Myrtle Beach Has the Cure for Late-Night Munchies

What do you do when get the hankering for some pancakes at midnight, or the taste for pizza at 3 a.m.? If you happen to be in Myrtle Beach, you've come to the right place, and you are not alone.

The Grand Strand is filled with late-night eateries ready to cater to your late-night munchies, and those restaurants are often filled with a unique cast of characters. From locals who work the late shift to vacationers capping a night on the town, the crowds make for some interesting people-watching while you wait for cheeseburger and fries.

Variety is the key to curing the late-night hunger pangs, and Myrtle Beach has it. Beat the rush and end your day with breakfast at Akel's, one of many breakfast favorites that cater to the late crowd. Or pick up a pie on the way to the room at Michael's, which not only delivers till the wee hours of the morning but also opens its doors to the dining room.

Maybe you have an international craving? Black Thai serves pan-Asian dishes into the early morning hours along with an active bar scene. Or, for a true taste of Myrtle Beach, check out the legendary Sam's Corner for the world-famous hot dogs and the ocean burger. Sam's even serves a unique mix of short-order grill items, beer, mixed drinks and breakfast.

It's Myrtle Beach; those things happen.

Locals Corner


Just look for the huge, colorful sign out front, and you'll know that you've found Locals. A light and airy atmosphere awash in white serves as the backdrop for a menu that dishes up traditional American eats. Open for breakfast and lunch, Locals offers a traditional country breakfast of eggs made to order with bacon, sausage, country ham, grits, hash browns, biscuits and toast. In addition to a regular menu of burgers, sandwiches and fries for lunch, Locals has daily specials of a meat and three vegetables. If you still have room for dessert, try a slice of pie a la mode.

Jimmyz Japanese Hibachi House
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Break the burgers-and-fries routine for some excellent Japanese cuisine that's good to go in more ways than one. Chef and owner Jimmy is a bit of a local legend, operating several other Japanese restaurants and catering services over the years, but now he has his own place and a loyal local following. Patrons can dine in, but the carry-out window makes for a quick and convenient way to enjoy a hot meal at home or your hotel room. Choose from a wide range of meats and vegetables, including steak, shrimp, grouper, chicken and pork with mixed veggies over fried rice or garlic soy noodles.

Cheeseburger In Paradise
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Famous singer/songwriter crooned about the perfect burger in the song by the same title, and now his restaurant, Cheeseburger In Paradise, brings it to the masses in a unique tropical setting. Featuring 100 percent Angus burgers with a myriad of toppings, CIP allows its guests to build their own dream burger to their own specifications. Of course, visitors also can order the original, as described in song "lettuce and tomato, Hines 57 and French-fried potatoes." CIP also serves a wide range of salads, starters, seafood, sandwiches, steaks and more. The bar spins some sweet frozen concoctions to help you hang on.

Bimini's Oyster Bar & Seafood Cafe


As far as oyster shacks go, this is about as good as it gets. Located in a strip mall just off Restaurant Row, Bimini's doesn't look like much from the outside - or the inside, for that matter. Picnic tables fill the small space and the patio deck and the decor is far from fine dining. But the proof is in the food, and Bimini's does not disappoint. Famous for its fresh shrimp and oysters, Bimini's doesn't do fancy - just good portions of fresh seafood served the way you like it. Grab a beer from the bar and soak up the beach atmosphere of good times and great food.

Black Thai
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Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach's downtown district, Black Thai offers a healthy menu Asian cuisine in a unique setting. Serving both vegetarian and gluten-free versions of everything on the menu, Black Thai has stepped to the forefront in leading the healthy eating trend in Myrtle Beach. Lunch specials start at $5.99 and include Pad Thai, Drunken Noodle and Thai Fried Rice,. Dinner specials start at $9.99 and the long list include Pad Sei Ewe, Asian Curry Noodle and Garlic Basil Thai.. Meat-free soups, salads and starters feature fresh ingredients and an array of herbs and spices, Black Thai also offers great stir fry blends.

North Myrtle Beach


A Rockefeller in name only (you won't run into any high-falutin attitude or pretense), this roadside seafooder appeals to folks from all walks of life. For those who prefer their seafood in a more natural state, order from the raw bar or the steam kettles, featuring fresh shrimp, scallops or mussels in old bay and beer, garlic and wine or spicy marinara sauce. Or try the shrimp dinner (you can have it fried, blackened or saut�ed in garlic butter) or the crab cake dinner, either of which are served with choice of potato and vegetable medley. Off course, the shrimp-n-grits will never steer you off course.

Michael's Pizza and Pasta
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For a taste of true Italian cuisine without the fancy candles and high prices, Michael's Pizza and Pasta in downtown Myrtle Beach is the place. Featuring all the traditional Italian favorites - hand-tossed pizzas, calzones, lasagna and spaghetti - Michael's puts out a big spread in a small and modest atmosphere. For those on the go, Michael's also offers delivery and take out, a great way to enjoy sandwiches and subs on a beach picnic or grab a late-nght snack back in the hotel room. Michael's also serves great cannoli and tirmisu among other tasty desserts. Entrees include Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Marsala and Shrimp Scampi. Sandwiches, burgers, subs and salads are also available.



Dudley the dog and inspirational namesake may be dead and gone, but this saloon is still going strong! Another in a long line of solid Murrells Inlet eateries, Dead Dog Saloon delivers a tasty array of fresh seafood, steaks, burgers and pasta dishes. Without a doubt, the place's chief asset is its awesome patio deck, which offers great views of the water and even a few hammocks for lazing with a cold one. Speaking of spirits, this fish-shack style restaurant is believed by many to be haunted by the ghost of Dudley, so be sure to save a hushpuppy or two as a peace offering.



Legendary crooner Jimmy Buffett sang about this mythical place back in the 1970s, and now it has become a reality. Margaritaville is everything Buffett sang about and more, featuring shrimp that are beginning to boil and generous servings of frozen concoctions that help you hang on. Located in the Heroes Harbour section of Broadway at the Beach, just below a tall lighthouse and beside a mock shipwreck, walking through the doors is like taking a trip to the Caribbean with Buffett himself. There's always a party going on in the huge bar and outdoor deck, where live music plays nightly during the summer months. The dining area is decorated in typical tropical style and the menu, loaded with fresh seafood, salads, sandwiches, and music are inspired by the life and times of Buffett.



A great place to take a group of friends, Shuckers ranks highly with locals and frequent visitors to the Strand - a nod, no doubt, to its awesome raw bar specialties and friendly, laid-back vibe. Happy hour, especially, is the time to be here, because prices on brews, wings and oysters are simply unbelievable. If your party's looking for more substantial eats, Shuckers' kitchen also serves up a delicious ensemble of steaks, pasta dishes and fresh seafood. Be adventurous and try the house special oyster shooter - tequilla, hot sauce, Bloody Mary mix and, of course, a juicy oyster served in a shot glass.


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