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Great deals are happening when you hit the dining spots early.

Here are some great options for you to enjoy the Early Bird Specials:

Now, where to go? We have five spectacular suggestions for you. Let’s begin with a long-standing tradition here in Myrtle Beach. The Chesapeake House has been a local favorite since 1971. Located on Restaurant Row in Myrtle Beach, it features some of the best seafood you’ll find anywhere, not just on the Grand Strand. The atmosphere at the Chesapeake House is warm and comfortable, and the views are beautiful. You will smell the complimentary homemade hush puppies and cinnamon rolls as soon as you walk in the door. The hardest decision you’ll have all day is deciding on your entrée and appetizer. The menu is that good — and so are their early-bird specials. The early-bird menu is offered from 4:30 to 6 p.m., 7 days a week.

While we are in the neighborhood, let’s go next door to another legend in the area, Chestnut Hill Restaurant, which is located just beside of Chesapeake House. They have offered some of the best food on the Grand Strand for over 30 years — only a very few area restaurants can say the same. Early-bird menu choices for the land-food lover include ribeye, New York strip, filet mignon and beef tips, and for the seafood lover, there is always the seafood platter, shrimp creole and a variety of other Lowcountry dishes. Their early-bird menu is offered from 4 to 6 p.m., 7 days a week.

You are probably learning very quickly how Restaurant Row got its name. Less than a mile south of Chesapeake House and Chestnut Hill, you’ll find the Giant Crab Seafood Restaurant.  This is an award-winning buffet where they say that quantity takes a back seat to quality. Offering only the finest and freshest seafood in the area, the restaurant overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway, so your mealtime views will be stunning. The buffet features everything from crab legs, oysters Rockefeller and stuffed mushrooms to broiled, friend, baked and blackened fish, as well as a carving station, a made-to-order pasta station and desserts that will have your mouth watering. Early-bird specials are offered daily via coupons available at giantcrab.com — and the sooner you get there, the bigger the discount.

Sticking with Restaurant Row, we are heading over to another outstanding seafood buffet, Crabby George’s Seafood Buffet. If your group is a little undecided on what they want for dinner, we guarantee that Crabby George’s has you covered. They offer more than 120 different items on their expansive and unlimited buffet. That means it’s virtually impossible to leave hungry or unsatisfied. Our only suggestion to you is to come early to enjoy the savings, and come hungry to enjoy the food. Call (843) 839-4044 for their early-bird pricing and hours, as they can vary.

Let’s take things back to central Myrtle Beach, specifically to Coastal Grand Mall. That is where you will find Lil’ Tokyo, where you can enjoy early-bird specials from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. We’ve been talking seafood and Lowcountry dishes up to now, so we’re going to switch things up by diving into some of the best Japanese fare in the area. Among the early-bird offerings are chicken, salmon, steak, shrimp and a number of combinations, all served with soup, salad, vegetables and fried rice.

Those are our personal top picks for early-bird specials here in Myrtle Beach. Are they the only ones? Not by a long shot. Our area is filled with outstanding and award-winning restaurants, and many offer specials throughout the week. While you are here, be sure and ask us about any specific restaurants you might be interested in. The friendly staff at Dayton House Resort is here to help with your vacation every step of the way.