A New and Improved Carolina Wings… Just in time for Football Season!

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By Wendy Pollitzer

August 12, 2010


Larry and Stephanie Fries

Football season is right around the hot August corner. Looking for a place to watch a heated Saturday afternoon rivalry? Well look no further than Carolina Wings, which recently reopened under new ownership.

The Lunch Bunch dined at the beloved chicken wings and barbeque establishment in Port Royal, and we all got super pumped for football season! Larry and Stephanie Fries purchased the franchise and installed TV screens in all of the booths. There are also multi-sized screens all over the restaurant, including a 97-inh projection screen in a private room for a total of 25 TV’s in all!  I could hear the Tiger Rag roaring in Kim and Elizabeth’s heads as they gazed into the screens, dreaming about Clemson football.

Carolina Wings, known for Family, Food and Fun is ready to host kids of all ages. Don’t like football? Don’t worry…let the kids choose a program on TV while you and the hubby (or wifey) get an undisturbed chat. Or better yet…send them to the arcade room complete with 12 games while your party enjoys an adult beverage and some pigskin!

The motto, Family, Food and Fun rings true for the Fries. Larry’s mother, Deborah also works at the restaurant preparing the delicious salad bar every day. They want to create a family environment at Carolina Wings.   Larry and Stephanie actually met working at a Carolina Wings and have been together for 10 years now. They moved from the Charlotte location and are very excited to be in the Lowcountry!

The Lunch Bunch started with the Sampler Platter packed with cheese sticks, fried mushrooms, chicken fingers and fried zucchini, which Christina and April insisted was the best.  Of course, this had to be the day I was late and missed all of the samplers.

In addition to the new salad bar, Carolina Wings also has a Wing Bar! It’s loaded with wings, drumettes, rib tips, barbeque, veggies and all the sauces you want! April, and I both got the Wing/Salad bar and got quite full! The ingredients on the Salad bar were incredibly fresh. And the barbeque was so moist! The table agreed that the barbeque was the favorite on the table.  It’s a definite must have!

Elizabeth noted the fresh toppings as well. She got the salad bar in addition to 8 medium boneless wings, which were, “Yummy!” Kim also got the boneless delicacies and loved them! And, in case, you’re wondering, Kim is still on the Perricone Program; she just needed a small lunch break from the 28-day challenge.

Christina ordered the Buffalo Shrimp salad. I tasted one of the shrimp, and it was scrumptious!  Heather asked for the Famous BBQ Sandwich with a side of fries that we agree are the best in Beaufort! They are more like potato wedges and perfectly fried!

I’m not sure what we liked better…the food or the atmosphere.  We certainly appreciated the service! Shannon was our server. We all loved her sweet southern accent. And, employees repeatedly came to the table and asked if everything was okay. It was evident that Larry and Stephanie value good customer service!

We were all sad when Carolina Wings closed; but rest assured it’s back, better than ever! Countdown to College Football season…23 days, but who’s counting! And, if you want to bring a big party in to enjoy the large private room, just call ahead at 379-5959.

Thanks Larry and Stephanie for a perfect experience!

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