Looking for Good Food and Good Drink? Check Out These Grand Strand Hot Spots Serving Both

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While some nights might see you and your vacation crew in the mood for a great dining experience, on other evenings, you may be seeking an outing where fine drinks take center stage. And luckily for visitors to the Grand Strand, you don’t have to settle for one or the other — because plenty of our local eateries in the Myrtle Beach area offer the best of both worlds.

During your next visit to North Beach Plantation, quench your hunger and your thirst at one of these area businesses featuring both the finest foods and the best beverages:

Strong Waters Craft Cocktails & Kitchen: Located at The Breakers Resort on North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, this restaurant/bar with a speakeasy vibe and casual atmosphere serves up killer cocktails and fantastic food. Strong Waters’ unique, handcrafted drink offerings include the joint’s signature Smokin’ Oldie — a smoky twist on the Old Fashioned — as well as other interesting offerings like the prosecco-powered Weekender, the honeysuckle vodka-fueled Honeysuckle Mule and the beer-and-bourbon combo Beam & Hops, just to name a few. Examples of the creative grub options available include the Butcher Block Burger with angus chuck ground beef, pimento cheese and candied bacon on toasted brioche, and the Crabby Mac featuring blue crab, lobster & smoked Gouda mornay, asparagus, caramelized onions and bacon topped with herb bread crumbs. Check out the full menu at strongwatersbar.com.

The Chemist: Found on 9th Avenue North in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, this home to “craft cocktails and modern cuisine” invites you to “get your inner scientist on” with its creative concoctions — of both the culinary and cocktail varieties. Creative cocktails include the Subatomic Sour with ginger-infused bourbon, lemon and pineapple juices, and simple syrup, all dosed with acid (phosphate) foam; and the Flux Capacitor featuring vodka, elderflower liqueur, blackberry raspberry simple syrup, and lemon and pineapple juices, all topped off with soda water. On the dining side, creative appetizers include the Sweet Potato Tots with a bacon maple dip and the deep-fried Mac & Cheese Wedge served with Guinness Cheddar fondue. Popular entrees include the Sriracha Honey Fried Chicken and the Chemist Burger. Explore the menu at chemistbar.com.

Quigley's Pint and Plate: Located on the Grand Strand’s southern end in Pawleys Island, Quigley’s offers a menu filled with Lowcountry-inspired comfort food, accompanied by a range of in-house-brewed beers, wines and cocktails. Appetizer offerings include the Ahi Tuna Nachos, the Blue Crab Dip and the Yardbird Wings, while entrée highlights include the Chicken & Waffles (fried chicken breast over house-made sweet potato waffles with honey-pecan butter, all smothered in creamy country sausage gravy) and the Pan Seared Scallops served over bacon cheddar grit cakes with creamy crawfish succotash. The handcrafted brews include the Longboard Lager, the Swamp Fox IPA, the Peach Wheat and the Neck Red Ale. Explore all of the food and drink offerings at pintandplate.com.

Hook and Barrel: Found in the exclusive Dunes section of Myrtle Beach, this upscale eatery serves up some serious flavor, with its fresh seafood taking center stage. House-specialty entrees include the Paella for 2 with clams, shrimp, scallops, crab, chicken and Andouille sausage; the Pan-Seared Scallops topped with Benton’s bacon, roasted corn and grape tomatoes, and the Crab Cakes featuring jumbo lump blue crab. Wash it all down with a diverse selection of barreled and bottled wines, cocktails like the Carolina Dreamsicle and the Myrtle Mojito, and nightcaps like the Bananas Foster Martini and the Pluff Mudslide. Check out the full dining and bar menus at hookandbarrelrestaurant.com.

After discovering some of your new favorite dishes and drinks on the Grand Strand, head back to North Beach Plantation to enjoy your comfortable accommodations and the resort’s luxurious amenities while resting up for another day of excitement and exploration. Book your Myrtle Beach area getaway today, and start making plans to enjoy all of the best that the Grand Strand has to offer.