We truly are blessed to live on the coast where seafood are fresh and plentiful. However, in some cases, the seafood are still flown in from Ecuador, China, and frozen, then fried, grilled, and claimed to be fresh. At Amen Street, you get the absolute freshest local seafood, as displayed in the Flash in the Pan Pirlau (shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams over lowcountry vegetable rice).
|Flash in the Pan Pirlau|
And, the most amazing fact about this dish is, it wouldn't have been one I chose. But am so glad that I had it. The rice....oh, the rice. Creamy and light, if that's possible. I also had raw oysters from Virginia, having a soft yet crispy texture, not so slimy (as to what I usually think about with oysters). Ok, I confess, I don't know much about oysters, or how to discern good from bad ones. But they were good.
Room for improvement:
Hushpuppies were slightly overdone. Also, the red velvet cake had lost it's moistness. Red wine temperature was warm.
Applause for: Seafood! Fun atmosphere, and a neat after dinner treat with pepper and jalapeno infused vodka made in house.
If a newbie to Charleston asks you where to get fresh seafood, you know what to tell them.