Restaurant Dining: Myrtle Beach, SC
Now that Labor Day is behind us, you might want to consider heading to the beach. It's still warm, the crowds are gone, and prices are falling with the first of the leaves. Myrtle Beach is a great place to go in the off season. As with many beach towns though, dining can pose a quandary. Where can you eat that isn't a chain restaurant, that is still good, without breaking the bank?
Back in the spring, Drawl staffers did some tasty research. International food is the way to go in Myrtle Beach.
The Fat Greek's
We sauntered in to The Fat Greek's at 3:00 in the afternoon during the off season and found it packed with customers -- some of whom were Greek. This is definitely a good sign. The restaurant bills itself as "A Greek Festival Every Day," and the food was definitely on par with our local Greek fest, the date of which is sacred on our calendar each September.
The menu has all the Greek food you're looking for -- moussaka, grape leaves, gyros. The prices are reasonable, and the dinner portions are huge. The dinner serving of grape leaves come stuffed with beef and rice, reminiscent of meatloaves. They are covered with a savory lemon sauce that still haunts my most pleasant dreams.
Prices range from $4-14, appetizer to dinner entree, with a great deal of dishes falling in the mid-range. The staff are friendly, and when you're done you can hit one of the mini-golf facilities (quite a few which offer all-you-can-play deals during the day in spring and fall).
The Fat Greek's -- 4515 U.S. Hwy 17 S. in Myrtle Beach, close to Barefoot Landing. Open daily 11-9.
Redi-Et Ethiopian Cuisine
Tucked off the beaten path is some amazing Ethiopian food. Redi-et advertises themselves as the only Ethiopian food in South Carolina, and they're worth the trip from pretty much anywhere around. There menu features a variety of chicken, lamb, and beef dishes as well as vegan offerings. The injera (a traditional flatbread made from teff flour) is spongey and delicious. Be warned -- it will spur cravings months after the fact.
The meal starts with a sweet bread appetizer (it reminded me of a cross between cornbread and pound cake) with a fragrant dipping oil The food is served traditionally, in small pots and on the injera. The Ethiopian way of eating is to tear pieces of bread and use them to pick up the food, eating only with your right hand. They do provide utensils if you're not up to the challenge, but it's fun to try.
The Kei Siga Wat (a spicy beef dish) and the Shiro Wat (a lentil dish) were spectacular. The staff are friendly and helpful with assistance choosing a dish.
Redi-et is a little hard to find, so check the map on the website. You can also view their menu, hours, and pricing there.
Find Redi-et at 746 Main St, at the intersection of Hwy 17 Business and 501. Closed Mondays.
Bombay at the Beach
Right on King's Highway you can find a spectacular Indian buffet lunch. All the usual Indian dishes are there. The palak paneer and butter chicken are especially good, and the naan comes with optional seasoning. The staff are attentive, the food is replenished frequently, and the dining area has character.
The only downside? I left unbelievably stuffed.
Bombay at the Beach is at 702 N. Kings Hwy. Lunch buffet is 11-2:45. Dinner hours are 5-9:30. Closed on Tuesdays.