By Becky Billingsley
Thursday, July 28, 2011, Myrtle Beach - A Carolina Forest restaurant proves its pizza power, a longtime Restaurant Row steak restaurant sauces up gorgonzola lovers and a Myrtle Beach boardwalk restaurant snares foot traffic with sweets, smoothies and sandwiches.
Pizza in the Forest
Tavern in the Forest in Carolina Forest has been serving pizza for a few months now, and many favorable comments from locals spurred me to go try it. I had the lunch special where you get two slices with two toppings and a drink for $7.
The slices are huge - I could manage to eat only one and took the other with me - and the crust is exactly the way I like it: thin but not hard and cracker-like with a crispy bottom. The slices are foldable for those who like to eat them New York style.
If you want to get a whole pie, specialty pizzas ($11-$19) include Barbecue, Italian, White, Hawaiian, Veggie, Margherita (basil, garlic, olive oil, mozzarella, plum tomato sauce) and the House Special with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onion and bacon.
The day I visited the lunch special was Taco Salad, and my dining companion loved it. A few more menu items include Tavern Crab Dip, Toasted Ravioli, Meatloaf Sandwich, Prime Rib (on Wednesday nights it's $13), Fish & Chips, burgers and Texas Chili.
Tavern in the Forest is at 4999 Carolina Forest Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, and the number is (843) 236-5007. They offer free local delivery.
Blue cheese bonanza
Chuck's Steak House in Myrtle Beach had a terrific special last week I hope they keep around. For $18 they had a New York Strip topped with an extremely generous amount of gorgonzola sauce that came with a house salad and rice.
Did you know Chuck's puts out free food for its happy hour? The night we visited there were popcorn, nachos and two wheels of cheese and crackers by the bar, and over on the other side of the large restaurant they had complimentary port wine cheese and crackers.
Chuck's has burgers starting at $7, and the choices go up to $49 for a 10-ounce filet mignon and lobster tail combo. Daily from 4:30-6:30 there is an early dining special that includes a trip to the salad bar, rolls, starch and a choice of eight entrees ranging in price from $10 for 1/3 rack of baby back ribs to $20 for a 5-ounce petite filet. People ages 55 and older also have special selections for $10-$20.
Chuck's Steak House is at 9696 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, and the number is (843) 449-7611.
Props to our server, Whitney Ard. She is the epitome of a professional, efficient and friendly employee.
WMBF News morning anchor Matthew Nordin and I checked out Boardwalk Coffee House, which is by The Bowery on 9th Avenue North in the heart of Myrtle Beach's oceanfront, right by the boardwalk.
Nothing on the menu is more than $6, and they serve breakfasts (bagels, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy), deli sandwiches, ice cream treats, coffee drinks and decadent chocolate candies.
We had the lunchtime sandwich/chip/drink combo, and while it wasn't anything outrageously fantastic like you'd find at Gershon's Deli in Murrells Inlet or Kaminsky's NY Deli in Myrtle Beach, they were fresh and tasty. Next time I'm in that area at breakfast time, I'll be looking forward to stopping in for a bagel and Caramel Macchiato. Or maybe I'll have one of their real fruit smoothies; they gave us a sample of the strawberry-banana, and it was refreshing.
Boardwalk Coffee House is at 109 9th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach, and the number is (704) 968-3176.