Sure, there are newer, fancier places to nosh, but nothing says “summertime” like the carnival atmosphere of a beach town boardwalk and its tried-and-true favorites, a quiet waterfront getaway, or a much-loved rural eatery with the best BBQ you’ve ever tasted. Maybe you have your favorites? Here are just a few of the many to consider crossing off your Grand Strand restaurant bucket list.
900 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
Visit for their 80-year history in downtown Myrtle Beach and their classic foot-long hotdog.
4001 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
This 1950s throwback is famous for thin, crisp hamburgers, but also try the 3 Way (spaghetti-chili-cheese) Cincinnati Chili. Classic Car Night is each Friday evening.
101 Atlantic Ave., Garden City Beach, (843) 651-3233
7718 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Newly under separate ownership, both locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Try the corn dog with onion rings in Garden City Beach and the chili dog in Myrtle Beach.
THE Original Benjamin’s
9593 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
This Restaurant Row original serves a Calabash-style seafood buffet you’ve got to see to believe, as well as housing museum-quality nautical artifacts.
Big Tuna Raw Bar
807 Front St., Georgetown
On the waterfront in historic Georgetown, enjoy the views, inside or out, fresh seafood (like the fried oysters or a crab cake sandwich) and their parrot, Sassy.
Dead Dog Saloon
4079 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet
An anchor of the fabled Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, this waterfront eatery has it all—a variety of seafood, sandwiches and dishes for the landlubber—plus live music seven nights per week.
Big D’s BBQ Trough
2917 Church St., Conway
Serving award-winning BBQ for nearly 50 years, along with excellent fried chicken and all your favorite Southern sides like collard greens and mac & cheese.
405 Main St., North Myrtle Beach
This family restaurant has served breakfast, lunch and dinner for locals and visitors of the North Strand since 1948. See why and be sure to check out the nightly specials like whole fried flounder.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF PEACHES CORNER, DEAD DOG SALOON AND SAMS CORNER