Let's get this straight; there are dozens of great seafood restaurants in North Myrtle Beach. Picking five is like judging the Miss America Pageant. They're all beautiful, so it's really all about the judges' tastes. After all, beauty is in the eye (or in this case, the taste buds) of the beholder, so here are our top five places to dive face first into a seafood platter:
Captain Jack's Seafood Buffet
Come hungry and leave happy at this all-you-can-eat seafood spread. Featuring a seemingly limitless amount of shrimp, crab and fish dishes, Captain Jack's goes all out to make sure there's something for everyone, like the carving station and dessert bar. Captain Jack's also caters to children with a wide selection of kid-friendly favorites.
Duffy Street Seafood Shack
This locally owned and operated establishment is an institution among locals and visitors alike. The location near the Horseshoe in Ocean Drive packs them in for fresh local seafood prepared steamed, fried, grilled, broiled, and in the case of the tasty oysters, steamed or raw. There's no pretense at this seafood shack, just great food all around. Be sure to visit one of their 2 locations on Main Street or Sea Mountain Highway!
Flying Fish Public Market & Grill
If you've never been to the dockside seafood markets where workers unload their catches via air mail, here's your chance to get into the act. Guests can pick out their fish from the ice-covered counter and toss it back to the kitchen staff to be prepared to your specifications. Aside from the high-flying fun, this Barefoot Landing locale serves some of freshest seafood on the Grand Strand.
Great steaks and excellent views of the Intracoastal Waterway await you at this marina-side diner. Offering thick cuts of Grade A beef and chops, Filet's serves some of the most tender and juicy steaks on the Grand Strand. Add on some fresh local seafood to create a surf-and-turf combination. Dine indoors or on the open-air patio deck and enjoy cocktails before or after dinner while the sun sets over the Waterway.
Rockefeller's Raw Bar
This unassuming seafood shack in Crescent Beach serves some of the most unique dishes on the Strand. The Rock is famous for its hot crab dip and its steam kettles, which allow you to choose from shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels and more by the pound. Select your sauce of choice - Old Bay and Beer, Wine and Garlic, or Spicy Marinara - and have it poured over angel hair or au naturale.
Is your favorite not on our list? Tell us your favorite seafood restaurant in the comments!