Myrtle Beach area restaurant and dining notes

For Weekly SurgeJuly 15, 2013 

Castano’s Italian Steakhouse, which opened in 2012 at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, recently added a sushi bar that’s staffed and operated by chefs from Lil’ Tokyo sushi and hibachi restaurant located by Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach. A full range of specialty rolls and sashimi are served. Also, the bar menu expanded with dishes such as calamari steak that’s fried and served with sweet chili Thai sauce. Castano’s Italian Steakhouse is at 4926 U.S. 17 S. in North Myrtle Beach, on the south side of Barefoot Landing. It’s open daily starting at 4 p.m., and the number is 361-2000.

Frank Scarpa, who used to cook at Remedies Sports Bar & Grill, teamed up with Jason Klocker and will soon open a new place called Klocker’s Tavern at 4808 U.S. 17 S. in Myrtle Beach. It’s next door to Remedies in a former strip club, which means there is plenty of room for live music several nights per week including classic rock, jazz and country. Scarpa is developing a menu full of small plates and entrees. On the appetizer menu are fried calamari, seared scallops, tofu, hummus, red pepper salad and olive tapenade. A couple of entrees he’ll serve are char-grilled New York strip served on a sizzle platter with garlic butter; and salmon topped with shrimp mousse. The partners are hoping to be ready for business by the end of July, and then doors will open daily at 4 p.m. The kitchen will be open until 2 a.m.; after 9 p.m. the menu will serve only the small plates. The number is 855-9321.

Marti Sadanowicz , who previously owned Marti’s and Marti’s 531 in Myrtle Beach and another incarnation in Murrells Inlet, is now letting the good times roll at Marti’s Paradise Bar at 1508 S. Waccamaw Dr. in Garden City Beach, which is upstairs at Marlin Quay Marina. The new place opened this spring, and hours are noon to midnight Tuesdays through Sundays (although it will be open the Monday of Labor Day weekend). The bar and grill will remain open while Sadanowicz soon has knee surgery. The number there is 651-6544.

Chef Robbie Nicolaisen has a new summer menu full of fresh and local flavors at WaterScapes. For $5 diners can select two choices from a list of charcuterie items (or three for $7, or five for $10) that includes local hoop cheese, house-pulled mozzarella, Allan Benton’s country ham and prosciutto di Parma. More tasty small plates, priced $3-$12, are pimento cheese with bacon jam, summer tomato tart, local clams with Palmetto Ale and sweet Georgia onions; and chilled yellow tomato soup with watermelon sorbet, crab and crème fraiche. A few Coastal Carolina heritage entrees on the new menu are Geechie Boy Grits with Allan Benton’s country ham and tomato-leek gravy; and local grouper with Carolina Gold rice, braised fennel, peaches brulee and rapini. Waterscapes is at 8121 Amalfi Place in Myrtle Beach, at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, and the number is 913-2845. It is open to the public daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The North Myrtle Beach location of Joe’s Crab Shack is offering several dining and drinking bargains for $2 apiece on Tuesdays. Choices include fried pickle chips, fried crawfish, popcorn shrimp, two oysters on the half shell, $2 draft beers and $2 Hurricanes, which is a cocktail made of rum, fruit juice and grenadine. Joe’s Crab Shack is at 4846 U.S. 17 S. in North Myrtle Beach, at Barefoot Landing, and the number is 272-5900. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. This offer is not valid at the Myrtle Beach location of Joe’s Crab Shack at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. That site has suspended the $2 Tuesdays offer during the summer season and will resume it in September.

The Georgetown waterfront is heating up on Friday nights when the Damn Big Jam, the house band at Limpin’ Jane’s, takes the stage at 8 p.m. It would be a fine time to quiz bartender Krystal Weaver on her extensive craft beer knowledge. In addition to many bottles she is serving eight drafts: Arrogant Bastard, Lazy Magnolia, Carolina Blonde, Westbrook IPA, Highland Brewing Co.’s Oatmeal Porter, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and the crisp and “not too sweet” Harpoon Cider. Five-ounce draft beer sample flights are $7 – you can pick any four. Limpin’ Jane’s owners grow much of the food they prepare, and fresh and local is their mantra. It’s at 713 Front St. in Georgetown, and the number is 485-4953.

Becky Billingsley serves fresh daily helpings of restaurant news at MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com.

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