There are changes in latitudes and changes in tasty foods at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville in Myrtle Beach, which recently rolled out a new and improved menu this year.
The tropical-themed eatery based on Buffett's popular song that serves as its namesake, Margaritaville has taken its menu to the next level since its opening at Broadway at the Beach in 2004. Ten years later, the lineup needed a bit of a freshening-up to keep up with changing times and competition.
"Wastin' away again" at Margaritaville — Photo courtesy of Margaritaville Myrtle Beach
Not that there was anything wrong with the old menu, and many of the crowd favorites remain, such as the Volcano Nachos - a towering mountain of chips and toppings that are meant to be shared by the whole party - and Jimmy's Jammin' Jambalaya, with the heat to match Buffett's tropical climates.
But the new menu represents a step up in flavor and variety for Margaritaville, which attracts large and diverse crowds during the summer months. Repeat customers will find a new selection of tantalizing menu items this year, from the house drinks and appetizers to entrees and desserts.
Starting with the starters, Margaritaville has added a new lineup of apps that are sure to please. The Asiago Crab Dip comes hot out of the oven with crostinis for dipping; the Key West Quesadillas are loaded with cheese and steak or chicken; and the White Cheddar Cheese Curds are deep fried and delicious.
But the most notable upgrade to the appetizer lineup is the generous offerings of shrimp. The Drunken Shrimp Skillet in Key lime butter melts in your mouth; the Lava Lava Shrimp is batter fried and tasty; and the Grilled Shrimp Skewers with jerked seasonings and pineapple are a true tropical treat.
New entrees include Landshark Lager Fish & Chips, Seafood Mac & Cheese, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken, a Southern favorite amid a sea of seafood options. For instance, the Black Grouper, served over island rice in a cilantro lime butter or mango salsa, is fresh and perfectly prepared.
". . . On my front porch swing." — Photo courtesy of Margaritaville Myrtle Beach
Margaritaville also offers a full line of new margaritas - like the Uptown Margarita with Grand Marnier and the Watermelon Margarita - and dessert drinks. The actual desserts, like Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Hurricane, remain on the menu but have been given major flavor makeovers.
It all adds up to a new experience at the already-fun venue. The upgraded menu comes with the same friendly staff, live music on the outdoor stage, roving stilt-walkers and balloon artists and an hourly Hurricane Warning involving a giant blender.
Unlike the make-believe place of the song, this Margaritaville is very real and now even tastier.