3 ways to expand your palate in Myrtle Beach

(BPT) - If you are looking for a fall escape that offers something for all your senses, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is sure to delight. Known for the sights and sounds that the pristine 60 miles of coastline provide, this premier destination is quickly becoming a culinary hotspot, offering something equally as tantalizing for the sensations of taste and smell.

The Myrtle Beach food and drink scene has been particularly elevated with the rise of newly opened concepts. Expand your palate and enjoy incredible flavors at a variety of restaurants, festivals and tours that will satisfy any culinary curiosity.

Restaurants

The aromas of the area’s cuisine will make your taste buds flutter. Explore an array of choices, from a variety of fresh seafood to authentic Southern cuisine. You can grab something on the go or sit back and enjoy a slower paced meal at a fine restaurant.

For a quick bite, check out 10 Fold Biscuits. This boutique-style fast casual restaurant serves more than a dozen menu items featuring biscuits with creative combos including fried chicken, slow-roasted brisket and maple sausage gravy.

Brentwood Restaurant is another establishment worth a visit. This two-story restaurant was built in 1910 as a private residence that offers comfort and ambiance, with food options including seafood, lobster and veal. Retreat to the 2nd story after dinner for desserts and aperitifs.

Finally, another distinct option is Big Mike’s Soulfood that features down-home comfort food. The menu is chock full of delicious choices like fried chicken, shrimp po’boys, and seafood boil.

Festivals

Who doesn’t love a fall festival? They are plentiful in the Myrtle Beach area:

Little River ShrimpFest, Oct 9-10: Food and fun for all! Little River ShrimpFest features live music, a kid’s zone and more than 100 vendors. And, best of all, the waterfront restaurants offer a variety of shrimp, fresh seafood and other festival food.

Loris Bog-Off Festival, Oct 16: This unique festival highlights a chicken bog cookoff. Bog is a dish made from rice, chicken, onion, sausage and a blend of spices. It is a Lowcountry specialty that has given locals and visitors a taste of the South. Festival goers will also be treated to a car show, arts and crafts vendors, and more.

Tours

Discover hidden treasures of the Myrtle Beach area with a tour. From distillery and brewery tastings to historic venues, the area offers many distinct flavors.

Distilleries: Discover what pleases your spirit palate by sampling products from area distilleries. Twelve 33 offers a flight of six of their crafted creations, for example. Another fun option would be to sample moonshine at Kentucky Mist.

Craft brew bars and brewpubs: Myrtle Beach is home to several bars and pubs that feature their unique brand of brew. Savor a flight of brews at one or more places to taste and compare. You may find your favorite beer (or beers) on your journey.

Historic: Take a peek back in time by taking a tour of one of the many local rice plantations to get a historic flavor of the South in its early days.

Classes: Take a cooking class so you can learn how to bring the flavors of the Southern coast back to wherever you call home. Wicked Inlet Seafood offers cooking classes every month so you can get hands-on in the kitchen while making memories.

For more information on all the family fun fall activities, go to VisitMyrtleBeach.com.

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