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Seafood dinner between Charleston and Myrtle Beach

Hi, apologies if this is already in a thread somewhere but I'm not a great searcher! DH and I will be heading from Charleston to Myrtle Beach late afternoon/evening on Fri Aug 3 and are looking for good seafood on the way. We know of Bistro 217 and Franks. Bistro 217 looks great, but maybe a little upscale for tourists who will be tired from a day of sightseeing in Charleston. Is it as fancy as it looks from the website? Is the food worth the price?

Feedback on both Bistro 217 and Franks very welcome, as are other recommendations for anything from full-service restaurant to out-of-the-way seafood shack.

On Saturday we're planning to hit Scott's BBQ for lunch, but would be happy to have recommendations for breakfast and dinner places in Myrtle Beach. We'd probably prefer something light and low-key for dinner, after Scott's earlier in the day!

Thanks in advance. This will be the first time for both of us to this part of the country (we live in Brooklyn) and we're really looking forward to it!

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  1. River Room in Georgetown is very nice. I have always found the best dining in Murrell's Inlet.


    Captain Dave's Dockside Restaurant @ 4037 Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 843 - 651 - 5850.
    Dead Dog Saloon @ 4079 Hwy 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 843 - 651 - 0664.
    Divine Fish House @ 3993 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 843 - 651 - 5800.
    Harrelson's Seafood Market @ 4368 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 843 - 651 - 5707.
    Lee's Inlet Kitchen @ 4460 Highway 17, Murrell's Inlet, SC 843 - 651 - 2881.
    Nance's Creek Front Restaurant @ 4883 Highway 17, Murrells Inlet, SC 843 - 651 - 2696.
    Prossers BBQ @ 3750 U. S. 17, Murrells Inlet, SC. 843 - 357 - 6146.
    Russell's Seafood Grill @ 4700 Highway 17, Murrells Inlet, SC 843 - 651 - 0553.
    Salt Creek Cafe @ 4660 Highway 17, Murrells Inlet, SC 843 - 357 - 2433.
    Spring House Family Restaurant @ 3841 Hwy 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet, SC 843 - 357 - 2785.
    Spud's Waterfront Dining @ 4123 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 843 - 651- 9987.

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    1. re: Littleman

      Harrelsons no longer prepares food in their business it is a seafood market only now.
      Dead Dog is great for a drink and the party atmosphere but the food is eh.
      I am not a fan of Nance's
      SpringHouse has not been the same since the new people took over...it wouldnt be in my top 50 of places in the Inlet.

    2. I really like Chive Blossom in Pawley's Island. But they don't open for dinner until 5:30 and in August you should definitely have a reservation. Their Southern Bouillabaisse and their crab crepes are both fantastic (and for non-seafood they make a truly amazing Duck Salad.) Others may disagree but I find the food and the ambiance better than Frank's. It does get loud though.

      1. I like Chive Blossom too.

        If you want a plain old good seafood place go to Seewee, just north of Mt. Pleasant on 17. It's an old roadhouse. Don't let the exterior worry you. The food is excellent, prices reasonable, sides are great and desserts are homemade.

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        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          Seewee would be great also if you need to find a place closer to charleston.Russell's is a great authentic divish seafood joint thats super casual.Chive Blossom may be my favorite Pawleys Island restaurant right now, wonderful food and casually elegant.

          Also,take a five minute detour and have a cocktail at one of the waterfront spots on the boardwalk in Georgetown,such a neat little waterfront.While the take a look at River Rooms menu since its on the boardwalk.

          Of course its going to be hot and humid,but it gets hot and humid in Brooklyn! You are going to love Charleston and the SC coast,but remember that good food is hard to find in Myrtle Beach proper.

        2. Scott's...good choice...all they have is BBQ and white bread..but hey, that's enough for them. Skip the chicken..get some pork rinds too if they have any. And get a little extra sauce on the side..and don't forget the white bread. Take out only.

          Seewee is a very good option if you need something close to Charleston. And as the others have mentioned, Chive Blossom in Pawleys is an excellent choice. I'd make sure I had a reservation for Chive if going for dinner. Somehow I prefer it for lunch though...

          For a decent breakfast in Myrtle Beach proper I'd suggest Croissants Bakery...3751 Grissom Parkway.

          1. Thanks for all these great suggestions! Appreciate your all taking the time!

            1. Limpin Janes in Georgetown on Front Street is awesome and by far my favorite place in Georgetown.
              Pawleys: Bistro 217 is not too upscale for tourist...Franks Outback isnt either but the inside is...I love Chive Blossom but also prefer it for lunch.
              Perrones in Litchfield is fabulous. It has a lovely wine menu, upscale food but is laid back for tourist.
              Murrells Inlet: Salt Water Creek. Lees Inlet Kitchen or Capt Daves are fantastic.

              Prossers if you dont mind a dive.

              You do know that you could hit Scotts on your way to the Myrtle Beach Friday afternoon with not much of a detour?

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              1. re: LaLa

                Hi LaLa, thanks for the tip about Scott's BBQ. We'll definitely consider it as a Plan B between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, but since we have a couple of places to hit in Charleston for breakfast and lunch, we're probably going to save it for the next day. Gotta pace ourselves!

              2. what about the place where Louis is now. Can't remember the name. but is behind,the Piggly Wiggly at Litchfield.

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                1. re: LGD

                  Louis's at Sanford's. Doesn't specialize in seafood. I would not recommend it for anything but Happy Hour. I was last there in March, maybe it has improved since then (but I doubt it.)

                2. Back from our travels so I thought I'd report back!

                  After a 12 hour drive, some of it through a truly torrential downpour, we arrived in Charleston with an appetite. The Hominy Grill turned out to be an easy walk from the hotel, but unfortunately we would've had to wait an hour which we really couldn't do at that point. The hostess pointed us towards either Fuel or Lana's as the closest alternatives; we went with Lana's as Fuel seems a little loud and young-ish for us. Italian wouldn't have been our first choice, since there's no shortage of it in NYC, but we ended up having a wonderful meal (risotto for me, ribeye for DH) with friendly and impeccable service.

                  Breakfast the next day was at Dixie's Cafe (delicious) and then we hit Hominy Grill for lunch after seeing Fort Sumter and I finally saw what the fuss over the Big Nasty Biscuit was all about. Loved every bite, and DH, who had gotten a regular plate of fried chicken, declared it the best he'd ever had. We tried the chocolate pudding and buttermilk pie for dessert and both were very good, although we agreed we preferred the consistency of Brooklyn's The Chocolate Room for pudding.

                  After more sightseeing we headed up to Myrtle Beach, stopping at Lee's Inlet Kitchen for dinner. We weren't as hungry as we'd have liked to be after Hominy Grill lunch, but we didn't want to get stuck in Myrtle Beach proper for dinner. DH thought his fried flounder was ok; I quite enjoyed my shrimp 'n grits and had enough left over to heat up in the microwave for breakfast while DH was out golfing.

                  Then it was time to head out to Hemingway for bbq. I'd heard about Scott's from a few people but it was better than I expected. Truly the barbecued pork of my dreams and well worth the drive. It was so satisfying we didn't even have dinner that night, just a couple of milkshakes near the Myrtle Beach hotel.

                  The rest of the vacation wasn't terribly food-oriented, although I was really happy to get some local peaches from a farm stand. We also had surprisingly good Mexican at Don Valencia's somewhere in far eastern Virginia (close to Maryland) on the way home.

                  Thank you all again for your kind responses. We had some of the best food we've ever had at some places I sure hope we'll get to again one of these days!