Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Crab Catchers on the Waterfront, Little River, SC

Coastal Restaurant, Cool Coastal Vibe


We finished our deep-sea fishing trip with a couple of pounds of shark and grunt fish. We were in search of a restaurant that would prepare our catch. We came across Crab Catchers, located in the waterfront fishing town of Little River, SC.
Crab Catchers
Crab Catchers is a coastal restaurant with a cool coastal vibe. The restaurant is located right on the waterfront and they have plenty of outdoor seating with amazing views. Unfortunately, on our visit, we sat inside due to the forecast. 
Sharp-nose Shark
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The chef fried the grunt in flavorful cornmeal and grilled the shark, half Cajun, and the other half in a subtle herbal seasoning. Both were delicious and I cannot say that I preferred one to the other. For the reasonable price of just $10.99, each plate came with two sides. We wound up with a huge basket of steaming hot fries, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, and coleslaw. We left the restaurant with smiles and full bellies.

Herbal Season, Grilled Shark
If you happen to be passing through Little River or if you are in town for the annual blue crab festival, be sure to stop by Crab Catchers on the waterfront to have some good eats and enjoy the view. 




Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Little River Deep-sea Fishing, North Myrtle Beach


Unforgettable Experience!


We showed up at Calabash Marina on the morning of our deep-sea fishing trip, they asked that we arrive 30 minutes early. The check-in process was flawless, we boarded the Hurricane II and we were out to sea shortly after. Since this was our first deep-sea fishing excursion, we opted for the half-day trip. The captain did a great job, he kept us on fish all morning and we moved to a new location each time it slowed down.


Calabash Marina, NC
Coastal Morning View

The knowledgeable deckhands were fun and able to identify many of the different fish species found in the Atlantic ocean. They were quick to assist with removing fish, adding bait, and fixing tangles as needed. My wife ended up catching the largest fish of the morning; she managed to reel in a sharp nose shark that was just under 4ft in length.

When we returned to the dock one of the deckhands cleaned our keepers, they do not charge for this service but keep in mind that they do work for tips. We ended up giving some of our fish away and were still able to take a couple of pounds of shark and grunt fish over to Crabcatchers restaurant, in Little River, NC.

Sharp-nose Shark

My family and I loved this adventure. Little River Fishing Fleet provided our family with a unique fishing experience that we will never forget. Deep-sea fishing will be a part of our itinerary next time we visit the North Myrtle Beach area.






Thursday, October 15, 2020

Southern Manners Restaurant, Delicious Baked Oatmeal

The ordering procedure is different from most other cafes. Instead of taking your seat and placing your order with a server, you will visit a countertop where you order and pay. There are menus on the left as you enter and two cashiers available so the lines moved swiftly. After paying, you will get your own coffee or drinks and find your way to a table. We chose to sit upstairs and by a window, a Trump rally was happening in the city on that day and we wanted to enjoy the show. 

The ordering process is different and it can be a bit difficult to carry multiple drinks and silverware. However, on the plus side, you will not find yourself wishing that your server would come over to take your order. Overall, I am completely happy with the alternative approach

Baked Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit
The Baked Oatmeal

During ordering, I noticed “baked oatmeal” on the menu. I was intrigued so I added a Bowl for my family of three to try for the first time. Everything we ordered came out hot and fresh, but the baked oatmeal was by far the best dish on our table. There was a mountain of oats topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, pecans, and served with a small cup of milk. This ended up being a breakfast dessert of sorts, the three of us picked on it until it was completely finished. We highly recommend Southern Manners, and their specialtybaked oatmeal.


Friday, October 9, 2020

The Lost Treasure Mini Golf - North Myrtle Beach, SC

Well Kept and Kid-Friendly

The Lost Treasure is one of the best mini golf courses we have ever played. The entire course is well designed, and very well maintained. Each round begins with a train ride to the top of the mountain, and many of the holes have a themed storyline revolving around the incredible Professor Hacker. This adventurous putt-putt course is very kid-friendly, my seven-year-old son loved it so much that we played both the diamond and the Gold course for a total of 36 holes. Please do not mistake “kid-friendly” to mean “easy”, each green on this course is easy enough for kids and still presents some interesting challenges for the adults.

Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Mini Golf
North Myrtle Beach, SC

If you do decide to give The Lost Treasure Mini golf course a shot, be sure to take advantage of the discounted second round. At the time of our visit, the second round only cost six bucks per person. I greatly recommend The Lost Treasure; I can't wait to check out other Professor Hacker mini-golf courses!


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Review, Patriot Point Maritime Museum

The Fighting Lady is Very Impressive

Visiting Patriots Point, the nation’s oldest aircraft carrier museum was an awesome experience! The Fighting Lady is a retired World War II aircraft carrier, at over 70 years old she is still very impressive today.

Retired warplane located on the flight
deck of the Yorktown CV-10

The inside of the USS Yorktown CV-10 is laid out similar to a museum. There are lots of military artifacts, scaled models, and several full-size airplanes. When you step out onto the massive flight deck, you will be in the midst of even more retired jets and military planes. This part of the tour was especially exciting to my seven-year-old son. The CV-10 is not designed for those with bad knees, many of the stairways are more like ladders than steps.

The Destroyer

The USS Laffey (DD-724) is more interactive for the kids. This amazing vessel is much smaller and feels less like a museum. My advice would be to resist the urge to go straight for the enormous aircraft carrier. Take in the military destroyer and all it has to offer before embarking on the journey of exploring the CV-10.

USS Laffey (DD-724) Retired Military destroyer

I am not a huge military buff nor do I typically enjoy touring museums. I thought this would be a fun and educational day trip for my family and as it turns out, I was correct. I highly recommend visiting this exhibit, I would suggest that you allow at least 4 hours to enjoy this tour. Who knows, if we are back in the area again, we may see you there.

www.patriotspoint.org



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