While vacationing in Myrtle Beach, most visitors choose to dine out on several nights of their trip. Of course, a few of those culinary excursions generally feature some of the Grand Strand’s remarkable seafood restaurants, but the area has more to offer your taste buds than just the surf-sourced selections. If you haven’t tried any of the area’s Mexican Restaurants, then you are in for a real treat and are going to want to make time for one of our favorites on your next trip to Paradise Resort.
First on our list is Abuelo’s, which is located in front of Coastal Grand Mall on the Highway 17 Bypass, making it very convenient to a long list of after-dinner activities. The first thing that will strike you when you arrive at Abuelo’s is the restaurant’s décor. Thoughtfully designed and decorated with white, carved statues and lively, colorful murals, both the interior and exterior make you feel as though you have left the South Carolina coast and have arrived along the Mexican Riviera. Once you’ve been seated, your server will provide you with tortilla chips and three different tempting salsas — and we highly recommend the spectacular lime salsa! If you are a margarita lover, we suggest making your way to the restaurant during happy hour, because Abuelo’s makes some of the best on the beach, and its happy hour specials are fantastic. Be sure and try their Cerveza Rita — it’s a frozen margarita with a Coronita bottle and Milagro Silver on top. You have choices of mango, peach, strawberry, raspberry or the original margarita.
Making your way north to 70th Avenue North and North Kings Highway, you will find our next destination. Owned by local Myrtle Beach family the Hernandezes, Fiesta Mexicana is a favorite among Grand Strand locals, but is unknown to many vacationers, so the wait times are often reduced. The food here is always of the highest quality, and the attention to detail is exceptional. The Hernandez family prides itself on making the restaurant’s meals both fresh and affordable, so this isn’t a night that will break the family’s vacation budget. Fiesta Mexicana is also a great option for lunch with a range of daily lunch specials and a location convenient to a number of beach activities.
Let’s get back on the Highway 17 Bypass and head south to 10th Avenue North. Our next stop, Burro Loco, is right across the street from the Myrtle Waves Water Park. This is THE area Mexican restaurant that comes to the mind of locals when you mention happy hour or Cinco de Mayo. This is the place to be for special events or holidays of any kind, because they know how to celebrate — and that includes birthdays! Be warned, though — if there is a birthday in your group, the restaurant’s staff members will go beyond the typical tableside song and put the birthday guy or gal on the wooden donkey (which happens to be on wheels), place a sombrero on his or her head, and wheel the birthday boy or girl around the restaurant. This is a fun place to eat, its food is delicious, and its service is top-notch. Enjoy eating inside by the fire or outdoors on the patio. If you are by chance going to be in the area for Cinco de Mayo, you must make plans to attend the fiesta of the year — a full-on music festival at Burro Loco. You’ve never seen Cinco de Mayo celebrated the way it’s done here. It’s truly epic. The restaurant also offers Taco Tuesdays, live music every Wednesday, team trivia on Thursdays, and Fiesta Fridays — so every day brings something new to enjoy at the Burro.
When staying at Paradise Resort in Myrtle Beach, you cannot go wrong with any of these top-rated Mexican restaurants. At Paradise, we look forward to hosting you and helping you plan all of your culinary conquests during your next stay on the Grand Strand.