Seafood fans know they’re in for a treat when the catch of the day catches their eye before they even make it to the table. This month, The Flying Fish will be celebrating their eighth anniversary in North Myrtle Beach.
First-time guests will notice right away that the restaurant also is a market, with some of that day’s haul on display, including entire fish on ice gazing woefully through the glass. This fresh food is one of the many reasons The Flying Fish is so popular, with the business promising less than 48 hours between boat and plate.
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Three floors of dining make up this seafood extravaganza, with the market and full bar on the entry level. During the daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., there are a number of discounted appetizers available only at the bar, so during this time many adults will choose to remain there. Otherwise parties are taken up or down, or even outside if they prefer.
The lunch and dinner menus are a wonderful celebration of fresh seafood. Starters begin with favorites like hushpuppies and fried pickles, then take it up a notch with goat cheese oysters, seafood nachos and the restaurant’s delicious rendition of fried green tomatoes.
Entrees include the recently caught fish guests walk past on their way in for the market price. The seafood will be prepared in one of three ways then topped with your choice of a sauce and served with green beans and rice. During lunch, this fresh food also can be made into tacos. The Flying Fish also gives some more leeway to their customers in the Build Your Own Boil section, where guests can choose their favorite seafood to make their perfect Lowcountry boil.
Some sandwiches are available during both lunch and dinner, and include the popular Soft Shell Crab BLT served between two slices of jalapeno cornbread for a unique take on a beloved sandwich. Shrimp and grits, jambalaya and lobster ravioli are part of The Flying Fish specialties, while a few steak and chicken options are available for the landlubbers.
Given the restaurant’s location and fresh-food reputation, it can become busy very fast. However, despite the noise and bustle, it becomes noticeable that the crew works efficiently and effectively. Once orders have been placed, the food arrives at the table with surprising speed, a testament to how well prepared they are behind the scenes.
The fish served in this marketplace and restaurant may be fresh off the boat, but the service is far from wet behind the ears. Part market, part restaurant, dining here is a fun and refreshing experience, whether you’re from the area or not. The Flying Fish is definitely a catch worth keeping.
What | The Flying Fish Public Market and Grill
Where | 4744 Highway 17, North Myrtle Beach
Hours | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily
Information |flyingfishmarket.com, 843-663-3474