Find the Freshest Fish on the Grand Strand at These Markets and Restaurants

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When vacationers visit the Carolina coast, they expect to find fresh seafood. And on the Grand Strand, they definitely won’t be disappointed. In fact, fresh ocean offerings are considered by most to be the top culinary draw in the Myrtle Beach area, and delicious seafood can be found in abundance all over the area.

But even with the wealth of establishments serving fresh-caught seafood, some establishments here are known for serving the freshest of the fresh. If you and your vacation crew are looking to enjoy some fresh fish during your Myrtle Beach area getaway, head for one of these five spots that are known for dealing in especially fresh catches:

Platt's Seafood — Established in 1970 and found on Sea Mountain Highway in North Myrtle Beach, this seafood market offers its customers the freshest daily deliveries from local boats, and its knowledgeable staff takes pride in providing their guests advice about seafood and its preparation. The fresh offerings available here include oysters, clams, shrimp, live lobsters, blue crab, grouper, snapper, flounder, cod, mahi mahi, swordfish, kingfish, tilapia, mussels, bay and sea scallops, and more. Homemade specialties on offer include soups, crab cakes, oysters Rockefeller, shrimp & squid salads, key lime pie, and a range of sauces. Crab, shrimp and lobster steaming is also available at no extra charge. Explore all the fresh offerings at eugeneplattsseafood.com.

Flying Fish Public Market & Grill — Situated alongside the Intracoastal Waterway at North Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot Barefoot Landing, this business that’s part restaurant/part fish market offers fresh catches both raw and cooked to perfection under the same roof. With a concept inspired by Seattle’s Pike Place Market and South Carolina’s own Pearlz Oyster Bar, Flying Fish allows guests to dine on house specialties like Lowcountry crab cakes, lobster ravioli, shrimp & grits and house-made maki rolls while watching employees throw ice-cooled raw fish to one another over the counter. Explore the Flying Fish menus at flyingfishmarket.com.

Mr. Fish — Found on North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, father/daughter team-run Mr. Fish is home to both a fresh fish market and a cooked-to-order seafood restaurant. At Mr. Fish Seafood Market, the variety of local and seasonal catches available include cluster oysters, shrimp, blue crab, softshell crabs and seabass, to name a few. And the homemade goodies available here include clam chowder, she crab soup, crab cakes, sauces and more. At Mr. Fish Seafood Restaurant, the full menu of freshly prepared items ranges from sautéed mahi tacos, shrimp & grits, and crab mac and cheese to appetizers like crab balls and specialty sushi rolls like the shrimp tempura roll.

Seven Seas Seafood Market — This Murrells Inlet seafood market located on Highway 17 Business offers a long list of catches just off the boat, with the current selection during any given week varying based on what Captain Chris and Red, Captain Wendell and Danny, and Snake Man are reeling in. A small sampling of the fresh seafood on offer includes mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna, jumbo lump crabmeat, XL shrimp, Carolina black grouper, homemade crab cakes, littleneck clams and Carolina seafood gumbo. See the full range of seafood selections available at sevenseasseafood.com.

Harrelson’s Seafood Market — Another Murrells Inlet gem, this family owned seafood market on Highway 17 Business aims to provide the freshest local seafood paired with exceptional customer service. Among the fresh catches available are local grouper, shrimp, snapper, yellowfin tuna, oysters, flounder, hogfish, salmon, mahi mahi, live blue crab, triggerfish and more. Prepared items available include homemade conch fritters, crab cakes, Lowcountry boil, bacon-wrapped scallops, grilled oysters, and soups like clam chowder and she crab soup. See the full lineup at localscseafood.com.

After sampling some of the Grand Strand’s freshest offerings from the sea, drift on back to The Cottages at North Beach Plantation to take in the resort’s comfortable accommodations and luxurious amenities while resting up for another day of exploration on the Grand Strand. Book your Myrtle Beach area vacation today, and start making your plans to taste some of the freshest flavors the Grand Strand has to offer.

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