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What is Calabash Seafood?

Calabash-style seafood is a favorite of many in the Myrtle Beach area, both locals and visitors alike. But what is Calabash Seafood? If you’ve driven along Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, SC, then you’ve undoubtedly seen several signs for it, including at Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood.

Calabash Seafood is a style of lightly battering and frying seafood that originated just a few minutes to the north of us, in Calabash, North Carolina. The town of Calabash, known by many as the Seafood Capital of the World, is a small fishing village about 30 minutes from Myrtle Beach, SC. Many Calabash locals are fishermen that make their livings on catching fish and other seafood and selling it to restaurants and distributors. Being the seafood experts that many Calabash natives are, it was in the 1940s that they first fell in love with battering their seafood.

During this time, two sisters opened a restaurant in Calabash, NC serving seafood the way the locals loved it: lightly battered and fried. The style quickly became a favorite of anyone who tried it, and it became simply known as Calabash Seafood.

Today, Calabash Seafood has expanded from the banks of Calabash, NC and is now a must-have for anyone visiting Myrtle Beach, SC. Several favorite Calabash-style dishes include flounder, oysters, shrimp, scallops, calamari, clam strips and others. Arguably the most popular side is a plate of hushpuppies. Hushpuppies are essentially Calabash-style balls of cornmeal that are to die for.

If you find yourself on the coast of the Carolinas at any point, be sure to get yourself a taste of authentic Calabash Seafood!