We tried but could not think of a better way to tell you about the Litchfield Beach Fish House than to reprint this article written by Mary KcKellar Purvis, a student at Carolina Forest High School.
Parents your kids’ sharp eyes will discover this restaurant before you, with the fascinating shark coming out of the roof. How often do you see that! Right when they hop out of the car your kids will run from you toward the pirate ship playground located to the left of the restaurant. This an awesome playground that is great for kids to play on while waiting to be seated. They might also want to jump into the back of the signature blue truck which stays out in front of the restaurant.
Reservations are recommended when you are planning to dine at the Fish House, however not required. If you are planning visiting either on Friday or Saturday night arrive a little before your reservation time. What a unique experience the whole family will enjoy. A kid can definitely be a kid at this establishment.
As you enter the restaurant, the owner Bob Mimms, personally greets and seats you calling you by name, if you are a local. If you an a first time visitor he quickly introduces himself and makes you feel at home. A warm welcome, entertainment, playground and delicious food that you will enjoy your night out. If you have kids who get antsy while waiting, the Fish House provides a variety of boxed fish animals to identify and keep their little hands busy. The walls of the restaurant were enough to entertain me. They are fully decorated with tons of interesting things. The thing I noticed was the large flounder, which Mr. Mimms said weighed 18 1/2 pounds. My dad flounder gigs, but I don’t think he has ever gotten one that large! If he does I’m sure that one will be mounted on a wall too.When we visited, my mom and I were lucky to be able to enjoy our meal at the dining bar where all the action occurred. The waiter never stopped and it was interesting to see him constantly working. He was non-stop as he was taking orders, filling drink orders, cleaning plates but, most of all, having conversations with the customers.
For children, it is extremely fascinating to watch and see exactly what they do with the front row seat. Each of the staff was busily flowing through the restaurant and making sure dinners had what they needed.The food was outstanding and came in very generous portions. I got the flounder plate with French fries, my favorite. Elizabeth tried one of their salads and said it was very good, as well. My mom had the stuffed shrimp and loved it. Other than seafood they also have some chicken on the menu.
The best seller, however, is their crab cakes. The crab cake recipe is a Gullah recipe that is well known to their frequent patrons. For children under the age of twelve, a children’s menu is available. The items on the menu include creek shrimp, fried flounder, chicken fingers, kids cheese burger, grilled cheese and a grilled hot dog.
The Litchfield Fish House has been open for 20 years and is a favorite for many people, especially the locals. Even tourists look for: ward to their meal at the Fish House when they vacation in the area. I have relatives from Columbia who come down each summer to stay in their Pawleys Island beach house and always enjoy a meal at the Fish House during their vacation. I had never been but always heard them talk about how much fun it was for kids. I’m glad I had the chance to experience it for myself. Hopefully, next time they visit I will plan to dine with them at this wonderful seafood restaurant.