An open and shut case for Jan. 17, 2013

Local Restaurant Notes

For Weekly SurgeJanuary 16, 2013 

•  Farmer Ben Williams and Carol Williams just finished the paperwork to become a Certified Organic farm. At their Town Market at 1743 N. Fraser St. in Georgetown, they have many fresh foods including pasture-raised chickens and eggs, watermelon radishes, purple top turnips, arugula and tat soi. A new product is organically-made sandwich wraps.

Bob Ross and Carrie Ross opened Spanky’s Pub House on Jan. 10 at 9779 Kings Rd. in Myrtle Beach (near the entrance to Kingston Plantation), and the number is 808-9530. Burgers, sandwiches and televised sports are served from 3-11 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

•  The Common Spot at 2922 C Howard Ave. in The Market Common in Myrtle Beach had its last day of business on Jan. 11. Owner Randall Urlikson was known for his great coffee, friendliness and charitable community work.

•  Gem City Pizza at 819 Main. St. in Myrtle Beach has reopened after a winter break. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to midnight Fridays; 4 p.m. to midnight Saturdays; and 4-10 p.m. Sundays. The number is 712-1369.

•  Ken Norcutt and Tracy Smith used their winter hiatus to renovate the kitchen at SeaBlue, and now the restaurant and wine bar has reopened. Winter hours for the bar and lounge are 4:30 p.m. until at least an hour after the dining room closes. The dining room is open from 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 5-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. SeaBlue is at 503 U.S. 17 N. in North Myrtle Beach, and the number is 249-8800.

•  Mr. Fish at 3401 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach reopened Jan. 11 after its winter hiatus. The number is 839-3474.

•  After a two-week closure for its annual winter scrubbing, Fibber’s on the Water at 4498 Waterfront Dr. in Little River will reopen for the season at 11 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 19). It’s open daily for lunch and dinner, and the number is 280-2271. Owners Ralph Carbone and Jean Carbone say they’ll offer new menu items and specials.

•  Wynn Doggett is the new executive chef at Rice Paddy Restaurant at 732 Front St. in Georgetown. He succeeds longtime executive chef Priestly Myers, who is no longer working at Rice Paddy.

•  Two years after opening Portofino’s on the Wharf at 815 Front St. in Georgetown, Carl Baughn sold the Italian restaurant to partners and lifelong friends Laura Manning and Mickey Arduini, who is an experienced chain restaurant owner from Charleston. Jeremy Godish will remain as executive chef.

•  Richard Caudell, the new owner of Joey Doggs at 1818 U.S. 17 Business N. in Surfside Beach, is offering a 10 percent discount on food through Jan. 30 if you mention the offer from the restaurant’s Facebook page. Caudell says car shows are still taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturdays of the month in the parking lot. The menu full of hot dogs and burgers remains the same, and hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

•  Two Italian Feast dinners (normally $20 each) are $25 from 4 p.m. to closing time every Thursday in January at Capriz Italian Feast at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. Capriz also has a Weekend Wine Down deal: On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in January, bottles of wine are half-price. Capriz is at 1311 Celebrity Circle at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 712-1707. From 4 p.m. to close every Tuesday in January, both Grand Strand locations of TBonz Gill & Grill (1169 Seaboard St. in Myrtle Beach and 4732 U.S. 17 at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach) are offering two entrees for the price of one from a limited menu. The same two-for-one deal applies from 4 p.m. to close every Thursday in January at Liberty Tap Room & Grill at 7651 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse at 2920 Hollywood Dr. in Myrtle Beach is offering its salad bar and the grilled meats at half-price (it’s normally $36.50) starting at noon every Sunday in January. The restaurants are part of the TBonz Restaurant Group.

•  Through January, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, anyone who buys one sandwich at Crady’s Eclectic Cuisine at 332 Main St. in Conway can purchase another one at half-price. This may not be combined with any other offer. Those sandwiches are normally $8-$10 and come with house-made chips or a mixed green salad.

•  Ho Wah Restaurant at 409 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach was closed for major renovations after a fire in July, but now it is open again. The restaurant offers free delivery with a minimum $10 order, and the number is 448-3321. It’s open seven days a week.

•  This week Islamorada Fish Co. at Myrtle Beach Mall launched new daily specials, such as 50-cents apiece for Oysters on the Half Shell on Mondays and an all-you-care-to-eat Fish Fry for $14 on Fridays. Islamorada Fish Fry is at 10177 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 361-4700.

•  Jumbo Shrimp and Grits is a new Friday special at Kaminsky’s N.Y. Deli at 7223 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. The price is $8 for a serving with two shrimp, and for an additional $2 you can get two more jumbo shrimp.

•  At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, (Jan. 23) the Brookgreen Gardens culinary staff will demonstrate three recipes designed for health and flavor. The fee is $25 per person, or $20 for Brookgreen members. The menu includes: Asian Salad with fried noodles topped with cilantro dressing; Stuffed Pork Loin with garlic couscous and diced sweet potatoes; and Banana Pound Cake topped with ice cream. Call 235-6016 to reserve a spot. Brookgreen Gardens is at 1931 Brookgreen Dr. in Murrells Inlet.

•  Rinaldo Montrosse of Villa Romana at 707 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach is celebrating the restaurant’s 28th anniversary on Jan. 25-26 by giving diners a complimentary cold cut appetizer for the table and house-made desserts of mini Cannoli di Ricotta and Wine Cookies. Also, all regular menu diners will receive 20 percent discounts. The number is 448-4990.

•  For the first time, Murrells Inlet 2020 and Inlet Square Mall in Murrells Inlet (where the event is being held) are having a culinary tasting event from 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 27. Called Taste of the Inlet, 22 restaurants have signed up to participate, and there’s room for more. Admission is $5 in advance or $8 at the door; food samples cost an additional $2-$4 apiece. There will be a cash bar. Go to the MI2020 web site,, to purchase tickets online. You can also buy tickets at the Conway National Bank branch in Murrells Inlet, located at 4345 U.S. 17 Bypass, or the Murrells Inlet 2020 office, at 4124 U.S. 17 Business, or over the phone by calling 357-2007.

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