Exterior patio at Big Chill Island House in Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. It overlooks the waterway; has an oak tree with lights

11 Dishes from Big Chill Island House That You Need to Try ASAP

From Bao Buns to Birria Ramen, These Menu Items Will Blow Your Mind

Big Chill Island House at Barefoot Landing is bringing the tropical vibes to North Myrtle Beach, and we’re here for it! This new hotspot is not just about the killer atmosphere, three awesome bars, and live entertainment—though those are definite perks. The real magic happens on the plate, thanks to Executive Chef Tirso Ramos. This culinary genius has crafted a menu that’s unlike anything else in the area. Everything on the menu is pure gold, but here are eight of our absolute favorites that you need to try ASAP.

1. Short Rib Bao Buns | STARTERS

Starting off strong with the Short Rib Bao Buns, these fluffy steamed buns are filled with kung pao short rib, jalapeños, onions, and peppers, all topped with spicy mayo. Each bite is a perfect mix of tender, spicy, and savory goodness that’ll leave you wanting more.

2. Tres Empanadas | STARTERS

Next up, the Tres Empanadas. These Venezuelan-style empanadas are stuffed with sofrito and peri-peri marinated shrimp, then fried to perfection in corn dough and served with a side of spicy mayo. Crispy on the outside, flavorful on the inside—these empanadas are a must-try in North Myrtle Beach.

3. The Island Bowl | SALADS & BOWLS

For something hearty and packed with island flavors, The Island Bowl is a top pick. This dish features shrimp cooked in sofrito sauce, island fritters, avocado puree, pork belly, and lime-marinated red peppers and onions, all served over white rice. It’s a tropical fiesta in a bowl!

4. The Islander | SAMMIES

Seafood lovers, rejoice! The Islander sandwich showcases the fresh catch of the day, seared with blackening spice and topped with lemon aioli, shredded lettuce, and tomato, all nestled in a toasted brioche bun. It’s a beachy bite that’s light, flavorful, and oh-so-satisfying.

5. Island House Lobster Roll | SIGNATURES

Indulge in the Island House Lobster Roll, featuring butter-griddled King’s Hawaiian rolls stuffed with chunks of lobster meat tossed in creamy avocado mayo and shredded lettuce. It’s a luxurious, mouth-watering treat that you won’t want to miss.

6. Ceviche | SIGNATURES

Ceviche lovers, prepare to be wowed. Choose between the Leche De Tigre Ceviche, with fresh mahi marinated in Leche de Tigre, onions, peppers, avocado, and sweet potato puree, or the Tuna Nikkei Ceviche, featuring ponzu-marinated tuna in a ginger and lemongrass-infused coconut milk. Both are served with crunchy plantain chips and are perfect for sharing.

7. Birria Beef Ramen | SIGNATURES

We’ve been on the hunt for the best Birria Ramen in Myrtle Beach, and Big Chill Island House delivers. This dish features slow-cooked short ribs, ramen noodles in a rich chili-infused broth, topped with a soft-boiled egg, sweet onion, avocado, jalapeños, lime, and cilantro. It’s the ultimate comfort food with a spicy kick.

8. Chicken Peanut Mango Salad | SIGNATURES

For a flavorful salad, the Chicken Peanut Mango Salad is a perfect choice. Grilled chicken, house-made lettuce blend, fresh mango, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, mint, and peanuts tossed Thai vinaigrette. It’s a bright and zesty dish that’s perfect for a light lunch or dinner.

9. Hawaiian Kalua Pork | ISLAND CLASSICS

A true taste of the islands, the Hawaiian Kalua Pork is slow-cooked in a banana leaf, infusing it with rich, smoky flavor. It’s served with grilled pineapple, pasta salad, and a Hawaiian roll, making it a hearty and satisfying meal that transports you straight to Hawaii.

10. Banana Leaf Mahi Mahi | LAND & SEA

For a light yet flavorful dish, the Banana Leaf Mahi Mahi is a standout. Fresh mahi is cut in-house, marinated with red chili paste, and steamed in a banana leaf, then topped with red peppers and onions. It’s beautifully presented and as delicious as it is healthy.

11. Leche Rum | DESSERTS

Finish your meal on a sweet note with the Leche Rum. This indulgent dessert features layers of vanilla brown butter rum cake and dulce de leche on top of a caramelized foam. It’s the perfect sweet ending to your tropical feast.

Bonus! The Cocktails

What’s a tropical meal without some killer cocktails? Specifically, try the Painkilla, served in a specialty glass with light rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, cream of coconut, rum floater and nutmeg. Or go for the Sunset Margarita, also served in a specialty glass, with tequila, triple sec,  sour mix, orange juice, strawberry puree, and lime. Both are refreshing, flavorful, and perfect for sipping!

Additionally, Big Chill Island House isn’t just about the food—though, let’s be honest, that’s the main event. Plus, the island-inspired decor makes you feel like you’re on a mini-vacation, the 3 bars offer panoramic waterway views to cozy indoor settings, and the live entertainment keeps the vibe lively and fun.

Whether you’re here for a casual lunch, a special dinner, or a night out with friends, this is your new go-to spot in North Myrtle Beach. So what are you waiting for? Dive into these amazing dishes and experience the magic for yourself!

Rachel Alcazar

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Rachel is an award-winning designer and a 2018 Winthrop University Graphic Design graduate, known for her creativity and community spirit. Since graduating, Rachel has been a key member of Coastal Insider and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Coastal Real Estate. She crafts all marketing materials, including postcards and booklets, for the real estate side, while at Coastal Insider, she plans social media calendars, writes articles, designs cohesive social media feeds, creates ads, assists with content creation and photography, and produces weekly emails. Rachel excels at transforming ideas into engaging visuals, driving results, and connecting with audiences.