Where do you start when writing about a legend? How do you describe the history and the people of Hyman's Seafood and Aaron's deli? You do your best. The lines in the photo above are realistic. This photo actually came from their site but I could have easily taken it myself. Many of our wandering days through Charleston have brought us right down this very street.....Meeting Street and there is almost always a line outside of the restaurant. Well, this past week-end, we decided to discover for ourselves, the classic that is Hyman's Seafood.
Hyman's Seafood currently covers an entire block on Meeting Street. However, the space first housed the wholesale district of Charleston throughout the early 1800's. In 1890, W.M. Karesh began Southern Wholesale which later became the first distributors of Union and Hanes underwear in the southeast. No matter how you research it, it is a family business. Now, run by 4th and 5th generations of Hymans. It is an incredible story....you really should check it out for yourself.
The restaurant has a wonderful seafood menu. Most of the items are simple and straight forward. But, there are a few unique items. Often, those tend to be my favorites...something a bit unique and daring! Jeff had a three option sampler that included shrimp, scallops, and broiled tilapia with a baked potato and hush puppies. I have been on a shrimp kick since we arrived last July and that hasn't fallen by the wayside, yet. The BBQ shrimp were fantastic....lightly breaded and super tasty. And, it's a fun place to eat. The current generations of Hymans who now manage the place make stops at the tables to check on the customers....we met Judy and Eli. And, the walls are covered with memorabilia. Tons of photos line the walls and the stairways. Everyone who has come before to visit the legendary Charleston restaurant is visible on the walls. You can see the list of famous and infamous visitors on their website.
If you are looking for great seafood, you need to check out Hyman's. Oysters, clams, mussels, fried calamari, Buffalo shrimp, and fried okra, lobster bisque and low country gumbo. The list is endless and so is their menu. So, stop by. Enjoy great food, pleasant owners, and old friends.....This is my husband, Jeff, with his college friend, Jim, after our visit to Hyman's Seafood. We weren't disappointed. You won't be either!
Hyman's Seafood Restaurant
215 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401(843)-723-6000