Savor Fine Dining at Budget Prices at Fowler Dining Room

By:Libby Wiersema


Enjoy your favorite beach eats on your next trip to the Grand Strand, but leave room for a little fine dining, too. No budget worries – for less than the cost of a seafood buffet, you can sit down to a white tablecloth experience and still have money for the water park.

The Fowler Dining Room is making waves throughout the Myrtle Beach area as the new hot spot for discerning diners. Creative, skillfully executed dishes are served here by reservation only to accommodate a growing following as well as the student chefs fine-tuning their already impressive skills in the kitchen.

Formerly located at the Horry Georgetown Technical College main campus in Conway, Fowler Dining Room reopened in 2016 near Market Commons as part of the school’s International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach. The facility, outfitted with two pastry labs and training kitchens, a production kitchen, retail bakery, dining room and bar, is a multifaceted, state-of-the-art classroom for aspiring chefs. But don’t get hung up on the word “aspiring.” There’s plenty of talent here turning out world class cuisine for appreciative guests.

Under the expert direction of experienced chefs, Fowler Dining Room serves as the perfect proving ground for the students, who create the menus with a focus on technique, taste, creativity and freshness. Locally sourced ingredients add farm-to-table flair. Come to the table expecting dining on par with some of the best in the state.

For a first course, you might choose the soup du jour or a gourmet option such as grilled asparagus with asparagus puree, bacon lardons and maple syrup balsamic reduction. There might be wood oven roasted salmon accompanied by stone ground grits, cider glazed carrots and braised kale accented with smoked tomato barbecue sauce offered as an entree. Or perhaps you’re a beef lover, in which case you’d go for the hickory grilled New York strip with celeriac whipped potatoes, hearth-roasted mushrooms, sauteed haricots verts and pomegranate gastrique.

Desserts get the same thoughtful attention, so prepare to be impressed from start to finish. Wine and coffee are offered for perfect pairings. If it sounds a little highfalutin, you get the drift: This isn’t fast food.

Like many of South Carolina’s finest eateries, the menu at Fowler Dining Room changes according to availability of ingredients. Because days and times of operation are limited, make lunch and dinner reservations far in advance. And once you snag a coveted seat at the table, sit back, soak in the elegant ambiance and indulge in one of South Carolina's best-kept culinary secrets.

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