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Romantic beach vacation spots for a foodie couple

topchef29 | Jun 12, 200806:50 AM     11

My wife and I will be celebrating our first anniversary in August, and are looking to stay somewhere on the beach. We live in the midwest, so we're pretty much equidistant from most beach destinations.

What we're looking for is a romantic getaway and enjoy the company of each other. What I'm getting at is that, within reason, I don't want to go somewhere that's crowded with people.

Also, and most importantly, we want to go somewhere that has great restaurants within a reasonable distance from the oceanfront hotel.

In the past, we've stayed in Corpus Christi, Myrtle Beach, and Ocean City, and each had their advantages and disadvantages. Corpus Christi has a wonderful seafood restaurant called Water Street Seafood Company, and Myrtle Beach has the House of Blues (which serves up a pretty tasty helping of Shrimp and Grits) and Phillips Seafood Market, where we went on $1 crab night, which was an absolute blast. Ocean City has Phillips Crab House, and some tasty boardwalk food (fries in a paper cone, dipped in malt vinegar anyone?), but lodging can be prohibitively expensive.

I'm up for any suggestions, as I'm sure a few people on here live in their favorite city by the ocean, and without a doubt, you guys know where to eat!

Thanks in advance.

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