It isn't always easy to find great steaks in a seafood town, but Myrtle Beach comes through with many great options for those looking for food that comes by land and not by sea. While most seafood spots also offer an alternative menu that includes steaks, it's always a risk when ordering something on the menu that's not the restaurant's top seller. That's why a trip to a real steakhouse, one that does steaks above all else, are a much safer bet, and there are many to choose from. If you're looking for a fine-dining experience rivaled only by the famed steakhouses of Lower Manhattan, New York Prime in the downtown area and Divine Prime at Market Common seem like they were plucked from the Big Apple and relocated to the beach. For a less casual experience, like the hunting-lodge inspired Chuck's Steakhouse or the Brazilian-themed Rioz, offer top-notch grilled meats in a unique setting. But some of the best steaks in town come from some unlikely sources, such as Angelo's Italian Restaurant. Although the name says Italian, the sign says "Greatest Steaks in the Universe," and there are many repeat customers who agree. If you're torn between steak and seafood, go for the surf and turf.
10 Carolina Roadhouse
A huge favorite among the locals, this restaurant features baby-back ribs and grilled steaks, along with a good variety of seafood. An open kitchen and great atmosphere make this a must on your casual dining list. Steaks are front and center on the menu, featuring a wide variety of cuts, seasonings and toppings, like sauteed onions and mushrooms. The prime rib is tender and juicy and served with a spicy au jus. The menu also features a wide selection of chicken, pork and pasta dishes. Due to its popularity, you should probably call ahead or be prepared to endure a long wait during the summer months. (843-497-9911)
9 Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery
Comfortable and friendly, Liberty offers two of America's favorite things: beer and beef, both of which they do extremely well. Beers are crafted right on the premises, in Myrtle Beach's largest brewery; try the Rockets' Red Ale, Miss Liberty Lager or a full-bodied Oatmeal Stout. Steaks are char-grilled, topped with fried onions, and accompanied by a salad and your choice of potato. There are other tasty options as well, such as fish and chips, awesome burgers and a fabulous spicy chicken and shrimp sandwich. During the busy summer season at Broadway at the Beach, be sure to check out Liberty's less-crowded sister restaurant in the Dunes neighborhood. (843-626-4677)
Great steaks and chops are the main attraction to this Restaurant Row eatery, which has been serving patrons for many years in its relatively hidden Galleria location. The wine list is extensive and so is the menu, offering a variety of cuts and meats. The pork chops and lamb chops are a house specialty. Despite its Restaurant Row location, Baron's is a bit off the beaten path, located on the back side of a shopping center. But the food and atmosphere are well worth the search. Many visit Baron's fir happy hour at the bar to enjoy appetizers and drinks. (843-497-5200)
7 Thoroughbreds Chophouse and Seafood Grille
Drop into Thoroughbreds Chophouse and Seafood Grille for good times and great food. The restaurant is a neighborhood favorite, and offers a casual, friendly dining atmosphere that you and your friends are sure to enjoy. Thoroughbreds Chophouse and Seafood Grille also features a friendly, professional staff of great people, who will make sure you enjoy your visit and that Thoroughbreds Chophouse and Seafood Grille lives up to its reputation for pleasant dining and superb cuisine. Featuring a wide selection of entrees and starters, the menu offers an inspired array of selections that is sure to satisfy everyone in your group, every time. (8434972636)
6 Ruth's Chris Steak House - Myrtle Beach
This New Orleans-based restaurant chain has been successful for one reason - excellent steaks. With all USDA Prime steaks and chops seasoned and grilled to perfection, Ruth's Chris has made a national name for itself based on its sweet cuts of meat. Visitors can order a salad, baked potato or steamed vegetables from the a la carte menu, but the steaks are large enough and tasty enough to serve as a meal all by themselves. The atmosphere is upscale and elegant with a great location for this fine-dining steakhouse - on the scenic Intracoastal Waterway at the Grande Dunes Marina. (8438399500)
Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach's seafood district of Murrells Inlet, this upscale/casual steakhouse gives visitors options, especially for those with a taste of red meat instead of fish. Bovine's features mesquite-grilled dishes. As its name might suggest, the atmosphere pays homage to the Old West with cow memorabilia lining the walls and tablecloths patterned with cowboy boots. The abundance of locals and regulars who have found their favorite place for steak make this a fun place to visit. Located on the salt marsh overlooking Murrells Inlet, the view is a big draw too, especially for a happy-hour sunset. (843-651-2888, 800-365-1773)
4 Angelo's Italian Restaurant
The name may say Italian, but the sign out front says "Greatest Steaks in the Universe," and there are many repeat customers who will testify to that statement. Hand-cut Grade A steaks are cooked and served on a cast-iron skillet, sizzling their way all the way to your table and drawing the envy of those around you who wish they hadn't ordered the linguini. The Italian menu is vast and tasty, so this is a good place to come if you have folks with differing tastes in your party. But the steaks are what make this such a popular place among locals and tourists alike. (843-626-2800)
3 Chuck's Steak House
You may be at the beach, but this hunting-lodge restaurant might as well be in the heart of Omaha. Chuck's serves thick, juicy, grilled steaks and other meats. Add a fluffy baked potato and a trip to the legendary salad bar, and you have the perfect antidote to a week spent scarfing down shrimp and all-you-can-eat fried fish. The lodge-like decor is appealingly non-beachy, but there are lovely views of the Intracoastal Waterway too, and the screened porch is a great place to admire the landscape. Gran a seat at the bar and order a frozen fish bowl filled with draft beer. (843-449-7611)
2 Bistro 90
Bistro 90 is a bit off the beaten path but well worth the trip if you're looking for outstanding cuisine in a romantic atmosphere. Located in the tiny community of Longs, between North Myrtle Beach and Conway on Highway 90, this eatery got its name (or at least its number) from the seldom-traveled highway about 10 miles from the coast. But the secret is out about this hidden jewel as locals and visitors alike are learning about Bistro 90. Featuring traditional Italian dishes, prime cuts of beef that are aged on site and fresh seafood selections, the menu is diverse and delicious. Lunch is also available and nightly specials are recommended. (843-390-5151)
1 New York Prime
Enjoy the taste of an authentic, Lower Manhattan steakhouse in the heart of Myrtle Beach at New York Prime, which features first-class service and USDA-certified prime beef. Grilled Chilean sea bass is available for those with a taste for seafood, but beef is what New York Prime does best. The menu is a la carte but side items, such as huge house salad, baked potatoes, and sauteed onions and mushrooms, are well worth the extra money. Do is dessert, if you have the discipline to save space for some real New York cheesecake. An extensive wine list makes for an excellent meal and adds to the fine-dining experience. (843-448-8081)
About Terry Massey
It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.' He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.
He and his wife Stephanie were honeymooning in Myrtle Beach, when Terry was offered a job at the local newspaper. Without hesitation, they packed a U-Haul with their belongings - including unopened wedding gifts - and moved to the beach. They now have a daughter, Riley, a golden retriever, Duff, and their roots are deeply grounded in the sand.
After 13 years at the newspaper, Terry became a freelance writer to cover all the things that brought him to the beach.
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