Friday, September 19, 2008

Long Weekend in Myrtle Beach

We managed to get away on Thursday for a long weekend which, after driving 5.5 hours each way turns out to be not really a long weekend. We headed for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and got there just after 4 p.m. After checking in and getting settled we headed out to look around the area and find a place for dinner. We chose Greg Norman’s Australian Grille. Now, Greg produces wines and his name is pretty well known for that (in addition to golf) and both Di and I thought he had several restaurants, but, no, he has only one, and it is in Myrtle Beach.

We got a table outside on the harbor; it was very relaxing and scenic. But the mark of a good restaurant is the food, and the food at Greg’s was very good. Di had veal scaloppini with Hunter sauce and portabella beggars purses, which she liked, and I had the wood-grilled ribeye with garlic mashed potatoes and apple smoked bacon green beans, which was very good. For dessert, Di had bread pudding with strawberry white chocolate, and I had mixed berrys with vanilla ice cream. All in all, a very nice evening.

Friday for lunch we went Joe’s Crab Shack, where I had a crabcake sandwich and Di had coconut shrimp. Tolerable food.

For dinner Friday, we went to the House of Blues, which was a mixed blessing. If you’ve never been to a HOB, you might want to think a little about it before going. They have a concert venue, a restaurant, an “art” gallery and a souvenir shop all right together. It’s a very loud place, with a younger crowd, and a “rustic” d├ęcor. The food was decent; Di had an 8-ounce filet with snow peas and mashed potatoes, and I had the full rack of "fall off the bone" baby back ribs with Jim Beam BBQ sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and greens. The filet was tolerable, the ribs were very good, the sweet potatoes were tasty, but didn’t really fit with the ribs, and the greens were too spicy. The most memorable thing was the appetizer, which was skillet baked rosemary cornbread with maple butter. Unique, and tasty.

Tomorrow holds the promise of a return to Thoroughbreds’, a place we went a few years ago that had both a great atmosphere and good food. Lunch is still undecided.

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