Traveler’s world-over journey near and far to discover the unfamiliar and the types of tastes that distinguish ever-lasting vacation memories. Visitors to the Myrtle Beach area are in for a treat that pleases each and every palate with various styles of strikingly delicious cooking. The area is historically known for its fresh local seafood, rice, grits, sweet potatoes, peaches, berries and a fresh produce season that starts in early spring – making Myrtle Beach a paradise for every “foodie” to indulge. At the northern end of the Grand Strand, North Carolina-style Calabash reigns supreme, with its traditional lightly-breaded, fried seafood meals. Calabash buffets – the most famous being the Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood – line Highway 17 for miles, offering guests hundreds of delicious options to choose from;everything from deviled crab to flounder and black bass. With wallet-friendly prices, Calabash has remained a steadfast cooking style since the Myrtle Beach area became a vacation resort in the mid-Twentieth century.
Venture further south and travelers will find themselves in the heart of the Lowcountry, where chefs utilize local ingredients such as Carolina rice, stone-ground grits, shrimp, blue crab, grouper and country ham, in traditional recipes handed down from the Gullah community of the southeastern coastal states. Today, young professional chefs in the Myrtle Beach area are taking this culinary genre to a new level with innovative interpretations of those traditional dishes. These “Carolina Coastal” chefs are using locally sourced ingredients, sustainable meat, fish and seafood, as well as regionally grown produce to enhance the taste and quality of cuisine. One of the most interesting spots to experience this style of cooking is in the community of Murrells Inlet – the seafood capital of South Carolina – where a slew of restaurants sit along the picturesque Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, offering a range of flavorsfor every taste and wallet.
When people think of great seafood along the Grand Strand, the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk often comes to mind. Visitors can enjoy a stroll along the area’s magnificent waterway before settling in for a meal in what has been dubbed the “Seafood Capitol of South Carolina.” There are eight renowned eateries sure to give your taste buds a serious wake-up call: Bovine’s, Wahoo’s, Divine Fish House, Drunken Jack’s, Capt. Dave’s Dock Side, Creek Ratz, Dead Dog Saloon and Wicked Tuna. Enjoy everything these dining wonders have to offer, from burgers and fries to fresh seafood, wood-fired pizzas and delicious steaks.
Myrtle’s Farmer Market in Downtown Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach has its very own fresh farmers market, open three days a week, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Myrtle’s Market offers an array of culinary favorites, fresh fruits and vegetables, plus seasonal items. The market islocated on Mr. Joe White Avenue at Oak Street. For more information call (843) 457-5618.
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