No, Really, Where Did You Catch That?

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The Oak Grove area just got a little fishier with the opening of the Oak Grove Fish House, the brainchild of Ryan Dukes, who also owns the Blue Marlin in the Vista. This second restaurant for Dukes is purposely in a not densely crowded area. He chose Lexington County to serve the customers that he knows live in the area who also frequent the Blue Marlin.

The Fish House is much more casual than its Vista counterpart, though, and is based on the downhome-style fish camps that are common in the Upstate and throughout North Carolina, near where Dukes grew up — just outside of Charlotte in Lake Wylie.

The Blue Marlin’s famous shrimp and grits do appear on the Fish House menu, plus a few of the cooks, staff and executive chef from the Marlin came over to the new place as well. But the similarities end there. Dukes gave the Fish House a vintage nautical feel without the cheesy overdone vibes from larger seafood entities that have netting on the walls.

Fried and grilled seafood platters, catfish stew, shrimp cocktails, po’ boys, and even a few non-fishy burgers and sandwiches also appear on the menu, making this a place that seafood haters can appreciate too.

The Oak Grove Fish House is located at 309 Oak Drive out toward Lexington (the former Vegetable Medley) and is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Herb Festival Brings Fresh Tastes to Lexington

The Herb Bunch of Lexington County is putting on its eight annual It’s All About Herbs Festival, one of the few food-related festivals where you’re guaranteed to see the titular food as more than just an afterthought. It really is all about herbs, from the carefully selected vendors that include lots of herby goodness in their foods and wares, to the demonstrations on herb gardening and care.

The event is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lexington County Museum at 231 Fox St. Admission to the event is free, but money is required to purchase food and items from vendors. All proceeds from this event go towards the Lexington County Scholarship Fund.

Healthy Carolina Market Returns

Looking for a non-Saturday farmers market option? The Healthy Carolina farmers market on Greene Street in front of the Russell House on the University of South Carolina campus is also open to the public. It occurs on Tuesdays during the semester from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A list of vendors and other market events can be found here.

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