Many restaurant diners in the Myrtle Beach area don't care how many calories they consume while on vacation, but others want delicious dishes without unhealthy ingredients such as butter, cream and other fat-laden foods. Today you get the Top 10 Healthy Myrtle Beach Restaurant Meals.
Please remember restaurant menus change, but if these particular dishes have been taken off the menu when you visit, these restaurants are sure to have delicious healthy replacements.
Any Fish of the Day, Waterscapes, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, 8121 Amalfi Place, Myrtle Beach, (843) 913-2845. Seriously, just ask for the fish of the day. It was probably swimming yesterday or maybe that morning, and Executive Chef Robbie Nicolaisen will plate it with fresh local vegetables.
Anything on the menu, Bay Naturals, 7611 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 448-0011. It's all organic - soups, salads, sandwiches, smoothies - and none of it is butter- or bacon grease-laden.
Black pepper encrusted salmon pan seared and served over stir fried veggies with Asian vinaigrette, Chive Blossom Cafe, 85 N. Causeway Rd., PawleysIsland, (843) 237-1438. Part of the fun of dining at Chive Blossom is seeing what lovely creations the husband and wife chef owners, Trina and Paul-Kelly Renault, have come up with.
Fresh Flounder, Bliss, 4600 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, (843) 282-6737. The inlet is steps away from Chef/owner Ernest Bledsoe's door, and he makes the most of it with dishes such as this sauteed flounder.
Grouper of the Day, Aspen Grille, 5101 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 449-9191. Chef proprietor Curry Martin haunts local farmers' markets searching for the best field peas and tomatoes and whatever else is fresh and local and tasty to go with the primo grouper he always seems to score.
Mango Shrimp Cocktail, Nacho Hippo, 1160 Farrow Parkway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 839-9770. This is Chef Sean Christenson's hippified version of shrimp ceviche. He makes a carrot and habanero puree with mango, lime, orange, cumin, cilantro and a lot more for the sauce base, and it is outrageously delicious. Chef Ryan Coffindaffer and I agreed we could happily just eat that sauce by the spoonful (huge depth of flavor is the chefs' description), but the local shrimp in it are also tasty. A nice touch is the dish is served with fresh tortilla, plantain and yucca chips.
Melon Prosciutto Salad, Murray's Savory and Sweets, 2954 Howard Ave., (843) 839-0836. There is a terrific new chef in town, and his name is Mike Stahler, brother of Murray Stahler of Murray's Bistro. He compresses watermelon and cantaloupe to condense their flavors and serves them on a crispy cold spring mix with prosciutto and other tasty tidbits.
Salmon and Shrimp Hibachi, Jimmyz Japanese Hibachi House, 6108 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 839-8008. Good old Jimmy Miller, he makes so many people so happy and healthy with his deft touch on fresh hibachi meals. This is not your typical neighborhood Japanese joint, although you'll find the whole neighborhood at Jimmyz.
Shrimp of the Day, Bistro 217, 10707 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, (843) 235-8217. Executive Chef and partner Adam Kirby is another devotee to obtaining the freshest seafood he can find. Shrimp, scallops, it's all good.
Vegetarian Sandwiches, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 201 Graduate Rd., Conway, (843) 234-5670. Fast food hummus? Yes! And you can get a vitamin-enhanced smoothie to go with it.
Who decides the lists? Becky Billingsley: a 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 April 9, 2013