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Food & Travel: Myrtle Beach Eats

Last summer, William and I made a memorable and delicious trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This was very special to us, being our first trip together and my first time seeing the beach. We were also fortunate enough to bring our fur-baby Pumpkin along, too. We went out to eat for every meal, and we genuinely enjoyed each and every one. Since we are heading back to Myrtle Beach for a short vacation later this month, I put together a list of my favorite places we dined for future travelers and hopefully make travel planning easier and more delicious! While William and I stay loyal to the good ol’ tried and true name-brand restaurants that we know of, we wanted to try all of the local restaurants that we could, because who wants to go to McDonalds or Applebees at the beach? Fortunately, there was no shortage of local restaurants, especially ones with great seafood.


Boardwalk Billy’s Raw Bar & Ribs

Photo: Trip Advisor
Photo: Trip Advisor



Boardwalk Billy’s Raw Bar & Ribs is a hidden gem off of the main strip in North Myrtle Beach. We sat outside on the patio and had a pretty view of the water and boats, and they had a bar on the patio as well as a stage for live music. My favorite item on the menu by far was the crab dip; I loved it so much that on our way home from shopping on the other side of town, I had to order some takeout for our last night at the hotel. I also loved the coconut shrimp and crab cakes. We brought our boxes back to the hotel and Pumpkin had her fair share of some of their peel n’ eat shrimp and leftover crab legs and it was the cutest thing ever.

Captain George’s Seafood Buffet

Photo: Trip Advisor
Photo: Trip Advisor
Photo: Trip Advisor


Captain George’s Seafood Buffet was so good that we had to go a second time, and they will definitely get our business when we come back. There are tons of seafood buffets in Myrtle Beach and I am glad that we chose this one. They serve over 250,000 pounds of fish, shrimp, scallops and 1 million pounds of crab legs annually. It’s about $35 a head and well worth the price. I believe that you can dine in and order from a menu, but paying for the buffet is more bang for your buck and what most people do. The dining room is huge and there are about 6 buffets shaped like ships filled with lots of options to choose from; unique items not normally found on a seafood buffet, like Blackened Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa and Crabmeat Stuffed Mushrooms, as well as the more traditional seafood dishes. My favorite items were the she crab soup, scallops, and crab cakes. William loved the crab legs, mussels, and peel n’ eat shrimp.

Johnny D’s Waffles and Bakery

Photo: Trip Advisor


Johnny D’s Waffles and Bakery was our favorite brunch spot and I cannot wait to go back! Myrtle Beach has tons of pancake and breakfast houses, but after looking at some online reviews we chose Johnny D’s. The place was packed but our server was great, and the place is so cute on the inside. They serve breakfast and lunch and have an on-site bakery. They also have a fun selection of waffles on the menu, like funfetti, cinnamon roll, coconut bacon, banana split, and red velvet. I had a lot to choose from, but me being the basic girl I am I got their chocolate chip pancakes and hash browns. William on the other hand, got the eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and a red velvet waffle. We pretty much ate as much as each other’s plate as our own and it was delicious, and probably the best brunch food I have ever had.

I am so excited to return to Myrtle Beach for this much needed vacation. Although these amazing places will be getting our business, I am excited to try out some new restaurants, too. So tell me, what are your favorite restaurants in Myrtle Beach?

9 thoughts on “Food & Travel: Myrtle Beach Eats”

  1. I’ve always wanted to go here!!!! Now after your post I want to go here even more! Thank you so much for sharing – I’d love love love to hear more about your experiences at Myrtle Beach! 😊


  2. I’m so glad I found your blog post! I’m heading to Myrtle Beach next week with my boyfriend and mom and my boyfriend says it doesn’t feel like vacation unless he gets to eat at a buffet lol! We will have to try the Captain George’s Seafood Buffet–it sounds delicious!

    I was lamenting over the fact that I didn’t know any good buffets there … my family sticks to regular restaurants. Did you get the chance to try Drunken Jack’s? That’s my all-time favorite from the Myrtle Beach area 🙂

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      1. Excellent! We’ll have to hit it 🙂 and yes, it’s definitely a must add and make sure to get there early to have a drink on their back deck, the restaurant has a view of the inlet and an island of goats in the summer (in addition to delicious seafood!)


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