By Becky Billingsley and a whole lot of readers
Wednesday, May 9, 2012, Grand Strand - Reader Francesca Smiley recently asked for restaurant recommendations where Myrtle Beach area locals love to dine, but there aren't many tourists.
Friends of the MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com Facebook page responded with many suggestions. This list won't be limited to 10, and if you are a Grand Strand local and have another recommendation, please add it to the comment section at the end of the article. Don't forget to include the address and phone number.
Bangkok House, 318 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 626-5384
My favorite is the ginger soup you get complimentary with entrees; if you have sinus problems, this will take care of them.
Big E's Seafood & Barbecue, 1250 S.C. 9 E., Longs, (843) 399-3399
If you're looking for fried seafood done the old-school way and oyster roasts, pull up a chair.
Bimini's, 930 Lake Arrowhead Rd., Myrtle Beach, (843) 449-5549
What it lacks in fancification it makes up for in yummy seafood, live beach music and a partying crowd of regulars.
Bliss Restaurant, 4600 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, (843) 282-6737
Fresh local seafood, steaks and more prepared with elegance and fine flavors. Think date night.
Brother Shuckers, 4999 Carolina Forest Blvd., Myrtle Beach, (843) 903-7946
This new spot has locals pouring in for the 4-7 p.m. happy hour specials, and then staying for well-prepared seafood dinners.
Capriccio Restaurant & Pizzeria, 1285 38th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, (843) 445-7100.
A little strip mall restaurant with big Italian flavors.
Ciao, 5223 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 449-5700
It's been on the Top 100 Grand Strand Restaurants list for four years in a row. Great Italian food.
Dagwood's Deli, 600 U.S. 17 Business N., Surfside Beach, (843) 828-4600
Tons of tourists visit Dagwood's Myrtle Beach location, but the newer one in Surfside Beach still has mostly locals enjoying those supreme sandwiches.
Fat Jack's Wings & Things, 353 U.S. 17 Business N., Surfside Beach, (843) 238-3355
Awesome wings in more than a dozen flavors, plus German food specialties and German beer on tap.
Foster's Cafe & Bar, 6307 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 449-7945
Locals are wild over this place, which doesn't look like much but serves tasty basic foods, like tacos, pizza and wings.
Gio's Pizza and Italian Cafe, 10225 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, (843) 237-8245
Authentic Old-World family Italian recipes. Love the Go Go Garlic Shrimp, pizzas, Lasagna and much more.
La Hacienda, 5711 Dick Pond Rd., Myrtle Beach, (843) 650-3588
$3 margaritas all day, great vegetarian choices, exceptional decor and terrific Mexican entrees.
Liberty Tap Room & Grill, 7651 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 839-4677
The beer garden and adjacent bar is a local watering hole hot spot, and the food is creative American, from Angus Meatloaf to Dixie Chicken.
Longbeard's Bar & Grill, 5040 Carolina Forest Blvd., Myrtle Beach, (843) 903-2905
This family-friendly restaurant has pleasant indoor and outdoor dining areas, and live entertainment on the weekends.
Maggie D's, 407 Seaboard St., Myrtle Beach, (843) 213-1041
Located across from Coastal Grand Mall, Maggie D's is a local's choice for a neighborhood Italian hangout.
Mrs. Fish Seafood Grill, 919 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach, (843) 946-6869
If there ever was a hole in the wall, this is it. But you can get a piece of hot tasty fish.
Patio's Tiki Bar & Grill, 4495 Mineola Ave., Little River, (843) 427-7228
The pleasant multi-level deck is under giant live oak trees, friendly and eager servers bustle around fetching drinks and sandwiches, the rainbow decor is cheerful without being obnoxious and - my favorite part - live music (or karaoke or open jams) starts at 4:30 p.m. almost every day.
Prince Creek Diner, 11907 S.C. 707, Murrells Inlet, (843) 651-4433
Like any proper diner, this one has a wide variety of dishes, from chili dogs and liver and onions to smothered chicken and hamburger steak, plus apple pie, chocolate pie and rice pudding.
Salt Water Creek Cafe, 4660 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet, 357-2433
Sit outside or inside to enjoy a lovely decor, plus terrific she-crab soup, liver and onions and sushi. They make their own limoncello.
Scatori's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, 1399 S. Commons Dr., Myrtle Beach, (843) 650-3370
Locals swear by the pizzas here.
Socastee Station, 4504 Socastee Blvd., Myrtle Beach, (843) 831-0527
Home of the Chicken Bog Balls, they also have incredible pot roast, fried cheese and all-you-care-to-eat Friday night fish fries.
Sun City Cafe, 801 Main St., Myrtle Beach, (843) 445-2992
The kitschy decor is fun, and luxurious from-scratch Mexican dishes are exciting.
Thai Cuisine, 1210 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 946-7475
From lettuce wrap appetizers to Crispy Peanut Chicken and curries, this is where locals go for Thai in downtown Myrtle Beach.
Quigley's Pint & Plate, 257 Willbrook Blvd., Pawleys Island, (843) 237-7010
Micro-brewed beers crafted on-site and a thoughtful casual/upscale American heritage menu.
Who decided this list? Myrtle Beach area locals!
List updated December 1, 2014.