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Over the past week my cousin Sherma and I have been on a road trip to Myrtle Beach celebrating her retirement as a school librarian. Any way you map it, Myrtle Beach is about a 14 hour drive from our hometown in Arkansas. We wanted to enjoy the drive as much as possible, so we took a northern route through Knoxville on our way to the beach and a more southern route through Savannah on our way home.
We did our best to stimulate the economy of South Carolina with some intense shopping during the week we vacationed there, but some of the restaurants we visited were the real highlight of the trip. In Myrtle Beach, Benjamin's Calabash Seafood came out as our #1 favorite seafood buffet. Any kind of seafood your little heart desires will be found on that buffet, and every morsel is delicious. The dessert bar was about a mile long with irresistible cakes, pies, cookies, and other sweet treats. The atmosphere is complete with their own resident pirate.
Some other great dining we enjoyed in Myrtle Beach was the Mexican food at Banditos and the peel and eat shrimp at Pier 14, just behind where we were staying on the beach.
Sunrise at Myrtle Beach
After our week of wonderful food we weren't willing to leave the experience behind, so we headed down the coast toward Charleston for some sight-seeing, then up to Savannah to find Paula Deen's The Lady & Sons Restaurant. When we arrived in the historical city and located the restaurant, we found that there would be an hour wait, so we spent the time on a walking tour viewing the beautiful downtown area.
Sherma at The Lady & Sons
Our meal was traditional southern country cooking, complete with fried chicken, turnip greens, sweet potatoes, and all the trimmings.
You can bet when you dine with Paula Deen, the sweet tea will be done right.
The last leg of our trip was up through Atlanta, then Chattanooga, then on to Nashville were we spent the night with my son and sweet DIL. They have just recently built a new home and this was my first chance to visit them since their move. I love that their home is designed to be in keeping with the style of period homes in the neighborhood.
Before we departed Nashville for home, we enjoyed a noteworthy brunch at a European inspired cafe, Marche. This is a place not to miss in East Nashville.
We all had something different from the menu, and everyone loved the food. I had the traditional eggs, bacon and grits, and the portions were much too large to finish.
Most trips mean a new cookbook for me. This time I found my treasure in a used bookstore in Nashville.
This is a very old cookbook compiled by the Junior League of Charleston, and I was interested in it because of the many seafood recipes. Those visits Sherma and I made to Benjamin's Seafood buffet in Myrtle Beach have me craving more seafood, so I'll have to see if I can find something in this cookbook to satisfy me until the next beach trip. I'm betting that the ladies of Charleston know how to cook seafood.