Croissants Bistro & Bakery, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
When I found myself invited to Croissants Bistro & Bakery in Myrtle Beach, SC, I thought soup and sandwiches. I’ve been to the Atlantic Bread Company and Panera’s Bread and am familiar with their menus. Well, I was totally mistaken. Croissants is not a chain. Its atmosphere is intimate; its bistro menu is impressive.
When Heidi suggested the five course regional tasting menu, I went with her recommendations and feasted on French cuisine southern style. Chef Bryan Bodle use fresh ingredients, local and regional foods, and seasonal produce to create a gourmet meal.
The guests at our table sipped Houghton Semillon Sauvignon Blanc from W. Australia and nibbled on fresh baked french bread until the starter appeared. It was a golden tomato tart made from locally grown tomatoes, topped with micro greens and accompanied by butterfried wild caught South Carolina shrimp.
Soon the second course appeared to my delight. I love fish and savored every bite of my Murrells Inlet red snapper medallion with corn okra stew. I left nothing on the plate. The portions had been delicious and ample.
Next came grilled South Carolina quail accompanied with creamy adluh grits infused with homemade pimento cheese and french-style green beans. Since I never had quail before, I sampled it carefully. This was a delicacy and not at all gamy. The grits on my dinner plate surpassed any I ever had. I wished there were more.
As glasses were filled with Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir (2006) from Argentina, I delighted to see the next entree, grilled-roasted pork chops served with scalloped potatoes and homemade apple butter. It was superb. I really wanted to eat it all but knew better. Alas! One does not ask for doggie bags in fine restaurants.
As the table was cleared, I wondered if the finale was a European-style pastry. As homemade vanilla ice cream garnished with South Carolina blueberries accompanied by a cake truffle duo made with local pecans was placed before me, I could wish for nothing better. The vanilla and chocolate confectioneries were works of art.
If you are in the Myrtle Beach area, Croissants is a must. It is one of the best restaurants in which I have had the pleasure to dine. Its reputation is built on fifteen years of quality and service. Its food is affordable. I am sure you will enjoy your dining experience. My compliments to the Chef!
Croissants is located at The Beach First Center, 3751 Robert Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC.