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Halloween Cuisine

Children can get treats all day long at Pawleys Island Tavern (10635 Ocean Highway, 333-4077) on Halloween (Oct. 31), and then there’s an adult costume party with prizes, shot specials and live entertainment which starts at 8 p.m.

Kids in Halloween costumes get to eat for free, with the purchase of adult entrees, all day on Halloween (Oct. 31) at Hard Rock Café at Broadway at the Beach (946-0007), and from 4-6 p.m. at TBonz Gill and Grill at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach (272-7111).

The SunCruz Aquasino casino boat, which docks at the Little River waterfront, is having a Halloween cruise that leaves the dock at 7 p.m. on Halloween (Oct. 31). Boarding fees range from $25-$40, depending which dining package is chosen, and there will be a Halloween party with $500 cash for the best costume. Call 280-2933 to book a spot.

Through Oct. 31, Crossroads at House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach is having a $25 three-course VooDoo Dinner Special. The meal includes Voodoo Shrimp appetizer, a choice of entrée – Half Rack of Ribs or Applewood Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf – each with two sides; and Bourbon Bread Pudding. Call 913-3746 to make a reservation.

The Murrells Inlet MarshWalk restaurants have coordinated events on Halloween (Oct. 31). Children can go trick-or-treating at the restaurants from 5-6 p.m. and take part in a Children’s costume parade. Meet at the pirate statue at Drunken Jack’s at 6 p.m. for a children’s costume contest with first-, second- and third-place prizes for scariest, funniest and most creative costumes. For the adults, there will be drink and dinner specials and a 10 p.m. costume contest at Drunken Jack’s with $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place and $350 cash plus $175 in restaurant gift certificates for third and fourth places. The contestants have to visit each of the seven MarshWalk restaurants and collect a paper bracelet to be eligible for judging and prizes.

Celebrity Square of Terror at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach has trick-or-treating for children from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, and then an adult party starts at 7:30 p.m. with first-, second- and third-place prizes for the best adult costumes.

New restaurants

Named in honor of the owner’s dog, Spanky’s Pub House is scheduled to open in early 2013 at the north end of Myrtle Beach. Owners Bob Ross and Carrie Ross have a contracting business in Raleigh, N.C., and they hired restaurant industry veteran Anna Holland of Greenville to oversee getting Spanky’s ready to open. The site is at 9776 Kings Rd., by another restaurant called Pizza Chef. Holland says the intent is to have, “…a nice bar with fresh food made from scratch, like hand-patted burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, wings and sandwiches.” Holland can be reached by e-mail at

Brenda King took over the former Beach Boys Deli at 4002 Socastee Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, and she is serving Rhode Island-style hot dogs at Lil’ Taste of Rhody. What is a Rhode Island hot dog you say? They are all-beef wieners with marinated meat sauce, onions, mustard and celery salt. Her meat sauce, King says, should not be confused with southern-style hot dog chili, because her meat topping is saltier and dryer. In addition to hot dogs, there are deli-style sandwiches, salads, sides, ice cream and a Rhode Island drink called Coffee Milk that’s made with coffee syrup. Rhody’s is a carry-out restaurant, but there are umbrella-topped outdoor picnic tables where diners are welcome to sit and eat while watching traffic whiz by on Socastee Boulevard. Lil’ Taste of Rhody is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the number is 467-5945.

Gem City Pizza opened in the spring of 2012 at 819 Main St. in Myrtle Beach, and recently its owners, Eric Archey, A.J. Hunt and Scott Roman, opened a second location in Toronto, Ohio. Archey says the new shop is, “…doing eight to nine times the business” more than the Myrtle Beach location.

Barefoot Resort Bar & Grill in North Myrtle Beach was closed in May by Howie Lavin, but now it has new owners and a new name. Jim Finley and Donna Finley, who also own Harry the Hat’s on Lake Arrowhead Road in Myrtle Beach, are the new owners of Putter’s Pub. The menu lists wood-fired pizzas, seafood baskets, salads, soups, sandwiches, finger foods and dinner entrees. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight, and happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays when appetizers are $1 off and Bud Light and Yuengling drafts are $2.50. Putters Pub is at 5183 Barefoot Resort Bridge Rd., and the number is 390-3227.

Closed restaurants

Murray & Mike’s Restaurant Bake Shop at 799 U.S. 17 Business S. in Surfside Beach had its last day of business on Oct. 14. Owner Murray Stahler says the original location at 2954 Howard Ave. at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach will remain open, and he plans to soon open another Surfside Beach location.

Cool Daddy’s Bar & Grill at 670 U.S. 17 S. in Surfside Beach has closed. Phil Salone opened it in May; he opened the first Cool Daddy’s about three years ago at 300 9th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach, which also closed.

Might as Well Bar & Grill at 3505 S.C. 544 in Conway, which opened in 2009, has closed. A staff member at the Wilmington, N.C. location of Might as Well says the Conway closure is temporary, and it will reopen.

Leigha Powell opened Rivertown Java in July at 1028 3rd Ave. in Conway, but the business is now closed and furnishings have been removed. In addition to coffees and teas, she served milkshakes, pastries and sandwiches.

Meal deals

Chef Ed Murray, Jr., of the Parson’s Table in Little River has scheduled a fall wine dinner that starts at 6:30 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 29). For $40, plus tax and tip, the menu includes six courses with paired wines. The speaker is Michael Lane, CWS, CS. Call 249-3702 for reservations; The Parson’s Table is at 4305 McCorsley Ave. in Little River.

Carolina Fish Fry Co. is offering at least through Thanksgiving, and maybe longer, 14 different meals where two of them may be purchased for $10. A few of the choices are Flounder Basket (baskets come with slaw, hush puppies and fries), Creek Shrimp Basket, Greek Gyro and Flounder Wrap. Carolina Fish Fry Co. is at 4515 U.S. 17 S. in North Myrtle Beach, across from Barefoot Landing. It opens daily at 11 a.m., and the number is 273-0258.

From 6-9 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 27), one hour of bowling plus shoes, a slice of pizza and iced tea are $14 for adults and $10 for children at the Frank Entertainment complex at Inlet Square Mall. The event, called Bowling for a Cause, will benefit McLeod Children’s Hospital in Florence. The mall is at 10125 Frontage Rd. in Murrells Inlet, and to buy tickets call 467-5816.

If you buy at least two entrees at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Myrtle Beach, you can get a free order of their Barbecued Shrimp Appetizer if you have the coupon which can be downloaded at Ruth’s Chris is at 8211 Marina Parkway in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 839-9500.

Holiday candles will be available for purchase and complimentary samples of sparkling wines and appetizers will be offered at Illumination, a holiday event scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 2, at Dirty Dick’s Crab House at 1101 U.S. 17 N. in North Myrtle Beach. A $15 three-course holiday meal will also be available. Call 663-3499 for details and reservations.

Barbecue plates will be sold for $8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 3, at Belin United Methodist Church at 3579 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., church members are having a bazaar sale, and there will be entertainment from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lots of soups, breads and desserts will be available for one flat fee from noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 4 during the Myrtle Beach American Culinary Federation Souper Supper at Valor Park at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults or $7 for children. Advance tickets that can be purchased at are $11 or $6, plus tax.

For $8 per box, the African American Community Coalition will dish up fried fish, grits or fries and slaw from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Belin United Methodist Church at 3579 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet.

Tickets are being sold for $30 for all-you-care-to-eat steamed oysters at the Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Twisted Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet (4123 U.S. 17 Business). Other foods and beverage will be sold separately. Tickets usually sell out for this event; you can get yours online at

Dress as your favorite bootlegger, flapper or revenuer for a post-Halloween event from the Roaring 20s. The latest in vodka, gin, tequila, whiskey, bourbon, scotch, rum and cordials will be presented at Prohibition: A Celebration of Fine Spirits, scheduled for 7-10 p.m. on Nov. 2 at House of Blues. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 the day of. Special VIP tickets are $75 in advance or $100 the day of, and they include a cigar bar with a complimentary cigar and “secret access” to a private room with exclusive liquors such as Macallan 18 and Cointreau Noir, a full buffet and photo ops with ladies from Thee Dollhouse. All attendees will receive souvenir glasses, appetizers from 7-8 p.m., bartender demonstrations and live entertainment. For tickets, visit or call 272-3000.

Becky Billingsley serves daily restaurant news at
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