No trip to Myrtle Beach is complete without at least one night out for seafood. Or, if you love fresh seafood from right out of our back yard, you might prefer to belly-up to the buffet three times a day. Seafood is the breakfast, lunch and dinner of champions.
That’s particularly true of Myrtle Beach, which is just 20 miles north of the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina” in Murrells Inlet, SC, and 20 miles south of the “Seafood Capital of the World” in Calabash, NC. It’s a good place to get fresh seafood right off the boat, and freshness makes all the difference in the world when it comes to seafood.
With all that fresh seafood flowing into Grand Strand restaurants, Bay View Resort guests have lots of options for dining out, some just a short distance from the resort. Whether you like it deep-fried, grilled, broiled or sushi raw, you will find quality seafood prepared just the way you like it at one of these five seafood establishments:
* Captain George’s: There are dozens of seafood buffets around the Grand Strand, but Captain George’s is the ultimate experience. Located just across Highway 17 Bypass from the Broadway at the Beach complex, Captain George’s is decorated to resemble a giant clipper ship, and the nautical-themed interior provides a great experience … and that’s before you hit the buffet. In addition to the raw bar, bakery, kids’ station, dessert table and an endless spread of seafood and “landfood” options, crab legs are also available for a nice surf and turf feast.
* Mr. Fish: Hard-core seafood fans swear by this Myrtle Beach hot spot. Co-owner Ted Hammerman, aka Mr. Fish, operated a successful seafood market in town before crossing over into restaurants, and he continues to reel in some of the freshest seafood in town. Offering creative concoctions as well as more traditional seafood dishes, Mr. Fish also features a sushi bar and a lounge that offers an excellent happy hour menu. Word to the wise: Forget about the menu and order a daily special off the chalkboard.
* Murrells Inlet Marshwalk: OK, so this isn’t a restaurant, but a collection of seafood eateries that overlook the scenic harbor where the fishing boats unload their daily catches. It’s hard to go wrong in picking a place among these restaurants, but the most popular options are Captain Dick’s Dockside, Creek Ratz, Dead Dog Saloon, Drunken Jack’s, Spudz and Wahoo’s, just to name a few. For drinks, live music and, of course, more seafood, check out Bubba’s Love Shack and watch the sunset over the inlet from a hammock.
* Rockefeller’s Raw Bar: This place may look like an oyster shack, and that’s because it is. But Rockefeller’s, located in North Myrtle Beach, also offers some of the best seafood in town. Famous for its Steam Kettles, Rockefeller’s is perfect for folks who prefer their seafood au natural. You can order shrimp, scallops, lobster, mussels and clams steamed in a kettle and covered with your choice of sauces – Old Bay and Beer, Frau Diablo, or Wine and Garlic. The crab dip is another popular item, and the bar serves a wide selection of draft beers to wash it all down.
* Sea Captain’s House: Located just down Ocean Boulevard from Bay View Resort, this former beach cottage has been serving fresh seafood to hungry diners for more than a half century. Featured in Southern Living and other national publications, this oceanfront dining experience is a must for seafood lovers. Featuring a nice blend of Southern and Lowcountry cuisine, the menu is known for such favorites as the Seafood Platters and the She-Crab Soup. Sea Captain’s serves three meals a day, and, yes, seafood is also on the breakfast menu with its famous Shrimp and Grits.