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Outdoor Dining Weather at Amen Street

Everyone here at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar has been counting down the days to warmer weather in Charleston, and they have finally arrived! Springtime in the Lowcountry offers the best weather of the year in our opinion. The moderate temperatures and the harbor breezes that sweep down East Bay Street create the perfect atmosphere for outdoor dining or cocktails. Our outdoor seating is available for both lunch and dinner, and we serve our full menu outside. Stop by for happy hour, sit back and forget your workday stress with a handcrafted cocktail like The Holy Basil or a Lavender Margarita made by our expert bartenders. We’re ready to help you take advantage of the wonderful weather at Amen Street!
Bring the Flavor of Amen Street Home with You!

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Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar is already well known in Charleston for our seriously fresh seafood and oyster selection, and the comfortable, contemporary atmosphere to be found at our historic East Bay Street location. One of our best kept secrets though, is the special hot sauce that we make on site and serve with several delicious dishes from our menu.

The secret is out with the launch of Amen Street Hot Sauce now available at Amen Street! Customers and friends from near and far can purchase a bottle or two, and take a little piece of Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar home with them after their visit. Our sauce has the perfect combination of flavor and heat, not ranking quite as hot as Tabasco, and packing much more flavor than most hot sauces on the market. We used our seafood expertise to choose ingredients that create a flavor complementary to both oysters and fish, but this versatile sauce can be added to any dish that needs a little kick. The complex flavor profile makes it great for splashing in tomato-based drinks like Amen’s Award Winning Bloody Mary, or even our famous Signature Oyster Shooter. Come visit us and pick up your own bottle of Amen Street Hot Sauce today!Bloody Mary

Ingredients:
• Red Bell Peppers
• Jalapeno Peppers
• Garlic
• Red Pepper Chili Flakes
• Black Pepper
• White Vinegar
• Apple Cider Vinegar

Join Us for Happy Hour at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar

There is no better way to end a hectic weekday at work than with a delicious, hand-crafted cocktail, and there is no better place to sip than Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar, located at 205 East Bay Street in the heart of historic Charleston, SC. Whatever mood you’re in, you are sure to have a smile on your face once you arrive at Amen Street, step through our big glass paneled doors, and enter our beautiful contemporary dining room. Every last detail of Amen Street’s décor, from the exposed brick, art-lined walls to the hand crafted and hand strung oyster shell chandeliers by Sabinti Custom Designs, was chosen to create a welcoming environment for our guests; while showcasing the work of local artisans, and honoring the history of our building.

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Our Happy Hour Menu is no exception to this rule, with traditional southern menu items made from locally sourced seafood and produce. Join us Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm for specially priced delicacies from the coast, like Gulf Oysters, Calamari, Mussels and Lump Crab Cakes.

Beer drinkers, wine tasters, and cocktail sippers alike will find something to their liking in the Libations section of our Happy Hour Menu. Drink specials include bottled and draft beers, red and white wine, and a variety of liquor selections. For a non-traditional approach to oyster consumption, try Amen’s famous Oyster Shooters for only $4 each.

Our artisan tap wine selections from VinTap Wine have been popular with our guests and the new red on tap has been greeted with the same high regard.  Five Easy Pieces, a 2011 Bordeux  Blend from California has refreshing aromas of cassis, currant and dried sage followed by a claret centric of blueberry, bosenberry and plum.  It pairs perfectly with many of our dinner entrees or can be easily enjoyed on its own at the bar.

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Now that the weather is warming up, it’s the perfect time to enjoy Amen Street’s outdoor seating on historic East Bay Street. Your happy hour treats will taste so much better when you sample them while kicking back and relaxing with the harbor breezes drifting by, and Charleston’s stunning historic architecture surrounding you. We look forward to helping you unwind at Amen Street this week!

We look forward to seeing you soon at Amen Street!  To reserve your table, please call our restaurant at 843-853-8600 or online.

Join Us for Lunch at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar

 Add some flavor to your work week when you stop by Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar for lunch. We open at 11:30am, and offer a Lunch Menu full of our traditional southern and local seafood dishes, packed with flavor, but light enough for a mid-day meal.

mixedgreenswithshrimpCreate your own seafood topped salad for just the right amount of fresh crunch and savory flavor. Start with the Kale Salad, made with preserved lemon, parmesan, fried garlic, radish, and a honey-cider vinaigrette, then top it with a crispy Crab Cake. Or opt for the Mixed Greens with julienne veggies, spiced pecans and white balsamic vinaigrette, and add in a fresh batch of Shrimp. If you’re craving a sandwich, be sure to try the Hot Shrimp and Crab.This delicious sandwich merges two local favorites – crab and shrimp – with a dash of Southern charm by adding chow-chow, Charleston’s Bloomy Rind cheese and lemon aioli.hotshrimpandcrab-(2)Have an afternoon meeting, and need to get back to the office on time? We understand, and we’ll make sure your perfectly prepared meal arrives promptly. Hectic work week schedules sometimes mean lunches must be quick, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be delicious!

We’re open for lunch on Saturday and Sunday as well, and whether you’re a Charleston local, or just in town for a day or two, we’d love to fuel your weekend adventures. Our historic building at 205 East Bay Street in Downtown Charleston is convenient to Lowcountry must-sees, like the Charleston Harbor, the Historic Charleston City Market, and a large selection of specialty stores on King Street.

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Amen Street Specialty Cocktail Featured in Buzzfeed
The next time you visit us, be sure to try the cocktail that was chosen by Buzzfeed as the signature cocktail for South Carolina: the Hemmingway Mojito. The light citrus and mint flavors make the perfect happy hour thirst quencher, or after dinner treat. Hemingway himself would approve!

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Bacardi Rum
Italian Campari
Fresh Grapefruit
Muddled Mint Leaves
A Splash of Soda Water

Charleston City Paper “Best Of 2014” Voting & Amen Street

The nominations are in for the Charleston City Paper’s Best Of 2014 issue, and we’re proud to say that Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar made the cut! This year’s turnout was the highest the City Paper has ever had, with a record number of nominations submitted for all of the best things to do, see, visit and taste in the Charleston area. Thank you for nominating Amen Street in four awesome categories:friedoystershalfoyster

•    Best Raw Bar
•    Best Oysters
•    Best Seafood
•    Best She Crab Soup

Now Amen Street needs your vote! Visit the Charleston City Paper website from now until February 4th, 2014, click through to the ballot, and vote for Amen Street to win in all four categories. Email the ballot to friends and family, and help us spread the word via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #BOC2014. Happy voting, Charleston!

We look forward to seeing you soon at Amen Street!  To reserve your table, please call our restaurant at 843-853-8600 or online

Restaurant Week 2014 in Charleston, SC

blackenedfish2Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar is starting off the brand new year with one of our favorite Charleston, SC events. We’ve joined the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association once again, for the first installment of Charleston Restaurant Week 2014.

From Wednesday, January 8th through Sunday, January 19th, Amen will be offering a fantastic three courses for only $30! Chef Taimanglo and culinary team have selected a delicious menu featuring Southern favorites, fresh local seafood and amazing desserts. Charleston Restaurant week is the perfect time to revisit or try Amen Street!

CHARLESTON RESTAURANT WEEK MENU

3 Courses for $30

Shrimp Bisque

Herb Croutons & Shrimp

Butterbean and Shrimp Fritters

Lemon Yogurt

Spinach Salad

Red Onion, Blackened Bacon, Hard Boiled Egg & Anchovy Mustard Vinaigrette

2nd Course

Blackened Mai-Mahi

Roasted & Pureed Cauliflower, Kale, Tomato Relish

Speckled Sea Trout

Crab Imperial, Sweet Potato Puree, Spinach, Whole Grain Mustard Cream

Braised Beef Short Rib

Carrots, Celery, Mushrooms, Potato, Cabernet-Jus, Horseradish Gremolata

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Cheesecake

Mixed Berry Compote

Chocolate Cake

Caramel & Anglaise Sauce

Bread Pudding

Creme Anglaise

All regular Amen Street Dinner Menu items will be available throughout Restaurant Week, as well as all draft and bottled beer, wine, and cocktail selections from our Drink Menu to compliment your meal.Southern and Espresso Martinis

For the full Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar Restaurant Week menu, click here. Charleston Restaurant Week is a favorite event for Lowcountry natives and visitors alike, so reservations may go quickly. Make yours today by calling 843.853.8600, or click here to book online.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar

Spend Your New Year’s Eve at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar

New Year’s Eve is known for celebrating both the old and the new, as we look back on the year coming to a close, and look forward to a fresh start in the year ahead. Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar, located in the heart of historic Charleston, SC, expertly merges the old and new to create the perfect spot for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Our building, located at 205 East Bay Street, features architecture dating back to the 1800s, and the original “Amen” name for the street on which we’re located. We combine that historic Charleston spirit with a contemporary dining atmosphere, and an innovative, ever-evolving menu, packed with mouthwatering local and specialty seafood selections.

Bring friends and family to Amen Street and treat them to a dozen oysters on the half shell, sourced both locally, and from locations all along the East Coast. Or savor a Charleston seafood staple, like our delicious Shrimp & Grits, made with green onions, roasted tomatoes and house-made Tasso ham. After dinner, spend time catching up and making your New Year’s resolutions together over a sweet slice of Spiced Pecan Pie, served with whipped cream on top. Be sure to try one of Amen’s Annual Eggnog Martinis – featured in Charleston Magazine’s December 2013 issue – while they’re still available!

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Amen’s Annual Eggnog Martini -
John’s Island “Grown”, House Infused Pecan Bourbon
Timothy Watts’ Homemade Eggnog
*Served in a Cinnamon Rimmed Glass

Dinner reservations are still available for New Year’s Eve; make yours today by calling 843-853-8600 or click here to book online. When you visit Amen Street this New Year’s Eve, be sure to share your experience with us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the hashtag #AmenCheer.

 

Amen Street #1 Spot for Lowcountry Oysters Downtown Charleston, SC

 

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This year, the holiday season brings cheerful tidings and a special honor for us: Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar has been named the #1 spot in the Lowcountry for oysters by the Charleston Eater. The winter weather in Charleston may be unpredictable, but our local and specialty oysters aren’t – they’re always fresh and delicious! Choose from fried, baked, or raw oysters, locally grown or sourced from a variety of locations along the coast to find the freshest, most flavorful varieties.

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Want to be sure you get everything on your wishlist this holiday season? Bring your family, friends, coworkers and out-of-town guests to Amen Street and treat them to Baked Local Oysters with Spinach Tasso Mousseline and Parmesan or a dozen Blackberry Point, PEI Oysters. Even better, buy them one (or two!) of our signature Oyster Shooters. amenoystershooter

 

Amen Street’s Signature Oyster Shooter:

House Infused Jalapeño
Peppercorn
Lemon Spicy Vodka
Amen Street Bloody Mary Mix
Fresh Oyster

 

Have a holiday party coming up? Amen Street is the perfect place to celebrate the season. Whether you’re looking to schedule a family dinner gathering or a holiday lunch for coworkers, we can help make sure your celebration is a memorable one. Click here or call 843.853.8600 to make dinner or lunch reservations. When you visit Amen Street this holiday season, be sure to share your experience with us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the hashtag #AmenCheer. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Great Lunch Downtown Charleston,SC at Amen Street Fish & Rawbar

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Amen Street Fish and Rawbar is the perfect place for lunch in Downtown Charleston during the holidays. Pull up a seat at the bar with friends and enjoy the extensive selection of local and specialty oysters. Our knowledgeable staff is always ready to help. Chef Taimangelo creates wonderful sustainable local seafood dishes that will make lunchtime a memorable experience.

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Whether you are having a quick lunch or a business lunch we can help make it as smooth and quick as possible. At Amen Street we want you to enjoy every moment you are with us and make it an unforgettable time. So sit and enjoy a local beer on tap or toss back an oyster shooter and get in the holiday spirit with us.

We look forward to seeing you during this holiday season! To reserve a table, please call the restaurant at 843:853-8600.

New Drinks in Charleston at Amen Street!

amencrowded81613Come in, take a seat and sip the new drinks at the Amen Street bar! Downtown Charleston SC is one of the best places to enjoy cocktails after work or before dinner.  We’ve added a new beer, a new wine and a new cocktail to the bar menu so, there is definitely something new for everyone.

With Fall officially on the calendar, there is no better way to celebrate then with a great draft of Brooklyn Brewery’s Oktoberfest.  Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original style, full-bodied and malty with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness.

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Of course, there are some Charlestonians who want to hold onto Summer for as long as possible.  With our beautiful, mild temperatures, it’s easy to keep the Summer vibe going with our Endless Summer cocktail. A duo of Bacardi Limon and Bacardi Oakheart, Gosling’s Ginger Beer and Hibiscus-Mint Low Calorie Mixer made by Southern Twist of Charleston and served over ice, this “skinny” drink is freshing and delicious any time of year.

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amenredwineatbarOur artisan tap wine selections from VinTap Wine have been popular with our guests and the new red on tap has been greeted with the same high regard.  Five Easy Pieces, a 2011 Bordeux  Blend from California has refreshing aromas of cassis, currant and dried sage followed by a claret centric of blueberry, bosenberry and plum.  It pairs perfectly with many of our dinner entrees or can be easily enjoyed on its own at the bar.

We welcome you to Amen Street to sip our new libations at the bar or with a meal in our dining room.  We open daily at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and serve dinner until 10:00 p.m.  Our bar is open 7 days a week until 2:00 a.m.

To reserve a table at Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar, please call our restaurant at 843-853-8600 or book online.

 

 

Cocktail & Wine Recommendations for Charleston Restaurant Week menu

vintapAmen Street Fish and Raw Bar has fantastic cocktail and wine recommendations for our Charleston Restaurant Week menu.  Selected to compliment the special menu, the drinks perfectly pair with the 3 courses for $30 menu prepared by Chef Ramon Taimanglo.  Our mixologists have even created a specialty cocktail just for the week, The Endless Summer, that can’t be missed.

Charleston Restaurant Week runs from September 4-15, 2013.  Our menu has recently been updated and be viewed here.  A popular time at our restaurant, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 843-853-8600 or online.

Charleston Restaurant Week Cocktail & Wine Recommendations

The Endless Summer

Featured Cocktail

A duo of Bacardi Limon and Bacardi Oakheart, Gosling’s Ginger Beer and Hibiscus-Mint Low Calorie Mixer by Southern Twist of Charleston.  Served over ice.

VinTap Wine Selections

Picnic Table, 2011 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Carmelized apples, enhanced by an elegant citrus finish of lime and lemon.

Forenzo, 2011 Pinot Grigio, Forenzo Vineyard, Mendocino

This small vineyard produces pure and linear flavors of honeydew melon and Fuji apple with a crisp finish of lemon and mineral notes.

OUTOFBEER, 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast

Panoramic aromas and flavors of tangerine, nectarine and overtones of spice accompanied by a finish of honey, lemon and almond

Five Easy Pieces, 2010 Bordeaux Blend, California

Refreshing aromas of cassis, currant and dried sage followed by a claret centric of blueberry, boysenberry and plum.

We look forward to seeing you for Restaurant Week!  Cheers!

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Lunch Break at Amen Street, Downtown Charleston SC

bajafishtacoOne of the best parts of working in downtown Charleston, SC is the amazing food available for lunch.  While it would be ideal to leisurely savor every bite, the truth is that Monday through Friday, you need a lunch that is quick and satisfying.  We understand. Here are a few suggestions for a fast lunch break at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar in downtown Charleston SC.

Shrimp or Oyster Po’ Boy – A Charleston favorite, this sandwich is satisfying and delicious.  Served with lettuce, tomato, pickled shallots and remoulade, it will quickly become your lunchtime “go to” sandwich.

Fried Green Tomato B.L.T. –  The fried green tomatoes and garlic mayo put a twist on the classic B.L.T. sandwich that is so good, it turns your average Tuesday into a “special day.”

Fish Tacos –  Based on what we’ve heard from our Facebook fans alone, it is probably time that we begin calling these our “Famous Fish Tacos.”  Our tacos feature tempura fried local flounder, spicy adoba rub and are topped with napa slaw and chipotle crema….delicious!

Amen Street She Crab Soup – A favorite among our regular guests, there is nothing like our She Crab soup.  The ultimate comfort food, it’s guaranteed to wipe away all morning hunger pains…and possibly all workday stress.

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If you are on a tight schedule, please let your server know when you are seated so we can do everything possible to get your lunch to you straight away. If you are really pressed for time, we suggest placing a “to go” order by calling our restaurant at 843-853-8600 for pick up at our bar.

Of course, if enjoying Amen Street for only a quick lunch has you feeling a little sad just remember…you can always come back for Happy Hour at 4:00 p.m. ;) .

See you soon!

 

Valentine’s Day Oysters & Champagne at Amen Street, Charleston SC

halfoysterWhat better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with oysters and champagne at Amen Street in downtown Charleston SC? It is well-known that oysters and bubbles are a romantic match made in culinary heaven.  Enjoying them at Charleston’s best seafood restaurant known for its Old Charleston charm and cozy atmosphere is well, Valentine’s Day dining bliss.

Festive and flirty, champagne is the quintessential beverage to be enjoyed on Valentine’s Day.  The pop of the cork, the sound of bubbles…before you’ve even ventured a sip, champagne magically creates a celebratory and happy mood.  Amen Street makes it so easy to indulge with your special someone by offering several sparkling wines and champagnes available both by the bottle and the glass.

While you are happily sipping, you can also happily savor in the best oyster selection available in Charleston. Amen’s raw bar specializes not only in  local oysters, but offers a fantastic selection sourced from the best sustainable farmers on the East and West coasts.  Amen’s vast selection enables guests to sample oysters they’ve never tasted before in Charleston.  Be sure to ask your server or raw bar specialist for a description of the oysters on our menu.  The terrain from each region greatly impacts the taste and flavor.

Of course just like the oyster itself, not all oyster lovers are the same. If raw oysters are not your style, Amen Street has much more oyster love to share.  A popular new dish recently added to our starter menu is Amen Street’s Baked Oysters featuring fresh shucked local oysters topped with a mousse of house cured Tasso ham, spinach and parmesan cheese all baked to gooey perfection.

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If your idea of the perfect oyster involves crispy golden texture and a gentle crunch with each briny burst then we suggest our Fried Oyster Platter.

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Whether enjoying our oysters at our relaxed bar or in our comfortable dining room, we promise they will make your heart aflutter.

For Valentine’s Day dinner reservations, please call Amen Street at 843-853-8600 or reserve your table online.  We look forward to seeing you and your sweetheart!

 

Lighten Up with Fresh Salads from Amen Street

tuscankalesaladWith the bursts of Spring like days we’ve been enjoying in Charleston SC, many of guests have been opting to lighten up with fresh salads from Amen Street.  Although we often receive praise for our seafood dishes, it’s been fun hearing how  Charlestonians also love our greens.  The reason for the “salad love” is our salads are so fresh and flavorful because we use produce grown from local farmers.

Whether you choose one of our salads or  make your own creation by adding fried oysters, fried or grilled shrimp, grilled fresh fish or crabcakes our salads are perfect for lunch or dinner:

Berries Salad – By far one of our guests’ favorite salads, this seemingly simple salad is anything but simple on your taste buds.  Mixed greens, seasonal berries, Charleston Bloomy-Rind Cheese and spiced pecans are tossed with a champagne vinaigrette to create a fabulous light lunch or before dinner salad.

Mixed Greens – Julienne vegetables, spiced pecans (ooh, those yummy spiced pecans!) and white balsamic vinaigrette are tossed together for a truly light salad that packs a big punch on flavor.  Add one of our fresh seafood selections to give it  even more flavor and texture.

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Caesar – The classic.  Romaine hearts, shaved parmesan, white anchovy and Caesar dressing.

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Roasted Beets (available only on our dinner menu)- Fresh and juicy roasted beets are topped with buttermilk blue cheese, toasted walnuts and balsamic.

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Chef Ollard often puts salad specials on the menu (such as the Tuscan Kale Salad featured at the top) so, check in with us often to see what is new and fresh for the day.

New Cocktails & Nightlife in Charleston at Amen

Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar boasts the best seafood & great nightlife in Charleston SC, but we’re also calling bragging rights for our fantastic nightlife including cocktails and large bar selections.  Looking for a new drink to enjoy at Happy Hour or before dinner?  You might have a hard time choosing after reading about these refreshing and smooth choices:

Our Hemmingway Mojito is a staff favorite because of its refreshing taste and skillful mix of flavor.  Served on the rocks, the Hemingway Mojito pairs Bacardi rum, Campari (alcohol infused with bitter herbs, aromatic plants and fruits) with fresh muddled limes and fresh mint.  Enjoyed as a midday refresher, before dinner drink or as a compliment to one of Chef Stephan Ollard’s signature dishes, the Hemmingway Mojito is the quintessential beverage that puts you in a vacation state of mind.

Amen Street's Hemingway Mojito

Amen Street’s Famous Bloody Mary is a spicy favorite with both our staff and our loyal patrons.  Each batch requires 24 hours to perfect; yes, we take this drink pretty seriously. Most people who taste it liken it to a work of art.  Honestly, who can be modest with a drink like this?

 

Amen Street's Famous Bloody Mary

Amen Street’s bartenders mix our House Infused Spicy Vodka (lemon slices, peppercorns, jalapenos) with our Secret Bloody Mary Recipe then garnish with lemon, lime, pickled okra, pepperocini, olive and onions.  If you’d like, we’ll even make room for a local jump shrimp to top it off.  It is the perfect drink for enjoying with fresh oysters or fresh seafood from our raw bar.

 

A delicious pairing - fresh oysters & our Famous Bloody Mary

 

Amen Street recently added a popular new local bourbon infusion, Virgil Kaine Bourbon & Ginger, made nearby in Folly Beach, SC. Virgil Kaine is handcrafted with two-year-old bourbon, natural ginger, vanilla and cinnamon flavors.  Light amber in color, each sip allows for the distinct flavors to be truly tasted then finishes on a sweet note.  Voted Charleston’s best new flavored whiskey by Charleston City Paper, Virgil Kaine will please both the new and devoted bourbon drinker. Enjoy Virgil Kaine Bourbon & Ginger with a splash of carbonated water and a twist of lime or simply on the rocks.

A new draft beer addition to our bar is the Holy City Smoked Marzen.   Brewed just over the bridge in North Charleston SC, the Smoked Marzen is a malty lager with German smoked malt to give it a smokey finish.  The German style Marzen has an abv of 6.3% giving it just the right kick.  Pair our famous Amen burger or one of our popular sandwiches with the Smoked Marzen and we’re pretty sure you’ll be saying “Amen” at the end of your meal.

 

 

New Cocktail in Downtown Charleston SC at Amen Street

Sailing into Amen Street a new exciting cocktail in Downtown Charleston South Carolina.

Just down the road in the Florida Keys, blue waters and beautiful life along the Gulf inspired Ernest Hemingway to write some of America’s most prized books. Though known for things books like For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Sun Also Rises, he was also known for working with a drink in hand. In his honor, we’ve created a delicious new beverage for warm weather consumption at Amen Street.

Though obviously a famous writer, we appreciate Hemmingway for his notorious fishing and drinking habits. Seafood and drinks are afterall, two things that get our gears turning. This spring, Amen Street’s mixologists looked to the colorful life of Mr. Hemmingway and stirred together the Hemingway Mojito specialty cocktail.

This big, beautiful liquor-filled glass blends Florida citrus, tropical tastes and Key West colors. The Hemingway Mojito is light and crisp, made with fresh mint, muddled grapefruit, spiked with Bacardi and sunset-red Italian Campari. Evening out the tangy-taste and buzz of alcohol is a big splash of fresh grapefruit juice and soda water. The Hemingway Mojito specialty cocktail is a lovely twist on a standard sweet mojito. A thirst quencher for the humid days and sunny skies ahead in the not-so-distant future.

Drink enough Hemmingway Mojitos and you might find yourself sprouting a white beard, fishing for marlin and writing classic novels. Meet the Hemmingway Martini, your new pal this spring at Amen Street.

Dishing up the Best Seafood for Restaurant Week in Downtown Charleston

Try the Best Seafood Restaurant for Charleston Restaurant Week at Amen Street!

As we prepare one delicious seafood dish after the next for Charleston Restaurant Week, we’re reminded of just how special fish, shrimp and oysters are. Not many culinary destinations are lucky enough to have an ocean or river full of fresh fish nearby, or have seafood sustainability initiatives in place to protect the supply. Our Restaurant Week menu, like our regular menu, is full of fresh options, to make you feel good about eating seafood today and for years to come.

In the spirit of Restaurant Week, here is some food for thought from Barton Seaver, seafood and sustainability expert…

“…The vast majority of consumers do not have a relationship with fish. A fish is a living entity whose value is as a contributing part of an ecosystem. When a fish meets a person, that fish becomes seafood. And it is with seafood that we have a relationship, the value of which is as a part of our sustenance.”

Barton Seaver is a champion in the Sustainable Seafood Movement. He is a major player in the Green Chef Blue Ocean Initiative, an initiative that Amen’s Chef Stephen Ollard also supports. When Amen Street meets fish, we turn that fish into some of the best seafood available in downtown Charleston- for its freshness and delicious, unique prepartion. Since Chef Ollard is an “Ocean Friendly Chef”, he chooses local fisherman and seafood sources whenever possible.

So what’s the most sustainable seafood on our Restaurant Week menu? According to the South Carolina Sustainable Seafood Initiative, all of ‘em. At this time of year, Golden Tilefish, Oysters and Shrimp are all “in season” and sustainable.  Come and try our 3 courses for $30 at Amen Street and experience some of the freshest seafood on the peninsula.

Boost your fish knowledge and check out the Blue Ocean Institute’s Fish Guide.

Chef Ollard’s “Amen’s Traditional Oyster Stew” in Local Palate Magazine

There’s nothing quite like standing among friends with a cold beer, muddy, flourescent gloves on your hands, mid chow-down on steamed oysters, saltines and hot sauce. January of course, is peek oyster season and oyster roast season in the lowcountry. These mighty mollusks are never too far out of reach during any other time of the year, but now oyster-filled Januarys are what’s expected– a ray of sunshine on a blistering cold, 50 degree winter day…

Steamed, raw, fried.. oysters are our friend. The Holy City was given one final gift, post-holidays: a 115 page, glossy Ode to the Oyster from Local Palate Magazine. This magazine is a-mazing, with photography so beautiful and detailed, you’re tempted to grab at the picture and take a bite. If you’ve yet to feast your eyes on Local Palate, go grab this month’s free copy. You’ll be greeted with lovely oyster imagery and see the oyster craftsmanship of our very own Executive Chef Stephen Ollard.

Always inspired by local produce, seafood and shellfish, Chef Ollard dreams up one fresh and unique fish dish after the next. A fall newcomer to his specials menu, he created his own version of a lowcountry favorite, Oyster Stew. Local Palate shared in the delight of the rich and creamy stew and invited Chef Ollard to share his recipe with their readers.

Try your hand at creating Chef Ollard’s “Amen’s Traditional Oyster Stew” or visit Amen Street to try the masterpiece. Check it out on page 40 of Local Palate in the ReDux section.

See what’s on the table this weekend at Amen Street.

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Amen’s Traditional Oyster Stew

by Chef Stephen Ollard

To cook for 4 people, you’ll Need:

3 Tablespoons butter

1/4 onion, small dice

1 stalk celery, small dice

1 garlic clove, minced

3 tablespoons flour

1/4 cup white wine

1/4 teaspoon Tabasco

1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme

3 1/2 cups heavy cream

6 oysters shucked with liquid reserved

Salt and Pepper to taste

1. In a medium stock pot, saute onion, celery and garlic over medium-low heat in butter until soft, about 3 minutes.

2. Add flour and stir until golden brown. Add wine and reserved oyster liquid and cook for 1 minute.

3. Add remaining ingredients, except the oysters, and reduce heat to low. Cook soup for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Add Oysters and cook for 1 minute. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Lunch in Charleston SC | Amen Street Serves Best Lunch Downtown

Lunch in Downtown Charleston SC Amen serves you only the best lunch in town.

How often do you experience this?

12:00 rolls around, your stomach is growling and the last thing you really want to eat is a turkey sandwich in front of your computer, BUT you do anyway.

Instead of begrudgingly accepting this routine, shake things up and try Amen Street for lunch. Amen opens at 11:30 and serves lunch until late afternoon. Chef Stephen Ollard creates inspired lunch specials each day with a great local catches or must-have, in season fish from faraway. This week, he created unique lunch specials with Red Porgy, Swordfish and Arctic Char, all served with two incredible sides each. Amen’s quick, friendly and welcoming staff can deliver your plate direct to the table, for a quick but delicious lunch.

Amen’s fresh, perfectly portioned lunch specials are $13 a plate or under. Yup, a full service, gourmet lunch on East Bay Street for just $13. If you are looking for lighter fare with a smaller budget, order a bowl of She-Crab soup and a Marinated Tomato Salad. Or if it’s red meat you crave in the afternoon, you must order the Amen Burger, a favorite among Amen Street’s visitors. Amen also has the cure the afternoon after the long night: the Amen Street Spicy Bloody Mary, filled to the brim and stacked high with okra. It can be a satisfying lunch all in itself.

Amen’s doors stay open straight through the afternoon. If you have the luxury of a free afternoon, linger longer and enjoy a plate from the Raw Bar or a split a bottle of wine.

See what’s on Amen Street’s lunch menu today. Check back for daily specials.

Amen Poppin’ Up Everywhere

Unless you really live underground, you’ve heard of Guerrilla Cuisine dinners, maybe even have been lucky enough to have a seat at the table. The best part of this underground dinner club experience is the suspense. What’s on the menu? Who are you sitting with? Where will it be? Guerrilla creator jimihatt likes to keep Charleston on its toes. Just when I thought his Guerrilla concept couldn’t get any cooler, he introduced a killer new surprise with Guerrilla Cuisine Pop-up Dinners.

Back in June, Chef Ollard served up his first Guerrilla Cuisine dinner, Version 1.0, and was just invited back as one of the first chefs to present a Pop-up Dinner.

Pop-up Dinners are a more intimate, less expensive way to experience Guerilla Cuisine. It’s perfect if you want a trail run or if you’re just a foodie on a budget.

Ollard’s pop-up dinner was at Lava Salon in West Ashley last Sunday. On the menu were his newest creations: Cobia Ceviche, various sushi and sliders, Barbeque Lamb Belly and Shrimp Mac ‘n Cheese.

Rumor has it these dishes will be available at Amen Street’s bar by the end of summer. But, more on that later…

Join us in supporting jimihatt, Guerrilla Cuisine and Charleston’s team of super chefs. Check out the upcoming events and grab a spot at the table.

Tales from the Raw Bar

On a recent hot, hazy day on the peninsula, I met a friend at Amen Street for a cool afternoon glass of Sauvignon Blanc or two after work. It wasn’t long before we decided to dabble in Amen’s Raw Bar selections.

The menu obviously offers Amen’s famed oysters, but also presents some non-shellfish options. On this warm afternoon, we thought a plate of Tuna Carpaccio would be our best choice. And right we were.

Tuna Carpaccio

The presentation was bright and colorful. The dish was light and delicious. Capers and shallots accented the tuna with a salty, crunchy punch. An herby drizzle of oil made the perfect dressing for our dish. Although the dish is sized for sharing, we could have each enjoyed our own plate.

The Tuna Carpaccio cures the happy hour munchies but also makes a great pre-dinner treat. If you’re feeling extra dangerous, order the Crudo Plate, which serves up a different raw selection each day.

We’ll be back for more.

Break Out the Bibs

So. Good.

Because you’ll be drooling over Amen Street’s Fresh Blackberry Bread Pudding. This desert is seriously delicious, decadent and worth every, single calorie. It puts any other bread pudding you’ve ever tasted to shame.

Each spoonful of the Blackberry Bread Pudding promises a warm rush of rich, buttery goodness.  The pudding is a perfect vehicle for the thick, creamy crème anglaise sauce it rests in. Southern blackberries reach their peak of ripeness in June, making this desert especially fresh and special this time of year. I suggest washing it down with a cold glass of Rex Goliath Moscato.

Mmm, mmm. The Blackberry Bread Pudding recipe is one of Chef Stephen Ollard’s tried and true selections. This dish was one of the first Stephen created for his mentor, Chef Alain Saley.

Mmm...

Rumor has it, the version he serves at Amen Street is a lighter than the original. Hard to even imagine.  We hope you got an “A”.

Amen Street is a Real Catch…

… and so is the South Carolina Aquarium, who works tirelessly to educate the community on their Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Amen Street stands behind the initiative and carries the proud Platinum Partner title.

On the evening of Tuesday, June 14th,  Amen Street welcomed forty guests for a five course meal and specialty wine pairings in honor of the Sustainable Seafood Initiative. We had a few special guests, Abundant Seafood’s Mark Marhefka, “Clammer Dave” Belanger and the aquarium’s very own Megan Westmeyer.

Our very own local seafood celebrities: Clammer Dave, Mark Marhefka, Megan Westmeyer

 True to the theme of the evening, each fish dish was caught using sustainable fishing methods. Everything was cooked to perfection, complimented with a variety of local summer vegetables.

Mark's catches were off the hook in more ways than one. Super fresh and amazingly delicious. Crudo de Mackerel, Herb Crusted Bass and Pan Roasted Grouper

As you might suspect, Clammer Dave provided the clams, served over Cappellini with Compound Casino Butter

 The evening was extra special thanks to the duo that makes it all happen, all the time: Chef Stephen Ollard and General Manager Laura Lovisone. When they weren’t cooking, serving and pouring, they were visiting with guests, making this dinner feel like an intimate gathering among friends. 

Some of their talents include fish saucing and champagne pouring.

 There are more photos where these came from. Take a peek at the full album on Facebook.

Fear of Restaurant Commitment?

In a recent poll of Charleston men and women, many reported “fear of committing to a restaurant” as their #1 phobia. Basically these people would rather go head-to-head with a spider or give a speech than choose a restaurant for dinner Friday night.

Amen Street is here to help conquer your fear of finding a restaurant. We are among the top Charleston restaurants who participate in Charleston Culinary Tours. Charleston Culinary Tours get the scary part out of the way. They’ve already narrowed the overwhelming list of area restaurants down to four or five of the best.

We're here for you.

While on a tour, you will test small plates directly off the restaurants’ menu.  If the food doesn’t speak for itself, tour guides Glenn and Oscar pepper in history of the town and the cuisine. This two and a half hour tour gives you the tastes and information to make a painless dining decision in the future.

Charleston Culinary Tours aren’t just for out-of-towners, locals love them too. If you’d like to hop on the next tour, make reservations here. All tours start at our sister restaurant, Southend Brewery and Smokehouse and conclude at Amen Street.  Bring a notepad, a camera and a friend and consider your fear overcome.

A recent out of town visitor, Chef Christian Russo, took a Charleston Culinary Tour and documented the experience. Check out what he had to say. If you’ve been through Amen Street on a tour, upload your pictures and tell us what you liked!

Charleston “Party for the Parks” a Great Event

Party for the Parks, Amusement on the Avenue

Amen Street had a blast participating in the 2nd annual “Party for the Parks” event put on by Charleston Parks Conservancy this Saturday. The theme was Amusement on the Avenue and, despite the nasty weather outside, the fun was never dampened.

Party for the Parks Amusement on the Avenue

Alongside fine dining establishments like Husk, Cupcake and La Fourchette, Amen was proud to offer their time and their signature shrimp corndogs to the event for a good cause. Charleston Parks Conservancy works to increase the quality, awareness, appreciation and usage of Charleston’s parks and greenspaces by raising money, recruiting volunteers, putting on special events and advocating year round for the protection and well-being of our beloved land.

volunteers planting a tree with Charleston Parks Conservancy

If you missed the Party, you can check out some photos of the festivities and also some pics from the 2o10 event from Robert Donovan Photography.

Let’s keep it green people!

Last Weekend of Charleston Restaurant Week

If you haven’t yet, go out for Charleston Restaurant Week and be pleasantly surprised!

Charleston Restaurant Week

The dishes are cheaper, but the quality (and the quantity) are still there for the sampling.

Red Curry with Swordfish

Red Curry with fresh, local Swordfish

Fresh fish with side salad and house-made dessert (chocolate terrine anyone?) may just make your weekend.

See our homepage for a menu (click banner) and then make some reservations.

Become one with the Raw Bar

One of my favorite things about Charleston is oysters and, honestly, this comes as a surprise to most of my friends as family. Growing up, I was a very meat and potatoes kind of gal who didn’t go much for “that raw stuff”, but lately I can’t seem to get enough of it! Crudo, sushi, sashimi, oysters, even my steaks are rare these days!

With that said, the bounty of the raw bar is my friend and ally in the world of food. Amen Street Chef Stephen Ollard is always experimenting with new items to add to the menu and I have been lucky enough to sample a few.

Crudo plate

Scallops, Triggerfish and Swordfish Crudo plate

Amen Street Sushi

Amen Sushi: crab and kimchi on the left and scallops with fennel pollen to the right

And of course, we do not neglect the mighty oyster, king of the bivalves and always tastier raw.

Shigoku Oyster

Pacific Shigoku Oysters

These Shigoku oysters are hard to find and even harder to turn down. Their meat is easy to chew and swallow raw, not stretchy or gummy, with a light vinegary aftertaste and very little salt. On The Oyster Guide Rowan Jacobson writes in the praise of the soft clean treat and Top Chef’s Eli Kirshtein shows us around a box at Eno in Atlanta.

To try some raw delights of your own, visit us at Amen Street and let the Chef recommend something really fresh!

Cheers!

Tara

Make a Reservation!

Everyone is very busy. There are meetings to attend, work to make it to (on time I hope!) and lots of family and friend business that keep everyone occupied right down to bedtime. So, make a reservation! No waiting and no confusion; a table prepared for you is the way to go.

Amen Street front table

Open Table is Amen Street’s online reservation station and a great place to get feedback about your dining spot. Check it out and tell us what you think!

Cheers!

Tara

House-made Desserts at Amen Street

After something as wholesome as Shrimp and Grits, it’s just natural to want something equally as pleasant and twice as sweet to finish off the meal. Luckily, Amen has redone their dessert menu and outdone themselves with a rustic selection of desserts with some southern personality.

Bread Pudding

The Classic bread pudding is cobbler like, with a custard base and the fullness of  egg, stained with bursts of blackberry.

Cocoa fans will love the chocolate terrine in all of it’s richness and find it impossible to keep from blending each bite with a bit of tart berry glaze.

Creme Brulee

While photographing the Creme Brulee, Chef Stephen explained that he would like for it to be seasonal and he has a thin mint cookie Creme Brulee idea in the works. This Eggnog Creme Brulee is a warm, carmelized treat with a brittle sugar surface and creamy eggnog flavor.

Lemon Roulade

Lemon Cake Roulade is Amen’s naughty Little Debbie snack with class. The melt-in-your-mouth lemon tang is bested only by the royal icing and blueberry compote (made with cinnamon stick and red wine) drizzled over the top. Did I mention fresh berries?

Who wants some dessert?

Cheers!

Tara

Polish it off: Chocolate Mousse to end the meal

After the many different varieties of flavor delivered during our Anne Amie Wine Dinner, a rich Chocolate Mousse was really the only way to end things.

Chocolate MousseThe decadent treat worked marvelously with the remainder of our Pinot Noir to satisfy every taste-bud and signal the close of a delicious meal.

After meal Amen

Makes you wanna say “Amen!”

Cheers all!

Tara

Comfort Food: Scallops with Blue Cheese Risotto

Amen Street knows their seafood and this was evident in the opening course of the Wine Dinner. Course one was a Seared Jumbo Scallop served with Bacon and Buttermilk Blue Cheese Risotto.

Jumbo Scallop with Risotto
Truly mouthwatering, this buttery scallop and risotto were cleaned from the tongue by the berry tones of the 2008 Anne Amie Cuvee A Pinot Noir served alongside.

2008 Anne Amie Cuvee A Pinot NoirAll of this broke the bubbles of tension between new friends and invited us to talk, laugh and eat. No better way to start an evening.

Exploring the First Course

Cheers!

Tara

Wine Dinner a Great Success and a Fun Evening!

Last Tuesday’s Wine Dinner was truly spectacular! The food, the wine, the staff and the atmosphere were right on point and mumblings are circulating about planning another. We are compiling a full gallery of photos from the night, but here’s a few tasty ones to tease your senses!

Light conversation at the Anne Amie Wine Dinner

The conversation at Amen Street sparkled like the wine.

Jumbo Scallop with Risotto

Jumbo Scallop with Bacon and Buttermilk Blue Cheese Risotto

tasting notes

Everyone cleaned their plates and took notes in the tasting menus provided by Amen Street

Course five finished us off with a flaky, juicy Pan Roasted Grouper, complemented by Wild Mushroom Ragout and a 2007 Anne Amie Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

Grouper and Wild Mushrooms

Grouper and Wild Mushrooms

2007 Anne Amie Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

A robust, earthy Pinot Noir from Anne Amie

Highlights of the dinner included personal explanations of the origin, flavors and age of the wines by Stacy, representative for Anne Amie Vineyards, wine orders from the guests and a sweet treat at the end.

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

Pretty appetizing, eh? Everyone in attendance certainly thought so. A great turnout and fantastic courses made this dinner a great part of the holiday season.

For more details on the courses served, check back soon!

Cheers!

Tara

Perfect Pairings

Upon entry to Amen Street, I always feel welcomed and everyone else seems pleased to have me there as well. The bar echoes with laughter and sparkling discussion. Only a handful of people populate the high-ceilinged space on this chilly afternoon, but the warmth generated by the kitchen and the conversation fills the room. The air smells lightly of fried fish and boiling cream; she crab soup maybe? Soon after seating myself I am promptly waited upon at the bar and, this time, it’s just water for me. This afternoon I am observing, smelling, tasting if I’m lucky.

The goal of my visit was to photograph dishes for the upcoming Wine Dinner to be held on December 7th at Amen Street. The whole menu is really remarkable and each dish is so well constructed, both physically and gastrically, that the wines of each course are made to shine against them in a harmony of taste and sensation. So as not to disappoint, check out these little plates-of-heaven:

Local Triggerfish in Leek and Oyster fondue

Local Triggerfish in Leek and Oyster fondue

Grouper with Wild Mushroom Ragout

Grouper with Wild Mushroom Ragout

While taking photos and talking with head chef, Stephen Ollard, I watched the late afternoon melt into evening and felt the change of the dinner rush. The bar became slightly more crowded and the wait staff busied themselves with meeting, no, anticipating each need. This is the mood and color that a patron might expect of Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar on any given night, really.

Amen Street side window with Carriage

My particular visit was on a Sunday afternoon in late November, on the very precipice of complete holiday pandemonium. My visit to Amen Street put me at ease and made me feel like relaxing and reflecting on holidays past as I prepared for the present season. I hope you get to see what I mean one day soon ;)

Cheers Friends!

Tara

Abundant Seafood provides fresh fish for Amen Street

Amen Street is excited to be working with Mark Marhefka of Abundant Seafood to provide our guests with the finest (and freshest) catch available for our Wine Dinner.

Abundant Seafood is a family owned business that strives to keep sustainably caught seafood local by operating a Community Supported Fishery Program (CSF) which gets fresh fish from the boat directly into the hands of the consumer. This direct contact between fisherman and client assures that the day’s catch is just that, caught that day.

Markefka is personally overseeing the quality of our catch for the Dinner, and we bet you can taste the difference in Abundant Seafood’s grouper, Red Porgy and Triggerfish.

Amen Street Fish and Raw bar is proud to work with Abundant seafood and pleased to support his business and CSF.

Cheers!

Tara

Amen St. Wine Dinner: Menu and Wine Pairings Released

How exciting! We are pleased to have settled on a (mostly) firm menu and set of pairings for our Wine Dinner, to be held on December 7th at 6:30 pm at Amen St. Check out the succulent choices and delicious wines, then pencil us in; you don’t want to miss this!

Amen Street and Anne Amie wine Dinner

Course One

Seared Jumbo Scallop

Bacon & Buttermilk Blue Cheese Risotto

Paired with 2008 Anne Amie Cuveé A Pinot Noir

Course Two

Red Porgy

Garlic, Tomatoes and Capers

Paired with 2008 Anne Amie Cuveé A Müller Thurgau

Course Three

Triggerfish

Local Oyster & Leek Fondue

Paired with 2009 Anne Amie Cuveé A Amrita

Course Four

Housemade Cheese Plate

Fresh Fig

Paired with 2009 Anne Amie Pinot Gris

Course Five

Pan Roasted Grouper

Wild Mushroom Ragout

Paired with 2007 Anne Amie Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Reservations can be made at 843-853-8600 and each meal is $55 for all food and wine, including a surprise Amuse Bouche to excite your tastebuds.

Cheers!

Tara

Anne Amie Wine Dinner

Amen Street to Host Five-Course Anne Amie Wine Dinner

Charleston, SC – Nov., 29th, 2010 – The most pleasant Tuesday evening of December will be spent sampling wines and tasting new dishes at Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar’s Five Course Wine Dinner. The event will be held on Tuesday, December 7th at 6:30 in the evening in handsome and historic Amen Street, located at 205 East Bay Street, on the peninsula’s ‘restaurant row’.

Head chef Stephen Ollard has prepared an extensive and varied menu featuring local and sustainable fish, such as Red Porgy, Triggerfish and Grouper, as well as succulent shellfish like scallops, capers and, of course, the magical oyster. Delectable wines from Anne Amie Vineyards flawlessly accent this striking menu. Each of the five courses is paired with a hand chosen wine meant to both complement the flavors of the dish and cleanse the palate with each sip. It is Ollard’s hopes that this Dinner will turn into a sort of Wine Club, meeting frequently and conducting tastings, while discussing all things vino.

Tickets for the Wine Dinner are $55 each and this price includes: 5 course meal, wine pairings, knowledge and discussion of featured wines as well as a surprise amuse bouche to whet the appetite. To make reservations and save your spot at the table, call 843-853-8600 and tell them you want to be a part of Amen Street’s premier Five Course Wine Dinner.

Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar is an independent, local business dedicated to authenticity and customer service, and also a participant in the movement of fishermen, wholesalers and restaurants alike to keep our environment healthy and our supply strong for future seasons.

For information please call 843-853-8600 or email amenstreet@gmail.com