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La Playa Mexican Restaurant

10185 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC • (843) 314-3493

The name is Spanish for “The Beach,” which was the inspiration for this eatery.

Having traveled widely along the coasts of Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean, the owners set out to create an atmosphere that provides guests with the relaxation associated with the white sands by the sea. And with a huge menu, it should be pretty easy to find something for pretty much everyone – as long as you’re into cuisine from south of the border.

The dinner menu is divided into 15 sections, with well over 100 items to choose from. All of the standard Mexican fare is represented – Burritos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Tostadas – but there’s also a substantial amount of House Specialties and Caribbean dishes to consider. La Playa is perhaps most famous for their piping-hot Fajitas, available with Chicken, Beef, Shrimp, and Pork, or a combination of your choice. The dish is prepared with red and green peppers, onions, and their special house fajita sauce, and served with sour cream and guacamole.

Other Specialties include Molcajete (steak, chicken, pork, green onions, Jack cheese, fried jalapenos, mild green sauce) and the Jamaican Jerk Trio (slow-cooked spiced chicken, beef, shrimp, with white rice or black beans and veggies). The menu also contains various Signature Dishes listed throughout the menu, including Pollo Culichi (grilled chicken, poblano cream sauce, spinach, mushrooms), Borrego a la Parrilla (boneless lamb, chili Gaujillo sauce, fresh citrus juices), Camarones Mexicanos (large shrimp, mushrooms, peppers, onions, tomatoes, rice, melted Jack cheese, avocado), and Enchiladas La Playa (corn tortillas, choice of cheese, chicken, or beef, with chipotle sauce, cream sauce, and poblano mole sauce).

For lunch, 29 quick and tasty lunch specials are available, including Tacos and Enchiladas, Chili Relleno, Chimichangas, Tostadas, Burritos, Quesadillas, and several Pollo, Carne, and Camerones options.

The décor here is festive, with party lights lining the interior walls along with Latin arts and crafts, and various vintage Mexican beer signs hanging in the bar area. There’s also patio seating available, with mostly-glass walls so you can enjoy the views while you eat.

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