Foodstalkers is on tour!
Myrtle Beach, SC, runs with a reputation (at least among my friends) of being disgustingly, gloriously trashy. If personified, Myrtle Beach would be a lady: 65 years old , tanned well-done, wrinkly, acrylic red nails, swimsuit with net-style cover-up dress, flip flops, teased and bleached hair, cigarette hanging out of the mouth, Busch Lite in a neon green koozie reading, “BEER, It’s What’s For Dinner.”
It hasn’t always been this way. But in the past couple of decades, strip joints have cropped up like STD outbreaks. And the beachwear shops have become more and more redundant. I recall past trips and the unspeakable charades. Could there be a side to Myrtle Beach beyond the ludicrous?
Yes and no. The charades continue, but I did manage to find spots that locals and non-Spring Break (or Beach Grad) visitors could enjoy year round. It was truly worthwhile to be visiting in the off season.
Definitely a noteworthy local joint. This place was pretty busy for a Friday afternoon lunch in the off-season. There are dollar bills lining the walls! Ha. So the food is great. I ordered a delectable cheeseburger (shocker, as I normally go sans formage). I topped it with lettuce, tomato, pickles, mustard and SLAW. Yes, slaw. I love it on a burger. Side of onion rings. And a Diet Coke for equilibrium. This place gets an A: satisfying food and a fun, casual environment. Thank you, Joe!
Duffy Street Seafood Shack, Main Street, Cherry Grove, SC
Steamed shrimp + fries, slaw and hushpuppies. This is my favorite standard beach food, mainly because of the Old Bay and spices in the steamer. I’m not sure what the quantity was, but it was way enough for two meals. Overall: good basic beach food, though nothing truly extraordinary. I imagine this place gets crowded during summer months with locals and visitors alike.
This place was incredibly good. I can only imagine the wait for a table during summer months. But lucky for us, we were seated right away for lunch. The house maintains its charm with quaint dining rooms throughout. There’s also a patio with bar out back—right on the beach!
The menu is extensive, featuring beachy favorites, sandwiches and a nice list of salads (for when you’re full on fried seafood). I selected another beachy favorite: crab cakes with a dill butter sauce. Oh yes. These were tender and meaty, not made of lots of filler. The breading was also nice and thin, so the flavors concentrated on the crab, and not on a crunchy cornmeal exterior. This place is a must-visit. But get there early, or plan on waiting if it’s summertime!
Just a couple more highlights: