First-time visitors to Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach may be puzzled by the proliferation of restaurants advertising "Calabash Seafood." As the story goes, restaurants just over the border in Calabash, North Carolina, were renowned for their fried seafood. When restaurateurs imported the cooking style to the Myrtle Beach area, they dubbed it "Calabash." Today, the term still applies to fried seafood, but also more generically to large buffets featuring seafood.
The food isn't fancy, but there's plenty of it, and it's plenty tasty. Befitting its name, there are many items featuring crab, including mounds of crab legs. In addition to a number of fried seafood dishes, Benjamin's Calabash also offers broiled and steamed seafood items along with dozens of other choices, including chicken, beef, salads, and vegetables. Save room for the delicious desserts available for after the meal.