushpuppies when you sit down. Those and a couple beers would have been a perfect snack-sized bite. After all the fried food we left holding our bellies. Everything was delicious and the setting was a lot of fun too. Our waitress was very, very Southern. The place oozed authenticity (probably due to the fryers). I can’t wait to go back.

It begins with hushpuppies.

It begins with hushpuppies.

She-crab soup.

She-crab soup.

Deep-fried feast! Okra, calamari, green tomatoes, sweet potatoes.

Deep-fried feast! Okra, calamari, green tomatoes, sweet potatoes.