Best Seafood Markets on the Grand Strand

October 2017
Written By: 
Paul Grimshaw

Mr. Fish Seafood Markert

6307 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach; (843) 492-0374

Fishmonger Ted Hammerman has been a fishy figure around Myrtle Beach since the 1980s. A previous location of his small restaurant and market at the corner of 34th Avenue North and Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach proved too small, so a big move to much larger facilities helped continue the legacy of Hammerman (aka “Mr. Fish”) and firmly established him in the lexicon of local fish lore. Daughter Sheina, with a Johnson & Wales Culinary Degree, stepped in to partner with her father in the early 2000s. The new Mr. Fish Seafood Market, which opened in 2014, is a favorite provider of top quality fresh whole fish, fish filets, shellfish and a store full of extras, including seaweed salad, eel, conch, snow crab legs, Caribbean and Maine lobster tails, whole Maine lobster, wasabi, cornmeal, organic rice, beer and wine. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Seven Seas Seafood Market

3476 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet; (843) 651-1666

Chris Conklin runs Seven Seas, a market his father opened in the 1970s in his hometown of Murrells Inlet. Other than going to school at The Citadel, Conklin hasn’t felt the urge to leave the Inlet. He’s busy operating a market with everything the home chef or weekend grill master might want: mixes, seasonings, sauces and soups. But Conklin knows it’s what’s on ice that really counts—fresh fish, oysters, crabs, shrimp and clams plied from our local and regional waters, sashimi-grade tuna, swordfish, mahi-mahi, grouper, flounder, snapper and even a few imports including Scottish salmon from the Faroe Islands, Long Island chopped clams and frozen white meat alligator tail. Choose from whole fish or fish filets and know you’ll be getting the freshest fish available at a fair price. A particularly entertaining and helpful website is also worth a visit. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Harrelsons Seafood Market

4368 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet; (843) 651-5707

Since 1948, Harrelsons has been serving fresh, locally caught seafood. It was a time when many of the Grand Strand’s roads were still sand. Long before the MarshWalk and the restaurant trade really took off in Murrells Inlet, Harrelsons supplied Myrtle Beach and South Strand locals and visitors with oysters, shrimp, blue crab, little neck clams, flounder, grouper and much more. Though the market has changed hands, the same commitment to fresh, local seafood still stands some 70 years later. Soups, spring rolls and other house-made delicacies (including The Crab Cake Lady products) are ready to carry out. Try their Low Country Boil (clams, mussels, shrimp, corn, potatoes and seasoning) ready to take home and throw in the pot (serves two for $13.99). If you wondered where local restaurants get their fresh seafood, you’ve found it. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Eugene Platt's Seafood

1108 Sea Mountain Highway #1, Cherry Grove; (843) 249-2008

A family affair since Eugene Platt opened the seafood market in 1970, Platt’s Seafood is now run by his son, Timmy Platt, a lifelong resident of the area. Platt partnered with Boulineau’s of Cherry Grove around 12 years ago, but still maintains the original market where fresh seafood comes in and goes out every day. “We have a full selection of seafood,” said Platt, “and a lot of extras, kind of like a convenience store, a one-stop-shop, including bait and tackle.” Here you’ll find salmon, tuna, grouper, crawfish, fish filets, whole fish, snapper, shrimp, crab cakes, scallops, blue crabs, live lobster and more. “We make a lot of stuff right here. Our homemade shrimp salad is really good, and our oysters Rockefeller is excellent. Pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and you’re good to go.” Open 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Flying Fish Public Market & Grill

4744 U.S. 17 S. (Barefoot Landing), North Myrtle Beach; (843) 663-3474

With a nod to the Pike’s Place Fish Market of Seattle, the Flying Fish Public Market & Grill is a huge hit in Barefoot Landing. Though primarily a restaurant, the market is still an important part of the concept. Upon entering you’ll see the long glass refrigerated seafood cases filled with fresh seafood, which varies with the season. Look for Atlantic salmon, mahi-mahi, scallops, shrimp, crab cakes or rainbow trout. Whole fish finds its way to the case, too, and if you time your visit right, you may even see (or be a part of) the spectacle of fish-throwing ala Pike’s Place. Part of the growing family of restaurants that includes Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse, Liberty Tap Room, Liberty Brewery & Grill and TBonz Gill & Grill, Flying Fish is the place to gather, dine, drink and take home a bit of the sea’s bounty. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.