North Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is a vacationer’s paradise with expansive, sandy shorelines, golf courses, public parks, and other attractions that keep tourists returning year-round. A vacation rental in North Myrtle Beach gives you quick access to these points of interest, as well as allows you to visit many of the local eateries and sample the renowned Southern cuisine. Family-friendly restaurants range from simple hot dog shacks to art-conscious eclectic bistros that put unique spins on traditional favorites. Most North Myrtle Beach dining establishments are happy to cater to vegetarian and gluten-sensitive diets. Best of all, many eateries also provide spectacular ocean views at no additional cost.

1. Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers of Myrtle Beach

Satisfy everyone with a trip to Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers Myrtle Beach, a chain specializing in Southern-Italian-style stone-baked pizzas in an eclectic, art-filled, and family-friendly environment. With a menu that features traditional and specialty pies, hoagies, build-your-own salads, and lacto-ovo-vegetarian and gluten-free items, there’s something to make everybody happy.

2. Hamburger Joe’s

Hamburger Joe’s offers another option when you want a casual, no-fuss meal that everyone can agree on. With an emphasis on hand-pressed burgers with homemade sauces, the menu also features everything from grilled cheese to fried bologna sandwiches, buffalo wings, smoked ribs, and grilled or fried chicken breasts. The atmosphere can range from relaxing and laid-back to busy and loud, so time your visit accordingly.

3. The Shack

Visit The Shack for a kid-friendly menu that offers a variety of seafood dishes in a family-friendly, casual environment. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Shack attracts a large number of tourists and locals alike. The seafood omelet with shrimp and crab gets rave reviews for breakfast, while dinner patrons go wild for the shrimp and clam strip plates. The place fills up quickly, so an early arrival is your best game plan if you have young children.

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4. Overtime Sports Cafe

Bring your family of sports fans to the Overtime Sports Cafe. With four 10-foot projection screens, a 12-foot wall of video, and 150 televisions, the Overtime makes sure you never miss a play and have a clean, unobstructed view of any game. Stand-out menu items include the mile-high nachos topped with Jamaican jerk chicken, deep-fried dill pickle chips served with ranch dipping sauce, and aloha chicken sandwich topped with a teriyaki glaze, melted Swiss, and grilled pineapple. Bring the kids for the game room, sports memorabilia museum, and putting contests with balloon animals and karaoke on various nights.

5. Flying Fish Public Market & Grill

Part restaurant, part retail market, the Flying Fish Public Market & Grill offers a fresh catch of the day any way you like it prepared and a kid’s menu that features favorites such as mac and cheese, fish sticks, and chicken fingers. Other specialties include the seared ahi tuna tacos and blackened mahi-mahi. There’s also a well-stocked raw bar and signature sushi dishes from which to choose.

6. Nacho Hippo

Nacho Hippo offers colorful decor, open-air dining, and a vacation atmosphere that never rests. The Tex-Mex menu features numerous variations of tacos, nachos, and quesadillas, along with specialties of the house that include sriracha-line chicken and chimi-chimi-bang-bang-chimichangas. Nighttime brings live music that showcases local talent.

7. Preston’s Seafood & Country Buffet

Bring a healthy appetite to Preston’s Seafood & Country Buffet, where it’s all-you-can-eat for a fixed price. The amply stocked buffet features a good selection of steamed or fried oysters, shrimp, and fish along with mac and cheese, chicken fingers, pizza, and burgers at the kiddie buffet. The star of this restaurant is the all-you-can-eat crab legs, brought to your table by a server.

8. Old South BBQ

Try Old South BBQ for authentic Carolina barbecue, generous portions, and reasonable prices in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant is small and fills up quickly, but it is worth the waiting for specialties such as the chopped pork plate or the baby back ribs. There is also a family value package for take-out only that includes a full pound of barbecue with beans, slaw, and a dozen hushpuppies to feed three to four people.

9. Gary’s Dog Shack

Gary’s Dog Shack is the perfect spot for a quick bite before, during, or after a long day on the beach. Gary’s serves breakfast sandwiches along with the special bacon-wrapped “Good Morning Dog.” Try one of the traditional dogs with chili, or sample a specialty, such as the Frito and pickle dog. The dog-free zone includes standards such as burgers, shakes, and key lime pie for dessert. Limited picnic table seating is available, so take your meal with you.

10. Golden Griddle Family Restaurant

Start off the day with a trip to the Golden Griddle Family Restaurant, which has been starting the day off for tourists and locals for over 30 years. Since the restaurant is known for fast, friendly, and attentive service, lines start forming early. Patrons are willing to wait for light and fluffy pecan or blueberry pancakes as well as deep-pocketed Belgian waffles smothered in sliced strawberries. There are also vegetarian and gluten-free offerings.

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