The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has been much more than a great way to get around downtown. The increased foot traffic along the 1.2-mile stretch of oceanfront has also led to the opening of several new restaurants and cafes offering excellent food and an even better view. Just try not to fill up at one spot because there are several tasty stops along the way. Here are a few of the culinary highlights along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk:
* Art Burger Sushi Bar: This trendy new hot spot offers the unusual mix of burgers and sushi and features the works of local artists' displayed on the walls opened in 2015, Art Burger Sushi Bar is already attracting nice crowds for lunch, dinner and late-night snacks until 1 a.m. As attractive as the works of art are on the inside, the real beauty is the view from the oceanfront patio deck, which is sure to be hopping this summer. So will the liquid nitrogen bar that makes frozen drinks and ice cream
* Bandito's Cantina: Situated at the northernmost point of the Boardwalk, Bandito's is a nice place to start and end your beachfront restaurant tour. The Spanish-style castle offers indoor and outdoor seating, and the back patio is the place to be a sunny day. Serving Mexican and Caribbean cuisine, you can snack on a stack of piled-high nachos or dine on a surf-and-turf combination. Frozen drinks are the bar's specialty, especially the massive margaritas and piña coladas. Bandito's has live music on the patio deck during the warmer weekend days.
* LandShark Bar & Grill: Fins up for fans of Jimmy Buffett, who opened this downtown eatery and bar at the base of the 190-foot Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Featuring flavors from the many travels of the famed singer/songwriter and adventurer, LandShark has Caribbean cuisine and seafood dishes to make you feel like the son of a son of a sailor. Guests can sit inside or take in the view from the patio deck that includes the flashing neon SkyWheel and the sights and sounds of downtown. Be sure to try Buffett’s own brand of brew, LandShark, and check out the gift shop for a wide selection of Buffett-related goodies.
* Peaches Corner: This glorified burger stand isn't going to appear on any fine dining magazines, but that's not really what you're hungry for on the Boardwalk. A true culinary tour of the Boardwalk must include some old-school beach grub, and Peaches has had the market cornered for more than 75 years. Generations of families have bellied up to the counter and feasted on hot dogs, burgers, fries and ice cream. The famous foot-long hot dogs are topped with chili, onions, slaw so snag some extra napkins and wash it down with a milkshake. If it’s a late-night snack you’re after, Peaches Corner stays open till 4 a.m. during the summer months.
* Second Avenue Pier: Ending your journey on the southernmost part of the Boardwalk, Second Avenue Pier offers two dining venues that are worth the walk. The Pier House Restaurant is indoors and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for hungry patrons who like a nice meal with a view. But for those who like a little liquid refreshment to go with some great appetizers, the Pier View Rooftop Bar is a popular place to kick back and enjoy the ocean breeze and vibe. Comfortable lounge furniture allows guests to truly relax and have a good time above the crashing waves, and the covered section of the bar lets patrons get out of the hot summer sun or the chilly ocean breeze.