Myrtle Beach

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When it comes to food on Myrtle Beach, expect every chain restaurant in the known universe, fried fish buffets as long as a bowling alley, and dozens of 24-hour donut shops. The best seafood restaurants are in Murrell's Inlet, where fishermen have plied their trade for hundreds of years.

Top Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Bummz Beach Cafe

Wash down some Buffalo shrimp with a Bud or grab a lunchtime cheeseburger at this fun-loving cafe and bar with a lovely outside deck. It’s especially popular with the Happy Hour crowd.

2003 North Ocean Blvd., SC, 843-916-9111, www.bummz.com
Tags: budget | american | trendy

Lee's Inlet Kitchen

The Lee family has been serving clam chowder and crab-stuffed flounder at this homey restaurant since the 1940s and still offers a number of locally caught options.

4460 Business 17, SC, 843-651-2881, www.leesinletkitchen.com
Tags: family | seafood | expensive

Russell's Seafood Grill

Locals sip beer and slurp oysters on the half shell at this combo restaurant and raw bar. Simple dishes like fried flounder sandwiches are best—enjoy them while watching live music (anything from blue grass to live renditions of the Beatles) on the deck.

Business 17 South, in Murrell's Inlet, SC, 843-651-0553
Tags: moderate | seafood

Sea Captain's House

A Murrell's Inlet mainstay, this old blue house overlooking the bay does superb Low Country dishes like crab casserole and fried scallops. Expect crowds, especially on weekends.

3002 North Ocean Blvd., SC, 843-448-8082, www.seacaptains.com
Tags: moderate | seafood | editor pick

Sugar Shack

This groovy little ice cream and pastry stand serves hungry North Myrtle Beach crowds late into the night. It’s ideal for an energy-boost when you're tired of dancing the shag.

North Myrtle Beach, 202 Main St. North, SC, 843-281-9840, duffystreetseafoodshack.com/icecream.htm
Tags: family | budget | dessert

The Library

Theatrically swanky, this French restaurant does the classics--steak à la Parisienne and escargot--in a dark wood paneled "library" with tuxedo-clad servers.

1212 North Kings Hwy., SC, 843-448-4527, www.thelibraryrestaurantsc.com
Tags: expensive | french

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