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What: Sea Captain’s House Restaurant
Where: 3002 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC, next to The Caribbean Resort & Villas
Menu highlights: $8.95 breakfast buffet, seafood platter ($16.95 lunch; $27.95 dinner) and shrimp salad, $9.95
Hours (daily): 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (breakfast); 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (lunch) and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (dinner)
Directions: From the South: Take U.S. 17 Business to 30th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach. Turn left onto North Ocean Boulevard and Sea Captain’s House Restaurant in on the corner. From the North: Take U.S. 17 southbound. Turn left onto 30th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach. Turn left on North Ocean Boulevard. Sea Captain’s House Restaurant is on the corner.
Parking: Handicapped parking is located directly in front of the restaurant and a free parking lot for Sea Captain’s customers is directly across the street.
Sea Captain’s House Restaurant is easy to love.
Just ask Rita Cauthen.
The Myrtle Beach resident discovered the eatery five years ago after moving from Lancaster and keeps coming back again and again.
“I love Sea Captain’s because it has good food, a good atmosphere and the people there are so nice,” said Cauthen, a private-duty nursing assistant. “Every time you visit, it is like you are going home to a family dinner. They know you, and they welcome you – it just gives you a good feeling.”
Sea Captain’s, at 3002 N. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, is adored by many, regardless if they are locals or tourists. The oceanfront restaurant, started in 1962, is home to fresh, flavorful seafood, delightful salads and sensational desserts difficult to resist.
In online reviews, including those at tripadvisor.com and yelp.com, Sea Captain’s house consistently maintains a 4.5 rating out of five stars. Any of its faithful customers will testify to the superb food found here. The award-winning restaurant is known for a variety of crowd-pleasers, including the seafood platter, she-crab soup, shrimp salad and chocolate bourbon pecan pie.
No matter what you choose to eat, you will enjoy it while surveying the Atlantic Ocean.
Sea Captain’s has breathtaking views of the ocean that are peaceful as they are pretty, especially during summer afternoons punctuated by warm sunshine and cool breezes.
Seating is spacious and includes an outside dining area, as well as swings that invite you to sit and relax while watching the waves kiss the shore. Andrew Gardo, executive chef, leads a talented team of folks who shares his intimate knowledge of food. “We differentiate ourselves from other restaurants because we are focused on fresh, top quality products and excellent ambience,” Gardo said. “We have a great culinary staff and a great service staff that caters to the customers’ needs.”
Jordan Hanks, general manager, said Gardo does everything in his power to ensure nothing but the freshest ingredients come through the door.
“Andrew actually pushes to make sure that the ingredients coming into Sea Captain’s meet the highest standards,” Hanks said. “If the products aren’t up to our high standards, we don’t bring them in here.” Once the food is secured, it gets the time and attention outstanding eats deserve.
Take the she-crap soup. It is a restaurant staple enjoyed year-around by customers. Only one person makes it – Clarence Myers. He is nearly 80, and as long as anybody can remember, he has made the she-crab soup. He developed the recipe through trial and error, and he keeps it in his mind and refuses to tell anybody how he makes his signature soup. “The she-crab soup is what he does,” Hanks said. “Everybody loves that and Clarence takes his time to create that and there is no rushing it.”
Also wildly popular at Sea Captain’s is the breakfast buffet.
Priced at only $8.95, the buffet is a smorgasbord of fresh fruit cottage cheese, muffins, eggs, sausage, bacon, stone-ground grits, homemade corn beef hash, pancakes and other breakfast staples. There are even chefs on board – George Washington and Rodney Knox – to whip up omelets for customers.
For those who prefer breakfast a la carte, there are scrumptious such as crab cake Benedict.
Lunch includes an assortment of choices, too. One fine option is the lovely shrimp salad made with green peppers, celery, capers and mayonnaise. It costs $9.95
On the dinner menu, a perennial favorite is the seafood platter with succulent scallops, oysters, flounder and shrimp. The platter comes broiled or fried and is featured on the lunch menu for $16.95 and on the dinner menu for $27.95.
The dessert menu is a symphony sweet indulgence with luscious choices including crème brulee with cookies and a hot fudge brownie sundae with ice cream, all prepared from-scratch by Marshall Brown, the pastry chef.
Sea Captain’s is open daily. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for breakfast, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner.