An open and shut case for Sept. 27, 2012

Local Restaurant Notes

For Weekly SurgeSeptember 25, 2012 

Hard Rock Café at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach (just look for the pyramid) is rock and rolling out new menu items including Balsamic Tomato Bruschetta, Pan Seared Sea Scallops over creamed corn with tarragon, Smokehouse Chopped Salad, Chicken Marsala over Emerald Green Risotto, Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin, and Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate Drizzle. Hard Rock also has a pink cocktail being sold during October called Tropical Tatas with Ciroc coconut vodka, Southern Comfort, Coco Real and Strawberry Puree. It comes in a large logo Hard Rock glass you get to keep, and a portion of its $13 price goes to breast cancer research.

A new Eggs Up Grill is going into the former location of Garden City Beach Café at 2520 U.S. 17 Business S. in Garden City Beach. It takes a few months for new stores to be upfitted and ready for business. This will be the sixth area Eggs Up Grill.

Tickets are available for the Myrtle Beach’s Next Best Chef Competition taking place starting at 7 p.m. on Friday at Zulu Tapas Lounge in Myrtle Beach, when five local chefs are going to engage in an Iron Chef-style battle. Tickets are $20, and in addition to admission the evening includes a buffet-style sampling of the chefs’ dishes, dessert, a non-alcoholic beverage and a wine pairing. They can be purchased at any of the participating chefs’ restaurants. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Casa 2, which provides shelter and services for women who are victims of domestic abuse. Zulu Tapas Lounge is at 9668 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 213-1730.

The five chefs are:

Kevin Levine – Scatori’s Pizzeria, Myrtle Beach

Nick Batchelder – Louis’s at Sanford’s, Pawleys Island

Bradley Boandl – Bistro 90, Longs

Jeff Ray – Zulu Lounge & Bistro, Myrtle Beach

Trey Bell – Ailsa Pub, Myrtle Beach

Looking for a local spot where you can cheer on your pigskin team and get food and drink specials? If your team scores, free shots are poured if you’re wearing your team’s jersey at the 19th Hole Grill & Sports Lounge at 4378 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. There is a free nacho bar on all NFL days and during Saturday college games at the north location of Damon’s at 801 U.S. 17 S. in North Myrtle Beach. All-you-care-to-eat wings and chili are $10 on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, and on Thursday game days/nights, at Dead Dog Saloon at 4079 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. Women wearing football jerseys get to drink Bud Light Draft for free during Sunday games at Gracie’s at the Point at 9400 Shore Dr. in Myrtle Beach. Earn chances to win football-related prizes, including Super Bowl tickets, at Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach.

Jerry Novak and Nancy Novak of North Myrtle Beach have seen the fruits of their labor, Simply Southern Gourmet mustards, rewarded by being named one of the Best New Products of 2012 by The Gourmet Retailer magazine. Their mustards are in many stores now, but they can also be purchased on-line at www.simplysoutherngourmet.com.

A Starbucks is being built in the new strip shopping center under construction by the Bojangles’ restaurant at 104 Loyola Dr. near Surfside Beach, which is off U.S. 17 Bypass just south of the intersection with S.C. 544.

Ocean Garden Buffet at 1400 S. Kings Highway in North Myrtle Beach has closed permanently. A second location of Ocean Garden Buffet at 901 U.S. 17 Business in Surfside Beach remains open, and there are no plans to close it according to restaurant management.

Two Cook-Out restaurants are opening in the Myrtle Beach area. The first will open this year in the Conway area. Amanda Stanley at the corporate office in North Carolina confirmed the opening but said she was not sure of the restaurant’s exact location. RestaurantActivityReport.com says, “A new 3,640-sqft location of Cook Out is scheduled to open at Highway 501 South in Conway, South Carolina.” Stanley also said the company plans to open a Cook-Out in Myrtle Beach in 2013. Cook-Out is a privately owned chain of restaurants with more than 100 locations in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina. Morris Reaves in Greensboro, N.C., founded the company and Reaves’ son, Jeremy Reaves, is the CEO. The menu is known for barbecue, burgers, chicken sandwiches and hot dogs at low prices.

Ho Wah’s Chinese Restaurant at 409 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach experienced a kitchen fire in July that destroyed much of the restaurant’s interior. Brad Jordan, president of Accord Architects & Engineers in Myrtle Beach, says his company, “…will provide all of the architecture and engineering services needed to get them back up and running. This includes architecture design, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering design. We hope to have them back in business as soon as possible.”

Bo-Doo’s BBQ at Santino’s, at 3221 S.C. 701 in Conway, has closed.

Phillips Seafood at 1807 21st Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach is closed for the season. As in years past, the plan is to reopen in May.

Through Sept. 29, Coccadotts Cake Shop at 106 Sayebrook Parkway (by the new Target) in Myrtle Beach is selling pink cupcakes for $2.50 each, and half the price will be donated to the Best Chance Network that provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to low income women ages 47-64 in South Carolina who meet specific guidelines.

Several restaurants in downtown Conway are participating in a food-sampling event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Diners can go to the Conway Visitor Center at 903 3rd Ave. to pick up a wristband and a map showing where the participating restaurants are located, then visit the restaurants and pay $2-$4 each for food samples. So there is enough food to go around, diners are required to register at conwayalive.com or by calling Conway Dine Around at 248-6260. Participating restaurants include Crady’s, The Trestle, Skip’s Grill & Chill, The Crafty Rooster, Solano’s Trattoria, Bodega, KC’s Deli and Rivertown Java.

Chefs interested in participating in the annual Souper Supper scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 at Valor Park at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach should contact Lee Zulanch at 477-1100 or tobenjaminsbakery@sc.rr.com. The event is hosted by the Myrtle Beach Chapter of the American Culinary Federation, and dozens of area chefs will provide all the soup samples people care to eat, plus bread, beverages and desserts, for one ticket price. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults or $7 for children. Advance tickets that can be purchased at MyrtleBeachACF.com are $11 or $6, plus tax.

Becky Billingsley serves daily restaurant news at MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com.

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