Credit is due to the Myrtle Beach restaurant scene. Beyond calabash (still a favorite!), there are some standalone eateries worth a try. It wouldn’t surprise us if they became new favorites.
We picked a handful with original flavor and great backstories.
Make these places part of a future trip to the Grand Strand. From Italian to American to Myrtle Beach, the cuisine in these spots is outstanding. You’re in for a treat.
Villa Romana Italian Restaurant
We’ll start with a classic that looks and feels like Italy. Guests appreciate Villa Romana for its great service and exceptional, exquisite food. It’s considered the area’s best Italian restaurant and features strolling musicians.
– Appetizer: Melanzana Arrotolata. Hand-baked and fried eggplant, stuffed and rolled with ricotta, parmigiano, and fontina cheeses.
– Veal: Cottolete alla Milanese. Golden, lightly-breaded cutlets on a bed of fresh greens and shaved parmigiano cheese.
– Traditional baked specialties: Manicotti di Ricotta
Hit this popular spot on the boardwalk for bar bites and fishbowl cocktails. The location lends itself to awesome views of the ocean and SkyWheel, especially at night. You can bring your dog to Moe Moon’s, and it’s destined to be part of your future trips to the Grand Strand, too.
– Starters: Moe’s Down and Dirty Nachos. Dirtiest nachos on the beach. Smothered in cheddar, chili, jalapenos, tomatoes, and Moe’s salsa.
– Burgers and sandwiches: Southern BBQ Pulled Pork. Moe’s famous barbecue in a sweet and tangy sauce, on a toasted bun.
– Seafood, fresh off Moe’s boat: Crab Legs Steamer. Served with butter and Old Bay seasoning.
Big Mike’s Soul Food
Some days, only homemade cooking will do, and those are days for Big Mike’s. The prices are good. But you’re not thinking about that when you have melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. It’s a hidden gem to many, and a must-have for plenty of Myrtle Beach visitors.
– Starters: Croissant Beignets
– Baskets and more: Fish Basket
– Sandwiches: Fried Chicken — Dark Meat. All sandwiches come with lettuce and tomatoes; and a choice of fries or chips.
Pier 14 Restaurant and Lounge
Tradition! Pier 14 has served up smiles and seafood since your parents escaped to the beach. Even your grandparents. Impressive service and unforgettable food make it a Myrtle Beach mainstay. The view and excellent menu stay awesome, year after year.
– Starters: Seared Ahi Tuna. Rare with sesame soy dribble and wasabi.
– Handhelds: Chicken Sandwich. Grilled or fried, with cheese, fresh tomatoes, red onion, leaf lettuce, and crispy fries. Bacon extra.
– From the seven seas: Fire-Grilled Salmon. Or blackened. Served with rice and dill sauce.
Dirty Don’s Oyster Bar & Grill
There are three in town. Did you know a restaurant isn’t a chain unless there are 10 or more locations? Or locations in more than one state? Interesting. The portions are right, the oysters tender, and the hushpuppies are some of the best on the Grand Strand.
– Oysters: Sampler. Four Rockafella, four blackened, four bleu cheese, four garlic parmesan.
– First bites: Pulled pork nachos. Fresh tortilla chips, grilled pineapple, smothered with Monterrey Jack, pico de gallo, jalapenos, and avocado.
– From the sea: Mussels. Also, clams, crawdads, and shrimp. Make any of them a boil with corn cobs, potatoes, and sausage for a slight upcharge.
Incredible views, nice place to stay: Breakers Resort
After dinner at wonderful restaurants, come home to comfort (and indoor hot tub!) at Breakers. Enjoy the breakfast buffet onsite before embarking on your Myrtle Beach adventures. Secure your dates and select a room for your next Grand Strand vacation.