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5 Top Picks for Seafood in the Myrtle Beach Area
During your stay at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation, there’s one local tradition you must take part in - eating fresh seafood. Seafood is a dietary staple in the Myrtle Beach area; local fishing ports provide some of the best and freshest catches in the Carolinas. With so much great seafood, it can be difficult to choose where to eat next. We decided to whittle down the list and make it a little easier. Here are our guests’ Top 5 picks for seafood in Myrtle Beach.
Flying Fish Public Market & Grill
Located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, the Flying Fish is a unique place to unwind after a day of shopping. Inspired by the dockside fish markets of the West Coast, this restaurant lives up to its motto, “If It Swims, We’ll Catch It!” The day’s fresh catch goes airborne as staff members toss fish from glass-encased coolers to the kitchen. Guests are encouraged to join in by choosing their fish and heaving it into the arms of a waiting chef. If you prefer not to fling your food, that’s also fine. Order the Flying Fish’s Lowcountry Boil, which features Old Bay-seasoned potatoes, corn and smoked sausage, and add your choice of shrimp, snow crab, clams, mussels or oysters. Or choose from shrimp & grits, crab cakes, jambalaya and a long list of other fresh-caught specialties. Enjoy your delectable meal while watching the sun set over the Intracoastal Waterway on the outdoor patio deck. It’s the perfect way to relax after another great day on the Grand Strand. The Flying Fish is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
Lee’s Inlet Kitchen
Lee’s Inlet Kitchen has been family owned and operated for 69 years. In fact, it’s the only original Murrells Inlet restaurant still operated by the original founding family. Their delicious menu and family atmosphere have made this restaurant a favorite for visitors and locals alike. In fact, Lee’s has been voted “Best of the Beach” every year since 2009. They specialize in Lowcountry, Murrells Inlet-style cooking, with fried, grilled or broiled fish and shrimp platters, crab cakes and soft-shelled crab that are sure to please. Lee’s famous She Crab Soup is a six-time winner of the Murrells Inlet Chowder Contest. The “landfood” is just as tasty - chicken and a wide selection of steaks are served fresh off the grill.
Sea Captain’s House
Since the early 196os, Sea Captain’s House has been serving guests award-winning food in a repurposed beach house. This local favorite serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. From Lowcountry appetizers to fresh-caught seafood and homemade desserts, the Sea Captain’s House menu has something to please nearly anyone’s palate. Guests can enjoy Crab Cakes Benedict in the Blue Room, munch on Sea Island Shrimp or a fresh-baked quiche in the Sun Room, or taste the delicious Jambalaya, Low Country Crab Casserole or Chicken Oscar on the Patio. A Vanilla Bean Crème Brulée or Hot Fudge Sauce Cake is the perfect ending to a delicious meal. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available. The meal is enhanced by the beautiful views and live music.
The key to good seafood is a fresh catch, and Mr. Fish delivers. This father-daughter-owned restaurant is a local favorite, and visitors are beginning to catch on to the secret. Co-owner Ted Hammerman is a renowned fisherman who makes sure the seafood is always fresh. His daughter Sheina provides the creative culinary spark that attracts patrons from near and far. Mr. Fish has grown so much in popularity that it recently relocated to a much larger facility. A taste of their food will give you some insight into what prompted such growth. The daily specials, such as blackened grouper, seared tuna or fried flounder, are always an excellent choice for those searching for fresh, well-prepared seafood. Guests can also enjoy sushi, shrimp and grits, steamed oysters, king crab legs, and other treasures from the sea.
Captain George’s Seafood
Captain George’s is a regional seafood chain specializing in Maryland-style and Outer Banks-inspired seafood. It’s nautical-themed buffet is a step above, featuring piles of crab legs, broiled and fried fresh catch, and seasonal offerings. The Norfolk special is an offering of crab, shrimp and scallops sautéed in a garlic butter sauce that is sure to satisfy seafood lovers. Captain George’s also offers “landfood,” including such items as steaks, grilled chicken, potatoes, corn on the cob, steamed rice and mixed veggies. A full spread of soups, salads, desserts and their famous hushpuppies are also included in the buffet.
Whether you’re in the mood for blackened, broiled, steamed or sautéed, the Myrtle Beach area has the perfect fresh catch to satisfy your appetite. And when your memorable meal is complete, The Cottages at North Beach Plantation will be ready to welcome you home for some rest and relaxation.
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