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167 Raw: The Holy City Gets Another Seafood Upgrade

Photo by Tess Fortier
Photo by Tess Fortier

At the age of four, I proudly sat in my booster seat as I pushed aside the kid’s menu and ordered a bucket of steamed mussels at Sullivan’s Seafood Restaurant. The waitress looked at my parents quizzically without knowing that at my young age, I knew how to crack open a crab, peel dozens of shrimp, and shuck my fair share of oysters, and my love for seafood has grown since then.

As a Charleston native, I go out of my way to try anything and everything that is seafood. I have experienced some amazing seafood hot spots that range from local markets just off the water, to fine dining within the Holy City. The newly opened 167 Raw is really giving all of these joints a run for their money.

Hailing from Nantucket and landing a second home in the Holy City, partners Jesse Sandol and Kyle Norton offer a daily selection of fresh fish that you can take wrapped to-go. However, you may also pull up a stool to order from a kitchen menu that consists of raw bar selections, fish and shrimp tacos, carnitas, and the already popular lobster roll. I got a sampling of the raw oysters and fish tacos, but the lobster roll was indeed the star of the show. This classic of fresh lobster with mayo, garnished with scallions and stuffed between a buttered roll won my heart because it’s a New England delicacy that has now been successfully rendered here.

167 Raw offers a whole new experience, working as the perfect combination of a gourmet fishmonger and upscale eatery. If you get the chance to stop in, it will be a feat to find only one thing to order from the menu, but from personal experience, I guarantee you won’t regret the lobster roll. There’s a reason it’s so popular.