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Hibachi veteran cooks on

The aromas met me in the parking lot: the undeniable scents of grilled steak and onions.

Once inside Jimmyz Original Hibachi House, my nose proved me right.

Jimmy Miller was at the hibachi making sizzling combinations of steak with vegetables.

Long-time locals may remember Miller when he began selling his food in the Myrtle Beach area a decade ago.

He was 23 and rode his bike. Since then, Miller has owned his own restaurants, sold them, cooked for other folks and gotten back into the game for himself.

On July 3, he opened Jimmyz Original Hibachi House at 6108 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach.

People are happy that he is back doing hibachi his way.

"It's just as good as I remembered it," said Brittany Sees, who dined with her boyfriend, Michael Rudden.

They both said the food was good, and they both were elated that Miller was doing his own thing again.

Miller, who used to work at Ichiro's, told me he uses Sterling Silver premium meats at his restaurant and incorporates fresh ingredients into his recipes.

"I don't have much," Miller said. "I have my name, and that is about it."

To prove his mettle, Miller hopes to win over new customers with traditional hibachi entrees, as well as with signature creations.

His hibachi burger contains lettuce, tomato, zucchini, his mayo sauce and onions. It is served inside a pita pocket with a side of sweet potato fries.

The Korean Beef Mama's Special is based on the recipe of his mom, Kyong Woodle. The marinated beef entree is the house special and comes with fried rice and hibachi vegetables, as do the other dinner entrees.

He also has hibachi wraps, Asian pockets (rice, vegetables and a meat of your choice served in a pita), salads, veggie lunch bowl, yakitori (skewered steak, shrimp and chicken), sushi and desserts.

Lunch prices start at $3.85 (teriyaki chicken noodle bowl) to $13.75 for the three-meat combination dinner.

Jimmyz Original Hibachi House also has a drive-through and does free deliveries in the Myrtle Beach area for a $20 minimum order.

Call 839-8008.

Good, but not that good

The name is cute, but its claim is false.

Glenn Milton, a bartender at the newest location of Duffy Street Seafood Shack, wanted me to tell my readers that The Better than Sex Chocolate Pie isn't really better than sex.

It's really good but not that good, he said.

The pie, which has a graham cracker crust with nuts, features a chocolate pudding mousse mix that is topped with homemade whipped cream, shaved chocolate and pecans.

The restaurant, which opened about two months ago, will soon reveal a menu that includes more signature desserts and smoked ribs and chicken.

Joshua Spence, front of the house manager, said their barbecue will be identical to the barbecue once served at Pig Out Bar-B-Que in Little River, which has since closed.

Bill Griste, who was partners at Pig Out with Rick Carter, also owns the Duffy Street Seafood Shack locations in Cherry Grove and North Myrtle Beach.

The building housing the latest location, at 9924 N. Kings Highway on Restaurant Row, used to be Goober's 52.

Much of the former eatery's decor, including the purple leather booths, have been maintained.

Sandwiches start at $7.95, and the seafood platters start at $10.95 (for the clam strips dinner). The raw bar is open daily from 4 to 7 p.m.

Oysters and clams are 60 cents apiece; shrimp are 30 cents apiece and snow crab legs are $7.95 per half pound.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call 449-2233.