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Myrtle Beach Restaurants That You Must Dine At When You Visit

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Myrtle Beach Restaurants that the Locals Love

Are you up for a culinary adventure? I hope so because I’ve discovered four Myrtle Beach restaurants that you absolutely must dine at when you are in town along with two additional restaurants in Murrells Inlet and a crepe cafe in Market Common near the airport. To say there is a lot of dining options in Myrtle Beach would be an understatement. There are at least 1800 Myrtle Beach restaurants for you to choose from, however, my guess is that about 1600 are chain restaurants like Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Joe’s Crab Shack. Nothing wrong with those places but they don’t capture the local culinary spirit and that is what I look for when I visit a destination. I also love to eat at places that the locals love and all of these are “local” approved Myrtle Beach restaurants. Let’s eat!

The bar at Hook and Barrel Myrtle Beach

Hook and Barrel 8014 North Kings Hwy – En route from the airport to my hotel I asked my Uber driver where my first dining stop in Myrtle Beach should be and his #1 choice was Hook and Barrel. It’s a guaranteed great meal with spectacular service and a very cool interior design. The seafood is sourced locally and they even have a head fish cutter which tells you their fish is fresh. I don’t eat a lot of fish so I opted for the Peach Pork Tenderloin with Brussels Sprouts and a side of creamy Mac & Cheese. Delish. The start of the meal for me though was the starter I had which was a Carolina Lemonade and some Pimento Cheese. A cocktail can be a starter right?

Margarita and Pimento Cheese spread at Hook and Barrel

Peach Pork Tenderloin with mac & Cheese at Hook and Barrel Myrtle Beach

Aspen Grille 5101 N Kings Hwy – Looking for an intimate, perhaps romantic night on the town? Under the talented hands of Chef/Owner, Curry Martin Aspen Grille serves up Southern cuisine with a cloth napkin. Featuring local producers as much as possible you can ask Chef Curry the name of the farm or the fisherman he got his catch from and chances are he’ll be able to tell you. I dined on a half dozen Oysters Rockefeller and some delicious cheesy Shrimp and Grits. It all went down quite well with a pint of White Thai Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co, a local craft beer.

Oysters Rockefeller at Aspen Grille Myrtle Beach

Cheesy Shrimp and Grits at Aspen Grille Myrtle Beach

Croissants Bistro & Bakery 2 locations – Are you looking for a great cup of coffee to start your day or perhaps the perfect Eggs Benedict? Croissants Bistro & Bakery is the place to be. They roast their own beans and bake their own croissants. To say this was one of the best Eggs Benny I’ve had this year would not be a lie. They also make sandwiches and soups that would be perfect to pack for a hike or a day spent in Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens.

Perfect Eggs Benedict at Croissants Cafe Myrtle Beach

Coffee roasting on premises at Croissants in Myrtle Beach

Big Mike’s Soul Food 504 16th Ave North – Are you craving stick to your ribs authentic southern food? THE place to be then is Big Mike’s Soul Food. Not much to look at from the outside and all the food is served on disposable plates with plastic cutlery but the food is lip-smacking DELISH. $10.49 gets you the Blue Plate special. 1 Meat, 3 sides, cornbread and a drink. I had the Fried Pork Chop (amazingly tender and moist), Collards, Cabbage and Mac & Cheese. Pro Tip: if you order the Sweet Tea ask for a glass of water and an extra glass. This way you can dilute it a bit. It is very sweet. My #1 place to go in Myrtle Beach.

Big Mike's Soul Food Myrtle Beach

The Blue Plate Special at Big Mike's Soul Food Myrtle Beach

Murrell’s Inlet Restaurants

The Claw House 4097 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet – A New England style lobster house and raw bar with a touch of Southern flare that has a wicked view of the water and fishing boats from a massive patio. There is lots of seafood on the menu but I couldn’t resist the Chicken and Waffles “burger”.

Chicken and Waffles at The Claw House Murrell's Inlet

Wicked Tuna 4123 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet – Fresh from the boat to your table, that is the promise at Wicked Tuna aka “Hook to Table”. They have their own fishing fleet and everything is prepared fresh on site so this is probably your freshest seafood option in all of Myrtle Beach. They also serve Sushi and of course have a Tuna Shak aka patio par.

One of the best Happy Hours to be found in Myrtle Beach is here. Daily from 4-6 pm, you can enjoy drink specials and Sushi for as low as $3 per order. Stick around for dinner and enjoy a Fillet and Lobster dinner that will leave you stuffed. I loved the tempura fried Lobster tail.

Sushi happy hour at Wicked Tuna Murrell's Inlet

Fillet and Lobster Tail at Wicked Tuna Murrell's Inlet

Market Common near the Airport

Crepe Creations 4012 Deville St, Market Common – I had a bit of time to kill before my return flight to Toronto so I headed to Market Common for some exploration and a final meal before flying home. Crepe Creation was just what I needed. Good coffee and very fast service. I ordered the Steak & Eggs stuffed Crepe and boy was I stuffed. The fillings weren’t gourmet but it is a pretty good casual spot to grab a light bite while you enjoy the area.

Coffee before my crepe at Crepe Creation at Market Common Myrtle Beach

Steak & Eggs stuffed Crepe at Crepe Creations

So there you have it. My must visit Myrtle Beach restaurants plus a few others to check out while you enjoy your time. If youa re wondering how I found out about these places I asked the locals. Every Uber driver I took was happy to share his/her favourite places and the abover restaurants were all recommended mulitple times. You won’t go hungry in Myrtle Beach, happy eating.

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Thanks to Visit Myrtle Beach for hosting and inviting me to explore the area. My views and opinions are 100% my own.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.


  1. I know this isn’t your thing but … Marshview Seafood Kitchen (yes, there is a marsh-view) in Murrell’s Inlet is dog friendly on the patio and that’s where my terrier and I enjoyed a shrimp poor boy and beer.

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