Longtime locals will remember a much different Grand Strand in terms of dining options than those recently relocated. Long gone are the days of having to choose from a handful of pancake houses, four or five dinner restaurants, and a few fish shacks. Today, the region boasts around 2,000 restaurants with new eateries popping up seemingly everywhere, every day. In this, our annual “Best of” list, we’ve listened to our readers and are bringing you a stellar collection of the best of the best. Why not try out a few new-to-you places to expand upon your own favorites list. You’ll be glad you did.
Photographs by Hannah Ruth Photography; Divine Dining; Scott Smallin; Jon Stell; Bobby Altman & courtesy Between the Antlers; Paul Grimshaw; courtesy Chuck’s Steak House; Catie Todd; courtesy of the Gracious Pig Smokehouse; Jon Stell; courtesy of Ultimate California Pizza; courtesy Chimichanga Llama Cantina; Taylor Fontaine & Eric Masson; JJ Griffith & Niki Nero; Aspen Grille; courtesy Ciao Italian restaurant; courtesy of SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar; Ted Waters and Courtesy of Chestnut Hill; Matchstick Social; courtesy of Pawleys Tap & Pour; courtesy of Carolina Ale House; Samantha Jean Becker; courtesy of Croissants