It’s the ocean that beckons visitors to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It’s the main event and always will be. But a newer sideshow that’s really gaining attention is the area’s impressive and burgeoning culinary scene. With renowned chefs, locally sourced ingredients, and critically acclaimed restaurants offering a fresh perspective on Southern favorites, the Myrtle Beach area is quickly becoming a food (and drink) mecca. From comfort food to local brews, here are my must tastes:

Southern Goodness

When you’re visiting the Low Country, you can’t go far without encountering some Southern comfort food, and Myrtle Beach does it well. If you’re looking for a warm, tasty meal that’s loaded with charm, look no further than Croissants Bistro & Bakery and Tupelo Honey Café. And of course the hospitality is laid on thick too. We’d never let you leave without it.

Fresh Catch

Just a bit further south of the city of Myrtle Beach is the “seafood capital of South Carolina,” Murrells Inlet. Set on the southern end of the MarshWalk, an idyllic waterfront dining and shopping area, is arguably the town’s shining jewel, Wicked Tuna. While everything on the menu is artistic, delicious and unique, the fish literally couldn’t get fresher. Wicked Tuna recently invested in its own fishing boat that ventures out each day to get the latest catch from the Atlantic, before bringing it straight back to its fish kitchen to be prepared and then served at your table. Talk about fresh catch of the day!

Prime Dining

Need a great spot for a night away? Myrtle Beach is home to countless fine dining experiences that will leave your taste buds wanting for more. Some of my favorites include Aspen Grille and 21 Main, both known for their expertly prepared steaks and delicious seafood meals.

Oyster Overload

Perhaps there’s no culinary experience that screams vacation quite like shucking oysters seaside. Hot Fish Club, also in Murrells Inlet, is a favorite among vacationers and locals alike. Never shucked an oyster? We’ve got a fun video to help you along!

Cool Drinks

All this talk of mouthwatering food has me looking for a cool drink. Myrtle Beach has some fun, local spots for great libations too, including New South Brewing, La Belle Amie Vineyard, Duplin Winery and Atlas Tap House, to name just a few. And of course all of the restaurants in this article have their own impressive drink lists, from mixed cocktails to extensive wine pairings. Tupelo Honey even has an in-house mixologist serving up cocktails unique to its Myrtle Beach location. Cheers!