Downtown Myrtle Beach is beginning to thrive again, with a number of places where tourists and locals alike can choose to sit down and grab a bite to eat.
Dining in the downtown area offers visitors and residents the opportunity take in views of the ocean and briefly escape the crowds of people milling about, all while getting in some good people-watching.
Business in the area is starting to turn around, after some say the closing of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion in 2006 drained the economy. In an attempt to revitalize the downtown area, the city opened the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade in 2010.
Once the boardwalk opened, many business owners saw a boost in revenue and owners of vacant properties in the downtown area took notice, said David Sebok, executive director of the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corp.
“When the Pavilion closed, it was a huge scare for the downtown area,” Sebok said in a November meeting. “People wanted to just roll it up and push it into the ocean.”
The DRC’s mission is to initiate and facilitate the revitalization of downtown Myrtle Beach, which is defined as the from Sixth Avenue South to 16th Avenue North, from the Atlantic Ocean to Oak Street and Broadway Street.
Here are a few places were you could grab dinner this weekend after stopping by the city’s 75th birthday celebration on the former Pavilion property:
•1306 N. Ocean Blvd., 448-4314
Since 1986, Pier 14 has focused on offering an opportunity to eat a meal directly over the Atlantic Ocean. The pier serves lunch year-round and dinner is served during the summer season, offering seafood and steak. Or hang out on the deck for a more casual option.
Nestled underneath the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, customers can choose to eat indoors or outside for views of the ocean right in the middle of downtown Myrtle Beach. The menu features beach food such as burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches (the tater tots are definitely a favorite). Grab a seat outside Tuesday through Sunday nights and you can hear live music offered by various bands at Plyler Park next door.
•904 N. Ocean Boulevard on the boardwalk, 448-4881
Dirty Don’s, which sits right on the boardwalk at Ninth Avenue North, features outdoor seating where customers can enjoy the ocean view while enjoying a pile of steamed oysters and a cold beer. The “Key West” style restaurant also offers happy hour specials from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday with 50 cent oysters, shrimp, hot wings, clams and mussels.
•815 Main St., 712-2307
Farlo’s offers southwest style burritos and tacos made to order. During the summer season, the restaurant stays open late on weekends, serving food until 5 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Don’t try to get your burrito fix on a Sunday, though. Like Chick-fil-A, they’re closed.
•407 Eighth Ave. N., 448-1310
Craving food from a foreign country? There are a few options downtown – including Ethiopian, Indian and Thai – but if you’re looking for German food, head to Eighth Avenue North. Bodo’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant that offers authentic German dishes, including kartoffelpfannkuchen (potato pancakes), wienerschnitzel (veal) and a variety of wurst (sausages).