It doesn’t get much better than this: a great seafood dinner, a waterfront view, a stroll along the pier and a drink at a dockside bar. The scores of visitors at Shem Creek every night are testament to the fun and flavor that the iconic site — dotted with local haunts that spotlight all that was mentioned above — offers.
However, it’s a far different scene than the one there some 50 years ago. Back then there was only one restaurant on the creek. That didn’t really matter because that one was an instant classic, and it was the Lorelei. There were no fish tacos, seafood towers or oyster sliders. There was no such thing in those days. Instead, the menu was basic local seafood, most everything fried, of course. The restaurant’s specialties, the fish stew and crab dip, came with every meal. That popular appetizer is the thing that kept everyone talking about it long after the visit.