When I was planning my vacation in Coastal Carolina, one of the top things I was looking forward to was dining on some delicious seafood. I noticed many of the seafood restaurants in Myrtle Beach referred to themselves as Calabash-style seafood restaurants. Being a newbie to the Carolina scene, I wasn’t sure exactly what Calabash seafood was but I knew I had to find out.
By asking a few locals I found out Myrtle Beach Calabash seafood restaurants are buffet-style eateries that offer a large selection of items, some of which have close to 200 food options. The Calabash name is inspired by a small town in North Carolina known so widely for its bountiful seafood harvest it has been dubbed “The Seafood Capital of the World.” Further, the name Calabash refers to a type of cooking in which seafood is lightly breaded and fried and typically served buffet style. The seafood is always accompanied with the ever popular side dish – hushpuppies – made with corn meal, not flour. This is the South you know!
|The Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood Restaurant|
|One of the famous ship models.|
|Crab legs and a delicious plate of seafood.|
With the wide variety and assortment of fresh seafood, The Original Benjamin’s lives up to its award-wining hype. This Grand Strand landmark is a popular place to eat, so be sure to make time for a wait if you visit during the summer season. And be sure to go hungry!