Dining Opportunities Abound at Barefoot Landing, Shoes Required

Barefoot Landing, a 100-acre entertainment, shopping and dining complex in North Myrtle Beach, is the place to eat on the north end of the Grand Strand. Featuring dozens of shops and two major concert halls and theaters, Barefoot is predictably loaded and surrounded by dozens of restaurants, and many are predictably geared toward the churn-and-burn tourist crowd. There are too many good choices available to have a bad dining experience, regardless of whether you're looking for something fast and hot or a more elegant dinner. Casual restaurants are in high supply and demand since many visitors to Barefoot are taking a break from the nearby beaches, and you can't get more casual than Dick's Last Resort, an intentionally rude and crude eatery overlooking Barefoot Lake that serves tasty grub, cold beer and good-natured insults. Or explore a few blocks away to Hamburger Joe's,, a small shack that serves some of the best burgers on the beach at a great price. If you're looking to dress it up a bit, Barefoot has you covered with such fine-dining establishments as Greg Norman's Australian Grille or Castano's Italian Steakhouse. And for those looking for a side of live music with their meal, the House of Blues is the place to be. Barefoot Landing has it all; the hard part is deciding where NOT to eat.


This regional chain based out of Hilton Head Island, SC, brings its famous wings and things to the Grand Strand at Barefoot Resort. Featuring more than 40 different flavors of chicken wings, ranging from plain to super spicy, Wild Wing Cafe offers good food and good times for all ages. The menu offers a lot more than wings - burgers, nachos, salads and sandwiches - as well as a wide selection of beers in the bar area. Live music, trivia contests and other activities keep things lively at Wild Wing Cafe. The atmosphere is family casual in the dining area and festive in the bar.

Recommended for Barefoot's Best Restaurants because: Where else can you get hot wings and cold beers at Barefoot Landing after midnight than Wild Wing Cafe?

Terry's expert tip: Wild Wing Cafe is one of the best happy hour hot spots in Barefoot Landing.

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Hamburger Joe's
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A perennial favorite, Hamburger Joe's provides more bang for your buck than most other Grand Strand eateries, so it's perfect if you're on a budget. In fact, you can probably afford to splurge and get some wings and a beer along with your cheeseburger, which comes heaped with slaw, chili, onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, or whatever combination you'd prefer. Kids enjoy the fried bologna sandwich, hot dog, or grilled cheese; while grown-ups appreciate the onion rings - and the fact that they can get a rum and coke or a Long Island Iced Tea with their burger or BLT. The screen-in back porch also offers spectacular views of the salt marsh.

Recommended for Barefoot's Best Restaurants because: Hamburger Joe's provides the best bang for your buck in town and the burgers and wings are worth every penny.

Terry's expert tip: Hamburger Joe's offers $1 domestic drafts ALL THE TIME! Big parties can save money buying discounted pitchers.

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Peace, love and truth are the foundations of this house, and comfort food and the blues are the fuel for the body and soul. The House of Blues is famous for music, but diners know it's also a great place to feed your face. This restaurant offers Southern soul food and Cajun fare and te music hall features great live music performed by nationally and internationally known rock, folk, blues, jazz and blues bands. Besides offering great nightly entertainment, the HOB also serve up a wonderful Sunday Gospel Brunch. Phenomenal gospel music is performed live during the entire brunch. Call ahead for a schedule of upcoming events.

Recommended for Barefoot's Best Restaurants because: The House of Blues is the most happening spots in town and one of the best combination of food and entertainment on the Strand.

Terry's expert tip: It's a little known secret that diners are allowed early seating to the concert hall, but you have your tickets on hand and ask your server or hostess.

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The fish really do fly at this West Coast-style fish market/restaurant, where chefs toss around the fresh catch of the day and customers also can try their hand at their fish-tossing skills. It's all part of the experience at Flying Fish, which serves up some of the freshest seafood you can get without going out to sea yourself. This eatery overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and has a pleasant casual-dining atmosphere perfect for families. The kids will love the chance to throw a whopper to the staff and the adults will enjoy a menu that will make the grownups and little ones happy.

Recommended for Barefoot's Best Restaurants because: Flying Fish is a great place to have your seafood prepared your way, or to pick up fresh fish to go.

Terry's expert tip: Grab a seat on the back porch for excellent views of sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Overlooking the lake at the Barefoot Landing shopping complex, this "Pittsburgh-Italian Trattoria" has a good number of folks who deem themselves "regulars." After one visit, it's easy to understand why. Comfortably decorated and imminently friendly, Umberto's is the kind of place that puts folks right at ease and lets them focus on the important things - good wine, conversation and traditional dishes like osso buco Milanese and veal chops. Umberto's has built up a large customer base over the years due to the great food and family-casual atmosphere, and the service is consistently friendly. This is a great place for families to enjoy a nice meal.

Recommended for Barefoot's Best Restaurants because: The fact that locals brave the summer traffic to eat at Umberto's tells you all you need to know.

Terry's expert tip: Vacationers from the Midwest will feel right at home at this Pittsburgh-themed eatery.

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Don't let the name fool you; this flavorful restaurant with the bland name is tucked away in an old house just across the street from Barefoot Landing. If you've been searching for fine dining with a view, look no further. Joe's has gorgeous views of the saltwater marshes, plus simply wonderful food. Grilled steaks and chops are expertly prepared to your specifications and are accompanied by veggies and potatoes. But Joe's really shines in its seafood offerings. The Southern trout is especially good: it's a whole trout stuffed with crab meat, dredged in cornmeal and sauteed till golden, and then doused with a bit of Southern Comfort-mushroom-cream sauce. Reservations are recommended.

Recommended for Barefoot's Best Restaurants because: With outstanding food and service with a beautiful view, there's nothing average about Joe's Bar & Grill.

Terry's expert tip: Make a reservation and request a spot on the lovely back porch overlooking a scenic Lowcountry salt marsh.

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Golf pro-turned restaurateur Greg Norman has crafted a fantastic dining experience in the perfect location, just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Barefoot Resort's four championship golf courses. The atmosphere is casually elegant and pure Down Under, with native woods, hand-painted murals depicting the Australian outback, and Aboriginal art. The menu carries the theme admirably, featuring grilled meats and seafood with Asian and Mediterranean influences evident here and there. A lively pub area with ample seating and a large deck overlooking the waterway add to the ambiance. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, this place has one of the most extensive wine lists on the Grand Strand.

Recommended for Barefoot's Best Restaurants because: Greg Norman's is one of the finest fine-dining establishments on the Grand Strand and a must-visit for golfers.

Terry's expert tip: A window seat or spot on the patio deck offer spectacular views of the setting sun over the waterway.

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This Barefoot Landing hot spot is for folks with hearty appetites, especially those who love surf and turf. As the title "Gill & Grill" implies, TBonz delivers a nice mix of seafood and "land food" options, such as great steaks, chops, shrimp, and scallops. Order them in a combo hot off the grill or over a salad. Be sure to try the Texas Tommy Ranch Potatoes and the Lumberjack Stew, two house specialties that keep patrons coming back for seconds. TBonz has a satisfying kids menu too. This place is bustling with business n the summer months but manages to maintain a fun, festive atmosphere.

Recommended for Barefoot's Best Restaurants because: There may be better steakhouses and seafood shacks at Barefoot Landing, but TBonz offers the best combination of the two.

Terry's expert tip: Craft beer lovers will enjoy the bar area and selection of brews, including TBonz's own line of homegrown ales.

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This Barefoot Landing hot spot is the brainchild of Lucy Buffett, the sister of "Son of a Son of a Sailor" Jimmy Buffett. Inspired by the same laid-back beach lifestyle in her brother's music, Lulu's (Jimmy's childhood nickname for Lucy) brings that same seafaring spirit to the shores of the Intracoastal Waterway at Barefoot Landing. Featuring a wide variety of food and drinks, including "the frozen concoctions that help me hang on," Lulu's also offers good times, live music and a big back yard that features a massive arcade, climbing tower, sand pit, beach volleyball, corn hole and other games.

Recommended for Barefoot's Best Restaurants because: Like its sister restaurants in Destin, Fla., and Gulf Shores, Ala., Lulu's is the place for food, fun and festivities at Barefoot Landing.

Terry's expert tip: There are plenty of options on the menu, but no matter what you order be sure to try a cup or bowl of Lulu's lip-smacking gumbo.

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Serving excellent breakfast and lunch options, Blueberry's Grill has quickly become the place for brunch on the Grand Strand. Featuring a sister location in Myrtle Beach, the Barefoot Landing location has brought some early dining opportunities to Barefoot Landing that were previously sorely missing. Order a wide selection of omelets, french toast and Southern classics for breakfast, as well as salads, soups and sandwiches for lunch, Blueberry's Grill adds an element of freshness to its menu that includes fruit, cereal and yogurt blends.

Recommended for Barefoot's Best Restaurants because: You can tell a good restaurant when it is almost always on a wait, and Blueberry's Grill fits the bill.

Terry's expert tip: For a tasty mixed drink, try an assortment of the house specialty Mimosas, Mojitos and Bloody Marys.

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Meet 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.

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