Where to find a brew in Charlotte, North Carolina

The low country dish is traditionally made with sausage, potatoes and corn.

The low country dish is traditionally made with sausage, potatoes and corn.

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Low Country Boyle, also known as Frogmore Stew or one-pot, is a staple in the Carolinas. Shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn cooked in boiled and seasoned water and then sometimes drenched in oil are hard to beat.

Some add crab or other seafood, while others remain traditional with shrimp only. You can find this regional treasure at Charlotte area restaurants and seafood markets, just in time for Memorial Day and summer get-togethers.

Here are a few places to buy Lowcountry Boil whenever you feel like it:

Carolina Meat and Fish Co.

Location: 16709 Orchard Stone Run, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28277.

Neighborhood: Ballantyne/South Charlotte

Panther’s Tailgate Low Country Boil to Go at this seafood market will feed 8-10 people while you cook. (And the instructions strongly suggest that a newspaper subscription would be useful for several reasons: “Easy to clean, just toss the Low Country Boil on your Charlotte Observer newspaper mat, or just eat straight from our sturdy aluminum serving plate.”) Online ordering available.

Shellfish Seafood

Location: 2908 Oak Lake Blvd., Charlotte, North Carolina, 28208.

Neighborhood: Eagle Lake / Southwest Charlotte.

Started by former Carolina Panthers player Marcus Lucas, Krustaceans specializes in seafood with a twist. Customers can add spices and flavors to every dish, such as garlic jalapeno, lemon pepper and Old Bay’s “original” flavor, Lucas said. Online order available.

Mr Crab Pot 3

Location: 401 Bradford Dr., Charlotte, North Carolina, 28208.

Neighborhood: Thomasborough Hoskins

Location: 2431 E Ozark Ave., Gastonia, NC 28054

District: Gastonia

It may be called Boiled Shrimp Dinner on the menu of both Mister 3’s restaurants, but it’s like Wild Jam with shrimp, potatoes, sausage and corn. Online order available.

Papa Doc Shore Club

Location: 3990 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

Neighborhood: Wylie Lake

Papa Doc’s Lowcountry Boil comes with khushpappi (plus honey butter) and cocktail sauce. Pro Tip: A generous serving is perfect for sharing. We recommend starting with a few oysters to complete your meal and taking a seat on the patio to enjoy the lake view.

[RELATED: Juniper Grill is open in Ballantyne — just in time for patio season.]

Po Boys Low Country Seafood Market

Location: 3022 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208.

Neighborhood: Enderley Park

This seafood restaurant bills itself as a “you buy, we fry” market. His Lowcountry Boil comes with Old Bay, salt, pepper, and a cup of butter, but you can swap out the seasoning for Cajun or lemon pepper if you like. You can add crab legs. Online order available.

salt markets

Location: 713 Bethel St, Clover, SC 29710

District: Clover, South Carolina

Location: 887 Gold Hill Rd Suite 107, Fort Mill, SC 29708.

Neighborhood: Fort Mill

Location: 414 S New Hope Rd, Gastonia, North Carolina, 28056.

District: Gastonia

Keep an eye out for specials at this seafood market, including Lowcountry Boil. The packages are cooked and ready to feed four people. Reservations can be made by calling (803) 222-6057 in Clover, (803) 547-8668 in Fort Mill, or (704) 824-6010 in Gastonia.

Seafood Cooking NC

Location: 114 E Central Ave, Mt Holly, NC 28120.

Neighborhood: Mount Holly

Seafood Boil offers customized packages. Start with red potatoes, corn and sausage of your choice, and praline cornbread, then top with seafood of your choice. You can opt for traditional lowcountry using only shrimp, or add crayfish, crab, mussels, or even lobster tail. Online order available.

This story was originally published May 24, 2022 at 11:30 am.

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Heidi Finley is a writer and editor for Charlotte Five and the Charlotte Observer. Outside of work, you’re more likely to find her in the suburbs, where she drives kids, volunteers, and indulges in culinary passions.


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