Friday, June 18, 2010

My (Not So) Gourmet, and (Very) Yummy Dining in Myrtle Beach

Growing up, my family traveled A LOT. We went to Florida to visit my paternal grandparents at least once a year, normally in the spring, and traveled to California at least twice a year to visit my maternal grandparents.  We always made an attempt to stay in a condo, rental home, or with family so we could cook.  We never ate out at giant seafood buffets or chain restaurants.  We would occasionally venture out to try local dives that I wouldn't remember if they hit me in the face.

So when I came to Myrtle Beach with a friend for a short get-away, I was called "un-American" and my parents are apparently crazy because we've never dined at a large seafood buffet.  Well let me tell ya! What an experience!

We ate at two different seafood buffets and the first one was small and very good, but mainly fried, and the second one was a 900 seater! It was gigantic and the food, to my pleasant surprise, was pretty darn good! It was fresh, not all fried, and full of flavor. My favorite were the fried scallops, which were fresh and juicy and barely battered. I enjoyed myself very much!

Then tonight we ate at Joe's Crab Shack and it was a lot of fun! Noisy, but definitely fun! We both tried the steam pots and they were really yummy! And you got an awesome bib with it :) It was a great, exciting experience that we can't get from home. I'm glad that I got to go.

Tomorrow we're on our way back to Knoxville and my dad is coming to visit me for the weekend! I am going to hopefully make a couple of yummy dishes for him that I'll post on here.
Then I'll be off to California on Tuesday for a week! I probably won't have many posts coming that way, but my grandma is such an amazing cook I'm sure I'll have a lot to talk about when I get home :)


  1. Joe's Crab Shack has a fond place in my heart...we use to go there quite often in high school. We would eat baskets of fried shrimp and laugh until we nearly cried.

  2. sounds like you had a great time in myrtle beach! I hate to admit that I love buffets! Its something about tasting a little of this and a little of that.....Hope you have a great time in california!

  3. I love Myrtle Beach! It was my family's vacation destination growing up, but we never made it to the buffets either. I have to say, I think I'm the person buffets make money on...I never eat that much at them!