Broadway at the Beach's dining scene has seen a bit of an “out with the old, in with the new” approach lately, with a pair of powerhouses taking over long-running venues. Occupying the location previously held by Planet Hollywood is Carolina Ale House, while Dave & Buster's takes over the Hard Rock Cafe's old pyramid property. Even the traditional theme of country cooking gets an upgrade with the new Paula Deen's Family Kitchen concept. Here's a look at the new dining options at Broadway:
* Carolina Ale House: This rapidly expanding regional chain takes the hand-crafted beer trend to the next level with an impressive selection of food as well as brews. More than 60 kinds of draft beer are on tap, including a rotating list of microbrews that are listed daily on the chalkboard that hangs above the bar amid a sea of big-screen TVs. Belly up to the bar and take your taste buds for a tour around the world with rare imports and microbrews, as well as great food.
This isn't your typical sports-pub grub, either. Sure, Carolina Ale House has wings, pizzas, tacos, sandwiches and Zingers (chicken fingers) that are perfect for washing down with a cold beer. But the menu also offers steaks and seafood, salads, and a long list of healthy alternatives, allowing parties with mixed tastes to find something for everyone. The spacious dining area and patio deck provide plenty of room for families with young children to avoid the sports bar.
* Dave & Buster's: The world's most famous sports bar and arcade has finally found a home on the Grand Strand, adding a family-friendly alternative to the Celebrity Square district of Broadway at the Beach. This massive building houses an impressive arcade that is filled with the latest high-tech games and old-school carnival-style amusements, giving parents and kids a chance to check out how the other half plays. Meet in the middle with retro games like Galaga and Pac-Man.
Many patrons save money by buying an Eat & Play combo card, which allows them to enjoy a number of games and a meal for one price. The menu is extensive and diverse, with sports bar favorites like wings, burgers and nachos, and more sophisticated options like salads, steak and seafood also available. The full bar area features big-screen TVs and a wide selection of beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. The desserts are monstrous and meant to be shared.
* Paula Deen's Family Kitchen: Namesake Paula Deen has been expanding her Southern-cooking empire throughout the nation, but this is her first foray into the Myrtle Beach market. Early reviews rave about the new family-dining concept, which puts out a spread on your table for passing and sharing. All of the food is prepared using Deen's personal favorite recipes, including fried chicken, smothered steak with gravy, and a mess of mouthwatering home-style vegetables and side items.
Be sure to visit the Paula Deen Store that adjoins the restaurant to take home a taste of comfort-food cooking. Save room for dessert and take home your leftovers for a late-night snack to enjoy back at Long Bay Resort. Guests can also stick around Broadway at the Beach for some free concerts, fireworks and entertainment at the Summer Nights at Broadway Festival.
Book your summer vacation at Long Bay Resort, and get ready for a tasty visit to Broadway at the Beach.