If you have traveled with us for very long you may have noticed we like to dine out – a lot. Our current week long visit to Myrtle Beach was no exception. There are so many great restaurants to choose from. In fact I think the restaurants may outnumber the golf courses – but it would be close!
We had Thanksgiving Day reservations all set with a suggestion from our Myrtle Beach friends, Patrish and Wally. The restaurant is called Salt Water Cafe and it is located in Murrells Inlet just South of MB. The food was excellent and the prices are very good. They offer daily specials. We recommend you check them out – it would be a perfect lunch spot if you are visiting Brookgreen Gardens or Huntington Beach State Park.
A favorite of ours when we visit MB is the K & W Cafeteria. It’s a real cafeteria line filled with made-from-scratch (mostly) – down-home, Southern dishes – cornbread, fried chicken, okra & tomatoes, collards, etc. – as well as the normal fare to choose from as you work your way down the line. The prices are reasonable and a two-fer is available for under $20 on Mondays and Saturdays, which I guarantee will fill both your tanks nicely.
Another favorite of ours was a pizza/pasta buffet called Home Plate. The food was good, economical and plentiful but the main draw for us was a table busser named Isaac. Isaac made a full-blown production out of clearing tables. Life was simply a God given joy he was quick to admit. He was thankful for his family and a job he loved. One year we came and Home Plate had closed its doors!
We were happy to find out that a new restaurant has opened in the same spot and is called Simply Southern Smokehouse – now a BBQ and soul food buffet. The food is good, the prices reasonable and the best part for us and many others is that Isaac is back and he has full reign to do his thing including leading the diners in some good old Gospel songs. It’s really something to see (and hear) but go early as the crowd also knows where to find Simply Southern and Isaac on Joe White Blvd!
We do treat ourselves to a couple of the more pricey tables when we visit Myrtle Beach. One is the Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse, which I’ve mentioned before. The soup and salad bar is long, varied and unique. Several different kinds of meat are offered at your table and sliced from skewers by the “vaqueros” who constantly circulate the room. You have to bring two things – a very large and hungry appetite and your wallet. It is an experience and worth a one-time spot on your bucket list.
Another place we try to visit is The Original Benjamin’s (170 item) Calabash Seafood Buffet. The food is all prepared well, the seafood is to die for and the desserts are the kind that make you want to start there first!
Okay, enough about food. It’s making me hungry again! We had a really special Thanksgiving Week vacation in Myrtle Beach. We ate (too) well, saw several spectacular Christmas shows, took a few hundred photographs and spent time with old friends. We couldn’t ask for more.
In past trips we would stay at one of the many, nice RV parks or campgrounds. This time we drove our car and brought our furbabies along. Not every hotel allows pets but the LaQuinta Inn & Suites at 4709 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach does. Their phone # is 843-449-5231. The fact they accept pets will never make it the 5-star Ritz but the staff is friendly and accommodating, the rooms fairly clean and comfortable and it is in the process of a total makeover. There is room in the parking lot if you do bring your RV and just want a hotel night or two in your travels.
One final thought or tip for anyone planning to visit the Grand Strand. Your visit can be done quite economically, even for a family, with some research and pre-planning. Do not buy coupons from the Internet. Make your first stop at a grocery store when you arrive and collect the assorted free coupon books offered at the entrance. You’ll have a great time and save a lot of money.
Safe travels and enjoy every journey,
Jack and Niki
p.s. Did we mention Krispy Kreme – “the” doughnut people? No trip South is complete without visiting the “factory” and sampling one or two.
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