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18 Essential Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

From king crab legs to mofongo

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Contrary to popular belief, many tourists actually enjoy being “trapped,” even if they claim they don’t. Myrtle Beach is proof, feeding these visitors (14 million a year), with its own brand of kitsch. Get past the stench of SPF-50 sunscreen, and the ocean breeze carries the aroma of everything from halal chicken shawarma, cotton candy-flavored saltwater taffy, calamari tempura, churro sundaes, whenever you’re not sipping frozen Mai Tais on a pool float shaped like a giant lobster.

A number of South Carolina restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fowler Dining Room

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920 Crabtree Ln
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 349-5334
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Whenever customers reserve a dinner at Fowler Dining Room, they’re rolling the dice on what will end up on their plate. On a whim, director Joseph Boneparte steers his student at the International Culinary Institute into different realms — one week it might be inspired by what Matsuhisa did at Nobu and there will be edamame and blue crab gyoza or next week coq au vin and escargot paying homage to the French Troisgrois dynasty. A recent menu included Arnold Palmer granitas, roasted quail stuffed with andouille, and a riff on the classic surf and turf : sautéed monkfish paired with braised oxtails from WK Price Farms.

2. Angelo's Steak and Pasta

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2311 S Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-2800
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One has to give chef Angelo Antoncucci props for having the audacity and bravado to claim his restaurant has the “best steaks in the universe.” Some people might give that title to Peter Luger in Brooklyn, but as far as Myrtle Beach goes, he does have great steaks, all of them are USDA certified, aged, and hand cut on premises. This is place is definitely from a scene in Casino, with Joe Pesci ordering the linguini with clam sauce and Robert De Niro eating the cowboy chop, a 22-ounce bone-in ribeye sizzling on a skillet on the way to table, as they discuss mafioso matters.

3. Punta Cana Dominican Grill

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633 Robert M Grissom Pkwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-2269
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It’s like the South Bronx but with palmetto trees, bright orange walls, and a lush array of flora and fauna that give off a vibrant and breezy atmosphere. Punta Cana is a shining example of the diverse foodscape of Myrtle Beach. The smell of deep fried yucca and the thud of a machete chopping slabs of crunchy, yet tender chicharones work in concert. All the classic Dominican staples are here: hearty bowls of sancocho, pescado con coco, and mofongo exploding like a bomb over the sides of a pillon. The restaurant even has morir sonando, the only thing missing is an Águilas Cibaeñas baseball game blaring loudly from all five flat-screen televisions and a bottle of mamajauana.

4. La Poblanita Restaurant

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311 Hwy 15
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-3150
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Seriously, an American city that doesn’t have at least one good Mexican restaurant is a pitiful excuse for an American city. La Pablonita shares the same stripmall as a karate dojo and Honduran restaurant advertising pupusas in purple and white neon. The selections of vittles are vast here, from gorditas and burritos stuffed with al pastor and carne asada all the way to mole enchiladas get the guava flavor of Jarritos to help extinguish those flames from the shaking too much Valentina hot sauce in that bowl of caldo de mariscos.

5. Captain Benjamin's Calabash Seafood Buffet

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401 S Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-9354
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Full disclaimer:If you want delicious seafood fried Calabash style (lightly breaded and fried), drive 30 miles north to the actual city of Calabash and eat at Beck’s Restaurant. Many of the Calabash seafood establishments in Myrtle Beach are buffets. There’s a plethora of these shrines of gluttony dotting the beach, most of them boasting 170 items or more, from teriyaki salmon to chocolate fountains. While at the buffet, don’t miss the Alaskan king crabs legs — Captain Benjamin’s goes through about a ton night (for real )The item’s so popular that the legs are the only thing pictured on the Captain Benjamin billboards around town.

6. Homestyle Restaurant

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514 8th Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 945-1258

There’s a thriving Jamaican population in Myrtle Beach, and when they want to get their fix on the food they left back home, they come to Homestyle Restaurant. The curry goat will stain anything it touches; the jerk chicken is perfectly smoked and fiery enough to have lips tingling; and yes, the oxtails are so tender the meat can slurped from the bone with minimal resistance. Don’t miss the brown-stewed red snapper — served whole and always cooked to order.

7. Yamato

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1213 Celebrity Circle R 5
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-1959
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Yamato’s claims to be South Carolina’s original Japanese Steakhouse. The dining room is dim and communal with the clinking and clattering of utensils on the flat top griddle only interrupted by random spurts of laughter, thrilled by the Teppanyaki theatrics – most people are in awe of the onion volcano but the showstopper is when the chef molds the mound of rice into the shape of an heart and then uses his spatula to make it look like its beating. If you’re fortunate, chef Ken will roll his cart to your table. He’s been there for 16 years and is the most requested and respected chef in the whole place. Do the obvious — order the steak and shrimp combo and cover it with housemade shrimp sauce.

8. Peaches Corner

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900 Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-7424
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In 2010, National Geographic magazine made a list of the top 10 boardwalks — Myrtle Beach came in at number three, and it’s held its own since then. Every respectable boardwalk from Coney Island to Santa Monica needs a greasy-spoon institution like Peaches Corner. When the shoe-boxed-sized place opened in 1937, Myrtle Beach wasn’t even a city yet, and it’s still run by the same family with the same untouched menu of cheeseburgers, corn dogs, onion rings, and root beer floats. Order the the Bruiser — a beer-battered, foot-long, all-beef hotdog wrapped in bacon, and topped with shredded cheddar cheese, diced onion, and homemade chili — it’s such a monstrosity that it comes with a plastic knife and fork, because the staff knows you’ll need something to fight it with.

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9. Big Mike's Soul Food

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504 16th Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 712-2048
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The slogan at Big Mike’s is “Soul Food the way your momma made it,” as if everybody’s lucky enough to have a mother who can cook this well. Like most good soul food joints, there’s a mix of faux brick, wood-paneled walls, and checkerboard linoleum floors. Big Mike’s Special is the meat-and-three with a chunk of cornbread. It can be a daunting task deciding, so here’s some help: go for the fried chicken, collard greens, candied yams, and chicken bog (it’s a local specialty that Big Mike humbly guarantees is the best around).

10. Olympic Flame Pancake House

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1309 Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-2756
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There are pancake houses stacked on top pancakes houses here. There’s a rumor going around that there are more pancake houses in Myrtle Beach per capita than anywhere in the country. It’s a quintessential societal element, sort of like bodegas in New York City. Olympic Flame is one of the O.G.s. It’s always packed with a little bit of everybody from Little league baseball teams, Vietnam veterans, and honeymooners. Olympic Flame and other mom and pop pancake houses get more love than the national chains like IHOP or Waffle House. Start off with a stack of buttermilk pancakes and festoon them with a choice of more than 10 toppings. Or, skip all that a get them with the whipped cream and blueberry smiley face.

11. Cafe Old Vienna

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1604 N Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 946-6252
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Only in Myrtle Beach will diners find a German restaurant adjacent to a Piggly Wiggly grocery store and a surf shop. For a little over two decades Chef Werner and Martina Horvath have served gemuetlichkeit, or coziness, to the Grand Strand. Café Old Vienna matches the mood of a cozy chalet tucked away in the Bavarian Alps. The servers are clad in lederhosen and the bartender filling mugs with hefeweizen is dressed like the blonde from St. Pauli Girl bottle. There are no souffles and bouquets with this cuisine, just straight-forward, hearty and satisfying fare. Expect Viennese gulasch, bratwurst with sauerkraut, but try the jagershnitzel with red cabbage and spätzle.

12. Banditos Cantina

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1410 Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 712-2992
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First and foremost, the panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean is downright epic and sets the tone for the upscale Malibu-ish vibe at Bandito’s. No matter how many taquerias serve menudo, massive tortas, or Styrofoam cups of horchata, there’s always a place like Bandito’s Cantina to get caught up in a Baja Mex vortex with street corn, margaritas in Mason jars, and fish tacos. The highlights are most definitely the Baja shrimp burritos that go well with shots of smokey Xicaru mezcal and pints of Dirty Myrtle Double I.P.A. from the local New South Brewery.

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13. Sea Captain's House

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3002 N Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-8082
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The Sea Captain House is to Myrtle Beach what Commander’s Place is to New Orleans, with award-winning she crab soup instead of turtle soup. It’s a old salty cottage that’s been here since 1962 when Myrtle Beach was still a sleepy little beach town which is why It sticks out like a sore thumb in the shadows of the 21-story Caribbean Resort, which it’s separated from by a pool and waterslide. The menu stays true to old school with ubiquitous tried-and-true dishes. Folks dont come here expecting anything avant garde, they stand in lines for the classic shrimp and grits and pecan-crusted grouper.

14. Little Pigs Bar-B-Q

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6102 Frontage Rd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 692-9774
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Little Pigs Bar-B-Que is a small and unfussy spot where customers can get some of the best Pee-Dee style barbecue piled between two buns or with a side or baked beans, coleslaw, and hush puppies.

Despite the numerous plaques on the wall from the local newspaper voting this place “Best BBQ in Myrtle Beach,” no one can get Robert Huffling to brag or call himself a pitmaster, even though he’s been hickory smoking pork butts for the past 42 years. He won’t get into the politics of sauces, stating, “There’s no such thing as the best sauce.” Though he will admit that his mustard-based sauce is likely the most delicious you will taste in your life.

15. Foster's Cafe & Bar

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6307 N Kings Hwy A
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 449-7945

If customers stick around long enough they’ll probably see another patron go behind the bar and help themselves to a fistful of Jell-O shots. This is that type of place visitors are dealing with when they walk into Foster’s — one of those quintessential, cozy, homey, neighborhood bars, where “everybody knows your names” or at least treat you like they do. Mingle with the pool sharks,  order a French dip sandwich, join the dart league, and eavesdrop on the locals reminiscing about the good ole days when they used to party hard at Xanadu’s. Foster’s also serves the most delicious chicken wings in town, and they’re only 70 cents a piece — that’s almost free.

16. Fire and Smoke

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411 79th Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 449-0085
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When’s the last time beachgoers noticed poutine and wagyu beef ended up on the same menu? Executive chef Tyler Rice is the mastermind behind one of the first gastropubs right near the Atlantic Ocean. He baits customers with humble and familiar dishes like North Carolina jumbo lump crab cakes and Memphis-style ribs and abruptly drags them out into deep, unchartered territory with dishes like bison carpaccio, and free range elk chops with sides of bone marrow bread pudding.

17. Blueberry's Grill

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7931 N Kings Hwy #140
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 945-4588
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Chef Evi Spaho provides progressive breakfast at its finest at Blueberry’s Grille. The restaurant has lactose-free cheese, gluten-free toast, and stone-ground grits made better with goat cheese and pesto pine nuts. The chicken is GMO Free and the kale varieties for the egg white omelet range from Black Magic to Red Russian. The smoked salmon benedict is hard to pass up, but go for the Monte Cristo, because what’s more indicative of Myrtle Beach than something deep fried and sprinkled with a heavy hand of powdered sugar? Expect a wait and a very lively atmosphere. Be sure to get a souvenir coffee mug.

18. Hook & Barrel

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8014 N Kings Hwy B
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 839-5888
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Chef Heidi Kukov is the culinary grand dame of Myrtle Beach. Her first endeavor, Croissant’s Bistro & Bakery brought forth build-your-own bloody marys, mango mimosas, and croque madames, launching a spot for brunch snobs. Her most recent project Hook and Barrel is the purest example of the dining scene in Myrtle Beach going from shabby to snazzy. The seafood is sustainable, and there’s prosecco on tap. Jellyfish lamps are the crux of this nauti-posh aesthetic. The plump crab cake sliders with remoulade slathered on challah buns and topped kohlrabi slaw is the ideal start before you order the pan-seared scallops that are worthy of a mention in a Drake verse.

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1. Fowler Dining Room

920 Crabtree Ln, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

Whenever customers reserve a dinner at Fowler Dining Room, they’re rolling the dice on what will end up on their plate. On a whim, director Joseph Boneparte steers his student at the International Culinary Institute into different realms — one week it might be inspired by what Matsuhisa did at Nobu and there will be edamame and blue crab gyoza or next week coq au vin and escargot paying homage to the French Troisgrois dynasty. A recent menu included Arnold Palmer granitas, roasted quail stuffed with andouille, and a riff on the classic surf and turf : sautéed monkfish paired with braised oxtails from WK Price Farms.

920 Crabtree Ln
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

2. Angelo's Steak and Pasta

2311 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

One has to give chef Angelo Antoncucci props for having the audacity and bravado to claim his restaurant has the “best steaks in the universe.” Some people might give that title to Peter Luger in Brooklyn, but as far as Myrtle Beach goes, he does have great steaks, all of them are USDA certified, aged, and hand cut on premises. This is place is definitely from a scene in Casino, with Joe Pesci ordering the linguini with clam sauce and Robert De Niro eating the cowboy chop, a 22-ounce bone-in ribeye sizzling on a skillet on the way to table, as they discuss mafioso matters.

2311 S Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

3. Punta Cana Dominican Grill

633 Robert M Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

It’s like the South Bronx but with palmetto trees, bright orange walls, and a lush array of flora and fauna that give off a vibrant and breezy atmosphere. Punta Cana is a shining example of the diverse foodscape of Myrtle Beach. The smell of deep fried yucca and the thud of a machete chopping slabs of crunchy, yet tender chicharones work in concert. All the classic Dominican staples are here: hearty bowls of sancocho, pescado con coco, and mofongo exploding like a bomb over the sides of a pillon. The restaurant even has morir sonando, the only thing missing is an Águilas Cibaeñas baseball game blaring loudly from all five flat-screen televisions and a bottle of mamajauana.

633 Robert M Grissom Pkwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

4. La Poblanita Restaurant

311 Hwy 15, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Seriously, an American city that doesn’t have at least one good Mexican restaurant is a pitiful excuse for an American city. La Pablonita shares the same stripmall as a karate dojo and Honduran restaurant advertising pupusas in purple and white neon. The selections of vittles are vast here, from gorditas and burritos stuffed with al pastor and carne asada all the way to mole enchiladas get the guava flavor of Jarritos to help extinguish those flames from the shaking too much Valentina hot sauce in that bowl of caldo de mariscos.

311 Hwy 15
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

5. Captain Benjamin's Calabash Seafood Buffet

401 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Full disclaimer:If you want delicious seafood fried Calabash style (lightly breaded and fried), drive 30 miles north to the actual city of Calabash and eat at Beck’s Restaurant. Many of the Calabash seafood establishments in Myrtle Beach are buffets. There’s a plethora of these shrines of gluttony dotting the beach, most of them boasting 170 items or more, from teriyaki salmon to chocolate fountains. While at the buffet, don’t miss the Alaskan king crabs legs — Captain Benjamin’s goes through about a ton night (for real )The item’s so popular that the legs are the only thing pictured on the Captain Benjamin billboards around town.

401 S Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

6. Homestyle Restaurant

514 8th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

There’s a thriving Jamaican population in Myrtle Beach, and when they want to get their fix on the food they left back home, they come to Homestyle Restaurant. The curry goat will stain anything it touches; the jerk chicken is perfectly smoked and fiery enough to have lips tingling; and yes, the oxtails are so tender the meat can slurped from the bone with minimal resistance. Don’t miss the brown-stewed red snapper — served whole and always cooked to order.

514 8th Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

7. Yamato

1213 Celebrity Circle R 5, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Yamato’s claims to be South Carolina’s original Japanese Steakhouse. The dining room is dim and communal with the clinking and clattering of utensils on the flat top griddle only interrupted by random spurts of laughter, thrilled by the Teppanyaki theatrics – most people are in awe of the onion volcano but the showstopper is when the chef molds the mound of rice into the shape of an heart and then uses his spatula to make it look like its beating. If you’re fortunate, chef Ken will roll his cart to your table. He’s been there for 16 years and is the most requested and respected chef in the whole place. Do the obvious — order the steak and shrimp combo and cover it with housemade shrimp sauce.

1213 Celebrity Circle R 5
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

8. Peaches Corner

900 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Peaches Corner/Facebook

In 2010, National Geographic magazine made a list of the top 10 boardwalks — Myrtle Beach came in at number three, and it’s held its own since then. Every respectable boardwalk from Coney Island to Santa Monica needs a greasy-spoon institution like Peaches Corner. When the shoe-boxed-sized place opened in 1937, Myrtle Beach wasn’t even a city yet, and it’s still run by the same family with the same untouched menu of cheeseburgers, corn dogs, onion rings, and root beer floats. Order the the Bruiser — a beer-battered, foot-long, all-beef hotdog wrapped in bacon, and topped with shredded cheddar cheese, diced onion, and homemade chili — it’s such a monstrosity that it comes with a plastic knife and fork, because the staff knows you’ll need something to fight it with.

900 Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

9. Big Mike's Soul Food

504 16th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

The slogan at Big Mike’s is “Soul Food the way your momma made it,” as if everybody’s lucky enough to have a mother who can cook this well. Like most good soul food joints, there’s a mix of faux brick, wood-paneled walls, and checkerboard linoleum floors. Big Mike’s Special is the meat-and-three with a chunk of cornbread. It can be a daunting task deciding, so here’s some help: go for the fried chicken, collard greens, candied yams, and chicken bog (it’s a local specialty that Big Mike humbly guarantees is the best around).

504 16th Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

10. Olympic Flame Pancake House

1309 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

There are pancake houses stacked on top pancakes houses here. There’s a rumor going around that there are more pancake houses in Myrtle Beach per capita than anywhere in the country. It’s a quintessential societal element, sort of like bodegas in New York City. Olympic Flame is one of the O.G.s. It’s always packed with a little bit of everybody from Little league baseball teams, Vietnam veterans, and honeymooners. Olympic Flame and other mom and pop pancake houses get more love than the national chains like IHOP or Waffle House. Start off with a stack of buttermilk pancakes and festoon them with a choice of more than 10 toppings. Or, skip all that a get them with the whipped cream and blueberry smiley face.

1309 Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

11. Cafe Old Vienna

1604 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Only in Myrtle Beach will diners find a German restaurant adjacent to a Piggly Wiggly grocery store and a surf shop. For a little over two decades Chef Werner and Martina Horvath have served gemuetlichkeit, or coziness, to the Grand Strand. Café Old Vienna matches the mood of a cozy chalet tucked away in the Bavarian Alps. The servers are clad in lederhosen and the bartender filling mugs with hefeweizen is dressed like the blonde from St. Pauli Girl bottle. There are no souffles and bouquets with this cuisine, just straight-forward, hearty and satisfying fare. Expect Viennese gulasch, bratwurst with sauerkraut, but try the jagershnitzel with red cabbage and spätzle.

1604 N Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

12. Banditos Cantina

1410 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Banditos Cantina/Facebook

First and foremost, the panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean is downright epic and sets the tone for the upscale Malibu-ish vibe at Bandito’s. No matter how many taquerias serve menudo, massive tortas, or Styrofoam cups of horchata, there’s always a place like Bandito’s Cantina to get caught up in a Baja Mex vortex with street corn, margaritas in Mason jars, and fish tacos. The highlights are most definitely the Baja shrimp burritos that go well with shots of smokey Xicaru mezcal and pints of Dirty Myrtle Double I.P.A. from the local New South Brewery.

1410 Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

13. Sea Captain's House

3002 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

The Sea Captain House is to Myrtle Beach what Commander’s Place is to New Orleans, with award-winning she crab soup instead of turtle soup. It’s a old salty cottage that’s been here since 1962 when Myrtle Beach was still a sleepy little beach town which is why It sticks out like a sore thumb in the shadows of the 21-story Caribbean Resort, which it’s separated from by a pool and waterslide. The menu stays true to old school with ubiquitous tried-and-true dishes. Folks dont come here expecting anything avant garde, they stand in lines for the classic shrimp and grits and pecan-crusted grouper.

3002 N Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

14. Little Pigs Bar-B-Q

6102 Frontage Rd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Little Pigs Bar-B-Que is a small and unfussy spot where customers can get some of the best Pee-Dee style barbecue piled between two buns or with a side or baked beans, coleslaw, and hush puppies.

Despite the numerous plaques on the wall from the local newspaper voting this place “Best BBQ in Myrtle Beach,” no one can get Robert Huffling to brag or call himself a pitmaster, even though he’s been hickory smoking pork butts for the past 42 years. He won’t get into the politics of sauces, stating, “There’s no such thing as the best sauce.” Though he will admit that his mustard-based sauce is likely the most delicious you will taste in your life.

6102 Frontage Rd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

15. Foster's Cafe & Bar

6307 N Kings Hwy A, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

If customers stick around long enough they’ll probably see another patron go behind the bar and help themselves to a fistful of Jell-O shots. This is that type of place visitors are dealing with when they walk into Foster’s — one of those quintessential, cozy, homey, neighborhood bars, where “everybody knows your names” or at least treat you like they do. Mingle with the pool sharks,  order a French dip sandwich, join the dart league, and eavesdrop on the locals reminiscing about the good ole days when they used to party hard at Xanadu’s. Foster’s also serves the most delicious chicken wings in town, and they’re only 70 cents a piece — that’s almost free.

6307 N Kings Hwy A
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

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16. Fire and Smoke

411 79th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

When’s the last time beachgoers noticed poutine and wagyu beef ended up on the same menu? Executive chef Tyler Rice is the mastermind behind one of the first gastropubs right near the Atlantic Ocean. He baits customers with humble and familiar dishes like North Carolina jumbo lump crab cakes and Memphis-style ribs and abruptly drags them out into deep, unchartered territory with dishes like bison carpaccio, and free range elk chops with sides of bone marrow bread pudding.

411 79th Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

17. Blueberry's Grill

7931 N Kings Hwy #140, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Chef Evi Spaho provides progressive breakfast at its finest at Blueberry’s Grille. The restaurant has lactose-free cheese, gluten-free toast, and stone-ground grits made better with goat cheese and pesto pine nuts. The chicken is GMO Free and the kale varieties for the egg white omelet range from Black Magic to Red Russian. The smoked salmon benedict is hard to pass up, but go for the Monte Cristo, because what’s more indicative of Myrtle Beach than something deep fried and sprinkled with a heavy hand of powdered sugar? Expect a wait and a very lively atmosphere. Be sure to get a souvenir coffee mug.

7931 N Kings Hwy #140
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

18. Hook & Barrel

8014 N Kings Hwy B, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Hook & Barrel/Facebook

Chef Heidi Kukov is the culinary grand dame of Myrtle Beach. Her first endeavor, Croissant’s Bistro & Bakery brought forth build-your-own bloody marys, mango mimosas, and croque madames, launching a spot for brunch snobs. Her most recent project Hook and Barrel is the purest example of the dining scene in Myrtle Beach going from shabby to snazzy. The seafood is sustainable, and there’s prosecco on tap. Jellyfish lamps are the crux of this nauti-posh aesthetic. The plump crab cake sliders with remoulade slathered on challah buns and topped kohlrabi slaw is the ideal start before you order the pan-seared scallops that are worthy of a mention in a Drake verse.

8014 N Kings Hwy B
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

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