JC’s Seafood

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If Jimmy Buffet was a restaurant, he might be JC’s Seafood. In fact, a happy-go-lucky “Buffet Buffet” of Margaritaville songs was playing on the sound system when I first sat at a varnished wood picnic table in the screen-walled dining area. The music made it so easy to succumb to the mellow charms of this carefree room with its ocean-blue floor and fresh-air breeze wafting through. Although JC’s is a few hours from the coast, I swear I could smell the ocean!

The specialty of the house is a Low Country boil, the base elements being sweet corn, potatoes, and kielbasa, to which customers add their choice of shrimp, crab legs, mussels, sea scallops, lobster tails, or clams. Continue reading

If Jimmy Buffet was a restaurant, he might be JC’s Seafood. In fact, a happy-go-lucky “Buffet Buffet” of Margaritaville songs was playing on the sound system when I first sat at a varnished wood picnic table in the screen-walled dining area. The music made it so easy to succumb to the mellow charms of this carefree room with its ocean-blue floor and fresh-air breeze wafting through. Although JC’s is a few hours from the coast, I swear I could smell the ocean!

The specialty of the house is a Low Country boil, the base elements being sweet corn, potatoes, and kielbasa, to which customers add their choice of shrimp, crab legs, mussels, sea scallops, lobster tails, or clams. The whole affair is boiled with seasoning that is mild, spicy-Cajun or hot, to taste. The result: a glistening mountain of magnificent eating! The seafood, trucked in by the owners directly from the coast, is impeccably fresh (the XL shrimp are regal); the sausage is firm and fatty and vigorously spiced; the corn is local and all the sweeter for its contrasting veil of spice.

Raw fish in the display case can include crab legs, lump crab meat, and even stone crab claws, as well as Bluffton oysters, flounder, snapper, grouper, whiting, and salmon, plus live blue crabs in season. For 50 cents per pound, the management will steam or boil and season anything they’ve got in the case. A majority of JC’s business is orders that are called in, cooked, and picked up to take away. Meals to be eaten on premises are presented just like the take-out ones: in Styrofoam clamshell containers for eating in the screened room known as the Bait Shack.

I love eating in the Bait Shack. It has a genuine folksy feel and all the ingenuous appeal of a coastal eatery that does only a few things, but does them just right. A scattering of nautical nick-knacks grace the walls; overhead lamps are made from bushel baskets; tables are outfitted with rolls of paper towels for devil-may-care, sleeves-up eating. The house motto? “Nothing Fancy … Just GOOD Food.” To that, I say Amen!

 

Dishes to try
JC’s Seafood, Low Country Boil
Low Country Boil
Must-Try
Nothing could be finer than to eat a Carolina Low Country boil. It is a well-balanced mountain of corn, shrimp, potatoes, sausage, and big shrimp, all fairly glowing with spice.
JC’s Seafood, Extra Large Shrimp
Extra Large Shrimp
Must-Try
One mighty lunch: a pound of XL shrimp and two lengths of corn, haloed by Cajun spice.
JC’s Seafood, Sweet Corn
Sweet Corn
Must-Try
The sweetness of JC's sweet corn is owed not only to the corn itself, but to the spice in which it is boiled. All that zest is like salt on watermelon, accentuating just how sweet it is.
JC’s Seafood, Low Country Boil for 4
Low Country Boil for 4
Must-Try
The Lowcountry Boil for 4 is an endless feast. We also got scallops, which came on the side, and which we ate before I remembered to photograph them. (Up to their waists in melted butter, they were delish.)
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday1pm - 6pm
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday11am - 7pm
Thursday11am - 7pm
Friday11am - 8pm
Saturday10am - 8pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
10 stops | 1 hr 22 min total driving
6 stops | 1 hr 38 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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