It’s no secret that Myrtle Beach is a top east coast beach destination, particularly for groups and families. Though our summer population swells well over 100,000 during peak times, our full-time local population is only around 30,000. These locals, however, have the luxury of experiencing the beach year round and have some pretty sweet secrets on Myrtle Beach’s hidden gems.
What are you missing out on? We’ve got the scoop on the area’s best hidden secrets that the locals definitely don’t want you to know about…
Sun City Café
Located in the Five Points section of downtown Myrtle Beach, Sun City Café is tucked away on Main Street and is easy to overlook. This hole in the wall Mexican joint offers a somewhat limited menu but what they do offer they do better than anyone else. Options include a few tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and their famous queso dip and homemade guacamole. The eclectic décor and affordable margaritas are just the icing on the cake. Call (843) 445-2992 for more information.
ART Burger Sushi Bar
ART Burger Sushi Bar opened just a few years ago but has quickly established itself as a top spots for locals. ART is located along the bustling Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, which offers easy access and amazing ocean views. As the name suggests, ART burger is known for gourmet sushi and burgers, an interesting combination that makes it easy to please everyone in the groups. Call (843) 839-4774 for more information.
If you are looking for a great fine dining experience, look no farther than Collector’s Café. Tucked away in plaza between 76th Avenue North and 79th Avenue North, Collector’s Café serves as both a restaurant and local art gallery. The upscale menu features classic seafood and steak dishes with a distinctive Mediterranean flare. This is the perfect spot for a special occasion or just a glamorous night out on the town! Call (843) 449-9370 for information and reservations.
Little Pigs Bar-B-Q
BBQ lovers rejoice! We have the scoop on the absolute BEST barbecue in town. Located on the corner of Highway 17 Bypass and 62nd Avenue North, Little Pigs sports a humble exterior but don’t let that fool you. The menu here is simple and they stick to what they are good at – slow cooked, fall off the bone tender barbecue. Visitors can enjoy a wide array of BBQ plates in the restaurant or you can order takeout and take the BBQ back to your room or to the beach. Don’t forget to try out the signature home-style sides like baked beans and potato salad! Call (843) 692-9774 for more information.
Crepe Creation Café
Craving a light lunch or an indulgent dessert? If so, Crepe Creation Café is the place for you! This hidden café is located off the main Market Common Square and is ideal for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. Menu items include creative sweet and savory crepes, fluffy homemade waffles, paninis and wraps, and fresh salads. Crepe Creation also offers $3.50 mimosas on weekends! Be sure to give this little known local favorite during your stay. Call (843) 839-4019 for more information.
Simply Southern Smokehouse
Get amazing home cooked favorites for an even more amazing price at Simply Southern Smokehouse. This southern-style buffet serves up heaping portions of all of your favorite comfort foods. The buffet varies daily but often includes favorites like fried chicken, meatloaf, chicken bog, pulled pork bbq, and plenty of scrumptious sides – of course! The buffet also includes a drink and several homemade dessert options. You won’t want to miss out on these mouthwatering offerings! Call (843) 839-1913 for more information.
Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
If you’re looking for the absolute best seafood in town, steer clear of local seafood buffets. We know, we know – you love buffets – but hear us out. Not only is the MarshWalk a really funky little boardwalk that offers tons to do, it is also located in Murrells Inlet, the seafood capital of the state, and provides pristine views of the exact place your seafood comes from. You can literally see the local fishermen hauling in their daily catch and selling it to the MarshWalk restaurants. It doesn’t get better than that! MarshWalk offers 10 restaurant options, making it easy to find the perfect place to get your fresh fish fix.
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