Monthly Archives: August 2010

Reviews From the Redneck Riviera – The Flamingo Grill

Susan says…

The Flamingo Grill is Miami Vice meets 50’s diner meets seafood.  It has a decidedly retro interior that is fun and flashy.  I could have been sitting on an aqua blue vinyl bench seat out of a ’57 Chevy instead of a generous booth in a restaurant. 

Surprisingly, we didn’t need to wait for a table and, at first, that concerned me.  All the great places are crowded at Myrtle Beach, right?  Bimini’s didn’t have a wait but I really enjoyed their food.  Maybe I am simply smarter than the average tourist who is waiting in a line at a subpar all-you-can-eat trough or at one of the national chain restaurants on the Grand Strand.  The food, and the large numbers of people arriving after us, allayed my concerns that I had chosen poorly.

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Reviews From the Redneck Riviera – Bimini’s Oyster Bar

Susan says…

Ahhh…..the sand, the surf, the seafood restaurants.   I love going to the beach.  On my recent weekend trip to Myrtle Beach, I consulted with Ashley about places to eat.  Of course I had read all her Redneck Riviera reviews with great interest, but I also found some intriguing possibilities during my own internet research.  I think she’s eaten EVERYWHERE in Myrtle Beach at least once, so that allowed us an opportunity to do a couple joint reviews from the area.

I stayed at Sands Ocean Club, home of Ocean Annie’s beach bar.  I’ll write more about Ocean Annie’s as part of my review of the River City Cafe – an eatery inside Sands Ocean Club.  My travel companion had one dining wish for the weekend: oysters on the half shell paired with a Bloody Mary.  Lucky for us, one of the top-rated seafood places, according to Urban Spoon, was only a mile from our hotel: Bimini’s Oyster Bar

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Grande Potential – El Patron Mexican Bar and Grill

Susan says…

What was once Chinese is now Mexican.  The location beside Bellacino’s in Kanawha City has been home to a couple incarnations of Chinese restaurants, neither of which excited us here at Fork You.  Now the space has been freshly painted in a cheery palette of yellow, orange and avacado to transform it into a Mexican Bar & Grill.

You might be wondering: does Charleston really need another Mexican joint?  After my first meal at El Patron, I say “yes”. 

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The Charm City Food Tour – Best Fries of My Life

Susan says…

I am a confessed French fry junkie.  I know they make my butt bigger but I can’t stay away from them for long.  Pregnancy afforded me an excuse to consume pounds of fries under the guise:  “the baby wanted them”.  You know the age-old hypothetical question: “If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could have only one food, what would it be?”  My answer would be French fries.

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The Charm City Food Tour – Pazo

Image from their website

Susan says…

Tapas is a wonderful concept for someone like me.  Someone who likes to try lots of different dishes but doesn’t have the financing or the room in my waistline to order everything that looks tasty.  Someone who will take food right off other dining companions’ plates.  Someone who has trouble making up their mind about what to order.  I sure hope the tapas concept hasn’t jumped the shark.  Knowing that the place turns nightclubesque in the late evening, I had considered Pazo for after dinner drinks but upgraded it to “dinner” status after reviewing the menu.  Lots of small plates featuring seafood with a Mediterranean influence. 

I was told by a local that Pazo is the place to go if you want to “see and be seen”.  Well I don’t know about you, but I wanted to do both!  One issue was the negative attention I would likely receive if I carried my Canon Rebel into the restaurant.  You see, it didn’t quite fit into my hot pink clutch.  Hell, my iPhone only fit in there if I slanted it at just the right angle.  So, reader beware: blurry iPhone pictures ahead. 

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News Nugget From the Redneck Riviera – Filling Station Changes Name

Photo from their website

Susan says…

If you are a regular at Myrtle Beach, you are probably familiar with The Filling Station.  Serving up a pizza buffet at almost ridiculously low prices has been their recipe for success for three decades.  Their location on Kings Highway and 16th Avenue North was a popular destination for poor college kids and families alike.  If you look for The Filling Station now, however, you may run into the same problems we did.

As an iPhone addict, I don’t worry about getting directions or planning in too much detail for trips.  I can google whatever I need and use the GPS feature to find it.  We googled “The Filling Station” and clicked on “Directions”.  My phone was telling me to go in a different direction than I expected.  More googling ensued and we determined they had moved.  The new location is 1913 Mr. Joe White Ave (10th & 11th Ave. North).  No problem – my GPS will take us straight there.

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The Charm City Food Tour – Ambassador Dining Room

NOTE:  This is the first in my series of reviews from Baltimore, Maryland.

Susan says…

I had some big decisions to make about where I would eat on this trip since I had only a few days to get as much Baltimore as possible.   The words “Royal Indian Cuisine” grabbed my attention and “lunch buffet” acted as a lighthouse leading this ship safely to shore.  Buffets are attractive for two reasons:   1) A buffet allows me to taste a large assortment of dishes instead of being forced to choose one or two items from the menu and 2) I can sample the aforementioned large assortment of dishes for a lower price than the cost of the chicken tikka masala alone!  Actually three reasons:  3) I can eat as much as my little tummy desires.

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