One of the toughest questions faced by visitors to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, ranks right up there with the old chicken-and-egg stumper: Where shall we go to dinner? So many great options, so few meals to cram into one vacation. From fresh local seafood to Southern-style barbecue, and from fine dining to "eat with your fingers" casual, Myrtle Beach's cuisine scene is like an all-you-can-eat buffet of flavors from the surf, turf, farm and garden.
With more than 1,700 restaurants to choose from on the Grand Strand, the 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline that flanks Myrtle Beach, dining out can be a real adventure. Guests at The Breakers Resort don't even have to leave the property to find excellent food and drinks at on-site establishments like Strong Waters Craft Cocktails & Kitchen and The Rusty Reel. And the neighborhood that surrounds The Breakers is filled with tasty places to eat, drink and be merry.
But never is there a better time and place to feast like a beast than the 34th Annual Taste of the Town event at the nearby Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Located just blocks down 21st Avenue North from The Breakers Resort, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center is transformed into the tastiest place on the planet for the Oct. 17 fundraiser. Featuring more than 50 local restaurants, bars and bakeries, Taste of the Town is a can't-miss for locals and visitors alike. For foodies and those who just love to eat, it's worthy of the bucket list.
Chefs spend all year planning their menus to compete with rival restaurants for prizes, so each elaborately decorated booth offers dishes that are well prepared and presented. In addition to an expert panel of judges who carefully critique and score each submitted item, Taste of the Town also features People’s Choice awards that allow you to vote for your favorite entree, dessert, booth decor and more. Bring a pen and use the free program to take notes, then share bites with friends to get the maximum effect for your taste buds.
Although the full list of restaurants for the 2017 edition of Taste of the Town has not yet been released, you can count on an incredible lineup, as the local culinary community has embraced this fundraiser for St. Andrew Catholic School. There are some creative dishes that are too delicious to pass up while roaming the convention hall weighing your options, so make sure to purchase plenty of food-and-drink tickets as you enter the venue. Admission is $5 in advance or $6 at the door, and food tickets are $1 each, with most tapas-sized samples going for $3 to $4. For a full list of participating restaurants, advance tickets or more information, visit http://www.totmb.com.
One word of warning: This event falls on a Tuesday night (from 4 to 10 p.m.), so your attendance may require a little advance planning for a mid-week trip. So book your plans early, and while you're at it, plan a perfect day at The Breakers Resort to take full advantage of the opportunity. Have a late breakfast and skip lunch (you have to save lots of room for later). Enjoy the mild weather and light crowds with a day at the beach and on our heated indoor and outdoor pool decks until you are good and hungry. Make the short walk to Taste of the Town - but you might feel like Ubering it back to The Breakers, where you can relax and recover from the ultimate Myrtle Beach meal.