Belong to a Losing Barbecue Team? Goose Creek Needs You

The city of Goose Creek has secured a musical act (the Shem Creek Boogie Band) and cornhole boards for its Beach and BBQ Festival later this month, but it still needs competitors for its Boston butt cook-off.

Teams are being invited to submit entry applications for the Apr. 26 event; it costs $40 to play, and the winner takes home $250. Only amateurs are allowed to compete, which means teams that have won or placed in an event sanctioned by the South Carolina Barbecue Association since April 25, 2013 aren’t eligible.

Entry forms must be filed by Apr. 14. To learn more, call 569-4242.

Tropical Kitchen Express Speeds Up Service

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Tropical Kitchen Express

Nobody ever seems to quibble with the quality of Tropical Kitchen Express’ pernil, mofongo or chicken fricassee. The time it takes the Goose Creek restaurant to prepare its dishes, though, was a longstanding complaint from the lunch crowd.

Earlier this month, Tropical Kitchen strengthened its claim to the “Express” modifier by installing a steam table. The move drew more than 100 ‘likes’ on Facebook. “About time,” Julie Vasquez wrote on the restaurant’s wall. “I hate waiting.” (Proving her point, she added, “I can’t wait to eat there again.”)

Owner Evelyn Irizarry says fans of her Puerto Rican cooking aren’t restricted to the premade dishes, which recently included roast pork, cubed pork, yellow rice and white rice. “We still have a la carta,” she says. “But, for lunch, we can serve them faster.”

Tropical Kitchen Express at 104 Saint James Avenue is open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. every day but Sunday. For more information, call 553-7557.