Forecast? In the '70s at Hard Rock Park
Myrtle Beach's new Hard Rock Park is doing a time trip this month when it comes to live entertainment: Set your clock (and ears) to the 1970s.
Satisfaction, a touring tribute to the Rolling Stones, plays Monday through Aug. 24; the L.A.-based band performs several shows per day. They're scheduled to play at 2, 4 and 6:30 p.m.; the price is included in park admission.
KC and The Sunshine Band – the disco group behind “That's the Way (I Like It),” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “I'm Your Boogie Man” and “Get Down Tonight” – plays a concert at 9 p.m. Aug. 30. It's also included in park admission.
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General admission (one day) is $45 plus tax; $30 for ages 3-9.
Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 31, N.C. and S.C. residents are admitted for $39 when valid ID is presented at the gate. Details: 843-236-7625; www.hardrockpark.com. Staff reports
DINING MYRTLE BEACH
Habibi's Café & Market
The place: 1831 Waccamaw Blvd. Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Details: 843-236-0150.
The taste: Habibi's Cafe & Market has juicy, tender chicken that is delicious. I tried the combo plate, which features skewers of lamb, chicken and beef. Other dishes feature the lamb, chicken and beef served alone.
It is served with taboula salad (chopped parsley, chopped tomato, scallions, lemon juice, pomegranate juice and olive oil mixed with cracked wheat), hummus and pita bread on the side. The meal tasted healthy and was delicious. The meat was seasoned just right, and I didn't know a salad made mostly with parsley could taste so good. I also sampled the baba ganoug (mashed eggplant mixed with tahini sauce, lemon juice and topped with olive oil and served with pita bread) and falafel.
The baba ganoug was particularly yummy. I found myself sopping every bit of it up with my pita bread. When I dined there, I met several vegetarians and I understood why they found Habibi's Cafe & Market so appealing. Diners can also enjoy dolmah (vine leaves stuffed with rice and vegetables) and stuffed grape leaves (with rice, ground meat and spices).
There is also a market located within this Lebanese eatery where you can buy fresh spices, canned goods and food products from around the world.
To drink: Yogurt drinks (regular and mint) are $1.99. Pepsi products are $1.50; other soft drinks are $1.
The price: Prices range from $3.25 to $9.99 for menu items. Market items are priced from $2 to $15. Johanna D. Wilson, The Sun-News
PARTYING GARDEN CITY BEACH, S.C.
Bar on the Pier, Garden City Pier
The place: Garden City Pier (at the end of the pier, in the rain shelter), 110 Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach. Hours: 6 p.m.-midnight Monday-Friday, noon-midnight Saturday-Sunday. Details: 843-651-9700.
The vibe: Take in the essence of beach life: Sip drinks on the end of the 668-foot pier, waves crashing underneath you.
The crowd: Everybody fits in. On a recent Tuesday night, dads embarrassed their daughters by dancing, groups of friends enjoyed happy hour, fishermen tried their luck in the ocean.
Overall, it's a mix of tourists and locals.
The drink/the taste: A little bit to please every drinker: canned Budweiser drinks for $3, Land Shark beer for $4, liquor drinks starting at $5.50, frozen drinks starting at $7. For those with the munchies, a small cafe inside the arcade has the usual beachside snacks. Prices range from $3 for nachos to $5 for a crab cake sandwich.
What you need to know: Bring cash. The bar at the end of the pier and the food cafe don't take credit cards.
The sound: Bands play at the end of the pier and at the smaller bar just outside the arcade nightly.
Overheard: “Don't pick that eyeball off the floor and eat it!” That was the warning of a concerned woman at the arcade to a kid sloppily eating an ice cream stick that had lost its ice cream eyeball. Dawn Bryant, The Sun-News