THE LOCALE | The Surf Diner
THE LOWDOWN | There's a new spot where you can sit outside along the oceanfront and have a beverage... it's The Surf Diner in Surfside Beach. The establishment isn't new, but the outdoor deck is, and that's where we went for happy hour this week.
The Surf Diner is located at the base of Surfside Pier where Nibils used to be. It is a small, quaint diner with a friendly staff and happy atmosphere. And who wouldn't be happy staring out at the beautiful beach? The building is surrounded with windows, so whether you are at a booth, table or the small bar near the entrance, you can catch a glimpse of the ocean. Or you can sit at four-top tables or long picnic tables on the brand new outdoor wooden deck, which extends over the beach sand, providing a great view of the water.
The Surf Diner is a family-friendly spot, and is a good place for people who want to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner, or enjoy a couple drinks while gazing at the ocean. The establishment takes you back in time. Oldies music plays on the sound system. Old photos hang on the walls, some of the Surfside Pier and local fisherman back in the day.
Happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drink deals include $2 drafts, $2.50 domestic beers, $2.50 well liquors, $3 wines and $1 discount on frozen drinks. You can also snag a variety of appetizers for five bucks, such as onion rings, flounder fingers, mozzarella sticks, BBQ tacos, oyster sliders and fried pickles.
TIPS | Surfside Beach locals can park for free at meters in the pier parking lot. There is also designated golf cart parking.
FIND IT | 11 South Ocean Blvd., Surfside Beach. Call 843-712-1850 or visit surfdiner.com.
Mandy Rodgers, for Weekly Surge