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The Original Benjamin's Calabash Review, Hours of operation and directions to The Original Benjamin's Calabash in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The Original Benjamin's Calabash Disappointment - This restaurant was a huge disappointment. Unless you want to eat crab legs, and a lot of them, it is vastly overpriced. A crab leg buffet can be found for $10.99 to $13.99 at almost any Chinese Buffet in town. I tried the steak, which was not only tough but cold, icy cold, raw in the middle and was cut into thin slivers that were only two inches wide by three inches long. How steak that thin could be raw is a mystery to me. I can only imagine it was in the kitchen near the stove and merely threatened with heat.
|Diners go station to station beneath mounted sharks at this all-you-can-eat seafood operation.|
Other items I tried that also were very cold were the scallops, stuffed crab, onion rings, clam strips, shrimp, and a poor man's lobster. It was a waste to put the items on my plate, it all ended up in the trash. I REALLY hate doing that, but with the amount of people who get sick from food poisoning, salmonella and ecoli at restaurants each year, I won't take any chances at all with seafood, beef, pork, chicken or foods made with dairy products.
All of the shrimp dishes consisted of baby salad shrimps, and they were found in many dishes, from pastas, to salads, to battered and fried. A salad shrimp belongs in a salad, not battered and deep fried. There was cheese macaroni, sausage, rice, corn, horrible discolored green beans, pale lima beans, pulled bar-be-que pork, bar-be-que ribs that were swimming in a thick horrible sweet bar-be-que sauce, dried out baked chicken, four kinds of salmon all of them appearing dried out, pasta, and a huge array of deserts that had a homemade quality appearance, including rice krispy treats and cheese cake served in a pudding cup. The Alaskan snow crabs were good, but not that good.
If the signage says Seafood Buffet, it must have seafood as 50% or more of the items on the buffet. Otherwise, it is just a buffet with a lot of seafood, not a seafood buffet. This buffet doesn't qualify as a Seafood Buffet, by our definition. Their attempt at the claim to fame of being the largest seafood buffet in the world, actually diluted the claim, as they added way too many (poor quality) non-seafood items.
Calabash, an Indian word for a type of gourd, has become synonymous with a style of southern seafood cooking that involves corn meal battering and frying. In order to be a Calabash Seafood Buffet, not only would 50% of the dishes have to be seafood, but of the seafood dishes 50% would also have to be prepared in Calabash style or in Calabash type gourds. This also was not the case.
The waiter was excellent, the restrooms were clean, modern, and nicely appointed. The chairs were plain hard wood and very uncomfortable (much like a dock on the bay), and no finger bowls were offered, a must have on any table serving ribs and crab. However, they do smack a huge roll of poor quality paper towels on each table. The decor is 'sitting by the dock of the bay' rustic, certainly interesting, but not worth the extra $12 per person I attribute to 'atmosphere'.
The price would only be appropriate if the food was good, and typical for a budget buffet, it wasn't, unless you were to eat four pounds of crab. The cost for two dinners was $55.78, no budget price to match the budget quality. Tip $10.00. Total cost $65.78.
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