Flying Fish Public Market & Grill soars with fun and flavor

If you want to see fish fly at the eatery, you simply let an employee know. After that, they give you a pair of gloves; position you on one end of the display case filled with fresh fish and seafood and toss you a real fish. Hopefully, you will catch it and toss it back. The fun starts with that fishy fun.

Yet, more fun is to come at this place that is favored by locals and tourists alike.

“I love the environment,” said Bygina Frazier, a Myrtle Beach resident who calls The Flying Fish Public Market & Grill one of her favorite eateries on the Grand Strand. “It is relaxing as well as cozy.”

The eatery looks classy but it won’t leave you cashless. From the wood tables trimmed in silver metal and other metallic accents throughout to the stellar view of the Intracoastal Waterway, the restaurant has a contemporary, upscale appearance but the environment is easy and carefree.

“The views are fantastic in the upstairs and downstairs dining rooms,” said Rich Vascovitch, an operating partner. “We also have two screened-in patios that are right on the water.”

People sitting at the bar area on the first floor, especially, act as if they know you personally – perhaps they do since numerous folks tend to come here again and again.

“We are definitely a family-friendly restaurant,” said Rich Vascovitch, an operating partner. “The restaurant has a lively atmosphere. This is not the place to come if you are going out for a candlelight dinner. We like to have fun.”

Vivacious personalities, be they of customers or employees, are always abundant.

“The wait staff is very friendly,” Frazier said. “They certainly make you feel at home.”

As soon as you walk in the restaurant, employees makes you feel like family.

The menus make you feel hungry.

The assortment of soups, salads, sushi, seafood, burgers, chicken and other favored foods is deliciously staggering.

The Chicken Cobb Sandwich, Blackened Shrimp Caesar Wrap and Market Grilled Chicken Salad are among the six choices, excluding side selections, on the $5 Lunch Menu served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There are a larger variety of options during happy hour, which is unlike any other on the Grand Strand because it is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. In addition, the portions are not reduced along with the prices – customers get the same portions served during regular business hours.

“Our happy hour is popular with tons and tons of locals,” Vascovitch said.

Upon inspecting the happy hour menu, one can quickly discern why it is admired.

Oyster shooters, made with Pearlz Black Vodka, a Gulf oyster, Zing Zang Blood Mary Mix and rimmed with Old Bay Seasoning, are $2 each. Chardonnay, Merlot and other house wines are $3 per glass. A 16-ounce Pabst Blue Ribbon is $2. There are $4 margaritas, including a blackberry peach one.

And the beat goes on for this happy hour menu. There are also hushpuppies ($3.50), a rib stack (a half rack dry rubbed in brown sugar and red pepper flakes for $7), buffalo shrimp ($5), calamari ($5), $5 sushi (California, spicy tuna and spicy crab) and other gastronomic opportunities.

Appetizers, some of which are available for happy hour, include the eclectic sweet potato fries, which are the base for toppings of bleu cheese crumbles, bleu cheese sauce, diced tomatoes, chives and sweet red onions. It is weird, but wonderful. It costs $5 during happy hour and $7.95 during lunch and dinner.

On the dinner menu, the entrees are just as tempting. The house specialties include shrimp and grits, which is Vascovitch’s personal favorite.

“We don’t season the grits,” he said. “We use country ham to give saltiness to the dish. We use cheddar cheese grits. We sauté the ham and the shrimp together.”

The end product is a colorful composition of shrimp, country ham, grape tomatoes and scallions coated with a delicate cream sauce over the stone-ground cheddar grits. It costs $15.95.

Other entrees include jambalaya, New York strip steak and crab cakes, with the former costing $14.95 and the latter items costing $21.95.

“I would recommend Flying Fish to anyone because the restaurant is clean, the food is good and the Intracoastal Waterway view is beautiful,” Frazier said.

The Flying Fish Public Market & Grill is open from 11 a.m. until daily.

For more information, call 843-663-3474. You can also visit the website at www.flyingfishmarket.com.