Dining aficionados know that you can’t travel to Chicago without trying an authentic (and iconic) deep-dish pizza. The same goes for the Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia, tacos in Austin, gumbo in New Orleans, lobster in Maine … and the list goes on. Of course, with 1,700-plus restaurants serving their tasty fare on the famously food-filled Grand Strand, we’ve got our fair share of signature dishes here, too.
The next time you and your vacation crew are hungry for some uniquely Grand Strand grub, head for one of these five Myrtle Beach-area eateries to get a taste of one of the destination’s signature dishes:
Hook & Barrel — Shrimp & Grits: Located on North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach’s exclusive Dunes section, Hook & Barrel is an upscale eatery founded by the folks behind Croissants Bistro & Bakery, a locals’ favorite on the Grand Strand. While Hook & Barrel’s focus on freshness and flavor can be seen throughout the menu, the Shrimp & Grits — featuring fresh shrimp accompanied by bacon, andouille sausage and South Carolina’s own Adluh grits — really shine. Check out the full dining and bar menus at hookandbarrelrestaurants.com.
Sea Captain’s House — She Crab Soup: A Grand Strand fixture for more than 50 years, the Sea Captain’s House offers freshly caught and expertly prepared seafood, all of which is enhanced by sides of sweeping oceanfront views. And while the beach cottage-turned-restaurant serves up a bounty of delicious dishes from the sea, the She Crab Soup, which features Atlantic blue crab, cream and a touch of sherry, is a must-order. Explore the restaurant’s full menu at seacaptains.com.
Maggie D’s — Fried Ravioli: At homey Myrtle Beach eatery Maggie D’s, authentic Italian dishes like Fettuccine Alfredo, Chicken Marsala, Shrimp Caprese and Eggplant Parmigiana transport diners to Southern Europe with their fresh flavors and tasty recipes. But the biggest must-try might just be found on the appetizers menu. Stuffed with cheese, fried to a golden brown and served with marinara for dipping, the Fried Ravioli is the perfect way to kick off a delicious dining experience here. See the full menu at maggieds.com.
Little Pigs Bar-B-Q — Carolina BBQ: Found in a small strip mall off the Highway 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, Little Pigs is something of a hole-in-the-wall eatery — but as barbecue lovers know, the best BBQ joints tend to be just that. Little Pigs serves up North Carolina-style, hickory-smoked barbecue — specifically, pork shoulder chopped and served on its own as an entrée or inside regular and jumbo-sized sandwiches — along with tasty sides like hush puppies, onion rings, baked beans and cole slaw. Wash it all down with some sweet tea for a signature Southern experience. Learn more about the restaurant on its Facebook page.
Fish — Seafood Tacos: When the cooks at this seafood stop on North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach need fresh catches, they don’t have to travel far to get them — the eatery is attached to its sister seafood market, which can be found right next door. And of the many fresh-caught offerings on the Mr. Fish menu, the Seafood Tacos, which are served on soft flour tortillas with all the fixings, are an always-solid choice. Diners can grab them in their choice of tuna, mahi, chicken, shrimp or vegetarian, all available with sautéed peppers and onions, melted cheese and remoulade sauce. See the full Mr. Fish menu at mrfish.com.
After sampling some of the best dishes the Grand Strand has to offer, head back to the comfortable oceanfront accommodations and wide range of amenities at The Strand Resort to rest up for more signature experiences in the Myrtle Beach area. Book your Strand Resort beach getaway today — and start planning all of your upcoming Grand Strand indulgences!