By Cecilia Menard
“Locally caught seafood and the freshest ingredients are just two aspects of our business that we pride ourselves on,” said Ed Smith, new partner of Phillips Seafood Restaurant located at 21st Ave. North and Bypass 17 in Myrtle Beach. Smith continued to say that “Great service to tourists and locals both are key to making sure our guests have a memorable dining experience.”
Original Phillips entrees include the award winning Chesapeake Crab Cakes but a new twist has been incorporated into the menu at the immense yet cozy Phillips in Myrtle Beach. The Land & Sea dinner of Chianti braised short ribs and a 4oz. Rock Lobster tail with Wild Mushroom Risotto for only $26 will tempt your taste buds. Or you can enjoy their original Lobster Burrito with Andouille Sausage and Cilantro while pairing your dinner with a wide variety of white or red wines priced from $6 to $8 per glass.
More than 30 years of restaurant experience between the partners is apparent as the business is doing well. Open only since Memorial Day they have fared well gaining repeat business and respect. The eatery started a Sunday Supper Club which involves 58 local churches. When a congregation member dines, Phillips gives 15% back to the church. “This is just our way of giving back to the community,” stated Beckah Van Deuren, the other partner.
Smith who owns two restaurants in West Virginia said “I couldn’t do this without Beckah, we just click!” Van Deuren, who also has vast food and beverage experience nationwide from Michigan to Georgia agrees and says, “It is great to be here with Ed. I love the southern hospitality, the locals have been great and I have a bond with the northerners as well. It all just seems to mesh.”
Families, single, locals and tourists should all visit Phillips. From reasonable prices including a kids menu to a casual yet upscale dining experience to an economical happy hour in the lounge, all will have a delightful time.