When it comes to Mustang Week, it’s just as important to refuel yourself as it is your ride. To help you fight off the decision fatigue, we’ve rounded up some of the top nearby food options that can be fantastic venues to start your day, stop for a mid-car show lunch, or visit for dinner. While packing a PBJ is a great way to save money during Mustang Week, we think it’s important to get out there and explore some of the cool eateries that Myrtle Beach has to offer. Plus, with all of these places featuring many meals for under $15, you won’t have to starve your Mustang. With the wide range of standout restaurants here, you’re sure to find something to please any palette.
River City Cafe
(American - Burgers)
A local favorite that touts its highly-regarded burgers, River City Cafe represents the archetypical beachside burger stand, but with some serious culinary chops. Several of their burger options, like the Nacho Crunch Burger and the Fried Mac & Cheese Burger, seamlessly blend in bar food standards that you might expect to see on an appetizers menu. Feeling extra adventurous? The Peanut Butter Banana Burger puts a whole new twist on an American classic. Non-burger fans can check out a range of salads, classic sandwiches, and fresh seafood. When you’re done, the beach is only a stone’s throw away, so head over there to digest and soak up some Atlantic sun.
Johnny D's Waffles and Bakery
(Breakfast - American)
If you’re getting an early start, check out the economical early bird special, which offers a modest breakfast and coffee for $5 between 6:30am-8:30am. For the rest of us plebs that opt to sleep in, we’re more than happy to make do with the positively expansive breakfast and lunch menus. The red velvet waffle comes complete with cream cheese icing, the omelettes are available with seafood, and the eggs benedict is served with grits (you’re in the South, remember?). So, with all of this breakfast splendor, what’s the downside? Many know Johnny D’s as the best breakfast spot in Myrtle Beach, so it can get quite crowded. It might pay to show up early or be prepared to wait for a table.
Wicked Tuna Rooftop Bar and Grill
(Seafood - Sushi - American)
After their immense success half an hour down the coast in Murrells Inlet, it makes sense that Wicked Tuna’s second location would be right in the heart of Myrtle Beach. This new oceanfront locale focuses on scratch-made dishes with a “hook to plate” philosophy; it might be tough to find fresher fish in the area. Their new menu offers perennial favorites like tempura-fried Wicked Shrimp (with a spicy mayo) and daily fish specials, plus a laundry list of sushi options. From Japanese-inspired classics to adventurous American styles, you can find a lot of different options. For landlubbers, they have a great traditional breakfast menu and all of the usual standard American grill fare, like burgers, reubens, and even quesadillas. The outdoor beachside “Tuna Shak” offers a focus on drinks and pub fare...this is a top-notch spot for some killer happy hour specials!
Ipanema Brazilian Restaurant
Another new option on our list, Ipanema is the place to go for truly authentic Brazilian food, from breakfast to dinner. There’s a big focus on offering spectacular meat options, but there are plenty of vegetarian options as well. There are even burger and pizza options, some American-style, some Brazilian-style, so that everyone is sure to find something they’re hungry for. The lunch buffet is all-you-care-to-eat, served every single day for just $9.99. To get your share of delicious dishes that are both exotic and comfort food, it’s hard to go wrong with this downtown restaurant.
ART Burger Sushi Bar
(American - Japanese)
Possibly the most unique stop in our selection, ART offers a creative beachside setting with delicious sushi, plus well over a dozen innovative burgers named for famous artists. Trendy and inventive but refreshingly authentic, ART provides a range of food options while featuring beautiful ocean views. Moreover, the bar offers one-of-a-kind liquid nitrogen frozen cocktails (100% safe!), that are sometimes more dessert than libation. Although the burgers and sushi are kept mutually exclusive, the Van Gogh burger borrows some Japanese influences with blackened tuna, wakame, and wasabi mayo. For a more American choice, try the Remington, with barbeque sauce, fried onions, and smoked cheddar.
If you want a taste of the Far East, look no further than Sobaya Bistro. The menu is filled with authentic Japanese favorites, such as Yakisoba noodles and a tempura rice bowl. If the only ramen you’ve had before came pre-packaged from a grocery store, then the classic noodle dish here is a must-try. There are even a couple of Korean options, including tasty bibimbap. Stop by for a nice dinner or opt for a teriyaki chicken lunch special for less than $10. Seating is limited, so keep that in mind when visiting this local favorite with good portions and prices.
Big Mike’s Soul Food
(Southern – Soul Food)
If fried chicken, collard greens, and Southern hospitality catch your eye, Big Mike’s might be your ultimate lunch stop. Adhering to the regional African-American traditions of simple, nostalgic, and comforting cuisine, it’s hard to go wrong with the delicious and affordable platters up for offer here. Mac and cheese or cornbread make great complements to the fried chicken, and it’s almost impossible to pass up the homemade peach cobbler for dessert. It’s a small place, so plan ahead if you want to grab some down-home Southern cooking.
Liberty Tap Room & Grill
(American - Gastropub)
A South Carolina favorite, Liberty is well-known for being a fun place to watch the game while enjoying a wide assortment of bar food and an extensive beer menu. Don’t forget to check out their $8 lunch specials. Apart from that, the 4-7pm daily happy hour is one of the best in town. It features $6 and $8 “bar bites”, including blackened chicken spring rolls and crispy calamari. The happy hour list also includes select pints for just $3.50. The full menu includes tacos, pizza, and burgers, plus Southern favorites like shrimp & grits and chicken & waffles. If you’re in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday, grab your friends and come to Liberty for trivia at 7pm!
Cafe Old Vienna
(Austrian - German)
Known for delicious food and true authenticity, you can get your fill of Austrian and German classics right in downtown Myrtle Beach. Lunch offerings include wiener schnitzel, chicken cordon bleu, and a Vienna chicken sandwich. There are some domestic bottled beers, but it’s probably worth indulging in a German import on draft. Their soft pretzels make an excellent companion or work just fine as a snack if you’re in need. If you still have room, try some homemade apple strudel for dessert.
Image Credit: River City Cafe, Johnny D's Waffles and Benedict, Wicked Tuna Waterfront Dining, Ipanema of Myrtle Beach, ART Burger Sushi Bar, Sobaya Bistro, Big Mike's Soul Food, Liberty Tap Room & Grill, Cafe Old Vienna