Chris and I enjoyed some fine southern dining on our recent beach trip to Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Two restaurants that made the top of our list were found on Yelp and lived up to and perhaps beyond our expectations.
While neither was fancy or high brow they both served quality food for a decent price. Sometimes that is just what is needed on vacation. While I love fancy and decoratively plated meals I also find that I enjoy the comfortable and laid back meals just as much.
First up is Eggs Up Grill. Open for breakfast and lunch this fabulous little place has a multitude of locations (check out the list on their website here). Simple, basic but good food is the fare here and we loved it so much we actually dined twice at the Pawley’s Island location.
Service was superb on both of our visits and it was nice enough to eat al fresco on our second visit and I would highly recommend that if you can. Just being outside makes a huge difference to me when I am enjoying a good meal. Hours at all locations are 6 AM until 2 PM.
Another great find was Litchfield Beach Fish House.
We were met at the door by owner Bob Mimms who fist bumped us instead of offering a handshake because he had a cold. There are no strangers at Litchfield Beach Fish House and even as first time visitors we experienced a welcome that was fit for a local. The interior is decorated with so many unique and interesting things but I neglected to take any pictures on the inside. Probably because I was too busy chowing down on the food.
And what food it was. Hush puppies are a staple in the south and these were admittedly THE best ones I have tasted. They leaned on the side of sweet and Bob told us that sometimes he takes the leftovers home, puts a little spray butter, sugar and cinnamon on them and microwaves them up the next morning for a delicious breakfast treat. I could totally envision that but alas –we had no leftovers.
I ordered the fresh grilled shrimp and it was amazing. Seriously. Amazing. Chris had the fried shrimp and while I tasted one of his and loved the light breading I was over the moon with my grilled shrimp. Seasoned perfectly and served with a side of fries and just about perfect cole slaw and I thought I was done for the night.
Then we decided to split a key lime dessert and that was the capper to the evening. Perfection. Our waitress told us that when the season ramped up there would be more dessert choices and I think they make those in house during the busier season. Regardless of whose hands made this little treat it was magical and just the right size to share.
Litchfield Beach Fish House is open Mon-Sat 11.30AM-9:15PM and Sunday 4 PM – 9:15 PM. Reservations are recommended during the busy season but we were fortunate to just be able to walk in and get a table right away. There is even a wonderful play area for the kids along with different things inside that are sure to keep the little ones busy. Definitely a family friendly restaurant with good food, good service, and a fun atmosphere. Don’t miss this one if you are in the area.
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Looks like two fantastic spots!
Yep. They really were. Don’t you agree that sometimes you need the down home kind of place to visit ? Fancy is good but not a steady diet.
Tow winners! I love reading foodie posts. Question- you use Yelp. We use Open Table when we are away; and at home,too. To make reservations. Just wondering if you had a preference?
We use Open Table as well and make our reservations through them. Honestly I feel like the reviews on there are a little more credible than Yelp but this time we Yelped. No rhyme or reason to our madness. 😊
I will always go for the home-grown eateries over chain for the atmosphere and the food. You landed both at both.
The Eggs Up Grill is actually a chain but did not have that feel if you know what I mean. Loved their logo and southern hospitality. Also their portions were right sized–not the huge portions that make you feel like you have to eat it all or be wasteful.
Sounds very yummy!! I love grilled shrimp. Does your hubby tease you when you take pictures of the food too?? Mine does but it doesn´t stop me.
Both look absolutely fun and delicious, but that Key Lime Pie…yummo! I’m a sucker for anything lemon or lime!
Those grits, though. I kinda need some. 🙂
And that key lime dessert. Ohhhh – yummmm.
Both of them sound delightful! It doesn’t have to be fancy to taste good. Now I’ll just have to schedule a trip!
We had hush puppies at Hyman’s Seafood Co in Charleston our last night there – they were the best we had ever had – made with beer. So good. But the sweet ones sound really good too! And I wanted to get their key lime pie but I can’t have desserts at dinner-time or I’ll be up all night!
We didn’t eat at Hyman’s this trip but did when we were there before. It was just about a block from where we stayed this time at King Charles Inn. That place is ALWAYS packed.