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Old 07-07-2006, 07:48 PM
 
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Default Calabash, inquiring minds want to know the meaning.

We just returned home from a few days in Myrtle Beach. My daughter-in-law
was inquiring why so many of the restaurants were called calabash. We
didn't know but thought maybe it was a specific way the food was
prepared. I looked it up in the dictionary just now and all I could find
was the reference to the calabash tree or gourd. How does this word
relate to food?

Thanking you ahead of time for your replies.
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Old 07-07-2006, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Calabash, NC was named after gourds that grew in the region, which were used for drinking. Since the 1930s, Calabash has been known for its distinctive style of fried seafood, which has come to be known as "calabash style." The town has many seafood restaurants and is often referred to as the "Seafood Capital of the World."

Calabash style buffets are also in many southeastern coastal towns. Myrtle Beach, SC is home to a great majority of these restaurants as the city is very close to Calabash, NC.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/46/NCMap-doton-Calabash.PNG (broken link)

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Old 07-07-2006, 08:03 PM
 
Location: East Texas
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Calabash seafood typically refer to seafood that is lightly breaded (usually dipped in milk & then a combo of flour & cornmeal) and then fried. Usually in a calabash-style restaurant you will get huge portions, oftentimes with a combination plate of several types of seafood - shrimp, various kinds of fish, crab, oysters, etc.. and hushpuppies.

Good calabash seafood is very good, freshly prepared with a very light touch. Bad calabash is horrid! Sometimes seafood buffets will refer to themselves as calabash-style, but they are stretching the definition....
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