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CAPTAIN DAVE'S DOCKSIDE RESTAURANT
MURRELL'S INLET, SOUTH CAROLINA

On a rather rainy and drab day (and there were several during this late June visit) we decided to motor up from Myrtle Beach to Murrell's Inlet.  That pretty little area is billed as the seafood capital of South Carolina.

Unfortunately our visit came during the lunch hour and the number of restaurant choices were limited.  Most didn't open until 3:30 or 4pm.  We visited a state park nearby and asked somebody at the welcome center for a restaurant recommendation for lunch.  She quickly suggested two:  Drunken Jack's or the Dockside.  We stopped first at Drunken Jack's only to find that it wasn't open for lunch.  So we segued right next door to the Dockside.

We were given two dining choices--inside in the air conditioned dining room or out back with a view of the water, etc.  We chose the outside dining and even though it was hot and humid and steamy due to showers, it was pleasant with a nice breeze blowing.

Our waiter couldn't have been better.  He was cheerful and very tolerant of our little 2 year old grandkids who like to throw food (and everything else that's not anchored down on the table!).

Our server immediately showed up with some complimentary fried hushpuppies with honey butter dipping sauce and they were great. 

I was a little disappointed at the lunch menu because it was pretty limited.  I decided to start with a cup of She Crab soup.  It came to the table luke warm in temperature.  Other than the temperature, the soup was good and rich with some nice lump meat in it and a drizzle of sherry on top.

We ordered a batch of onion rings for the table and they were gigantic.  One order consisted of four colossal rings and one slightly smaller.  So each adult got one ring (plus somebody snitched the little one while we weren't looking).  They were very thickly battered but nice and crisp and delicious.  You could actually taste the beer in the beer batter.

They offered a number of fried poboy sandwiches including shrimp, oyster, clam strip and flounder.  Of those, I figured the oyster and founder would be fresh and the others frozen.  So I went with the flounder.  It was okay at best.  I don't think it could have been fresh and it had a bothersome fishy taste to it.

We used to own a boat in Tarpon Springs, Florida and ventured out on more than 300 fishing trips catching everything from flounder and sea trout inshore to gag grouper, red grouper, cobia, and many other fish off shore in the Gulf of Mexico.  So I think I've got a pretty firm handle on what's fresh and what isn't and this was very disappointing.

Two other diners had the fried shrimp poboys and enjoyed their selections but didn't rave about their food.   Our daughter got the fish 'n chips and said it was very good.  It consisted of frozen cod which thaws out and batters up rather nicely.

This place has gotten rave reviews from many.  However based on our one and only visit, we'd rate it so-so.  I hope the next time we're in the area we'll be able to visit for dinner when the menu is greatly expanded.

The restaurant is located in Murrell's Inlet, an agonizingly slow and menacing drive south of the Grand Strand area of Myrtle Beach.  You can get directions, the phone number and menu guides at their web site here.