Setting the Table
If traditional Southern dishes and sushi sounds like a good mix to you, then Boardwalk Billy’s has some good news. Known for their raw bar and ribs, Billy’s in North Myrtle Beach is situated off U.S. 17 on a finger of the Intracoastal Waterway. This means they don’t see a lot of traffic, either from cars or boats, so the area feels quiet and almost tucked away.
However, once you step inside, the quiet disappears as a mix of happy voices and good music takes over. Happy Hour has only just begun and the kitchen is already bustling to serve guests crowded around the bar and nestled outside, despite the chill weather.
The restaurant has a kind of an old beach house vibe, and it wouldn’t seem too out of place for guests to come in with swimwear under their clothes and sand sprinkling off their flip-flops. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), Billy’s is kept clean and natural, far from a sterile feel.
Down the Hatch
Because there is so much variety, even without being a huge menu, taking the time to decide what you’d like to indulge in would be a good idea. In fact, coupled with a great drink menu and plenty of sushi rolls, the final choice could be a long time coming.
Honestly though, no matter what you choose you’ll be in good hands. Appetizers like the crab cakes were delivered promptly with a nice crunch on the outside and kick on the inside, and the bartender knows how to make a strong drink without tasting solely like liquor.
The sushi also came from the kitchen promptly, each roll nicely stuffed with the fillings. Also like the crab cakes, there was a nice heat (without using wasabi) with the spicy rolls. The dynamite roll was a great mesh of flavors with a tiny bit of sweetness.
The ribs came out a few minutes later, though far from an undue amount of waiting. Not to mention, they were well worth the wait. Billy’s makes the barbeque sauce used and the common theme showed up again – the perfect amount of spice. Even the steamed vegetables had a noticeable amount of pepper, so by the end of the meal, all mouths were tingling pleasantly.
Out of all the seafood restaurants and raw bars, Billy’s has some pretty decent prices. During Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. when alcoholic drinks are a dollar cheaper and there are sushi rolls for $3-6, guests can easily eat for less than $15, though it would depend of course on how much you order.
Billy’s also has weekly events like Team Trivia on Mondays, bingo on Wednesdays, and live music every Friday. The restaurant also hosts special events and deals depending on the time of year, so to keep up with all the fun times, check their website or Facebook page.
Boardwalk Billy’s opens at 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closes at 10 p.m., but when the weekend rolls around, they’re ready to party by 11:30 a.m. until they drop. With a wonderful patio, great food, and fun events, this dockside restaurant is ready to make some waves.
If you eat
What | Boardwalk Billy’s
Where | 1407 13th Ave N, North Myrtle Beach
Info | boardwalkbillysnmb.com, 843-249-0900