Locals’ Favorite Restaurants

The quaint town of Pawleys Island is known for its beautiful beaches, golf courses, unique shops, and of course, its coastal cuisine. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, but here is the inside scoop on dining like a local while you’re in town.

Breakfast: Eggs Up Grill

Waking up on vacation is always better because not only do you wake up relaxed, but someone else is making breakfast for you. No matter if you crave something sweet or savory in the morning, Eggs Up Grill has you covered. They open bright and early at 6 am, ready to serve up stacks of buttermilk pancakes, yummy home fries, fresh fruit, crispy bacon, and eggs cooked just the way you like them. Choose from unique menu items like Slices, Strips and Spuds – French toast, bacon, and home fries, Shrimp & Grits Omelet, Founder’s Hash & Eggs, or a Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Waffle Sandwich. They have a wide selection of food from healthy to comfort food, coffee to orange juice, and everything in between. At Eggs Up Grill, you’ll be sure to find something you love to start your day off right.


Lunch: Island Bar & Grill

Between your adventures of exploring all that Pawleys Island has to offer, you’ll want to take a break for lunch. A local spot to grab a bite to eat is The Island Bar & Grille. Some of the most popular items on the menu include the fresh Grouper Sandwich and flavor-filled Jumbo Wings. Choose between items like Shrimp Quesadillas, Mini Burgers, and Bang Bang Chicken Wrap. For sides, you may have a tough time choosing between the homemade chips or home-cut fries. If you’re in the mood for getting in your greens, you can opt for ½ a Chicken Cobb or ½ a Caesar Salad.

Or Try: BisQit

If you’re shopping around the Hammock Shops, you’re sure to stumble on another popular lunch spot – BisQit. Known for their southern comfort eats, you’ll find scrumptious sections on their menu including Soups, Salads, Brunchy Stuff, Build Your Own Burger, and more. Make sure to take a peek at the popular BisQit Sandwiches names for local areas like the Lowcountry, Waccamaw, and Litchfield. In the mood for something new? Skim over to the area called ‘Other Stuff’ for options like Nashville Hot Chicken Tacos, Bacon, Lobster, Tomato Grilled Cheese, and Hoisin Shrimp Wrap.

chicken salad

Dinner: Frank’s & Frank’s Outback

After a long day of splashing in the ocean, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. A local option that’s also a local’s favorite is Frank’s & Frank’s Outback. One restaurant with two different atmospheres, and both with mouthwatering menus. The indoor dining option, Frank’s is a little more fine dining. Think candlelit dinner, white linen tablecloths, a mahogany bar to sip a cocktail, and finely dressed waiters ready to provide an award-winning dining experience. If you’re in the mood for a little more relaxed dinner, simply step outside. Frank’s Outback features a lovely garden setting where you’ll dine under a canopy of trees. The menu at both Frank’s and Frank’s Outback was curated by an executive chef and features a variety of fresh ingredients and flavors from the Lowcountry to the Pacific Rim.

Or Try: Rustic Table

Another local spot, Rustic Table offers ‘Southern Food done right’. You have the option of dining indoors or al fresco on the outdoor patio. Start your meal off right with BBQ Beef Brisket Nachos, Angry Gator Bites, or Nana’s Brie and Pear Honey. After you’re done passing around the apps, check out the variety of entrees you can choose from including Shrimp ‘N’ Grits, Blackened Mahi, Country-Fried Steak, BBQ Ribs, or the Fresh Catch of the Day. Don’t skimp on the southern sides which include dishes like Sweet Tea Collards, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Okra, and Celery Root Slaw. Craving something on the lighter side? You’ll love the selection of salads like Ms. Anne’s Salad, Steak Salad, and Rustic Crunch Salad. And don’t forget to ask your waiter about the cocktail and drink menu that features delicious concoctions to sip on like a Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita, Rustic Mule, Rustic Pecan Coffee, and Pomegranate Martini.

bbq ribs

Dessert: Gilbert's Ice Cream

You scream, locals scream, we all scream for Gilbert’s Ice Cream! Gilbert’s is a local sweet spot in Pawleys Island known for its delicious handcrafted ice cream. This family-owned and operated business prides itself on creating delicious desserts using only the freshest ingredients. Their menu of ice cream includes Bourbon Butter Pecan, Grasshopper, Chubby Monkey, and Muddy Buddie. Order your scoop in a homemade waffle cone and go crazy with the premium toppings. Gilbert’s also features specialty sundaes, milkshakes, banana splits, and floats. The inside scoop on this ice cream shop is that it makes a sweet treat any time of day. 

Next time you’re staying in Pawleys Island at Lachicotte, make sure to add these local favorites to your list of places to dine on vacation. And don’t forget to pack an appetite!