Myrtle Beach bartender knows his comfort foods

January 29, 2014 

Joe Stocco at Ole Shillelagh Sports & Raw Bar. Photo by Mandy Rodgers for Weekly Surge.

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    Joe Stocco

    Ole Shillelagh Sports & Raw Bar

    405 S. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach

    SIGNATURE DRINK | Andes Mint shot (Rumple Minze and Frangelico, served chilled)

QUESTION | How does someone from Detroit become an Ohio State Buckeye fan?

ANSWER | I grew up on the outskirts of Ohio so I use to love watching the Buckeye players. Plus I love to debate, so it made for some good arguments.

What do people from your hometown say about your support of the massive rival? Let’s just say every November there were a lot of bets and name calling.

What is the best food to eat during a sporting event? Hot chicken wings by far, with cheeseburger sliders in second (from White Castle).

What is the best food to eat while drinking beer? Mushroom, bacon and Swiss burger with a nice cold Miller Lite draft.

While drinking wine? I don’t drink wine often but fettuccine Alfredo is a can’t miss Italian dish.

Do you think the microwave is an acceptable way of cooking? The only time I use a microwave is for leftovers. Actually never had one until last month.

What about the only way to cook? Grilling is the only way to cook. I use to grill when it was -10 degrees and with 12 inches of snow on a daily basis. You can also use an iron skillet.

Has the smoke detector/fire alarm in your house acted like a cooking timer? Actually I just disconnected the one by the kitchen two weeks ago because of this reason.

What dish would you prepare to impress someone? Broiled BBQ ribs. They’re delicious, plus this way the gal gets a little messy while eating.

What was your favorite food when you were a kid?I was very simple - hot dogs, nachos and goulash!

And how about now? A rare rib eye with extra salt and pepper spices with a Caesar salad - no croutons, though.

Name an occasion that would cause you to want to go back and eat those childhood comfort foods. This happens on occasion, let’s say when I had one too many Fireballs...but I prefer beef dogs with chili and onions now.

Mandy Rodgers, for Weekly Surge

Mandy Rodgers, for Weekly Surge

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