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Myrtle Beach: It's Known for Seafood, but Great Places for Steak Abound



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.

 

 


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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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: This South Carolina-based chain is a popular spot among locals and visitors.

Terry's expert tip: Try the house special sirloin marinated in citrus juices and seasoned in an array of spices.

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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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Many restaurants have come and gone at Broadway at the Beach since both opened in 1995, but Liberty has withstood the test.

Terry's expert tip: One of the best happy hours on the Strand offers half-price drafts and appetizers from 4-8 p.m.

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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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Whether you're in the mood for casual dining or a special occasion, Thoroughbreds Chophouse and Seafood Grille is sure to please.

Terry's expert tip: Be sure to ask your server about new selections, daily specials, and special chef's creations.

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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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Groups with mixed taste buds can enjoy great steaks, Italian and seafood dishes.

Terry's expert tip: A great spot for people with children in their party. Kids eat free from the Italian buffet with a paid adult.

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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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Although there are many excellent locally owned and operated steakhouses, Ruth's Chris has a national reputation many guests know they can trust.

Terry's expert tip: Before or after dinner, take in a lovely sunset over the Waterway on the outdoor patio deck.

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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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: There are a lot of great steaks served on Restaurant Row, but Chuck's is top choice.

Terry's expert tip: The peppercorn-encrusted New York strip is a must-order for those who like their steak with a little kick.

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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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Great steaks are only part of the appeal. An excellent view and vibe make Bovine's a diamond amid a sea of seafood restaurants.

Terry's expert tip: After dinner at Bovine's, stick around on the outdoor deck overlooking the inlet for for after-dinner drinks, live music and lovely views.

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Aspen Grille


Aspen Grille truly offers something unique to the Myrtle Beach dining scene. With a firm focus on fine-dining, farm-to-table food concepts and creative interpretations of continental cuisine, Aspen Grille gives guests a small taste of a Colorado ski lodge in the heart of a beach resort. The menu offers a wide variety of grain-fed beef and chops, fresh local seafood, and sides and salads made with regionally harvested produce. The wine selection is impressive, and the adjoining bar area is perfect for a nightcap. The atmosphere is upscale but relaxed, and the staff is open-minded about allowing patrons to create their own dishes.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: The nightly specials often feature some excellent surf and turf combinations.

Terry's expert tip: Aspen Grille has a cozy little lounge and wine bar separate from the dining area that is one of Myrtle Beach's best-kept secrets.

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North Myrtle Beach


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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Bistro 90 is perfect for a fun family feast or a romantic dinner for two.

Terry's expert tip: Bistro 90 provides an escape from the busier beach restaurants for a quiet, romantic meal without feeling rushed.

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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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: New York Prime is the ultimate experience for steak-lovers in Myrtle Beach.

Terry's expert tip: This is one of the few restaurants in town you should make reservations year-round.

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