Excellent | Worth a Detour
Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar
Review by: Roadfood Team
What should I eat at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar?
Amen, indeed: the food is absolutely praise worthy. The Blackened Shrimp appetizer is a quartet of flavors: the heat of the shrimp playing in savory melody with black eyed pea vinaigrette and a tomato fondue, all against the harmony of a sweeter cornbread that counteracts the bite of the shrimp seasoning and acidity of the vinaigrette. This is a large serving, and at $12.95, an inexpensive and satisfying meal. A truly original gathering of taste and texture. Chef Adam Miller calls it a “scream of Southern.” Miller has lived in South Carolina since he was a child, so he understands the Lowcountry’s symphony of flavors well.
I indulged in a kicking okra-spiked Bloody Mary: house-infused jalapeno, peppercorn, and lemon vodka with homemade spice mix makes for a memorable drink. Shrimp Corndogs with their lemon pepper ketchup and Carolina spicy mustard dipping sauces are great as a snack with some good local beers. The breading is the same dough used for their hush puppies—so these are substantial, and a good option for sharing.
A little history about Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar
Amen Street opened in 2009; its name is inspired by an 18th century stretch of road between East Bay and Church Street where “Amen” rang out from St. Philip’s Episcopal Church and the Methodist Meeting House every Sunday. It is a warm, gleaming wood environment with massive oyster shell chandeliers lighting the open space. Some of the congregants on the day I happened upon it included a couple drowning their sorrows in leaving Charleston (tears into beers, with their luggage beside them), local HVAC workers quenching their thirst, and ladies surrounded by boutique shopping bags catching up over cocktails.
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