Top 5 Non-Smoking Restaurants on the Grand Strand

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The trend toward non-smoking restaurants has already swept through much of the nation, but tobacco-producing and consuming states like South Carolina have been slow to dinner table. Although the vast majority of restaurants have separate sections for smoking and non-smoking or require patrons to step aside to a special section to enjoy an after-dinner cigarette, there are no state laws requiring them to ban smoking on site. It's up to each restaurant to decide their own smoking policy. Here are some of the top places to eat in a smoke-free environment:

5) Bubba's Fish Shack: The town of Surfside Beach voted to ban smoking in all restaurants and bars in the city limits years ago so the area is teeming with smoke-free options. However, Bubba's may be your best choice if you enjoy fresh seafood at an affordable price.

4) Crepe Creation Cafe: Going 100 percent smoke free isn't the only thing that makes this Market Common establishment stand out in the crowd. The entire menu consists of dozens of unique crepe recipes that were designed by the owner and chef. Enjoy breakfast favorites like the western omelet and lunch staples like the classic gyro folded inside a hot, soft crepe.

3) Chestnut Hill: This Restaurant Row establishment is an institution, serving up delicious steaks, seafood and Sunday brunch for more than a quarter-century. But unlike many of it neighbors, Chestnut Hill has a long-standing policy against smoking and continues to draw large crowds every night.

2) Divine Fish House: The Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk gives smokers plenty of places to light up, but Divine's is not one of them. Connected to Wahoo's Bar, this popular seafood restaurant offers a 100-percent smoke-free environment for both diners and bar patrons. In fact, all of the Divine Dining Group's restaurants – Divine Prime, Nacho Hippo, River City Cafe and Ultimate California Pizza – follow the same non-smoking policies.

1) Mr. Fish: This award-winning restaurant recently relocated to a larger building in Myrtle Beach, but it brought its long-standing no-smoking policy with it. Seafood lovers would probably visit this popular establishment even if it wasn't smoke-free, but the fresh, clean air lets the smell of the fresh catch of the day permeate the dining area and sushi bar.

So, if not these, what’s your favorite non-smoking restaurant in the Myrtle Beach area?

(posted 4/16/14)