This is the last of my reviews from our recent vacation near Myrtle Beach, SC. One of my wife’s cousins celebrated a 21st birthday toward the end of our trip. And to celebrate we had a large family dinner at the Dead Dog Saloon in the nearby town of Murrells Inlet. I didn’t think it would be easy to find dinner seating for a party of sixteen, but my wife called ahead and the staff at Dead Dog was more than accommodating.
During our short wait while they made sure our table was ready, I spotted the Wall of Honor, where customers can bring framed photos of their deceased pets to hang on the wall. I also found out that the restaurant had just reopened earlier in the year after a major fire had destroyed much of the structure. The new building is very large and has plenty of seating, both indoors and out, for parties of any size.
Our large party was seated on the uncovered outdoor deck, with sweeping views of Murrells Inlet. Some of the staff apologized saying that it was going to be pretty hot outside, but we were actually pretty comfortable overall. The sun was setting behind their large restaurant, so it provided some early evening shade.
While we looked over the menu and enjoyed some of their signature drinks, a few baskets of hush puppies with sweet honey butter were delivered to our table. These were delicious and our table quickly ate every last one. The menu has a wide variety of seafood options, Murrells Inlet is the seafood capital of South Carolina after all, along with a handful of sandwiches, steaks, and fish tacos.
My wife and her mother decided to split the heavenly inlet trio – grilled crab cake, shrimp & scallops ($25.95). Each of their meals comes with a choice of side and they selected the vegetable of the day, a combination of zucchini and squash. I only had a small bite of the crab cake, but I can agree with their consensus that this was a really good crab cake, and was their favorite of the trio.
I’m not much of a seafood fan, so I went with the blackened chicken alfredo ($15.95) which is again served with a choice of side. I went with the cheesy grits and they were very good. The blackened chicken had a good amount of seasoning on it, and a large amount of it was placed on top of the linguini pasta. It was a good dish. Not as good as something you’d find in a more Cajun inspired restaurant, but better than other similar dishes I’ve had.
Others in our group ordered the Alaskan Snow Crab ($18.95 for 1lb) which is served with corn and red potatoes, the Cajun shrimp Alfredo ($18.95), and a variety of other dishes. Everything I heard from our party was a favorable review of the restaurant.
I would easily go back for more food from Dead Dog Saloon, and maybe try to stick around for some of the live music they have on the covered deck.