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In addition to Myrtle Beach’s traffic, we also weren’t prepared for their Low Country seafood. I’m used to being able to get all-you-can-eat crabs just about anywhere in OC, but it was limited to only buffets there. We tried 2 buffets, and hands-down the best one was the Seafood House.
They had crab legs and every other type of seafood you can imagine. That’s where I first experienced the South Carolina crab cake. Y’all, my mother has ordered a crab cake at every restaurant that has them my entire life, and I’ve never once liked them. They’ve always seemed dry and bland. These though were amazing. Instead of being a bland, bready mess, these were moist and had a serious roasted red pepper flavor to them. The buffet is shaped like a giant ship, and they also have live mermaids that come out and swim every half an hour which is great for the kiddos.
The other meal that we really enjoyed was at Marshview Seafood Kitchen and Bar. This was a bit further of a drive out to Murrells Inlet. It’s an open air restaurant on the marsh and right next to the MarshWalk. (Yupp, you read that right – like the boardwalk but well, along the marsh), and I’m going to be honest I did not have high hopes when we walked in. The dining area was kind of small, and it had a smallish menu, nothing compared to the monstrosity of a buffet we’d had earlier, but y’all, I. Was. Wrong.
Those are the types of places that surprise you. They start you off with a basket of hush puppies. By the way, all of the hush puppies we tasted the entire trip were sweet and served with honey butter. So sweet and delicious – not the garlicky ones I’m used to. Now, this was my one mistake on the trip. The Fellow really wanted all-you-can-eat shrimp. While they didn’t have all- you-can-eat shrimp, they did have shrimp by the pound. We figured that we’d get a meal and the shrimp, split both, and call it a day.
The Fellow had never tried a soft-shell crab (neither had I for that matter; however, I was really okay with that) and had been saying he wanted to experience it at some point while we were at the beach, and he figured this was as good a place as any to try one. However, I really wanted the shrimp po’boy, but I knew that he wouldn’t spring for two meals and the shrimp and would tell me to just get whatever I wanted and he’d skip the crab. So I told him I was on board with the soft-shell crab and that’s what we got.
I’m pretty sure missing out on that po’boy will haunt me for the rest of my life, or at least until we go back. Then again, eating the legs of that soft-shell crab will probably also haunt me for the rest of my life, but if you can get past that part, the flavor was good.
Instead of French fries, they serve Freedom fries which were a lightly seasoned fry, and I loved them. We were talking to the waiter, and the owner also owns a fish market in the inlet and all of their fish, shrimp and crab were locally sourced which was neat!
The other cool thing they offered was a bring-your-own fish special! You could buy them at the fish market or bring in your fresh catch, and they would grill, fry, or blacken it for you; then serve it with hush puppies, freedom fries, and a drink for eight bucks.
What are your favorite places to eat in Myrtle Beach? Let me know!