The culinary perception of Myrtle Beach suggests the area is primarily home to an endless array of pancake houses and chain restaurants, and there are plenty of both, but anyone that buys into the stereotype is missing an opportunity to enjoy outstanding local cuisine.
Places like Blueberry’s Grill, for example.
With two locations, one just off 82nd Avenue in Myrtle Beach, the other at Barefoot Landing, Blueberry’s Grill specializes in breakfast and lunch.
While the name might suggest a light potentially even a vegetarian-centric establishment, perception would, again, distort reality.
Co-owner Evi Spaho, who grew up dreaming of coming to America, chose the name as a homage to his mother’s passion for planting blueberry bushes back in his native Albania.
While Blueberry’s Grill offers traditional breakfast staples and lighter fare, it’s home to a menu that rewards you for being a little adventurous, led by a crab cake benedict topped by a fried green tomato. Any of Blueberry’s eight benedict offerings – most especially the “Smoked Salmon Benny” – will leave your tank full and your taste buds happy.
Golfers can also select among five skillets, including my favorite the “Cheezo Rizo,” which features chorizo, tomatoes, spinach and cheddar jack cheese on top of scrambled eggs, home fries and Hollandaise sauce. If you want to start your day with a little spice, this is the way to go.
The omelet lineup is equally creative, highlighted by the “Dublin” (house made corned beef hash, diced tomato, spinach, carmelized onion and brie cheese sauce). If you want a Western omelet, they will make it but you are missing a golden opportunity.
The pancakes, waffles and French toast are absolutely the equal of the benedicts, bowls and omelets for those that want to jump-start their day with a carb-heavy breakfast.
If you are looking for post-golf lunch, Blueberry’s is no less appealing. The lunch menu features an assortment of sandwiches and burgers (order the chipotle avocado burger and thank me later) but risk-takers are rewarded here as well.
The shrimp and grits, which feature Blueberry’s special Bloody Mary sauce, are a must for players who want to enjoy the southern delicacy. The Aeolian Islander, which offers a choice of grilled salmon, mahi-mahi or blackened scallops and a skewer of shrimp, charred lemon and a seasonal vegetable is a winner as well.
Throw in a full bar that specializes in Bloody Mary’s, mules and mimosas, and there is little Blueberry’s Grill can’t provide.
Bottom Line: No matter which location you frequent, Blueberry’s Grill is outstanding. This place is on the short list of the Myrtle Beach area’s best spots for breakfast or lunch, and it’s worth your time to seek out.