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Chicken Spot will deliver

Anybody have a spare chicken suit?

William Lovell, the cook at Chicken Spot, would love to get his hands on one to wear on deliveries from the new fried chicken cafe.

This Myrtle Beach restaurant, at 1346 U.S. 501, opened about a month ago and has cheap meal deals folks appreciate and enjoy.

"Nobody around here delivers fried chicken, and I think it would be cool to deliver chicken in a chicken suit, but I can't find one," Lovell said. "If I can get one, I'll wear it on deliveries."

The eatery is housed in the building formerly occupied by Fish Shack, which closed last year, and it's next to the Phoenix gas station.

Elie Toumas is the owner, but I didn't meet him.

Chicken Spot serves up fried chicken, sandwiches, salads, burgers, wings and other fixings.

Meal deals include three pieces of dark meat, fries (shoe string or potato wedges), two rolls and a drink for $5.95; one fried tilapia filet, two sides, one roll and a drink for $7.95; and two cheeseburgers, two fries and two drinks for $10.95.

"Everything is cooked fresh to order," Lovell said. "Nothing is frozen."

Lovell, 18, bragged to me that he has cooked for all of his ex-girlfriends and cooks for his mom and current girlfriend.

"Cooking is easy," he said. "The hardest part of cooking is waiting for the food to get done."

Unlike Fish Shack, Chicken Spot has seating available with basic wood chairs and tables. It's not fancy, but it's fitting for the environment.

There is also outdoor seating available on an umbrella deck.

Deliveries are made in the Myrtle Beach area.

There is no minimum order for deliveries.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Call 443-9444.

Cafe offers light menu

Berni's Cafe is about to help out plus-size people like me and those wanting to lose weight.

In about two weeks, the Conway eatery, at 1028 Third Ave., will unveil its Weight Watchers menu.

Grilled chicken with pineapple salsa, taco soup and meatloaf (made with one-third beef, turkey sausage and ground turkey) will be among the featured items.

I sampled the meatloaf, and it was delicious and moist.

Nate Palmer and his wife, Shawna, opened Berni's last year. The eatery is named after Nate Palmer's mom, Bernadette.

"My mom lost 140 pounds on Weight Watchers," he said. "She lost the weight over three years."

His mom is also responsible for creating the recipes, and she inspired most of his recipes, including the popular spinach cakes (baby spinach, fresh Italian mozzarella, bread crumbs and secret seasonings).

Each cake has only 80 calories, which defies its wonderful taste.

Berni's also has a string of new menu items, including spinach stuffed chicken, an Angus steak sandwich, chicken spinach Parmesan and ravioli.

No entree costs more than $7.99, and the highest item on the menu is $8.50 (the Maryland lump crab meat appetizer).

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The hours will be expanded once Berni's dockside bar opens up. Call 488-1558.

Caribbean spot closes

Caribbean Bar & Grill was Myrtle Beach's only Caribbean restaurant (at 1119 N. Kings Highway), but now it's closed. It was owned by Daphane Caruthers and Lois Smith.

Got restaurant news? Contact JOHANNA D. WILSON at 626-0324.

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