There's nothing tastier and healthier than fresh seafood, and Myrtle Beach has more than you can eat. But take a nice portion of fish and shrimp, dredge them through egg wash and corn meal, fry them in hot grease and add on some fries, hushpuppies and slaw with some tartar and cocktail sauce and you've got meal that's high in unnecessary fat and calories.
That traditional style of cooking, known locally and nationally as Calabash after the neighboring town of Calabash, N.C., dominates the seafood scene in Myrtle Beach. But the latest health food trends are gaining a foothold against the seafood buffets and fried-everything factories. New restaurants have sprung up along the Grand Strand offering lighter fare, like the Flying Fish Public Market & Grill, and established eateries have upgraded their menus to serve healthier alternatives to the fried seafood platter, such as Carolina Roadhouse and Collector's Cafe.
And it's not just seafood that's getting a healthier makeover. Even some of the older restaurants are switching to or adding on healthy choices to their menus. The Asian fusion trend has also sparked the opening of several hibachi and sushi restaurants, such as Black Thai and King Kong Sushi. And celebrity themed restaurants opened by famed golfers Greg Norman and Sam Snead and singer Jimmy Buffett have gotten into the game of serving dishes that are both good to eat and good for you.