Downtown Myrtle Beach is beginning to thrive again, with a number of places where tourists and locals can choose to sit down and grab a bite to eat.
Dining in the downtown area offers the opportunity take in views of the ocean and briefly escape the crowds of people milling about, all while getting in some good people-watching.
Business in the area is starting to turn around, after some say the closing of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion in 2006 drained the economy. In an attempt to revitalize the downtown area, the city opened the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade in 2010.
Once the boardwalk opened, many business owners saw a boost in revenue and owners of vacant properties in the downtown area took notice, said David Sebok, executive director of the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corp.
Here are a few places you can grab dinner downtown.
Pier 14 Restaurant & Lounge, 1306 N. Ocean Blvd., 843- 448-4314. Since 1986, Pier 14 has focused on offering an opportunity to eat a meal directly over the Atlantic Ocean. The pier serves lunch year-round and dinner is served during the summer season, offering seafood and steak. Or hang out on the deck for a more casual option.
Landshark Bar & Grill, 1110 N. Ocean Blvd., 843-788-0001. Nestled underneath the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, customers can choose to eat indoors or outside for views of the ocean right in the middle of downtown Myrtle Beach. The menu features beach food such as burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches (the tater tots are definitely a favorite). Grab a seat outside Tuesday through Sunday nights and you can hear live music offered by various bands at Plyler Park next door.
Dirty Don’s Oyster Bar & Grill, 904 N. Ocean Boulevard on the boardwalk, 843-213-1632. Dirty Don’s, which sits right on the boardwalk at Ninth Avenue North, features outdoor seating where customers can enjoy the ocean view while enjoying a pile of steamed oysters and a cold beer. The “Key West” style restaurant also offers happy hour specials from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday with 50 cent oysters, shrimp, hot wings, clams and mussels.
Farlo’s Burrito Bar, 815 Main St., 843-712-2307. Farlo’s offers Southwest style burritos and tacos made to order. During the summer season, the restaurant stays open late on weekends, serving food until 5 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Don’t try to get your burrito fix on a Sunday, though. Like Chick-fil-A, they’re closed.
Bodo’s German Restaurant & Pub, 407 Eighth Ave. N., 843-448-1310. Craving food from a foreign country? There are a few options downtown – including Ethiopian, Indian and Thai – but if you’re looking for German food, head to Eighth Avenue North. Bodo’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant that offers authentic German dishes, including kartoffelpfannkuchen (potato pancakes), wienerschnitzel (veal) and a variety of wurst (sausages).