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Sea What’s Up at The Waterman

I’m on a seafood kick lately, and I am LOVING IT.

Growing up in South Carolina and having an avid fisherman as a father, I love everything that comes from the water.

Sooo shame on me for JUST now paying a visit to The Waterman, a seafood joint and raw bar in South End.

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I loved everything about the decor, from the rustic patio furniture to the beautiful sign to the light fixtures inside. Perfect vibes for devouring seafood.

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To kick things off, we had a quick oyster shucking lesson from Slim, an expert shucker who opens about 1,800 oysters a day. I thought I’d get through this course with ease having been to many oyster roasts, but I forgot how much harder it is to shuck a raw oyster vs. steamed. Oops! (They were delicious, by the way.)

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Fresh oysters from Sea Level, NC served with house-made cocktail sauce, horseradish, and white fennel mignonette

Next up, all da tacos. I tried the fried oyster, grilled fish, and mushroom tacos – all very tasty.

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Grilled fish, crispy oyster, braised chicken, blackened shrimp, and mushroom tacos (served on corn tortillas or scallion pancakes)
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Sunken Pirate (Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon, ginger, blueberry puree, basil, lemon)

These crawdaddy dippers would make the perfect appetizer.

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Crawdaddy Dippers (Cajun-style rice, fried crawfish, tartar sauce)

And this beer-battered cod sandwich? Droooool. (The house-made pickles are dope.)

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The Fisherman’s Pick Sandwich (beer-battered cod, house-made pickles, cole slaw, tartar sauce, potato bun)

Last but not least: dessert. I actually don’t really like pecan pie, but I really liked this pecan bar. Bravo!

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Southern Pecan Bar (served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream)

I’m super pumped to get back to The Waterman ASAP, especially when it’s warm again (their rooftop dining area has a fantastic view of the Charlotte skyline).

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Kentucky Cold Brew (Jim Beam Repeal Bourbon, Pure Intentions cold brew coffee, orange essence, raspberry-hemp whipped cream)

Be sure to stop by during happy hour (Monday – Friday, 4 – 7 PM) for $1 house oysters.

This post was created after a complimentary tasting from The Waterman. All opinions are my own.

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