Hoskins has got a hold on people.
The family-owned diner, at 405 Main St. in North Myrtle Beach, is a favorite of loyal customers who were saddened when it closed for the winter season Nov. 23 and elated when it re-opened Feb. 17.
People especially love their lunches, which are $7.18 (dine-in only) and include free refills of iced tea, coffee or lemonade. The lunch specials feature the meat of your choice and three vegetables.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are fried chicken day. Thursday is meatloaf day, and Friday is shrimp day. There are at least three meats and three sides to choose from during lunch days.
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When I visited recently, I saw members of the unofficial Hoskins fan club getting their fill of coconut cream pie, one of several homemade pies folks can't seem to resist.
Hours are from Tuesday through Saturday from 7 to 10:45 a.m. (breakfast), 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (lunch) and 4:30 to 9 p.m. (dinner). On Sunday, Hoskins serves breakfast and lunch only.
There are usually people lined up outside the door waiting for available seating during lunch, but the line moves fairly quickly.
AAA crowns Divine Prime
Kurt D'Aurizio, director for cuisine for the Divine Dining Group, is jolly.
Why is he happy? Well, he recently learned that Divine Prime earned a four-diamond rating from AAA.
"We are very proud," he wrote to me in an e-mail. "This is only the second four-diamond [restaurant] in Myrtle Beach and one of 16 in the state of South Carolina."
Janean Flowe, a spokeswoman for AAA, said Divine Prime will be listed in the 2010 AAA TourBook.
As of this writing, Divine Prime was the only restaurant on the Grand Strand that had been notified of a four-diamond rating. The other restaurant awarded a four-diamond rating for 2007 was Umi Pacific Grille, which is also a Divine Dining Group property.
The AAA diamond ratings are done anonymously by a professional evaluator, one of 65, known as a tourism editor, Flowe said.
Sunday brunch returns
Sunday brunch is back at Gulfstream Cafe.
The eatery, at 1536 S. Waccamaw Drive in Garden City Beach, re-launched its Sunday brunch a month ago after employees found an old Sunday brunch menu from a while back.
Roseanne Robertiello, an operating partner, said the king crab omelet has been a huge hit. The traditional omelet is stuffed with Alaskan king crab meat and topped with a blue crab cream sauce. It costs $12.95.
Other menu items include salmon hash (grilled salmon served with two poached eggs over hash browns), Nawlins shrimp and grits and Lowcountry Benedict (fried oysters or crab cakes placed on a homemade sweet potato pancake and then topped with a poached egg and Hollandaise sauce).
There are also specialty cocktails. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays.
Got restaurant news? Contact JOHANNA D. WILSON at 626-0324.