Loco Jo's was all the buzz at a recent party we went to, so my husband and I reluctantly decided to give it a try. (We, like so many of our friends, have been continually disappointed by Southport/Oak Island restaurants, 95% of which cater to a tourist market with fried/comfort foods and virtually ignore the more epicurean tastes and money the huge year-round retirement community in the area has.) We were pleasantly surprised by the unique offerings, from the Asian-inspired wrap my husband picked from the main dinner menu to the fantastic soft shell curry-flavored crab on rice I had that was a special. Meals are not large, so we supplemented: my husband had the shrimp on a stick appetizer, wrapped with bacon, and I had the $4.99 house salad that was a phenomenal dinner plate of different lettuces, real tomato wedges, cucumbers, red onion, etc. Dinner prices are mostly in the $12-14 range with add-ons priced separately. Yes, the place is very casual and small: only 4-5 square tables and a bar dominated by a huge TV (thank God on closed caption so you could hear music and wouldn't have to fight chatter). Water comes in plastic cups and there is an emphasis on the gargantuan beer menu. Only things that are lacking: any possibility of getting any side vegetables so a person could eat healthfully enough to come more regularly, and and a decent wine list. (I'm an inveterate dry chardonnay drinker, and their only house selection was sweet, with fruit notes making it taste more like a pinot grigio; if they want to offer a great inexpensive dry chardonnay, I'd suggest the Australian Alice White.) We can only wish that as LocoJoe's grows, it will expand its dining room into a more attractive place for romance and conversation and boost its menu and wine list so that my husband and I can make it a weekly stop. Better yet would be opening a branch on Oak Island, where the restaurant choices for people who want more than a burger, fried fish, or preprepared frozen dinners masquarading as good meals, are out of luck.