It's that time of year where Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet is lit up with thousands of candles and lights. That's right, folks, it's Christmas time. That means Night of a Thousand Candles is in full-shine mode!
Locals who have been attending for years already know the go-to spots to eat before the event, including dining options inside the venue. Let's take a look at those, starting with what's offered on site.
Due to COVID this year they will have a number of smaller options for dining:
For the folks who want a grab-and-go option or want to enjoy eating outside at a local restaurant before the 4 p.m. start, here are a few places we suggest.
Jimmyz Hibachi of Pawleys Island is a great stop on the way to NOTC. Not only can you dine inside, but there is a patio outside you can sit and eat at. If you want to eat in the car on the way to the event, they have a drive-thru. The hibachi is super good and they have poke' bowls.
The are located at 10378 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island and their phone number is 843-314-3682.
A quick "pit stop" for grab-and-go food is Chester's Pit Stop in Pawleys Island. Located at 12161 Ocean Highway, Chester's is an award-winning hot dog server. The small brick-and-mortar eatery is easy to miss, but you can always look for the big "Hot Dogs" sign close to the roadway on the left heading to Brookgreen Gardens.
If you want more than a hot dog, Chester's has you covered. Fried Shrimp, Fried Flounder can be enjoyed by itself or in sandwich form, and you can add fries.
Order from the window, then take with you to your car or truck, or sit at one of the picnic tables and enjoy.
You can call ahead at 843-630-2041, too.
Another grab-and-go stop is Beach Burgers and BBQ. They are located at 13088 Ocean Highway and can be reached at 843-979-3333. They also have dine-in and outside dining options.
If you're in the mood for a burger, fries and milkshake served fast, fresh and with flavor, this is the spot to hit. They even do salads. The chicken sandwich and chicken salad is sure to be light on the stomach while walking through Brookgreen Garden.
Click their name above (as with all the restaurants I have mentioned) and it will take you to their menus.
Call ahead is also available.