Beach Pizza:
Ultimate California Pizza, Myrtle Beach

By Patricia B. Mitchell, 2005.

Ultimate California Pizza

A Design-Your-Own shrimp pizza.

After finding a good hotel, my family and I celebrated our arrival in Myrtle Beach by going to the Ultimate California Pizza cross from Myrtle Square Shopping Center (2500 North Kings Highway — see map). My husband Henry, daughter Sarah, and I ordered a favorite of ours, a “Design Your Own” shrimp pizza. It consisted of Ultimate Red Sauce, shrimp, mozzarella cheese, garlic, basil, oregon, and rosemary on a rosemary whole wheat crust.

Sons David and Jonathan ordered a “California-Style Pizza,” the Thai Chicken on a white crust with Thai sweet chili sauce, mozzarella, roasted red pepper, green onion, Thai marinated chicken breast, and chopped peanuts.

While we waited for our pizzas, we enjoyed the Family Size House Salad, a mixture of lettuce, tomato, purple onion, and a few other ingredients (it varies a little from night to night). The salad is sprinkled generously with Cheddar cheese. Foccocia adds to the visual appeal of the salad plate, and the chunky blue cheese dressing makes the salad a winner. — Marvelous dressing!

Our pizzas arrived, hot and delicious. The shrimp pizza was as good as we remembered; and the boys liked the Thai Chicken pizza. (Our daughter Sarah declared that, reheated for breakfast, the Thai pizza was even better than when first served, since the flavors had time to mellow and mingle.)

Ultimate California Pizza

California-Style Pizza.

The restaurant decor here is interesting retro chic. Be sure to notice the great, old, circa 1940-1950 beach photos on the walls. These large black and white glam shots of beach beauties and hunks (of the era) are altered to incorporate the pizza theme. For example, a mammoth slice of pizza is held under an arm, replacing, I assume, a surfboard.

There are seven Ultimate California Pizza establishments in the Myrtle Beach area, and their pizzas are voted “Best of the Beach” year after year. We agree. — Oh, if you don't crave a pizza, the eatery also offers various types of salads, sandwiches, wings, and some pasta dishes. Our family of five paid around $55 for a most satisfying and filling meal, which is not astronomical for a happy just-getting-to-the-beach celebration.