Good eats in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
New culinary tour hits three tasty highlights.
By Hope S. Philbrick
The Myrtle Beach area, fondly referred to by locals as the Grand Strand, boasts 60 miles of sandy beaches. The beach is the main tourist attraction, but the culinary scene is a compelling key lure. More than mere food to satiate hunger, you can find local flavors worth savoring and celebrating.
There are approximately 1,800 full-service restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area and it’s no surprise that seafood is one of the primary cuisines. Murrells Inlet is nicknamed “the seafood capital of South Carolina” and Calabash-style restaurants as well as Carolina Coastal Cuisine are popular throughout the area. Of course, seafood isn’t the only thing on the menu. With such a range of options, where to start?
From its fresh-off-the-boat oysters to award-winning burgers, Bondfire Restaurant Group serves some of the best bites in town. Its four distinct concepts ensure that if you frequent these restaurants, your palate won’t get bored. Visiting a short time? You’re in luck! A new culinary tour offers the option to sample three restaurants in one night plus learn some helpful cooking tips to take home.
Bondfire Restaurant Group was launched by Larry and Fabiana Bond in September 2013 when the couple opened ART Burger Sushi Bar. In September 2015 came The Chemist: Craft Cocktails & Modern Cuisine, and then (in June 2016) Gordo’s Tacos & Tequila. Also in 2016, Bondfire Restaurant Group acquired The Noizy Oyster, updating the restaurant and menu at this local favorite.
Art Burger Sushi Bar offers gourmet burgers made with grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef, plus other crafted sandwiches, unique side dishes and creative sushi made with sustainably-sourced seafood. It’s is also the only place in Myrtle Beach to find liquid nitrogen cocktails. Myrtle Beach was recently ranked No. 2 on a list of the Top 15 Burger Cities in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler and Art Burger Sushi Bar was cited as a key example why. The restaurant also serves as a gallery for local artists.
The Chemist emphasizes molecular gastronomy in both food and beverages and is designed as a scientist’s laboratory. Helmed by Executive Chef Sean C. Thomas, the food menu offers “gourmet fare with scientific flair.” The bar menu showcases craft cocktails with entertaining twists.
The Noizy Oyster is a casual seafood restaurant that offers lowcountry favorites like shrimp & grits, she crab soup, fried oysters, seafood platters, shucked-to-order oysters, and more.
Gordo’s Tacos & Tequila boasts a variety of tacos with a range of fillings from ground beef to braised chicken, duck confit to quinoa as well as over 50 different tequilas! If that doesn’t get your mouth watering, seek help.
The new interactive walking culinary tour—the first of its kind in Myrtle Beach—visits three Bondfire Restaurants in one evening, all of which are within short walking distance of each other in downtown Myrtle Beach. The tours offer hands-on experiences and are led by Becky Billingsley, the Bondfire public relations director, local historian and author.
Tours start at 4 p.m. at The Chemist with a cocktail demonstration. Learn the creative process of developing a drink recipe with craft ingredients then sip your favorite creation alongside truffle parmesan popcorn.
At 4:45 p.m. stroll to Gordo’s Tacos & Tequila and learn how to make guacamole then enjoy it with chips and the special margarita of the week.
At 5:30 p.m. walk to Art Burger Sushi Bar and relax with an omakase sushi roll and half a Rockwell All-American burger plus fries along with a Blue Crush or Beach Portrait liquid nitrogen martini or liquid nitrogen ice cream.
Tours are $46 per person (+ tax); minimum 10 on Monday and Thursday. Groups of 1-9 can sign up for Wednesday tours which have a minimum of 6 and maximum of 20 participants. Call 843-446-6502 or email Becky@BFires.com to reserve a spot.
Odds of Encountering Children: Very low considering the evening’s menu includes three cocktails.
The Edge will open later this year and will serve what’s being described as “modern American cuisine with dramatic presentations.”
- Art Burger Sushi Bar – 700 N. Ocean Blvd.
- The Chemist – 300 9th Ave. N.
- The Noizy Oyster – 101 S. Kings Highway
- Gordo’s Tacos & Tequila – 214 9th Ave. N.
– Logos courtesy Bondfire; food photos © HSP Media LLC
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