Best on the Grand Strand 2021 - Locally Sourced

Hot Fish Club.

Written By Ashley Daniels
Photographs By Bobby Altman and courtesy of Hot Fish Club & courtesy of Inlet Provision Company

Hot Fish Club
4911 US-17 Business, Murrells Inlet 
(843) 357-9175

Hot Fish Club, on the south end of Murrells Inlet, has a rich history within the community, widely known for the fun, outdoor ambiance they’ve built into the open-air gazebo and deck that overlooks Morse Landing. The waters of the landing is also where much of the club’s menu offerings swim, like their Shrimp & Grits Hot Fish Style, the Chargrilled Cobia caught right off the coast, a Lowcountry Steampot and more. 

Crooked Oak Tavern
328 Laurel St., Conway 
(843) 488-0007

The charming Crooked Oak Tavern in historic downtown Conway prides itself on truly being a poster child for the farm-to-table experience. To them, there’s no excuse for using anything other than hormone-free, organic ingredients, including locally farmed meat, fish and produce. For example, try the Fried Carolina Shrimp dipped in hot pepper honey, the Harvest Apple Salad plucked from the fields of local farms (fresh, honey-glazed apples, arugula, baby spinach, pumpkin seeds, dried apricots), dry-aged, hand-cut steaks from WK Price Farms that you have the choice of adding a crust using Rivertown Roasters Coffee, and the fresh local catch. 

(Left) Crooked Oak Tavern; (Right) Inlet Provission Company.

Inlet Provision Company
4891 Highway 17, Murrells Inlet 
(843) 299-2444

Coming in hot next door to the Hot Fish Club is Inlet Provision Company (IPC), which also faces the inlet. Hang out on the back deck and sample some of IPC’s locally sourced menu masteries, such as Hot Boiled Peanuts soaked in local New South Beer, the Low Country Shrimp Dip made with local shrimp in a spicy Tasso cream sauce, Rock Shots (shot glasses filled with oysters, creamed spinach and Benton Farms bacon), and any of the fresh catches.