For local seafood, you can never get enough of a good thing at The Original Steamer


By Pamela Brownstein

Although the Lunch Bunch just recently sampled the new breakfast menu at The Original Steamer, we are always pleased to return to this locally owned restaurant that has been serving up delicious local seafood for 30 years.

Bucket of oysters
Bucket of oysters

For appetizers, we had the hush puppies and snow crab legs. The big, warm hush puppies are so tasty, and the entire table was excited to crack open the crab legs to reveal the slender pieces of succulent meat.

Elizabeth couldn’t resist the classic bucket of raw oysters, and she skillfully shucked those suckers and topped them with a dab of hot sauce.

Kim ordered the shrimp and grits, another classic signature seafood dish that Steamer has perfected, and she said it was so yummy and filling.

Nikki tried a cup of the gumbo made with sausage and shrimp, as well as the fried shrimp, and she ate it all.

Grouper sandwich with fries
Grouper sandwich with fries

Nikki’s son, Dalton, joined us and didn’t even have to look at the menu before ordering the grouper

Fried shrimp and vodka cream sauce over a grit cake.
Fried shrimp and vodka cream sauce over a grit cake.

sandwich with a side of big steak fries. He said the blackened fish with lettuce, tomato and pickles on a soft hoagie roll is his favorite item for lunch.

I couldn’t get enough of my spinach salad made with tomato, bacon, onion, blue cheese crumbles and blackened shrimp. The hot bacon dressing is divine as well.

Irene chose the daily special of fried shrimp and vodka cream sauce over a grit cake, thus confirming my suspicion that she always orders the best item because her dish looked amazing, and she said that it tasted just as good.

The Original Steamer Oyster & Steakhouse is located at 168 Sea Island Parkway, Lady’s Island. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Breakfast is served Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; then lunch and dinner are served until 9 p.m. For more information, call 843-522-0210.

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