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Dog Friendly Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

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September 26, 2016

Pet lovers enjoy taking dogs with them to outdoor restaurants, and the Myrtle Beach area has many eateries where dogs and their humans are welcomed.

From North Myrtle Beach to Georgetown, here are restaurants where canines and their friends can enjoy dog day afternoons.

The 8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill

706 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Restaurants that take the time to prepare everything in-house are usually worth a visit, and 8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill is one of those restaurants. …

Bay Naturals Healthy Market & Kitchen

7611 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

If you’re on vacation and forgot to bring some healthy snacks for the family, or just need a meal that’s not fried, Myrtle Beach’s oldest health food …

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says in SC DHEC Regulation 61-25 that “Live animals, including birds and turtles, shall be excluded from areas where food is stored, prepared, displayed, or served, provided that a location may be approved where, in the opinion of the health authority, no contamination risk exists. This exclusion does not apply to edible fish, crustacea, shellfish, or to fish in aquariums. Patrol dogs accompanying security or police officers, or support animals accompanying persons with a disability, shall be permitted in dining areas.”

This does not mean pet dogs are banned from restaurants. DHEC officials go on to say:

“However, the regulation does allow us the ability to grant a variance in locations where, in our opinion, based on current sound public health policies, no risk of contamination exist. When we allow dining outside, in sidewalk café settings, we are already exposing the food served to outdoor contaminants. It is impossible to prevent small rodents or birds from passing through these areas, so by nature, they are exposed to animals. The other main concern for prohibiting pets from these areas then becomes the exposure of servers and tableware to pets and the possible exposure of diner’s with pet allergies to pet dander. Therefore to allow pets in outdoor dining areas, we must also address these concerns. Here are the items we would need the operator to address and to agree to prior to granting a variance under Chapter VII. I. 5.

  •     Food and drinks must be served on single service, disposable tableware
  •     The food must be either self-service via a pick up window or other customer pick up method.
  •     If served by wait staff, there must be a conveniently located handwash sink for maintaining hand hygiene after exposure to pets while serving tables.
  •     The area must be designated as “pet friendly” so patrons with allergies can avoid exposure.

“By maintaining these standards statewide when granting variances for pet friendly dining, we can maintain a uniform and consistent approach to this trend and avoid the criticism to DHEC for uneven enforcement of Regulation 61-25.”


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