An Open & Shut Case for July 19, 2012

Local Restaurant Notes

For Weekly SurgeJuly 16, 2012 

The new Baltyk Foods European Market is supplying ingredients for authentic Polish and Russian meals. The shop faces the former Myrtle Square Mall site from 27th Avenue North, and inside are shelves lined with specialty Polish and Russian food products, from dry mixes and condiments to sausages, Polish ham and European desserts. Baltyk Foods is at 2701 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, at the back of the building. It's open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the number is 443-6444.

After 16 years operating Jimmagan's at 6003 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, Jimmy Sheedy is having an extensive remodeling job done with all new furniture, a much larger bar with a new granite top, new televisions and even new drink dispensers. The work is taking place while the bar and restaurant is open (if you haven't yet had one of kitchen manager Jack Abroscat's French Dips, you're missing something incredible), and then on Sheedy's 65th birthday there's going to be a big party to celebrate the improvements. The shindig is going down from 3-6 p.m. on July 28 with a free pour of house liquors, appetizers and giveaways. Jimmagan's is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and the number is 497-5450.

SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar in North Myrtle Beach earned one of 10 prestigious mid-level Best of Awards of Excellence bestowed across South Carolina in the 2012 Wine Spectator awards. The "Best of" award requires the restaurants offer a wine list of 400 or more selections, with significant vintage depth or superior breadth in one or more major wine regions; the other nine S.C. restaurants to receive this award are not in the Grand Strand area. SeaBlue is at 503 U.S. 17 N. in North Myrtle Beach, and the number is 249-8800. It's open starting at 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

In early June partners Ed Smith and Bekah Van Deuren opened Phillips Seafood at 1807 21st Ave. N. under a lease agreement with Phillips Seafood. However, a phone message at the restaurant says it would be closed from July 6-8, and a sign on the restaurant's front door says, "Closed for weekend. Sorry for the inconvenience!" As of July 16, the restaurant remained closed, and Phillips' marketing director had not responded to inquiries about when or if the restaurant would reopen.

Due to trademark issues with a restaurant in Maryland, The Blue Crab in Pawleys Island changed its name to Pawleys Raw Bar Crab & Seafood Shack. Soon the restaurant will enclose and air-condition its current screened-in dining area, and there is a new bar menu. Those choices are $2.50 to $6, and include Fish or Shrimp Taco, Shrimp or Chicken Quesadilla, Crab Cake Slider, Barbecue Chicken Pizza and Spicy Pickle Chips. The phone number is 979-2722, and it's open daily for lunch and dinner.

Tianna's Place Southern Soul Food opened recently at 3947 S.C. 544 in the Socastee area of Myrtle Beach, in the former location of Chopstix and Fork American-Asian Diner. The menu includes fried, baked, barbecued or grilled chicken; fried, baked or grilled pork chops; wings; salad; yeast rolls, cornbread and muffins; sides including collard greens, candied yams and glazed carrots; and desserts including house-made pound cake, cobblers, pies and banana pudding.

Toffino's Italian Bakery and Deli on Farrow Parkway near The Market Common has been closed for a few weeks while its expansion and renovations are completed. Previously owner Phil Pecora thought he could reopen by July 5, but as of July 16 the target reopening date is Friday (July 20).

Randy Cassel recently opened Biggy'z Raceway Grill on Highway 15 in Myrtle Beach, at the corner of Park Drive (between 5th and 9th avenues North). The menu includes inexpensive sandwiches and daily specials. Smoking is allowed inside. The phone number is 315-0122, and Biggy'z is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Nigel Cossey opened Papi's Texican Grill at 4310 McCorseley Ave. in Little River in 2009, and in June 2011 he sold it to Dan Amis. Papi's has been closed for several weeks, and the phone has been disconnected.

Jackie's Cafe 17 at 4390 Spa Dr. in Little River has closed. It was open only for a few weeks, and the space is available for lease.

The Surf Diner opened on July 4 on Surfside Pier in Surfside Beach, and the restaurant, which was Nibil's for many years before it moved out and relocated in Myrtle Beach, has been completely remodeled. Most breakfast dishes are less than $9. Lunches and dinners include sandwiches, salads, seafood baskets, pasta and more. Children's meals are mostly $4 each and include fries or fresh fruit. Surf Diner is at 11 N. Ocean Blvd. It's open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and the number is 712-1850.

Off U.S. 17 in Georgetown, a road that is also known as Church Street, Fish Tails Bar & Grill was opened recently by Pamela Lambert; she also owns Castaway's Bar & Grill in Georgetown. Fish Tails is at 532 Church St., which is the space formerly occupied by Rebar (and before that, The Lafayette). The roomy building has pool tables and electronic games, and lunch and dinner are served with choices like the $8 crab-stuffed and bacon-wrapped shrimp appetizer. Several sandwiches, salads and seafood baskets are offered. Operating hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Saturdays, and the number is 461-1349.

Matt "Lumpy" Kelly plans to soon open Lumpy's Bar & Grill 9259 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island. The building is being completely remodeled, and general manager Stephen Howell says the menu will feature seafood, steaks and lots of house specials, including Lumpy's gumbo. At least to start, Lumpy's will be open for dinner and late-night dining. The number is 240-8882.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Sticky Fingers is offering dining specials on the 20th of each month through March 2013. On Friday (July 20), that deal is the Barbecue Trio for the 1992 price of $11. Sticky Fingers Smokehouse has one location in Myrtle Beach at 2461 Coastal Grand Circle and another in North Myrtle Beach at 4200 U.S. 17 S.

Dirty Dick's Crab House is hosting a Christmas Celebration in July from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 25. It's a holiday fund-raiser that will benefit Wounded Warrior and Toys for Tots. For a $20 donation (or $10 and an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more), diners receive a Holiday Cajun Fried Turkey Meal with fried turkey, apple-Andouille stuffing, mashed potatoes, yam casserole, Creole butterbeans, orange-cranberry relish, bread and either pumpkin or apple pie. Half the proceeds from the meal donation will go to the charities. Live entertainment will take place, plus a holiday wine tasting, holiday Tarot card readings, raffles and Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make appearances. Dirty Dick's is at 1101 U.S. 17 N. in North Myrtle Beach, and the number is 663-3499. For advance reservations for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. seatings, call Kathy Maupin at 399-2939.

Rivertown Grill has opened at 2635 N. Main St. in Conway, which is the former location of Seafood Express (and before that, the Red, White and Blue Roadside Grill). A 5-ounce hamburger is $2.75, and a 15-ounce triple burger combo meal with fries and a drink is $8 (which is the most expensive menu item). A barbecue plate with two sides is $7, and there is a veggie burger option. Rivertown Grill is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and the number is 488-4466.

Clark's Seafood and Chop House in Little River is serving a buffet Sunday Brunch that includes a carving station, an omelet station, sides, salads and many other dishes. It's offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, and the price is $20 ages 13-59; $16 ages 60 and older; and $11 ages 12 and younger. Clark's Seafood and Chop House is at 720 U.S. 17 N. in Little River, and the number is 399-8888. It's open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

Since 1996, Jerusalem Restaurant at 1007 Withers Dr. has offered Myrtle Beach visitors and residents a variety of dishes, from Omelets and Falafel to Schnitzel and Shawarma. But the building was recently torn down, and Jerusalem Restaurant is moving a few blocks away to 1210 N. Kings Highway, between The Library restaurant and Thai Cuisine. Remodeling is underway.

Martin's Restaurant at Long Bay Resort in Myrtle Beach has long offered a buffet breakfast, but now the chef, Martin Dobr, is also offering a la carte breakfast items such as Crab Cakes Benedict, Blintzes, Steak and Eggs and Omelets. The new breakfast menu is available from 7-11 a.m. through the summer. The $9 buffet is also still available from 5:30-10:30 a.m. Martin's is at 7200 N. Ocean Blvd., and the number is 449-1368.

Becky Billingsley serves daily restaurant news at MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com.

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