11/04/2013

When visiting the beautiful Grand Strand on your next golf trip you will undoubtedly encounter many restaurants advertising World Famous Calabash Style Seafood.  These are the facts concerning that delicious fare.

North Carolina is known for its bountiful seafood harvested from its coastal waters.  And, Calabash is a small town located just across the border from South Carolina and only minutes from downtown North Myrtle Beach, in Brunswick County that inspired that name-and now style-of Calabash seafood.  In fact, this small town goes so far as to tout itself as being the Seafood Capital of the World.

Calabash got its name from a vegetable that is grown in the area-a gourd.  Residents once dried these gourds out to use them as drinking vessels. It was not until the 1930s that this small town of approximately 700 residents started to become known for its fabulous fried seafood.  Today it boasts dozens of Calabash seafood restaurants.

Calabash-style seafood is lightly breaded and fried and typically served buffet style.  The seafood is always accompanied with the ever popular side dish-hushpuppies.  Corn meal is used instead of flour to give the seafood a light coating.  The seafood is then fried in hot oil until it becomes golden brown.

When visiting the Myrtle Beach area you have got to give Calabash-Style-Seafood a try.  You will be glad you did!!