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Myrtle Beach eats

I just returned from a weeklong assignment in Myrtle Beach, where I dutifully checked out more than a dozen restaurants for those of you planning on vacationing there in the coming months.

OK, I admit I gave the assignment to myself. And yes, there may have been a hot tub involved, and a round or two of wacky golf. But I indulged in those activities only when I was off duty, as a way of relaxing between rounds of my strenuous work. Unless otherwise noted, restaurants are in North Myrtle Beach.

Great

  • Berry's Seafood -- Not a restaurant, actually, but a fresh seafood market. In the small kitchen in back, they'll transform your selection into a takeout meal, with options ranging from fried grouper sandwich to seafood combination plate. Excellent! (843) 249-2534
  • Hamburger Heaven -- Cute, compact eatery on the second floor of a converted house (you can't miss the place; it's painted pink). Thick, hand-patted burgers are bigger than you'd expect for the price, so order a double only if you're really hungry. Good, sloppy chili cheese fries, too. (843) 280-2333
  • Hoskins Restaurant -- Down-home Southern cookin' at its best. Lunch specials range from fried chicken to grilled salmon cakes to chicken and pastry, served with fluffy biscuits and your choice of three homemade sides. Save room for homemade coconut pie. Open for breakfast and lunch only. (843) 249-2014

Good

  • Duffy Street -- Funky little raw bar features plump oysters and above average peel 'n' eat shrimp. (843) 281-9840, www.duffystreetseafoodshack.com
  • Horst Gasthaus (Myrtle Beach) -- Schnitzel-starved Triangle folks, get your fix (in several variations from Wiener to Jaeger) in this traditional German restaurant. Bratwursts are good, too, though the sauerbraten is dry. (843) 272-3351
  • Hot Fish Club (Murrells Inlet) -- Historic restaurant on the water serves a wide variety of seafood preparations. The Sunset Special, from 4 to 6 p.m., offers a choice of entrees ranging from onion-crusted salmon to seafood pomodoro, with a small salad and choice of sides, for $12.95. It's a good deal. (843) 357-9175, www.hotfishclub.com
  • Benny Rappa's Trattoria -- Cozy Italian restaurant features a nightly changing chalkboard menu of veal, seafood, chicken and pasta dishes. Service is friendly and attentive, and the food is well-executed if not memorable. (843) 361-1056

So-so

  • Dockside (Calabash, N.C.) -- One of the original Calabash restaurants, and highly recommended on restaurant forums. Unfortunately, Dockside disappointed with lukewarm fried oysters and indifferent service. (910) 579-6775, www.docksideseafood.com
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