OK, I admit I love traveling up and down Dorchester Road in North Charleston because one never knows the unusual and fantastic finds that may await.
I mean, really, how else would you come across a place like the al carbon establishment Pollo Tropical?
So maybe they’re not all up to Pollo Tropical’s standards. And they’re certainly not all fantastic.
But every now and again you come across a curious, unexpected treat.
Under the Sea, a fried fish joint that also serves up tacos and traditional Korean and Japanese meals, was such a treat. The roughly two-month-old restaurant has claimed the spot formerly occupied by a soul food eatery called Hot Pots in the Oakridge Plaza shopping center.
What emerges from Under the Sea has typically enjoyed a second dip, this one inside the deep fryer.
A sampling: shrimp, oysters, scallops, calamari rings, whiting, tilapia, catfish and swai, another inexpensive, white-flesh fish.
Other morsels receive the same batter-to-fry treatment, too, such as chicken wings, onion rings, zucchini and mushrooms.
Japanese offerings include pork and chicken katsu and gyoza.
Korean offerings include chicken teriyaki, sweet and spicy pork and japchae, which is made from sweet potato noodles.
The bulgogi here isn’t on par with, say, the bulgogi at the Rice B Korean restaurant on Mary Ader Avenue in West Ashley. But the shaved sirloin is tender, draped across a bed of moist, sticky white rice.
You can always go big, too, with family-size orders of 15-30 pieces of fish, jumbo shrimp and french fries. All of it’s fried, of course.