THE LOCALE | Midtown Bistro, North Myrtle Beach
THE LOWDOWN | If you're looking for a more casual ambiance to enjoy upscale-style food, Midtown Bistro is your spot. That's where we hit this week for happy hour.
Midtown Bistro is inspired by Jeff Martini, founder of Martini's Continental Cuisine and Piano Bar (now simply Martini) in North Myrtle Beach, also bringing a tint of beach life from his oceanfront bar, Coconuts Tiki Bar. With Midtown Bistro, Martini created an establishment with simple food and simple prices.
At Midtown Bistro, locals gather around the black marble bar or sit at dark wood tables scattered across the room. There's also a second large room with a number of tables. Throughout the week the establishment nets anyone from football fans to jazz music fans, or those looking for an after work drink or meal.
Above the bar, you'll spot a large wahoo fish. (It weighed more than 100 pounds and took 1.5 hours to reel it in.) The owner caught it himself, which he does for all of the fish served at Midtown Bistro. On any given week, you can find entree specials such as Fresh Black Sea Bass or fresh local Wahoo. The main menu includes Italian dishes, appetizers, and more.
A big draw of Midtown Bistro is the intriguing decor, made possible by local artist Terry Brennan. His "Fish Chum Master Pieces" can be seen on the light brown and wine colored walls throughout the establishment. The colorful 3-D fish sculptures are made out of household scrap materials, such as spatulas, cereal bowls, baseball mitts and photo frames. The sculptures sell like hot cakes, so expect to see a new batch of fish on your repeat visits to Midtown Bistro.
Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. - 7.p.m. daily. During that time, you can snag house wines for three bucks, domestic beers for $2.25 and house liquors for $2.50. You can also get weekly food specials for $4.99 and $5.99.
TIPS | Check out the live jazz every day except Tuesdays.
FIND IT | 2004 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. Call 427-4720 or visit www.midtownbistro.com.
Mandy Rodgers, for Weekly Surge