1409 Highway 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
Racing legend Dale Earnhardt, Jr., opened in late June a third location (the other two are in Charlotte and Raleigh) of his restaurant and bar, Whiskey River, in North Myrtle Beach. The place has been busy with diners and drinkers and racing fans enjoying daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m., weekend live music and dishes including Whiskey Sliders, Poutine, Southern Fried Pickles, Backyard Campfire Chili, Fried Catfish, Ahi Tuna Steak, Pulled Pork and burgers.
4954 Highway 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
Jimmy isn’t the only Buffett who knows how to mix up a great margarita. In early June Lucy Buffett, Jimmy’s sister, opened the third location of her family-friendly restaurant and bar (the other two are in Gulf Shores, Alabama and Destin, Florida) at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. The large open-air restaurant is beside the Intracoastal Waterway and has a large sandy area to the side where kids can play with sand toys or dabble in a fountain with toy boats.The menu is casual and delicious, with choices like Blackened Shrimp Nachos, Crab Melt and a burger topped with pimento cheese and a fried green tomato. LIve music solo acts have been performing nightly from 6-10 p.m.
2904 Fantasy Way, Myrtle Beach
Medieval Times – the dinner show in a castle set in Medieval Spain – isn’t new to Myrtle Beach, but this year, for the first time, instead of a King calling the shots, the castle has a Queen! That’s right, the beautiful Queen Dona Maria Isabella is in charge, and she doesn’t take any dissing from knights who push back against a female leader. The performing horses, the jousting and other knightly games and the dinner you eat with your hands (no cutlery in 13th century Spain) are all better than ever. And the falconer! Where else can you munch on roast chicken while a falcon flies over your head?
810 Billiards & Bowling
1220 Moser Dr., Myrtle Beach
Fans of the fabulously fun and delicious (yes, a bowling alley and pool hall with great food) 710 Billiards and Bowling in North Myrtle Beach can now head to The Market Common in Myrtle Beach for 810 Billiards and Bowling. It opened in June in the former Piggly Wiggly site, and in addition to bowling and billiards it has bocce ball, ping-pong, cornhole, shuffleboard, foosball, skee ball, basketball, dars, air hockey and board games (giant Jenga anyone?). The food is comfortable – burgers, brick oven pizzas, loaded fries, wings, quesadillas – but definitely a few steps up from typical bowling alley fare in taste and presentation. There’s also live music on Friday nights and happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza
8006 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
While thin-crust pizzas (from pepperoni with mushrooms to Korean Pepper Steak) are the main attraction, Brixx also serves starters (spinach/artichoke dip, hummus trio), salads (Thai Chicken, Caesar with Shrimp), sandwiches (Meatball Sub, Italian Beef), pasta (Roasted Chicken Alfredo, Pomodoro), and desserts (Salted Caramel Crunch Cookie Pie, Chocolate Truffle Torte). Brixx also has a kids’ menu, a full bar and vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Johnny D’s Waffles and Benedicts
5063 3900 Highway 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
Their great food and friendly service made the original Johnny D’s Waffles and Bakery in Myrtle Beach a favorite breakfast and lunch spot among locals, and now their fans in North Myrtle Beach don’t have to drive so far to get their fixes of Cinnamon Roll Waffles and Red Velvet Waffles (the chef is an actual real-deal pastry chef), and incredible Benedicts with crab cakes, salmon, chipotle bacon and other toppings. But wait, there’s more: Johnny D’s serves omelets, biscuits with gravy, skillets, fruit platters, pancakes such as banana pecan, French toast made with house-baked challah bread and dipped in vanilla bean custard, and incredible sandwiches and salads, from a build-your-own grilled cheese or a Brisket Burger to Strawberry Almond Salad. Bonus: You can also get a specialty coffee, Mimosa or Bloody Mary!
1410 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
Tin Roof, which opened in June, has what partying people are looking for. Rooftop oceanfront bar? Check. Loads of live music seven days and nights a week? Double-check. Add plenty of craft draft beers, cocktails and yummo food like biscuit sliders filled with smoked brisket, bacon, peach jam and Cheddar cheese, and you’ve got a fun night on the boulevard.
630 Grissom Parkway Trail, Myrtle Beach
There’s an exciting new business coming to Myrtle Beach in early 2019. Topgolf says it’s all about games, music, food and fun, and, it broke ground on a new link in its chain in Myrtle Beach in spring 2018. The three-level venue will have 72 climate-controlled hitting bays that utilize microchipped ball technology, almost 2,000 square feet of private event space, a restaurant, bar, music and games like foosball.