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Diving into the Shipwreck
One darn fine Chicken Philly at the Shipwreck

Ahoy landlubbers!

The major refit of the Broughton Street address that once housed Fuddrucker’s has set sail for an entirely new port – the Shipwreck Restaurant and Lounge.

But don’t let all the big screen TVs, lethal drinks in fishbowls and massive martini menu keel haul you – there’s still some good chow coming from ship’s mess.

In fact, bargain lunches delivered hot and fast seem to be attracting a nice gathering of downtown business people – particularly at lunch.

I dropped anchor at the bar and waffled between a fish sandwich and the chicken Philly. Chicken Philly won – and I couldn’t have been more pleased.

A big, soft roll wrapped around piping hot filling of red and green bell pepper, sweet onion and nicely grilled chicken strips. A heaping, melted mound of what appeared and tasted to be Provolone bound the ingredients together into a pleasing, filling lunch time treat.

Seasoned fries were my choice of side, but other options are available, including a small salad.

The menu is small but thorough. Plenty of appetizer options fulfill the bar crowd’s needs – but there are also a couple of steaks and some pasta dishes for heartier appetites. The burger selection looks good – lots of flavors without pretense.

The bartender told me there’s either live entertainment or a DJ most Thursday through Saturday nights – and the set–up indicates that Shipwreck gets sailing much later in the day than lunch. A big center bar is supplemented by a smaller side bar – and comfy sofas overlooking busy Broughton Street make it a great destination for people-watching  while ever so slowly sipping your fishbowl–sized cocktail.

Efficient, prompt service, extreme list of martinis and cocktail concoctions and a small, mostly domestic beer list round out what should become a prime downtown hotspot.

15 W. Broughton St./629–0880

So long, hello

The long running Oyster Bar on Wilmington Island closed last week. According to a company spokesperson, the restaurant and popular bar will not re–open.

The restaurant was owned and operated by Turner Food and Spirits Co., which also owns downtown landmark the Pirate’s House. In the same week, the company opened a pirate–themed gift shop at the Pirate’s House, in the former location of Hannah’s.