Food has a way of bringing people together, and what better way to do so than while at The Beach! Myrtle Beach, South Carolina announces its diverse range of culinary delights along its 14 distinct communities, making it the ultimate culinary destination for your fall travel needs.
“With more than 2000 restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area, we have offerings that are sure to please any palate,” said Karen Riordan, President and CEO of Visit Myrtle Beach. “Whether you explore the vast array of international offerings or try the rich coastal Carolina cuisine, you’re sure to find your favorite flavors while visiting The Beach!”
While in town, be sure to check out a number of international offerings such as:
- Ciao! – One of the Grand Strand’s best restaurants, with Chef Eugen (Geni) Hysa cooking up authentic Italian cuisine using the freshest ingredients, made in-house. Popular favorites include lasagna, lobster ravioli, and linguine with clam sauce.
- Sol Cocina Mexicana – A high-end authentic Mexican restaurant consistently mentioned by local chefs as a favorite place to go when they eat out. Chef Armando Cobian recreates traditional Mexican cuisine and family recipes his mother taught him, from pulled chicken enchiladas with fire-roasted green tomatillo salsa and oaxaca cheese, to carne asada made with prime ribeye steak and traditional chiles rellenos.
- Blue Elephant Thai – Offers authentic Thai food using fresh ingredients and seafood sourced from locals in Murrells Inlet. You can find Thai favorites like Pad Thai and drunken noodles plus a Thai elephant seafood platter with fresh shrimp, scallops, calamari, salmon and mussels.
- Café Old Vienna – Gives you a taste of old Germany and Austria at its popular restaurant and beer garden, with cuisine prepared by Chef Werner Horvath including schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerkraut, pierogies and more.
Or if you’re looking to check out a food festival, be sure to stop by one (or more) of the following events:
- Beach ‘n Chili Fest (September 23-25) – The 2022 Beach ‘n Chili Fest will return to the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place and feature three full days of entertainment, including a Shelby Car Show, a beer garden, live stage entertainment, demonstrations, and, oh yeah, the world’s best chili with hundreds of flavors and recipes! The 55th Annual World Championship Cook-off, presented by Bush’s Beans, is the centerpiece of the Beach ‘n Chili Fest. Gate admission is free. Tasting and VIP Lounge tickets are available. For more information, please visit https://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/things-to-do/events/beach-n-chili-fest/ .
- Pawleys Island Food and Wine Gala (October 6) – Sample over 75 wines from renowned vineyards around the world and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by the area’s best chefs. The evening will also include live music by Tamir & Company, delicious desserts, a silent auction full of wonderful items and a complimentary wine glass. Wines will also be available for purchase at prices well below retail during this special event. The Wine Gala is a benefit for The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit https://pawleysmusic.com/festival-event/22nd-annual-pawleys-island-wine-food-gala .
- Little River ShrimpFest (October 8-9) – Located on the historic Little River waterfront, festival goers can expect to enjoy two stages of live music, stilt walkers, balloon artists, and more than 100 different vendors- including a variety of art and craft vendors, business expos, and community organizations. Shrimp and fresh local seafood will be served by the local waterfront restaurants and your festival food favorites will be available from a variety of talented food vendors. For more information, please visit https://www.littlerivershrimpfest.org/ .
- Loris Bog-Off Festival (October 15) – The Loris Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Loris Bog-Off Festival each year on the third Saturday in October in downtown Loris. The festival will feature a chicken bog cooking contest, two stages of entertainment, car show, arts and craft vendors, plenty of chicken bog and a whole lot of fun! The festival began in 1980 as a chicken bog cooking contest and has evolved into the huge event it is today. Chicken bog generally consists of chicken, rice, sausage and spices of your choice; though over the years there have been many variations of this basic recipe. For more information, please visit https://lorischamber.com/loris-bog-off-festival-1 .