However, the truth is being a top ranked tourist destination does have a most obvious drawback – the endless crowds, especially, during the spring and summer months.
Ask locals or annual Myrtle Beach visitors. They will attest to the fact that when patronizing well-liked spots you have to be prepared to deal with throngs of people. Yet, who wants to wait in long lines when it’s time to eat? Exactly – nobody does. We do not like being delayed when we are hungry.
That’s why spots like the Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort, 2311 S. Ocean Blvd., are a cure to the restaurant blues. The Myrtle Beach hotel, made up of three edifices (the Schooner Building, Mariner Tower and Pinnacle Tower), houses two restaurants, The Crow’s Nest and Compass Rose, as well as one outside eatery and bar, the Tiki Hut.
“The Compass Rose is a breakfast restaurant that is an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with grits, eggs, bacon – you name it,” said Chris Piro, front desk manager at the Compass Cove. “You can even make your own waffles, and we have fresh cinnamon rolls that we make on the premises.”
Piro said the head chef, Buddy Edge, leads a talented staff in preparing the breakfast foods for Compass Cove’s guests and other folks who drop in to eat from nearby hotels. Currently, resort guests get 30 percent off of the buffet at Compass Rose, paying only $5.95 plus tax. The discount, Piro said, will continue until Feb. 28. For those not staying at the resort, the cost is $8.95, plus tax.
Guests laud the food and service at the Compass Rose.
“We stayed [at the Compass Cove] for the second time last week and had a great time,” said Brina Spencer Clark via Compass Cove’s Facebook page. “I wanted to tell you that Jennifer that works in the Compass Rose restaurant is an absolute jewel. She went out of her way to make us feel welcome. [Each day], she would have our eggs the way we liked them at our table by the time we sat down from the bar. We already can’t wait for the next trip!”
For folks not wanting to stuff themselves from the buffet, the Compass Rose also offers an a la carte menu with combos featuring eggs, toast, hash browns, grits and other breakfast items. The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. year-round.
Unlike the Compass Rose, the Crow’s Nest is open from March to the end of October. It is a restaurant and lounge open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
“Each week, they do something different,” Piro said.
One of the ways the Crow’s Nest keeps its menu interesting is by designating certain days as a tribute to particular foods. For instance, Philly Fridays is when guests can purchase the sandwich, which comes with fries, for $7. In addition to special food days, Crow’s Nest also has occasional summer pool parties.
The Tiki Hut, a seasonal standalone eatery and bar open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from mid-April to mid-September, is where guests can enjoy an oceanfront pool deck behind the Schooner Building while sipping sexy drinks and munching on $1 hot dogs.
“The Tiki Hut looks like a little cabana,” Piro said. “It sits right off of the pool deck where the beach access is.”
In addition to hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, wraps and seafood baskets are also among the menu items at the Tiki Hut. On Mondays, from noon to 5 p.m., guests can a steak, baked potato and side for $9.
“A lot of times at other resorts, you have to leave your hotel for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But at the Compass Cove, you can stay right here and eat,” Piro said. “When you come to the Compass Cove, you can take your mind off everything but your vacation.”
If you go:
What: The Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort
Where: 2311 S. Blvd., Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577
On-Site Dining Options: The Crow’s Nest Restaurant, Compass Rose and the Tiki Hut
When: Hours vary from location to location.
Information: Call 1-866-675-4820 or breakers.com.
Note: The prices in the story are subject to change without notice.