Although you can eat a variety of cuisines in the North Myrtle Beach area, you go to the beach for fresh seafood, right? So, next time you’re in town, check out one of the many Calabash buffets along the Grand Strand.

What’s a Calabash buffet?

A Calabash buffet features seafood cooked “Calabash style,” or lightly breaded and fried. The cooking style, although prominent in South Carolina coastal towns, actually originated in North Carolina, in a town called, fittingly, Calabash. The town has been serving seafood this way has “since 1940, when Lucy High Coleman opened The Original, the, well, original Calabash-style restaurant,” according to the Star News, a North Carolina paper.

The style grew intensely popular, with dozens of restaurants opening up over the years. The town’s only about 20 miles from Myrtle Beach, which explains the high number of buffets in the area.

Calabash Buffets in North Myrtle Beach

You’ve got some options, so try them all and see which one you like best!

The Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood

9593 North Kings Highway

This restaurant is easy to spot—just look for the lighthouse on Kings Highway. The all-you-can-eat buffet features more than 170 items, among them some Calabash- and low country-style dishes; there’s a kids section as well. The restaurant also claims to have “one of the world’s largest collections of nautical antiques, large scale ship models and mounted sea creatures.”

 Bennett’s Calabash Seafood Buffet

Multiple locations

While Bennett’s has a mere 80-item spread, its three locations make it a convenient option. And they really encourage the all-you-can-eat aspect: the slogan on their website is “Don’t eat ’til you’re full; eat ’til you’re tired.” Highlights include their Calabash fried shrimp, crab legs and traditional low-country dishes.

Hook’s Calabash Seafood

1902 North Kings Highway

Another solid all-you-can-eat-buffet with Calabash-style dishes and crab legs galore; some people even claim there’s too much food. Consider yourself warned?


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