Notes on Myrtle Beach Trip
Staid at an Ocean front Marriott villa. Extremely cheap off-season, not available at all during the season as the owners take over. 12 hour trip from NY. Stopped about midway in Richmond, VA. They have a kosher cafe in their JCC. Washington DC is also a nice idea, but leaves over 7 hours of driving left. In Myrtle Beach, we had a daily minyan at Chabad (there are hotels walking distance should you want to stay for Shabbat) and three kosher restaurants. The dairy cafe was closed while the owners were away, but they will be back later in the week. Can't report on that. The new Moroccan restaurant, King David, offers traditional Israeli type food plus some Moroccan specialties. We recommend the Hibachi (no open fire, but hibachi-style). The Hibachi chicken was absolutely like butter in your mouth. Served with the best fried rice and grilled vegies. Portions are large. Moshe, the manager, is a nice guy. Caught up with him at Minyan too, btw. FYI, they have a Hookah bar in the back. Can't say more about that as the kids and we were not that interested. The kosher grocery store, Little Israel, you feel like you are standing in a Makolet in Israel. The owner brings stuff regularly from Israel. To be able to buy delicious pita bread from Maafiyah Angel's and reheat it in our hotel room was priceless. What a treat! Took us back about 20 years to late-night trips to the bakery as starving Yeshiva students in Israel. He has a nice supply of frozen meat and poultry, Gefilte fish, Of Tov chicen nuggets. The only thing I would have liked to see was a supply of cheeses. We could not find kosher cheese in Myrtle. The Israeli restaurant, Jersusalem, was actually pretty good. The owner turned on her grill just for us when we arrived a half hour late. FYI, they close pretty early and we had asked for 6, ended up coming in at 6:30. She whipped up a delicious meal of mixed grill, shnitzel, pea soup, hot dog. Our son felt that her schnitzel won the great schnitzel competition and we have to agree. The rice was good too. Nuggets could have been better. Again, we appreciated her making the meal so quickly. The local Bi-Lo had a nice kosher section on the "end cap" of their frozen food aisle. They had kosher pizzas (slice and mini pie), Mon quisine frozen meat dinners, tabachnik soups--of course--, Kineret Challah, Empire chicken, turkey, ground beef) , blintzes. We recommend Myrtle Beach whether it's a destination or a stop on the way to Orlando.