Grand Strand Restaurants Review
Brand new House of Blues menu features creations
by celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez
The rumors that have been flying in recent months about changes at the House of Blues are now real news, not only at the Myrtle Beach House of Blues location, but also at the other 12 company restaurants located throughout the nation.
The newly re-decorated restaurant is now called “Crossroads at House of Blues,” which is a perfect name for what the menu is offering. The traditional atmosphere at the restaurant is not changing…there are still the folk art displays and yes, you can still order Jambalaya but there is a whole new collection of road signs and pictures from all over the world.
Master Chef Aaron Sanchez, known to millions of TV fans on the Food Network at through personal appearances all over the nation, has created a menu that mirrors the extraordinary diversity of food that can be found around the world, but it is also remarkably simple and appealing.
Some of the newer offerings include shrimp and grits, short rib meatball sliders, hand stretched grilled flatbreads, chile braised short ribs and street tacos.
The House of Blues has a national reputation as the place for top level entertainment as well as its own brand of cuisine. It’s a combination that HOB Chief Executive Officer Ron Bension (correct spelling) says appeals to Americans who “get it.” He says the goal is to satisfy Americans’ changing tastes. “They’re influencers and they know what’s relevant.”
Many House of Blues customers make their visit to the unusual restaurant a combination dining and show experience, but on the weekends they also can enjoy a Saturday morning buffet breakfast and a Gospel lunch on Sunday.
One of the favorites of Tex-Mex fans is the quesadilla, and it’s served as an appetizer at the House of Blues. It is not for the meek as the flour tortillas are stuffed with poblano chiles, fire roasted red peppers, onions, wild mushrooms, roasted tomatillo salsa and a blend of cheeses. Also on the appetizer menu are hand stretched grilled flatbreads, sliders, chicken wings and tacos.
The new entrée menu is made up of what Chef Sanchez calls American Classics. There are Chile Braised Short Ribs, Shrimp and Grits, a twelve-ounce Ribeye Steak, a Trio of Cheese Rigatoni, Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Citrus Grilled Chicken.
The salads are almost meals in themselves. The Citrus Marinated Steak Salad is loaded with different ingredients such as pecans, ginger, Feta cheese, Pico de Gallo, avocado and jalapenos. There’s also a loaded Cobb Salad, a Caesar Salad and a house salad.
For sandwich lovers, there’s a pulled pork combination, a classic club, and a Southwestern chicken sandwich. House of Blues burgers are as varied and unusual as one might find in any location in the country. At the top of the list is the “Build Your Own Burger,” which is everything that it suggests. There’s a smoked BBQ Bacon Burger, a Wild Mushroom Burger, an Island Turkey Burger, and Juicy Lucy, which comes with bacon, cheese and jalapenos with chipotle mayo.
There are numerous sides and a selection of desserts including Bourbon Bread Pudding. The wine selection is extensive and there are about a dozen brands of beer available.
HOUSE OF BLUES
4640 Highway 17 S.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
(843) 272-3000 | Menu
Restaurant Type: Casual, Family
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Food Type: American, Southern
Features: Alcohol Served, Child Friendly, Entertainment, Full Menu, Group Seating, Handicap Accessible, No Smoking Area, Open Holidays, Outdoor Dining, Private Room
Avg Cost: $10-$20. Location: North