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The Red Parot: Partying Like a Pirate

An advantage to living here is that locals have many options when it comes to Myrtle Beach oceanfront dining - if they know where to look. A gem tucked back in The Breakers Resort is the Red Parrot.

Plenty of parking is directly across Ocean Boulevard in a multi-floor garage. Once you enter the Red Parrot, you're on vacation mode even if you're there only over your lunch hour. The view is of an outdoor pool and the ocean, and in warm weather the common dress code is swimsuits and cover-ups or shorts and T-shirts.

The decor makes diners feel they are inside an old wooden pirate's ship with wide knotty planks on walls and the ceiling, wood support beams and architectural angles that enhance the below decks feeling. The coup de grace that completes the illusion is a mural of a many-masted ship's furled sails painted on the ceiling.

Thankfully the food is avastly better than typical pirate fare.

Finger foods include Wings (barbecue, teriyaki, hot, mild or garlic Parmesan), Peel and Eat Shrimp, Quesadilla Mexicana, Beer Battered Onion Rings served with creamy chipotle dipping sauce; and French Fries that can come topped with chili, cheese or diced bacon.

Salads are straight from sultry summer paradise including Tropical Fruit Salad with pina colada dipping sauce; Classic Caesar, Southern Fried Chicken Salad, and a Red Parrot Garden Salad topped with a choice of chicken, tuna or shrimp salad.

That shrimp salad also comes on a house specialty sandwich called The Shipwreck. It is a creative concoction where thinly sliced cold roast beef and shrimp salad are layered on a soft thick Kaiser roll with lettuce and sliced tomato, and it's finished with tarragon mayonnaise.

Other sandwich choices include Grilled Herb Marinated Chicken with Swiss cheese and honey mustard; Philly Cheese Steak, Fried Tilapia, Veggie Burger with sun-dried tomato pesto, The Italian sub, and The Breezeway Special with ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, Swiss and mayo on Texas Toast.

Another option is to build your own sandwich from a list of breads and wraps, cheeses, meats and salads, vegetables and spreads. I recommend getting fries with that; they are long, thick and crispy and dusted with a special seasoning blend.

From 5-9 p.m. daily six dinner entree selections are offered including Spaghetti and Meatballs with salad and garlic bread sticks for $8. Other affordable entrees are Fried Creek Shrimp Basket with fries and slaw; Fried Seafood Platter (fish, shrimp, clams) with fries and slaw; Pepperjack Chicken Sandwich; Meatball Sub with fries; and a 7-ounce Grilled Sirloin Steak with salad, potato wedges and garlic sticks.

Children have special $4-$5 selections such as Southern Breaded Chicken Strips and Grilled Cheese that comes with a drink and a choice of fresh fruit, fries, chips or apple sauce.

A full bar is available with many adult frozen concoctions such as the Beach Blast with pineapple rum, orange and cranberry juices, a splash of grenadines, fresh pineapple and orange, and a cherry. Voodoo Juice is sold by the bucket and contains coconut, banana, mango and pineapple rums; and cranberry, orange and pineapple juices.

Happy Hour is from 4-7 p.m. daily with many drink specials and half-price appetizers. Deejays and live music entertainers perform several nights per week so guests can party like pirates.

The Red Parrot Oceanfront Bar and Grill is on the street level inside The Breakers Resort at 2006 N. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach. Food is served daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the bar stays open a little later. The number is 282-1844.

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