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Sep 22, 2007 09:18 AM

pawleys island, murrells inlet sc - where to eat?

we're making our annual trek to the pawleys this week and would love recommendations for the following: 1. good lunch restaurants for rainy days and/or best fried seafood
2. place to buy local fresh seafood on the inexpensive side - fish, shrimp!, etc. a store? a guy with a truck full of catch of the day? found delicious shrimp in georgetown for 2.99/lb a couple years ago (but can't remember where the place was). we want to cook and eat while we're beached and fill a cooler to take home.
3. good dinner for 8 (we've had some real duds on this one over the years) we're all southern and good cooks. we trade the kitchen all around - everyone cooks at least one evening meal (even the non cook, who is currently threatening us with cans of Ensure all around for her meal!) on one evening we wear costumes, and we do one dinner out at some point. *
no chains (unless local) and no holes in the middle of the table - just excellent food and drink. seafood is a plus. we can travel up to 30 minutes from pawleys for this meal. . .
4. how about a divey bar? juke box, pool tables, juicy burgers, wings, good beer selection, etc.

thanks in advance!


*'costume night' and 'out to dinner night' do not coincide.

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  1. IMHO drive to Georgetown to Independant Seafood Co. for your shrimp and fresh fish, also check out their shrimp dip and crab dip, both are good but we like the shrimp the best. Independant is on the water in the historic district, call for directions (but it is easy).
    Dinner would be Frank's, we cook at home too but always hit Frank's or Frank's outback (slightly smaller menu and less $).

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      1. re: gravyhound

        My favorite places by far are in Murrell's Inlet.Dockside is wonderful.Pan Crusted Grouper is out of this world.I also love the Shrimp and Grits.
        I also love Lee's Inlet Kitchen.The food has a fresh lowcountry feel.Red clam chowder ...oh my!

      2. re: Tee

        Frank's is good but ridiculously loud and full of pretentious charlotte crowd. Bistro 217 and Chive Blossom are local faves.

        1. re: corgigurl

          We used to go to Pawleys every summer, 1995-2007, so my info is as old, well, as this 2 year old thread. Frank's (inside) WAS loud but Frank's Out Back was not, but I don't know now.
          What really concerns me is all the good Charlotte restaurants now ridiculously loud and full of the pretentious Pawleys crowd!
          sorry Corgi gurl, (we have 2 corgis) but I could not help myself.....

          1. re: Tee

            There is a restaurant that opened last year called Twelve. It is in a strip center in Murrell's, on the left heading towards Myrtle. It is very good. The Asian Short Ribs were excellent and you have to try the friend peanut butter & Jelly sandwich. They also started a 10 for $10 menu, which I have not tried. Here is the link:

            For a divey bar: You can go to Sundowner in Garden City. Drinks are cheap, music is loud and daily specials are good -- including wings. Lots of locals in here. They run football on Sundays as well.

        2. re: Tee

          not a recommendation but just curious: is Oliver's Lodge still open? And how is the food now? We used to visit Pawley's when I was a child and always ate there. Of course that was longer ago than I would care to remember.

          1. re: Lan4Dawg

            It was open this summer. I think it is not that great compared to some other places that are now open, but it does seem to still draw a crowd. Their shrimp and grits was probably one of the worst I've ever had. It was curdled! The rest of the stuff was average.

            1. re: SheriS

              thx for the answer. As I said I was just curious. It is probably the same shrimp & grits that they had when I was there as a child. ":^)

          2. We enjoy The Litchefield Beach Fish House.

            1. The 10 for $10.00 at Twelve is now $12 for $12.00. I don't know which is best.

              1. Oliver's Lodge is closed.

                Oliver's Lodge
                4204 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

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                1. re: Littleman

                  I think it is involved in a divorce...sad it used to be a gem.