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Christmas cheer is on the menu on Christmas Day at several Myrtle Beach area restaurants, along with delectable holiday dishes for those that want to dine out. Hopefully diners will reciprocate with cheerfully large gratuities.

Here are a few places that are open and serving food on Christmas Day (Tuesday):

● The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro, 4269 Luck Ave., Little River, 249-2601


French chef Eric Masson is whipping up a $39 four-course dinner from 1-7 p.m. on Christmas Day, plus an a la carte menu. To add the chef’s wine selections and Champagne to the four-course meal, add $16.

A few of the scrumptious recipes include Duck Three Ways (confit risotto, grilled sausage, seared breast with sauce a l’Orange); Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb; Slow Roasted Prime Rib; Belgian Chocolate Fondant; and Christmas Rice Pudding.


See the complete holiday menu by visiting


● Damon's Grill North, 801 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, 272-5107


The Damon's in North Myrtle Beach (not the oceanfront Myrtle Beach location) will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day with its full menu plus a few holiday specials including Prime Rib, a 48-ounce Tomahawk Chop and combination plates.


● Greg Norman's Australian Grille, 4930 U.S. 17 S., in Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach, 361-0000


Greg Norman's will be open starting at 2 p.m. on Christmas Day with a special a la carte menu. The kitchen will keep dishing until 8 p.m. or so, or while food supplies last.


The menu includes:


She Crab Soup, $9; Composed Salad with mixed greens tossed with fresh apples, walnuts, and sharp white Cheddar in cider vinaigrette, $8; Honey Walnut Glazed Salmon over Parmesan risotto with grilled spiced pear, $27; Apricot Roasted Goose over cranberry and chestnut dressing with green beans, cranberry sauce, and goose gravy, $29; Eggnog Cheesecake with gingerbread crust and nutmeg crème Anglaise, $9.


● The Humble Crumb, 2521 Highmarket St., Georgetown, 546-7090


The Humble Crumb will be open for supper from 5-9 p.m. on Christmas Day with its full menu, plus special desserts and Champagne.

● Loco Gecko Beach Shak, 805 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, 448-6800

Loco Gecko’s Christmas day hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (the kitchen will close at 10 p.m.) with its normal menu, which is heavy on pizzas and burgers.


● T.G.I. Friday’s, 500 U.S. 17 N., North Myrtle Beach, 663-3333; 7515 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, 497-8888; 3202 U.S. 17 Business S., Murrells Inlet, 651-8888


T.G.I. Friday’s in North Myrtle Beach will be open from 4-11 p.m. on Christmas Day.

T.G.I. Friday's in Myrtle Beach will be open from 3-10 p.m. on Christmas Day.

T. G. I. Friday's in Murrells Inlet will be open from 4-10 p.m. on Christmas Day.


● Thorny's Steakhouse and Saloon, 600 S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, 448-2333


Thorny's will open at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day with its regular menu.


● Vintage Twelve, Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, 9800 Queensway Blvd., Myrtle Beach, 497-7300


A Christmas Day Dinner will be served from 3-8 p.m. for $40 per person, plus tax and tip. Chef Caitlin Brady at Vintage Twelve is known for using fresh and locally procured meats, produce, grains and dairy products.


Choose a soup or salad: Fig Salad with baby greens, goat cheese cream, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette; or New England Clam Chowder.


Choose an appetizer: Sausage Wellington with house-made sausage, puff pastry, tomato relish and pickled mustard seeds; or Pate Plate with assorted salami, chicken liver pate, pimento cheese, pickles, pepper relish and toast points.


Choose an entrée: Glazed Ham with sweet potato casserole, green beans and sweet cherry reduction; Prime Rib Au Jus with potato puree and creamed greens; or Fresh Murrells Inlet Fish with winter vegetables and butternut squash risotto.


Choose a dessert: Santa’s Favorite, which is assorted house-made cookies with vanilla milk shake; Not Your Aunt Mary’s Fruit Cake with cranberries, blueberries, pecan cake and whipped cream cheese icing; or Snow Day, which is rich hot chocolate with peppermint cream puffs.


More restaurant news

For What It’s Worth at 7710 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach was sold to Sheila Younger and Rick Brown, and they re-opened the site as Hurricane Maggie’s Bar & Grill. Take the term “grill” literally, because even the wings are grilled here. The couple has strong senses of fun: Marking the end of the Mayan calendar, they’re throwing an End of the World Party starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 20). The evening includes, “Live music, free munchies, free stuff!” and they say they’re going to, “party like there’s no ta Maya.” Hurricane Maggie’s is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 2 a.m. Saturdays, and the number is 497-5000.

The Breakfast Klub at 10799 S.C. 707 in Murrells Inlet has closed.

Kudzu Bakery opened its original Georgetown location in 1989, and in recent years its founders, Joey Rabon and Stacy Rabon, expanded to open bakeries in Litchfield Beach and Mount Pleasant. Hopefully by March their fourth Kudzu Bakery, known for freshly baked breads, rustic pies and tarts, old-fashioned cakes, muffins, large cookies and bars, locally sourced cheeses and meats, fine wine selections, condiments and a cold case filled with regional treats, will open at 7223 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, in a former Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinder shop located next door to Kaminsky’s N.Y. Deli.

Sonic is sponsoring the food for Brunch with Santa and Frosty from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 23), at the Children’s Museum of South Carolina, which is at 2501 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. For $12 per person (or $6 if you’re a museum member), the event includes food, mingling with Santa and Frosty, kids’ activities, and a digital photo card. Advance registration is required, which you can arrange by calling 946-9469.

Becky Billingsley serves daily restaurant news at
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