The Travel Channel notes there are more than 1,000 restaurants along the Grand Strand, but chose these 11 as their top picks for vacationing tourists.
Their selections offer varied menus from Brazilian steaks to seafood and soul food, and include several local favorites.
Citing the restaurant’s “killer dog” — a foot-long kosher hot dog covered with french fries and smothered in homemade chili, cheese and onions, the Travel Channel says no one leaves hungry. The menu also includes ribs and seafood served with a basket of sweet croissants.
This one is a tourist favorite at Broadway at the Beach, and although usually packed, the wait is not long at this cavernous restaurant that prides itself on cheeseburgers and boat drinks.
“Croissants Bistro & Bakery does it all, y'all,” the Travel Channel says. A Myrtle Beach favorite for 20 years, their service ranges from morning coffee to evening wines.
This is a favorite of locals, where firemen and other city employees are often seen crammed around tables for a quick lunch hour of sub sandwiches and homemade cookies. The Travel Channel also praised the deli’s homemade dill mayonnaise for dipping.
5. Indo Thai
This Thai take-out and dine-in restaurant is noted for its sushi and hibachi and friendly staff. “Skeptics should rest assured that the Thai, sushi and hibachi are all delicious under the direction of owner and ‘sushi queen’ Lara Heryadi,” the Travel Channel said.
This Mexican eatery is at the Coastal Grand Mall. The Travel Channel says it’s the best Mexican food in Myrtle Beach.
7. Mr. Fish
It’s this restaurant’s Southern cooking that includes a tower of fried green tomatoes and shrimp ‘n’ grits and a sushi menu that grabbed the Travel Channel’s attention, as well as owners Teddy Hammerman and his daughter Sheina who saved the legendary restaurant and seafood market and moved it to a larger location.
8. NY Prime
It’s serious steak, the Travel Channel crows, and the perfect place to impress clients or golf buddies with big appetites.
Where else to find a half-dozen oysters Rockefeller with a splash of Pernod and fresh spinach? It’s a casual raw bar in North Myrtle Beach that also offers clams, mussels and hush puppies doused in honey butter.
Owned by Myrtle Beach City Councilman Mike Chestnut, this is another local’s favorite for true Southern cooking with the best cornbread in town. Home of the blue plate special, the meat is fried, the okra is fried, and the green beans and mac and cheese are just like grandma used to make. You will need a nap, afterward.
The Travel Channel cites this restaurant’s “continuous stream of Brazilian gauchos serving more than 15 different cuts of beef, pork, lamb and poultry.” Also, reservations are recommended. The restaurant is located in Myrtle Beach, but a new location in North Myrtle Beach is expected to open next year.