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.

Tides Folly Beach Marks End of Summer With AYCE Luau

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Tides Folly Beach wants to save mainlanders the hassle of a tropical island trip.

Tides Folly Beach is stocking the buffet with a number of popular Hawaiian meat dishes for its second annual end-of-summer luau.

Although the hotel didn’t spring for Spam, a $65 ticket to the Sept. 13 evening bash includes access to an open bar and an all-you-can-eat mess of huli huli chicken, loco moco mahi mahi – lapped by mango salsa instead of the traditional brown gravy – roasted pork and laulau, or steamed shrimp. Chief Kamu and his hula dancers will provide the entertainment.

The event also includes music from the Kristi Starr Duo; door prizes and a movie on the beach. Pre-purchased tickets are recommended, but not required: To buy, call 588-6464.