The Crab Pot has been a long standing McClellanville staple and a lure of highway travelers hoping for a taste of local seafood. New local managers, Erin and Buster Browne are shaking things up in the kitchen and bringing their fresh new ideas and recipes to the place. Locals remember Buster as the former owner of T.W. Graham (I still slip up and call it Busters on occasions). His daughter, Erin, is a graduate of Johnson & Wales Culinary School and has been shaping her talents traveling abroad and working at Pinckney Street Kitchen.
The pair say that the food is traditional southern style cooking with a Caribbean flare. They’re also quick to point out that there’s something on for everyone on the menu, but they’re happy to take special orders also. They will feature weekly specials using the latest local catches. The menu, based on whatever is coming off the boat, includes fresh local shrimp, fish, and oysters (when in season). Buster added, “Our philosophy is simple support the locals and the locals will support you”. USDA Prime hand-cut steaks and burgers served with homemade fries also top the menu.
Included in the overhaul will be a change of name for the restaurant. Isi might sound like an exclusive black-tie-only downtown Charleston restaurant, but locals should know that they’re still welcome in their casual apparel. Erin said “we’re also going to call it “Busters Other Place”, in reference to his former restaurant now amicably owned by Pete & Claudia.
Erin and Buster will be gradually implementing their changes to prepare for their grand re-opening later this Fall. They’ve already repainted and plan on covering the porch and moving the Sandy Point Bar outside in order to make the dining room a no smoking establishment. Changes to the menu have already begun, but they feel the most important change has already been made and that was going back to serving only local seafood. Tuesday night is trivia night and they also plan on having regular oyster roasts and live music in the future. So stop by and give them a try!
Business Hours: Mon-Sat 11-2 & 4-9, Sunday Brunch 9-2
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