Born + raised in New England, it’s no surprise I’ve developed an affinity for – dare I say it – wicked good seafood. From steaming clams + shucking corn on my parents’ back porch to clamming in the Block Island waterways and enjoying lobster rolls (top-split white bread hot dog bun lightly toasted in butter – no exceptions) at Matunuck Beach, some of my happiest memories growing up involve not only food, but seafood.
When I relocated to Charleston a few years ago, I quickly learned there is no shortage of amazing seafood to be found in this port city. And Chubby Fish, tucked away in the Ellliotborough neighborhood, is at the top of my list. From its welcoming, comfortable, and intimate atmosphere to a menu board full of locally-sourced dishes thoughtfully concepted by Chef James London, I knew right away I was in for a treat. And while I definitely indulged on much, much more, these three dishes in particular left my taste buds wanting another bite.
If you’re looking for a one bite wonder, look no further than the amberjack crudo. The amberjack melts in your mouth, and is topped with a delicious avocado puree + chili ponzu. It is a perfect bite of fresh, hot, sweet, and tangy.
Piled on top of soft bread with a “just right” amount of crunch at the edges, is a savory blend of flavors that are both fresh and perfectly unique. The addition of the nori butter alongside the spadefish is spot-on, and the combination of fresh herbs + radishes rounds out the plate perfectly.
Curry tends to get a rep for being both sauce- and dish-heavy; the bluefish curry at Chubby Fish is anything but. Topped over fluffy coconut rice, this dish is a hearty main course while still maintaining the light + fresh vibes of the rest of the menu. With just the right amount of heat, it is an amazing combination of unique flavors, textures, and ingredients.
While I couldn’t order everything (I had to save room for a “Not Fried Chicken”!), it’s clear that you can’t go wrong eating your way through the Chubby Fish menu. From the cozy neighborhood vibes to thoughtful wine pairings and an ever-evolving menu board, adding Chubby Fish to your restaurant rotation will be well worth it. Be sure to share your favorites with us the next time you stop in. Cheers!
-Rachel Bergan, Guest Experience Coordinator