Top 5 Places in Myrtle Beach for Ice Cream

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. That old phrase is more than fun pun on the Grand Strand. After a long, hot day on the beach, nothing satisfies like a scoop of deliciousness.

Of course, changing times have seen the introduction of the phrase “fro yo,” or frozen yogurt, to the sweet-tooth lexicon, and Myrtle Beach is all over the trend. Whether you prefer old-school ice cream or dairy-free fro-yo, fans of frozen treats have plenty of options to choose from. Here are five of the best places to help you taste buds chill out:

* Kirk's 1890 Ice Cream Parlor: Speaking of old school, this classic Myrtle Beach ice cream parlor is designed to take ice cream-lovers for a trip back in time to the old soda fountain days. Featuring more than 40 different flavors to choose from, Kirk's offers all the vintage treats – sundaes, floats, milkshakes, banana splits and waffle cones large enough to hold two scoops. Kirk's has two Myrtle Beach locations – off Kings Highway at 27th and 62nd Avenues North.

* Maggie Moo's: This Barefoot Landing location stands out not only because of its decorative cow-pattern paint job, but also because of the line that usually forms out front in the summertime. Delicious ice cream and fro yo are served, along with so many choices of toppings that it's tempting but impossible to try them all. The ice-cream cakes are mooo-uthwatering.

* Sugar Shack on Main Street: Even in the heart of the downtown North Myrtle Beach district, it's hard to miss this iconic storefront. Colorfully decorated inside and out, the Sugar Shack is an institution on the corner of Ocean Drive and Main. Featuring Blue Bell ice cream, housemade fro yo and all the bells and whistles, the Sugar Shack offers a wide variety of flavors and indoor and outdoor seating.

* Sonic: We try to avoid national chains to focus on local flavor for these lists, but Sonic makes it hard to pass up. Featuring several locations along the Grand Strand, Sonic stays open later than most mom-and-pop shops and offers half-price milkshakes and slushes after 10 p.m. Sonic also serves sundaes, banana splits, frozen-coffee drinks and their famous Sonic Blasts.

* Sweet Frog: Ditto on the national chain, but the Sweet Frog franchise has taken a giant leap forward, along with the fro-yo fad, and the downtown Myrtle Beach location is always hopping. A wide variety of flavored fro yo keeps them coming, but it's the abundance of toppings that keep them coming back.

Any cool places to enjoy a frozen treat that we didn't think of?  Let us know!

(posted 5/15/14)