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Savage’s Ultimate Guide to the Best (and Cheapest!) North Myrtle Beach Restaurants

Savage’s Ultimate Guide to the Best (and Cheapest!) North Myrtle Beach Restaurants

For the past five years, college Ultimate teams have descended upon North Myrtle Beach, S.C. for a week of Spring Break hangs, parties, and games. Of course, High Tide is all about the Ultimate, but there’s also a whole lot to see, eat, and do off the fields, too. 

North Myrtle Beach is a cute, kitschy beach town with plenty of unique local flavor, and the Savage crew has attended every year that High Tide has been hosted in NMB, carefully honing our list of must-dos in town. Here are some of our tried and true NMB favorites you should absolutely check out while at High Tide. 

Southern Sunrise Pancake House

Best Cheap Breakfast Restaurants North Myrtle Beach Southern Sunrise Pancake House
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NMB is practically exploding with pancake houses. We’re not sure where they all came from or why this area seems to have such an unprecedented passion for round breakfast foods, but we sure do appreciate it. You could easily spend the entire week eating your way through the Grand Strand’s 40-plus pancake options, but just in case you don’t want to have such an extremely pancakey High Tide, you could skip the taste test and go straight for our fave: Southern Sunrise Pancake House. We’ve tried many of NMB’s pancake offerings over the years, but we always come back to Southern Sunrise. Their pancakes are the way pancakes ought to be: light, fluffy, golden-brown discs of heaven, brimming with tasty toppings of your choosing. If you’re not in a pancake mood (wait, is this actually a thing that happens?) their menu is full of delicious non-pancake options including a variety of creative benedicts, omelettes, and biscuits. 3407 Hwy. 17 S., (843) 361-4080

Nacho Hippo 

Best Fun Restaurants North Myrtle Beach Nacho Hippo
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After a long day at the fields, we often want to kick back and have some fun — and Nacho Hippo is the perfect spot to do that. The creative nachos and tacos are usually what draw us in, and then the all-day $3 margs are what keep us there chatting, sipping and munching away. In addition to margaritas, they also have 32-ounce bucket-sized tropical cocktails for $15 that are perfect for sharing. While the drinks are cheap and delicious, the food really is the star here. Nacho Hippo isn’t your traditional Mexican cuisine; the menu is all about the über-creative Tex-Mex fusion, blissfully marrying dishes like tacos, nachos, and quesadillas with Chinese, Japanese, Caribbean, and Southern influences. Order a platter of the signature Hipponachomus — crispy house-made chips topped with chili, taco beef, shredded chicken, queso, lettuce, cheese, and pico — to share with your squad and then take your pick of their unique taco options. We recommend the Bangin’ Shrimp, Ka-Ka-Ka-Kia, and Kahuna. 850 N. Beach Blvd., (843) 663-9393

Duffy Street Seafood Shack 

Best Seafood Happy Hour Restaurant North Myrtle Beach Duffy St Seafood Shack

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If you spend a week on the beach and don’t eat some local seafood, you’re doing it wrong. We firmly believe the best seafood comes from divey beachside shacks, and Duffy Street is a perfect example of this. No need to shower or dress up; this place welcomes the sandy, the sweaty, and the sunburnt with open arms and fluffy hushpuppies. Head to Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. and leave happy and stuffed full of 75 cent oysters and clams, 45 cent shrimp, $7.99/half-pound crab legs, and of course a signature rum punch fishbowl to wash it all down. Happy Hour or not, the Duffy Street menu is full of tasty made-to-order seafood options. Their Pig Skin Shrimp, Crab Cakes, Duffy Street Steam Pot, and Volcano Chocolate Cake are all solid choices. For the indecisive or exceptionally hungry, they also offer combo platters or the mega Pirate’s Plate — a massive offering of broiled fish, Old Bay shrimp, Alaskan snow crab, and broiled scallops. 319 Sea Mountain Hwy., (843) 249-7902 

The Shack Best Cheap Eats Restaurants North Myrtle Beach The Shack Fried Catfish

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It’s pretty rare to find a solid restaurant that serves a truly outstanding breakfast and lunch and dinner. The Shack is one of those rare gems, slinging top-notch Southern food from morning ‘til night. Go early for huge fluffy slices of Texas-style French Toast, homemade biscuits smothered in sausage gravy, or, for the truly famished, try the Shack Attack — a platter piled high with eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and home fries. The Shack’s breakfast options are sure to provide plenty of fuel for a grueling day on the fields, and their dinners are the perfect way to satiate that end-of-day Ultimate hunger. Refuel with their huge portions (at great prices) of Fried Catfish, Beach House Burgers, Fried Chicken, and Shrimp ‘n’ Grits that rival any Southern grandma’s. Their “meat-and-three” specials are also a big favorite — pick one meat and any three of their plentiful side options for under 10 bucks. 1128 Sea Mountain Hwy., 843-663-3636 

Hoskins Restaurant 

Best Cheap Family Restaurants North Myrtle Beach Hoskins Fried Chicken

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Cherry Grove has been a popular tourist destination since the ‘50s, and Hoskins Restaurant has been there feeding those hungry beachgoers since the very beginning. One of the very first restaurants in the Grand Strand, Hoskins first opened its doors in 1948 and quickly became a NMB icon and institution. This family-owned and operated joint is chock full of classic Americana vibes, old-school charm, and the best fried chicken in the area. Their menu is loaded with killer Southern options including ridiculously fresh fried-to-order seafood, smoked chopped barbecue, and pork chops, and you really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu, but once you try their famous fried chicken, you’ll probably have a hard time even considering eating anything other than that hot juicy Hoskins fried chicken ever again. 405 Main St, (843) 249-2014

Krave Bagel Bistro 

Best Breakfast Restaurant North Myrtle Beach Krave Bagel Bistro

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If you need to grab a quick bite on the way to the fields, Krave has you covered. Their convenient location on Hwy. 17 combined with their drive-up window makes this the perfect grab-and-go High Tide breakfast option. They tout “the only true Northern-style bagel in the area,” and Savage’s NYC-born-and-bred staffers give them their enthusiastic stamp of approval. Krave’s bagels are made fresh daily and come in all the classic varieties as well as a few unique ones like Marble Rye and French Toast. Get one toasted and topped with the schmear of your choosing or go for a baconeggandcheese breakfast sammy. (Important note for my Tristate friends: They. Have. Taylor. Ham.) 1434 Hwy. 17 S., (843) 427-7310

Sweet Molly’s Creamery

Best Desserts North Myrtle Beach Sweet Molly's Creamery Homemade Ice Cream

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We’ve covered a lot of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, but, of course, we couldn’t neglect the most important meal of the day — dessert! No trip to the beach is complete without a nice frosty cone, and Sweet Molly’s in Barefoot Landing is definitely the place to satisfy your sweet tooth. Their MO is similar to another popular ice cream chain: pick a flavor and get your choice of syrups and toppings mixed directly in, creating a custom frozen treat. Choose from any of their 20 daily flavor options, which range from classics like chocolate and mint to the more inventive like piña colada, salted caramel, watermelon taffy, and pumpkin spice. They make all their ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet in-house daily and with so many options to choose from, we totally wouldn’t judge you for making multiple trips to work your way through as many combos of scoops, toppings, syrups, shakes, and sundaes as possible while in town. 4728-F Hwy. 17 S., (843) 663-4373

Old South BBQ Co.

Best BBQ Restaurants North Myrtle Beach Old South BarBQ Co

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There’s just no way we could let you spend a week in one of the South’s best beach towns without having some traditional Southern barbecue. As you drive up to Old South BBQ, you can’t miss the giant sign outside boasting “BEST BUTTS ON THE BEACH,” and they sure ain’t lying. Eating is believing, though, and their barbecue-chopped pork sandwich is an absolute must. Round it off with some smoked chicken wings, spicy BBQ beans, hushpuppies, and a half-and-half sweet tea. Eat at one of the picnic tables outside or grab one of their family packs to-go on your way back to the house. 1020 Sea Mountain Hwy., (843) 663-1056

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Heading to Chicago Sandblast? Here's what you need to know about the beach ultimate tournament

Heading to Chicago Sandblast? Here's what you need to know about the beach ultimate tournament

Ultimate Chicago Sandblast is one of America's premier beach ultimate tournaments, and Savage is proud to be the event's new apparel partner. Scheduled for July 13-14 on beautiful Montrose Beach overlooking the Chicago skyline, this event brings together more than 1000 players, volunteers, and spectators. We talked with Ultimate Chicago Sandblast director Adam Levy about what makes this awesome event so unique.

Headed to Sandblast? Be sure to order your tournament jerseys by May 24 to make sure you get 'em in time for the event.

Savage: Tell us a bit about Sandblast. What sets this tournament apart from others out there?

Adam Levy: Ultimate Chicago Sandblast is hosting its 19th edition in 2019 and takes pride in evolving year after year with feedback and focus on the players. Our event features three divisions: Elite for top teams focused on play, Spirit of the Game focused on shenanigans, and Game as the best of both. Our event has the blessing and curse of space limitations which allows our event to focus on how to maximize value for our player participants through an excellent collection of generous partners that make up our sponsor village. Players have enjoyed Chipotle burritos and Potbelly sandwiches for lunch; BodyArmor, Monster Energy, Vita Coco, BAI and other beverages; KIND Snacks, CLIF Bar, Krave Jerky and other snack providers along with so much more. The party does not stop on the beach as we take great pride in our Saturday night celebrations at premier City of Chicago venues so our players, both near and far, can enjoy a true perspective of the Windy City.

Savage: How has the tournament evolved since the early days? 

Adam Levy: Our sponsor village brings great value and festivities year after year. We have included keepsake items including backpacks, lunch bags, sport towels, koozies and sunglasses as relevant and valuable memories to enjoy long after leaving the beach. In 2018, we were excited to have a team photo backdrop to help bring teams into one central location while capturing the spirit of our great event as a personalized keepsake for the team to enjoy. In addition to driving value for our players, we are also excited to give back! Over the past few years, we have partnered with Chicago-based not-for-profit Imerman Angels that provides free global one-on-one mentorship for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.  

Savage: Is there anything new or different happening this year? 

Adam Levy: We are always looking to raise the bar and are excited to partner with Great Lakes Ultimate Events (GLUE) to lead our gameday operations to ensure a smooth and successful experience for our teams and players. We have three new relationships with Savage Apparel Company, CLIF Bar and Joybol by Kellogg’s that will offer quality product sampling AND unique engagement experiences on the beach. We are most excited about the innovation and fresh perspective that Savage brings to our event as already demonstrated through the 2019 logo design. In addition to the quality merchandise, they have some great ideas and surprises to build engagement and even more memories for our teams.

Savage: What can players expect of the parties?

Adam Levy: We used to organize a Friday night welcome party or coordinate schedules with the AUDL’s Chicago Wildfire, but we found that teams have preferred to take advantage of downtown Chicago. Teams have hosted their own spirit and SWAG design parties or just getting out on the town. The best Saturday night events have been in historical Wrigleyville outside the home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field. We are focused on getting us back there where we have taken over huge venues with bag board/cornhole tournaments, photo booth activations, karaoke rooms and great tunes to get down and back up again. Our past generous partners have included Pabst Blue Ribbon, Goose Island, Seattle Cider Company with special thanks to Tito’s Homemade Vodka for their product support and an equally generous financial donation to our not-for-profit partner, Imerman Angels. 

Savage: Any tips for folks who are coming to the tournament from out of town? 

Adam Levy: There are many great beach ultimate events available to players, but beyond everything you have read above, what sets us apart is the amazing location as the city of Chicago and is our focus on quality over quantity. Our home of Montrose Beach on the north side of Chicago limits us to just 68 teams which is a great problem to have as we can focus on driving player value without having to balance constant recruiting of teams to expand the field. Another focus of our event is providing everything a player could need on the beach…team/player bags with goodies and giveaways, breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks, athletic trainers and so much more! Is it July 13th yet?

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Savage Recap: 2018 USA Ultimate Beach Championships

Savage Recap: 2018 USA Ultimate Beach Championships
Sixty-one ultimate frisbee teams converged on Virginia Beach, Va. this past weekend for the 2018 USA Ultimate Beach Championships. The five divisions had some intense play on a weekend that was supposed to be dark and stormy—but ended up being quite alright. Fortunately, the rain and wind stayed away for the most part.

Savage was on site supporting its teams and making new friends. Our favorite stand-out team was Dismal Swamp Rats, who won the Mixed Masters Division. And our hometown boys Richmond Fludwhale were one of the only teams to beat the Men's Divisions Champions Humiliswag.

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Road to Nationals: 6 Questions for the University of Richmond Spidermonkeys

Road to Nationals: 6 Questions for the University of Richmond Spidermonkeys

Over the next few weeks, we'll be interviewing a few of the Savage-sponsored teams that are headed to D-III College Championships May 19-20 in Rockford, Ill. We're starting off with our own hometown heroes, the University of Richmond Spidermonkeys. Chris Selwood answered our burning questions.

Savage: Do the Spidermonkeys have any pre-game rituals?

Chris Selwood: Our pregame routine varies a lot by individual preference. We do our team warmup and one of our old favorite Spidermonkeys cheers, but in terms of what we do before the warmup and what we listen to during it, that depends on the individual.

Savage: How do you celebrate a win? And mourn a loss?

C.S.: You can tell whether we lose vs. win by the music played in our car rides home. We hate losing, so if we lose there isn’t as much talking and a lot of chill (sometimes sad) music is played. If we win, we are laughing about the weekend and playing upbeat music the entire car ride back. Losing isn’t fun. 

Savage: Favorite team hype song?
C.S.: Depends on the audience. Last year it was "How Far I'll Go" from Moana. This year it is "Halftime (Stand Up and Get Crunk)" by the Ying Yang Twins. 
Savage: Favorite team beverage?
C.S.: The cheapest thing we can find. We are trying to get more funding from our I’m gonna say water here. “No comment” also works. 
Savage: Who's your MVP?
C.S.: Gotta give this to our Donovan nominee Justin Keller. He has played the last month with a cast on his broken left wrist, so he can’t mark well with that arm and can’t catch at all lefty. He’s still managed to get open on every incut, take some of the other teams top players, and have filthy layouts (including that layout greatest in regional finals). 
Savage: Favorite team to compete against?
C.S.: That’s so tough. We had some great matchups with Davidson last year and Mary Washington this year. We love playing Mary Washington because they’re so close and we play them so much and it’s always competitive. Even though we only played them last year at Nationals, John Brown may be our favorite team to play. They were very good and incredibly spirited. Almost every call that came was resolved with the players and we barely needed observers. We love that type of spirited competitive ultimate, so John Brown is our favorite, but nothing like a good regional rivalry, so tip of the cap to Davidson last year and Mary Washington this year.
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