One of the most surprising things about my recent trip to Myrtle Beach was how amazing their food and drink scene was! I must have gained three pounds in three days, eating and drinking until my little heart was content. So join me, as I take you through a tour of Myrtle Beach through cocktails and wine (food too!).
La Belle Amie Winery
One of my favorite stops was La Belle Amie Winery (1120 Saint Joseph Road
Little River, SC 29566). Winery owner, Vicki, left corporate America to make use of her family's land, so she built a winery! You're able to taste six wines for $3, including the winery's signature brand, Twisted Sisters Wine. They host events every weekend during the summer and many people come there for celebrations. My favorite wines were 'Bitchin' Babes' and 'Bikini Blush,' but they have several red, white, and blush wines to choose from.
While their wines are not distributed, it's nice to get outside of the city and a visit is well worth the 30 minute from Myrtle Beach.
If you're into mixing gastronomy and food, The Chemist (300 9th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC) is the place for you. Here, I tried the Flux Capacitor. A mix of St. Germaine, Tito's Vodka, lemon juice, blackberry simple syrup, muddled mint leaves and soda to top, this cocktail was delicious and not overpowering.
All of their food and cocktails are creatively named to go along with the theme of the restaurant, which I think is pure genius. Where else is your drink served in a beaker and your waitress wearing a lab coat?
Foodie Tip: Try their Sweet Potato Tots (accompanied by delicious bacon maple dip) or Bondfire Shrimp. Yum, yum, yum!
Art Burger Sushi
Another gastronomic gem, Art Burger Sushi (706 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577) was an unexpected favorite. With its unassuming exterior, they had so many food and drink selections to choose from that you'd think the restaurant was twice the size. I typically don't like restaurants that offer several kinds of foods, but Art Burger Sushi proved me wrong.
I opted to have my cocktail nitrogen-ated (is that a word?) and instead of sipping it slowly like the lady I am, I was able to eat it like a slushy. And while I didn't think this would be my cup of tea (or vodka, rather), it turned out to be the perfect way to enjoy a cocktail on a hot day.
Foodie Tip: Their Specialty Rolls were delicious, and of course, you must try a burger when you're there. I also ate the blue cheese sweet potato fries, which I still think about to this day.
Tupelo Honey Cafe
I loved everything about the Tupelo Honey Cafe (3042 Howard Ave, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577). From the atmosphere, location, food and cocktails, everything about this southern gem was delicious. I started my meal with the Thai Basil Mojito because let's face it, you can never go wrong with a mojito. When you go, be sure to sit outside and enjoy the restaurant's great location at Market Commons amongst other restaurants and shops.
Foodie Tip: Try the Southern Burrata Bruschetta and Tupelo Farm Fresh Burger.
Croissants Bakery and Bistro
If ever I'm back in Myrtle Beach and in need of a delicious breakfast, brunch or pastry, I'm heading to Croissants (3751 Robert M. Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577). They have plenty of brunch cocktails to choose from like sangrias or mimosas. The owner, Heidi Vukov, has a cookbook titled 'Bonjour, Y'all!' and it has several of the restaurant's food and drink recipes.
Foodie Tip: Try their gluten-free, chocolate mousse cake. It's so delectable and you can eat it (semi) guilt-free!
Looking for a fancy dinner before you head home? Waterscapes Restaurant at the Marina Inn (8121 Amalfi Pl, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572) is a great choice. While they don't have an extensive cocktail menu, they have a great wine menu.
Foodie Tip: I had the Jamaican Jerk Chicken and it was absolutely delightful. I'd definitely order it again.
I didn't get a chance to try these places, but word on the street is that their food and drink menus are worth checking out:
As you can see, Myrtle Beach's culinary scene has so much to offer. I highly suggest stepping out of your comfort zone when visiting. I look forward to going back and trying more amazing cuisine and cocktails.
And I'm not just saying that because this post was sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce/CVB. All opinions are absolutely my own.