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Murrels Inlet, Pawleys Island area

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I'll be on vacation next week in the area and would love to get rec's on the latest & greatest as well as the status on the really good old standbys. I loved Louis's but understand it's closed.

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  1. Louis's is closed.......but I am sure the replacement is very good if the Charleston Siblings are any indication.....


    1. Louis spoiled us, didn't he? High Hammock is in his old location. They've done an excellent job with the space (brightened it up, comfortable chairs, tore out and replaced the entire kitchen). Good food, very good service. The food is not quite as good as Louis's though. In fact I don't refer to it as High Hammock, (don't particularly care for the name somehow). Amongst family I simply call it Not Louis's. I have been several times and have always enjoyed it.

      Went to Perrone's for the first time about a month ago. Should have gone sooner. Great spot for lunch or some nice carry-out. If you haven't been I urge you to try it out.


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      1. re: Cpt Wafer

        Perrone's is a great spot. If you haven't tried it, their Thai Shrimp Salad is unique and so good. They told me the recipe came about as an "accident".

        1. re: dawnb

          Yeah, Perrone's has moved into my regular rotation and I'm a sucker for shrimp salad. Thanks for the tip. Do you ever stop at Lee's Farmer's Market on 17 Bypass at Murrells? They have fresh fruits, veggies, bread, cured meats and some nice cheeses. They also carry Prime beef, usually ribeyes and strips. We always stop by and pick up some things to fix while we're down or to bring back home. Nice folks there, too.

          1. re: Cpt Wafer

            I like the shrimp salad at Kudzus @ mingo (in Litchfield) better that Perrone's but I love the peppadew cherve spread at Perrone's .I have to make myself go to Perrone's though because I am not crazy about the service there.

            1. re: LaLa

              I've only been to Perrone's once and didn't see anyone that I would call a server. Someone from behind the counter brought us our food. I guess if one should actually need a little service then they'd be hard-pressed to get any. I'm still in the honeymoon phase with Perrone's and tend to overlook such things.

              1. re: Cpt Wafer

                Counter service is still service...and more than once I have not been happy with it there.

                1. re: LaLa


                  And thanks for the Kudzus tip. Another place I'll have to check out.

                  1. re: Cpt Wafer

                    Perrone's is moving to a larger location across the street.


      2. Louis is indeed closed
        Sad.....I loved that restaurant

        High Hammock I had a great meal there
        Perrones is really delicious
        I also think the crab jalepeno soup at Bistro 317 is to die for
        Chive Blossom Cafe is also very nice

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          1. re: Emdc

            Like, closed closed? For good? Innnnteresting. Do you know the story? Did Louis Osteen put a Gullah curse on the place or what?

        1. Landolfi's is certainly worth a mention for their delightful NY and NJ style Italian pastries

          1. Is Frank's still good? We unfortunately missed our usual December meal there because I was sick. :-(

            1. Enjoyed Divine Fish House a couple of years ago. Don't know about it's current reputation, but the property is located in a beautiful setting.

              1. Murrells Inlet:

                Prossers BBQ
                Creek Ratz
                Salt Creek Cafe

                Pawleys Island

                High Hammock
                Litchfield Diner

                1. Two more thumbs up for Prosser's. We arrived just after they opened for dinner at 4:00, everything was hot, fresh and delicious. Seriously the best fried chicken I've ever had. The bbq ribs were groan-worthy. Devilled crab was yummers, as was the meatloaf. Pecan pie very good. The pulled pork was not to my taste, but it was done in a different style than I'm used to -- strong vinegar taste.

                  I've read negative reviews of Prosser's on other sites, not sure why, except if people had unrealistic expectations. A fine dining establishment this is not -- it's rustic, but friendly. The hostess literally points you to the nearest open table, but she calls you sweetie or honey while she does it. *grin* Yup, there's a lot of fried food, but it's well executed. Someone said Prosser's offered the best sweet tea on the beach -- I don't know about that, but it is plentiful, included with the $12.95 pp buffet, and quite good.

                  All in all, a fun outing, worth the drive from Myrtle Beach (as was the serene afternoon we spent at Brookdale Gardens), and we left groaning from overfull bellies!

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                  1. re: hadra

                    Last year we drove down from Albany NY and we happened to stumble across Gershon's in Murrells Inlet. Wow. The smells and tastes were just as I remembered from the original in Schenectady. We're headed back down in a few weeks and we'll make a bee line for Gershon's.

                    1. re: kranepoop

                      What is it? What kind of food? Is there some connection with a restaurant of the same name in NY?

                      1. re: CharlotteChowhound

                        Jewish deli. Great chocolate egg creams. Think they moved from NY to MI

                      2. re: kranepoop

                        Where is it...I live in Murrells Inlet and I have never heard of it.

                        1. re: LaLa

                          On left side of Bus 17 headed north. Just passed with Walgrens or RiteAide, before the Hickory BBQ place that just closed.

                    2. I'm in Pawleys/Murrells Inlet at least five times a year...here are my faves:

                      Chive Blossom - Excellent
                      Bistro 217 - Excellent
                      Kudzu - Bakery/prepared foods/wine - Baked goods are awesome, esp the Key Lime pie. Cinnamon buns are fab too, and the wine prices are wayyy better than other shops in the area
                      High Hammock - Really good, still not Louis's. Sigh.

                      Chive Blossom
                      85 N Causeway Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

                      Bistro 217
                      10707 Ocean Hwy Unit D, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

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                      1. re: Victus Populi

                        Just back from a week in Pawleys Island. I used this board a lot in advance to get recommendations so here are my two cents on our experience. FYI I am from the NYC suburbs and am partial to farm to table restaurants and light, not heavy, food.

                        - Bistro 217 - great - we ate dinner there twice because it was so good, and I wish we had eaten there every night, it was better than any other place we tried. The menu has a South Carolina flavor (e.g. fried green tomatoes) but this chef puts things together in a light modern way - delicious. We did not eat inside but enjoyed eating in the covered courtyard. Get the scallop and pea risotto.
                        - Goat Island Grill - Good but not special (this is south of PI, in Georgetown)
                        - Rice Paddy - Good but nothing special (this is in Georgetown, south of PI). This is kind of a fancy place and I had high expectations. Instead it was just normal. I had the snapper piccata and it was good but not above average.
                        - Peninsula Grill (Charleston) - Awesome! I knew this would be a great fine dining experience but I was worried it would be just the same as a steak and seafood NYC place. I was wrong. Lots of local flavor - I had the peach glazed jumbo shrimp (and a Carolina Fizz to drink :-)
                        - Amen Street (Charleston) - Yum I liked this place! We went for drinks and apps (hush puppies, peel and eat shrimp). The food was tasty, the staff was friendly, and the place was large and filled with light, a really nice experience.
                        - Kudzu (PI) - This is a nice gourmet market, but we didn't find it too useful since we didn't cook while there. They have a few individual baked goods for sale, muffins, cookies, but not a large selection.
                        - Landolfi's (PI) - Very yummy Italian sandwich for lunch.
                        - Hannah Banana (Murrells Inlet, north of PI) - We went here for drinks, it is at the Weekee Wachee Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway, so it had a greaaaat sunset - so beautiful. And good drink selection.
                        - Frank's (PI) - We walked into Franks and it looked nice but just did not grab us. Maybe if we went there on our first night it would have been ok but by this time we had been to Bistro 217 so the Franks menu did not seem as unique, so we did not eat there.
                        - Webster's (PI, in the Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort) - Average at best.
                        - Eggs Up Grill (PI) - Not bad for a chain.
                        - Litchfield Restaurant (PI) - Looks scary on the outside but we had a good breakfast there.

                        Peninsula Grill
                        112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

                        Litchfield Restaurant
                        12223 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

                        Goat Island Grill
                        719 Front St, Georgetown, SC 29440

                        Rice Paddy
                        732 Front St, Georgetown, SC 29440

                        Eggs Up Grill
                        13088 Ocean Hwy Unit 1, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

                        Bistro 217
                        10707 Ocean Hwy Unit D, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

                        1. re: connbates

                          Bistro 217 is definitely one of the two best places in PI, the other is Chive Blossom. Looks like you missed it! It's a must on your next visit. I'm a farm to table eater too...for the most part.

                          Chive Blossom
                          85 N Causeway Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

                          Bistro 217
                          10707 Ocean Hwy Unit D, Pawleys Island, SC 29585