By Joe Novak
Although the Myrtle Beach area’s Highway 9 corridor boasts many courses considered staples of “The Golf Capital of the World,” it’s no secret that the volume of dining options and amenities available to visiting golfers is more limited than what you’ll find in the heart of the Grand Strand. Even so, great options still abound: you just have to think (and eat!) like a local.
Here are four places that anyone who lives in Longs, Little River, or Loris will recommend you make part of your golf trip itinerary.
Playing Colonial Charters? Hit up Little River Deli for breakfast! Though their lunch offerings are equally impressive, breakfast is really where Little River Deli shines. They have fresh bagels, pork roll (not Taylor Ham!) egg & cheese sandwiches, pastries, coffee, and everything else that native Northeasterners in particular could ever want.
Near Long Bay or Crown Park? Stop by Sea Man’s Seafood for lunch! (Warning: you WILL require a nap after visiting this Southern soul food buffet, so maybe don’t stop here before a PM round!). Fried chicken, mac & cheese, ribs, pulled pork, fried shrimp, Salisbury steak, salad bar, desserts … I could keep going, but I assume you’re already on the way.
Just wrapped up your round at Aberdeen? Chris’ Pizza is the perfect stop for pub grub and post-round drinks! “Longs needed somewhere to not only eat good food but also a place for our community to come together, to swap stories, and enjoy each other’s company.” This statement on Chris’ website really sums up what a staple the establishment has become to everyone who works or lives along Highway 9, opening all the way back in 2002. You’d be hard-pressed to find a local who doesn’t have a Chris’ Pizza story, or who needs to tell you all about what they get in their calzone or stromboli when they go. It’s rock-solid food with a sports bar atmosphere – check it out!
Playing Diamondback? Dale’s Seafood is the guaranteed winner for dinner! About 10 minutes north of Diamondback you’ll find this hidden gem tucked away in Tabor City. If you like fried food or seafood (and especially fried seafood) served in MASSIVE portions, this will become your new favorite fill-up spot, guaranteed. Just try not to fill up on the hush puppies while you’re waiting on your main course!