An historic building has withstood the ebb and flow of time and tide for over 50 years as part of the Intracoastal Waterway, even before North Myrtle Beach was incorporated.
Many names have been attached to this building, and many older locals still use an affectionate nickname for what is now known as Captain Archie’s.
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This popular watering hole began as a part of the marina that surrounds it, as a store and office. The transformation into restaurant and bar truly began when Captain Archie “Poo” McLauchlin took over, with the extension of the interior dining area and the addition of the outside bar.
Having been owned by numerous business partners through the decades, the restaurant’s most recent renaming took place earlier this year and is an obvious tribute to Captain Archie. This was also accompanied by additional renovations on the inside and out, helping the building to age gracefully.
While the restaurant does serve some sandwiches and burgers, the main attraction is the fresh and delicious seafood as only a waterside eatery can have. A popular choice for parties to snack on while waiting for their meals is the Captain’s Island Shrimp that come fried and tossed in mango habanero sauce.
Even the salads are topped with creatures from the sea, like ahi tuna and oysters. Entrees are flooded with more seafood, such as the popular flounder platter and low country boil.
Oyster roast season is underway too, available at market prices. Captain Archie’s also has daily lunch specials, from meatloaf to pork chops to country fried steak. Tuesdays are devoted to tacos and many regulars stop in on Weenie Wednesday and Flounder Friday.
Every day from 4-7 p.m., Happy Hour takes place with $5 appetizers including boneless wings, fish bites, and fish tacos. Live music is a frequent entertainment, occasionally there is karaoke, and the restaurant has become a talented host for large events. This includes Thursdays, which have become Bike Night, no matter what season it is.
Having been a staple in the North Strand for so long, Captain Archie’s stays pretty busy year-round. The team out on the floor and in the kitchen work well together, despite the crowd, and know how to keep up with demands while helping the atmosphere feel easygoing.
Some days there may be more boats docked than cars parked around Captain Archie’s. But you can rest assured that just as the waterway underneath continues to flow, so will the drinks, delicious food, and good times on this end of the marina.
If You Eat
What | Captain Archie’s
Where | 2200 Little River Neck Road, North Myrtle Beach
Hours | 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily
Information | captainarchies.com, 843-427- 4943