Charleston was voted the best city in the world in Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for 2016 and was ranked the number one city in the world on several other lists over the years. Chances are you’ll visit, if you haven’t already, to see what all the fervor is about. When you do visit, and I recommend that you do, you’ll want to be sure to swing by Hyman’s Seafood.
The Hyman family have been fixtures in the Charleston business scene since 1890; first as a dry goods store and eventually establishing the restaurant in the late ‘80s. Sure the wait to be seated might be long at times, but it’s worth your time. Have a bounce on the joggling board and people watch while you’re waiting.
1) Customer service. Every time I’ve eaten at Hyman’s I’ve been visited by one or both of the owners. 4th generation owner, Eli Hyman, and his son-in-law Brad Gena personally visit each table to see how you’re enjoying your experience. Not only are they friendly to their guests, but they truly ensure you are happy with your meal and the service. Their staff are trained to have this same level of Southern hospitality as well. Every restaurant experience should be like this.
2) The menu. Choices, choices, choices! Hyman’s Seafood offers so many seafood choices, including Southern favorites such as shrimp-and-grits and the low-country boil. Seafood-it’s what they do. Yes, they have a selection of turf and healthy items on the menu. The big question is why would you try them when you can eat mouthwatering, fresh, calorie-laden seafood instead? Honestly. Those calories don’t count when you’re on vacation. Eat up!
3) Two words: Carolina Delight. It’s pleasure for your palate. Your taste buds will cheer and squeal in delight, Hyman’s style. I’m a shrimp girl. And yes, you want the bacon and cheese on top. Don’t even entertain the thought of saving calories as this point. Jump on in, the cream sauce is warm!
4) Sweet tea. You’re in the South, where tea is sweet and the girls are pretty. Any Hyman’s menu choice can be washed down perfectly by sweet tea. If you’re from the North you’ll appreciate a good sweet tea, you know, without having to dissolve sugar packets in plain old, unsweet iced tea. The struggle is real for us Yankees.
5) Hush…puppies. Hush-puppies. Hushpuppies. No, not the shoes, but fried cornbread balls. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it. Hyman’s hushpuppies, and Aaron’s Deli next door, take the gold medal in deep fried, cornmeal batter goodness. You want them. No, you need them. I’ve had hushpuppies before in the South, but none compare to Hyman’s. Best served hot enough to melt your taste buds, sweet dreams are made of these [Hyman’s hushpuppies]. Who are we to disagree?
Y’all, are you ready for some hushpuppies, shrimp and Southern hospitality? Start planning your trip now! The fall is a dazzling time to take the scenic drive to Charleston.
Hyman’s Seafood & Aaron’s Deli
215 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401