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You can match your mom with her favorite kind of restaurant vibe, because the Myrtle Beach area has plenty of choices on Mother’s Day (which is Sunday, by the way).

•  Louis’s at Sanford’s (251 Willbrook Blvd., Pawleys Island, 237-5400) has a la carte specials from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mother’s Day, including Grilled Wild Salmon with smoky bacon, heirloom tomatoes and arugula salad with Dijon vinaigrette for $23.

•  Vintage Twelve (9800 Queensway Blvd., Myrtle Beach, 497-7300) is offering from 5-10 p.m. a $55 four-course farm-to-table meal. One of the entrée choices is Beef Tenderloin with house-made fettuccine, oyster mushrooms, leeks and Cabernet jus; and a dessert choice is Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Chantilly cream.

•  Chestnut Hill (9922 U.S. 17 N., Myrtle Beach, 449-3984) has a lavish brunch buffet planned for 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A few of the long list of dishes are Seafood Lasagna, Prime Rib au jus, Seafood Gumbo, Eggs Benedict, Quiche Lorraine and Whiskey Bread Pudding. The price is $25 ages 17-60; $20 ages 61 and older and ages 11-16; $10 ages 4-10; and free ages 3 and younger.

•  Live music will accompany a brunch buffet being served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes (8121 Amalfi Place, Myrtle Beach, 913-2858). For $38 ages 13 and older or $15 ages 5-12, a few of those choices are Roasted Beef Tenderloin; a gourmet omelet station; Heirloom Tomato Salad with fresh mozzarella and basil-lemon gremolata; Local Shrimp Succotash with pickled okra and cured tomatoes; Baked Grits with wild mushroom and Pecorino Romano; and freshly baked miniature desserts.

•  The regular menu plus three Mother’s Day special entrees will be available at Bistro 90 (7209 S.C. 90, Longs, 390-5151) from noon to 8 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Priced from $29-$39, they are Crab-stuffed Maine Lobster Tail, Australian Rack of Lamb and Hand-cut Filet Mignon with jumbo prawns.

•  Have a fun-loving mom? CineBowl & Grill (10125 U.S. 17 Bypass, Inlet Square Mall, Murrells Inlet, 651-9400) is offering an a la carte brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with prices ranging from $7-$9. Each purchase of a brunch entrée comes with $5 worth of free game play in the arcade, and the site also offers bowling and movies. A few of the menu choices are a Four-egg Omelet, Buttermilk Biscuits with Gravy and Fresh Fruit with Greek Yogurt and Granola.

•  Normally the Italian Feast Experience (it includes an immense salad bar and many entrees passed family-style at the table) is offered only for supper at Capriz Italian Feast (1311 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, 712-1707), but on Mother’s Day it will be offered starting at noon. The price is $20.

•  Several elegant a la carte brunch dishes will be served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Rice Paddy Restaurant (732 Front St., Georgetown, 546-2021) for $5-$27.50 including Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich, Open Faced Hot Crab Sandwich and Pan-Seared Quail with country ham gravy, grits and vegetable.

•  Barbara Whitley’s wonderful baked goods are part of the Mother’s Day a la carte brunch menu that will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crady’s Eclectic Cuisine on Main (332 Main St., Conway, 248-3321). A few of the goodies include Scotch Eggs, Cinnamon Rolls, Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict and Orange and Honey Grilled Salmon with an herb seasoned polenta cake, lemon butter and broccoli crowns.

•  At Castano’s Italian Steakhouse (4926 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach, 361-2000), operating hours on Mother’s Day will be noon to 8 p.m., and mothers will receive a free glass of Champagne or a Mimosa. The regular menu will be served in addition to a $39 special of Filet and Lobster with house salad, au gratin potatoes and a vegetable. That special will also be available starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

More restaurant tidbits

•  Lombardo’s Bistro is now open in its new location at 7604 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. The new digs have much more room, and the ambiance is elegant without being fussy. Happy Hour is from 4-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the bar, when the following appetizers are each $5: Mozzarella Caprese, Fried Calamari, Eggplant Rollatini, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and Flat Bread Pizza. Happy Hour drinks include $2 domestic beers, $4 glasses of house wines and $4.50 well drinks. The number is 497-6699.

•  Hamburger International at 4765 U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach has new owners: Scott Ordway, who is the owner of Remedies Bar & Grill located next door to HI; and Jeremy Halpin, who is the Remedies general manager. HI still has a 1950s family-oriented diner vibe with budget-friendly burgers, sandwiches, fried seafood baskets, salads and hand-scooped ice cream. They added breakfast service with prices from $3-$5 for egg plates, omelets, French toast, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches. A new special is Cincinnati Skyline Chili for $4. HI is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the number is 293-4994.

•  Opa! Greek restaurant recently opened at 815 Surfside Dr. in Surfside Beach, which is the former longtime location of Charleston Grill. Owners and brothers Asimakis and Christos Georgakopoulis are serving lunches and dinners with prices averaging $7-$15. A few menu choices include Gyro Sandwich, Pastichio, Avgolemono Soup and Fried Kefalograviera Cheese. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and the number is 808-9887.

•  Michael Daugherty, who has much local restaurant management experience, is the new owner of Rotelli’s Pizza & Pasta at 201 Graduate Rd. in Conway, across U.S. 501 from Coastal Carolina University. Former owner Mike Ryhal, who is now an S.C. state representative for House District 56, launched the 6-year-old restaurant. Most existing dishes will remain on the menu, and Dougherty is adding some of his family’s recipes such as Broccoli Rabe with Italian Sausage for $7. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and from noon to 9 p.m. Sundays. The number is 349-6700.

•  Horry-Georgetown Technical College is getting a new multi-million dollar building on its Grand Strand campus for its culinary arts program. Most of the funding for it is coming from “the local 1 percent sales tax referendum passed in 2008,” according to a press release from the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Foundation, and another $3 million is coming from grants, donations “and other sources.” One donation made recently was for $10,000 from the TD Charitable Foundation, which is associated with TD Bank. TD Bank is associated with TD Ameritrade. The Chairman of the Board for TD Ameritrade is Joe Moglia, the coach of the Chanticleers football team at Coastal Carolina University.

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