Thousands taste Grand Strand’s best dishes at Taste of the Town

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Thousands of people spent Tuesday evening at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, enjoying the best cuisine the Grand Strand has to offer.

Approximately 45 vendors served their signature dishes at St. Andrew Catholic School’s 33rd Annual Taste of the Town. Event organizers say more than 4,600 people stopped by the event by 7:30 p.m.

The event draws anywhere from 7,000 to 9,000 people each year, school officials told News13. Attendees could sample dishes from various restaurants for $1 per food ticket. Dishes ranged from entrees to appetizers and desserts.

While the event only lasted from 4 – 10 p.m., the benefits of participating reach far beyond Tuesday night.

“We come here, we taste the food, and if we like it, we make a night and go to the restaurant,” attendee David Snyder said.

Below is a list of Taste of the Town 2016 winners:

JUDGED BEST ENTRÉE                                                       

1st Place:  Duck Breast BLT – Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill

2nd Place:  Sichuan Braised Pork Cheeks – Café Amalfi

3rd Place:   Autumn Spiced Pan Seared Scallops – Sea Captain’s House

JUDGED BEST DESSERT

1st Place:  Sea Captain’s House – White chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Ginger Snap

2nd Place:  Café Amalfi – Apricot & Raspberry Petit Fours w/White Chocolate Ganache

3rd Place:  Greg Norman’s  – Salted Carmel Brownie

JUDGED BEST BOOTH DESIGN (LARGE BOOTH)                         

1st Place:  Lil Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

2nd Place:  Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill

3rd Place:   Sea Captain’s House

JUDGED BEST BOOTH DESIGN (SMALL BOOTH)

1st Place:  Bimini’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Café

2nd Place:  Chili’s

3rd Place:  AJ’s Pizza

PEOPLE’S CHOICE (Polled ages 13+)                          

Favorite Restaurant (Entrée):  21 Main

Favorite Restaurant (Dessert):  Sea Captain’s House

KID’S CHOICE (Polled ages 12 & under)

Favorite Restaurant (Entrée):  Jimmyz Original Hibachi

Favorite Restaurant (Dessert): The Melting Pot