Memorable | One of the Best
Review by: Michael Stern
Jane and I arrived at the McClellanville Diner late in the lunch hour and all the banana pudding was gone. But there were still plenty of shrimp, and for fried shrimp alone, this modest roadside eatery is worth a visit. They are locally-caught whites – dense and resilient with a briny snap, cased in brightly-seasoned crust. The French fries that came alongside were okay; the optional red rice was excellent. We also forked into a bountiful platter of crisp-fried flounder accompanied by luxuriously battered onion rings. Other than the lack of rice pudding (which had been highly recommended by our tipster), the big disappointment was she-crab soup, which had a nice sweet-crab flavor but was too floury for our taste.
Folksy to the max, the diner features one round table with a lazy susan in the center and another long table up front for families and ad hoc gatherings of the locals who are regular customers. Walls are a faded nautical green and the floor is green linoleum. The printed menu is extremely uninteresting – burgers and sandwiches – but all the good stuff is posted daily on a white chalkboard. The dish we didn’t get, but wish we did, was fried oysters. A family at the booth next to ours each ordered a plate, and our lunch was punctuated by their moans of delight as they crunched into them.
Note: the McClellanville Diner closes mid-afternoon Monday and Tuesday, but serves dinner Wednesday through Saturday.
Directions & Hours
- Monday: 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Thursday: 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Friday: 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
- Saturday: 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch|
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|