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DINING MYRTLE BEACH

European Tavern

The scene: 411 79th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Details: 843-497-5711; www.europeantavern.com.

The taste: Before I visited European Tavern, my only information about European food came from magazines and world travelers.

The magazine reviews were mixed, while the people reviews were usually negative. Country folks who tried European food would tell me it was bland. Well, they were wrong.

Certainly, the food I tried at European Tavern isn't seasoned heavily, the way Southerners tend to like their food. The dish I tried, chicken cutlet with peaches and cheese, was mild. The chicken was tasty and tender. The roasted potatoes were chunky and crispy, as I like them. However, the ham, cheese and peaches were unnecessary additions to the dish. The flavors and textures didn't mesh well together. It felt odd to eat the chicken, ham, peaches and cheese together all at once. I thought it would have been better if the ham and cheese and peaches were not mixed in with the chicken but instead separated. Actually, I would have preferred just the chicken and roasted potatoes. Other dishes include pilsner beef goulash (a customer favorite consisting of beef simmered in beer that is served in a dark, rich paprika gravy with dumplings) and filled potato pancakes (stuffed with sauerkraut and smoked ham). Folks who are familiar with European food told me they liked the pork schnitzel, chicken schnitzel and wiener schnitzel at European Tavern.

To drink: Juice and Coca-Cola products are $1.99.

The price: Prices range from $1.50 to $17.95. Johanna D. Wilson, The Sun-News

DINING MYRTLE BEACH

Ichiro's

The scene: 4545 U.S. 501 (across from the Tanger Outlet). Hours: lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-2 p.m. Sunday; dinner 4-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 4-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Details: 843-236-4444.

The taste: Recently, I spoke to Jim Rogers, the general manager at this Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar. He told me they have the best sushi in town. I didn't believe him until he told me the names of their sushi chefs.

Known as the king and queen of sushi on the Grand Strand, Harry and Laura Herydi are an awesome duo.

Rogers said people like the Herydis gives Ichiro's the edge over similar eateries.

Ichiro's has a typical steakhouse menu, with mainstays such as ribeye and shrimp, steak and chicken and fresh catches of the day.

They serve lunch and have lunch specials.

To drink: Pepsi products, tea ($2), wine and beer

The price: Lunch prices range from $5.75 to $9.25; dinner prices are $10.95-$29.95. Market priced items may be higher. Johanna D. Wilson

PARTYING MYRTLE BEACH

Magoo's Sports & Spirits

The place: 3308 Waccamaw Blvd., Hours: 11 a.m.-4 a.m. weekdays; closes at 2 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Details: 843-236-3303.

The vibe: The new Magoo's (its former spot now reduced to a cleared lot on Oak Street) is bigger and more refined. The dark wood tones give it a masculine feel, yet the soft lighting creates a warm ambience that appeals to women.

Magoo's is famous for its dart nights and tournaments, so 10 dart boards span one wall of the bar. There are four billiard tables, 22 TVs, a couple of electronic games and a TouchTunes juke box.

The crowd: Fans of the old have become fans of the new. Familiar faces were peppered throughout Magoo's, some cozying up to the bar and others hurling darts or feeding the music box.

The drink/the taste: Get deals during happy hour, when wings are 20 cents apiece Tuesday-Saturday 4-7:30 p.m. and all day Sunday and Monday with a minimum of five and maximum of 12. Longneck bottles are $1.75. Specialty bottled beers and import drafts are $3.

The menu features bar-food favorites but also specialty items, such as seven panini and five quesadilla choices.

Overheard: “I had to come over here because I was sitting by the undertaker and couldn't get a drink,” one regular patron said about another regular who was in a shirt and tie.

“He's really in insurance sales,” the bar owner's wife said. “It's his birthday. We have to be nice to the undertaker.”

The undertaker/insurance salesman replied: “I'm 30. Again.” Elaine Gaston and Vicki Grooms, The Sun-News

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