5 Great Places to Eat in Myrtle Beach
by Limus Woods, Contributing Writer
As many visitors find out once they reach the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach, SC has hundreds of restaurants and pubs to choose from. Some of them are flamboyant, some are mellow. Whichever kind you choose, you are sure to have fun in one of America’s most visited beaches.
Bully’s Pub and Grill, a Laid Back Experience
Bully’s is one of Myrtle Beach’s calmer, more nonchalant restaurants to visit. The atmosphere is casual, the beer selection is huge, and the menu has local favorites that everyone visiting the beach will go home talking about!
Bully’s Front Deck. Image from DirtyMyrtle.com.
Located at 4868 Highway 17 South on Barefoot Landing, this pub & grill has many local favorites on their menu. For example, we are big fans of BBQ here in the south, and Bully’s BBQ Porker is one zesty, delicious, slow roasted, Carolina Style entrée. If you aren’t that hungry though, try the Homemade Spicy cheese dip (it’s great with the salsa!) There are also other tasty items like wings, burgers, quesadillas, and sandwiches to choose from – there’s sure to be something here that you’ll like!
Bully’s has one of the longest beer lists on the beach with 32 different kinds. Domestic bottles include favorites like Yuengling, Bud Light Lime, and O’douls (non-alcoholic), along with imports like Heineken and Red Stripe. The Micro-Brews here are what stand out, though; Crispen Hard Apple Cider, Magic Hat #9, Highland Oatmeal Porter, Fat Tire and Purple Haze are just a few. It’s worth mentioning that many bars don’t even have these in their stock, but while you’re at Bully’s you won’t have to worry about selection. They are loaded up with everything, and at great prices!
The atmosphere here is very laid back for all of you who just want to relax on your beach vacation, a setting that will make you feel like you’re right at home.
The Lovely Empire Fire Mongolian Grill
Mongolia is located way over in Northeast Asia, a country that’s surrounded by land and borders China. Still, the wonderful cuisine from there can be enjoyed in beautiful Myrtle Beach at the Empire Fire Mongolian Grill. If you need a break from all of the seafood places for a while, visit their location at 4036 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach.
A Delicious Dish at Empire Fire Mongolian Grill. Image from TripAdvisor.com.
Many times when we go out to eat we try to be health conscious. At Empire Fire, you’ll notice that the various foods are prepared fresh, and can even be tossed and grilled right before your eyes with a huge chopstick! There’s also a buffet with all-you-can-eat, perfect for a family visit or if you want to entertain clients in the restaurants unique East Asian style layout. You can pick your choice of the various meats and fresh veggies, then take them over to the grill and choose your favorite sauce so the skilled chef can stir fry it while you watch.
The grill has many fresh vegetables and juicy meats to choose from, including zucchini, scallions, peppers, sausage, lamb, crab, shrimp, scallops and more. The traditional Mongolian sauces are what set this restaurant apart from the many Chinese ones. They range from the original Mongolian sauce to ginger, oyster, garlic, chili, lemon, and oil & wine sauces. It’ll be hard to believe that you are eating healthy when the aroma from your sizzling meal hits the air!
There are other options as well to compliment your meal, such as the salad bar, sushi, even pizza. There’s also dessert, like hand dipped ice cream, for your post-meal satisfaction.
The Empire Fire Mongolian Grill is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, so there is never a bad day to swing by with your friends and family!
Shucker’s is the Best Place to Get Oysters
When tourists come to Myrtle Beach they may have lot of delicious types of food in mind they are planning to eat. But one type of food they can be sure that they will enjoy – seafood! The Original Shucker’s Raw Bar has been the best one on the beach for years, hands down. There are two locations, one at 300 North Kings Highway and one on Broadway at the Beach. Happy Hour is from 4 – 6 every day with $.55 wings, mussels, shrimp, and, my favorite, oysters. Get a big basket of them and have at it!
Shucker’s Front Deck. Image from Yelp.com
As the customer, our job is to enjoy the tasty oysters. But for the guys that actually catch and gather them, they have to know the proper technique on how to shuck (or open) an oyster. I myself just like to eat ‘em (with a little Tabasco sauce, of course).
Fisheries have to purify oysters for at least 2 days. Experts say that it’s really hard to find a bad one. As long as they have a bright color, are creamy in the deep part of the shell, and have the fresh smell of the sea, they are ready to be eaten raw, grilled, baked, or fried.
Many folks don’t know that there are many health benefits that come with eating oysters. They are full of Zinc for high energy and vitality, plus they’re good for your heart. When you go to Shucker’s, you’ll have plenty of them, plus many other menu items to enjoy. Their menu is full of great appetizers (like Grouper Fingers or the Carolina Crab Cake), sandwiches (such as the tasty Po’ Boy), entrée’s (like the Seafood Pasta or the Captain’s Platter), and many various soups and salads (their Clam Chowder is wonderful!).
Lombardo’s Bistro on 79th Avenue
One of Myrtle Beach’s best kept secrets is Lombardo’s. They take pride in doing things the right way, without cutting corners.
You will notice that their attention to detail is exquisite, and it will feel like you’re actually in a quiet part of Italy when you enter this warm, cultural, and classy bistro located on 411 79th Avenue North. The white tablecloths and earth tones on the inside are the kinds of particulars that put you in that more relaxed mood when you walk through the door. It’s the perfect place for any get-together, whether you bring the entire family or just come through for a few drinks.
Interior of Lombardo’s Bistro. Image from LombardosItalianRestaurant.com.
Chef John Lombardo learned how to cook from his grandparents. These family recipes are over 50 years old, and locals and visitors alike have enjoyed them time and time again. The appetizers are lovely. For example, you can enjoy a pound of Steamed Mussels with lemon garlic, tomatoes, onions and white wine, or the golden brown fried Calamari with tomato sauce. Of course, there are many more delectable meal openers to choose from.
Under pastas, the Lombardo’s Fettuccini Alfredo is one of the most talked about, but the Chef’s Specialties get the most attention overall. Grilled and garnished with cabernet sauce, the 7 oz. Sterling Filet Mignon here will have you returning to this very welcoming restaurant each time you visit the Grand Strand. There’s also an extensive wine list featuring a number of Italian Whites, Reds, and many other various ones from around the world. You and your group will surely find the perfect one to match with your delicious cuisine at this well-loved restaurant in Myrtle Beach.
Lombardo’s also specializes in events, from graduations to home gatherings. They can bring the linens, tables, bands, liquor – whatever you need to make your occasion right.
California Dreaming – Best Salads on the Beach
Voted “Best Traditional American Restaurant” by WMBF News and as having the “Best Salad on the Beach” by The Sun News, California Dreaming is where you should go when you and your family simply want a great, hearty, American meal.
California Dreaming is well-known for having quality cuisine at reasonable prices. Some examples of the kinds of appetizers on the menu are the nine large Peel & Eat Shrimp with cocktail sauce, the hearty Baked Potato Soup with ham, scallions, cheese, and bacon, or the fried Blue Crab Claws.
The Award Winning California Dreaming Salad. Image from CaliforniaDreaming.co
As I mentioned before, this restaurant has award winning salads, notably the delicious California Dreaming Salad, a semi-basic salad, but the quality of the ingredients is just outstanding. Get this: crispy mixed greens, nicely shredded ham and turkey, fresh cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, chopped chilled eggs, and diced up plump tomatoes. Then, a light layer of toasted almonds is added, along with warm bacon and Hormel ham on the top of it all. This one with the restaurant’s name is the most talked about, but there are other garden-fresh and unique ones on the menu, like the Broiled Salmon Salad with all the mushrooms, tomatoes, hearts of palm, and scallions on it.
California Dreaming’s Catering Menu is also worth checking out if you think you’ll need assistance with an upcoming function of your own. You can get all the appetizers, salads, or entrees you want. Try the Shrimp San Francisco – the shrimp are sautéed with garlic, white wine and mushrooms. The only entree that you’d have to wait on is the Prime Rib. It’s slow cooked, so if you need it for your wedding, anniversary, or reunion, they ask that you let them know a day in advance.
This wonderful American restaurant is located at 10429 North Kings Hwy. in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC.