Every premier tourism destination has its own signature dishes — think deep-dish pizza in Chicago, New York-style pizza in (of course) New York, cheesesteak in Philadelphia, lobster in Maine and barbecue in Kansas City.
And of course, as a favorite among beach vacationers on the Carolina coast, the Grand Strand is no different. With more than 2,000 restaurants located in the Myrtle Beach area alone, there are plenty of signature dishes to choose from — but to make your culinary choices easier, we’ve narrowed the list down to seven of our all-time favorites.
Looking to get a true taste of Myrtle Beach? Track down one (or more) of these seven edible area icons during your next visit to the Grand Strand:
This award-winning soup offers a local take on a South Carolina staple. The rich and creamy favorite features fresh-caught blue crab and a touch of sherry, and it’s served by the cup or bowl. Want to get your mouth watering — and maybe even try to replicate the dish at home? Take a look at the recipe direct from the restaurant.
Moe Moon’s is known for more than its fishbowl drinks and great Atlantic Ocean views. Served with a side of ranch for dipping, its fried pickles deliver the perfect mix of tart dill and breaded, deep-fried crunch. It’s also a great Southern snack when sipping seaside on the Strand.
Concocted primarily with shredded cheddar, mayonnaise, pimentos and spices, pimento cheese is a uniquely Southern spread. And at Hook & Barrel, it’s served on more than just crackers. This local restaurant slathers it on its BLT Slider during happy hour for an extra-tasty treat — one you won’t want to miss.
A Grand Strand favorite since 1937, Peaches Corner specializes in footlong hot dogs, juicy burgers, French fries and onion rings. And there are few better ways to wash these all-American favorites down — especially on a hot Boardwalk day — than with a root beer float. Something about the foam-forming mix of creamy vanilla ice cream and root beer in a “black cow” can take you back to the carefree days of youth.
Slowly smoked over hickory coals, the BBQ pork served in this sandwich at Little Pigs is chopped and piled high to create a meat lover’s masterpiece. While we suggest topping it with the vinegar-based Lexington-style barbecue sauce, other tasty sauce options include the mild or hot tomato-based, the mustard-based Carolina Gold, and the brown sugar-based Robs Sauce.
Served in restaurants up and down the Carolina coast, shrimp and grits is pretty common menu fare in the Lowcountry. But at Southern pub 44 & King, it’s served with a tasty Southern twist — the usual stone-ground grits are replaced with sweet potato grits. And to make the dish even more unique, heirloom tomatoes and sausage are thrown in the mix, then the creation is topped with creamy bacon gravy and sweet tea collards.
his oyster bar known for its fresh catches serves up raw oysters by the half-dozen and dozen, and they’re especially tasty on a cracker with a little lemon juice and cocktail sauce, plus a touch of horseradish for some extra kick. Or for those who prefer them cooked, try the Oysters Rockefeller baked on the half shell and topped with butter, herbs and bread crumbs.
Ready to explore all of your favorite Myrtle Beach flavors? Book a stay at Bay View on the Boardwalk today! With our prime location, comfortable oceanfront accommodations and long list of amazing amenities, you and your vacation crew are sure to have a memorable — and flavorful — experience on the Grand Strand.