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Food Dude Grub Crawl: Restaurants along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
There's more than just funnel cakes and hot dogs along the oceanfront boardwalk in Myrtle Beach.

Restaurants & Dining
Food Dude Grub Crawl: Restaurants along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

The downtown Myrtle Beach district used to be known for its greasy, starchy state-fair food. Thankfully for us Food Dudes, it still is.

But the building of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk in 2009 has brought new variety to a menu that used to consist of cheesy fries and funnel cakes. The 1.2-mile stretch of Boardwalk is now filled with many dining options.

Of course, the Food Dude still loves the occasional fried anything on a stick, but man cannot live by corndog alone. Here's the top five restaurants near the Boardwalk where you can fill up without falling out:

Pier House Restaurant

Located on the rooftop of Second Avenue Pier, diners can experience being surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on three sides while they enjoy dinner and drinks in the sea breeze.

This trendy new bar and grill features outdoor patio furniture so you can relax in the sun and an indoor bar and dining area to escape windier days. Most of all, the view is unbeatable.

The menu features a variety of fresh salads and lighter seafood dishes, but the restaurant has switched to a buffet-style setup featuring chicken bog, barbecue and a selection of vegetables and desserts.

Peaches Corner

This Ocean Boulevard institution is celebrating its 75th anniversary this summer, and it's still serving the same lunch-counter food that has made it famous for visiting families since 1936.

Despite undergoing an offseason makeover that brought a new storefront and other upgrades, you'll still find the same old Peaches Corner once you walk through the doors and get hit by the smell of juicy burgers and hot dogs.

Those are still the house favorites, especially topped with onions, chili, mustard and cheese, and you can still get a basket of fries and a milkshake to go with that. Peaches is a nice throwback to what downtown dining is all about.

LandShark Bar & Grill

The new kid on the Boardwalk block is Jimmy Buffett's latest crossover restaurant. Named for the son of a son of a sailor's own home brew, this place is about more than just beer and burgers.

Located at the base of the new SkyWheel, tourists have been flocking to this eatery in droves. The rooftop deck offers a great view and an excellent place to enjoy frozen drinks while watching others sweat it out in line for the Skywheel.

Featuring great frozen drinks and food, such as fish tacos and peel-and-eat shrimp, LandShark gives guests can enjoy a great meal with a view to match. There's no better place to people-watch in the downtown area.

Oceanfront Grill

Right around the corner from Peaches Corner is another Myrtle Beach institution that has spread its wings and broadened its menu since the opening of the Boardwalk – the open-air Oceanfront Grill.

Established in 1948, this place has undergone a serious makeover and come a long way since it was a favorite place to grab and go for beachgoers back in the day. Now it's a major hangout for those visiting the Boardwalk.

The menu also has been upgraded to include excellent appetizers, burgers, wings and seafood, like steamed mussels, clams and oysters. It's also a popular spot for drinks while watching the others sweat it out on the beach.

Mammy's Kitchen

Another long-standing establishment in the downtown area has seen an offseason facelift to keep up with the changing times of the Boardwalk. It even offers the cheapest place to park for those venturing downtown.

But the best can be found inside the new exterior walls of Mammy's, which is sneaking up on its 60th year of business in the same location. The made-over version features the same great food and friendly service.

With a breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet filled with country cooking, Mammy's puts out a spread like a Sunday meal at grandmoms. And just like a visit to your granny's house, you won't be allowed to leave hungry.