Myrtle Beach, South Carolina’s Hidden Gems


There is no shortage of places to eat in the bustling beach town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For a true, unique taste, forget the big, tourist-oriented dining halls and visit some of these hidden gems. They include the region’s famous seafood (just over the border in Calabash, North Carolina), memorable BBQ, fantastic breakfasts, definitive soul food, a hospitable Polish deli, and one of the greatest hot dog joints in the nation.


Jersey Bagels

A true taste of New Jersey in Myrtle Beach, Jersey Bagels' bagels are dense, chewy, and full flavored. Overflowing sub sandwiches are also a specialty.


Simply Southern Smokehouse

Simply Southern Smokehouse lives up to its name, offering a grand buffet of regional specialties including BBQ, chicken bog, and downhome desserts.


Big Mike’s Soul Food

Savvy Myrtle Beach locals know and love Big Mike's. If you are a visitor in search of authentic soul food and genuine hospitality, it's a treasure to remember.


Pulaski Deli

Pulaski Deli is a Myrtle Beach anomaly: homelike, old-world food in a quiet, personable market. The Polish Sampler plate gets you some of everything.


Blueberry’s Grill

Myrtle Beach's best breakfast is a full coffee shop repertoire, including inventive variations of southern favorites. Don't miss the corned beef hash!



The word "artisan" barely does justice to the extraordinary hot dogs, house-baked buns, and pies that make this inexpensive Calabash storefront a Roadfood treasure. *CLOSED*


Calabash Seafood Hut

A humble dining hut serving excellent fried seafood for which the town of Calabash is world-famous. Very popular: expect to wait.


Crabby Oddwaters

Oddwater's steamed buckets come packed with a classic low-country boil of seafood plus potatoes, corn, and Carolina sausage with a crisp, charred crust.