The Flamingo Grill is Miami Vice meets 50’s diner meets seafood. It has a decidedly retro interior that is fun and flashy. I could have been sitting on an aqua blue vinyl bench seat out of a ’57 Chevy instead of a generous booth in a restaurant.
Surprisingly, we didn’t need to wait for a table and, at first, that concerned me. All the great places are crowded at Myrtle Beach, right? Bimini’s didn’t have a wait but I really enjoyed their food. Maybe I am simply smarter than the average tourist who is waiting in a line at a subpar all-you-can-eat trough or at one of the national chain restaurants on the Grand Strand. The food, and the large numbers of people arriving after us, allayed my concerns that I had chosen poorly.
I ordered a cream-sauced pasta with shrimp. I know: big shocker. NOT. The entree came with a salad course. As you can see from the photo, it was a lovely little salad. The Italian dressing was very good. I did not care for the slice of garlic “toast” served alongside. It was not toasty at all.
My dining companion started with Manhattan Clam Chowder for $5. He offered a taste, I accepted. Yummy! Even though this version of clam chowder leaves the cream behind, it was still tasty.
Do not adjust your monitors. The photo below is indeed quite blurry, but it’s all I have. And I HAD to show you the potato serving. This is my companion’s entree: lemon-pepper salmon, broccoli and red potatoes, priced at $17. Two red potatoes, to be exact. They look kind of sad, balancing themselves on the plate. I learned in my art classes that a pleasing composition involves an odd numbered grouping. Perhaps The Flamingo could add just one more little red potato to the plate next time? I did not taste this entree since I was already twirling to my heart’s content with the fettuccini and cream sauce.
My entree, Pasta Flamingo, is described in the menu as Fettuccini, Small Shrimp & Broccoli, Sauteed in Creme, Ginger & Parmesan for $18. The only way to increase the appeal of the dish would be adding asparagus. The dish was underseasoned so I was forced to add salt at the table. I detest adding salt at the table. If a guest added salt to something I cooked I would be insulted. (Friends, take note.) It is the mark of a cook’s failure. After I added the salt, I was happy with the flavors, although more garlic never hurt no one.
Again with the non-toasty toast, but I didn’t want bread when there was cream sauce to slurp. This was a generous portion. Halfway through I began picking out the good stuff: the shrimp and broccoli. My date was still hungry since he only got two measly little red potatoes so I let him have some of the creamy pasta. (Don’t worry. I already ate all the shrimp before I handed my bowl across the large expanse of booth.)
The Flamingo Grill was an enjoyable meal with good service in a funky atmosphere. THREE FORKS.
A few years ago, a friend recommended this place to me and promised me I would not be disappointed. I definitely wasn’t. In fact, Flamingo Grill is now one of our go-to places when we’re at Myrtle Beach. We usually hit it every couple of trips or so. It’s within walking distance of our condo so that makes it even better. I like the atmosphere of Flamingo. It’s large, has a nice bar, and just gives the vibe that it’s a good place. It’s always busy, so that usually means they’re doing something right.
I’ve tried several dishes at Flamingo. I’ve gotten the prime rib more than once. It is seasoned really well and is some of the best I’ve ever had. Another favorite is the Cajun shrimp. I can usually eat a lot of food, but the first time I got the Cajun shrimp it was way too much food after having a salad and bread. I ended up eating too much and was miserable the rest of the evening. When we ate there last May, I noticed they had added smaller portions of some of the entrees to the menu and that was perfect for me. I also really like the red skin potatoes that are a side option. As simple as they are, just plain boiled potatoes, they are just plain good. (I add lots of extra butter!) I’ve also tried a couple of the daily fish specials. Right now I can’t remember exactly what they were, but I know they were good.
Flamingo Grill is slightly on the high side, price-wise, but it’s still less than those over-priced, seafood troughs that line the Grand Strand. FOUR FORKS.The Flamingo Grill 7100 North Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572