Though there are quite a few steakhouses in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and everyone has their favorites, there are just a few select ones that always stand out among the rest. Carolina Roadhouse in Myrtle Beach, SC is among those elite that have many Grand Strand visitors making a point of always stopping by at least once or twice when they are anywhere near by.
Guests are charmed as soon as they walk in by the eye catching architecture and atmosphere with open beam ceilings. The ambiance has been described as an expansive meeting between the log cabin and ski lodge. A special feature to the restaurant is the wide open kitchen that allows diners to enjoy the activities involved in the preparation of the highly approved food.
With the large size of the structure, seating is plentiful and guests are usually seated in a rather prompt manner considering the size of the crowds that are drawn here. Many guests report having surprisingly short waits even when things are very busy. However, it’s a great idea to take advantage of the Call Ahead service that allows your party to receive more expeditious seating, especially during the busy season. It could be the difference between waiting 10-15 minutes as compared to 45-60.
Though the Carolina Roadhouse has a nice menu with plenty choices, it quickly becomes evident that there are many definite favorites among their customers. Top USDA choice Midwestern beef that is aged at least 30 days, ranks at the top of the list with thick and tender strips, filets, sirloin and tenderloin. Cooked to perfection just as you like, the steaks are prepared with a charred crusty exterior while remaining juicy and flavorful. The 11-ounce Marinated Sirloin Steak is infused for 48 hours and has an excellent and distinct taste, while the 10-ounce delectable Filet Mignon is in very high demand. The consensus among diners at Carolina Roadhouse is that the House Special of Prime Rib is some of the best they have ever eaten. It is slow cooked, tender, absolutely delicious and comes in your choice of 12 or 18-ounces and is great to share between two people.
Their ribs are quite famous and are described as delicious fall-off-the-bone tender with just the right amount of sauce. Extra sauce that is light with a pleasantly sweet taste is available for those who prefer a bit more. The Danish Baby Back Rack is $18.50 and the Double Rack Order is only six dollars more at $24.50. The slow roasted Giant BBQ Beef Rib is $19.95.
It’s a rare occasion that a simple House Salad is an item worthy of serious discussion. But at the Roadhouse, it is somewhat of an event and they’re not stingy with the ingredients. They start with fresh salad greens, then load it with chopped eggs, tomatoes, almonds, bacon and ham. Add to that their famous hot honey mustard house dressing and you can almost make a meal. Their ranch, balsamic and bleu cheese dressing are also wonderful. The salad is accompanied by their spectacular croissants with a light honey butter glaze. They come with the salad and with most meals and are so loved by guests that they have put it on the appetizer menu. Who ever heard of a Basket of Croissants as an appetizer? But they come out of the kitchen on a regular basis, basket after basket. These delectable delicacies are baked fresh right at the restaurant.
If you get an appetizer, consider the splendid Baked Potato Soup, a bowl of Chili, the tender Fried Pacific Calamari or the Chili Cheese Fries. Some of the best side dishes are the Loaded Baked Potato, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and the Steamed Spinach. The French Fries are really good too.
The Sandwiches and Burgers menu creates a great deal of interest with very large portions of the Club Sandwich, Prime Rib Sandwich and the beef or chicken BBQ Sandwiches. Also famous at Carolina Roadhouse is The Killer Dog, a humongous foot long hot dog that starts with the grilled dog served on an extra long bun and topped with an enormous pile of French Fries that are loaded with homemade chili, cheese and onions. It is only the very rare appetite that can completely demolish this famous hot dog. Even something as simple as a Hamburger can stand out at Carolina Roadhouse with 10-ounces of meat and your choice of the American or Monster Burger. The American comes with traditional toppings while the Monster layers on the flavor with Cheddar and Jack cheeses, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, chili and bacon. Sounds delicious!
Seafood lovers will want to try the Carolina Flounder, Large Shrimp or Atlantic Oysters. They also have Combination Platters with your choice of two of these seafood options. The Seafood Platter offers some of everything and the Platter For Two is a huge mound of seafood that is more than plentiful for two people and maybe even three.
Some other items to be relished are the Roadhouse Chef Salad, pasta dishes, chicken strips, hush puppies and Shrimp Po-Boys. For dessert you cannot go wrong with the creamy Key Lime Pie, luscious Chocolate Cake or the tantalizing Apple Walnut Pie with ice cream.
Excellent staff and service that is not overbearing creates a pleasant mood for enjoying an outstanding meal. You might hear of the occasional complaint of less than stellar service with a restaurant this large, but the large majority consensus seems to be that the service is wonderfully courteous, friendly and extremely proficient.
The prices at Carolina Roadhouse are moderate and very reasonable for the quality and amount of food that is served. Portions are extremely generous. It’s not the best place if you’re going out for a romantic meal or maybe even for very small children. It’s a large restaurant that is busy with a great deal of activity and noise. But it makes for a great evening with family and friends with a fun atmosphere and fantastic food.
4617 North Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577