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07-24-2011, 08:57 PM
We are headed to this wonderful beach for the first time. Can you recommend a favorite place to eat?

I notice that Entertainment books are not available for the area. Are there any good restaurant coupons for dining in the area?

I'm also interested in any must-do activities.

Thank you!

dancin Disney style
07-24-2011, 09:10 PM
There is an excellent Italian restaurant called Pomadora's. We were there last summer and they offered a $10 menu. It said that it was a smaller portion menu.....NO WAY....the portions were regular size and it also included soup or salad. The service was great as was the atmosphere.

As far as things to do....it's a beach place. So other than that there is golf and shopping.

07-24-2011, 09:25 PM
We did a nice dolphin watch at Myrtle Beach. We also took in a Cirque like show at the Palace Theatre that we enjoyed.

07-24-2011, 09:30 PM
We have a vacation home there so we do have regular places we eat and like. Greg Norman’s grill in North Myrtle is good seafood. Ambuleos is good Tex-Mex. River City café for burgers. Umberto’s for Italian. Buffets are huge in MB, we really don’t dig buffets. If you are into them try Magnolia’s. It’s one with actual yummy eats very reasonably priced not overpriced buckets of fried stuff. Calabash style seafood refers to heavily breaded and fried. Calabash, NC is a couple miles up the road from MB and is credited with this style food. Ella’s there is particularly noted in Calabash but we much prefer the food at Boundary House across the street, it’s a similar menu to California Dreaming which is also quite good and has a location in MB. You can find coupon books all over the place (like most grocery stores and gas stations) in MB for restaurants. Now if you want to make a day trip to Charleston you could eat some phenomenal food.

07-24-2011, 09:40 PM
There are a lot of coupon books available everywhere. Check in your resort lobby. Seafood Buffets abound. They are expensive and the quality varies a lot. We like Bennetts the best. Lots of fried seafood if you are a fan. There is a house of Blues, and most of your typical chain places. There is a Landry's Seafood but we had terrible service there. There is a Hard Rock Cafe and a Johnny Rockets.

There are music and Dinner Shows. There is a new Pirate Show we have not seen but our friends said was really good. Broadway By the Beach is fun. There is a small amusement park " Family Kingdom" that is fine and the new ferris Wheel is suppose to be really cool but is like 12.oo per ride. WE like the area and go a few times a year. We are about 4 hours away. Have fun .

07-24-2011, 10:09 PM
One of my absolute favorite restaurants on earth is in Murrell's Inlet, about a 30 min drive from Myrtle Beach. But it is TOTALLY worth it!! Why: wonderful food on the waterfront. They have indoor seating, but we always sit outside on the deck and watch the goats (!) on the little island across the way. Here's a link:


I also love the Sea Captain's House in Myrtle Beach. Their she-crab soup is the best in the Myrtle area!


07-24-2011, 10:18 PM
This is an absolute must....our favorite place to eat!!!
It's called the Farm House. You won't regret it. Get there early or expect a wait. There are only 2 dining rooms with about 6 tables in each. This is MB's best kept secret.

Serving The Grand Strand For 45 Years,
We Continue To Serve Our Original
Country Buffet in Iron Pots and
Pans On Old Wood Cook Stoves.
Supper Is Served 5-Days a Week
From 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
We are Closed on Sunday and Monday
The Price for an Adult is $17.85
and includes Beverages and Dessert

Children's Price is $0.95
(per year of age)

The FARM HOUSE is Located Downtown
at 5th Avenue Across the Street
Form the Myrtle Beach Post Office

Due To High Credit Card Processing
Fees that the Banks are Charging Us,
We No Longer Accept Plastic.




Contact Information
Phone :
Address :
P O Box 1436
500 North Kings Highway 5th Avenue North
Myrtle Beach
South Carolina

07-24-2011, 11:13 PM
We go once or twice a year, we stay at Monterey Bay Suites (montereybaysuites.com) which serves a free full breakfast. We then always hit the following restaurants : Sticky Fingers (BBQ,ribs,etc), Abuelo's (tex-mex...cheaper at lunch,big portions), Friendly's (American food and ice cream desserts), Cheeseburger in Paradise(jerk chicken wrap is divine), California Pizza at the Market Common. Sign up at each of their websites before you leave so you can print out coupons...also they have coupon booklets there at hotels(we pick them up outside Kroger or Food Lion)with discounts for Friendlys and Sticky,etc. The kids menu at Friendlys is awesome, my 16 year old eats off the "big kids" menu there. We do Mammy's Kitchen(I am 38 and my parents took me there as a baby,its a MB landmark)...for breakfast buffet on checkout day...yummy buffet with great fresh fruit....We like the aquarium,Alligator Adventure,movies,shopping,MagiQuest...going in October to Dolly Parton's new Pirates Dinner Show.

07-25-2011, 03:44 PM
We just got back on Saturday from MB. We actually stayed in the Cherry Grove Section of North Myrtle, but went up to South Myrtle several times to eat. I second Pomodoro's. It is a little off the beaten path, but it is absolutely delicious and you get tons of food! They have a GC on Restaurant . com right now too. We also love Kings Famous Pizza in North Myrtle. It is a greek/italian place and is a must-do everytime we're in the area. We actually ate there twice this time. We ate @ Fire Island Grille & House of Blues @ Barefoot Landing and they were great as well. We also ate @ King Kong Sushi @ Broadway @ the Beach and it was wonderful.

We drove over to Calabash, NC and up to Wilmington, NC to the USS North Carolina Battleship. It was very cool and educational. Get there early though because it gets hot inside the ship.

07-25-2011, 04:52 PM
We rent a condo in North Myrtle Beach each summer. Landry's is always a must do for us. We've always had great food and great service. Their Banana's Foster is wonderful.

We also love TBonz in Barefoot Landings. The steaks are pretty good and they have the best cheese fries.

Also if you want to go down to Murrell's Inlet there is a restaurant called Drunken Jacks that is pretty good too.

taekwondo mom
07-25-2011, 08:53 PM
Seafood _ Original Benjamin's

07-25-2011, 09:09 PM
I haven't been in 10 years, but there used to be a restaurant on the pier in Surfside. It was called Nibles. Excellent service and fabulous food. Not sure if it is still there. There was also an Irish tenor who sang there on Thursdays.

07-26-2011, 10:28 AM
Love River City Cafe for burgers and onion rings are huge. Duffys seafood shack is awsome!!! the crab dip is to die for. They have 3 locations, one at cherry grove that looks like a shack but is great, one at north myrtle beach (ocean drive) and a nicer one closer to barefoot landing area on the way toward myrtle beach. Its the best.

07-26-2011, 11:28 AM
We live about 1 hour away. Mother-in-law lives in Garden City ( down the road ) For Pizza- California Pizza or Mellow mushroom, Mexican- Burro Loco, Seafood Benjamans buffet. Sara J's at Garden City, California Dreaming is also good if you want steaks or The Texas Road house or the Carolina Roadhouse, Hope you have a great time at our great beach.

07-26-2011, 01:07 PM
MB is our cheap trip so we try to dine cheaply too. Instead of paying $30 a head for seafood we look for alternatives.

New China, the northern location, has several kinds of shrimp, white fish, salmon and even fried oysters. You can add crab also but we never do since crab is included in our Chinese buffets at home for $10.

There is an early bird coupon but I recommend waiting until later. Like any buffet, it is really good when they are packed and everything is nice and hot. It is in the 11-13 pp range.

07-26-2011, 02:16 PM
Here's what I have so far. Thank you all so much. Please keep the suggestions coming. Our family is 2 adults, 12 yo DS, 4 yo DD, 1 yo DS.

We do plan to do a Dolphin tour.

Seafood Greg Norman’s Grill
Sea Captain's House
King Kong Sushi (Broadway @ the Beach)
Duffys seafood shack

Pizza California Pizza
Kings Famous Pizza (Greek/Italian)
Mellow mushroom

Italian Pomadora’s

Ice Cream Friendly's

Buffet Magnolia’s
Bennetts (seafood)
Mammy's Kitchen (breakfast)
Original Benjamin's
New China

Tex/Mex Ambuleos or Abuelo's
Burro Loco

Calabash (fried) Ella’s

American Boundary House
California Dreamin
The Farm House
Friendly's (great kid’s menu)
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Fire Island Grille (Barefoot Landings)
Love River City Café

On the Waterfront Dave’s Dockside (Murrell’s Inlet)
Drunken Jacks (Murrell’s Inlet)

Steak TBonz (Barefoot Landings)

07-26-2011, 05:41 PM

07-26-2011, 06:27 PM
Another vote for Drunken Jack's in Murrell's Inlet. My brother lives in Myrtle Beach and he took us there this past May. Great dinner!! Overlooking the little island with the goats if you can get a window table. Loved walking the little boardwalk along Murrell's Inlet too.

07-26-2011, 06:51 PM
I haven't been in 10 years, but there used to be a restaurant on the pier in Surfside. It was called Nibles. Excellent service and fabulous food. Not sure if it is still there. There was also an Irish tenor who sang there on Thursdays.

This is one of my all time favorite restaurants!!! :lovestruc I believe they have moved from the pier to another location but I could be wrong about that. I actually hope I am wrong because I loved the location on the pier.

Another favorite of ours is Chuck's Streakhouse:goodvibes


07-26-2011, 06:52 PM
I haven't been in 10 years, but there used to be a restaurant on the pier in Surfside. It was called Nibles. Excellent service and fabulous food. Not sure if it is still there. There was also an Irish tenor who sang there on Thursdays.

We love Nibils! :goodvibes It's an easy walk from where we stay in Surfside. Great food, and getting a seat near the window to watch the ocean is pretty cool too.

07-26-2011, 06:56 PM
Just got back on July 16th.

We did the Giant Crab - NMB...expensive buffet style food, but it was decent.
Our favorite buffet was Captain George's - by Broadway at the Beach. Really good buffet.

We also did Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse - Expensive, but our favorite place that we ate at that wasn't seafood.

Noizy Oyster - local joint and it was EXCELLENT! Huge portions, not bad on pricing if you can avoid ordering everyting that sounds good....our family did not avoid that trap and spent $120. There were 5 of us for that price, which included tip.

Dirty Dick's - Great sit down restaurant with huge portions. 2 people can easily share an entree here! There hush puppies were amazing!

Duffy Street Seafood Shack - Terrible food, horrible service, would not recommend or return!

Bubba's - surfside beach, quite a trek for this little dive, but their creek shrimp basket is wonderful and inexpensive. They also have different po boy sandwhiches which my family loved.

Must do- Mt. Atlanticus mini golf. Huge golf course that used to be 5 story mall. Wonderful place to play mini golf.

Wave Running on the intercoastal water way....had a ball doing this. Would do it again, every day of our trip.

Wonderworks Museum - Broadway at the Beach - very entertaining for my 8 y/o and 11 y/o friend that accompianed us. Worth the money if you need a day away from the beach.

Would love to have done the murder mystery dinner at the house of blues at Barefoot Landing.

Enjoyed Dick's Last Resort restaurant at Barefoot Landing in the past (must have sense of humor, though)

The absolute must do is the Pirate's Voyage, which used to be the Dixie Stampede. It is owned by Dolly Parton. Dinner show tickets are $55 for adults and $30 for kids. Food is okay, but plentiful, but the show is AMAZING.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to pm me.

We stayed in NMB at the Avista Resort.

07-26-2011, 09:30 PM
Ultimate California Pizza!!!- we get this when we arrive & depart every MB trip- rosemary wheat crust Moon Doggie is my fave & they have a pb&j pizza for the kids. My kids and hubby would protest if I broke this tradition.

House of Blues & Hard Rock Cafe- awesome atmosphere, good $$ food. Mixed drinks at Hard Rock WELL worth the $$. Hard Rock waitress took kids on a tour.

Margaritaville & Planet Hollywood- awesome atmosphere, ok food, kids loved both. They have bathroom attendants at Planet Hollywood, omg my dd kept going to the bathroom once she found out they let you use lotions and stuff at counter. Hilarious they want to you to tip to potty.

Dead Dog Saloon- Murrells Inlet- go around 7-8 at night- live music, outdoor seating.

Sea Captain House- breakfast buffet. Decent price, oceanfront dining, really good filling and healthy options.

Dicks- your 12 year old will probably love it, they are rude on purpose, throw napkins at you, and everyone gets a paper hat with a funny comment. My ds LOVES it here, he gives the waiters a run for their $$.

Joes Crab Shack- pricey, but the shrimp with old bay is yummy & the kids like feeding the ducks outside. The waitresses do line dances like the Cupid Shuffle and get the kids involved.

River Cafe or something- average burgers, really good fries, basic outdoor picnic style seating.

Medieval Times- great show, they have coupon deals online sometimes. It's an eat with your hands kind of meal. The $24 goblet has like 4 full sized mixed drinks and refills $13. I was sloshy going back to the resort. My dd got a sash and a rose since we were front row. I couldn't afford it frequently, but worth checking out at least once.

Avoid the Ihop, it sucks. We go a couple times a year to MB and we frequent the same places over and over. Have fun!

07-26-2011, 10:10 PM
Garden City south of MB Gulf Stream absolutely best food, prices - early bird - and view right on intercoastal waterway - Also like Sara Js. We also go to Murrels Inlet - been going to Lees Kitchen for 40+ years - Also local hangout in MI with buffet is Processors for great low country cooking. If love crab legs - best place is Crabby Mikes.

07-26-2011, 10:22 PM
Rioz has certificates on restaurant.com. There is also a brazilian bakery you can sering in to get fresh beads and pastries for your hotel room. Second Crabby Mikes.

07-26-2011, 10:39 PM
Wow, we just returned from the Avista Resort on July 23rd. So sad!!!! I would love to go back. We did breakfast in our condo every day. We got GC from restaurant.com and did House of Blues (OK), Fire Island Grille (good), the rstaurant "Just off Main" in Avista Resort. We also did Captain George's buffet(Better than expected), Planet Hollywood for lunch. We had a ball, kids loved it down there.

07-27-2011, 12:29 PM
Been going to MYB for 47 years. Practically grew up there.:goodvibes Hands down, the two best seafood restaurants on the Strand are Lee's Inlet Kitchen at Murrell's Inlet and Chesapeake House toward N. Myrtle. Chesapeake has coupons on its web site. Get a table near the window and look for the resident alligator that lives in the pond out back. We used to frequent Drunken Jacks, but the quality seems to have slipped. Sea Captain's is good, too, and has a nice atmosphere.

07-28-2011, 05:31 PM
Brookgreen Gardens is doing a special this year. Thurs- Sat. they stay open later. Each night is something different - Thursday - theater group performs, 1 night concert and another is kids night. There is an animal exhibit that my son loved and a new butterfly exhibit - lots of sculptures in the gardens. It was nice to go in the evening - Also your tickets are good for 7 days. I wanted to do the river tour but my Dad was to tired.

07-28-2011, 06:31 PM
Agree with Chesapeake House. Love it and there is an alligator in the pond behind the restaurant.

We like Benjamins for buffet and we also like Cagney's, Cheeseburger in Paradise and River City Grill and Margaritaville. We used to go to Key West Grill at Broadway a lot, but had a bad experience. We went this past June and the service was terrific and the food was great! Try to go on the fireworks night - I think it is Mon. or Tues. - sit on the deck and you will have a perfect view.

We enjoy spending time at Broadway and Barefoot and shopping at the outlets. Last time, my nephews rented jet skis and they said it was the most fun thing they have ever done. Our son is 4, so we haven't done anything that big with him yet.

If your kids like to ride rides like our son, try Family Kingdom. They have an all day price. The rides at Broadway are expensive!

Several years ago, I took my nephew on a dolphin cruise with Bluewater Adventures out of Capt. Dick's at Murrell's Inlet and it was terrific.

There is a new Pirate's Adventure which used to be Dixie Stampede. We have not been, but some friends went and the kids had a ball.

The South Carolina Hall of Fame is at the Sheraton/Convention Center and it is interesting.

If you like the kind of thing, there are also some flea markets around.

We go to Myrtle twice yearly and are always looking for different things to do.

07-28-2011, 07:35 PM
Nibel's has moved from the Surside Pier to downtown Myrtle Beach. Still has great food but it's just not the same.

07-29-2011, 05:58 PM
We are staying at the Sheraton Convention Center (Priceline). Really hope that works out for us.

We bought a Shade Shack Instant Popup Family Beach Tent on Amazon to carry to the beach http://www.amazon.com/Shade-Shack-Instant-Family-Beach/dp/B002KRZQMS/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1311976579&sr=8-16

I have GC from restaurant.com for House of Blues, Mako's, and Pomodoro's

Thank you for all the suggestions!

07-30-2011, 08:58 PM
Thanks for the awesome suggestions, everyone! :)

08-05-2011, 11:42 AM
The Original Benjamin's for seafood...make sure it is this one. There is one called Benjamin's that is not the same.
We also love Sticky Finger's. They have great smoked meat and several varieties of BBQ sauce on the table. They also have great side dishes and desserts.

08-05-2011, 12:52 PM
I just wanted to mention something because I've seen several people recommend Dick's Last Resort. This has been a must do for us for years. We enjyo the "attitude" of the servers and always get a good laugh. We enjoy the ribs and the funny hats.

We've always had servers that kept it family friendly or at least the jokes went over the kids heads for the most part. On our last trip our server used foul language several times at our table and at the tables he was serving around us. All of which had children under 16 at them. My mom's hat had a curse word written on it and I really didn't enjoy having to try to come up with a meaning for my 8 year old regarding prison sex.

Don't get me wrong we know going in that they are going to put stuff on the hats that have references to things but it is usually vague enough that the kids don't get it. Not this time. We always go early when there are lots of families there and we have never had a problem in the past.

Needless to say we were very disappointed this time. I'm hoping it was just our server. We will try again next year but my parents have said they won't go back again.

08-05-2011, 01:16 PM
Our favorites at Myrtle Beach are Rioz Brazilian steakhouse (they are pricey [although Brazilian steakhouses generally are] but you can find coupons or promotions going on online) and Liberty Brewery (and Grill, I believe?) at Broadway at the Beach. We loved their homemade root beer and their special of the day was meatball subs which were really good. Other places that are decent are House of Blues and Margaritaville. We hated Dick's Last Resort (it was my parent's idea, I don't enjoy places like that and didn't enjoy the things that were written on the hats).

08-05-2011, 02:42 PM
We were just at Drunken Jack's on wednesday. It is the one big (pricey) dinner we do all week. The filet was $25.99 and cooked perfectly-just melted. My DH had the mahi mahi and said it was ok, also mid-20s. Our friend had the crab legs which huge and she waits all year to get them here. They are market price which in past years has run $40,this week it was $60 and she still said worth every bite. Nice salad bar and honey butter on the hush puppies yum!

We also ordered from Chicago Pizza one night. Otherwise we frequent the grocery store & cook at the rental house to save: 4 adults & 7 kids would be budget breaking to go out more often.

08-05-2011, 02:55 PM
Another vote for Sea Captain's house!
No one has mentioned Hamburger Joe's, that's one of my favorites. :goodvibes

Another heads up about Dick's Last Resort, all of the hats everyone is talking about are giant condoms made out of white paper..I'd say 9 out of 10 times whatever's written on them is sexual.

08-05-2011, 03:20 PM
We go to Myrtle beach every other year and always go to broadway at the beach several times. There's a bunch of good restaurants there, our favorite is probably Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery.