Friday, December 4, 2020

The Bent Rod Restaurant, McClellanville, SC

We were on our way back to North Myrtle Beach from Charleston, where we had spent the day at Patriots Point. We were starving. The Bent Rod was the first eatery that showed on Google maps. My wife was less than enthusiastic about stopping here, I believe it was primarily due to the name, which I happen to like.

This place really blends in with it's surroundings,
but the food and atmosphere really stand out.

At first glance the place looks small, if you aren’t paying attention then you may even miss the turn. The owners have done a great job of creating a cool vibe and an enjoyable atmosphere. By incorporating an open-air bar and patio they have maximized seating.

I asked our server if the seafood was local and I was assured that it was. The Bent Rod is located in McClellanville, SC. They are just around the corner from a fishing marina where they purchase the bulk of their seafood.

The bar opens up to the inside and the outside patio, a great layout to
maximize seating and create a one-of-a kind atmosphere.

We started with the truffle fries, they were good but too oily for my taste. My wife ordered the shrimp and I chose the flounder, this was by design so that we could try both. The portions were large and everything was cooked perfectly. We had plenty to eat and even left a few bites on our plates.

This is a great place to stop and have some authentic local dishes. This would also be a great place to have a beer and enjoy some local bar foods. If you are traveling along highway 17, the Bent Rod is worth a visit.

The Bent Rod

Friday, November 20, 2020

Harbor View Golf, North Myrtle Beach

Whether you are looking for a driving range, a par-3 golf course, foot-golf, or putt-putt, you will find it all at Harbor View Golf, in North Myrtle Beach.

I played this Par-3 course with my wife, who had never played, and my 7-year-old son. We visited during the off-season and it rained most of the week. This left the entire course soaked and the greens extra shaggy. I assume that the greens would be in better condition during prime season. That said, on this occasion the slow greens were a plus. They were just right for my wife and son to enjoy.

This tee shot landed hard on the green, it was a very wet day.

Many of the greens are on the small side. Since we were scrambling, we were able to hit many of the greens in regulation. In the unfortunate event that we did not, we allowed my son to use his “foot-wedge”.

“Hey, we were out there to have fun, not beat ourselves up over missing a green by two feet.”

I have seen other reviews of Harbor View that say it is overpriced. I disagree slightly, 18 holes of golf and a golf cart cost the three of us $80. I felt that this course offered a lot of value at this price.

Many of the fairways at Harbor View are wide open,
a great golf course for the family.
If you are looking for a pristine par-three course, Harbor View may not be for you. However, high-end golf courses do not usually offer foot-golf for the kids. This Par-3 golf course is great for a day trip with your family or an easy day of working on your short game.


Friday, November 13, 2020

Morton's Steakhouse, Nashville, TN

The upscale Nashville restaurant was a quarter of the way full at 7:30 on Saturday night. This was probably due to the effects of coronavirus and social distancing but I could not help feeling surprised. 

We made our way to the table, our waiter brought menus and water. My wife decided to order her first choice, which was miso sea bass (45). After overthinking it, I chose the 8oz. fillet served Oscar style with lobster meat atop (59). 

Miso Sea Bass

The Chilean Sea Bass was delicious and cooked to perfection; the miso was lightly sweet and brought out the flavor of the fish. The fillet was good as well but I cannot say that it was the best I ever had, that prestigious award goes to Ruth's Chris steakhouse. As for the lobster meat, it was slightly overcooked and a bit chewy. In my opinion, a fillet is better served with a lobster tail rather than lobster meat. I was disappointed with the lobster meat.  

8oz. Fillet Oscar

I have saved the best dish on the table for last. This is ironic because it was the first dish on our table, the appetizer. For our appetizer, we ordered the bacon-wrapped scallops (23). They were pan-fried to perfection and served with an apricot sauce that heightened the flavor of the scallops. The scallops were delicious.  

Final Thoughts

Our overall experience was good and our server was great. However, in regards to overall value, Morton’s falls short. I have heard repeatedly that Morton’s is overrated and after experiencing the restaurant for myself, I agree.


Sleep Inn, Millbrook, AL

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