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Local Restaurant Notes

For Weekly SurgeJune 19, 2012 

Cypress Camping Resort is a new campground beside the Intracoastal Waterway at 101 Cypress RV Way in Socastee (behind Socastee High School), and Morgan Woolard is operating Waterway Cafe there. The cafe has a boat dock, and it's open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. serving sandwiches, finger foods, candy, drinks and more. The number is 450-9030.

A live blue crab race dubbed the International DDX Olympic Crab Race is taking place at 4 p.m. Saturday at Dirty Dick's Crab House at 1101 U.S. 17 N. in North Myrtle Beach. Donations for lane sponsorships will benefit Camp Kemo, a week-long summer camp cancer patients and their siblings ages 5-18. The number at Dirty Dick's is 663-3499.

Gracie's at the Point recently replaced Toppers at the Pointe, the large first-floor restaurant at Sands Beach Club, which is at the extreme south end of Shore Drive in Myrtle Beach. The public is welcome to park at Sands Beach Club to patronize Gracie's, which has four new partner-owners. John Mathena is one of those owners, and the restaurant is named in honor of his yellow lab named Lady Grace. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Happy Hour is 4-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The menu ranges from Biscuits and Gravy to salads, sandwiches and entrees. From 7-10 p.m. Mondays there is live music, and there are daily drink specials such as Tequila Tuesdays with $3.50 Margaritas. Gracie's at the Point is inside Sand Beach Club at 9400 Surf Dr. in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 692-5354.

Little Pigs BBQ at 6102 Frontage Rd. had a cooker fire on June 3, and damage has caused the restaurant to be closed while renovations are completed. Tony Brumfield of Full Steam Ahead, Inc., says work is on schedule for the restaurant to reopen on Wednesday (June 25).

Sam Laurens, a local businessman who owns Myrtle Beach restaurants SoHo, Kono Asian Grill, Kansas City Steakhouse and others opened Crab King at 6401 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach in the former location of The Fish House. The $26 buffet includes traditional Calabash-style fried seafood and crab legs. The number is 213-1563, and it opens daily at 2:30 p.m.

Wesley Rundle and Joshua Lentz are soon opening The 19th Hole Grill & Sports Lounge at 4378 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, in the former location of the Big Ass Sandwich Co. They're planning for community tables and cocktail tables, bar seating, a comfortable lounge area, pool tables and video games. The menu will include burgers and sandwiches, and the target opening day is sometime in July.

Rocco's New York Deli & Cafe, a restaurant off S.C. 90 in Longs, has a new second location at the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center cafeteria at 809 82nd Parkway in Myrtle Beach.. The menu is mostly the same as at the original location with hearty breakfasts and overstuffed sandwiches. The hospital restaurant hours are daily from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cupcakes by Cravinley's is now open at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, near Ripley's Aquarium at 1112 Celebrity Circle. Owners Bradley Livingston and Maria Izquierda decided to expand from their original Garden City Beach location to provide their distinctive mini-cupcakes and sandwiches to a new customer base. The shop also has freshly baked croissants, fresh fruit cups, mini-cheesecakes and pies and salads. The number is 443-9300.

Roger Digby and Pat Digby opened Sweet Carolina's Lowcountry Grill Smoke House on June 7 at Broadway at the Beach, between Yamato's and Just Sugar. The Lowcountry menu includes barbecue, Smokehouse Chicken, seafood platters, salads, Fried Green Tomatoes with house-made Vidalia Onion Relish, Seafood Bisque, Blackened Lowcountry Shrimp Wrap and house-made desserts such as Pineapple Upside Down Cake. It's open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the number is 444-5522.

Executive Chef James Clark left his job at The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes to take a new position as Executive Chef at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C. Chef Clark took over as Executive Chef at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in October 2007.

Farlo's Burrito Bar is now open at 815 Main St. in Myrtle Beach, and owner John "Farlo" Farrelly is busy dishing up customized burritos, burrito bowls and burrito salads. Meats are marinated and slow-roasted, and several salsa choices include a roasted corn option. Chips and fresh chunky guacamole are $2, while a child's meal of two tacos and juice is $4. Bottled beer is sold along with soda, bottled water and bottled teas. Farlo's Burrito Bar is at 815 Main St. in Myrtle Beach, across from the zip line at the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion site. It's open starting at 11 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and the number is 712-2307.

This year Phillips Seafood, which opened in Myrtle Beach in 2003, has leased the restaurant at 1807 21st Ave. N. to partners Ed Smith and Bekah Van Deuren of Grand Strand Management, Inc. Their executive chef is Shane Moody, and the menu features many classic Phillips dishes (Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Crab Imperial-stuffed Flounder) and several new recipes such as Tilapia with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce and The Strand Stack Sandwich, which is open-faced and topped with a lump crab cake, Muenster cheese, bacon, avocado, fried egg, sweet and sour slaw and hand-cut fries. Phillips Seafood has happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, when select drinks are $3 and appetizers are half-price. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Pabst Blue Ribbon drafts are $1. The market was supposed to open for lunch starting at 10 a.m. on June 15, but at 11:30 a.m. on June 18 the phone was not answered. Dinner starts daily at 4 p.m.

American Bistro, which opened in April at 1004 Glenforest Rd. in Carolina Forest in the former Max & Erma's location, has been closed for more than a week. A sign on the front door says it is "Closed Tempory" (sic).

Behind American Bistro, in the shopping center where a now-closed Piggly Wiggly grocery store used to be the anchor at 2132 Oakheart Rd., La Hacienda Mexican restaurant closed. The other La Hacienda restaurant at 5711 Dick Pond Rd. in the Socastee area of Myrtle Beach remains open, and staff says there are no plans for that location to close. The number there is 650-3588.

Edward Milardo is baking two kinds of pizzas at Milardo's Pizzeria & Sports Pub, which is located in the former Cooter's Backyard Bar & Grill at 3264 U.S. 17 S. in Murrells Inlet. The restaurant is roomy with a large bar area, and in addition to Sicilian and New York-style pizzas, there are calzones, stromboli, pasta entrees, grinders, salads and finger foods. Happy Hour is from 4-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays when domestic drafts are $2, well drinks are $3 and select appetizers are $5. Milardo's opens daily at 11:30 a.m., delivery is available and the number is 651-7770.

El Cerro Mexican Restaurant at 2696 Beaver Run Blvd. needs more space, so it's moving out from Millennium Run Plaza near the Surfside Beach area Super Wal-Mart and building a standalone restaurant nearby, between S.C. 544 and the Wells Fargo bank.

Brat Haus in Longs (15 minutes west of Myrtle Beach) has new hours and new menu items. New dishes include Potato Pancakes with applesauce, house-made Spaetzle and Sauerbraten. Also, Thueringer Brats are now $13 for all-you-care-to-eat. The new hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; and noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Brat Haus is at 7050 S.C. 90, a half-mile east of S.C. 22. The number is 492-0091.

For more than 13 years Mike Kaminsky at Kaminsky's NY Deli has been making and bottling a grilling sauce he serves as a dipping sauce to go with his sandwich called Precinct 75. The name is a dedication to Kaminsky's son, who is a New York City police officer. The sauce is also available for purchase by the bottle, but until now the sauce hasn't had a name. Kaminsky is offering $50 and lunch for two at Kaminsky's for the person who comes up with a saucy name he likes, and anyone can stop by the restaurant and request a complimentary sample so they can taste what they're naming. Kaminsky's is at 7223 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 213-1261.

Louis's at Sanford's is serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The a la carte menu includes Greek Yogurt and Granola with Fresh Fruit; Buttermilk Biscuit with Sausage Gravy; French Toast with Sorghum Butter, plus Bacon or Sausage; Country Eggs Benedict with a buttermilk biscuit, Benton's country ham, fresh local eggs and Hollandaise; Shrimp, Pepper, Mushroom and Swiss Omelet; and Sunday Skillet Fried Chicken with green beans, squash casserole, rice and gravy, and a buttermilk biscuit. Two special brunch beverages are Mango Fizz and Brandy Milk Punch. Louis's at Sanford's is at 251 Willbrook Blvd. in Pawleys Island, and the number is 237-5400.

Eat great food, enjoy an open bar and you might even walk away with a door prize at The South Carolina Maritime Museum's Summer Solstice Celebration scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $30 at the door, and food includes chilled summer salads and desserts prepared by Sally Swineford of The River Room; Susan Hibbs, one of the former owners of The Rice Paddy; and museum board members. The South Carolina Maritime Museum is waterfront at 729 Front St. in Georgetown, and the number is 520-0111.

Springmaid Beach Resort and Conference Center at 3200 S. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach has launched an oceanfront Sunday night luau featuring Roast Pork, Blackened Salmon, Teriyaki Short Ribs, Traditional Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, Huli Huli Chicken, Hawaiian-style Fried Rice, Macadamia Coconut Cream Pie, Red Velvet Cake and Chocolate Bananas Foster Caramel Cake. While guests dine, entertainment from Chief Kamu's Fire and Hula Show begins with performances of traditional and modern dances in a variety of costumes. Tickets for the luau are $39 for ages 13 and older or $13 for ages 12 and younger. Reservations can be made by calling 315-7100.

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