Discover a Sea of Great Restaurants in Pawleys Island

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.


Eggs Up
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The menu may not be extensive, but you can be sure that everything on it is a time-tested winner. Ham and eggs, steak and eggs, grits and eggs, pancakes and eggs, biscuits and gravy and eggs � well, you get the idea. There are also egg sandwiches and omelets, and when it gets to be lunch time you can order up a great burger and fries. The menu does go beyond the egg, of course, with excellent soups and salads to choose from for lunch and fresh fruit, pancakes and waffles for breakfast. Or you can just order some more eggs!

Recommended for Pawleys Island's Best Restaurants because: If hot eggs for breakfast or a late lunch are a great way to start your day, Eggs Up is the place.

Terry's expert tip: Eggs Up is often packed to the gills, but the table turnover is quick, so don't get discouraged if there's a line out the door.

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Hog Heaven BBQ
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In a state where barbecue ranks in importance right up there with religion, Hog Heaven makes a strong testament by serving up Lowcountry barbecue at it's best. Hog Heaven is a small, stand-alone shop on a secluded stretch of highway just north of Georgetown, and people come from miles around the check out this unique eatery. Families gather around the picnic tables and feast on the smoked pork, ribs and other S.C. favorites. Side items such as Chicken Bog, collard greens and homemade banana pudding for dessert make this place popular. This place gets pretty busy on the weekends. Phone ahead for carry-out service.

Recommended for Pawleys Island's Best Restaurants because: If you want to experience a true taste of South Carolina Lowcountry barbecue, Hog Heaven is the place.

Terry's expert tip: Hog Heaven is one of the few places that also smoke fresh, local seafood. Steamed oysters are available in season.

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Known for brewing its own beer in-house, Quigley's Pint & Plate is much more than a microbrewery. The "Plate" may get second billing to the "Pint", but both are on point at this unique restaurant tucked away inside the Mingo Shopping Center. Yes, Quigley's serves a wide range of handcrafted lagers, ales and specialty beers, like the Unfiltered Peach, but the staff also knows its way around the kitchen. Lunch focuses on soups, salads, sandwiches and more, like the Blackened Mahi Sandwich, while dinner turns attention to excellent steak and seafood selections, including a surf-and-turf combination of a wood-fired filet topped with lump crab meat. Wash it all down with Quigley's own brand of brews.

Recommended for Pawleys Island's Best Restaurants because: Quigley's is Pawleys Island's only microbrewery, but also one of its many great restaurants.

Terry's expert tip: Happy hour features discounted draft beers as well as half-price appetizers.

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In many ways, Bisqit epitomizes Pawleys Island - charmingly rustic and extremely laid back. Serving Southern comfort classics with a modern twists, Bisqit is famous for delicious breakfasts in the morning and hot food, cold beer and good times at night. But Bisqit is about more than burgers, beer and breakfast. Local seafood and produce are used to create masterful dishes designed to delight your taste buds. The outdoor patio deck overlooks the Hammocks Shops courtyard, providing the perfect place to take a break from shopping for a tasty meal. A creative menu and craft cocktails make this place a favorite among locals.

Recommended for Pawleys Island's Best Restaurants because: Amid a sea of seafood restaurants, this is the best place to get a burger, fries and a milkshake.

Terry's expert tip: Bisqit serves an excellent Sunday brunch deep into the afternoon.

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Pawleys Island Tavern
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This laid-back, friendly restaurant and bar features live bands several nights a week and also offers great crab cakes, hickory-smoked barbecue and pizza. With a large outdoor seating area and stage nestled under a canopy of live oak trees and Spanish moss, this Lowcountry eatery provides the perfect place to relax outside and take in some sights and sounds of live music in a festive atmosphere. Located behind the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops, "the PIT" is the perfect place to take a break from a full day of shopping and sip on a few cold ones while watching the sun go down.

Recommended for Pawleys Island's Best Restaurants because: Experience a true slice of life on Pawleys Island at this "arrogantly shabby" establishment.

Terry's expert tip: The warmer months sees bands use the outdoor stage, so arrive early for a good seat and some good eats while taking in some of the best bands on the Grand Strand.

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On balmy Pawleys Island evenings, Webster's deck is ideal for relaxing with a chilled glass of chardonnay or some ice cold sweet tea. Start with sherry-laced she crab soup or fried oysters, and follow with a traditional Southern favorite of shrimp and grits. The tavern menu is a bit more casual but no less tasty: burgers and sandwiches, fried fish and seafood, and salads. At breakfast, the buffet has a full range of favorites, from waffles, fresh fruit, pancakes and pastries to omelets, grits, potatoes and sausage. No matter whether you stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you're sure to enjoy a great experience at Webster's.

Recommended for Pawleys Island's Best Restaurants because: The combination of great food, hospitality and atmosphere make this establishment one of the best on the Grand Strand.

Terry's expert tip: It's all good at Webster's, but they are renowned for their breakfast. Well worth waking up early on your vacation.

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Bistro 217 is a unique, upscale dining experience based on the tastes of the South Carolina Lowcountry. From fresh local seafood harvested from Pawleys Island and nearby Murrells Inlet to fresh produce grown by local farmers and on-site herb gardens, Bistro 217 uses choice ingredients to execute creative dishes that reflect the culinary heritage of the area. But don't be fooled by the fine-dining nature of the menu, which changes daily. Bistro 217 also boasts one of the best burgers on the Grand Strand. The monster burger is made of choice cuts and a wide selection of toppings. Recent renovations include a covered patio deck and two bars.

Recommended for Pawleys Island's Best Restaurants because: Bistro 217 is a hot spot for picky Pawleys Island natives, so it has to be great.

Terry's expert tip: Take a break from shopping at the nearby hammocks shopsfor a relaxing meal and drink on the patio at Bistro 217.

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Chive Blossom Cafe
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In many ways, the Chive Blossom Cafe is a lot like Pawleys Island - charmingly rustic. Located in a small house along the causeway that connects the mainland from the island, Chive Blossom Cafe is a popular place for locals and visitors. Serving a wide selection of Southern Lowcountry classics, like Shrimp and Grits and Fried Green Tomatoes. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu offers a variety of light options, such as the tasty She Crab Soup, Lobster Bisque, Shrimp Salad and Crab Slaw The daily specials are always a hit, and an extensive wine lists allows patrons to pair their meal with the perfect companion.

Recommended for Pawleys Island's Best Restaurants because: The creative selection of fresh soups, salads and sandwiches make Chive Blossom a favorite among foodies.

Terry's expert tip: The outdoor patio deck beneath the shade trees is the perfect spot for lunch in Pawleys Island.

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White linen and candlelight set the tone for an elegant experience at Frank's, one of the very best restaurants in Grand Strand region. The award-winning menu of New American dishes includes several unique seafood preparations such as mussels with cilantro, lemongrass and jalapenos, decadent risotto with shrimp, scallops, and mussels, and seared tuna over Thai rice with warm Asian slaw. While retaining the elegance of its parent, Frank's Out Back (literally a separate restaurant behind the original) puts a new spin on casual dining, with similarly inventive cuisine and the addition of some tasty and unusual wood fired pizzas. Service is top-notch at both.

Recommended for Pawleys Island's Best Restaurants because: Frank's is worth the drive, even if you're staying 20 miles north in Myrtle Beach.

Terry's expert tip: For a romantic dinner, request a seat outdoors under the lights and Spanish moss that hang from the giant live oak.

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