Monday, September 16, 2013

Mr. Fish in Myrtle Beach Delivers on our Seafood Craving

Why Mr. Fish?

Our annual fall trip to the Grand Strand is partially about doing as little as possible by the pool with a good book and a rum drink and partially dining on good old fashioned delicious comfort food on several local independent restaurants along the famous strip.  Over the years we’ve found some favorites that we hit every year but leave room for trying a new restaurant or two each year as well.

Hot Cheesy Crab Dip
Mr. Fish was recommended to us from a couple of my wife’s co-workers formally from the area.  The comments were enough to entice us into checking the seafood eatery out on one of our dinners out.  My brother-in-law was a little nervous because he was looking for the typical calabash buffet – and Mr. Fish is not a buffet restaurant.  With a wide selection of seafood cooked or fried in your favorite styles and featuring sushi which I have a very difficult time saying no to it.  Out of the six of us, five ordered fried in five different types of seafood.  I ordered my sushi and was happy to do so.

Boom Boom Shrimp
The story of Mr. Fish
Theodore Hammerman, AKA Mr. Fish has been wheeling and dealing seafood on the Grand Strand for over 30 years. After a long stint of travelling to and from Asia teaching people how to produce and package seafood more efficiently in the late nineties/early 2000s, he settled back into his nest in Myrtle Beach to focus on his whole sale seafood operation.

Several years later, his daughter, Sheina finished her culinary degree at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston and started a catering business.  While searching for a commercial kitchen to use for her business, she and her Dad came across the location on 34th Avenue North.  The two of them decided to open it as a small restaurant with 25 seats, 6 days a week, with room to prep for catering events.

The restaurant surprisingly became an instant success.  The need to expand was eminent within the first year with the opening of the Seafood Market, then soon after the dining room expanded to a total of 85 seats.  Four years later, the need to move into a bigger and better location became prevalent again.  Maybe in a couple years another couple Mr. Fishes will pop up in the Carolinas.

Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops
The Food
Hot Cheesy Crab Dip ($10) is a blend of cheeses, jalapenos, crab and other secret ingredients and served with tortilla chips.  A cheesy crabby start for our table that didn’t last long.

Volcano Roll
Boom Boom Shrimp ($9) is a plate of fried shrimp smothered in a spicy mayo.  This went even quicker than the dip!

Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops ($13) consisted of three sea scallops wrapped in bacon served over pimento cheese grits and topped with a jalapeno ranch sauce.  While not as big of a hit as the other two appetizers there weren’t any left when the entrees arrived.

Tuna Roll
Volcano Roll ($11) is a roll of steamed shrimp, cream cheese and asparagus inside topped with a seared mixture of creamy crab and scallions.

Tuna Roll ($7) is your typical tuna stuffed roll.

Fried Oyster Platter
The platters each contained choice of seafood fried, sautéed or blackened with two sides.  The side selections were fresh cut fries, Cole slaw, hush puppies or veggie of the day.  Fries and hush puppies were the most popular on our table.  The platters ordered at our table were:
Shrimp ($9)
Haddock ($9)
Fried Oysters ($Mkt)
Flounder ($9)
Sea Scallops ($18)

Fried Flounder Platter
The prices are reasonable especially when you consider that a seafood buffet will run you about $30 per person.

Fried Shrimp and Scallop Platter

Contact Information
Mr. Fish
(843) 839-3474
6401 N. Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
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