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Mar 7, 2009 05:49 AM

myrtle beach newbie

for the first time ever i have "let" my husband totally plan a trip and destination- it's his golfing buds for his 50th so we're off to myrtle beach in end of april. and since i'm a CPA i don't have time to research much so what are the foods of the area i shouldn't miss. i believe alot of seafood but i'm sure it will be different from west coast style that i'm used to.
so, what are the specialities, the regional dishes etc?
thanks so much

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  1. Go down to Pawley's and Litchfield----Frank's is delicious!---everything is good. Kudzu is a great deli/bakery--world's best tuna salad. Shopping is good. Go more south and Georgetown has some delicious places as well. In MB---Sea Captain's house for She Crab Soup.

    1. great restaurants on Pawlay Island.
      Louis' is among the best. we were there are loved it

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      1. re: DM Ohio

        Louis is closed. High Hammock is in its place.

      2. If you want just some really good simple fried seafood - try Seafood Hut in Calabash.
        Nothing fancy, no alcohol - but always expect to wait. Never greasy and always fresh.

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        1. re: ninetys

          Steak ..New York Prime
          Ruth's Chris --- In MB
          Ella's seafood ---in Calabash
          Salt Creek --Pawley's Island (up scale everthing )

          1. re: big1515

            Love Love Love Salt Creek....but it is in Murrells Inlet about 10 miles north of Pawley's Island.

        2. I've lived in the MB area since the mid 70's and have watched this place sprout up like a mushroom patch. I have seen seafood restaurants come and go like the wind that's always here. The Calabash restaurants prominent on the north end of the beach are so-so, most are seafood troughs of the buffet variety. Good for filling up on, but lacking in true quality. Murrells Inlet offers some very nice (high overhead) restaurants with their fancy little gimmicks to attract customers, but their quality is once For the $$ you'd spend the amount of food you get is surprisingly mediocre.

          I by-pass all restaurants in the MB area and head down to Charleston, SC to a magnificent restaurant at 215 Meeting St. It's name is Hymans Seafood and you get absolutely the best "bang for the buck" ! Treat yourself to a day drive down there and enjoy the best seafood on the SC coast. Their "Crispy Flounder" will fill up the entire platter, throw on some fried oysters and fried scallops and plan on dining for 2 hours ! Oh, and don't forget to enjoy their Boiled Peanuts that are always free 8))

          Luvan's Old South Fishcamp used to be in Garden City and was know as a "Local's place" Few outsiders knew of it and it was fantastic in itself. Alas, progress took over the land they were on and they had to move. Unfortunately for our area they moved way on the other side of Conway, SC. Very difficult to describe how to get there.

          For a different type of dinner I'd recommend Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse ! Don't waste your time with the Salad bar buffet you can start with, it'll fill you up first and you won't have any room for the most delicious meats they have to offer ! Well worth the cost !

          Enjoy you trip here !

          1. Definitely try Salt Creek. Their web site is They have great early bird specials and their menu is creative. On Hwy 17 below Garden City and before you get to Pawley's Island. Frank's is delicious.