October 15, 2014

Good Eats: Myrtle Beach, SC

View from the Porch of Conch Cafe
Good morning from Florida!! We arrived in my home state last night after enjoying a fun day in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with family.

While in Myrtle Beach, we had the opportunity to relax and enjoy a home cooked meal for the first time since leaving home, and to check out a couple of the area's restaurants.

Myrtle Beach, whose economy largely revolves around tourism, seems to have the most restaurants per capita of any city I've visited. There are countless seafood restaurants and buffets, barbecue joints, steakhouses, and more! Thankfully, there are also great places to shop- like the Tanger Outlets.
Croissants' HAB sandwich and cup of Tomato Basil Soup
Cobb Salad
I had the chance to have a ladies day at the outlet mall, followed by lunch at a great little cafe called Croissants Bistro & Bakery. Croissants is home to a delicious bakery- making gorgeous cakes, tarts, cupcakes, cookies, muffins, and more! The bakery case was definitely a site to behold... I had the chance to compare their chocolate chip cookie to the cookie I enjoyed from Southern Season in Chapel Hill. Croissants' cookie was more moist, a much more reasonable serving size, and just as satisfying! In addition to a beautiful and delicious bakery, Croissants is also home to a great bistro! Serving fresh, local ingredients during breakfast, lunch, and dinner- and brunch on weekends- in a casual atmosphere, it is definitely a place that I would recommend!! Although tempted by the Banana Foster French Toast, I opted for their 1/2 Soup, Salad, or Sandwich Lunch- choosing a cup of the French Onion soup along with their "famous chicken salad" on 1/2 of a croissant. The soup was delicious- a great onion flavor, perfect amount of cheese, not too salty, and a perfect serving; the chicken salad was simple and wonderful- reminiscent of a salad that your grandmother or mother would make- it was light and satisfying. The other ladies tried the Cobb Salad, the HAB Sandwich (a delicious offering of ham, apple, and Brie warmed in the oven, served on multi-grain bread with honey mustard, lettuce and tomato), served with a cup of the tomato basil soup, and the full-size chicken salad on croissant served with fresh fruit. We also all greatly enjoyed the iced tea! They use Tazo tea for their iced tea, and it was delicious and refreshing- I will be on the hunt for the same blend when I return home. It was a lovely lunch- and I would happily return to taste more of their menu!
Chicken Salad on Croissant with side of fresh fruit

For dinner, we picked up the boys and headed towards the ocean. While in a beach town, sampling the local seafood is a must for me... and this dinner definitely didn't disappoint. We headed to Conch Cafe for beautiful views of the ocean, and a great dinner. The Cafe, open February- mid October, has a large wrap around porch for outside seating with great views of the ocean, and a large, open, casual dining room if you prefer to eat inside. We all enjoyed the conch fritters as an appetizer, which were wonderfully seasoned, and perfectly cooked. One of the night's specials was a crab cake and sautéed scallop dinner, served with vegetables and the side of your choice.
The Special: Crabcake and Scallops

Four out of the seven adults in our party ordered the special, and gave it rave reviews. I had the opportunity to taste the scallops, and they were incredible! Well- sized, perfectly cooked and just the right amount of sweetness, they were some of the best scallops I have ever had! I opted for the caesar salad topped with a crab cake, my husband went for the Conch Sea Sampler appetizer (a platter of conch fritters, fried bacon wrapped shrimp, grouper fingers, and shrimp pasta salad), my son enjoyed the grouper fingers and fries, and my husband's aunt greatly enjoyed her grilled shrimp and scallops. I was very impressed by the fact that she is allergic to crab, and despite all of the crab served at our table and within the restaurant, after mentioning it to the waitress, she was able to safely enjoy her shrimp and scallops. (To me, that also says a lot about the cleanliness and order in the kitchen). We had a great dinner, and enjoyed the perfect ocean breeze and casual atmosphere. Afterwards, we were able to enjoy the beach access next to the restaurant and take a sunset stroll on the beach. It was a great evening!
Kids grouper fingers and fries
Conch Sea Sampler

Running around on the beach with a three-year-old was the perfect way to charge our sweet tooth. Several of us are ice cream lovers, so we headed to Meyer's ice cream in Surfside Beach. It was a great choice!! A beautiful, vibrant atmosphere, paired with Hershey's ice cream in more flavors than I cared to count, along with creative sundae choices- and even ice cream for dogs!- it is a must-taste!!! My hubby loved his "More Smores" sundae (chocolate ice cream with hot fudge, marshmallow syrup, crushed graham cracker, chocolate chips and whipped cream), and I savored my scoops of "Midnight Caramel River" (vanilla and dark chocolate ice cream with a caramel swirl), in a freshly made waffle cone! They also had soft serve- and give complimentary sprinkles on all kids cones! It was a sweet ending to a great day!

I wish we had our dog Honey with us to enjoy this treat!

I hope that you get to head to Myrtle beach, and enjoy these great spots, and more!! If there are places in the area you enjoy, please share!! We will be back and would love to try your favorites.

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