South Carolina is a state of subtleties, especially when it comes to cuisine. With Lowcountry and Southern cooking in Georgia and iconic barbecue in North Carolina, it would be easy to imagine that South Carolina’s food scene simply samples from both. Instead of mimicking its neighbors, however; cities such as Myrtle Beach have tasty identities of their own.
I find that dining down by the coast is never a bad idea when I'm in the mood for crab cakes, fresh-caught fish, and any other seafood dish I can think of. Inland, I go for fried fare that’s fixed with Southern hospitality. Here's how to spend three days eating your way through Myrtle Beach to truly know South Carolina cuisine.
Summer may bring beach weather, but pack a jacket when visiting September–March.
If you only have time for one thing, make it dining on crab legs at Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood Buffet.
You’ll want to maximize your beach time, so settle into a sandy spot off Ocean Avenue. A buffet dinner awaits you just before the sunset at the Polynesian Fire Luau. Enjoy the fire show and heaping plates of food long. Or, make tonight your night for Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood Buffet.
Make day two a destination lunch without worrying about driving yourself. A round-trip, all-inclusive guided tour of nearby Charleston introduces you to South Carolina’s charm. On your Charleston Harbor boat tour, you’ll enjoy a lunch with a view.
Scratch two items off of your evening to-do list at once: Grab dinner and a souvenir at Hard Rock Café. Stroll around Broadway on the Beach and pop into any of the attractions you missed out on the day prior.
Start your last day exploring Huntington Beach State Park on a Segway after a delicious breakfast at Hot Stacks Pancake House.
Gotta get a meal ticket before you leave Myrtle Beach? You’re in luck: There’s an Elton John tribute show at the GTS Theatre, conveniently within reach of great local restaurants. Joe’s Diner by the Airport is a quick-serve comfort joint while The Old Bull and Bush Pub and Eatery is a reserved place to refuel before your flight.