Allow me to share a little bit of a back story - We are self proclaimed foodies who basically plan our vacations around different dining establishments rather than sights to see. Personally, I’m a menu junkie and love finding places that are local.
This is our third visit to North Myrtle Beach, SC so I feel like we have a good grasp on dining establishments and have returned to a few of a personal favorites.
Tupelo Honey - At the Market Commons - an upscale restaurant with a hipster type vibe. Plenty of outdoor seating, nice big bar and a unique menu with a lot of southern flare. Our waitress brought us fresh out of the oven biscuits with honey and blueberry jam while we waited for our meal to arrive. Remember - vacation calories don’t count :)
Slow-Roasted Pork Grilled Cheese - white cheddar, smoked jalapeno bbq sauce, pumpernickel bread
Pimento & Fried Pickle Burger* - creekstone all-natural pasture raised beef, pimento cheese, fried house-made pickle
Dietary Notes: The gluten free bread is really good! My mother-in-law had her meal on GF bread back in March when we came to Tupelo Honey for the first time.
Outdoor Dining & Puppy Friendly: Outdoor dining on a Sunday afternoon in the mid 60’s at the end of October doesn’t get much better. Very pet friendly providing water bowls and a doggie menu.
Shopping at Market Commons - Coming from the North East there isn’t a lot of outdoor shopping areas so this is a perk for us. After lunch we strolled through the commons and did a bit of shopping. Several chain stores and a few local to the area boutiques. All in all - a great way to spend an afternoon.
Boardwalk Billy’s - We felt like locals when we entered Boardwalk Billy’s a very laid back neighborhood restaurant and bar. We choose to eat on the deck and had little to no wait. However, our first time to Boardwalk Billy’s in March was a different story with a 30 - 40 minute wait.
Menu Picks: Go for Happy Hour if you are looking for drink and appetizer specials.
We ordered two sushi rolls (California roll & a Shrimp Tempura roll) along with 10 wings with mild sauce. We’ve never had wings coated in so much sauce!
My mom (who is a picky eater) opted for fried flounder with cole slaw & fries
Patrick had Calabash fish bites with a spicy type of sauce
My dad and I opted for the coconut shrimp (he had the basket with fries & slaw) - I had the appetizer size. The sauce served with the coconut shrimp has a lot of flavor.
Overall - the place is no frills and where you’d expect to meet up with your friends after a day of golf or being on the beach.
Dietary Notes: I didn’t see many items listed as gluten free
(sorry, no photos - my cell died and I didn’t bring my big camera!)
BurgerFi - Perfect lunch spot for a damn good burger. If you like Five Guys you’ll love BurgerFi. With all natural ingredients you can taste the goodness in each bite.
Menu Picks -
BURGERFI BACON CHEESEBURGER
Double Natural Angus Beef, Double Bacon, Double American Cheese
Available as Single Burger and without Cheese
BURGERFI THE CEO
Double Wagyu + Brisket Blend Burger, Homemade Candied Bacon-Tomato Jam, Truffle Aioli , Aged Swiss Cheese
Available as Single Burger
Sides are a la carte to include fries & onion rings. If just two of you are eating here - you can share a fry - it’s a good serving size.
Twin Lakes by the Sea - Sunset Beach, NC
We can’t say enough good things about Twin Lakes by the Sea! In fact, we’ve waited 9 months to get back here for dinner. And, 9 months later dinner was worth the wait!
Menu Picks -
Hushpuppy basket with honey butter - AH-mazing!
5 Cheese Pimento Dip - served hot with naan bread - another AH-mazing way to start our dinner
My dad & I selected the shrimp & grits that I’d drive 8+ hours just for this meal again and again! Served with a chef style salad.
Patrick selected a fried platter combo - popcorn shrimp & flounder with mac & cheese with coleslaw
My mom selected fried flounder with a baked potato & cole slaw
Take Home Desserts -
9 Layer Chocolate Cake - thin layers of white cake with a rich chocolate fudge filling between each layer
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Double Cookie Cake (a big rich cookie dough type of cake)
Sunset Watching - sadly, we’ve always been in the area during the off season and haven’t been able to witness a sunset here, but I can only imagine how incredible it must be.
Blueberry’s Grill at Barefoot Landing - EPIC BREAKFAST SPOT!
On our last morning in North Myrtle Beach we decided to go out for breakfast and Blueberry’s Grill at Barefoot Landing surely did not disappoint. From the outdoor seating area to the sweet, savory, and even healthy menu options (plenty of gluten free and even a few vegan options) this is one restaurant that shouldn’t be missed.
I’ll be honest after an incredible dinner the night before I wasn’t sure my stomach could handle another epic meal…but I wasn’t going to shy away from a challenge. I had the Monte Cristo on gluten free bread (word of caution: this deep fried breakfast sandwich isn’t cooked in it’s own oil - so if you must have a fully gluten free meal - this isn’t an option for you, but don’t fret there are plenty of other choices)
Monte Cristo - on gluten free bread if required! Plated with blueberries, strawberries and an amazing homemade blueberry jam.
Blueberry Pancakes - three fluffy blueberry pancakes topped with blueberries, bananas, and blueberries.
Melted Scrambler - eggs, onions, mushrooms, ham, and kielbasa with melted cheese served three slices of bacon and an english muffin
Blueberry Muffin and Eggs - two eggs any style with a grilled blueberry muffin and granny smith apple slices with peanut butter and bacon
Things to Do:
Enjoy the beach - in North Myrtle Beach you won’t find the beaches filled with boardwalk rides or shops - it’s very quiet and peaceful, only a full large hotels sit along the beach.
Go for a run or two with plenty of sidewalks not overly busy streets makes for great running.
Boardwalk on the Beach - very touristy (so not our scene!) Lots of big chain restaurants (Hard Rock, Dave & Busters, etc)
Barefoot Landing - several larger retailers and a lot of local smaller boutiques and dining options.
Treat yourself to a Praline from River Street - but only purchase a few and don’t let them talk you into buying a pound - you’ll have $25.00 less in your wallet quicker than you think.
A personal favorite boutique with hippie eclectic clothing & gifts.
We stopped for a quick lunch at Ultimate California Pizza
Personal Pans are great if you are looking for a slice or two
The salads are HUGE with a good serving of protein
I hope that you enjoyed my first travel & foodie blog - I plan to continue documenting our trips and sharing our favorite places to eat at and things to do. Our next big adventure will be Orlando in early 2019 - and it won’t be a Disney themed entry!