Five Restaurants for Fine Brunching in Myrtle Beach

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Myrtle Beach is famous for its fine dining, but its best-kept culinary secret may be its fine brunching. For those unfamiliar with the term, it means more than the simple merger of breakfast and lunch. Fine brunching is all about providing an upscale atmosphere and a chance for chefs to put out their best spreads. Guests at the Caribbean Resort & Villas can celebrate special occasions, like Father's Day, birthdays or just a formal family gathering, at one of these fine brunching hot spots:

* Chestnut Hill: Located on Restaurant Row in the Windy Hill section of North Myrtle Beach, this popular restaurant goes all out for its Sunday brunch. Offering a wide selection of breakfast favorites, such as shrimp and grits and eggs Benedict, along with lunch classics, like crab cakes and a carving station with prime rib. Chestnut Hill's biggest claim to fame might be its sweet desserts — including pecan pie, fresh fruits and baked-in-house cakes. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sundays, and reservations are recommended.

* Croissants Bistro & Bakery: Located a short drive from the Caribbean at the corner of 38th Avenue North and Robert Grissom Parkway, this thriving European-style cafe has earned acclaim for its Sunday brunch. Taking full advantage of its on-site, full-service bakery, Croissants offers a variety of pastries and baked goods that are sure to hit the spot. But brunch does not consist of bread alone. Enjoy house favorites like the crab cake Benedict, bananas Foster French toast and a wide selection of fruit-filled crepes. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, and reservations are recommended.

* Gulfstream Cafe: If you are up for a Sunday trip to the South Strand, start your day with brunch at this Garden City Beach establishment. Located on the waterfront overlooking Murrells Inlet, Gulfstream has great food to match its wonderful views. Staying true to the restaurant’s specialty — seafood — the brunch menu’s fixtures include she-crab soup, linguini with clams, and crab cakes, as well as Southern breakfast classics such as bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, and fresh fruits and veggies. Enjoy a glass of champagne or mimosa while you look out over the inlet. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, and reservations are recommended.

* House of Blues: Experience excellent soul food and the soulful sounds of inspirational music at the House of Blues' Sunday Gospel Brunch. Located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, this popular restaurant — part of a chain focused on Southern-fried food and live music — puts on an amazing show accompanied by an incredible spread of its house specials, such as jambalaya, fried chicken and waffles, pulled-pork barbecue, and melt-in-your-mouth desserts like bourbon bread pudding and Mississippi mud cake. Live gospel music is performed during brunch service, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are recommended.

* Tupelo Honey Cafe: This Market Common newcomer has quickly become a crowd favorite for its Southern-style cooking with an upscale twist. This chain boasts updated takes on country comfort-food classics, like fried green tomatoes, shoo mercy shrimp and grits, and sweet potato pancakes. Those favorites are joined on the brunch menu by omelets, scrambles, grits bowls and some “slap-yo-pappy” desserts. Best of all, brunch is served daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are not required.

Of course, one of best things about feasting at a fine brunch establishment is the post-brunch nap. Come back to the Caribbean and relax in your cozy accommodations, on your private balcony, or on our oceanfront tanning lawn and poolside deck. A tasty brunch and a relaxing stay at the Caribbean is a great way to spend a vacation day.