Craving beef? In Myrtle Beach and surroundings areas you've got prime choices where the steaks are sizzling and the sides are classic.
MIDDLE: Top 10 Myrtle Beach Steak Restaurants
Angelo's Steak and Pasta - Great for people of all ages. Some evenings there is a house magician who performs tableside. There's an Italian buffet, but they're known for "The Best Steaks in the Universe" that arrive on sizzle platters. I always choose to have their special seasonings on my steaks.
Aspen Grille - A refined and relaxing spot for adults; live jazzy music many evenings.
Baron's Steaks and Spirits - Located in the Galleria shopping center on Restaurant Row, Baron's has classic steaks and sides plus signature steaks such as the Filet Fenway capped with a grilled portabello mushroom cap, crabcake and crab veloute.
Chuck's Steak House - A favorite of golfers and happy hour fans.
Divine Prime - Chic elegance and USDA Prime steaks.
Flamingo Grill - Go for the steak and local grilled seafood; go back for the sexy art deco decor.
Martin's - This experienced chef does an excellent job preparing classic dishes at reasonable (but not cheap) prices.
New York Prime - For a long time this was the only USDA Prime choice in the Myrtle Beach area. It's still polished with New York bistro style. 405 28th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. http://centraarchy.com/newyorkprime_MB.php
Ruth's Chris - Yes, it's a chain, but it's Ruth's Chris. They've earned their reputation for excellent USDA Prime steaks and other fare.
NORTH: Top 10 North Myrtle Beach/Little River/Longs/Conway Steak Restaurants
21 Main - This is new in 2011 and is a smash hit. They have steaks, chops, seafood, sushi and many tempting appetizers.
Bistro 90 - Located on S.C. 9 a short distance from S.C. 22, this quiet and unpretentious restaurant is a culinary bright spot in the western part of Horry county.
Greg Norman's Australian Grille - You can stop in at the large and beautiful bar for a nibble and a sip, go out on the veranda to dine and watch boats on the Intracoastal Waterway, or enjoy the full premium wood-grilled indoor experience surrounded by Aboriginal art.
Joe's Bar & Grill - This restaurant has a great local reputation because their food is consistently well-prepared, the interior elegant hunting lodge ambiance is comfortably appealing, and the marsh view from al fresco areas is Lowcountry gorgeous.
Parson's Table - I'd go here just to check out the stained glass in this former church, but luckily the experienced chef makes the dining awesome too with flawless dishes.
Rivertown Bistro - You'll be delighted to discover this hidden gem in historic downtown Conway; the chef is a master at presenting innovative recipes with a mind for the area's culinary heritage. 1111 3rd Ave., Conway.
SeaBlue - You want USDA Prime? You want to go somewhere outrageously romantic? Check it out.
The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro - It's hard to resist French (the area's roots are French Huguenot) cuisine in an historic and lovely old mansion on a quiet side street.
SOUTH: Top 7 Surfside Beach/Murrells Inlet/Pawleys Island/Georgetown Steak Restaurants
Austin's Ocean One - Yes, this is the same Chef Bill Austin and his wife, Annette Austin, who had Austin's at the Beach (in Myrtle Beach) and Austin's at Pawleys. Now they have Austin's Ocean One, which has a sleek decor and a dramatic second-floor ocean view. One Norris Dr., in the Litchfield Inn, Pawleys Island. http://austinsatthebeach.com/
Bistro 217 - Executive Chef and partner, Adam Kirby, is ferociously talented in his fearless approach to trying new recipes and flavor combinations. Service and food are always impeccable, and they have a lovely semi-outdoor dining area.
Bovine's Woodfired Specialties - Delicious steaks and local seafood cooked on a wood-burning grill and served in front of a dramatic inlet view in stylish surroundings.
Chive Blossom - Lowcountry is king here, with dashes of international flair thrown in to keep things interesting. In nice weather their outdoor courtyard is fun.
Frank's Restaurant and Frank's Outback - Two distinct restaurants are on this property: Frank's was first, and it has a Lowcountry historic ambiance with unique bistro-meets-fine-dining flair and a chophouse menu with USDA Prime selections. The other restaurant is literally out back, hence the name, and is an al fresco wonderland with a roaring fireplace, waterfall and its own discriminating menu.
Rice Paddy Restaurant is known for its regional cuisine, but they always have a succulent steak on the menu such as a filet with shiitake mushrooms and brandy cream.
The River Room is across the street in Georgetown from the Rice Paddy, and it has a river view. It also has a Blackened Ribeye topped with Cajun Shrimp, Ribeye Oscar and Twin Filets topped with spicy blue cheese butter.
Who decides the lists? Becky Billingsley: an award-winning local food and restaurant journalist who has been covering the Myrtle Beach area restaurant beat for local, regional and national publications for 15 years.
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List updated on March 22, 2013