Gwen Fowler



'Fresh on the Menu' shines at Waterscapes in Myrtle Beach

Posted 8/12/2011 7:53:00 AM

One restaurant trend that I really love is being told where the food I’m eating came from.

I recently ate at Waterscapes at Marina Inn in Myrtle Beach for the first time, and a listing down one side of the menu introduces the restaurant’s “farms, fishermen and friends.”

The listing let diners know that the restaurant gets shrimp, clams and soft-shell crab from Livingston Bulls Bay Seafood in McClellanville; fish from Kenyon Seafood in Murrells Inlet; produce from Lee’s Farmers Market in Murrells Inlet; and vegetables and chicken from Thompson Farms in Conway.

Executive Chef James Clark offers different fish specials almost daily, depending on what local selections are available. On the night I went, hog fish (also known as hog snapper) was on the menu, and it was served very simply. It was a delicious piece of fish that didn’t need a heavy sauce or seasonings. In fact, a little salt, pepper and butter might have been the only seasonings.

I loved the fried green tomatoes I ordered as an appetizer. At Waterscapes, it is served with delicious pimento cheese and a small serving of celery and red onion salad. Fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese are a yummy combination.

I didn’t need dessert, but dessert is never about need, right? So I ordered the Frosted Flake crème brulee. The custard was so delicious, and a topping of chocolate-covered flakes on top gave it a nice crunch.

Waterscapes is a Fresh on the Menu restaurant, which means the chef agrees that the food prepared there includes at least 25 percent of South Carolina-grown foods and products (although I’m sure the figure is much higher at Waterscapes). It’s a program of the S.C. Department of Agriculture to help the state’s farmers while helping all of us get better meals.