Myrtle Beach Restaurants Offer Healthy Alternatives to Traditional Beach Fare

There's nothing tastier and healthier than fresh seafood, and Myrtle Beach has more than you can eat. But take a nice portion of fish and shrimp, dredge them through egg wash and corn meal, fry them in hot grease and add on some fries, hushpuppies and slaw with some tartar and cocktail sauce and you've got meal that's high in unnecessary fat and calories.

That traditional style of cooking, known locally and nationally as Calabash after the neighboring town of Calabash, N.C., dominates the seafood scene in Myrtle Beach. But the latest health food trends are gaining a foothold against the seafood buffets and fried-everything factories. New restaurants have sprung up along the Grand Strand offering lighter fare, like the Flying Fish Public Market & Grill, and established eateries have upgraded their menus to serve healthier alternatives to the fried seafood platter, such as Carolina Roadhouse and Collector's Cafe.

And it's not just seafood that's getting a healthier makeover. Even some of the older restaurants are switching to or adding on healthy choices to their menus. The Asian fusion trend has also sparked the opening of several hibachi and sushi restaurants, such as Black Thai and King Kong Sushi. And celebrity themed restaurants opened by famed golfers Greg Norman and Sam Snead and singer Jimmy Buffett have gotten into the game of serving dishes that are both good to eat and good for you.



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...  Read More



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...  Read More

Sam Snead's Oak Grill & Tavern
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Legendary golfer Sam Snead lends his name and legacy to this Carolina Forest-area establishment. This new restaurant, not affiliated with the former Sam Snead's Grill that was located on Restaurant Row, pays tribute to golf's first common man...  Read More

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,...  Read More

Collector's Cafe


Part art museum and part restaurant, Collector's Cafe serves classic American cuisine worthy of a work of art. Fresh seafood and chops are the centerpieces on a diverse menu that includes lobster, yellow fin tuna, and filet medallions topped...  Read More

Greg Norman's Australian Grill


The famed golfer shows he also has a flair for food at his namesake restaurant, which brings the flavors from the Land Down Under to the coast of South Carolina. Sample dishes native to his country, like the pan-seared prawns, grilled rack of...  Read More



Sure, sister restaurant, Cagney's, has a longer history with Strand diners, but in its day, Flamingo has established a niche for itself as one of Myrtle Beach's top seafood restaurants. Designed with a touch of Art Deco flair, the attractive...  Read More



King Kong is a fitting symbol for the enormous sushi rolls this place twists up for its guests. Located in the popular Broadway at the Beach shopping, dining and entertainment complex, King Kong offers excellent sushi, sashimi and hibachi dishes...  Read More



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...  Read More

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...  Read More


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.

He and his wife Stephanie were...  More About Terry