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Help please! NY Chowhounds need recs for Myrtle Beach/Little River for January trip

Hi fellow chowhounds. We will be visiting a relative in Little River next weekend and are desperately seeking some advice. A few years back when we last visited this same relative we weren't thrilled with the places he took us too and want to go armed with some of our own selections this time. We're only down for the weekend - Fri night through Sun. afternoon and need recs for really good, reasonably priced, non-touristy (it is off-season anyway) casual places to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner and maybe a Sunday brunch.

The SC host is not an adventurous eater and so we will have to avoid ethnic and as we're from NY we do okay on that end when at home anyway. We're thinking best bets would be fresh seafood, authentic southern style home cooking and excellent BBQ - all of which we love anyway. Restos can be off the beaten path, in fact we'd prefer it. No chains please.

Thanks Hounds!

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  1. If you're going to be in the area, I'd make a trip across the border to Calabash,N.C. (it's 5 minutes from Little River) to try one of the original Calabash seafood restaurants. I suggest Dockside which is down on the water and owned by the original family. You can have the traditional fried seafood or sample something a little healthier too. Just take a right at the stoplight by Callahan's Gift Empire (can't miss it and worth a stop too) and head straight down to the marsh.

    1. Definitely make the drive to Calabash and eat at the Calabash Seafood Hut for lunch. Go before 12 noon or you'll be waiting in line for a table.

      Chesnut Hill on Restaurant Row has a great Sunday Brunch.

      SeaBlue in North Myrtle Beach is very good. Tapas but not tapas.

      For the best BBQ and local food, either Little Pigs in Myrtle Beach or drive to Prossers BBQ in Murrells Inlet.

      1. Bimini's in North Myrtle is a great for fried oysters or fried grouper balls.

        1. Thanks all for the recs. Many of these sound like good options. If I may press on - are there any thoughts on breakfast/lunch places with great biscuits etc.?

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          1. re: laylag

            Honestly, you'd be hard pressed to find a better biscuit than Bojangles. Their chicken biscuits are out of this world.

            1. re: BlueHerons

              What about breakfast though? Would be nice to find a great place for a southern breakfast - grits, biscuits and gravy, et al.

              1. re: laylag

                I really love the K&W cafeteria.

                Many of the breakfast places around here cater to the northern clientele.

                Prossers BBQ in Murrells Inlet has a really good southern breakfast.

                Boulineau's food cafeteria would probably be the best place closest to you. They also do an excellent meat-and-three for lunch. You'll not find better fried chicken, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, and banana pudding.

          2. random, but I have a relative in Little River also. When I've been to visit, I've been pretty underwhelmed by the dining options. Most fish you will find fried. Many restaurants are buffet style, pronounced "boo-fay".

            I also would have recommended going to Calabash. You have to stop in at that giant knick-knack store, just for the comedic value.

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            1. re: cheesemonger

              Cheesemonger, Is the giant knick knack store (tchatchke where I'm from) the one apple referenced in the first response to my post - Callahan's Gift Empire?

              1. re: laylag

                Yes, you really can't miss it- it's huge, and right at the main intersection in tiny Calabash. Tchotchkes galore! I couldn't remember the name, and I wasn't sure it was called Callahan's, but it probably is.

                1. re: cheesemonger

                  It's definitely Callahan's. I called it an empire out of exaggeration. There's a good homestyle breakfast place in Calabash, woman's name, like Sally's etc. Definitely low key, probably smoking still, but good biscuits. I'll see if I can find it.

                  1. re: Apple.at.chin.

                    Here's the website: http://www.callahansgifts.com/ Just look at all that *stuff*! It makes my clutter-phobic self cringe.

                    1. re: cheesemonger

                      Oh my gosh. Seeing that pic I think Callahans is the place our relative took us to a few years back. It was a trip. All that stuff and not a thing worth buying! I believe our daughter, then 2 1/2 picked out a few seashells and starfish. Good to know there's some decent food nearby but I think we'll skip the store this time.

                    2. re: Apple.at.chin.

                      Hey apple, any luck? I've googled for both sally's and also for restaurants in Calabash and nothing that sounds like the right place comes up.

                      1. re: laylag

                        There's a place in Calabash named Ella's. That may be it.

                        1. re: Cpt Wafer

                          Thanks Cpt but I don't think so as I googled Ellas and they seem to be a lunch/dinner seafood place.