This once-hip international chain, famous for its must-have T-shirts in the 1980s, still manages to stay relevant three decades later with a solid lineup of food, mood and music. Featuring live bands four nights a week during the summer months, Hard Rock holds true to its rock ‘n roll roots and continues to draw crowds.
The menu is about one would expect from a rock-themed restaurant, from Elvis’ favorite Tupelo Chicken “Love Me” Tenders to the Mamas and the Papas-inspired California Dreaming Burger topped with cucumbers, guacamole, lettuce, tomato and Monterey Jack cheese. But the big difference between Hard Rock and some of the other theme restaurants in town is its smokehouse selection, including barbecue ribs, chicken, beef and pork. The steaks are excellent and the Blackened Chicken Pasta is a house specialty. Pizza and a full kids menu are available for those with tamer taste buds, as is a full bar and wine list.
The Egyptian-style pyramid building sets the tone for a unique experience. Guests enter on the top floor, so the dining area and bar are in a sunken pit below while a souvenir shop greets you at the door. The décor is a museum of rock ‘n roll music, from guitars played by some of the top acts in history to autographed personal memorabilia. Many guests roam the dining area to tour all the cool collectibles.
1318 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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