Experienced longtime Myrtle Beach caterer, Kim Hardee, opened a lunch restaurant called Dilly Beans at 219 Laurel St. in Conway. Showcasing the “Country Come to Town” dishes for which she is known, Hardee doesn’t skimp on the butter or cream to create Quiche, Crepes, from-scratch sides such as Mac ‘n’ Cheese and Pimento Cheese flavored with smoked gouda and bacon. There really are Dilly Beans – pickled green beans – served on top of a deviled egg with entrees. The appetizers, sandwiches, salads, entrees and Vidalia Onion Soup are served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and the number is 488-2120.
Cleat Chasers is now open at 2246 U.S. 501 E., Conway, which is the former location of Berni’s 501 just east of Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Owner Adam Rice, assisted by nearby Eggs Up Grill owner Danny Bonar, created a space with a bandstand, comfortable tables and booths, a bar and loads of signed sports memorabilia. An outside area has couches and a fire pit. The menu is heavy on barbecue, sandwiches and hearty appetizers, and there is also a healthy menu section. Bar specials include $3 Margaritas on Mondays and $2.50 Blue Moon pints on Tuesdays. Cleat Chasers is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and the number is 349-3030.
Brooklyn native Lou Giaconne recently opened Bella New York Style Italian Restaurant and is serving traditional Italian entrees, pizzas, appetizers and desserts at 14329 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island, which is the former location of Pastaria 811 in the Litchfield Exchange. Go to the right of the mall to park near the building’s rear entrance. During lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays there’s a $7 pizza lunch buffet in addition to sandwiches and more. Dinner is served from 5-9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and the number is 979-0847.
An item on the Feb. 21 agenda of the City of Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board agenda listed Burger Bar as requesting replacement of the existing freestanding sign and installation of a building-mounted sign at 1604 N. Kings Highway. This will be the fifth restaurant within three years to open at that site; since the end of 2009 it has been J&B Soul Food and Caribbean Cuisine, Bar King Frog & Grill, Char Koon Oriental Restaurant and Red Basil.
Pupusas will soon be served in Socastee when Pupuseria Marisol opens at 4503 Socastee Blvd., which is the former location of Oink’s BBQ. A pupusa is a Salvadorian staple where a thick corn tortilla is filled with ground pork called chicarron, cheese such as queso fresco, beans, fresh veggies and more. They’re traditionally served with pickled slaw called curtido and red salsa.
Esteemed local chef Ngar Yee “Pearl” Tse passed away on Jan. 5 at the age of 70; for more than 40 years she and her family owned and operated Bamboo Café at 6001 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. The family decided to close, and the last day of business was Feb. 16.
Screamin’ Pig, a barbecue restaurant opened in the spring of 2012 by Chef Pete Hutchings at 1020 Sea Mountain Highway in North Myrtle Beach, has closed. The building is for lease.
A chili cook-off with 30 local restaurants and individual cooks dishing their specialties is taking place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday (March 3) in the parking lot of the Village Shops at 10744 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island. Taste all the chilies you like for $10, and then vote for three people’s choice awards. Judges will also give awards. Local rock band Ten Toes Up will be rocking out, and proceeds benefit “a local child sponsored by The Make-A-Wish Foundation” according to publicity materials. The cook-off is hosted by Island Bar & Grill (Pawleys Island location) and Midway Fire & Rescue.
Becky Billingsley serves daily restaurant news at MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com.