King Street Grille crowns food with taste and personality
King Street Grille, 3040 Howard Ave. in Myrtle Beach, is among the restaurants and shops at The Market Common. The outdoor lifestyle shopping center is an ideal home for this neighborhood bar and grill popular for its food and social scene.
“The price, quality and quantity of food we have here is like no other,” said Lawrence Rice, kitchen manager. “You can go to certain places, and they will charge you an arm and a leg and you don’t get your money’s worth. At King Street Grille, we have reasonable prices and specials daily.”
One meal deal is the 1/2 priced burgers every Wednesday.
“We have freshly ground burgers,” Rice said. “We make them in house. I can put my name on them and say, ‘These burgers are never frozen.’’’
Rice, a Washington native, is extremely passionate about giving customers flavorsome food.
Most of his zeal for cooking came from spending time with his grandmother, Lovely Rice. She made fresh food prepared with loads of love.
“My grandmother taught me what good, quality food should taste like,” he said. “I didn’t go to culinary school, and I have learned the trade going along and by what my grandmother taught me.”
Lovely Rice was a perfectionist when it came to cooking – she only wanted her family to have the freshest, most delicious food available. Her loving hands and know-how ensured that whatever came out of her kitchen would be a memorable meal.
Her culinary character seeped into the soul of her grandson, and Rice said it has helped shape him into the kitchen manager people either adore or dislike.
“I am the hated person in this kitchen because I am going to make sure the food is done right,” he said. “If I have fix it for you, then I don’t need you in my kitchen. I am very passionate about my job and what comes out of this kitchen…and every plate comes out with an amount of love.”
Before a plate at King Street Grille reaches a customer’s table, it is inspected for quality and presentation no fewer than four times.
“If the smallest thing is wrong, from a tomato not looking right or a piece of lettuce, we change it out,” Rice said.
One of the food items often coming out of the kitchen is the Texas Heart Stopper. The burger is made of Angus beef stacked with some of a burger’s best friends: Gouda, cheddar cheese, four strips of bacon and a fried egg. All of this wonderfulness is served on butter-grilled Texas toast. A slice of ripe tomato, sweet red onions and fresh green lettuce accompany it. Golden, brown waffle fries are the side. It costs $12.99.
Burger prices range from $9.99 to $12.99, with other choices including The Spanish Fly Burger topped with Southwest seasonings, jalapenos and pepper jack cheese. To ensure its perky personality pops in your mouth, you also get a side of chipotle mayonnaise. It costs $10.99. Most burgers come with pretzel buns, giving each a distinct flavor.
Although burgers definitely rule here, they aren’t the only royalty crowned on the menu. King Street Grille has an array of entrees featuring food many of us have known since our childhood.
There is “Shepards Pie,” which is the eatery’s take on the traditional Shepherd’s Pie but with a twist. Ground beef is mixed with tender vegetables and then both are married to garlic mashed potatoes topped with gravy. It is $14.99.
King Street Grille also has its unique version of Southern fried chicken. Sweet Tea Fried Chicken features two chicken breasts marinated in sweet tea and spices. Once removed from the marinade, the chicken is deep fried and covered in a sweet tea reduction. It is served with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. It costs $13.99.
King Street Grille also has chopped salads, with customers being given an array of choices by building their own. It’s $7.99 each with up to five toppings, with .50 cents for each additional item. Meat add-ons are $2.99 for chicken to $6.99 for fish additions.
Folks dine in what is essentially a sports bar.
There are 27 televisions and all of them stay tuned to sports channels.
Autographed jerseys of Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and other sports memorabilia serve as décor.
Sports fans, in particular, dig the scene at King Street Grille, where there is live music 6 p.m. Wednesday and 8 p.m. Friday.
The newly expanded patio, with more than 48 chairs, directly faces the sidewalk. Overall seating capacity is about 225.
King Street Grille, next door to Tommy Bahama, has happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Menu items include $7 roasted red pepper hummus and $3.50 house liquors.
To find out more about King Street Grille, visit its website at www.thekingstreetgrille.com or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/King-Street-Grille/101182167593.
You can also call 843-238-3900.
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