Escape to an island paradise without a boat at Pawleys Island, a small but historic village just south of Myrtle Beach that knows how to enjoy the good life, as well as great food. This self-proclaimed "arrogantly shabby" fishing village is famous for its seafood, featuring everything from fresh catch at sea and the bounty that comes straight out of the local creeks and inlets. With much of the mainland side consisting of former rice and indigo plantations dating back to the 1700s, the salt marshes and maritime forests are teeming with wild game that make the menus of Pawleys Island's more traditional restaurants, such a Frank's and Frank's Out Back and the Webster's. Popular local dishes, such as shrimp with cheese grits and crab cakes, can be found at more laid-back locales, like Pawleys Island Tavern and Island Cafe & Deli. Of course, you can't get a true taste of South Carolina without trying the barbecue, and Hog Heaven BBQ offers some of the best smoked pork in the Lowcountry. There are so many outstanding dining options in Pawleys Island that it's hard to go wrong with any restaurant on this list, especially if your party has the taste buds for the good life in the Lowcountry.
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