From seafood to steak, there’s something for everyone at The Original Steamer

By Tess Malijenovsky
The Original Steamer Oyster & Steakhouse on Lady’s Island has a little bit of deliciousness for everyone — from gourmet salads to unique oyster half shell dishes and fresh local shrimp baskets. And if you enjoy steak, you’re in for a treat because Steamer now serves Certified Angus Beef.
Lisa really spoiled the Lunch Bunch, showing off the wide variety of dishes Steamer has on its menu.

Spinach salad with fried oysters.

To begin with, we enjoyed a bowl of the hearty gumbo soup and thick seafood bisque along with two large salads. I personally might have shied away from a spinach salad with fried oysters and hot bacon dressing, but I’m telling you the truth when I say it was delicious and I will order it again. We also enjoyed a salad with a large shrimp salad scoop served with Steamer homemade dressing. And April, who is usually not a fan of blue cheese, loved their homemade blue cheese dressing. Already we were breaking some boundaries at Steamer.
Next up we had oyster half shells loaded with cheese and bacon bits called Oysters Eleanor, a novelty dish. We also enjoyed some of Craig Reeves’ local shrimp with a dash of Old Bay and butter — can’t beat it — as well as two large crab cakes. I could taste the difference in the lump crabmeat and it was maybe my favorite dish. Maybe, only because the 10 oz. Certified Angus sirloin with steamed vegetables and sweet potato fries really hit the spot. We tried the sirloin and bistro steak, full of flavor, juicy, and cooked precisely as we had ordered. Lisa also brought us a pasta

Oysters Eleanor: oyster half shells loaded with cheese and bacon bits.

primavera with tomatoes, onions, Parmesan and shrimp garnished with two pieces of garlic bread. So you see, a little bit of everything for everyone!
Last but not least, Steamer has a variety of desserts to complete your palette. We tried the Key Lime pie, raspberry cheesecake and Mississippi Mud cake.
It was a wonderful meal in a comfortable environment with sea life — aquariums and artwork — all around us.
The restaurant also features specials all week: Monday fried shrimp basket, $9.95; Tuesday, loaded shrimp burger, $6.95; Wednesday is Rachel’s famous chicken salad; Thursday features local shrimp by the pound; Friday is karaoke night; and Saturday brings live music.
The Original Steamer Oyster & Steakhouse is located at 168 Sea Island Parkway, Lady’s Island, Beaufort. For more information, call 843-522-0210.

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