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Jan 10, 2009 07:22 AM

Myrtle Beach any ''new "good eateries ?

The Beach has there old standards Sea captains house .,Franks ,Austin's ,New York Prime ,Benny Rapas etc . but is there anything new and exciting since (over priced) Ruth's Chris .I know the economy does not dictate many changes ...but is there any news

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  1. There's a new place opening this month (Jan. '09) down at Pawley's in the Hammock Shops. It's in the space formerly occupied by Louis's. I think it's named High Hammock.

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    1. re: Cpt Wafer

      thanks for info ...I am sure that if the place is good the demographics will support it .Has the economy taken it's toll on the Beach ?any places go under ?

      1. re: big1515

        I have high hopes for High Hammock. You know how it is at the beach, the one constant is flux. I'm gonna check out the link Sisyphus posted and catch up on the news.

    2. I don't know if this is ok to post, but I'll try it anyhow. There is an awesome website, that posts daily updates of local eateries, including closures and new openings, specials, off-season hours, etc. I use it frequently when trying to decide where to eat. I'm a local and love Inlet Crab House (for the fish chowder, shrimp and grits, and hush puppies), Cooter's for the nightlife (free Wii!!!), and K-Rae's for the happy hour specials. There are restaurants closing almost daily, but new ones opening just as frequently to take their place. And High Hammock is owned by Maverick Southern Kitchens, the same people who own SNOB in Charleston, SC.

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      1. re: Sisyphus

        I hear Frank Lee will be Exec Chef at HH. Should be good.

          1. re: big1515

            I'm glad it was helpful! This time of year, you never know if the restaurant you are headed to is going to be open. And there are so many "specials" being offered, it seems the economy is taking its toll. My husband and I try to support our favorite non-chains as much as we can within our own economy-driven budget. The down side to this is that we don't eat out nearly as often as we used to, the up side is that I am *finally* learning how to cook and use the local dishes we have tried as a starting place to hunt for recipes. (I'm originally from Los Angeles, so the low-country cooking has been so much fun to explore and tastes SO good.)

          2. re: Sisyphus

            Thanks for info! I tried the link listed and it is not working. Is it correct; or has it changed. Where are Hammock Shops? High Hammock sounds great!

            1. re: winedine

              The correct link is
              The "l" was left out in the original.

              The Hammock Shops are on US 17 in Pawley's Island.

              1. re: Cpt Wafer

                Thanks for the correction, sorry about that...

                1. re: Sisyphus

                  Not a problem. Besides, it's not like the name was or something similar. Myrtlebeachrestaurantnews.etc is hellishly long.

          3. My favorite new restaurant is SALT CREEK CAFE in Murrells Inlet. The service and atmosphere is 5 stars. The menu is varied enough that we can eat there anytime - everyone can always find something they are in the mood for. I've been impressed with everything I've tried, but I keep going back to the Cuban Pork with plantains on the side.

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            1. re: jrobean

              I have written many times about my new found love for Salt Creek Cafe. I try to get there at least once a week. I went the first time back in the summer when we were looking at houses and somehow I managed to get within five miles!!!!
              The she crab soup is the best on the Grand Strand, but to be honest I haven't had anything that is not fantastic. Homemade potato chips...yum, Artichoke...yum,surf and Turf...yum and yum!!!!The owners are there to making sure everything is going right but there staff is so good I believe that it would be smooth regardless. They have music on weekends. I cant really explain it but I would go on date night there with my husband as much as I would take the whole family...the atmosphere is that great. But steel yourself...the prices rock.The regular prices are good but they also have early / bird happy hour.They have five drinks that are only three dollars...and y'all know how I love my bloody marys...theirs are wonderful. Really I probably should quit telling everyone how great it is or I am going to end up not being able to get in the door...good thing they do take out!

              1. re: LaLa

                thanks for the review I am from Jersey ,but have a place @Riverwalk @Arrowhead golf course .This place Will be visited by my golfing crew .The menue is very impresive .How long has it been in existence and who owns it

                1. re: big1515

                  I am not sure how long it has been there, I just moved to the area in September . I did not notice it on my last vacation (the September before) so somewhere within a year old I would guess. The owner names are Keith and Wendy Wolff. He was the Gulf Stream Cafe before as GM / pARTNER.

                2. re: LaLa

                  I saw an other MB posting so to this one current I will add. I love Austin's on Hwy 17 close to True Blue turn off

                  1. re: big1515

                    Bill Austin just sold it to concentrate on his other place/ catering.

                    1. re: LaLa

                      Thanks again ..Where is the new Ausin's ??
                      as I recall The Gulf Stream had great veiws ,but the food was ,@ times , hit or miss ?
                      I do like Carolina Road House that is part of that chain ..

                      1. re: big1515

                        Austin's has been sold to award winning chef Peter Ryan. Peter has been instrumental in shaping the foodie scene on the South Strand. Along with consulting for James Beard winner Louis Osteen, he planned and designed the menus for south end staples such as Divine Fish House and Bovines.

                        1. re: BlueHerons

                          Thanks for the news! I suppose that puts Austin's right after High Hammock on the "must try" list.

                          1. re: Cpt Wafer

                            Where is the NEW Austins' located and is it worth the trip ??

                            1. re: big1515

                              Austins is located in Pawleys Island and I really look forward to trying it out. Restaurant should re-open in four weeks.

              2. I've looked at the last few posts on MB and haven't seen this mentioned, but I would recommend a trip to Villa Romana if you're wanting italian.

                It's by no means new, but it's the best italian I've had in SC. It's at the very south end of MB, just before surfside on business 17.

                It's a great family-owned place, with a kitsch atmosphere, though I don't think it's tounge-in-cheek. That's quite all right, since the food is killer. The Veal Absolute is a delightful dish, as is the Veal Caesar. Their osso bucco will make you look hard at the MB real estate listings. You'll never go a minute without something in your mouth, as they bring out bread, soup, salad and bruschetta courses before dinner.

                To top it all of, there's an accordion playing comedian.

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                1. re: silvernt

                  You are correct about Villa Romana ,very good stuff .I live in New Jersey were Italian food is king ! There is another place were the old Rossinis' (hwy 17 by pass near old air force west gate ) was ..It is called cafe ''something'' that is excellent ..Chef is from New York .The piano player played with Joey Dee and the Starliters '' Peppermint twist fame .They talk about Benny Rapas's as the best Italian ....what are your thoughts

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