New Murrells Inlet installment of King Street Grille is more than a sports bar

Setting the Table

Before King Street Grille opened a little more than a month ago in Murrells Inlet, the location had a few signs over the door – Fuegos Mexican Grill and Cantina, Jimmagan's Pub and Captain Poo’s Bar & Grill. It’s an ugly building but it’s a great spot – down in the inlet, next to the Hot Fish Club.

This is the newest of seven King Street Grilles, named for Charleston’s chic shopping district. It’s a sports-themed joint with 43 large-screen TVs mounted all around, playing all kinds of sports and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is part owner – we won’t hold that against the place though.

The night my wife and I were there, the jukebox blasted out classic rock. There are booths, tables or bar seating options. Or you can sit outside on the partially covered deck, overlooking the marsh. There’s also a full bar outside, and subtle hanging lights, and the moonlight does wonders with the water in the inlet.

Down the Hatch

To wet our whistles, we ordered a couple of drafts. I had a Landshark, and my wife got a Shocktop. Both were $3.75. The menu is decadent, starting with the appetizers section which held rich offerings such as Black “N” Blues Tenderloin, sliders and a variety of eggrolls. There were also healthy choices such as Thai Lettuce Wraps and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.

We had a hard time making a decision. Luckily, our server Dustin Harnish (don’t call him Dusty) walked us through the menu. Harnish did try to get me to go for the Texas Heart Stopper – a loaded Angus burger, topped with a fried egg. All the burgers are served on pretzel buns.

But we went deeper into the menu. The sandwiches run from your standard fare to the more exotic Prime Rib Wrap and a Salmon Melt on a buttered croissant with smoked Gouda. My wife fell in love with the idea of a fried shrimp Po Boy ($13).

In the entrees section, I was drawn and quartered between the Charleston Chicken (smothered in Proscuitto ham and lump crab), Fried Pork Chops, one of those big-ass burgers and the Sweet Tea Fried Chicken ($16). Harnish led me toward the signature sweet tea dish and I followed.

Although there was a nice-sized crowd on a Saturday night, Harnish and the other servers took time to stop and talk to their patrons. The atmosphere was loose, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. It made it seem like no time before our food hit the table.

My wife’s Po Boy was served on a baguette with lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and a side of chipotle mayonnaise. The rest of her plate was filled with plump and crispy waffle fries. Her shrimp were big and juicy. It was a heaping helping of food and tasty.

My Sweet Tea Fried Chicken played a delicious duplicity on my palate. The sweet tea marinade and reduction blended smoothly with the light breading of the fried chicken. The two chicken breasts were mounted on a mound of garlic mashed potatoes, also served with a side of asparagus. The spices rode right along as you cut the chicken, scooped the potatoes and ate it all together – southern-style.

Check, Please

We did want a dessert and went with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie to share. It was a creamy peanut butter delight with Reese’s Cups and whipped cream – creamy and dreamy. Our tally was $51. And with the menu options and the decent pricing, it’s definitely worth a return.

But there are other reasons to go back. On Tuesdays, you can win cash prizes with team trivia at 8 p.m., and it’s free to play. On Saturdays, there are live bands on the deck. Every Sunday is a reggae party on the deck with live acts and $2.50 Landshark beers. Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. with $1 discount on all drinks and a $7 appetizer menu. And all day, every day, Bud Selects are $2.50, and Fireball Whisky shots are $3.

In case all that doesn’t get your attention, there’s also life-size Jenga and Corn Hole set-up. And check out weekly specials and live band schedules.