What's Not to Love?
River City Café

21st Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC

By Patricia B. Mitchell, 2006.

River City Cafe

Even a middle-of-the-week night is plenty lively at River City Café. Of course, I'm talking about a Myrtle Beach restaurant in the month of June. The RCC located at 404 21st Avenue North (see map) was super-busy, the floor crunchy to walk on because of all the discarded shells from the unlimited complimentary peanuts provided to all guests. (It is customary and acceptable to toss the peanut shells on the floor — this just adds to the exuberant vacation feel of the eatery, with its decor of used license plates.)

My family and I slipped into one of the carved-up booths (people cut their initials, names, opinions, etc., into the wood). Henry and I each ordered a little bottle of Vendange California Cabernet Sauvignon. We split the fried Cajun Shrimp Po'boy (with cocktail sauce and fresh lemon slices on the side, by request). The $8.95 sandwich and accompanying french fries and excellent coleslaw were very appetizing, and we are crazy about the cocktail sauce served at the River City Cafés. (Our pleasant and competant waiter revealed that the cocktail sauce is a commercial product, not something RCC makes.)

Our daughter Sarah selected the Homemade Egg Salad on Wheat (one has a choice of white, wheat, or rye). The $3.25 sandwich was served, by request, with lettuce, tomato, and onions on the side. Sarah said the sandwich tasted like chopped deviled eggs, a Southern favorite of hers (and millions of others). Jonathan chose the Teriyaki Chicken burger, a grilled breast of chicken topped with fresh pineapple and teriyaki sauce, which he enjoyed.

River City Cafés (there are several in and around Myrtle Beach) have a fairly large menu from which to choose, and this location in particular has tons of atmosphere.

River City Cafe

Vendange California Cabernet Sauvignon.

River City Cafe

Cajun Shrimp Po'boy.

River City Cafe

Homemade Egg Salad sandwich.

River City Cafe

Teriyaki Chicken burger.