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Myrtle Beach Restaurants: Barons Steaks & Spirits

Story & Photos by Becky Billingsley

The Filet Fenway is a grilled portabello mushroom cap topped with a crab cake and a 6-ounce tenderloin, then doused with crab veloute.Barons Steaks & Spirits, located on the north end of Myrtle Beach at the south end of Restaurant Row, is a casual steakhouse with both budget and upscale dining choices.

The atmosphere is pleasant for a relaxed meal with comfortably muted lighting, a roomy bar area, friendly and knowledgeable service and a back room perfect for large groups. On holidays such as Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, Barons is a locals’ top choice for special dining packages.

From 4-7 p.m. weekdays there’s a Happy Hour at the bar when most alcoholic beverages are discounted by $1. Weekly specials that are offered at the bar and to dining room guests include $3 margaritas on the rocks on Mondays; two-for-one desserts on Tuesdays; and bottles of house red or white wines for $15 on Wednesdays.

On Thursdays it’s prime rib night when an 8-ounce cut with a salad and a side dish is $13, and on Sundays a four-course meal is $17.

Meals can begin with shrimp cocktail, steamed Little Neck clams, fried calamari with Thai chili sauce, hot crab dip with toasted pita chips, crab-stuffed portabello cap with “blackberry wine accent,” and chicken pot stickers.

We tried bacon-wrapped scallops that come on a skewer with mushrooms and purple onion chunks on a bed of lettuce with a drizzle of chipotle mayonnaise. The dish was a little too busy and it took a bit of effort to pull the food off the skewer, but the medium-size scallops tasted fine. Sautéed spinach is another appetizer option, and you get a generous portion studded with fresh garlic cloves and topped with a prettily cut roasted hot pepper.

The house side salad that came with one of our entrees had iceberg lettuce, and for an extra $2 one of us upgraded to Caesar salad with fresh cold and crunchy Romaine and a light Tuscan-style dressing. There are also garden, Caesar and field greens entrée salads that can be topped with chicken, steak, shrimp or tuna steak; and they can be paired with a soup of the day. When we visited, the soup was chili.

As the restaurant’s name implies, hand-cut steaks are the specialties of the house. They range in size and price from $18 (comes with salad and side) for chopped steak topped with mushrooms and onions to $44 for a 16-ounce filet mignon or a 6-ounce filet paired with a Maine lobster tail and a crab cake.

Any steak can be topped with blue cheese, Béarnaise, crab and asparagus (Oscar style), grilled onions, bourbon cream peppercorn sauce, or sherry mushrooms.

We tried a couple of the Barons signature steaks. The Filet Fenway is a grilled portabello mushroom cap topped with a crab cake and a 6-ounce tenderloin, then doused with crab veloute. We thought it would have been better if the sauce was under the stack and they dispensed with the lettuce on the plate, but despite that the dish was extremely tasty. The crab cake was large and full of plump lump meat; I recommend the crab cakes.

Fulton Mountain Steak is a 12-ounce New York Strip crusted with a mixture of espresso bean and cocoa powders, garlic, onion and chives, and served with whiskey Bordelaise sauce. The dish’s flavor is luxurious, and while I don’t regret ordering it, next time I’ll order something without such a rich sauce

A couple more signature steaks include beef tips with roasted shallots, garlic and Bearnaise; and the Youngstown Ribeye with creamy horseradish and jus.

Side dish choices are baked potato, smashed garlic redskins (deliciously studded with an abundance of chopped cloves), rice pilaf, pan-fried house potatoes, steak wedges, fries and mixed vegetables.

But while Barons is known for steaks, the menu offers much fresh seafood, pasta and other entrees. They include meatloaf, chicken Piccata, barbecue back ribs, whiskey-glazed pork chops, penne ala vodka, blackened fettuccine Alfredo, twin lobster tails, blackened wild Atlantic salmon, seared ahi tuna, and a pair of crab cakes served with crab veloute.

Barons always has a few seasonal craft beers on draft plus a dozen imported and domestic bottles. The wine list includes more than 30 affordable bottles and several selections by the glass.

Children have a separate menu, and for dessert there are ice cream, Key Lime pie, crème brule, New York style cheesecake and triple chocolate cake. When we visited they also had a special peanut butter pie.

Barons Steaks and Spirits is at 9650 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, in the Galleria shopping center; look for the red neon sign over the front door. It’s open from 4-10 p.m. daily, and the number is (843) 497-5200.

 

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For an extra $2, the house side salad can be upgraded to Caesar.

A hugely portioned appetizer is sautéed Italian greens studded with garlic cloves.

The Barons décor is simple and comfortable.

Bacon-wrapped scallops come on a skewer with mushrooms and onions.

Fulton Mountain Steak is a 12-ounce New York Strip crusted with a mixture of espresso bean and cocoa powders, garlic, onion and chives, and served with whiskey Bordelaise sauce.


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