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Valentine’s Day/Weekend Specials

Most of these restaurants have more details on their Web sites, and there is also more information at, but here are some romantic dinner options along the Grand Strand if you’re in the mood for Valentine’s Day celebrating.

Angelo’s Steak and Pasta at 2311 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, 626-2800, has several specials planned for Valentine’s Day including a $60 meal for two with filet mignon, a grilled lobster tail and truffle mashed potatoes.

Bistro 90 at 7209 S.C. 90 in Longs, 390-5151, has an exclusive Valentine’s Day meal available Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 14-16) when $59 per person buys a five-course meal including fruits and cheeses, a choice of three appetizers, soup or salad, a choice of three entrees (Chilean Sea Bass, Paprika Rubbed Veal Porterhouse or Filet Mignon) and dessert.

The Brentwood at 4269 Luck Ave. in Little River, 249-2601, is offering a four-course meal on Valentine’s Day for $49 per person, or $67 per person with the chef’s wine selections.

Dinner for two is $40 at The Coliseum at 3901 Dick Pond Rd. in Myrtle Beach, and as of press time there are reservations remaining for the 7 p.m. seating on Valentine’s Day. The deal includes five courses with two entrée choices (Stuffed Chicken in creamy citrus sauce or Crab-stuffed Shrimp) plus two cocktails. The Fab 2 will perform Beatles hits from 5:30-10:30 p.m.

At Gio’s Pizza and Italian Café at 10225 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island, 237-8245, on Valentine’s Day there’s a $35 three-course meal for two with a choice of four entrees (Chicken Parmesan, Eggplant Parmesan, Baked Ziti, Rigatoni Bolognese) plus two glasses of wine.

Starting Valentine’s Day and continuing through the weekend, Louis’s at Sanford’s at 251 Willbrook Blvd. in Pawleys Island, 237-5400, is offering several a la carte specials including Grilled Bistro Steak with grilled jumbo shrimp and scallop; Lobster Spaghetti; and Chocolate Dipped Strawberry and Godiva Milk Shake.

Vintage Twelve at Kingston Resorts, 9800 Queensway Blvd., Myrtle Beach, 497-7300, is offering on Valentine’s Day a four-course meal for $60 per person with a choice of four entrees (Quail, Beef Tenderloin, Lobster, Scallop Risotto).

WaterScapes at the Marina Inn at 8121 Amalfi Place in Myrtle Beach, 913-2845, is offering from 5:30-9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day a lavish gourmet meal for $80 per person or $150 per couple. Five courses include two entrée choices of Painted Hills Beef Tenderloin or Vanilla Butter Poached Lobster.

News and Notes

Roz Wyndham sold her restaurant, Roz’s Rice Mill Café at the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops, to Josh Quigley of Quigley’s Pint & Plate in Pawleys Island. Roz’s last day of business will be Feb. 16, and then the restaurant will close for several weeks while it undergoes remodeling.

Gio’s Pizza and Italian Café is moving from 10225 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island a short distance south to a new under-construction freestanding restaurant at 1008 Ocean Highway. The new place should be ready in May.

The South Carolina Seafood Chef of the Year is Sean Thomas, executive chef at Capriz Italian Feast in Myrtle Beach. This is the third year of the seafood challenge, which took place at the Myrtle Beach Area Convention Center Jan. 29-31. In the first and second years, Chef Thomas took second place. With this first place win Chef Thomas earned $1,000, a customized trophy plate, the title of South Carolina Seafood Chef of the Year and a trip to New Orleans in August to compete in the National Seafood Challenge. Thomas’ winning dish was Pan Seared Tile Fish over Shrimp Andouille Risotto with Caponata and Broken Tomato Vinaigrette. Second place in the Seafood Challenge went to Eric Masson, chef/proprietor at The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro in Little River. He earned $500 and a plaque, and if Thomas for some reason can’t compete in the national challenge, Masson will take his place. Masson prepared Potato Encrusted Triggerfish over leek fondue with Champagne beurre blanc and garnished with trout caviar.

Mike Schaal and Shawn Stephens are soon opening Sam Snead’s Tavern in the Carolina Forest section of Myrtle Beach. A Sam Snead’s Grill used to be located on Restaurant Row in Myrtle Beach. This new Sam Snead’s Tavern will be at 1004 Glenforest Rd., in the former location of Max & Erma’s. An April 17 opening is planned, and the menu will offer fresh steaks, fish and chicken grilled over an oak wood fire. It will be open daily, with lunch and dinner service most days.

A new restaurant called Smitty’s Pine Island Pub will open in March in Myrtle Beach at the recently closed Pomodoro’s Trattoria and Bar at 364 Robert M. Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach. Gregg Smith, who also owns Chef Smitty’s Burgers, Fish & Fries in the food court at Coastal Grand Mall, is partnering up with his brother, Kurt Smith, and his father, Eric Smith, to open the new restaurant. Gregg Smith says the menu will be hearty pub fare with thick sandwiches and median-priced dinners.

AlPhi’s Reef Seafood closed at the end of January. The restaurant opened in September 2012 at 621 Church St., which in recent years was the former location of Burger Brothers Steak and Buffet, Luigi’s Trattoria and Carolina Cafe. AlPhi’s was owned by Alex Odom and Phil Floyd and served breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Russell Hardee, owner of Island Café & Deli at 10683 U.S. 17 in Pawleys Island, is celebrating the restaurant’s 25th anniversary by offering customers 25 percent discounts on their checks through Feb. 17. Gift cards and other discounts cannot be used in combination with that deal.

Every Thursday in February, two Italian Feast Dinners are $25 at Capriz Italian Feast at 1311 Celebrity Circle in Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. The number is 712-1707.

Another Thursday evening special through February is two entrees for the price of one at Liberty Tap Room & Grill at 7651 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. Also, from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, Liberty Tap Room is having an all-you-care-to-eat Oyster Roast and Chicken Bog feast for $18, and local musician Paul Grimshaw (of Surge’s Music Notes fame) will perform. The number is 839-4677.

On Mondays and Wednesdays through February from 4 p.m. to closing time, get two entrees for the price of one at Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery at 1321 Celebrity Circle in Myrtle Beach. An event starting at 4 p.m. on Feb. 22 is Firkin Good Friday, when a new small batch craft brew keg will be tapped. The number is 626-4677.

From 4-9 p.m. on Tuesdays in February, get two Prime Rib Dinners for $20 at TBonz Gill & Grill at 1169 Seaboard St. in Myrtle Beach, 946-7111; and at the TBonz at 4732 U.S. 17 S. in Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, 272-1111.

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