Millions of visitors come to Myrtle Beach every year to bake on the white-sand beaches and chill out in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean, but the Grand Strand is cooking up something new this summer. In addition to all the long-time favorite restaurants and bars that make Myrtle Beach a food and drink paradise, several new establishments have opened this summer to throw your taste buds a twist.
Guests at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort can experience great food and beverage options without having to leave the resort at the on-site Compass Rose, Crow's Nest, Compass Joe and the Tiki Hut. But those with adventurous tastes who want to venture off the property, Myrtle Beach's updated and upgraded restaurant lineup this summer truly has something for everyone.
From traditional country cooking to cuisine with cutting-edge creativity, the local dining scene underwent an extreme makeover during the offseason. It's not just the food that's new; the atmospheres range from laid-back oceanfront cafe to action-packed sport bar. Here's a look at five new additions to the Myrtle Beach dining scene in the summer of 2017:
* RipTydz Oceanfront Grille & Rooftop Bar: Set to open in July, this unique three-story structure promises to take seaside dining to the next level. Located on the north end of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, RipTydz is sure to be a hot spot for beach-bumming by day, fine dining by night, and after-party into the late night. The modern design and decor in the 17,000-square-foot facility features more than 500 seats, and RipTydz's menu offers fresh seafood and prime steaks for a surf-and-turf feast by the seashore.
* Dave & Buster's: Sports bar meets arcade and good times ensue at this new-to-the-area national chain. Located at Broadway at the Beach in the Celebrity Square district, Dave & Buster's brings the latest in high-tech games and the earliest carnival-style amusements, mixes them with a surprisingly extensive food menu and an unsurprisingly extensive beer, wine and drink menu, and provides a fun, family-friendly environment for both the young and the young at heart. Savings Tip: The discounted combo passes are good for food and game credits.
* Carolina Ale House: The name boasts about its impressive beer selection, but the food doesn't play second fiddle to the liquid refreshments served at this new Broadway at the Beach establishment. Serving more than 60 beers on tap, including a nice array of imports, domestics and hard-to-find microbrews, Carolina Ale House also offers hand-crafted food that ranges from sports-pub grub (chicken wings, chicken fingers and burgers) to dinner favorites like steaks, seafood and salads.
* Paula Deen's Family Kitchen: “Come and get it, y'all!” That's the sound of the “Queen of Southern Cuisine” Paula Deen at her new restaurant at Broadway at the Beach. Serving good country cooking three meals a day, Paula Deen's new concept offers family-style dining where the food is delivered directly to your table to be passed and shared. This restaurant uses all of Paula's favorite recipes, including dessert.
* Strong Waters Craft Cocktails & Kitchen: Beverages take the spotlight at this new concept bar and restaurant on Ocean Boulevard. Offering hand-crafted cocktails and an incredible lineup of microbrews, Strong Waters brings the recent trend from bigger cities to the beach. Strong Waters also has a tasty food menu with several creative dishes, but this place is mostly about drinks and good times.
So come hungry on your Myrtle Beach vacation this summer and prepare to surprise your taste buds at some of the new restaurants and bars in town. It’s the perfect way to eat, drink and be merry.