Oh my word, I just had the best fried fish in my life.
I walk past D&D’ Restaurant and Catering twice a day as it is conveniently located at 114 Spring Street and I have wanted to dive into this dive for years. It is a community establishment on Spring Street and remains untouched by the years and gentrification that has made Charleston a snobbish tourist destination.
It certainly caters to people craving “how Charleston used to be.”
I ordered a “fish sandwich” to go and within five minutes, I was presented with a platter of fried whiting AND tilapia with a bun, tarter sauce, lettuce and tomato. $4.00 No joke. Including tax. The fish was delicious and fresh, with light crispy breading and ample enough for a sandwich and a second serving on its own.
The tartar sauce was clearly homemade and the absolute bomb. The menu promises with the “best she crab soup in town”, shrimp and grits as well as ox tail. I will definitely be working my way through the menu.
Sure, the martini glasses hanging over the bar have some dust and the carpets are beat down.
There are signs warning “no credit” and the lady who took my order and prepared the food was friendly enough. The pool table and mirrored walls echo a swinging past life, but I think D & D will soon celebrate a renaissance when longstanding Charleston citizens get tired of the $12 turkey sandwiches and $28 pork chops down the street.
Evening dinner specials include Okra soup with chicken leg, Beef Stew, Stew Turkey Wings, Ribs Beef or Pork, Stew Chicken, Lima Beans with chicken leg quarter and Ox Tail. Can we get more traditional home style Southern?
There is also free delivery to Spring Street, Cannon Street and Bogard Street with a $12.00 cash minimum per order.