Take highway 17 north (about 26 miles) to SR 179 at Little River, SC. Turn on 179 and Calabash is 1.8 miles north.
Where is Calabash in relation to Myrtle Beach proper?
I live along the Jersey Shore and have a condo in North Myrtle Beach. I can tell you for certain my favorite restaurant is Hoskins in the Ocean Drive section of NMB.Their fried flounder, shrimp and scallops are the best. The peanut butter pie can best be described as "orgasmic".Hoskins is a true Roadfood restaurant and should not be missed.
Drive to Calabash. It’s worth it. We used to go every summer to Myrtle Beach or Cherry Grove and Calabash was the big exciting go out to eat place.
Years ago I ate at The Library at Myrtle-if it is still there-on the main drag-it is great. Expensive-frozen fork, etc. but worth it. Since I live within an hr. or so I always stop in Calabash – Capt. John’s, and any of the older ones on the water or the street leading to the water are good. Those on the main road do not seem quite as good. Many of them are the buffet type.
If Flo’s Place at Murrells Inlet is still there-it is great. I liked their bucket of seafood, corn, potatoes, etc
Black Market? Hmmmmm, maybe there’s a blackstrap molasses market for the pancake trade?
Golfers get up early to get out on the links !!! Ergo … they need some place to eat a hearty breakfast !!! Ergo .. da existence of a myriad of pancake type eating establishments !!!
Of course they could all just be front for some type of illicit activity … maybe there is a secret black market in specialty pancakes !!! [}:)][:D]
>>That said, are these restaurants in Myrtle Beach/Grand Strand itself more or less the same (quality/format/price/etc) as the ones actually located in Calabash? If not, elaborate….<<
Yep, they are, for better or for worse. They’re just bigger, a few more bucks, and if you like Red Lobster you’ll love Captain Whatshisname! The tiny little shrimp are shipped in from South Africa (true), the scallops are more closely related to skates, and the hushpuppies wouldn’t quiet my dog. There are exceptions, to be sure…I’m told that the Captain’s House is one…but that just proves the rule!
I was unaware of the link between pancake houses and golf….:-) I think I could use some extended analysis on this one….
I don’t recommend the All-u-can eat buffets !! The quality is never as good (IMHO)!
and yes … due to the 115 golf courses in the area there are an inordinate amount of pancake houses, puttputt’s and golf and other shopping outlets !!!
I also noted an inordinately large number of pancake houses and puttputt golf courses when I was there…
Inside of Myrtle Beach itself, their are a large number of seafood buffets that bill themselves as "Calabash". Never got to go to one, though, while there…..wife doesn’t much like seafood, which means I generally only get it when alone or on special occasions.
That said, are these restaurants in Myrtle Beach/Grand Strand itself more or less the same (quality/format/price/etc) as the ones actually located in Calabash? If not, elaborate….
(Thanks in advance for your answers)
Dear Gypsy Bob:
You might want to try the Sea Captain’s House, just north of downtown. Linked below is a newspaper piece I did on the place.
Johnson City, Tennessee
Either drive South 15 miles to Murrell’s Inlet or North 25 miles to Calabash, North Carolina for the best in southern fried seafood. I think that Calabash is more of a "Roadfood" place, with more seafood restaurants per capita than any other town in the United States. I have eaten at most of the 25 restaurants in Calabash, and have not had anything less than an excellent meal at any of them. I recommend the "Calabash Shrimp" and/or "Flounder Filet", although other entrees are also great. And the huspuppies put it over the top!
Have you tried Sara J’s, or Luvans in Garden City or Nance’s front porch in Murrells inlet ?? Granted they are not exactly in Myrtle beach proper, but they are just down the road in Garden City and Murrell’s inlet !!!
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