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Restaurants Serving Unique Menu Items in Pawleys Island

By Marissa Polascak • April 28, 2016

We all have our favorite restaurants, and it is easy to order the same thing every time because we know we like it. Sometimes, though, its nice to branch off from the norm and try something different. While all of the restaurants in Pawleys Island serve a variety of delicious dishes, many have stand-out menu items that are hard to find anywhere else. If you're interested in trying something new while in Pawleys Island, check out this list of restaurants with unique menu items:

Applewood House of Pancakes

14361 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 979-1022

One may think it is hard to find a unique item at a breakfast house, but Applewood House of Pancakes offers a dish that isn’t found in many other places around here. Stop by Applewood House of Pancakes and try their Crab Cakes Benedict. The Crab Cakes Benedict comes with two hand made crab cakes topped with two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. This dish comes with an English muffin as well as home fries or grits, and fresh fruit.

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Bistro 217

10707 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-8217

Bistro 217 offers many amazing unique gourmet menu items. When you have dinner at Bistro 217, you can expect to see dishes such as the Eggplant Treasure Chest (local shrimp, scallops, and grouper in basil-parmesan cream sauce over fried eggplant). If you’re really hungry or have someone to share with, you can always start your meal with an appetizer such as the gluten-free Braised Pork Cheek, which comes with wild mushroom ragu and braising liquid reduction. If you’re visiting Bistro 217 for lunch, you can always opt for the Beef & Brie Gnocchi, which features gnocchi, Certified Angus Beef, tenderloin, sundried tomato, wilted spinach, mushroom, and a creamy brie sauce.

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Chive Blossom Cafe

85 North Causeway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-1438

Chive Blossom Cafe offers a lunch and dinner menu; both of which have special menu items. Some of the unique menu items you can find here are: Falafel (with chermoula shrimp, preserved lemon tomato sauce, and tzatziki), Shrimp Stuffed Medjool Dates (wrapped in apple smoked bacon with toasted pecans, smoked gouda, and balsamic drizzle), Pan Sauteed Conch (with spiced butter tum sauce, jalapeno, scallion, and tomato) and Roasted Beet Carpaccio (with grilled fennel, baby arugula, pickled red onion, pistachio crusted goat cheese, and blood orange vinaigrette.

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Creek Ratz

4065 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet • (843) 357-2891

Sure, most people love Philly Cheese Steaks, but Creek Ratz serves a unique take on the classic sandwich. Creek Ratz is home to the Yellow Fin Tuna Philly, which is served with onions, as well as cheddar & mozzarella cheeses.

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Drunken Jack’s

4031 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-2044

Head on over to Drunken Jack’s for dinner and you’ll find yourself looking through a menu of tasty items. Among these dishes is Chef Casey’s Risotto, which features blackened Mahi Mahi with blackened sea scallops, served with their award-winning lobster and crab risotto. Sounds good, right? It gets even better! This dish is topped with a delicious lobster cream sauce.

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Flo’s Place

3797 Hwy. 17 Business , Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-7222

Flo’s Place brings the tastes of the Big Easy straight to Pawleys Island, and while there are tons of great menu items to choose from, one thing that stands out is the BBQ Gator starter. This dish, which is uncommon to the Grand Strand, features chunks of alligator that are skewered and grilled with a sweet honey barbecue sauce.

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Frank’s & Frank’s Outback

10434 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-3030

If you’re seeking gourmet food, look no further than Frank & Frank’s Outback. This upscale restaurant is home to an array of menu options, some of which are quite uncommon. Guests can start off their meal with an appetizer such as the Charred Octopus Confit which comes with baby arugula, cannellini beans, shaved red chilis, EVOO, and balsamic syrup. If you’re looking for a small plate option, you can always opt for the Pair of New Bedford Scallops, which are paired with red curry and coconut carrot puree, soy ginger broth, and Asian pickled vegetables. For a full entree, branch out and try the Duck Two Ways (pan roasted breast and duck confit in red wine demi over a fire grit cake), or the Mediterranean Lamb Pizza (arugula, parmesan cheese, goat cheese, made on whole wheat dough).

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Island Bar and Grill

10744 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • 235-3399

Island Bar and Grill serves your typical bar food like burgers, wings, wraps, and more, but their appetizer section on their menu has some interesting selections. Start your meal with Ahi Tuna Nachos, which is made with pan seared Ahi Tuna with sesame seed served over hand cut, lightly friend flour tortilla wedges topped with seaweed salad, then drizzled with wasabi cream and sriracha garnish. If you’re not a seafood fan, go for the Pierogies, which are stuffed with potato and cheese and cooked in butter & onions, served with a side of sour cream.

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Perrone’s Restaurant and Bar

13302 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-9193

If it is unique food that you are looking for, then Perrone’s is definitely the place to check out. Perrone’s Restaurant and Bar boasts a variety of upscale menu items, many of which are cooked sous vide style. If you’re a soup person, you must try the Mulligatawny Soup, which is a British soup of Indian origin, put together with Perrone’s own Indian curry spice blend with coconut milk, vegetable stick, onions, celery, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, and lemon. The ingredients are pureed and thickened with crimson lentils, and then finished with a cilantro yogurty and garam masala.

If you’re not in the mood for soup and want to try an appetizer and an entree, then you should try the Kimchi Eggrolls and the Moroccan Poussin. The Kimchi Eggrolls are made with ground pork, house made kimchi, and served with Asian pear and apple dipping sauce. The Moroccan Poussin features local, all-natural farm-raised young chicken, cooked sous vide, cast iron pan seared, and served on Sardinian fregula with garlic, saffron, dried apricots, lucque olives, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, coriander, preserved lemon, and tomatoes.

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Salt Water Creek Cafe

4660 US-17, Murrells Inlet • (843) 357-2433

Salt Water Creek Cafe offers a large selection of different types of fare, but their dinner menu features unique entrees like Calf Liver and Chicken Florina. The Calf Liver entree is topped with bacon and sauteed onions and mushrooms, and it is served with mashed potatoes and topped with leek brown gravy. The Chicken Florina is pan seared chicken topped with goat cheese with a roasted red pepper coulee, and it is served with broccolini and rice.

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