Melissa Etheridge really likes Tricky Fish’s hush puppies

Melissa EtheridgeMelissa Etheridge played the Clay Center on Thursday night, but apparently spent much of Wednesday just roaming around our fair city.

Etheridge told the crowd Thursday she was particularly impressed with Tricky Fish, that “urban beach bar” on Charleston’s East End.

She estimated she ate “oh…about 72” of the restaurant’s ever-popular hush puppies, and jokingly lamented the restaurant’s chef would not give her the recipe.

It’s a true story, says Tricky Fish chef Kelly Stephens.

“I didn’t think I was going to cause such a stir. I guess I should (have) let them know,” Stephens said.

Etheridge came into the restaurant around 4 p.m. Wednesday. She ordered catfish tacos and chips and salsa, but was still hungry. Her server suggested an order of hush puppies.

When they arrived, Etheridge was so impressed she tweeted a photo of the dish.

It’s not an uncommon reaction, Stephens said.

“Everybody loves the hush puppies here.”

Etheridge came up to the counter before she left.

“She came up to the counter and was asking about the hush puppies. She asked what was in them and said ‘I can’t tell you,” Stephens said.

The Grammy winner took the rejection in stride, shook Stephens’ hand and left.

Stephens has been working at Tricky Fish for a little over a year, but said that was her first celebrity sighting.

Etheridge praised the restaurant from the stage a few times on Thursday, and Stephens noted the lunch rush was particularly busy on Friday.

She’s not sure Etheridge had anything to do with it, but says it’s possible.

“I’d like to think it had something to do with her.”


Update: Melissa Etheridge coming to the Clay Center

UPDATE (Feb. 18, 10:05 a.m.) – Etheridge’s stop is part of her “This is ME Solo” tour. She’ll play songs new and old all by herself,  switching between acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica and piano.

Melissa EtheridgeJust announced from our friends at the Clay Center, singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge is coming to Charleston Thursday, April 17.

Etheridge, known for her early 1990s hits like “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One,” has recently been promoting her song “Uprising of Love” as a protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws.

Presale tickets will be available Wednesday, Feb. 19. Tickets go on sale to the general public. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. on You can also call 304-561-3570.