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DINING – NORTH MYRTLE BEACH

Goldberg's NY Bagels & Deli

The place: 3318 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. Hours: 6:30 a.m.-3 or 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Details: 843-272-3069.

The taste: If the Grand Strand's list of tasty deli food continues to grow, I will probably find myself dining at area delis as much as I dine at other restaurants. Goldberg's NY Bagels & Deli is one of the reasons.

The chicken salad was simply delicious, partly because I got it on a homemade butter croissant. The chicken salad is made with tender chunks of white meat.

I ordered tuna salad as my side, and it was enjoyable but not as good as the chicken salad.

The deli offers 20 varieties of bagels, including cheddar, cranberry nut, egg and sun-dried tomato.

Also, a variety of Boar's Head deli sandwiches are served with a choice of coleslaw or potato, tuna or macaroni salad. The sandwiches can be served on a bagel, bread, kaiser or sub roll.

Specialty sandwiches on the menu are traditional favorites, some served with a twist. The Manhattan, for example, is hot roast beef with onions, topped with melted horseradish cheddar cheese and served with a dipping sauce.

The trio salad combines the deli's three homemade salads – tuna, chicken and egg – on a bed of lettuce with tomato and cucumber.

For breakfast, the deli serves several bagel breakfast sandwiches and omelettes.

To drink: Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are $1.55. Fountain soda is $1.50. Cappuccino, lattes or espressos are $2.79.

The price: Prices range from 85 cents (for an original New York bagel, and kaisers) to $7.79 for the big beef sandwich. Johanna Wilson, The Sun-News

PARTYING – LITCHFIELD BEACH, S.C.

Spencer'z Sports Pub South

The place: U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet, S.C. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Details: 843-651-7600.

The vibe: Sports fans will dig this expansive place – a sister location to the original Spencer'z in Surfside Beach, S.C. – with its multiple big-screen TVs, projection TV, pool tables and dart boards spread out between the main dining area and a cozy bar up front.

The front exudes more of an intimate pub feel, while the main dining area is the place for boisterous sports fans who need fist-pumping and elbow room to gather and cheer their teams. This venue welcomes all, with a variety of team banners and placards adorning the walls. A room off the main area has a log cabin feel, and there's also a cozy nook near the pool tables, anchored by a rustic fireplace.

The crowd: On a recent Monday night, the crowd was mixed, ranging from groups of young friends to older couples.

The drink/the taste: The bar is in the middle of the building and offers a variety of choices, including Hoegaarden, Kona Longboard, Widmer and a throng of domestics, wine and liquor. The menu is vast and includes more than just your run-of-the-mill bar food options, such as an “All Day Special” that may feature meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, another vegetable and a roll for $8, or a 13-ounce ribeye for $13. Other interesting options include stromboli, Danish baby back ribs and a tomato basil chicken wrap.

The bar has also added a variety of pizza. Pizza lovers can either choose from one of the bar's specialty pizzas, such as Mexican pizza for $22, or get it by the slice for $2.50.

The sound: When a game is not being aired, a variety of music, loud enough to enjoy but not too uncomfortable for conversing, is played. Elaine Gaston, The Sun-News

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