A True Gem, Sole’s Italian Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

By Jodee Weiland

While visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we came across a true gem while eating out! Sole’s Italian Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is one of those rare finds on the Grand Strand. There are so many restaurants to choose from, but Sole’s Italian Restaurant is not just any restaurant. A True Gem, Sole’s Italian Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is fine Italian dining at its best with the rich authentic flavors of Italy that so many of us enjoy! http://learnfromyesterday.com We actually dined at this restaurant twice in the ten days we were at Myrtle Beach. Being one hundred percent Italian American, I am very picky when it comes to dining at an Italian restaurant, but with the first bite of bruschetta, I was convinced that this restaurant was the real thing. Carlos Ribera, the chef and owner, and his wife, Patricia, own this restaurant and several more in Florida. The food they serve is beyond delicious and will satisfy any cravings you have for delicious authentic Italian food. http://learnfromyesterday.com Well known for their fine cuisine and restaurants in Florida, when they opened Sole’s Italian Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, they started from scratch, but in no time at all, this restaurant was winning awards and accolades for fine Italian dishes, just like their restaurants in Florida. While family continues to run the restaurants in Florida, Carlos and his wife are creating a new sensation here in Myrtle Beach. http://learnfromyesterday.comDuring our visit, our meal started off with a delicious bruschetta, done perfectly. This was followed by freshly baked bread served with an olive oil with basil and cheese. Next, a fresh salad with the house vinaigrette was served. All of this was delicious, and we still had our main course coming up! There were so many wonderful choices when it came to choosing our main course, but we loved everything we chose. http://learnfromyesterday.com While eating there, my husband and I enjoyed several traditional Italian dishes plus a few special dishes being served while we were there. My husband loved the Linguini alle Vongole, clams over linguini in a white wine and garlic sauce. This dish was also served with a tomato sauce for those who prefer it. In fact, any dish could be made with the sauce of your choice or adapted to your taste. But why change perfection? http://learnfromyesterday.com I enjoyed the ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese in a pomodore sauce. It was so delicious and exceeded my expectations. You could also have lobster stuffed ravioli if you chose to do so. The menu included so many traditional choices and the specials simply took that to the next level. There were several fresh fish options done in an Italian style and full of rich flavors as well. http://learnfromyesterday.com One special my husband tried was Linguini Malafemina, a seafood medley that had a white fish filet, scallops, shrimp, mussels, and clams. He chose a spicy red sauce with this dish and claims it was over the top delicious! Although it was a spicy red sauce, he said it was just spicy enough for anyone’s palate, while some people might choose to add some crushed red pepper. Actually, this dish could be served with the sauce of your choice, so it could satisfy anyone’s taste! http://learnfromyesterday.comFor dessert, we shared a serving of Tiramisu that was out of this world! It was so delicious in taste and light in texture that it was, in fact, the perfect way to end an Italian meal. But there were several other choices as well, such as cannoli, Italian cheese cake, or chocolate mousse. http://learnfromyesterday.com All in all, I highly recommend this restaurant, A True Gem, Sole’s Italian Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for dinner when visiting the Grand Strand. You will not be disappointed because the food is exceptional and the service is great! This restaurant is a true family run business, so there is a great deal of pride obvious in what they serve you. The feeling of being in an Italian household is felt here as they serve you excellent food and share with you the feeling of family, while welcoming you! So if in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, stop to have dinner at Sole’s Italian Restaurant, and enjoy!

Enjoying and Eating on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina!

By Jodee Weiland

Enjoying and Eating on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is the perfect place to visit when you want to sit back and relax! The weather on Hilton Head is perfect in the spring when we visited for eating out on deck areas of restaurants, walking along harbor walkways and piers, or biking along trails throughout the beautifully landscaped plantations and harbours. People will also take cruises to watch dolphins or hire boats to go fishing. On this beautiful island shaped like and described as a foot, you will see people boating, playing tennis, golfing, and jogging from the ankle area of the island near Skull Creek Marina to the toe of the island in the Sea Pines Plantation. The island is conveniently divided into four areas of the foot: the ankle, the heel, the instep, and the toe. Within each, you will find various plantations, marinas, and harbours to visit and enjoy!

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There are so many wonderful harbours and marinas to choose from for shopping, dining, and entertainment when you visit. In the popular Sea Pines Plantation, many people enjoy Harbour Town and all it has to offer. For over thirty years now, The Crazy Crab has offered fresh seafood dining indoors or outdoors while overlooking the beautiful Harbour Town Marina and one of its main attractions, the Harbour Town Lighthouse and museum. All along the harbour walkways, you will see red wooden rocking chairs where people can sit and enjoy the views.

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http://learnfromyesterday.comIf you are lucky, you may be able to catch Gregg Russell, a beloved classic performer at Sea Pines Resort, under the famous Liberty Oak in Harbour Town, entertaining children and adults alike with his concerts. The concerts are all complimentary during the spring and summer, as well as most holidays, and you will love them! He will have both adults and children alike laughing and singing throughout the evening! He is so well loved, CDs of his concerts are sold at the many unique shops in this area.

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Another great place to visit is the Shelter Cove Harbour for free live entertainment seven days a week while you dine at a variety of restaurants, many with waterfront seating and beautiful views of the largest deepwater marina on Hilton Head. Besides the many unique shops along the marina walkway, there are also planned activities like the Art Fair we attended while there. What a great way to experience the beautiful art work of skilled craftsmen, from hand crafted pottery to jewelry to painting and more!

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While in Shelter Cove Harbour, Scot’s Fish Market Restaurant and Bar is a great place to grab a sandwich and/or a drink on the patio dining in the afternoon or a full meal in the evening. The seafood is fresh and deliciously prepared. The Herb Parmesan Crusted Grouper topped with charbroiled shrimp in a lobster cream was delicious. Be sure to start off with the She-Crab soup with just a hint of sherry, another delicious menu item here! In the afternoons, you will find casual patio seating where you can enjoy a grilled seafood sandwich made by the owner himself.

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Another of my favorite restaurant of mine in Shelter Cove Harbour is La Fontana Waterfront Grill. This restaurant is one of the best Italian restaurants I have eaten at and for me that says a lot. I’m Italian, so I am picky when it comes to eating Italian out. We had such a wonderfully authentic Italian meal here, that we even ordered dessert, which we rarely do. We started the meal with a bottle of Chianti and a simple garden salad. My entrée was the delicious Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, homemade potato dumplings in a tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. My husband had his favorite, Spaghetti alle Vongole, little neck clams sautéed with garlic, extra virgin olive oil and cherry tomatoes in a white wine sauce. He loves this dish, but according to him it was one of the best he had ever had! We then shared a fabulous dessert tray that had tiramisu, chocolate profiterole, limoncello cake, and cannoli. Each and every one of these selections had wonderfully rich flavors and tasted fabulous! This restaurant is a must if you visit Hilton Head.

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In Skull Creek Marina, you will find live entertainment with outdoor or indoor seating as well. One of our favorites in this area of the island was the Skull Creek Boathouse. When we first arrived, we found this restaurant almost by accident. Once we arrived, we knew it was going to be good, because although there was a large parking area, cars were lined up waiting for spots to get in and park. We considered ourselves lucky that we got a space and enjoyed a wonderful meal.

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I loved the Grouper Imperial with Crab Imperial Topping and Lemon Butter Sauce. My husband had a special with grilled Amber Jack. Both meals were so good, we went back another night, but it was so crowded we could not get in to eat that night. We returned the next day for a late lunch. Again it was busy, but we got in because most people had arrived earlier for the Sunday brunch. Instead of brunch, we enjoyed a wonderful late afternoon lunch. I had Pecan Ginger Crusted Mahi Mahi with a Creole Honey Mustard Drizzle, and my husband had Carolina Shrimp and Grits with Sautéed Shrimp, Smoked Sausage, and Tasso Ham Gravy. Both dishes were absolutely delicious, and we would gladly return again when visiting in this area!

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Enjoying and Eating on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is a wonderful choice for people looking for a place to sit back and relax on vacation. The food options are wonderful! There are trails for walking, biking, and jogging all over the island. There are beautiful beaches, harbours, and marinas to spend some time relaxing. Of course, some of Hilton Head’s biggest attractions are all the areas for playing tennis and all the beautiful golf courses available. But you don’t have to play tennis or golf to enjoy all that HIlton Head has to offer, because sitting on one of those red rockers in Harbour Town overlooking the water may be enough for you. It’s the relaxing atmosphere of the island that appeals to most people, while allowing you to sit back and enjoy!

When in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Don’t Miss the 2nd Avenue Pier House Restaurant!

By Jodee Weiland

We just returned from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after spending ten wonderful days there!  We love to go in September after things slow down a little, but not totally.  We spend our days on the beach enjoying the oceanfront, shelling, talking to other people visiting, and touring the area attractions.  But when it comes time for dinner, one of our favorite places to eat is the 2nd Avenue Pier House Restaurant.

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When we first started going to Myrtle Beach, we tried a lot of different restaurants, and 2nd Avenue Pier House Restaurant was where we found some of the best prepared seafood meals. For that reason I decided to share with you why we think this restaurant is so great!

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The 2nd Avenue Pier House Restaurant is an oceanfront restaurant with beautiful views from anywhere in the dining area. It is attached to its own pier, where you will see people of all ages fishing or just enjoying the views. There’s a full tackle shop as you enter the pier, in case you decide you want to do some fishing. You can sit and watch the ocean from various places on this very long pier that extends out over the ocean. You can also enjoy the open air bar above the restaurant for even more panoramic views of the ocean and coastline.  But even though we love the views, what we love most is the food at the 2nd Avenue Pier House Restaurant.

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The owners, the manager, and staff all make you feel welcome when you first walk into the restaurant. They are all very pleasant and helpful when you have any questions about the menu.  Although the dining area is not overly large, it is surrounded by large windows so everyone in the room has a view of the ocean. All of the selections on the menu are great.  My personal favorite, the seafood, is always fresh and deliciously prepared.  The meal portions are generous and presented well.  There are plenty of options to choose from for your meal from appetizers to desserts.  Surrounded by window views of the ocean, while eating delicious seafood expertly prepared, we felt relaxed and enjoyed our meal each time we ate at the 2nd Avenue Pier House Restaurant.

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We had the best crab cakes here as an appetizer. Our server told us they used no fillers in their house made crab cakes, just fresh crab meat served pan seared with a remoulade sauce. They were fabulous. They also had crab cakes as a main course or a sandwich on the menu, so it was up to you just how you would have them.  On our numerous visits here, some of the selections we had for our main course that we enjoyed were their blackened grouper with creole crayfish cream, their broiled scallops in lemon butter topped with seasoned breadcrumbs and parsley, and their large, pan-seared shrimps over pepper jack grits with country ham and red eye gravy.  These were just a few of the wonderful dishes we had there.

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If fish isn’t your thing, you can have a twelve ounce hand cut ribeye with garlic shallot butter or two grilled boneless chicken breasts with either barbecue sauce or teriyaki glaze.  Finish off your meal with chocolate lava cake, house made key lime pie, or any of the other dessert choices.  There are so many more options for every part of your meal than just those I’ve mentioned here, but whatever you choose from the menu, I feel certain, you won’t be disappointed. From house made salad dressings to their wonderful house made desserts, 2nd Avenue Pier House Restaurant knows how to treat their guests to a delicious meal.

http://learnfromyesterday.com2nd Avenue Pier House Restaurant not only serves dinner, but they have fabulous breakfast and lunch menus as well.  The items on these two menus will surprise and delight you as well. At breakfast, enjoy an omelet, like the Cobia omelet I had with fresh spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, and parmesan. It was delicious and the veggies were truly fresh. My husband’s choice for breakfast was the Bucksport Banana Pancakes, three large banana pancakes with a choice of bacon, sausage, or one side item.  I know it was good because of the smile on his face as he ate every bit of it.  We didn’t stop for lunch this time, but if the main plates at lunch are half as good as they sound, I’m sure you wouldn’t be disappointed.  All the menus offer so many delicious options for each meal that you’ll want to go back just to try something else.

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Chef Andy Yates, Manager Joe Kralich, Owner Teak Collins

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If you go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, be sure to visit 2nd Avenue Pier House Restaurant.  You won’t be disappointed.  The food and service is excellent.  The views are fantastic.  On top of all that, you can eat, spend time on the pier, and visit the open air bar afterwards, if you like, to get still more panoramic views of the ocean while sipping a glass of wine or a cocktail of your choice.  Whatever you decide, when in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, don’t miss the 2nd Avenue Pier House Restaurant!  You’ll be glad you ate at this fabulous restaurant! Enjoy!

My special thanks to Owner Leigh Ann Collins for her help while doing my article. Thanks again, Leigh Ann!

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina…Beautiful Oceanfront Sunrises and Seashells

By Jodee Weiland

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a beautiful place to visit and watch the sunrise each day.  Once the sun rises, the day is filled with beautiful views of the oceanfront from morning to night.

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Day or night though, I don’t know what it is about the oceanfront, but it calms me to listen to waves as they roll into the shoreline.  The steady beat of nature’s voice as the waves hit the shore inevitably lulls me into a state of inner peacefulness as I watch the waves continuously hit the shore over and over again.  Who needs more of a reason than this to want to visit Myrtle Beach? Not me!

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But there is more to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, than this.  For one thing the access to fresh seafood is wonderful.  All up and down the oceanfront and nearby, visitors can find a multitude of restaurants offering everything from seafood entrees to seafood buffets.  I’m not really a fan of buffets, but I do love a good restaurant that serves fresh seafood entrees done well.  The choices are unlimited from Pawleys Island to Murrells Inlet to the oceanfront Myrtle Beach boardwalk and beyond, the Grand Strand as they call it.  Just look through all the readily available visitor guides and start choosing what appeals to you.

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One of our favorites in Myrtle Beach was the 2nd Avenue Pier House Restaurant.  We had the best crab cakes here as an appetizer.  Our server told us they used no fillers in their house made crab cakes, just fresh crabmeat served pan seared with remoulade.  They were fabulous.  They also had crab cakes as a main course or a sandwich on the menu, so it was up to you just how you would have them.  For our main course, we enjoyed their blackened grouper with creole crayfish cream and their broiled scallops in lemon butter topped with seasoned breadcrumbs and parsley.  These were just a few of the wonderful dishes we had there.  After dinner, you could go out on the pier and view the ocean up close.  It really was an enjoyable way to end your meal.

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Of course beyond the seafood, you have the obvious, sitting on the beach and relaxing as well as shelling, swimming, dolphin cruises, and all the other oceanfront activities one would expect.  For those interested, there are entertainment venues like “The Carolina Opry” and more. Then there is also plenty of shopping venues and various family oriented attractions, but there is one attraction easily recognized by any Myrtle Beach visitor.  That attraction is on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk and can be seen from long distances up and down the oceanfront, especially at night.  It’s the 200 foot high SkyWheel, lighting up the sky at night and has tourists lining up for the ride with a view.  It definitely makes a statement because it is not just any ferris wheel ride.  If you visit, you will find out why.

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But for me, it’s all about relaxing, enjoying the oceanfront, eating wonderful seafood, and well…enjoying life!  So if you ever travel out to South Carolina and you get the chance to visit Myrtle Beach, take the time to explore a little and find out all the wonderful things you can do and see while there.  There is so much more than I can describe in this short post.  But it’s a great place to visit and if you’re like me, just listening to the sounds of ocean and watching the waves roll in will be enough of a reason to visit.  So if you do visit for whatever reason, enjoy!