Hanks Seafood Restaurant

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October 2, 2017

Hanks Seafood Restaurant

Hanks Seafood

I often get asked by many locals and incoming tourist, where is the best seafood in Charlston, SC.  Well, ladies and gentleman, I think I found it!

Hanks Seafood Restaurant is located in the middle of one of the busier intersections of Charleston where charming traffic jams are often caused by horse drawn carriages!

The outside of the building has plenty of photo opportunites for the traveler and local alike, so don’t miss the opportunity to snap a picture! Now here is the key, either A: get there early for Happy Hour (more on this in a bit) or B: Make reservations.  Hanks is always busy and there is a great reason why!



Happy Hour

So let’s start with Happy Hour! Hanks is now open early at 4:30 for Happy Hour! The Happy Hour last from 4:30-6pm featuring 1.50 oysters! What a steal!  In addition to the oysters, their drink specials include: 5$ Draft Beer, 6$ Featured Wine, 7$ Craft Cocktail!  Here are some of those fancy coctails I just mentioned!

Ginger Pineapple Margarita – Corralejo Blanco Tequila, Lime, Honey-Ginger Simple, Pineapple

Shipwrecked – Plantations 3 Stars Rum, Velvet Falernum, OJ, Pineapple, Grenadine, Angostura, Myer’s rum float









Chef Tim

Before the Appetizers came out we had the privledge of meeting the head Chef Tim Richardson who has more or less been working at Hanks since 2001! Seriously, he has worked his way throughout the restaurant and into the head Chef Position. Tim is fun and and vibrant and his passion for cooking and seafood are quite evident!  He is a South Carolina native and even surfs on his free time loving all things low country.

Head Chef, Tim Richardson









Now let’s get back to these appetizers I was talking about.  I hope you like seafood because you are about to get a beautiful view of some of their special appetizers.

Seared Rare Tuna (Salad) – Fried Green Tomatoes, Arugula, Crispy Pork Rinds with Blue Cheese and BBQ Red Pepper Vinaigrette (tomatoes Limehouse Local, tuna from Crosby’s)

Oysters Casino – Garlic Butter, Smoked Bacon, Asiago Cheese, and Bread Crumbs
Grilled Oyster – with Red Wine Mignonette Gastrique, Crispy Andouille and Arugula










Now aren’t they lovely? I would have to say that the crab cakes and Seared Tuna Salad were my favorite while my husband enjoyed the Tuna Tartare seen below.

Tuna Tartare – Jalapeño, Shallot, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tomato, Herbs & Lemon (tuna from Crosby’s Seafood)

Holy Crab Cakes! Loved them!









Well, that was almost a meal itself, but don’t worry we forged on so that you could see all of the amazing delicousness that Hanks has to offer!

Main Course

For the main course, Chef Tim sent out some of the most popular and also some of his favorite dishes!  I truly would never have ordered a Bouillabaisse on my own so I am now forever indebted to Chef Tim for making me try it!

Bouillabaisse – Fish, Oysters, Clams, Mussels, Shrimp & Scallops simmered in a Tomato, Fennel, Leek and Garlic Broth served with Rouille and Croutons (Black Grouper Florida from Crosby’s, clams are from Dave’s Clams, Oysters from NC)

Sauteed Flounder – Lump Crab Asparagus Salad with Lemon Zest Chervil and Roasted Tomatoe Beurre Blanc (flounder NC from Crosby’s, asparagus from Limehouse Local)









And these Scallops were so large and tender, I thought about slapping my husbands hand away from them!

Pan Seared Sea Scallops – Fried Mash Potatoes, Seasonal Greens, Grapefruit Soy Ginger Vinaigrette (scallops from Mark (used to be Mark & Mark) from Northern Fish / Massachusetts, grapefruit from Limehouse Local)

Yep, we at all of that and then some more.










Can’t stop, won’t Stop!  I didn’t think we could possibly eat another bite until we were asked if we liked CRÈME BRULEE.  Why yes,yes we do!  And yes, yes we did love it!  I’m on a mission to try their Creamy Peanut Butter Pie next time.

Classic Vanilla Bean Custard with a Crisp Melted Sugar Top

The inside of the restaurant, remember when I said it was busy? There is a reason!








When we strolled out of the restaurant, we were highly satisfied and overly full!  We shouldn’t have eaten that much, but we couldn’t help ourselves!  Hanks truly is one of the best seafood restaurants that I have ever been too! It takes the history and coastal charm of Charleston and brings that flavor to the table! Trust me, you will not be disappointed!








Barbara Skidmore