Hours: Dinner (Thurs.-Sun.)
As CP critic Robert Moss once wrote, “The Wreck is one of those places that locals either love or hate.” Something about the barebones vibe and salty sailor look turns some folks off. But not me. The Wreck is a Shem Creek institution and its “our way or the highway” attitude just adds to the charm. Don’t believe me? Ask critic and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons. She hosted her 40th birthday there while filming Top Chef: Charleston. She loved the seafood shack’s stripped down appeal — like the fact that it’s open just a handful of hours each day, and the meals are served on paper plates with iced tea in clear plastic cups, soda in cans, and beer in bottles. You can’t make reservations. But what you will get is the freshest local seafood like grilled or fried fish, shrimp, and scallops along with fried oysters, deviled crab, and stone crab claws. Once a cash-only business, the Wreck in recent years started accepting credit cards, but that’s the only visible concession to modern convenience. —Kinsey Gidick (Dish, Summer 2019)
The Wreck serves up some of the best fried and grilled shrimp, scallops, and oysters to be found anywhere. No credit cards accepted.