5 Myrtle Beach Hidden Gems

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If you’ve been to Myrtle Beach before, you likely know all about the big attractions. You’ve been to the beach, you’ve done Broadway at the Beach, and you’ve done some shopping at the Tanger Outlets. But there are plenty more places you may not have had the opportunity to check out, some hidden gems tucked into less-explored parts of town. Here are some insights into a few of our favorites:

For Sophisticated Asian Bistro Fare …

Try SoBaya Japanese Bistro on St. James Ave. in Myrtle Beach. It’s tucked away in a little-known shopping area off 38th Ave. North, and it serves up some of the highest quality and most authentic Japanese fare at the beach, including soba, udon, and ramen noodles as well as Bento boxes with teriyaki chicken or tofu, grilled shrimp or their outstanding garlicky Bulgogi beef. The space is also a charming place to enjoy an intimate meal—though it’s a bit small for large groups.

For Interesting Art and Music Performances …

Check out the cultural calendar at Coastal Carolina University. You’ll be surprised by the high-quality theatrical, music and visual arts performances you can catch, and the prices are often much more affordable than many other entertainment options at the beach.

For Upscale Brunch …

Nearly everyone who’s been to Myrtle Beach has been to brunch at the iconic Sea Captain’s House, but if you’re looking to try something new, give Croissants Bistro & Bakery a try. Their benedicts and omelets are outstanding, as are their baked goods, and honestly, the Velvet Elvis with peanut butter, banana, candied bacon, and honey with a bourbon bacon glaze might change how you view sandwiches.

To Taste Wine Among the Vines

There’s much more to Myrtle Beach than just beer culture. Just north of Myrtle Beach, near Little River, S.C., La Belle Amie Vineyard opens up its lovely grounds to visitors for tours, tastings and a regular schedule of fun festivals with live music, food and entertainment.

For Delightful Israeli-Style Kosher Foods

Give Jerusalem Café a try. This small café just around the corner from the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel serves up the best shawarma, falafel and fresh pita in town, and it’s all kosher. Even the salads and fries served up alongside the main dishes are well-executed and filling. The café also sells a limited supply of packaged kosher foods and hard-to-find Israeli goodies. If you read reviews online, keep in mind that while smoking was allowed in a former location, there is no longer smoking inside the café.

(posted 12/20/13)