By Becky Billingsley
Friday, June 15, 2012, Myrtle Beach - Dads get special treats at area restaurants on Sunday, a Mexican restaurant is constructing a new building, there's a new weekend brunch in Pawleys Island, a deli is having a sauce-naming contest and much more hot and fresh Myrtle Beach Restaurant news.
Two Deals for Dads
Father's Day is June 17, and two local restaurants have special offers to make Dads' days extra fun.
At Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant by Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach at 740 Coastal Grand Circle, dads who dine there on Father's Day will receive an offer for a free Chili Con Queso appetizer if they go to the Abuelo's Facebook page on June 17 or 18 and like it. The appetizer is then redeemable from June 18-30.
On Father's Day, Travinia Italian Kitchen is treating dads to free desserts with the purchase of meals. Travinia is at 4011 Deville St. in Myrtle Beach, and the number is (843) 233-8500.
El Cerro Moving On Up
El Cerro Mexican Restaurant at 2696 Beaver Run Blvd. is experiencing so much business it needs more space. So it's moving out from Millenium Run Plaza near the Surfside Beach area Super Wal-Mart and building a standalone restaurant nearby, between S.C. 544 and the Wells Fargo bank.
Millenium Run Plaza owner and property manager, Roberto Perez, says the 4,822 square-foot space El Cerro currently occupies is available after the end of September, and that "...anyone who is looking to expand their operations at a prime location with unbelievable traffic flow" can contact him at (843) 215-1208. Click HERE to see more property description.
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Brat Haus in Longs (15 minutes west of Myrtle Beach) has new hours and new menu items.
New dishes are Potato Pancakes with applesauce, house-made Spaetzle and Sauerbraten. Also, Thueringer Brats are now $13 for all you care to eat.
The new hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; and noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Brat Haus is at 7050 S.C. 90, a half-mile east of S.C. 22. The number is (843) 492-0091.
For more than 13 years Mike Kaminsky at Kaminsky's NY Deli has been making and bottling a grilling sauce he serves as a dipping sauce to go with his sandwich called Precinct 75. The name is a dedication to Mike and Eva Kaminsky's son, who is a New York City police officer. The sauce is also available for purchase by the bottle, but until now the sauce hasn't had a name.
Mike says it's time to change that, and he is offering $50 and lunch for two at Kaminsky's for the person who comes up with a saucy name he and Eva like. Anyone can stop by the restaurant and request a complimentary sample, so they can taste what they're naming.
Kaminsky's is at 7223 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, and the number is (843) 213-1261.
Just in time for Father's Day, Louis's at Pawleys is now serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The a la carte menu includes Greek Yogurt and Granola with Fresh Fruit; Buttermilk Biscuit with Sausage Gravy; French Toast with Sorghum Butter, plus Bacon or Sausage; Country Eggs Benedict with a buttermilk biscuit, Benton's country ham, fresh local eggs and Hollandaise; Shrimp, Pepper, Mushroom and Swiss Omelet; and Sunday Skillet Fried Chicken with green beans, squash casserole, rice and gravy, and a buttermilk biscuit.
Two special brunch beverages are Mango Fizz and Brandy Milk Punch.
Louis's at Sanford's is at 251 Willbrook Blvd. in Pawleys Island, and the number is (843) 237-5400.
Island Bar & Grill in Pawleys Island turns five years old today (Friday, June 15), and to celebrate owner Anthony Caywood is serving free Lowcountry Boil starting at 6 p.m., while supplies last. Psych Ward will perform rock 'n' roll from 6:30-10:30 p.m., and there will be drink and shot specials all night.
Island Bar & Grill is at 10744 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island, and the number is (843) 235-3399.
Spider Webb and Chicago Bob Hess, and friends, are performing from 3-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, at Docksiders Grille at Barefoot Marina in North Myrtle Beach. The two local blues legends will be joined by drummer Earl Truette, Mike Donellan and more. If people turn out for this, it could turn into a monthly blues review.
Fine Dining for Charity
Executive Chef Curry Martin of Aspen Grille has partnered with Children's Miracle Networks and McLeod Children's Hospital to present an evening of delicious food with $5 of each ticket benefiting the charities.
A Carolina Evening takes place on Tuesday, June 19, and for $30 plus tax and tip, the menu includes:
Choice of Starter
Fried Green Tomatoes with pancetta bacon, parmesan cheese & béarnaise sauce
Aspen Grille House Salad with balsamic vinaigrette
Choice of Entrée
Seared Flounder on jasmine rice with sautéed spinach & lime tarragon crème fraiche
4oz Prime Beef Filet with mashed potatoes, asparagus & Bordelaise sauce
Pan Roasted Free Range Chicken with roasted potatoes, green beans & mushroom jus
Choice of Dessert
Bourbon Vanilla Crème Brule
New York Style Cheesecake with blueberry compote
Aspen Grille is at 5101 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, and the number to call for reservations is (843) 449-9191.
Pawleys Island restaurants including Blue Crab, Chive Blossom, Groucho's Delit, Hanser House, Island Bar & Grill and Shuler's Bar-B-Que will provide the eats from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at the Pawleys Island Festival taking place in front of the Hampton Inn at the intersection of Ocean Highway and Willbrook Boulevard.
Adult admission is $10 in advance (available at Pawleys Island locations First Citizens Bank, Litchfield Wine & Liquors and Postal Annex) or $15 at the door; children ages 15 and younger are free if accompanied by an adult. The day will include adult and non-alcoholic libations, music by Latitude, dancing, limbo, face painting, a bounce house, a crazy hat contest and a hula contest.
The Pawleys Island Festival is presented by the Rotary Club of Pawleys Island, and net proceeds will benefit Alzheimer's research.
Summer Solstice Celebration
Eat great food, enjoy an open bar and you might even walk away with a door prize at The South Carolina Maritime Museum's Summer Solstice Celebration scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Friday, June 22. The museum has a back deck with a gorgeous view of the Sampit River. Advance tickets are $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members, or $30 at the door.
Food is being prepared by Sally Swineford at The River Room and Susan Hibbs, one of the former owners of The Rice Paddy. They're going to make chilled summer dishes including shrimp, orzo, vegetable, chicken and fruit salads, plus "some yummy desserts." Museum board members are also bringing salads and desserts.
The South Carolina Maritime Museum is at 729 Front St. in Georgetown, and the number is (843) 520-0111.
Moveable Feast Schedule
The Moveable Feast is a series of literary luncheons where local authors talk about their books at local restaurants. They're held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, and the price is $25.
Paid reservations for the Moveable Feast are requested by the Wednesday prior to the event. Reservations may be made online at ClassAtPawleys.com or by phone at (843) 235-9600.
June 22 ~ Karen White (Sea Change) at Pawleys Plantation
For Ava Whalen, a new marriage and a move to St. Simons Island mean a new beginning. But she doesn’t realize that her marriage will take her on an unexpected journey into the deep recesses of her past that will transform her forever... So teases the book blurb for Karen White’s newest novel, promising her faithful fans another heroine to root for and fall in love with.
June 29 ~ Angie LeClercq (A Grand Tour of Gardens) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw
Following her successful travelogue of the international adventures of a southern widow turned patron of historical discovery (Elizabeth Sinkler Coxe’s Tales from the Grand Tour, 1890–1910) chronicling the captivating episodes in exotic lands as experienced by an intrepid American aristocrat and her son at the dawn of the twentieth century, Charleston native, Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq turns her eye to the Grand Gardens. As director of the Daniel Library at the Citadel and a great-grandniece of Elizabeth Sinkler Coxe, she holds a master’s degree in librarianship
from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee.
July 6 ~ Jim Dodson (American Triumvirate) at Pawleys Plantation
Dodson has based this account of Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan on interviews, contemporary accounts and oral histories. His book makes a convincing case that Snead, Nelson and Hogan really did usher in the modern era of golf – because of the quality of their play and the dramatic nature of their rivalry – and it’s also a fascinating biographical account of three gifted, unusual men who grew up in the Depression, discovered that they excelled at a once-snooty game that was beginning to grab the popular imagination, and found wealth and fame in the vastly
different America that came in the wake of the war.
Tuesday, July 10 ~ Leila Meacham (Tumbleweeds) at Inlet Affairs
The resurrection of the saga! Devoted readers of Meacham’s Roses will devour this long, juicy page-turner. As big and sprawling as Texas is this story of three young friends – the saint, the sinner, and the angel – growing up together in the sort of small Texas Panhandle town that lives and dies by its Friday night football games. A fateful event casts a long shadow over these three intertwined lives and leaves the reader turning the pages desperately to see how it all plays out.
July 13 ~ Charles Seabrook (The World of the Salt Marsh) at Capt. Dave’s Dockside
Benefit for Winyah Rivers Foundations’ Riverkeeper.
Seabrook has written a wide-ranging exploration of the southeastern coast – its natural history, its people and their way of life, and the historic and ongoing threats to its ecological survival. Focusing on areas from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, he examines the ecological importance of the salt marsh, calling it “a biological factory without equal.” Twice-daily tides carry in a supply of nutrients that nourish vast meadows of spartina – a crucial habitat for creatures ranging from tiny marine invertebrates to wading birds. The meadows
provide vital nurseries for 80 percent of the seafood species, including oysters, crabs, shrimp, and a variety of finfish, and they are invaluable for storm protection, erosion prevention and pollution filtration.
July 20 ~ Wendy Wax (Ocean Beach) at Ocean One
Unlikely friends Madeline, Avery and Nicole have hit some speed bumps in their lives, but when they arrive in Miami’s South Beach neighborhood, they are all hoping for a do-over. Literally. They’ve been hired to bring a once-grand historic house back to its former glory on a new television show called Do-Over. If they can just get this show off the ground, Nikki would get back on her feet financially, Avery could restart her ruined career, and Maddie would have a shot at keeping her family together. At least, that’s the plan – until the women realize that having their work broadcast is one thing, having their personal lives play out on TV is another thing entirely. Soon they are struggling to hold themselves, and the project, together.
July 27 ~ Angela Halfacre (A Delicate Balance) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw
Benefit for SCELP (South Carolina Environmental Law Project).
Professor Angela C. Halfacre teaches in the departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Political Science at Furman University in Greenville. She also serves as the director of Furman’s David E. Shi Center for Sustainability. Before returning to Furman, her alma mater, in 2008, she spent 10 years at the College of Charleston as a political science professor and director of the graduate program in Environmental Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1997. At Furman, she teaches courses in environmental policy, conservation, sustainability, and research methods.
Aug. 3 ~ Amor Towles (Rules of Civility) at Nosh
Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.
Aug. 10 ~ Troy Nooe (Damn Yankee) at Carefree Catering
Following his “riveting” debut, Frankie McKeller is back on the beach, this time as the new House Detective of The Ocean Forest Hotel. When he is asked to look into the disappearance of a young girl, he is thrown into an underworld of bootleggers, illegal gambling and vice. When another girl turns up dead, Frankie’s limited skills are put to the ultimate test. It’s murder and mayhem in the sand as Frankie contends with the other side of life in Myrtle Beach and a taboo romance that can never be.
Aug. 17 ~ Brian Hicks (City of Ruin: Charleston at War, 1860-1865) at Inlet Affairs
Begun as a 20-part serial that ran in the pages of The Post and Courier from Dec. 2010 to April 2011 by the acclaimed historian, author and columnist, Hicks expanded the series, incorporating additional stories and the perspectives of people on both sides as the Holy City became ground zero for war. The book details the military actions around the city
and how the conflict affected life in Charleston for residents and shopkeepers, as well as the city’s sizeable population of slaves and freedmen.
Aug. 24 ~ Tom Poland (Save the Last Dance for Me) at JD’s Steakhouse
The shag, the official state dance of North and South Carolina, originated in the 1930s. The dance quickly spread throughout the South, where it became a legend in many beach regions. Save the Last Dance for Me is the story of the shag and the development of the Society of Stranders, an organization devoted to the dance and its culture. Formed in 1980 after a Red Sea Balsam bottle containing an SOS note washed ashore, what resulted was increased national publicity and five thousand “stranders” flocking to Ocean Drive Beach to show their support for the shag culture.
The Society of Stranders, or SOS, and the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs together now consist of more than fifteen thousand members. The shag’s past, present, and future are described here with archival and contemporary photographs.
Aug. 31 ~ Robert Leleux (The Living End) at Ocean One
Critics hailed Robert Leleux’s coming-of-age Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy as a “laugh-out-loud tale of dysfunction and discovery” (Publishers Weekly), delivering “gallows humor with a sprightly flair” (New York Times). In The Living End, Leleux casts a gimlet eye on how his grandmother’s unexpectedly funny decline into Alzheimer’s, became an occasion to reconcile with her daughter – Leleux’s colorful, knowing, Texas-beauty-queen-with-enhancements mother.