While on a trip to Myrtle Beach last summer, the hubster and I decided to leave the car in the very scary garage (Read my hotel review here if you missed it!) and go to a restaurant within walking distance for dinner. The front desk attendant at the Patricia Grand Resort had recommended Sea Captain’s House, particularly the she-crab soup. Since we are big fans of seafood, that struck us as very appealing, and the place was only two blocks away, which was a plus.
We arrived around 6pm, and the dinner rush was already under way. We were told it would be a wait of 30-35 minutes, which didn’t seem too bad, so we took a pager and waited. And waited. Aaaaaaand waited. After about an hour, during which time more and more people came into the restaurant, I finally decided it might help to ask how close we were to getting seated. As I approached the hostess stand, the pager buzzed in my hand, so that was good timing! We followed the hostess through the restaurant, which we realized was MUCH larger than it looked from the outside. Apparently the building has had at least two additions, and while we were waiting, we discovered it even had dining on a second floor, as well! That explains how people kept thronging in and continued to get absorbed by the place like a reverse clown car.
We were seated at what is probably the best table in the whole place, so it was definitely worth the wait. Not only did our table have an oceanfront view. It was in a corner, so we could look out giant glass picture windows on two sides. We discovered there was a lovely “back yard” area behind the restaurant, with benches, swings and a grassy area for children to play, where dozens more people waited patiently with their buzzers.
Was the food worth the wait? Heck, yeah! Except for maybe just a little too much shell in my she-crab soup–which still tasted divine–everything was absolutely wonderful! My husband had a grilled salmon with mango-pineapple salsa, and I had angel hair pasta with shrimp, beef tips and a variety of vegetables. Bless them; they took the tails off the shrimp, too–I want to throttle restaurants that serve shrimp with the tails still on in a dish with sauce, so you have to pick them off with your fingers and get all yucky! The homemade hush puppies were yummy, the salads were crisp and green, and for dessert, we tried the hummingbird cake, which was billed as a “southern favorite”, although I’ve lived in North Carolina for a while and hadn’t run across it. Not far south enough, I guess! The cream cheese icing was delectable.
Our server was completely fantastic, as well. It did take a while to get through the meal, because goodness knows the kitchen had to be slammed solid, but our server kept things moving, pacing the meal nicely. She anticipated our needs and was extremely friendly and knew the menu inside and out. My pasta entree was generous enough for me to take half back to the hotel and still have a big meal. To top off all this other goodness, the check wasn’t even that much! We don’t drink, but we figured we would probably be spending about $80 before the tip. Happily, it was only $65. I left the extra $15 as the tip, making only $80 total. Not bad for a seriously fine meal in a lovely setting with excellent service. We will definitely be going back to Sea Captain’s House, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.