Bandito’s Restaurant and Cantina at 1410 N. Ocean Blvd. will be open for business soon, and a peek at the menu reveals recipes made from scratch using fresh local ingredients. A few examples include Queso Fundido (cheese dip) made with house-smoked tomatoes; five fresh salsas; Mexican Street Corn; and Tamales steamed in corn husks. Bandito’s will open daily at 11 a.m. The Web site isn’t yet online, but the URL is BanditosMyrtleBeach.com.
Lucky Dog Grille at 8724 S.C. 707 has closed after being open a few months. Chuck Murphy and Dana Murphy owned the restaurant. The site was formerly Delaney’s Dog Haus, and before that Hot Dog Queen.
To help longtime employee Lester Barnes, who has many hospital bills related to a staph infection, Joey Arakas of Joe’s Bar & Grill in North Myrtle Beach established a benefit fund. Arakas has 50/50 raffle tickets for sale for $100 each, and a winner will be drawn at the restaurant, which is at 810 Conway St., at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 12. Donations can also be made to Barnes’ fund at CresCom Bank.
If you have used soccer gear in your closet, attic or garage, Jimmy Miller of Jimmyz Hibachi in Myrtle Beach would like to send it to Morocco. Miller’s wife, Kenza Miller, grew up in a tiny Moroccan town called Fkih Ben Salah. Recently the couple learned that although the town’s children love playing soccer, there is no organized program. The Millers also found out that ambulances are in high demand in Morocco, and they sell for big money. Jimmy Miller bought a used ambulance, which he plans to ship to Morocco and sell and use the money to establish a foundation to put a soccer program in local schools. But first, he wants to fill the ambulance with soccer gear. Anyone wishing to donate equipment can call Miller at 246-5577, send him an e-mail at email@example.com or stop by Jimmyz Hibachi at 6108 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach and drop off the gear.
Toffino’s Italian Bakery & Deli has reopened after a month-long remodeling closure. After a half-million dollar investment, Phil Pecora added a roomy dining area, new display cases, a new pizza oven, new restrooms, new paint and ceilings, a handsome brick façade, a four-spout fountain, two outdoor shaded dining patios and two regulation bocce ball courts. The Toffino’s menu is the same for now: omelets and sandwiches for breakfast; and the rest of the day there are hot sandwiches, deli sandwiches, steak sandwiches, pizza, salads and Italian ice. Pastries, cookies, biscotti and breads are baked fresh every day, using 100-year-old family recipes. Pecora said he plans to soon add appetizers to the menu. Toffino’s now has a liquor license, and diners may choose from seven bottled beers. Soon wine will also be sold. Toffino’s is at 550 Farrow Parkway on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, and the number is 477-1598. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Rhonda Morris of Morsel’s Market at 619 Front St. in Georgetown sold the business to Duff Ramsey and K.C. Terry of Virginia. Morris will be at the restaurant for the next couple of weeks helping Ramsey and Terry convert the space into a new restaurant called Krazy Fish Grill, which will have, according to Morris, “…a great menu, a full bar and a very kid-friendly casual atmosphere. They will be keeping many of our menu standards, such as the Reuben and my tomato pies, and they will be adding my shrimp and grits as a daily special, and will be offering a wonderful assortment of tacos, mostly seafood.” The number at Krazy Fish is 527-3250.
Pink Pineapple Bakery plans to soon open in the former site of Surfside Subs at 810 3rd Ave. S., Surfside Beach. This business is in front of Benjamin’s Bakery.
Clemson Extension is publishing a guide to fresh local food sources, and agent Blake Lanford needs restaurant information. Any restaurant in Horry, Georgetown, Williamsburg, Florence, Marion, Marlboro, Dillon, Chesterfield and Darlington counties that serve dishes using local foods can contact Lanford to be included in the guide at no charge. He also wants to feature recipes from 10 of these restaurants. Any local restaurant that wants to be listed in the Waccamaw/Pee Dee Local Food Passport and possibly have a recipe included can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 365-6715 Ext. 115.
Becky Billingsley serves daily restaurant news at MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com.