A Culinary Tour: Banditos Restaurant & Cantina on the Boardwalk

Our guests love spending time playing at the beach, exploring nearby downtown Myrtle Beach and relaxing and playing at our five pools. But all that hard-core vacationing can really work up an appetite! When it’s time to grab a bite, there are plenty of options nearby, and one of the more popular new offerings is an oceanfront Mexican fusion hotspot located right on the boardwalk, Banditos Restaurant & Cantina.

Banditos isn’t your typical Mexican restaurant, it’s got something a little different in store, if you’re feeling adventurous. Here’s a quick tour through what your meal at Banditos could look like:

Start by asking for a table on the deck—it has totally unobstructed oceanfront views, and you can feel the ocean breeze ruffling your hair. Don’t you love that?

When your server arrives, order the rum-spiked horchata. It’s a traditional Mexican rice drink, sweet and slightly creamy, served chilled with Kracken black rum. Light and refreshing with just a little kick.

For your appetizer, get the grouper wings. You can’t beat fish from just down the beach in Murrells Inlet, deep fried on the bone and served with southwestern slaw, griddle-warmed tortillas and chipotle mayo. Go for the spicy salsa—the horchata will help cool your mouth down.

For dinner, order the tamarind BBQ pulled pork. It’s served with more of that addictive southwestern slaw, plus ranchero beans, and it’s wrapped in a flour tortilla and served with queso cheese and cheddar. It’s better than Tex-Mex, it’s Carolina-Mex.

If you have room after dinner, stick around on the deck while the band starts to play—there’s live music at Banditos nearly every night all summer long and many nights in the spring and fall.

For dessert, a pomegranate margarita should suffice. And don’t worry, you won’t have to drive, the Holiday Inn at the Pavilion is practically next door.

Of course, when you’re all done at Banditos, you can go for a walk along the Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade, which runs nearly 1.5 miles between the 2nd Avenue and 14th Avenue piers. There’s often free, live entertainment, shopping and fun, and it’s located just steps away from the Holiday Inn.

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