Cracker Barrell is a chain, but is one of the better places to go for good old-fashioned country food at a low-medium price. Some of their offerings are entrees like country style steak and gravy, meatloaf, catfish, pot roast, and meats like that. They have a huge choice of vegetables and many people opt to just get a veggie plate instead. The food is good, the service is EXCELLENT, and its one of the few places that still has a smoking section.
This being said, they also serve early morning breakfast, and may very well have the best breakfast anywhere! They serve it all, and with REAL butter, REAL maple syrup, the best brands of jelly and their own homemade bisquits. It's hard to find a better breakfast anywhere. The after-church crowd on Sunday flock to Cracker Barrell for brunch, too. I'm glad we have our Cracker Barrell, and enjoy it on a regular basis!
I have a couple of favorites that I only get at Benitos...their calzones are the best at the beach, and they make a Greek pizza with feta cheese and fresh tomatoes that is out of this world good. All their pizzas are very good, and they have an unusual and very good anti-pasto plate. They aren't the gourmet Italian place like Carrabbas or even Olive Garden, but when it comes to the more fun dishes, and even lasagna or spaghetti, they are great.
This is one of my favorite 4-5 star restaurants, and I dine here
every chance I get. With all the thousands of restaurants in the area, there are about 6 that have the absolute best steaks. Joe's Bar and Grill is one of those 6. Their seafood is excellent, salads are great. They serve a little appetizer plate with a crab dip and crackers for free. You can't beat that. The only thing I would wish for was better bread! But this is definitely a place you want to go for the best dinner in Myrtle Beach.
When I can pick any place at the beach to eat (meaning money) this is my first choice. They have the finest steaks I have ever tasted, and that means better than Ruths Chris, too. The salads are excellent, the bread and appetizers superb. But my favorite part of the whole experience is the outdoor deck that overlooks the waterway and the boats going up and down. A smoker can enjoy themselves, and they even have a live band through the summer. If you've got the money to spend (about $30-35 a plate) this is the place you want to go. It doesn't get any better than Greg Norman's.
When you compare Logans to somewhere like Ryans, Golden Corrall, or Great American, there's no comparison. They are just about as good as Outback and much less expensive. This is one of those places where they give you peanuts to throw on the floor, and serve the best yeast rolls around. Their salads are EXCELLENT, and the steaks are as good as any lower-priced place anywhere. They offer many chicken dishes, fried or grilled shrimp, wonderful homemade fried mushrooms! and big old baked sweet potatoes. The average price is about $15, and they're open late. They also have a good bar and a smoking section, so that puts them in my fave category too.
Baron's is a quiet little place located in the back of the Galaria Shopping Center in restaurant row, so if you don't know about it, you may never find it. It's definitely a local's secret, and one of the finest five-star restaurants on the Grand Strand. They are a bit pricey, but oh, the food is subliime. It's a bit fancier than the food at Greg Norman's but several of their dishes are good enough to die for. You'll find things like a filet, nestled in a portobello mushroom cap, with crab meat and bernaise sauce on top...OMG you can't imagine how good that is! They have many well prepared seafood dishes, some excellent lower priced beef tips that are still gourmet quality, and a full bar and wine selection. This is class all the way and a wonderful place for a couple to discover and enjoy. No kids, please! Well, maybe an older child that is well behaved, just to introduce them to the good life!
I eat dinner very late many times, and this puts me heading to Applebees about twice a week. I sometimes go to Fridays, and maybe to some of the bars, but Applebee's food is a step above the rest. They have half price appetizers after 10 pm, and you can spend a little or a lot. Some of the dishes I recommend the most are the "double crunch shrimp" (remember the fan-tail flat shrimp that Shoney's used to have? - these are similar and killer good. At $11.99 you get 20 of them...yes, TWENTY shrimp!) , the best casadillas anywhere, the best french onion soup around, and their salads are huge and inexpensive. They go out of their way to make you satisfied, and have a full bar with a smoking section. Even their steaks are pretty good! I feel good about recommending them, and urge you to try those shrimp! :-)
I'm not a big Mexican fan, but I do go occasionally. Mexico Lindo is open late, easy to get to, not usually crowded, and they are always very polite and accommodating. The food is your normal low-cost Mexican fare, and is as good as any and better than most. I think their prices are very reasonable and very inexpensive for lunch. They have a full bar and have a smoking section, so that's a plus in my book, too. I would recommend them for anyone looking for the average Mexican dishes like chimi-changas, burrittos, fajitas, and the like.
I eat dinner very late on a regular basis, and after a while I get tired of Applebees and Fridays. Oscar's is a bit further for me to drive, but the sandwiches are great, and they have HOMEMADE french fries that can't be beat. It's as much a restaurant as it is a bar, so a lady can be comfortable going in alone, too. For the sports lovers, they've got a million tvs going all over the place (drives me nuts..haha) and the prices are very reasonable. They often have wings for a quarter each, and they are excellent. Almost everything they serve is homemade, so it's quite unusual for late-night fare. Definitely one of my faves.
A great way to trade in your outgrown clothes and toys and get new ones for a small price. They don't take junk or sell junk, but if you've got things that don't fit, it's a perfect way to stretch your dollars.