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.