Myrtle Beach is one of South Carolina’s most popular family vacation destinations. This welcoming beach town sits along the Atlantic Coast, and offers about 60 miles of sandy beaches, as well as a boardwalk with old-school rides, mouthwatering food, and an abundance of family-friendly activities. From tasty chili dogs to fresh seafood, Myrtle Beach is also known for its delicious cuisine, and there are plenty of restaurants in the immediate area where you and your family can sample good eats. After booking a vacation rental in Myrtle Beach, add these local kid-friendly dining spots to your itinerary.
1. Pop Pop’s Pit BBQ
For some of the best authentic barbecue in all of Myrtle Beach, take the family to Pop Pop’s Pit BBQ and be sure to bring your appetite. This family-run restaurant offers a casual, laid-back atmosphere and mouth-watering menu items that include smoked brisket sandwiches, ribs, fried chicken, pulled pork, and more, as well as a kid’s menu with corn dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches. If you’re lucky, you just may visit during a “Fat Guy Challenge,” where patrons are offered $100 to finish four hamburgers and french fries in 20 minutes.
2. Ultimate California Pizza Game Zone
Treat your kids to some of the best pizza on the beach paired with some awesome video and arcade games at Ultimate California Pizza and Game Zone, located just minutes from the Myrtle Beach shoreline. Work up an appetite playing skee ball, laser tag and many more adrenaline-pumping games that give out prize tickets to the winners. Then settle down at the table and build your own pizza, starting with the crust and finishing with over 50 topping options. When you’re finished dining, make sure to stop by the prize booth and redeem your winning tickets for some cool swag.
If you’re in the mood for comfort food, then Flapjacks Pancake House on the Grand Strand is the place to go. This cozy diner-style restaurant has earned three “Best of the Beach” awards, thanks to its out-of-this-world pancakes and welcoming, friendly atmosphere. Let the kids pick items that include silver dollar pancakes, Belgian waffles, and grilled cheese from the children’s menu, while you partake in a He-Man breakfast or a specialty omelette.
4. River City Cafe
For “The Best Burgers on the Grands Strand,” take the kids to River City Cafe, located on Ocean Boulevard just steps away from the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Enjoy the waterfront views, and the lively atmosphere of the boardwalk as your kids chow down on tasty and unique burgers such as the “Cheeto Burger” (yes, it has real Cheetos), the “Fried Mac and Cheese Burger,” and the “Peanut Butter Burger.”
5. Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant
If you’re hungry for seafood but not sure what you want, take a trip to Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant and enjoy the buffet. Kids of all ages are welcome, and Captain George’s is listed in the Top 12 Best All-You-Can-Eat Seafood Buffets in America. Kids get a kick out of the decor that’s reminiscent of the inside of a ship, as well as the heavenly dessert options that include cheesecakes, brownies, and ice cream sundaes.
6. Medieval Times
For an evening your kids are sure to talk about for days to come, enjoy a meal and a show at Medieval Times at the Myrtle Beach Castle. Take in an amazing jousting show as your kids have a blast eating their four-course meal without utensils (just like the knights used to.) Make sure to save room for the sweet medieval pastry served for dessert.
7. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
If you’re in the mood for a hearty family breakfast in a cozy, welcoming environment, head over to Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. Located in Myrtle Beach’s Celebrity Circle Plaza. This family-friendly restaurant boasts a huge waterfront patio and a menu designed for big appetites. Enjoy the “Southern Style Breakfast” with fun menu items that include “Ooey Gooey Butter Pancakes” and “Sweet Piggies in a Blanket,” or stuff yourselves silly with a mouth-watering breakfast casserole. Don’t worry if your kids’ eyes are bigger than their stomachs — the restaurant offers junior-sized portions as well.
8. Bummz Beach Cafe
For some tasty food after a day at the beach, stop by Bummz Beach Cafe. Located just steps from the water on Ocean Boulevard, Bummz offers a kick-back-and-relax type of atmosphere, and kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy a meal on the fun outdoor patio. Order up a family feast of fried grouper sticks, onion straws, shrimp, and Bummz’ specialty crab cakes, or treat the kids to a Bummz specialty burger topped with bacon, coleslaw, and lots of cheese.
9. Key West Grill
From a bright and colorful facade and outdoor patio that overlooks the water, to a delicious kids’ menu and a friendly staff, Key West Grill is the perfect spot to enjoy a family meal. Stop by for dinner or lunch and say hello to Kiwi the Macaw, who’s been greeting guests since the restaurant’s opening, then enjoy a tasty steak or seafood meal as your little ones dine on pizza, mac and cheese, and other kid-friendly goodies.
10. Giant Crab Seafood Restaurant
For some delicious local crab and an all-you-can-eat, massive 170-item seafood buffet, take the family to Giant Crab Seafood Restaurant. The restaurant resembles an old fishing village, where your kids are sure to get a kick out of the huge crab named Tommy who hovers above the entrance. If your little ones aren’t interested in seafood, no worries — they can mosey over to the restaurant’s Kid’s Corner buffet and fill their plates with burgers, pizza, chicken fingers, and french fries.
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