Although it's a mainstream family resort town, there are several factors at play that make Myrtle Beach a surprisingly attractive prospect when it comes to eating out.
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From relaxing beach hotels to downtown historic properties, and spa resorts with great golf, these are the best hotels in San Diego, California.Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was historically a modest seaside town with no more than a few charming beachside cottages to mark it as a vacation destination. Those days are long gone, and it has evolved into a dynamic coastal resort, replete with high-rise hotels and condos. The crepe myrtle trees that gave the town its name are still present — if a little eclipsed by the developments — but Myrtle Beach has become one of the region's most popular family resorts.
The first is its regional heritage; being located in the American low country means that there's a mix of international traditions mingling with the huge variety of indigenous plants and seafood to create a distinctive cooking style.
The other is economic, and visitors will find that even the more upscale eateries deliver a very impressive value, especially compared to neighbors Hilton Head and Charleston.
African, French, Creole, and Caribbean flavors abound and ingredients such as long-grain rice, seasonal vegetables, and preserves, all of which play a huge part in local menus. Crabs and oysters, figs and peaches, tomatoes, and watermelons are all in abundance in the region and pop up in lots of dishes.
Amid the usual chain restaurants are islands of authenticity such as Sea Captain's House, located in a lovely 1930s oceanfront cottage and specializing in crab cakes and jambalaya. Equally well-loved by locals is Angelo's Steak and Pasta, which has been a fixture here for four decades, due to the quality of its menu and the tableside magic shows. Regional soft-shell crabs are celebrated with no small amount of artistry at Indo Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar, where the owner Laura Smith delights customers with impeccable seafood plates.
Arguably the best low-country menu can be found within the Island Vista Resort, at The Cypress Room. Splurge on their legendary Southern breakfast and order sweet-potato pancakes, or for dinner, try classics such as she-crab soup and crispy fried oysters. The affordable, family-friendly Americana of Jimmy Buffett's and Johnny Rocket's are all present and correct, but for a more idiosyncratic take, head for Dagwood's Deli, named for the newspaper comic character and beloved for its incredible sandwiches.