Veterans and virgins have good vibrations for Carolina Fish Fry Co.
The Loris seafood restaurant, at 5107 Main Street, has a ballooning fan club.
These are fans of fresh seafood that are sold on the eatery's menu selection, the cost and most definitely the taste.
"It's good and it's cheap," said Meagan Buffkin, a first-time customer who visited with her new husband, Derek, and her dad, Ricky Graham.
She had the fried shrimp. Her love chose the fired scallops. Her dad had a combination of both.
"I give it a 10," Graham said. "I guarantee that if I had the same thing anywhere on the beach it would cost me $15 or more, not [$8.99]."
I met Conway residents, Bill and Alice Thompson, who have been regulars since the place opened March 1.
"They have the best flounder we've found anywhere right here," said Alice Thompson, who offered me some of her oysters and flounder.
The tiny portions I sampled was big on taste. The oyster crunched when I bit into it, and it was juicy inside, not dry. The flounder was flavorful and fresh. Both had a crisp, thin sheath of breading, which was seasoned well and didn't mask the flavors of either.
"We get our seafood fresh, fresh, fresh, fresh, fresh," said Charles Decarris Johnson, a cook. "We are about freshness, and we believe in having a good clean place."
The eatery, which has a nautical décor and dolphin-blue paint on the walls, was clean and inviting.
Daily lunch specials includes a drink and are priced at $5.99.
Combination dinners start at $7.99. Sandwiches are $4.99 or $8.99 (for a crab cake sandwich).
Baskets and platters, which include the same sides as the dinners, start at $5.99 and $6.99, respectively.
All children's menu items are $3.99 and include a 4-ounce shrimp, two piece flounder fillet dinner and a 3-piece chicken tender entrée. All come with fries and a drink.
The menu also features what are called "Family Buckets," which are, of course, family meals. The one pound of shrimp and 8 piece flounder family bucket is $23.99 and includes fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw and 1/2 gallon of iced tea.
Broiled menu items are also available.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11: 30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Soul food sorrow
My favorite soul restaurant, Taste-N-See, at 306 Broadway in Myrtle Beach, has closed.
Earl Campbell, the owner, a graduate of Myrtle Beach High School and a gospel singer, ceased operation of the restaurant in July.
In June, he told me dining-in traffic was a slow, but he added he was doing brisk takeout business, with many customers ordering his food from nearby hotels.
According to his personal cell voice mail, he is involved with a catering venture called Country Catering.
Amanda Tyler and Steve Harris are neighbors with the same fire in their belly for hibachi food.
"We live so close to each other that I can throw a ball and hit his house," Tyler said.
She and Harris were both getting takeout from 3011 Broad Street in Loris at Tokyo Express.
Located across the street from IGA, the place is a decade old and declared the best fast-food hibachi available in Horry County by Tyler, Harris and others keen on the stuff living in Loris.
"I've eaten hibachi all around Horry County, and the flavor of the food is better here," said Harris, who ordered a chicken teriyaki dinner. "I don't know why, but it is. You also get a lot of food and that makes a difference, too."
Tyler ordered a steak bowl.
"You can taste the goodness in everything," she said.
Choices include scallop, vegetable and beef bowls, with pricing from $4.75 to $7.25.
Fried beef dumplings, which I've never seen on an express hibachi menu before, are $3.45 for six.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Contact JOHANNA D. WILSON at 626-0324.