is a small fishing village known for some of the best restaurants along South Carolina’s coast, and about 25 of those restaurants got to show off some of their best dishes at Taste of the Inlet Sunday, Jan. 27.
The center court of Inlet Square Mall in Murrells Inlet was packed with folks wanting to get a sample of foods from their favorite restaurants, and it was a great chance to sample excellent foods and visit with neighbors.
Saying Taste of the Inlet, which hopefully will be an annual event, was successful is an understatement. Organizers had hoped to sell at least 500 tickets. Several days before the event, they’d sold about 750.
I tried some excellent samples, but missed my chance to try the winning entry of Drunken Jacks
: crab and lobster risotto topped with seared blackened beef tenderloin and scallops.
Winners were chosen by vote of those attending, and first place for the food wasn’t the only win for Drunken Jacks. The restaurant also won for best booth decoration, thanks to Walter Smith’s very authentic portrayal of a pirate, a tribute to Drunken Jack, the pirate who got left behind and went through 32 casks of rum.
The win also was a family affair for Drunken Jacks. Second place went to Inlet Affairs, the catering division of the restaurant.
Third place went to Bliss
, and I did try the delicious braised short ribs served with smoked cheddar grits.
A couple more samplings that I especially enjoyed were the tuna spring roll served by Hot Fish Club and the blackened yellowfin tuna with mustard sauce from Twelve
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, a group that works to improve the community, organized Taste of the Inlet “because we have the best food in South Carolina, and everybody needs to know about it,” said Sue Sledz, executive director of the group.