Myrtle Beach area restaurant notes

For Weekly SurgeJuly 2, 2013 

Fourth of July Specials

Lobster dinners are $17.76 each at WaterScapes Restaurant at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes from 5:30-9:30 p.m. starting Thursday and continuing during those hours through Sunday. The meal includes a one-pound whole steamed lobster, fresh corn on the cob and hand-cut fries. WaterScapes is at 8121 Amalfi Place in Myrtle Beach, inside the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, and the number is 913-2845.

Dead Dog Saloon at 4079 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet has a big day planned for the Fourth. The doors open at 11 a.m. Thursday, and at 1 p.m. Bil Krauss will entertain with live music. At 5 p.m. watch the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade from the deck, or from the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk out by the waterfront. At 8 p.m. Painted Man takes the music stage, and at 10 p.m. the fireworks show will begin over the marsh. If you can’t make it tonight, head over there at 9 p.m. Monday, and every Monday night for the rest of the summer, for “Monday Night Lights on the Marshwalk” pyrotechnic displays.

Free ice cream will be given to the first 500 children at the Surfside Beach 4th of July Celebration at Surfside Beach Pier, which takes place from 6-10 p.m. Thursday. Concessions will be sold, Garth and Friends will perform and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

New restaurants

Russell Davis and Kay Davis, who have operated Big D’s BBQ Barn of Waccamaw since 1982, are opening a second restaurant in Conway called Big D’s BBQ Trough, hopefully this week, at 2917 Church St. (a.k.a. U.S. 501) in Conway, which is the former location of Seafood Shack. Big D’s BBQ Trough will be mainly a buffet with sweet barbecue, mustard barbecue, fried chicken, barbecue chicken, chicken bog, green beans, white rice, lima beans, mini biscuits, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato soufflé, pig skins and ribs. Big D’s new location will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. The number is 365-7485.

Best friends Eric Stancell (chef) and Zac Thomas (front of house) fulfilled a dream a few weeks ago when they opened Icons Sports & Spirits at 2520 U.S. 17 Business in Garden City Beach (put Murrells Inlet in your GPS), in the Oasis Plaza. They’ve stocked the place with a full bar, pool table, darts, tunes and 10 televisions, and Stancell’s cuisine sets a high standard for delicious food at extremely affordable prices. A few standouts include ACC Scallops BLT where the scallops are the “bread,” Mushroom Risotto Soccer Balls fried to exterior crispiness and served with marinara sauce, Sting Like a Bee Stone Ground Shrimp and Grits topped with grilled jumbo shrimp and bacon remoulade, wings in flavors including roasted garlic gorgonzola and balsamic onion, Tiger Fish Tacos, and Sir Charles Fried Pork Chop served with balsamic pear glaze. Side dishes could be their own meals, such as Mario’s Chicken Mac and Cheese that is a luxuriously rich and creamy indulgence. There are daily specials, such as ¼-pound burger and fries for $5 on Thursdays. The kitchen stays open until midnight, and operating hours are daily from 11 a.m. until it closes.

Partners Beth Tindall, Luis Vasquez and David Martinez remodeled the interior of the restaurant at 2153 S.C. 544 outside of Conway, which was formerly Hog’s Hickory House BBQ, to open Wooden Spoon Cafe. They’re serving appetizers including hummus and wings, three salads, and sandwiches including an Italian-style hoagie and grilled portabello with avocado, sweet peppers and tomato. Entrée baskets come with a choice of French fries, sweet potato fries or chips with a pickle, and a few of those are fried chicken, two pork chops and a barbecue sandwich. Daily blue plate specials are $7.49 with one entrée, three sides and a drink; $6.59 if you get only two sides; or $4.49 if you forego the entrée and just have three sides and a drink. On June 25, blue plate entrée choices were fried chicken, liver and onions, hamburger steak with gravy, barbecue sandwich, fried pork chop, white rice, mashed potatoes, corn, collards, slaw, potato salad, black beans, hand cut fries, summer squash, house salad, banana pudding or a Rice Krispy treat. Wooden Spoon Café is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and the number is 347-2717.

Rich Bryan, the chef/owner at Snooky’s in Little River, is soon opening a second restaurant called The Beach Sports Bar & Grill at 1521 U.S. 17 N. in Little River, which is the former location of Towne Tavern. He plans to serve casual fare like wings and burgers.

Any day now Dino Panos and Catie Panos, who are longtime Myrtle Beach area restaurant owners (Plantation Pancake House, Don’s Pancake House) are opening South Beach Creamery at 410 13th Ave. S. They’ll have 16 to 20 flavors of freshly made ice cream and house-made waffle cones.

Closed restaurants

In October 2012 Brenda King opened Lil’ Taste of Rhody at 4002 Socastee Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, but after nine months in business she is closing the restaurant. She specialized in hot dogs with Rhode Island-style meat sauce, tuna macaroni and coffee milk.

Restaurant changes

Tanya Marchant moved her restaurant, Tanya’s Country Café, a short distance from Socastee Boulevard to a sunnier spot at 4620 Dick Pond Rd. (a.k.a. S.C. 544), in the Boardwalk Shopping Center. It’s a Myrtle Beach address, but it’s still in the Socastee area. She and family members are serving breakfasts and lunches from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and breakfast only from 6 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. A few menu standouts include Rooster Taters smothered with ham, onions, bell peppers and Cheddar; hot fluffy biscuits and pancakes; and daily specials where one meat, three sides, a choice of bread (roll, biscuit or cornbread) and a drink are $7.50; or a plate with meat, two sides, bread and a drink is $6.50. The number is 293-0400.

Smitty’s Pine Island Pub, which opened in April, is now closed except for private events such as a Latin dance from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. held on June 29. Eric Smith and his sons, Kurt Smith and Gregg Smith, opened Smitty’s Pine Island Pub in April at 364 Robert M. Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach, which is the former longtime site of Pomodoro’s Trattoria & Bar. The phone number is 808-0880.

Farlo’s Burrito Bar at 815 Main St. in Myrtle Beach is now open until 5 a.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and serving its customized gourmet burritos. The number is 712-2307.

Restaurant specials and events

Dirty Dick’s Crab House at 1101 U.S. 17 N. in North Myrtle Beach is having Christmas in July from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 25. The event is raising money for Barefoot Teen Angels and Toys for Tots, and for $20 the fun includes live music, holiday cookies, a visit from Santa Claus and a full Cajun fried turkey meal. Call 663-3499 to reserve tickets.

Through the end of summer, Big KT’s BBQ Shack in North Myrtle Beach is offering happy hour prices to locals (with proof via your ID) all day long on bar drinks and appetizers. Big KT’s is at 1501 U.S. 17 S. in North Myrtle Beach, and the number is 427-4117.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro at The Market Common has several new summer dishes including Heirloom Tomato & Thai Basil Salad, Korean BBQ Chicken Stir-Fry, Grilled Prawns with Chilled Noodle Salad, and Summer Vegetable Quinoa “Fried Rice.” Two summer cocktails are also part of the summer flavors celebration: Long Island Tequila Tea and Long Island Rum Tea. P.F. Chang’s is at 1190 Farrow Parkway in Myrtle Beach, it’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the number is 839-9470.

Sam Snead’s Oak Grill & Tavern in Myrtle Beach has a new $19 three-course Par 3 Menu. Available daily from 4-6 p.m. the meal includes a choice of two salads and two soups; one of five entrees; and you can pick from two desserts. Sam Snead’s is at 1004 Glenforest Rd. in the Carolina Forest area of Myrtle Beach, and the number is 903-3150. Operating hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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