For years Isaac Collington entertained diners at The Filling Station on Mr. Joe White Avenue in Myrtle Beach as he sang gospel while energetically bussing tables. The Filling Station closed and became Home Plate Grille, and Collington found work elsewhere. Now the restaurant has reopened as Simply Southern Smokehouse BBQ and Country Buffet, and Collington is again filling the dining room with his songs of praise. His shifts are from 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and sometimes Saturdays, too, during the same hours. Simply Southern Smokehouse is at 1913 Mr. Joe White Ave., and the number is 839-1913.
Chef Louie Gelormini and his sous-chef, Mike Iglesias, now have a restaurant inside Fishmonger Seafood in Surfside Beach. In addition to being able to buy fresh local seafood to take home and cook, customers can order fried seafood baskets ($13-$15), seared ahi tuna with mango habanero sauce, wasabi-seared scallops with yogurt bacon maple sauce, po’ boys ($9.25-$14) and steamed seafood. Four booths provide space to dine in, but many people pick up meals for carryout. Fishmonger Seafood is at 1511 U.S. 17 Business in Surfside Beach (beside Dollar General), and the number is 903-CRAB (2722). Through Labor Day operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. After Labor Day, it will be closed on Sundays.
Most people know Kudzu Bakery in Myrtle Beach as a source for freshly baked daily bread, but Jim Lewis and Shannon Lewis, and head chef Ryan Ralston, are also making components for complete meals including sweet potato gnocchi, pecan smoked bacon, chicken breasts stuffed with brie and apples, coconut crusted tilapia, tomato pies, seafood quiche, crab cakes, shrimp and corn pie, flame roasted corn, succotash, roasted duck, creamy crab soup, lobster bisque, French onion soup, fresh black pepper pappardelle pasta, saltimbocca chicken, beef or chicken cannelloni, chive and Cheddar cod, chicken potpies and meatballs. Kudzu Bakery is at 7223 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 213-0605. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Zest, at 719 Front St. in Georgetown, had its grand opening on July 22. For years the restaurant was a local landmark called Pink Magnolia, but it has been thoroughly remodeled to include waterfront dining on two levels, an upstairs sushi bar and a cozy dining area downstairs. Pizza and sushi seem to be the main two attractions so far, but other menu choices include steaks, seafood, sandwiches and a variety of small plates including empanadas. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., and the number is 485-4907.
Julie’s Beach Café, which opened in late 2012 in the former Village Café spot at 828 Surfside Dr. in Surfside Beach, has been closed for most of July. The business sign is still on the front of the building, and on July 25 there were no notices on the door saying when or if it would reopen. The phone still rings, but there is no voice message picking up.
Primp your pets and get ready for glamor fur-tography from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday (Aug. 3) on the waterfront patio at Castano’s Italian Steakhouse in North Myrtle Beach. For $20, the photo shoot includes a choice of props, backdrops and outfits. Castano’s will serve lunch and offer drink specials plus “gifts from our favorite local businesses.” There will also be a raffle benefitting the North Myrtle Beach Humane Society and Canine Angels. You need a reservation for the pet pix; call 742-2629. Castano’s Italian Steakhouse is at 4926 U.S. 17 S. in North Myrtle Beach, on the south side of Barefoot Landing. It’s normally open daily starting at 4 p.m., and the number is 361-2000.
Becky Billingsley serves daily restaurant news at MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com.