Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Market
614 William Hilton Pkwy
Hilton Head Isle, SC 29928-3550
As I mentioned in my previous post about Hudson’s Seafood, South Carolina is famous for its Carolina White Shrimp, a species that is indigenous to the region and is consumed almost entirely in the local area. The species thrives along the entire eastern seaboard, and you might get a small percentage of them caught in local catches further north and south, but the highest concentrations of them are in the Carolinas. It has a characteristically sweet flavor and its texture isn’t as firm as shrimp from colder waters.
While many local restaurants in Hilton Head, Savannah and Charleston serve the Carolina shrimp, it is also possible to buy it from local seafood retailers and bring it back to your timeshare unit to cook yourself. One of the ones we were recommended to on Hilton Head Island itself was Barnacle Bill’s.
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Barnacle Bill’s is literally a shack on William Hilton Highway, a strip of road where many of the major time share complexes are located, right off the beach.
Here’s Barnacle Bill himself.
Like any salty sea dog, Barnacle Bill has an appreciation for mermaids.
Bill’s price list. Availability changes constantly, and you want to try to get to the shack early in the day.
A wall of several large commercial refrigerators which Bill uses to keep his product fresh.
In addition to raw seafood Bill also stocks soups and chowders, ready to eat.
Bill will hand select Carolina shrimp for you by the pound.
Here’s a closeup of the Carolina white shrimp.
Here’s two nice pieces of flounder Rachel bought.
Bill keeps all kinds of spices and sauces on hand for complimenting your seafood.
One product that he keeps is his Shrimp and Crab boil, which I recommend heartily.
Here’s some of the Carolina Shrimp we bought from him, boiled up in our timeshare unit. They only need 3 minutes in seasoned boiling water and then they are ready to eat.
The view outside our timeshare at the Marriott Surf Watch — few local restaurants can match that!