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Gas giveaway

Reserve a room, reserve a seat – and they'll mail you a $20, $30 or $60 gas check in addition to a $50 gas card. That's the essence of a promotion of Myrtle Beach's Crown Reef Resort and the Alabama Theatre; it's good through Sept. 1.

Here's how it works: Make a reservation seven days in advance at the resort and purchase tickets to Alabama Theatre's current “One: The Show.” Buy a ticket for you and your spouse plus one child (16 or younger), and you'll be mailed a $20 gas check from the theater. Add another child, and the gas check will be for $40. Buy three tickets for the kids, and it's $60.

And when your stay is three nights or more at the Crown Reef, they'll hand you a $50 gas card when you check in.

The oceanfront Crown Reef, south of downtown Myrtle Beach and near the airport and Springmaid Pier, is sometimes called “the purple motel. Every room has a view of the Atlantic. Alabama Theatre, at Barefoot Landing on the north side of the Grand Strand, offers the “One” music revue at 7:30 p.m. most days. (Crown Reef per-day rate in summer: $168-$178.)

The gas rebates only apply when ticket conditions are met for both Crown Reef and Alabama Theatre aspects of this promotion. Details on the package: 866-293-2420. Staff Reports


P.F. Chang's

China Bistro

The place: 1190 Farrow Parkway, Myrtle Beach (in the Market Commons development; between Kings Highway and U.S. 17 Bypass, south of downtown and just beyond the airport). Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Details: 843-839-9470.

The taste: At P.F. Chang's, you will find a variety of entrees at prices that won't put holes in your pockets.

I ordered two appetizers, Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Chang's Spare Ribs. The lettuce wraps featured spicy chicken served with cool, crisp lettuce leaves. You also get condiments, including a zippy mustard and a chili sauce. They were delicious and light. The ribs were a tasty surprise because they were sweet, not spicy and smoky like typical Southern barbecue.

P.F. Chang's presents a taste some barbecue lovers will surely appreciate. My entree was the Chengdu Spiced Lamb. It is a “richly spiced marinated lamb, wok-caramelized then tossed with cumin, mint, tomatoes and yellow onions,” according to the menu. It was wonderful, although there were several pieces of lamb on my plate that had too much fat on them.

To drink: Coca-Cola products and sweetened ice tea are $2.25 (free refills). Hot tea is $3.50. Beer ranges from $4 to $6. Wines are priced by the glass and vary in cost.

The price: Entree prices from $7 to $20. Johanna D. Wilson, The Sun-News