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Fishnet Seafood

3832 Savannah Highway, Johns Island, SC - (843) 571-2423
Posted By Michael Stern on 2/10/2003 4:47:00 AM
On US 17 south of Charleston, look for a dilapidated former gas station with a large parking lot outside where the pumps used to be. The parking lot is important because it is where you will dine if you are just passing through. There is no place to eat inside Fishnet Seafood, which is primarily a raw seafood market.

However – and this is a big however – there is a good-size menu of dinners, sandwiches, and by-the-pound fare that the fishmongers will cook for you. Breaded and fried when ordered, this is some wildly delicious stuff: brittle-crusted shrimp, local oysters, crab cakes, filets of flounder, bone-in or bone-out croaker, and Jesus crab, which is the management’s name for what other places refer to as devil crab.

… and that brings us to the unusual décor of this store/eatery, which includes not only the usual nautical nets and buoys, but signs everywhere reminding guests of Jesus’s goodness and ultimate importance. We’ve seen a lot of barbecues where religion is a fundamental aspect of the dining experience, but not so many seafood places. This is one where the original fisher of men is the star of the menu.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Flounder Sandwich
oysters
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Jesus crab
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Technically, two pieces of bread and a piece of flounder make this a “sandwich.” But we defy anyone to pick it up and eat it that way. The flounder is too tender and falls apart; plus, it’s three times bigger than the bread. For us, it’s finger food … delicious finger food.
"Technically, two pieces of bread and a piece of flounder make this a “sandwich.” But we defy anyone to pick it up and eat it that way. The flounder is too tender and falls apart; plus, it’s three times bigger than the bread. For us, it’s finger food … delicious finger food."
Michael Stern





While there are no seats for dining at the Fish Net, there is a bench where you can sit and wait while your food is cooked. Here’s Jane, waiting for an order of Jesus crabs.
"While there are no seats for dining at the Fish Net, there is a bench where you can sit and wait while your food is cooked. Here’s Jane, waiting for an order of Jesus crabs."
Michael Stern


A nice combo plate of fried shrimp and deviled (Jesus) crab. Both are extremely salty and demand plenty of sweet tea or soda pop to drink on the side.
"A nice combo plate of fried shrimp and deviled (Jesus) crab. Both are extremely salty and demand plenty of sweet tea or soda pop to drink on the side."
Michael Stern


This prayer written on a board next to the display of raw fish greets everyone who enters.
"This prayer written on a board next to the display of raw fish greets everyone who enters."
Michael Stern


We might not have stopped at this tumbledown seafood market if our friend Sue Highfield hadn’t tipped us off to the good eats inside.
"We might not have stopped at this tumbledown seafood market if our friend Sue Highfield hadn’t tipped us off to the good eats inside."
Michael Stern


One weatherman predicted that the temperature-humidity index was going to hit 129 the August day we stopped at Fishnet Seafoods. That is why my camera lens fogged up the moment I stepped out of the air conditioned car.
"One weatherman predicted that the temperature-humidity index was going to hit 129 the August day we stopped at Fishnet Seafoods. That is why my camera lens fogged up the moment I stepped out of the air conditioned car."
Michael Stern


Shortly after Fishnet opened at 10am, they still were putting out fresh fish on ice. Here you see the beginning of a school of flounder.
"Shortly after Fishnet opened at 10am, they still were putting out fresh fish on ice. Here you see the beginning of a school of flounder."
Michael Stern


Fishnet is a very religious place, decorated with quotes from scripture.
"Fishnet is a very religious place, decorated with quotes from scripture."
Michael Stern



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