Restaurants & Dining
Best Places To Eat in Myrtle Beach on a Budget
If you think finding cheap eats in Myrtle Beach is hard, think again. These restaurants fit nearly any budget and offer some of the best menu items around. Even though the Grand Strand is a top destination, it is still possible to enjoy an affordable vacation, thanks to budget-friendly hotels, resort deals, attraction coupons, and cheap meals. Though some restaurants in Myrtle Beach can be quite pricey, there is a nice selection of places to eat with inexpensive yet mouth-watering menu items so your vacation won’t be derailed every time you get hungry. Most of the best cheap places to eat in Myrtle Beach offer sandwiches and full meals for $10 or less, so you can dine out and still have money left for show tickets or conquering an item on your bucket list.
While you may think the buffet restaurants here offer more bang for your buck, if your vacation plans include watersports or other active adventures, over-stuffing yourself isn’t always the best idea. Instead, count on these cheap restaurants in Myrtle Beach to satisfy your hunger and your budget. If you’re worried about what qualifies as “cheap,” we’re talking about the price, not the food. You’ll find plenty of run-of-the-mill chains in town, but they aren’t making this list. We’ve included only the best cheap eats in Myrtle Beach, served by restaurants with long traditions of making hungry vacationers and locals happy.
If you want to save money on dining in Myrtle Beach, but don’t want to survive on greasy fast food, kids’ meals, and small happy hour portions, visit these restaurants to eat for $10 or less, and keep an eye out for hearty lunch specials to stretch your dollars even farther.
Note: The prices listed below are pre-tax and pre-tip estimates only. The restaurant will tack on the tax, but don’t forget to tip your servers!
2101 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Known for its burgers, Fuddruckers is an excellent place to eat well on a tight budget while you’re in Myrtle Beach. The fresh salad bar of fixings lets you pile on toppings as high as you like, and it’s included in the sandwich price. Opt for one of their “chalkboard specials” for lunch to enjoy a discount on customers’ favorites. Or, enjoy a Small ($6.49) or Medium ($7.49) hamburger or small Craft Burger ($9.29) for under $10. Fuddruckers will also make you a Black Bean Burger ($7.99), Grilled Chicken Sandwich ($7.99) , or a quarter-pound hot dog if you aren’t in the mood for a traditional burger.
Pho Claire Vietnamese Noodle House
1201 38th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Burger joints and BBQ spots aren’t the only cheap places to eat in Myrtle Beach, and the proof lies in Pho Claire’s many affordable dishes. All of their appetizers, including Wonton Soup ($6.99), Egg Rolls ($5.99), and Vietnamese Tacos ($8.99) are budget-friendly, and their popular grilled chicken, pork, and tofu Banh Mi Sandwiches ($9.99) are fresh, light, and delicious. The noodle and rice dishes cost slightly more than $10 but will easily make more than one meal each.
4813 N Kings Hwy #2503, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
If you’re looking for lunch specials in Myrtle Beach, head to Sugami Sushi. A variety of sushi rolls, including California, Spicy Crab, and Eel, plus Vegetarian Hibachi, Lo Mein, and Pad Thai are all under $10 from lunchtime until 4 p.m. There are a lot of cheap yet authentic eats on the regular menu, too. Coconut Shrimp, Spring Rolls, Miso Soup, Squid Salad, and a majority of the traditional sushi rolls are $10 or less.
River City Cafe
404 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Looking for a tasty, affordable burger? Check out River City Café. There are multiple locations across the Grand Strand, but they all serve delicious appetizers, salads, burgers, and more. The biggest attraction here are the burgers since this is one of the best burger restaurants around, and many of them are less than $10 a pop. The menu features a variety of outrageous combinations and classic sandwiches. Try a traditional “House” Cheeseburger ($9.49) or the Palmetto Cheeseburger ($9.89), or go healthy with a Turkey Burger ($9.99) or a Grilled Chicken Sandwich ($9.99). The specialty burgers, like the Shoestring Burger ($9.69) and the Cajun-spiced Black-n-Blue Burger ($9.69), are a treat for your taste buds and your wallet.
504 16th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Big Mike’s was named one of the best restaurants in Myrtle Beach by the Travel Channel, and for good reason. This diner is one of the best spots for Lowcountry food in Myrtle Beach that’s serving delectable Southern favorites at affordable prices. Choose from a variety of mouthwatering sandwiches that fall under the $10 mark, including the Fried Fish Sandwich ($9.75), Big Mike’s Burger ($9.25), Dark or White Meat Fried Chicken Sandwich ($6.75–$7.25), and the Pork Chop Sandwich ($7.50). Big Mike’s also offers Chicken Sausage Gumbo and other starters for under $10.
3901 N Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Burky’s Grill is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. This friendly diner offers ol’ fashioned 1950s-style food that won’t break the bank. Many patrons opt for the Combos, which are offered with a hot dog, double burger, hamburger, or grilled chicken (about $5.00–$7.00) and come with fries and a drink. You’ll still have room in your budget for more toppings or an extra patty. Other tasty items under $10 include a fried bologna sandwich, chili, salads, and stuffed baked potatoes.
Multiple Locations, Myrtle Beach, Conway, SC 29526
While Cook Out hasn’t been around for decades, it has definitely made a name for itself during the few years it has been open. Now with multiple locations along the Grand Strand, Cook Out offers a cheap yet delicious menu that has quickly become a favorite of locals and vacationers. The most popular item is the Cook Out Tray, which features a main item, two sides, and a drink, for just a little over $5. Choose a hot dog, char-grilled burger, chicken sandwich, or barbecue sandwich with sides, such as slaw, onion rings, chicken wraps, quesadillas, chicken nuggets, fries, chili, and more. Add one of their famous milkshakes to your order from the 30-plus flavors available.
400 Mr. Joe White Ave., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Dagwood’s Deli has been a favorite amongst locals for over 25 years, and they’re known for slicing up some of the best deli meats and cheeses in the area. The lunch menu is quite affordable (most items are under $10) and includes some of the tastiest sandwiches at the beach. We recommend the high-piled Bumstead’s Club ($9.99) or the fresh Chicken Salad Sandwich ($8.99), but if you want something hot, go for the beef or chicken Philly Cheesesteak ($9.99).
Little Pigs BBQ
6102 Frontage Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Cravin’ some good ol’ Southern barbecue? Head over to enjoy the best cheap eats in Myrtle Beach at this spot serving the top barbecue in the area. Little Pigs offers pulled pork as a Regular Sandwich ($6.99), a Jumbo Sandwich ($7.99), or a Sandwich Plate ($9.99). The plates include hearty BBQ sandwiches and two sides: Choose from slaw, potato salad, baked beans, mac and cheese, french fries, hush puppies, and onion rings. Little Pigs BBQ also has your sauces covered with their own house-made vinegar, mustard, and tomato-based sauces! Other sandwiches under $10 include brisket, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and fried chicken.
101 Atlantic Ave, Garden City Beach, SC 29576
Located just a short distance from the beautiful beach, Sam’s Corner is a great place to stop after a long day of fun in the sun. Since opening in 1976, Sam’s Corner has been known for its cheap food and casual diner atmosphere, just outside of Myrtle Beach. Count on this spot for fast comfort foods, including the Footlong Hot Dog with onions, chili, and mustard; chili- or cheese-smothered French fries; and onion rings and other classics. Best of all, you can choose any of these awesome menu items for insanely low prices.