Seafood | Soul Food
One of the best

On a quiet street off the highway in Graniteville, Bush’s flies the frying beacon high. Here you can savor firm, sweet shrimp (jumbos or Calabash minis), creamy slabs of flounder, lasciviously large oysters, tender scallops, soulful catfish, and a wide variety of other flatfish such as whiting, croaker, mullet, and bream, all encased in a thin, crisp, boldly seasoned coat.

If you are allergic to fried food, there is an all-you-can-eat crab legs deal in the $20 range – about twice the price of most meals. And if you are a fish frowner, try the pork chops. They are boneless and they are haloed by that fine, fragile crust that gives the seafood its flavor glow.

People who visit in a more adventurous mood can opt for such non-mainstream menu items as catfish stew or chitlins (by the pint). The menu even offers Buffalo wings and a half-pound hamburger described as “incredible.” I asked the waitress exactly how incredible the burger is and she replied, “Not.” Seafood is the name of the game.

Whatever is at the center of the plate, side dishes are essential. These range from uniquely South Carolinian hash and rice to all-American mac ‘n’ cheese that are gentle and creamy. I am enamored of the collard greens, which have all the tonic punch one expects, but with a completely unexpected sweetness that makes them into a whole other kind of very happy vegetable.

Dining is in a single, fairly small room where tables are set up in rows reminiscent of a commissary. This makes for a convivial meal. Although I was a stranger when I first visited, by the end of the meal the staff and other customers had me feeling like a regular … which I have since become.

What to Eat
Bush’s, Pork Chop
Pork Chop
A single pork chop, boneless and virtually fatless
Bush’s, Collard Greens
Collard Greens
Tender collard greens are both pungent and sweet.
Bush’s, Pound Cake
Pound Cake
Simple, perfect pound cake
Bush’s, Yams
Yams are very, very sweet.
Bush’s, Catfish Stew (small)
Catfish Stew (small)
Catfish stew has plenty of sweet white meat and tender potatoes.
Bush’s, 12-Piece Jumbo Shrimp Dinner
12-Piece Jumbo Shrimp Dinner
12 jumbo shrimp are a tremendous amount of brightly-seasoned crunch.
Bush’s, Brim Seafood Plate
Brim Seafood Plate
Brim stars on this abundant seafood plate.
Bush’s, Flounder
Fragile-fleshed flounder encased in crisp seasoned coat: unimprovable
Bush’s, Seafood Platter
Seafood Platter
Seafood platter has it all (including grease-free hushpuppies).
Bush’s, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Mac ‘n’ cheese is densely cheesy and very rich.
Bush’s, Tilapia Dinner
Tilapia Dinner
Innocuous tilapia is a good candidate for the fry kettle, where it can develop a personality.
Bush’s, Orange Cream Cake
Orange Cream Cake
Some come to Bush's just to buy whole cakes. This one is Orange Cream.
Directions and Hours
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
10 stops | 48 MILES | 1 hr 22 min

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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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