Posts from September 2012

Seafood Capital of South Carolina

Friday, September 28, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Murrells Inlet K.M. Murrells Inlet, which is now known as the seafood capital of South Carolina, wasn’t always as family friendly as it is today. In the 1800s, pirates hid in the inlet creeks waiting to plunder unsuspecting English ships. You may have heard of one in particular called Blackbeard. Water adventure still awaits. You can try fishing or crabbing on one of the many charter boats available for rent, or you can always get a closer look at the legends of old by scuba diving off the coast near historic shipwrecks or…

Bog Balls - A New Southern Delicacy

Friday, September 21, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Socastee Station K.M. They’re called Bog Balls. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. What the heck is that? Let me help you decipher this Grand Strand delicacy. Chicken Bog is a native dish to the area with roots in the Gullah Geechee culture, the culture born in the Lowcountry among former African slaves dating back to the 17 th century. Its tasty ingredients traditionally include chicken, rice, sausage, peppers, onions and other spices. Like its more popular Shrimp and Grits counterpart, everyone makes it different. In…

A “Spirited” Dining Experience

Thursday, September 20, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

The Brentwood K.M. I admit that I’m not really a ghost person. I believe in spirits but have never actually seen anything of the paranormal variety. So I’ve always been intrigued by the rumors about the haunted happenings at The Brentwood. In recent years, the restaurant has been studied by several “Ghost Hunters” and been certified as haunted. For a time the Victorian house was used as a bed and breakfast by the family who owned it and, rumor has it, a few visitors may have outstayed their welcome. I was alerted to the…

Tours of Sandy Island

Thursday, September 13, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

An ever-changing cultural landmark K.M. Just minutes from Myrtle Beach lays a tucked-away island where the past, present and future collide. Being a history buff, I’ve been intrigued by Sandy Island for a while: where access is only by boat and descendents of former African slaves who worked on local rice plantations still reside. So I reached out to Captain Rodney, a native of the island, who offers tours to the public. It all started with a pontoon boat ride, where Captain Rodney explained the history of the Africans who…

Prix Fix

Friday, September 7, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

The Brentwood A Prix Fixe Menu to Be Desired K.M. Combine a native French chef with Carolina Coastal Cuisine, a world class wine list and a haunted 100-year-old house, and what do you get? That would be The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro in the northern-most Grand Strand city, Little River. This hidden gem boasts one-of-a-kind menu options, including a 3 course Prix Fixe menu that’ll leave you scratching your head in indecision. On a recent visit I had the filet; however the best was saved for last with the rich Fondant Au Chocolat for…

Gullah Luv

Thursday, September 6, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Gullah Luv ’n Uddah T’ings Pawley’s Island Hammock Shops In December, I visited the Ultimate Gullah shop in Conway and left with what would turn out to be the most amazing souvenir I’ve ever purchased. In addition to a fabulous Gullah cookbook, I also snagged a container of Gullah Luv seasoning. I quickly began a series of culinary experiments with sensational results. When I returned to Myrtle Beach in August, my schedule did not allow for a drive to Conway and I was disheartened that I wouldn’t be able to replenish my stash of seasoning (that…

Deviled Crab

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Deviled Crab? Yes, Please! The River Room M.G. Being that it’s my favorite type of seafood, I thought I’d tried crab prepared in every conceivable manner. Crab legs, crab cakes, and even she-crab soup. But when I stopped in The River Room www.riverroomgeorgetown.com in Georgetown, one look at the menu told me I was wrong. Along with a large selection of delicious seafood, the restaurant offers “deviled crab,” as part of its traditional Fried Seafood Platter. The result? A crab cake-like mixture creatively served in an empty crab shell. Let’s…

From Farm to Table

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Lee’s Farmers Market M.G. Not in the mood to eat out every day of your vacation, but still want to enjoy fresh local produce and sea food? That’s the mindset I was in, driving down Route 17 in the hope of finding a farmer’s market offering farm fresh eggs and perhaps a few peaches. As if right on cue, I spotted the sign for Lee’s Farmer’s Market and quickly made a U-turn to take a peek inside. Walking through the front door, I knew immediately I’d hit the jackpot. The market was full, wall-to-wall, of fresh produce, meats and seafood, as well…

This Week’s Theme: Foodie Finds

Monday, September 3, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

You know us for the beach, for endless attractions, for live entertainment and for water adventures. But did you know that Myrtle Beach has a burgeoning food scene? From a strange local delicacy called bog balls to the tried-and-true Coastal Carolina favorites, we’ve got a little something for every appetite. That’s why this week’s 60 Secrets www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/60days will focus on all the fun and fabulous foods to uncover along our 60 Miles. Stay tuned for some flavorful finds! What do you think we’ll reveal this week? Any local dishes or…