When it comes to hush puppies, the Grand Strand pretty much corners the market on the best you can find nationwide.
Whether you prefer your little round balls of dough like cornbread, with a touch of sweetness or peppered with onions, there is a restaurant ready to make your taste buds sing a southern tune.
Hush puppies pair perfectly with Calabash style seafood, made famous just north or Myrtle Beach SC in the quaint fishing town just across the North Carolina border. Those who visit Myrtle Beach are surely no stranger to the abundance of seafood buffets and restaurants and their expertise of the side item.
Some visitors can fill up on hush puppies alone, while some order boxes to go. The popular hush puppy is served at hundreds of restaurants along the Grand Strand.
Thus, picking the best-of-the-best is almost impossible, but here’s a stab at some of the best bread we have sampled in the area.
Crab Catchers on the Waterfront
Those of us who live in Myrtle Beach who loooove hush puppies reward ourselves with a trip to Crab Catchers for their hush puppies with a honey butter to die for. Great seafood and (tine and time again) some of the best staff you’ll meet along the Strand.
4474 Water Front Ave, Little River; (843) 280-2025; Crab Catchers
Visitors and locals alike make Drunken Jack’s a must-stop not only for their excellent hush puppies, but fresh seafood, fun atmosphere and amazing views of Murrells Inlet.
4031 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet; (843) 651-2044; DrunkenJacks.com
Just south of Barefoot Landing and the Tanger Outlet on U.S. 17, the Chesapeake House has long been a dining favorite. The restaurant has a beautiful view of a pristine lake where you may see an alligator, which makes for great scenery when enjoying their tasty hush puppies.
9918 US-17, Myrtle Beach; (843) 449-3231; TheChesapeakeHouse.com
Sea Captain’s House
Beautiful oceanfront view, and a perfectly fried hush puppy that pair wonderfully with the famous She Crab Soup. Just a few blocks from the heart of Myrtle Beach SC.
3002 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach; (843) 448-8082; SeaCaptains.com
Nance’s Creekfront Restaurant
Another Murrells Inlet favorite, Nance’s Creekfront’s hush puppies are on the sweet side, so good that you have to be careful not to fill up on the free basket before the food comes.
4883 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet; (843) 651-2696; NancesCreekfront.com
Dead Dog Saloon
A lovely deep fried dough with some excellent honey butter, live music, beautiful view and amazing atmosphere make this a must stop.
4079 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet; (843) 651-0664; DeadDogSaloon.com
Lee’s Inlet Kitchen
A Murrells Inlet staple for years, Lee’s Inlet Kitchen is the definition of southern charm and tasty, perfectly-seasoned food. The hush puppies are no exception.
4460 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet; (843) 651-2881; LeesInletKitchen.com
What better way to pair a hush puppy with perfectly friend Calabash seafood than in the town that made it famous? All your seafood favorites are at Beck’s Restaurant, as well as golf-ball sized hush puppies sure to please.
1014 River Rd, Calabash, NC; (910) 579-6776; BecksRestaurant.com
The popular Pawleys Island restaurant has hush puppies perfectly crunchy on the outside, but soft and chewy in the middle. A delight for the taste buds, as is the other cuisine.
14360 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island; (843) 235-3021; HanserHouse.com
Bring your appetite when you visit this North Myrtle Beach SC restaurant. The hush puppies, so perfect they melt in your mouth, are just the prelude to a bevy of seafood and other dishes.
405 Main St, North Myrtle Beach; (843) 249-2014
Maryland Fried Chicken
Whoa, you say? Well, this chicken chain has some of the sweetest hush puppies you will find in Myrtle Beach SC. They crunchiness on the outside leads you to an almost doughnut-like flavor in the middle. Good enough for a meal or as a dessert. They also have locations in Conway, Murrells Inlet, and Little River.
939 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach; (843) 448-4018; MarylandFriedChickeNMB.com
There are so many wonderful hush puppies along the Grand Strand it’s hard to put a list together. Everyone has their own tastes, so someone who loves a sweet, honey-tasting hush puppy might believe it’s not as up to par as one flavored with onions or chives.
We encourage you to tell us your favorite hush puppies around Myrtle Beach so all the readers can get a good flavor of what’s available, and let us know who we might have missed so we can try them before revising this list next year.