82 Queen

Lowcountry | New American | Seafood
One of the best

82 Queen is deluxe and expensive: soft white tablecloths and suave service; dinner for two easily will top $100. So it is not typical Roadfood. Maybe it isn’t even Roadfood at all. But if you have money to spend and want to eat some of the most inspired versions of coastal Carolina’s regional specialties, many of which are hard to find at any restaurant, it is a destination to treasure.

Number One on my list of must-eat meals is shrimp and creamy grits. There are good versions throughout the Lowcountry, but this one is a cut above because it uses barbecued shrimp – muscular sweeties whose coat of fire is dramatic balance for the earthy grits below. Enriched with cheese, sprinkled with a bounty of crisp bacon pieces and chopped green onions, this is an unforgettably good meal. The same good grits serve as a pedestal for grilled mahi mahi, adorned with pumate butter and fried green tomatoes. If you need to wait at the bar for your table, the not-to-be missed munch plate is fried oysters, which are little lodes of marine meat encased in crisp, Tabasco-charged crust, served with crushed red pepper marmalade.

A whole section of the menu is devoted to “Lowcountry Specialties”: crab cakes with hoppin john, frogmore stew (a hearty gallimaufry of shrimp, sausage, corn, okra, and potatoes), and good ol’ buttermilk fried chicken served with skillet cornbread and a luxurious portion of macaroni and cheese. Sunday brunch features a spiced shrimp boil, crab benedict, and a BLT that promises a quarter pound of bacon.

What to Eat
82 Queen, Barbecued Shrimp & Grits
Barbecued Shrimp & Grits
My nomination for the best plate of shrimp and grits anywhere, at least since the Old Post Office on Edisto Island closed. The shrimp are firm and fresh, glowing with zesty sauce, and the grits are a fabulous conundrum of rugged grain and dairy plushness. The wicked duo is abetted by melted cheddar, apple-smoked bacon, and chopped green onions.
82 Queen, Jambalaya
'Me-oh-my-oh!' as Hank Williams once sang; this is some mighty good jambalaya, made with shrimp, crawfish, tasso ham and rice enriched by hunks of spicy sausage.
82 Queen, Peach Praline Cobbler
Peach Praline Cobbler
Most cobblers tend to be somewhat cloddish. Not this peach praline wonder, topped with cinnamon ice cream that melts fast atop the luxurious hot dessert.
82 Queen, Key Lime Pie
Key Lime Pie
Here is a dish with which the kitchen takes no liberties: Key lime pie, made according to tradition with sweetened condensed milk and full-flavored little limes from the Conch Republic. The crust? Graham cracker, of course.
82 Queen, She Crab Soup
She Crab Soup
Sweet and velvet smooth, she crab soup is presented with a cruet of sherry to add at your pleasure.
82 Queen, French Toast
French Toast
Even more mundane breakfast items are a notch above at 82 Queen. The french toast is tall and eggy, the thick bacon is apple smoked and served with bourbon maple syrup.
Tabasco Fried Oysters
82 Queen, Crab Cake
Crab Cake
The single hors d'oeuvre crab cake is accompanied by charred tomato remoulade.
Frogmore Stew
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
82 Queen, Biscuits
To start the meal: fine, fragile biscuits
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday5:30pm - 9pm
Monday5:30pm - 9pm
Tuesday5:30pm - 9pm
Wednesday5:30pm - 9pm
Thursday5:30pm - 9pm
Friday5:30pm - 10pm
Saturday5:30pm - 10pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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