Myrtle Beach is stacked with restaurants, cafes, and eateries, so deciding where to chow down and get your drink on could be a daunting task. With so many to choose from, one might ask where to start?
For my husband and I, we usually base our choice from a mixture of curiosity, our friend’s recommendations, a quick glance at online reviews, and, quite frankly, DHEC food grades. Once the eatery has met or exceeded our expectations, we’ll make reservations/stop in if we’re driving by/or hope we can find a sitter to make an evening of it.
Here are a few of our favorite places to eat in the Grand Strand.
Wake Up & Eat
The Sea Captain’s House on Ocean Boulevard is considered an institution in Myrtle Beach for its serene ocean view and seafood entrees; however, my favorite time to visit is for breakfast. Their Breakfast Buffet features a made to order omelet station, and a fresh, comforting selection of shrimp & grits, pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage, biscuits, muffins, fresh fruit, juice and much more.
What to Order: Without a doubt, the Breakfast Buffet and coffee- it’s the best way to start your day.
Upscale & Casual Surf & Turf
With beach chic decor and live nightly acoustic music, Salt Water Creek Café offers a relaxing atmosphere for dining with friends and family. They offer a mouthwatering assortment of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, pizzas, tacos and much more. Tip: If you’re headed there in the summer with a big party, make reservations for less of a wait time.
What to Order: If you’re a seafood lover, start with their Big Bowl of P.E.I Mussels in the white wine sauce, or a bowl of their creamy She Crab Soup, and follow it with Salmon with Lemon Pesto.
Fresh Margaritas + Old School Fun
For fresh Mexican style cuisine, Sun City Café in downtown Myrtle Beach is highly recommended. They serve a menu of classic dishes like chicken and steak quesadillas, burritos, a delectable white queso dip, homemade salsa, and my absolute favorite: guacamole and chips.
What to Order: Start with the guacamole, follow it with an Old School Burrito made with roasted chicken and mashed potatoes, and wash it down with a freshly made margaritas or craft beer.
Whether you adore fine wine paired with a fresh antipasti dish or biting into a crispy pizza crust, Capriccio Restaurant & Pizzeria off 38th Avenue offers a sizable menu of fine and casual Italian dishes. Dive into a delectable hot and cold antipasti dish, or opt for a heartier fare with one of their pasta or baked pasta dishes, gourmet pizzas, or veal, chicken, and seafood entrees.
What to Order: Try the creamy Penne Alla Vodka or bite into the Capriccio Special pizza, made with sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, and spinach.
If you’re seeking the comfort of some classic southern dishes with a twist, then Tupelo Honey Café is a must stop spot. Situated in the Market Common, this spacious restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, a large bar area, and a menu full of tempting seasonal treats. Along with an assortment of small plates perfect for sharing, they serve up a distinct offering of sandwiches, salads, supper plates, and even a brunch menu that rotates on what’s available and in-season.
What to Order: For ultimate southern comfort, try their Fried Green Tomatoes or one of their many small plates that will give you a great sampling of their southern farm to table style.