Louis/Louis Fish Camp at Pawleys
Headed to Pawleys this weekend and I am concerned by the buzz that Louis's has gone sharply downhill since the new restaurant opened in Las Vegas. Can anyone give me an on-the-street opinion? We usually eat there at least 3 times in the week we stay on the island and always love it...
I can believe it. About a year or so ago I read Louis was about to open a BBQ joint at the beach. As far as I know this hasn't happened. Seems his plans changed.
Had lunch there last week. Was told by the snotty kid hostess that you can't eat in the main dining room without a reservation. Been eating lunch there for five years without a reservation. The latest time was in April. Ordered the shrimp and crab salad. It contained no shrimp. After lunch I walked through the main room on the way to the lavatory. There were exactly two people in the main dining room at 12:45.
We were there in mid June on a Saturday. I was surprised at the sparse number of people but wondered if the price of gas was affecting business. Food was great and mojito was wonderful as usual. Service was a little slow. We ate inside in the bar. Hope he isn't leaving!
Damn!!! Frank's - even Out Back - doesn't have the same level of casual comfort combined with great food that we found at Fish Camp... although the food is fabulous at Franks. I guess I need to start asking for recommendations... Maybe Murrells Beach... we have a 7 year old and she's not going to tolerate fancy.
Please forget Louis'. Try Austins, right down the road. or even better, go to Georgetown to the Rice Paddy...best place between Charleston and Wilmington, in my opinion. Reservations a must but the food is well worth it. Also, try the Chive Blossom Cafe just north of the Food Lion in Pawleys...a little place but really good. Also, there's Bistro 217 in Pawleys and the River Room in Georgetown...both excellent.
Yes, Joni mae, great suggestions! I grew up in Georgetown, and the locals eat at the Rice Paddy and Bistro 217. Those are my top recommendations. For a great lunch, try Roz's Rice Mill Cafe right next to Louis'. Fabulous shrimp and portabella sammy! They aren't open for dinner. Another fun spot, I can't think of the name, but it's behind the Island Shops. If you turn off 17 behind the Mole Hole, there's a long dirt road to the back of the complex. Great restaurant there with outside tables, spanish moss, tiki torches and sometimes, live music. Get their pimento cheese to go.
We just got back, and I thought I would report. We ate at Louis's twice, and frankly, did not think that the kitchen had gone off it's game at all. Service can always be dicey, but we had no issues this time around.
We also ate at Divine Fish House for the first time - perfectly lovely views but really only adequate dining for the money.
We looked for the Chive Blossom, but were not able to find it. We have a 7 year old, and so far have not been able to make either the Rice Paddy or Austin's. we don't know any baby sitters in the area, and I think the meal would be compromised if we tried to force the issue.
We, of course, ate a Frank's Outback. The food was great, although I thought the entrees were a little over sauced this time.
We also made our usual pilgrimage to McCabe's BBQ in Manning SC on our way back to Atlanta. Very tasty - I recommend highly to anyone happening to route that way.
Thanks for all the help!