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Papa's in downtown Myrtle Beach ranks as one of WorldGolf.com Staff Writer Brandon Tucker's favorite spots to chow down on the Grand Strand. (Courtesy: Myrtle Beach National)

Between the golf courses and the bars, you've gotta eat. Myrtle Beach restaurants are varied: from BBQ joints to upscale seafood on the water. WorldGolf.com writers Tim McDonald, Chris Baldwin and Brandon Tucker have all spent time golfing the Grand Strand, and this Myrtle Beach dining guide is filled with their recommendations.

Chris Baldwin

Greg Norman's Australian Grill

Yes, it's a chain restaurant. But it's a surprisingly good chain with nice views over the water. Greg Norman's tries to be a man's man place with a cigar bar, but in truth plenty of families and couples can be found here. Try the Aussie pot pie. Unlike Greg Norman himself at the Masters, you won't choke.

Location: 4930 Hwy. 17 S.

Notable golf courses nearby: Barefoot Resort Fazio Course, Barefoot Resort Love Course, Tidewater, Glen Dornoch

Type: Upscale

Phone: (843) 361-0000

Sam's Corner

It's a Myrtle Beach institution for a reason. This is the rare edible hot dog place. Get chili on it, order one of the beers on tap and pick a stool at the counter. Sam's is open 24-7 and it's best enjoyed in the wee hours after a night out. You might run into a few loud characters, but that's part of the fun.

Location: 7718 N. Kings Hwy.

Notable golf courses nearby: King's North at Myrtle Beach National, Legends Moorland, Pine Lakes Country Club

Type: Shirt barely required

Phone: (843) 449-3342

Capt. Dave's Dockside Restaurant

It may sound alarmingly like a place that would have a dork dressed in a captain's suit standing out front and laminated menus with tarter stains from 2004's diners, but fear not. Capt. Dave's is actually a sweet place right on the water. Boat owners can pull right up to the dock, drop anchor and eat. Try the whole snapper and low country shrimp and grits. Yes, shrimp and grits. Don't doubt.

Location: 4037 Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet

Notable golf courses nearby: TPC Myrtle Beach, Blackmoor, The Witch

Type: Casual

Phone: (843) 651-5850

Royal Oak Pub & Beergarden

If you have a hankering for real English fish and chips — or just like using phrases like hankering — this place started by two brothers from London could be your salvation. There are British beers like John Courage Ale and Woodpecker English Cider on tap, liver and onions on the menu and of course vinegar offered with all french fry ... er, chip ... orders. You're not just stuck watching soccer either. All the NFL games are shown on Sundays.

Location: 5141 US 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet

Notable golf courses nearby: TPC Myrtle Beach, Blackmoor, The Witch

Type: Casual

Phone: (843) 652-4782

Tim McDonald

Martinis

Martinis in North Myrtle Beach is one of my favorites. It can get rowdy late in the evenings. A big bonus here is the filet mignon with shrimp, with the best sauce I've had on the Grand Strand. It's a local hangout that's been through a number of changes over the years and keeps coming back. I hope it stays the way it is.

Location: 98 Hwy. 17 S

Notable Courses nearby: Barefoot Resort Fazio Course, Barefoot Resort Love Course, Tidewater, Glen Dornoch

Type: Casual
Phone: (843) 249-1134

House of Blues


House of Blues is where it's going on, man. They make their drinks strong and their live acts good. It was originally opened by one half of the original Blues Brothers, Dan Akroyd and John Belushi's brother, Jim. Located at Barefoot Landing, they serve good southern food, including great ribs, and have live acts playing everything from folk to pop to rock. Don't miss their Sunday gospel brunches.

Location: 4640 Hwy. 17 S.

Notable Courses nearby: Barefoot Resort Fazio Course, Barefoot Resort Love Course, Tidewater, Glen Dornoch

Type: Casual/upscale
Phone: (843) 272-3000

Dead Dog Saloon

Away from Broadway at the Beach, way down yonder in Murrell's Inlet, the Dead Dog Saloon serves fresh, local seafood, including the "world's greatest crab dip." The place has a big, outdoor deck that they say is the largest on the Grand Strand. It seats 260 people with a great waterfront view of the inlet. You can dance and play horseshoes, too.

Location: 4079 Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet

Notable golf courses nearby: TPC Myrtle Beach, Blackmoor, The Witch

Type: Casual
Phone: (843) 651-0664

Brandon Tucker

City Bar

City Bar is an upscale restaurant just north of Myrtle Beach on Ocean Highway that takes on a "small plates" theme. It's great, because you can order a few to share — then look at the menu and order more. There are these little lobster spring rolls that are awesome. But you really can't go wrong with a plate, because they are small enough you just let whoever you're with eat the rest if you don't fancy it. If you're a wine snob, City Bar has an award-winning menu.

Location: 7604 N. King's Hwy.

Notable Courses nearby: Barefoot Resort Fazio Course, Barefoot Resort Love Course, Tidewater, Glen Dornoch

Type: Upscale
Phone: (843)238-9381

SoHo

This trendy little place is just a couple blocks off the main drag downtown and has a great sushi bar in a trendy, Euro-atmosphere. They also have grilled steaks and seafood dishes if you're not into the raw stuff. On certain nights after 10 p.m. the place turns into a lounge with electronic music. I was shocked, I thought Myrtle Beach would be all Honky-Tonks and Skynyrd karaoke tributes.

Location: 406 21st Ave. N.

Notable golf courses nearby: Pine Lakes, The Dunes Club, Waterway Hills, World Tour, River Oaks

Type: Trendy/casual
Phone: (843) 443-9441

Sticky Fingers

This place had me once I read one of their combos on the menu: chicken wings and ribs. As genius as it is, I don't know if I've ever seen that combo for an entrée, but there it was. This BBQ joint doesn't mess around, sauces are varied from tangy to hot in a pretty casual, upbeat atmosphere. You can get chicken, beef, ribs, wings, whatever, and the table has all the sauces already on it if you're up to sample a bit.

Location: 2461 Coastal Grand Cr.

Notable Courses nearby: Myrtle Beach National, Legends, World Tour

Type: Casual

Phone: (843) 839-7427

Papa's

If you're staying on the main drag, this place is located right on Ocean Highway on the beach, across the street from the mega Breakers Hotel. It's got a wide variety of seafood and usually has some good specials nightly. There is a create-your-combo option where you can mix in lobster, steak, shrimp, scallops and more.

Location: 2005 N. Ocean Blvd.

Type: Casual/upscale

Notable golf courses nearby: Pine Lakes, The Dunes Club, Waterway Hills, World Tour, River Oaks

Type: Casual

Phone: (843) 626-4700

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