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Myrtle Beach area in November

I'm heading to Myrtle Beach in mid-November for a week. Looking for some locals to recommend B/L/D spots that the tourist mobs aren't aware of and the local love. Only food I really don't like is Indian. So come on, all you low country folks, give me your best eating places. I will post a trip report on where I went and what I thought of the places you offered.

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  1. Will you have a car? Are you willing to drive 15 miles to Murrells Inlet or 25 miles to Pawley's Island for good food. There's good food to be found at MI and PI. Georgetown is just past PI and has great restaurants also.

    Chespeake House and Chestnut Hill both offer casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere serving fresh seafood and steaks. Hoskin's offers good country food for breakfast, lunch or dinner. River City Cafe is a casual family restaurant open for lunch or dinner serving outstanding burgers and sandwiches. Roy's and Sid's in Market Common offers good local cuisine for lunch or dinner. Sea Captain's House has outstanding fresh seafood and steaks serving breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Noizy Oyster is a great place for seafood and steaks for lunch or dinner.

    Chespeake House @ 9918 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 843 - 449 - 3231.
    http://www.thechesapeakehouse.com/
    Chestnut Hill Restaurant @ 9922 North Kings Highway, Myrtle beach, SC 843 - 449 - 3984.
    http://www.chestnuthilldining.com/
    Hoskin's Restaurant @ 405 Main Street, North Myrtle Bch, SC 843 - 249 - 2014.
    River City Cafe @ 208 73rd Avenue N., Myrtle Beach, SC 843 - 449 - 8877.
    http://www.rivercitycafe.com/
    Roy's and Sid's @ Market Common @ 1160 Farrow Parkway Myrtle Beach, SC 843 - 839 - 9770.
    http://www.royandsids.com/
    Sea Captain's House @ 3002 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 843 - 448 - 8082.
    http://www.seacaptains.com/
    The Noizy Oyster @ 101 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 843 - 444 - 6100.
    http://www.thenoizyoyster.com/

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    1. re: Littleman

      Definitely will have a car. Can't wait to start researching your list(s). Thanks to Littleman and arbyunc for the suggestions!

    2. Don't mess around--go to Russell's Seafood in MI for some of the freshest, best-prepared seafood around. And just across the street is Nance's, where you can get buckets of fresh local oysters. They even have large holes in the middle of the tables where you toss the shells into a trash can underneath.

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      1. re: arbyunc

        I second Russell's in MI. I like Lee's Inlet Kitchen and Posser's BBQ too. Salt Creek Cafe has a great Sat/Sunday Brunch and Spud's has good food, a great view and music.

        Russell's Seafood Grill @ 4700 Highway 17, Murrells Inlet, SC 843 - 651 - 0553.
        Lee's Inlet Kitchen @ 4460 Highway 17, Murrell's Inlet, SC 843 - 651 - 2881.
        http://www.leesinletkitchen.com/
        Prossers BBQ @ 3750 U. S. 17, Murrells Inlet, SC. 843 - 357 - 6146.
        Salt Creek Cafe @ 4660 Highway 17, Murrells Inlet, SC 843 - 357 - 2433.
        http://www.saltcreekcafe.com/
        Spud's Waterfront Dining @ 4123 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 843 - 651- 9987.

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        Russell's Seafood Grill
        PO Box 303, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

        Lee's Inlet Kitchen
        Highway 17 Bus, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

        Spud's Waterfront Dining
        4123 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

        Salt Creek Cafe'
        4660 Highway 17, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

        1. re: Littleman

          Lee's closes for the season around that time.
          Salt Water Creek Cafe is a must! The food is outstanding.
          Prossers is a hole in the wall but delish!
          I do not like Nance's,river city cafe or Spud's.
          Sea Capt House is lovely for breakfast.

          http://www.facebook.com/visitsouth.my...

          1. re: LaLa

            ^ Just curious LaLa...why do you not like Nance's? I've been going there for years, and I've never had a bad meal. It has a great view of the inlet, service is always good, and prices are reasonable. Have you had a different experience there?

            1. re: arbyunc

              Yes....I find cleanliness to be an issue for one. And secondly I found the food to be just OK.
              OK doesn't cut it for me in an area like Murrells Inlet that has many tasty choices.

              1. re: LaLa

                ^ Interesting. Nance's isn't a fancy place. There are no napkins, just a roll of paper towels on the table. No linen tablecloths or expensive china. But I've never had an issue with cleanliness--it seems as clean as any other restaurant to me. Is it possible you're just uncomfortable with the casual atmosphere, or have you noticed specific cleanliness issues?

                As far as the food, I think the local oysters there are great. Kind of hard to screw up an oyster though--just get them as fresh as possible, steam them a bit, and have at it. I like going to Nance's in the off-season specifically for the oysters. But I also enjoy their large shrimp and flounder, and I often get fried oysters in the summer that are not local but they're still good. Fresh seafood simply cooked (lightly breaded and fried in the Calabash style)--it's always good to me.

                1. re: arbyunc

                  You folks are enlightening! And that's a good thing for a visitor. Question - what is "fired in the Calabash style"?

                  1. re: RAGHOUND

                    Calabash, NC is the seafood capital of the world! :)

                    "Calabash style", as noted above, is lightly breaded (with a cornmeal-based breading) and deep fried. If you aren't familiar with the term or the town, you can read about it here:
                    http://www.thesunnews.com/2010/04/29/...

                  2. re: arbyunc

                    I guess I need to be clear...I live in Murrells Inlet, I am a food and travel writer and quite comfortable in a dive as well as the fanciest of places. My comment was on MORE THAN ONE personal experience as well as reading the DHEC scores.
                    I don't think someone that recommends Prossers is uncomfortable with a casual atmosphere...lol.

                    1. re: LaLa

                      Lala, thanks for the clarification, but what I'd like to know is what specifically you don't like about Nance's. You mentioned cleanliness--was it the dinnerware, the table, the floor, or what? Maybe I spend too much time looking out the windows rather than at how clean the place is--if so I'd like to know about it. And if it's the food you don't like, what did you eat and what about it was disagreeable?

                      I don't mean to antagonize, so I hope you don't misunderstand my intent. When someone disagrees about a restaurant that I like, I'm truly curious about the specifics. If you're a food writer I assume you can be very detailed in your criticisms. That would help me and others decide whether there are truly problems we haven't noticed, or whether it's just a personal preference thing. Thanks!

          2. re: arbyunc

            Prossers is a great place for country cooking....lunch buffet is the best deal in town....
            Nance's if you like fresh oysters....If you go as far as Georgetown, try the Rice paddy...on the main street....great corn/shrimp chowder and open faced hot crab sandwich....in MI if you want home made Italian try the Old World Italian Rest. George is the owner...family run rest...great veal marsala....on 17 bypass.....they have a early bird special that includes a comp. glass of wine...

            1. re: tgee

              Went to Brookgreen Gardens and stopped on the way back for lunch - first at Russell's, which, like a lot of places in MI, doesn't serve lunch. So I stopped at Prosser's and did the buffet. Got the things us folks up north can't usually find - hush puppies, collards, fried okra, real fried chicken and some of those good old southern biscuits. I haven't eaten all of that at one meal since I was stationed in the south when I was in the service! I'll be heading back to Brookgreen at least once more. Any other good lunch places I should look for? I'll go further south for something really good!

            1. If you like Middle Eastern food, try Habibi's Cafe & Market. The food is excellent! My fav is the vegetarian plate.
              Habibis Cafe & Market, 3310 Waccamaw Blvd, Myrtle Beach, 843-236-0150

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              Habibi's Cafe & Market
              3310 Waccamaw Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

              1. Now that I've arrived I have 2 questions - is there a recommendation for a bakery that bakes it own breads and, is there an "upscale" supermarket along the lines of Harris Tweeter or Whole Foods in the area?

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                1. re: bucksguy14

                  Talking to a local, I was directed to Lowe's Market, which fit, almost exactly, what I was looking for. I'm still looking for a good bread bakery?

                    1. re: Cpt Wafer

                      Stoppen at Toffino's today. Just plain old Italian white bread and rolls. However, i did pick up a strawberry dessert!

                  1. I only ate out twice while I was here. I stayed at Ocean Watch and had a kitchen so, since I really enjoy my own cooking, I cooked and ate in! I had a nice oyster basket and brew at Russell's. Really friendly helpful servers there! I also had the buffet at Prosser's - what a bargain. I thought
                    I did well with a couple of full plates until I watched a guy half my size, and I'm not big - 185 - go back for FOURTH"S! Really good fried chicken and greens. I'll be thinking about that in a couple of weeks. My daughter and her family will be here next summer. I've already told her about Prosser's lunch. Thanks for all the recommendations, maybe I'll try a few others on my next trip.