Where to Eat
Murrells Inlet, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Myrtle Beach, is nicknamed “the seafood capital of the world.” A standout restaurant is Wicked Tuna, with eight boats ferrying in fresh fish, shrimp and oysters each day. Outside diners can enjoy the marshy smells and wafting sea breezes. Oysters Rockefeller come without even a soupçon of grit. On the pan-seared grouper, a hint of blue cheese does not overpower the sautéed lobster and lump crab topping. A sherry-butter aftertaste renders she-crab soup addictive. The most popular dessert is a nontraditional tiramisu with layers of crushed cookie soaked in coffee liqueur.
Other dishes worth mentioning are the Caesar dressing made tableside and the Grand Marnier crème brûlée at Thoroughbreds on Kings Highway, decorated throughout in a curiously romantic horse-racing theme, and the liquid-nitrogen cocktails (the chocolate-whiskey, vanilla crème and rum combination is deeply satisfying) at the oceanfront ART Burger Sushi Bar. The latter restaurant’s offerings are uniformly exquisite, ranging from grass-fed beef burgers to the delectable omakase sushi entrée with each piece a different size and shape. Be sure to ask directions to the free parking, which is across two streets and a block away.