of the best parts of being on vacation is leaving your diet in the dust, so we have put together a full itinerary based completely on where to eat in North Myrtle Beach! Whether you’re planning a vacation with friends or just a trip for two, a vacation home rental in North Myrtle Beach provides privacy combined with the at-home luxury of deciding whether to eat out or dine in. Think long walks on the beach before breakfast. Grill with friends and drinks on the patio after a day full of activities like kayaking or visiting the local wineries. You get the idea.
Grab your fork and get ready to Just Coast® through all the great dining options here in North Myrtle Beach!
Day 1: Dine Like a Local
For your first day, we dive right into all the local favorites, so try to blend in. Start with breakfast at Dino's, where you should order the peach flip pancakes or French toast. If you prefer something savory, try the crab cake benedict before grabbing your fishing pole and casting a line from a local pier.
Just in case you don’t catch anything great, make plans for lunch at World Famous Flounders Fish House, home to ‘old beach house’ ambiance and flounder and grits so delicious you may want to come back for dinner. After lunch, tour Main Street Ocean Drive between Ocean Drive and Highway 17, only 20 feet from the beach for some great souvenirs and charming Main Street boutiques. Serious shoppers can find additional shopping at Barefoot Landing, Tanger Outlets and Coastal North Town Center.
When dinnertime arrives, visit the "Raccoon Cove Deck Bar" at Joe's Bar and Grill, where stunning sunsets illuminate the salt marshes. Enjoy a cocktail, pet the yellow lab that calls the back porch home, and order a premium beef or seafood entree. When you’ve had your fill, head across the street to The Deck at House of Blues, where you can drink a beer and enjoy live music.
Day 2: Fine Dining
On your second day, treat yourself to North Myrtle Beach’s finest dining. While Southern Sunrise is a very informal breakfast spot, it does offer breakfast delicacies for every palate, like the eggs benedict with smoked salmon. After breakfast, take in the local history with a morning visit to North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum or the Museum of Coastal Carolina.
For lunch, try Midtown Bistro, which serves a unique twist on traditional bistro dishes. Dine on a plate of fettuccine Alfredo and share a side of fried green tomato flatbread. After you’re done indulging at Midtown, continue to spoil yourself with an afternoon at Touch MedSpa. You can schedule a hydrating facial or the Signature Massage, complete with hot aromatherapy towels.
Have dinner at one of North Myrtle Beach’s upscale favorites, 21 Main. Here you’ll find the best sushi on the Grand Stand. If you’re more of a steak fan, order the premium steaks with the add-on sauces. Other favorites for a fancy dinner are Greg Norman's Austraillian Grille and Filet's.
End your night with at the Alabama Theatre, which is home to ONE The Show, featuring every genre of music and hilarious comedy. For live music and events happening all year long, be sure to check the events calendar, because North Myrtle Beach also has free concerts (The Sounds of Summer Concert Series and Music on Main are two of our favorites).
Day 3: Every meal has a view
Get up early, set the coffee pot to brew, and grab half a dozen sticky buns or Crumb Buns from Crumb Buns Bakery. Head back to your front porch for a lazy breakfast with a great view with a stunning sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. After breakfast, make your way over to the docks to catch a dolphin boat tour. Their playful antics will make the perfect background for a selfie. Enjoy a burger at Captain Archie's for lunch. Not only does Captain Archie’s have a great selection of cold beer, but also one of the best views of North Myrtle Beach’s inlets.
At dusk, head back to Main Street Ocean Drive and go to the OD Pavilion, an iconic open-air dancing pavilion right near the water. You’ll work up an appetite listening to beach music and dancing the Carolina ‘shag,’ so after, go get in line at Senor Willie's for a late-night burrito.
Day 4: Dining In
Many places to stay in North Myrtle Beach offer a full kitchen, so stay in one day to cook. Make your first stop of the day Boulineau's Fresh Foods and grab today’s breakfast as well as local seafood for tonight’s dinner. Pick up a souvenir for the friends you left at home while you’re there, because the entire second floor is a gift shop.
After your cook up breakfast at home, schedule a scuba diving adventure. Go to Coastal Scuba to rent scuba equipment and obtain PADI dive training. Even first time divers will be ready to explore the Jim Caudle Artificial Reef. On your way back from diving, pick up a pizza from Benito’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta. Munch on their Jamaican-inspired pizza while enjoying the view of the beach from your rental home porch.
Spend the afternoon visiting the local wineries, including Duplin Winery, where you can sip Muscadine while playing bocce ball or listening to live music on the porch. La Belle Amie is charming vineyard a short 10-minute drive from Cherry Grove Pier. Enjoy a tasting to see which one you like the most and then grab a bottle (or two) on your way home to enjoy your with fresh seafood and steaks, prepared in your own kitchen.
After a leisurely dinner at home, go out for dessert and drinks. We recommend the Carolina Bourbon Pie at Buoy's Bar & Grill.
Day 5: North Myrtle Beach Icons
On your last full day in North Myrtle Beach be sure to check out the iconic eateries. Start with breakfast at Hoskins, a local favorite and classic diner. Their pimento cheese grits will make you never want to leave. Walk off breakfast on the trails holding hands at Inlet Point Plantation. Better yet, grab a horse and ride on the beach! Inlet Point Plantation is located on the 1,380-acre Waites Island, where you can ride on the beach all year-round.
After you’ve worked up an appetite, go to lunch at Duffy Street Seafood Shack. This famous Ocean Drive eatery combines laid-back low country vibe with every local seafood imaginable. Throw peanut shells on the floor, because you can’t do it at home.
Before you start packing, enjoy a little more beach time and try stand-up paddle boarding with Kokopelli Surf Camp. Or, for unforgettable views, parasailing will transport you up to 100 feet above the water.
Your last dinner in North Myrtle Beach should be special. The Parsons Table features gourmet fare prepared by Ed Murray, Jr., listed among Best Chefs in America. Fresh local oysters or filets prepared with green peppercorn pommeray mustard sauce are only a few of the dishes that pair beautifully with an extensive wine list. Be sure to look up from your plate and notice you are inside a 1885 church building full of antiques and stained glass.
For a sweet end to your North Myrtle Beach vacation, grab a scoop on Main Street at Sugar Baby’s Doughnuts & Ice Cream.
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