Myrtle Beach area restaurant notes

For Weekly SurgeNovember 6, 2013 

New Restaurants

New wing and donut restaurants are opening soon in Socastee. Dunkin’ Donuts is remodeling a former bank building at the intersection of Socastee Boulevard and Dick Pond Road, at Braves Village shopping center. A block north, at 4989 Socastee Blvd., in the former location of Bingy’s Jamaican restaurant, a wing joint named Chillin’ Chicken Café is soon opening. It’ll serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and offer 26 wing flavors, burgers, cheesesteaks and delivery.

A new steak restaurant is opening in the former Angelo’s Steak & Pasta and R&R Bar & Grill site at 2011 S. Kings Highway. A sign permit application for Angus Steakhouse & Seafood at that location will be discussed on Nov. 7 at a meeting of the City of Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board.

Closed Restaurants

JD’s Steakhouse & Pasta at 13089 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island has closed. Owner Rich Janson moved the restaurant in 2011 to that site from its original location at 9674 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island.

Great American Steak & Buffet, which is a subsidiary of the Western Sizzlin Corporation, has closed. It opened in 2002 at 7904 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, and at that time there were 14 locations in five states. The Western Sizzlin corporate Web site lists three remaining Great American Steak & Buffets in the Virginia/Washington D.C. area.

Veterans Day Specials

Veterans Day is Monday and several Myrtle Beach area restaurants are offering meal specials for veterans and active military personnel on the holiday.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, the Bar-B-Que House - at 1561 U.S. 17 N. in North Myrtle Beach and at 1205 U.S. 17 N. in Surfside Beach - is offering a free lunch special, including a non-alcoholic beverage, or a free barbecue plate and beverage.

Applebee’s is offering a choice of several free meals to veterans and active armed forces members with ID or in uniform. Grand Strand locations are at 7915 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach; 1571 U.S. 17 N. in North Myrtle Beach; 1647 Church St. in Conway; and 3256 U.S. 17 S. in Murrells Inlet.

For those who dine in at Cheeseburger in Paradise at 7211 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach and show proof of military service, they’ll receive a complimentary All-American Burger with the purchase of a beverage priced $1.99 or more.

At Fatz Café, 2494 Church St. in Conway, veterans and active duty personnel can have a free entrée up to $15 in value.

Golden Corral is offering, from 4-9 p.m. Monday, a free buffet and beverage to veterans and active duty personnel. Grand Strand locations are at 868 Oak Forest Lane and 10600 Kings Rd. in Myrtle Beach.

Olive Garden, which has three Grand Strand locations at 1405 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, 73 Rodeo Dr. in the Carolina Forest area of Myrtle Beach, and at 4701 U.S. 17 N. in North Myrtle Beach, is offering veterans and active duty personnel a free meal from a special menu, and their families get 10 percent discounts on their meals.

On Veterans Day, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers at 1218 N. Retail Ct. in Myrtle Beach, by Coastal Grand Mall, is offering veterans and active duty personnel a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries.

At Shoney’s, veterans and active duty military will get a free All-American Burger on Veterans Day. Locally there are Shoney’s at 1701 Church St. in Conway and 1206 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. The corporate Web site says the Shoney’s at 1805 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach is closed for the season.

T.G.I. Friday’s is offering a free lunch for veterans and active duty personnel from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday. Local locations include 3202 U.S. 17 Business S. in Murrells Inlet and 7515 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach.

New York Prime at 405 28th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach is pampering veterans and active military on Veterans Day with a free entrée. Friends and family who dine with the vet or armed forces member will receive 25 percent meal discounts.

Thanksgiving Meals

If you enjoy having local chefs cook your Thanksgiving meal, here are a few options:

SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar at 503 U.S. 17 N. in North Myrtle Beach will be open from 1-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day serving its full regular menu in addition to several specials including: fricassee of duck sausage and grilled fennel with butternut squash ravioli and pomegranate demi-glace; grilled rabbit sausage with wild boar and blueberry stuffing, French beans, cranberry sauce and roasted chicken demi-glace; porcini dusted rack of Australian lamb with mashed yams, grilled asparagus, house-made applesauce and mint essence demi-glace; pumpkin crème brulee with macadamia biscotti; sweet potato and bacon cheesecake; and maple apple crisp with pecan brittle, Tahitian vanilla gelato and warm butterscotch. Make reservations by calling 249-8800.

The Caravelle Resort at 6900 N. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach is serving a buffet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day with a price of $24 for adults, $18 for seniors, $14 for children and free for ages two and younger. A few of the many buffet dishes include seafood chowder, smoked salmon, boiled shrimp, omelets, roast beef, roasted turkey, flounder Oscar, candied yams, green bean casserole and several desserts. Call 918-8000 for reservations.

Hard Rock Café at 1322 Celebrity Circle at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach is having a Thanksgiving Day buffet from noon to 6 p.m., with reservations accepted on the half-hour through 4:30 p.m. For $15 ages 11 and older, $8 ages 4-10 and free for ages 3 and younger with a paying adult, the buffet includes garden salad, roasted turkey breast, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, glazed carrots, mashed and sweet potatoes, rolls, mini chocolate mousse, pumpkin pie, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Call 946-0007 for reservations.

Landmark Resort at 1501 S. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach is planning a Thanksgiving meal with seatings on the half-hour from 1-4:30 p.m. in its Gazebo Restaurant. The buffet is $17 for ages 11 and older and $9 ages 3-10. A few dishes include Caesar and Waldorf salads, leg of lamb, turkey, honey baked ham, fried chicken, baked chicken, lemon herb cod, shrimp chowder, and many traditional southern holiday side dishes and desserts.

Four Seasons Restaurant is located in Lodge No. 1 of Ocean Creek Resort at 10600 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, and its Thanksgiving buffet will be served from noon to 4 p.m. Traditional sides will be served along with roast turkey, pineapple glazed ham, flounder Florentine, smoked salmon, carved top sirloin, shrimp cocktail, seafood salad and several desserts, including an ice cream sundae bar. The price is $26 for ages 12 and older, $13 ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and younger. For reservations, call 272-7724, Ext. 1010.

Tradewinds Café at Beach Cove Resort at 4800 S. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach is planning a Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 4 p.m. with a price of $24 for ages 13 and older, $13 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 4 and younger. A few holiday dishes include crab and corn chowder, antipasto, boiled shrimp, deviled eggs, round of beef with merlot-infused mushroom sauce, ham with pineapple raisin sauce, vegetable rice pilaf, pumpkin pie, cheesecake with strawberry sauce, German chocolate cake, pies and bread pudding with vanilla rum sauce. Call 918-9000 for reservations.

Sea Watch Resort at 161 Sea Watch Dr. in Myrtle Beach is having a Thanksgiving buffet from 1-5 p.m. at a price of $25 for ages 13 and older, $13 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and younger. A few of the dishes that will be served include smoked Cheddar, bacon and corn soup, Caesar salad station, seafood salad, black-eye peas with carrots and ginger, barbecued beef brisket with charred onion Cabernet reduction, blackened tilapia with Tasso cream, turkey, ham, pumpkin pie and pecan pie. Reservations are requested; call 918-0000.

More restaurant news

Chris Kirwin was a 28-year-old sushi chef who graduated from North Myrtle Beach High School in 2004, attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and the culinary arts program at Horry-Georgetown Technical College. He crafted sushi for several years at local restaurants including Islamorada Fish Company, Filet’s, 39th Avenue Bar & Grill – all in North Myrtle Beach – and most recently at Zest in Georgetown, which was destroyed in September in a devastating fire that affected several Front Street businesses. On the morning of Oct. 24, as Chef Kirwin rode his motorcycle south to Georgetown to meet contractors who were doing work on the “new Zest,” he was killed in a traffic accident. Zest is reopening at 916 Front St. in Georgetown with the name Seven Hundred Modern Grill + Bar.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has scheduled a meeting in Myrtle Beach to discuss and explain its new Retail Food Establishment Regulations. The meeting is from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 12) at Grand Conference Center at Horry-Georgetown Technical College, which is at 743 Hemlock Ave. in Myrtle Beach. It is open to the public.

Chef Pierce Culliton is preparing a three-course meal for $38 that will be served at 6 p.m. at Frank’s Restaurant at 10434 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island. For $38 the menu includes chicken and dumpling soup with exotic mushrooms, cowboy braised red spiced pork shoulder with jalapeno spatzle and cracklings, and caramelized pumpkin and apple bread pudding with apple cider glaze. Each course will be paired with wine. A limited number of seats are available; call 237-3030 to make a reservation.

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