These iconic historic restaurants in Myrtle Beach are some of the best eateries in town, serving sumptuous seafood and delectable malt-shop fare. Not only are they well-established spots in the Grand Strand, but some are among the oldest restaurants in South Carolina. Your beach vacation at Paradise Resort won’t be complete without a visit to at least one of these long-standing landmarks on the Myrtle Beach food scene.
Sea Captain’s House
This historic Myrtle Beach restaurant is celebrating 60 years in business, and it is still thriving thanks to its fresh coastal dishes, excellent service, and unforgettable ocean views. Sea Captain’s House is only a few miles from Paradise Resort, making your breakfast, lunch, or dinner plans convenient. Locals recommend the hearty breakfast Benedicts, the creamy, savory She-Crab Soup, and the seafood platters loaded with lightly breaded shrimp, oysters, and flounder. The menu for ‘mini mateys’ features a comforting selection of dishes and sweet desserts, too. If you’re here only for drinks and apps, go for the Low Country Dip and the Peachberry Martini or any of the specialty cocktails.
You’re bound to come across Peaches Corner restaurant while out exploring Myrtle Beach, especially since it is just a wandering walk away from Paradise Resort. Peaches Corner is a family-owned and operated café that’s been in operation for 85 years, and for good reason. It won’t take you long to see why everyone speaks so fondly of this landmark restaurant. Grab a seat at the counter to be greeted by a smile so friendly you’ll feel like a local. Order the footlong hot dog topped with chili, the crispy catfish basket, or the delicious double burger, and finish off your meal with a scoop of sweet ice cream.
The Bowery is a can’t-miss entertainment and dining destination only three miles from Paradise Resort. You don’t have to be a country music fan to appreciate the lively atmosphere and interesting history of The Bowery in Myrtle Beach. Celebrated as a spot to hear up-and-coming artists (the supergroup Alabama was once The Bowery’s house band), this historic venue offers an ideal setting to dance the night away or grab drinks and dinner. Duffy’s Restaurant—the eatery at The Bowery—has been feeding hungry tourists and locals for ages. The juicy burgers put this restaurant on the map, but you’ll also find seafood baskets, and sandwiches like the grilled bologna and an inventive version of a cheesesteak, plus a menu for little ones.
Hurricane Juel’s Restaurant
Little River, South Carolina is 32 miles from Paradise Resort, but the waterway views and mouth-watering food at Hurricane Juel’s are well worth the drive. Hurricane Juel’s Restaurant was established in 1945 and continues to delight diners to this day. Try the stuffed flounder, a fixture on the menu for 75 years, or opt for the blackened fresh catch, peel-and-eat shrimp, or shrimp and grits—all are local favorites. Stop by for a date night and enjoy live music on the water, or bring the kids for a family dinner. The children’s menu of chicken fingers, fried shrimp, and grilled cheese is sure to please.
Lee’s Inlet Kitchen
Recently voted the best seafood restaurant by Southern Living magazine, and consistently favored by local Carolinians, Lee’s Inlet Kitchen has been serving its patrons since 1948. Take a day trip to Murrells Inlet from Paradise Resort and add this restaurant to your itinerary. The diner is open only in the evenings; the divine seafood dishes, rich homemade soups, and fried green tomatoes harvested from local farms will hit the spot after a day out exploring. Using original preparations and generations-old recipes, the Inlet Kitchen fixes hush puppies that melt in your mouth, and the hand-battered flounder is cooked to perfection. Kids’ meals include a selection of seafood, chicken, and pizza to satisfy any picky eater. Top off your meal with a slice of tangy key lime pie, cobbler, or another homemade dessert—all are made fresh daily.
Original Painter’s Ice Cream
A historic food tour of Myrtle Beach wouldn’t be complete without stopping at Original Painter’s Ice Cream. This ice cream stand has been visited by loads of celebrities making their way through the Grand Strand, and the late B.B. King is known to have enjoyed the butter pecan. Since its opening in 1952, Painter’s has been using the original recipe book for its sweet, creamy concoctions. Pop by this shop in North Myrtle Beach, about 15 miles up the coast from Paradise Resort, after a game of mini golf or a day at nearby Barefoot Landing.
There’s no time like the present to book your reservation at Paradise Resort. This coastal retreat makes any family or couples getaway one to remember. Paradise Resort’s accommodations feel like home, only better, and the expansive views are stunning. Exploring this exciting city and savoring time in the oceanfront pools and amenities gives you so much to look forward to year after year. Book your stay today and start a tradition of vacationing in paradise.