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10 Restaurant Recommendations from a Myrtle Beach Local

  By  Nora Battle
Heirloom Bistro

Visiting foodies may experience a slight sense of overwhelm when looking for restaurants in the Myrtle Beach are — there are literally thousands of options. 

In fact, a couple years ago it was reported that Myrtle Beach had more restaurants per capita than some of the largest cities in the world, including Rome and Paris!

While I’m all for having variety, it can make picking a dining spot a little more challenging, especially for those visiting the area for the first time. Those in search of a special or unique dining experience may get lost in the bevy of visitor-friendly options.

To help y'all out, I wanted to help folks cut through some of the clutter with a list of true "Local's Favorite" spots designed to hopefully narrow your search in finding the perfect meal for your next trip.

1. Drift: A Coastal Eatery

980 Cipriana Dr A-6, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Any good vacation begins with a solid brunch spot, and Drift is just that. Their fresh and creative take on breakfast signatures, along with the incorporation of menu items like their Salmon Avocado Toast and Quinoa Poke Bowl make this a favorite with everyone I invite to eat here. The atmosphere is hip and coffee selections are delicious.

Fish with Vegetable Noodles and Sauce at Ciao Italian restaurant
3. Ciao

5223 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

There is no shortage of Italian restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area, and many of them are excellent. Ciao, however, has long been a favorite–thanks to my love affair with their Grouper Francese. The restaurant is a cozy, local’s favorite with a large menu of premium Italian dishes that won’t disappoint. The owner’s and staff place a big emphasis on customer service and their collective memory of previous diners and orders is impressive!

Winna's Kitchen Breakfast
4. Winna’s Kitchen
819 Main Street, Myrtle Beach, SC

This new, downtown Myrtle Beach spot is a family-owned and -operated hidden gem. While they are probably best known as a breakfast and lunch spot, I’m here to make a case for their once-a-week dinner reservations. On Saturday nights (and some other nights), the restaurant offers a four- or five-course Chef’s Tasting Menu for a set price. The menu is not released in advance so diners are always in for the very best sort of surprise.

Taco Salad at Sun City Cafe
5. Sun City Cafe

801 Main St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Also located in downtown Myrtle Beach, Sun City Cafe is a small, locally-popular spot boasting an outstanding margarita and the biggest burrito you’ll likely find along the Grand Strand. The vibe is eclectic and fun and perfect for a casual night out with friends. The food is fresh and filling. Prices are reasonable and you’ll have leftovers for at least one day, if not two. The hours are a bit limited for this dinner spot, so make sure you check ahead of time, but it's definitely worth the effort. When we visit Sun City Cafe, we like to combine it with a visit to the nearby Grand Strand Brewing Company. They go well together! 

Chive Blossom Cafe Food
7. Chive Blossom Cafe

85 N Causeway Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

When I have girlfriends visiting town, I try to make time for us to visit Brookgreen Gardens. And while we’re on the south end for the day, I always make reservations at Chive Blossom. The south end of the Grand Strand (Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island and Litchfield) is home to a number of outstanding restaurants, but I love the atmosphere of this eclectic cafe. Their extensive wine list is a big plus for a fun afternoon out with girlfriends, and their crab soup is legendary.

8. Hoskins Restaurant

405 Main St, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

When I want visiting friends to experience traditional southern cooking, Hoskins is usually my top recommendation. This family-owned, diner-style locale serves up comfort food for three meals a day–though I am partial to their meat and three lunch menu. The restaurant has been owned and operated by the same family for nearly 75 years and is Vanna White’s favorite restaurant to visit when she’s visiting her hometown of North Myrtle Beach. While visitors will usually see a line out the door for lunch, it moves quickly and is well worth the wait.

Heirloom Bistro
9. Heirloom Bistro

7713 N Kings Hwy Unit 10, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

One of the newer additions to the Myrtle Beach restaurant scene, Heirloom Bistro offers a cozy spot to enjoy a multi-course tasting menu with set prices. It’s a great date night spot when you don’t want to feel rushed through your meal, and my husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed everything we’ve ever eaten there. The menu is thoughtful, with careful attention paid to using in-season and farm-to-table ingredients, and portion sizes are very generous.

Rivertown Bistro Conway
10. Rivertown Bistro

1111 3rd Ave, Conway, SC 29526

Before my husband and I moved into Myrtle Beach, we spent years living in Conway, South Carolina. This historic town is about 15 miles inland from Myrtle Beach, situated along the beautiful Waccamaw River, and offers some exceptional dining options–Rivertown Bistro included! We still regularly drive to Conway to enjoy their inventive Southern cuisine and take advantage of their happy hour specials. The food is delicious, service exceptional and presentation on point.

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