While Murrells Inlet, SC may no longer be the best-kept secret of the Grand Strand, families, couples, singles, happy-hour patrons, and late-night partiers are still discovering the big dog in town, The Dead Dog Saloon – Murrells Inlet’s “sassy” restaurant and live music one-stop.
Opened in 2002 on The Marshwalk (featured on the Travel Channel and Southern Living magazine), the Dead Dog Saloon (remodeled Jan 2010) is a full-service family-friendly restaurant during lunch and dinner hours, and with two bars, plenty of large-screen HD TVs, and the finest live music in the Carolinas, The Dead Dog Saloon turns into a happy-hour hangout and an after-dinner party spot for dancing.
With a huge indoor/outdoor deck on the waterfront offering spectacular Inlet views and plenty of smoke-free indoor dining, this restaurant pleases a wide variety of customers, day and night. Sitting at the waterfront bar, the cool breezes off Murrells Inlet calm the spirit as you directly face one of the finest low country views in all of South Carolina. Iconic Live Oak trees, known throughout the deep South, dot the property including the Dead Dog favorite – a tree with sprawling branches that grows through the middle of the deck and supports the Dead Dog’s famous hammock.
While the décor and setting are one-of-a-kind, it’s the food that brings so many to this celebrated restaurant. Lunchtime patrons enjoy homemade soups, hand-formed burgers, sandwiches and, according to one reviewer, “salads served in bowls big enough to fit inside a ’69 Cadillac steering wheel.” – doggie bags are encouraged. Another reviewer compared dining on the outdoor deck as “akin to floating on a yacht in the Mediterranean” – no Dramamine required.
Dinner starts early on the Inlet and the Dead Dog Saloon is there, whenever you’re hungry. A perennial winner of numerous honors including “The Best of The Beach,” awarded by The Sun News, discriminating diners enjoy the food, but also come to watch the boats, seabirds and the passersby on The Marshwalk, a half-mile wooden boardwalk and pier that connects the seven restaurants of the Marshwalk District. At the Dead Dog you’ll find steaks, ribs, and seafood (like blackened salmon, grouper francaise, and pan-seared scallops). Daily chef’s creations entice those looking for that “something special,” but plenty of sandwiches, chicken dishes, burgers, and of course, hot dogs (and a kids’ menu), round out the extensive offerings. Boo Boo’s Tenderbites (sliced tenderloin served on garlic toast with Parmesan mayo and Asiago cheese), may be the finest appetizer (or meal) known to mankind (or dogkind).
Murrells Inlet, “a quiet little drinking village with a fishing problem” is the perfect home for The Dead Dog Saloon and its tongue-in-cheek homage to its mythical canine mascot, Dudley. This seafood-and-entertainment-Mecca sits just 20 minutes south of Myrtle Beach on the tidal marshes and creeks that have beckoned seafood lovers for centuries. While not the oldest dog in the pack, The Dead Dog Saloon quickly became the standard for all that a Murrells Inlet restaurant and nightspot could and should be. There’s no reason to go anywhere else, doggonit.