What’s the Best Seafood in Myrtle Beach?

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When you’re on vacation here, you’ve got access to some of the freshest, most delicious seafood around. But you know all Myrtle Beach seafood restaurants aren’t created equal; some swim to the head of the school while others sink. 

We want to make sure you have the best Myrtle Beach seafood experience possible, so we’ve done the research for you by stuffing ourselves silly with all the fruits of the sea we could find and narrowing it down to a top three. You’re welcome.

3. Flying Fish Public Market and Grill
There’s something about the market atmosphere of flying fish that almost makes you feel like you’ve been transplanted to Seattle, but then you take a bite of hushpuppy alongside your fresh catch and you know you’re still in the good ole south. The fresh fish catch of the day prepared signature style—cornmeal coated and pan-fried—with a touch of fresh herb cream sauce and a basket of hushpuppies with honey butter is a meal to write home about.

Tip: Flying Fish has amazing lunch specials Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Think smoked mahi melt with a side of gouda mashed potatoes for $5.

Find it at Barefoot Landing, 4744 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. Phone: 843-663-3474

2. Creek Ratz
Sometimes you just need a basket full of golden-fried seafood, and when the craving calls, Creek Ratz could be worth a trip down to Murrells Inlet. Their fried shrimp basket, the perfect marriage of salty-crisp and sea-sweet, will most certainly satisfy your seafood cravings. But if you go for a po’boy, a crab cake or even a Murrells Inlet pizza with shrimp, onion, peppers and mushrooms, you’ll likely still leave satisfied. And it never hurts to get a seat on the deck, where you can enjoy a view of the Murrells Inlet marsh walk.

Creek Ratz is located about 25 minutes south of Myrtle Beach at 4065 Hwy. 17 business, Murrells Inlet. Phone: 843-357-2891

1. Sea Captain’s House
The she-crab soup and shrimp and grits at Sea Captain’s House are the kind of food that you’ll dream about long after your vacation is over. And with its historic location in a former guest house overlooking the Atlantic, the Sea Captain’s House provides the perfect upscale location for a delicious brunch, lunch or dinner. One can’t-miss seafood dish much loved for more than 30 years at Sea Captain’s House is the shrimp salad with mayonnaise, celery, capers and lemon; it’s bright, fresh and addictive.

Sea Captain’s House is located at 3002 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach. Phone: 843-448-8082.

Posted 3/18/13