Mike Lata might be a partner at Charleston's fanciest seafood hall, but he is also a crowned Waffle House Master Blaster who dreams of owning a fish shack and is well-versed in world of greasy spoons. Eater Charleston asked the Ducati-riding chef of The Ordinary/FIG to share a couple of his favorite dives, and he had no shortage of suggestions. Here are five of Lata's picks, which range from a fish store to a local legend, and stretch across the Lowcountry...
Fishnet Seafood on Route 17: "It's basically a seafood store, where you get a fried flounder sandwich or Jesus crab (they're little crabs, but they cook the devil out of them). You sit on the hood of your car and eat. It's a cool little place."
Waffle House: "...because somebody had to say it."
The Tomato Shed on John's Island: When asked what to order, the answer was two words: "Tomato pie."
Downtown's Dave's Carry-Out: "It's a great spot for late-night food." Lata reminisced about Dave's old locale, which "leaning over so much, it was nearly falling down."
The famous Martha Lou's Kitchen on Morrison Drive: For fried chicken, of course.
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