Our server soon appeared with menus and with a rather glum expression she took our drink orders, a Palmetto pint for me and a Miller Lite for my bride.
Since Shucks promotes themselves as an oyster bar I knew I had to get a dozen raw on the half shell.
These James River oysters were shucked pretty well, but they had very little flavor. I couldn't decide if they had been washed off (a real no-no in my opinion) or if they were just bland. They also had not been cut loose from the bottom shell, an annoying practice I discovered was common while at other oyster bars in Charleston.
While I slurped the oysters, my bride nibbled on her chicken tenders. I didn't include a photo because if you've seen one tender, you've pretty much seen them all.
I was still trying to get into a Charleston oyster frame of mind, so after the dozen raw I decided to try a bucket of the steamed Local Clusters.
This cluster bucket was filled with u-shuckum oysters. They were pretty good dipped in the little tub of perfectly clarified butter. Oh yeah, that's a little chicken tender there in the background.
To round out her meal, the Belle of Ballast Point requested the bread pudding. She said it was good, I just stayed with a beer for my dessert.
Food and beverages came to $80.06. We did add 20% for our server who, as I recall, never cracked a smile during our entire visit.
I'm kinda thinking that Shucks is more for the tourist crowd. We weren't very impressed.