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Apr 23, 2009 05:00 AM

Any actual Chow-like places in Myrtle Beach?

We'll be in MB for a few days in early May, our second trip. We understand why its restaurants overwhelmingly cater to the tourist, shovel-it-in, the more the better, grease is good, cheap is good, let's go the place with the garish sign outside, crowd, But we'd like to maybe find one or two true Chow-friendly places. I've looked at the previous threads, but the advice too often seems suspect to me, as in "we were in MB and LOVED the great buffet at the place with the 30 foot pirate sign outside, except for the 200 cars in the parking lot."

Are there any places in MB that:

-actually are patronized to a reasonable degree by locals who appreciate what good food is, and to whom quantity is not a criterion for "good"?

-do not rely on coupons and special offers as a core part of their business model?

-emphasize good food, not decor and gimmicks, to attract clients

Nothing fancy. Holes-in-the-wall, ethnic, honest greasy spoon, very casual, etc etc are fine, even preferred. We also have a couple of dogs along, so being pet-friendly or at least able to get in and out in reasonable time, is helpful.

We'll be staying in a place about 3-4 miles south of the airport, but driving isn't a problem.

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  1. Note that I'm by no means a local but have been down to MB once or twice a year for the past 7 years....That disclaimer out of the way, here's a few places I'd recommend. They generally are upscale & tend toward N. Myrtle Beach but worth a trip:

    Joe's Bar & Grill is my favorite place in MB & the one I make sure to hit when I go. Good steaks & seafood in an almost hunting lodge setting on the marsh. Tucked behind an Olive Garden in N. Myrtle Beach

    Chianti South is actually north in Little River & has some good Italian food (I feel like I need to append a "for the south"). They make their own pasta, which is a nice touch though they are pricey.

    Sea Captain's House is more touristy but they are right on the beach & the food is all right. I included them because they have an excellent she crab soup & are closer to where you'll be.

    I'm also curious to hear what others recommend as it's only a matter of time before I'm back.....

    Joe's Bar & Grill
    810 Conway St, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

    Chianti South
    2109 Hwy-17 N, Little River, SC 29566

    Sea Captain's House
    3002 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

    1. It has been years since I was there, but still I think Murrell's Inlet is full of chow-like places. A friend brings me she crab soup from Wallace Lee's (or Lee's Inlet Kitchen) and it is as delicious as it always was.

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      1. re: Lewes17266

        I will say the last meal I had at Sea Captains last summer was horrible. Long wait and cold food. I've had many good meals and fond memories over the years there but it seems like they are only interested in herding people in and out.

        1. re: webvanman

          Yeah, it was good about thirty years ago. They've expanded and expanded again and ruined it. Used to be my go to place but that's all in the long ago past.

      2. Based on your criteria I would say Croissants Bistro & Bakery would be a place you would like ( Don't think they allow pets inside though.

        For an honest greasy spoon experience head to Prosser's in Murrells Inlet. It's a buffet but it's good anyway. (3750 Hwy 17 Business, Murrel's Inlet, SC) I'd guess their clientele is 95% local. If you go be sure to go into Murrells Inlet proper. If you take the bypass around Murrells you'll miss it. It'll be on the right if you're heading south.

        Also in Murrells is the Inlet Crab House ( 3572 Hwy 17 Business). Laid back local favorite.

        1. Here's another local fave. Toffino's Deli & Bakery. They get busy at lunch. Here's their site:

          Owned and operated by northern transplants of Italian extraction.

          1. I suggest Salt Creekon Hwy 17 bypass of Murrell's Inlet (not in Murrell's Inlet itself) Owned by a couple who have lived in the area for quite a few years. Great deals on happy hour and early bird.

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            1. re: LGD

              Y'all know I agree with Salt Creek. It is my local place to go.The food is outstanding and the service is great.....also they have outdoor seating which has yard right next to it that may be helpful with having the dogs.
              There is a new place down here in the inlet that is pet friendly....shellcrackers? or something like that ... I saw a snippet about it somewhere but I have not been ...well because I dont have a pet.
              I don't know of anywhere else that would let you bring a pet in ...isn't that against code?

              I ate at Lee's last night and it was delish as always! I had soft shell crabs last njght and red clam very good!

              1. re: LaLa

                LaLa, I saw The Sun's online coverage of the fires. How is it there? I apologize for being abusive here but I couldn't resist.

                1. re: Lewes17266

                  It was scary up that direction.... I feel so sorry for all those people.

                  1. re: LaLa

                    It is hard to even imagine such horror. They must be in shock. I am so sorry for them.