Friday, April 9, 2010

Po Boys @ Salt Creek Cafe in Murrells Inlet, SC

Unfortunately we didn't have our camera with us for pics, but I felt compelled to post about the ridiculously delicious po boy sandwiches we had on our vacation in Myrtle Beach.

After taking the almost-endless winding roads on a detour through North Carolina, our experience at the Salt Creek Cafe in Murrells Inlet (just south of Myrtle Beach) was one of the highlights of our trip. We started off with some fried oysters which were cooked to perfection, then we proceeded to have have a shrimp po boy and a soft shell crab po boy. Sometimes I wonder if in a previous life I grew up in the South because something about Southern food just totally resonates with me. The shrimp in the shrimp po boy were crispy and not overcooked or soggy and there was a tangy horseradish-y remoulade sauce that complemented it. I thought I was in heaven but it didn't compare to the softshell crab po boy.

Growing up, my family's vacations included several trips to South Carolina and in terms of food I made two discoveries that stuck with me to this day: sweet tea and soft shell crab. I've had soft shell crab in several ways since then (including a delicious salt-pepper style at a Vietnamese restaurant in the Toronto area), but in terms of traditional, southern fried style, Salt Creek Cafe's is one of the best ones I've ever had. The crab was plump and substantial, perfectly battered, perfectly crisp but not overdone and pretty much ecstasy in every bite.

I only wish I had pictures to tempt you further because I can recommend this place enough for anyone going to the Myrtle Beach area on their next vacation. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!

Salt Creek Cafe
4660 Highway 17
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576-5016
(843) 357-2433

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