Tag Archives: Myrtle Beach SC

Reviews From the Redneck Riviera – The Flamingo Grill

Susan says…

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.

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Reviews From the Redneck Riviera – Bimini’s Oyster Bar

Susan says…

Ahhh…..the sand, the surf, the seafood restaurants.   I love going to the beach.  On my recent weekend trip to Myrtle Beach, I consulted with Ashley about places to eat.  Of course I had read all her Redneck Riviera reviews with great interest, but I also found some intriguing possibilities during my own internet research.  I think she’s eaten EVERYWHERE in Myrtle Beach at least once, so that allowed us an opportunity to do a couple joint reviews from the area.

I stayed at Sands Ocean Club, home of Ocean Annie’s beach bar.  I’ll write more about Ocean Annie’s as part of my review of the River City Cafe – an eatery inside Sands Ocean Club.  My travel companion had one dining wish for the weekend: oysters on the half shell paired with a Bloody Mary.  Lucky for us, one of the top-rated seafood places, according to Urban Spoon, was only a mile from our hotel: Bimini’s Oyster Bar

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News Nugget From the Redneck Riviera – Filling Station Changes Name

Photo from their website

Susan says…

If you are a regular at Myrtle Beach, you are probably familiar with The Filling Station.  Serving up a pizza buffet at almost ridiculously low prices has been their recipe for success for three decades.  Their location on Kings Highway and 16th Avenue North was a popular destination for poor college kids and families alike.  If you look for The Filling Station now, however, you may run into the same problems we did.

As an iPhone addict, I don’t worry about getting directions or planning in too much detail for trips.  I can google whatever I need and use the GPS feature to find it.  We googled “The Filling Station” and clicked on “Directions”.  My phone was telling me to go in a different direction than I expected.  More googling ensued and we determined they had moved.  The new location is 1913 Mr. Joe White Ave (10th & 11th Ave. North).  No problem – my GPS will take us straight there.

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Reviews From the Redneck Riviera: Black River Grill

Ashley says…

Dear Black River Grill:

My darling, where have you been all my life?  Ever since the day we first met last spring, you have been on my mind.  You are a rose among thorns, a diamond in the rough and well, just perfect.  I can’t imagine life without you.  Our love affair has been short, but so deep.   I hope to see you many, many times in the future so that we may continue this amazing journey. ..

Oh, excuse me.  I was daydreaming.  What the heck was that, you’re wondering?  Well, it’s just me expressing my love of a recent discovery in Myrtle Beach, Black River Grill.  After I prematurely quit a golf game at Wicked Stick Golf Course (don’t ask!) and was waiting on my husband to finish the last two holes on a balmy spring evening, I was strolling around the clubhouse when I picked up a Xerox copy of a menu for Black River Grill. The pro shop employee casually told me the place was pretty good and that his friend worked there.  It was just across the road, there was a coupon for a free appetizer and I was starving.   So why not?  We love to try new places. 

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Reviews From the Redneck Riviera: Akel’s Family Restaurant

 

Ashley says…

My husband and I discovered Akel’s a few years ago when we first bought our condo at Myrtle Beach.  It’s the second closest breakfast joint to our place, and we didn’t like the one that was closer.  Akel’s is a “family restaurant” serving breakfast and lunch and is also a favorite among the locals.  Since it doesn’t have the words “pancake” or “breakfast” in its name, some tourists may not even consider stopping there. 

The front of the building states that Akel’s has been “a beach favorite since 1975” so they must be doing something right.  The interior of the place is a little dated, but I’ve eaten at many pancake houses along the Grand Strand and I don’t remember a single one that would get any interior design awards.   But what I like about the interior of Akel’s  is the collection of photos of old Myrtle Beach and its changes through the years in addition to the autographed photos by celebrities such as Mike Ditka, Jerry Reed and Arnold Palmer (among many famous golfers.)  But hey, it’s not about the décor, it’s about the food.

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Reviews From the Redneck Riviera: The Sea Captain’s House

Ashley says…

The Sea Captain’s House is a Myrtle Beach landmark that has stood since 1930 when it was built as an oceanfront vacation home for the Taylor family of High Point, North Carolina. Through the years it has changed hands several times, transitioned from a home to a guesthouse and endured several hurricanes.  In the early 1960’s, Sea Captain’s House was transformed to a full-time restaurant and still stands as a popular dining destination today.  Nestled on a little section of beachfront property amongst high rise buildings, the Sea Captain’s house is a nice contrast to the hustle and bustle of its surroundings.

During peak vacation season, Sea Captain’s House stays busy.  My husband and I had eaten there only once before for breakfast so this was a virgin dinner experience for us.  There were a few groups of people milling about at the front of the place so we figured we’d have to wait for a table.  Our wait time was estimated to be 45 minutes.  Not a problem. They have a bar/patio area in the sunroom on the back of the house and a large lawn area that overlooks the ocean.   We stopped at the bar, got a drink, then headed to the lawn.  What better way is there to spend your table-waiting time than seaside with a frosty drink in your hand?  No complaints here.

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Reviews From the Redneck Riviera: Duffy Street Fish Shack

Ashley says…

My husband and I make several trips to Myrtle Beach each year, and I’m always looking for some place different to eat than the trips before.  Usually on our first night there, I crave a simple meal of fried shrimp and hushpuppies.  THE place to go for just that is the town of Calabash, NC.  It’s about a half hour drive north and well worth it, but we didn’t want to make that drive the first night.   

I don’t do buffets.  I can’t stand all the people hovering over all the food acting like this may be their last meal.  The food is always just mediocre at best, especially for the price.   So we decided to try Duffy Street Fish Shack on Restaurant Row which is less than 10 minutes from our place.

Duffy Street is a locally-owned establishment that’s been around for 16 years.  They have two other locations on the grand strand in Cherry Grove and North Myrtle Beach.  The Myrtle Beach location opened just over a year ago.  They describe themselves as a “low country & laid back” place with “fantastic food, smoking hot blues and ice cold beer.”  There was no band the night we were there, but it was Sunday, so that was understandable.  

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