Murrells Inlet’s First Ever Taste of the Marsh Walk

marsh walkThe Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk is one of my favorite places to spend a summer night in South Carolina.  Located along a beautiful saltwater estuary, the marsh walk offers a wide variety of dining options—from casual to upscale.  (It should be noted that Murrells Inlet is known as the “seafood capital of the south”.)  The marsh walk also hosts myriad bands, with at least one sure to be just your style.

This year, Murrells Inlet hosted the first ever Taste of the Marsh Walk.  The event was promoted as a way to enjoy food samples from numerous restaurants as well as live music and other local artists.  There was also a car show, face painting, stilt walkers, inflatables, and more! Eight restaurants participated, each offering samples of some of their most popular dishes for $3 each.

Usually, the marsh walk is a relaxing place to casually stroll while taking in nature’s beauty.  This was not the case on this particular Sunday, as it seemed as though everyone within a 25 mile radius was interested in seeing what the marsh walk had to offer.

Our first stop was Wahoo’s Fish House, where we tried some trigger fish kabobs.  The fish was perfectly seasoned and grilled with cherry tomatoes– pretty tasty!  Karen’s daughter Hannah was also able to get a seahorse painted on her hand.  A tent was set up offering a variety of items to purchase: a local author’s children’s book, stuffed animals (sea creatures, of course), paintings, t-shirts, and more!

After pushing through the enormous crowd, we finally found Creek Ratz, where they were offering fresh clams and oysters or fish tacos.  We all decided to try the fish tacos and were not disappointed.  At this point, we also made our way to the bar, as it was a perfect day to enjoy a beer.

Next, we went to Dead Dog Saloon, one of my favorite spots along the marsh walk.  Dead Dog was offering three samples: she crab soup, seafood jambalaya, and seared scallops over a couscous salad.  We each decided to sample all three, and we even found a table to sit where it wasn’t so crowded.  All of the dishes were quite tasty, although the she crab soup really stood out—it was rich and creamy with plenty of chunks of crab.  The portions were generous and really filled me up.

We decided to walk in front of the restaurants (away from the crowded marsh walk) to try to find some of the food we missed.  As a special bonus, we were also able to enjoy a bit of the car show.  We made our way back to the opposite side of Wahoo’s, where we tried a sample of blackened trigger fish over lobster risotto.  We ended on a fishing pier where people were shucking oysters and enjoyed our final samples.  The risotto was excellent!

All-in-all, it was a great day.  I left sufficiently full and longing for summer.  I can’t wait to spend a warm summer night listening to a band play at the inlet with a beer in my hand and good friends by my side.