Imagine a crazy, mad scientist. Now mix that mental image with thoughts of modern cuisine. Lastly, throw in some craft cocktails. You should be picturing quite a concoction.
Whether you are a science fanatic or just love trying exciting and different things, make sure to check out the newest restaurant along the Grand Strand — The Chemist. Located just over a mile south of the Dayton House Resort, the town’s new “culinary science lab” is walking distance from the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
After working up an appetite from having some fun in the sun at the Dayton House Resort, enjoying the top thrill rides along the beach and checking out all that historic downtown Myrtle Beach has to offer, get ready to experience something out of this world. From the moment you step foot into the restaurant/laboratory, you’ll know you are in for a treat.
You will literally get to sit at a periodic table where you can take in all of the science that is going on around you. But don’t get so distracted by the molecular models hanging from the ceiling that you forget to look over the glowing glass menu, which is only the beginning of the dining experience. After deciding what drink you will start off with, whether it be water or a handcrafted cocktail, you will receive your drink in a beaker from your server, who might I add wears a lab coat — definitely not the typical dining experience. Some of the unique Chemist cocktails include the Thyme Machine, Professor’s Punch, the Tryptonic, the Radioactive Coke and the Atomic Bulleit. No matter which one you decide on ordering, you are in for an elemental surprise.
Next up on the table are some delicious entrees cooked by an award-winning chef who emphasizes farm-to-table freshness. Just to give you an idea of the mouthwatering dishes available, you can order Buck Rabbit, Sriracha Chicken, Char-Siu Pork Belly, Shrimp Scampi, Wagyu Steak and many other options covering a wide variety of bases. Don't forget to add a tasty soup or salad with your meal, and to come to a sweet conclusion to the mad research, try a Mango Coconut Panna Cotta or the Dark Chocolate Truffles.
If you just can’t enough of the wicked awesome dining experience that the Chemist has to offer — no worries, it doesn’t have to end here. The Bondfire Restaurant Group has two other restaurants located within walking distance of The Chemist, each with unique dining experiences of their own. Myrtle Beach Culinary Tours even offers interactive dining. You can book a tour and geek out over a hands-on culinary experience at all three of the sister restaurants. You start the tour off at The Chemist, where you will learn how to make those oh-so-delicious craft cocktails, while even giving it your own twist. Next, you will head over to Gordo’s Tacos and Tequila, where you will learn how to make their fresh guacamole and even get to enjoy a bite of it with the house-made tortilla chips, accompanied by the margarita of the week. Last on your food frenzy tour will be ART Burger Sushi Bar, where you can enjoy some sushi and half a burger, then spice up the end of your night with a Beach Portrait Nitrogen Martini.