Restaurant Review: BisQit offers tasty comfort food in cozy atmosphere
It’s probably best that BisQit is conveniently located in Pawleys Island’s Hammock Shops Village. After filling up on the breakfast/burger/bar hot spot’s sweet and savory specialties, you might be in the market for a handmade hammock to stretch out under a shade tree for a post-feast nap.
Tucked away amid top-end shops and towering live oaks, BisQit looks like an off-the-beaten-path joint you would drive miles out of the way for to enjoy its unique flavor and rustic charm. But the comfort food and casual atmosphere have found a happy home in the retail center for five years now.
“I had been wanting to do something new for years, and we saw a real opportunity in this space,” said proprietor Josh Quigley, also of Quigley’s Pint & Plate, who puts the “Q” in BisQit. “The Hammock Shops are an institution in Pawleys Island. When people visit, they make a day of it.”
And so does BisQit, serving three squares a day of rib-sticking classics as well as some healthier alternatives.
‘The Perfect Burger’
Breakfast is highlighted by the eatery’s namesake – BisQit’s signature sandwiches filled with combinations of traditional morning meats, eggs, cheese and a variety of toppings. BisQit also offers brunch-style dishes like breakfast tacos, chorizo hash, and banana and granola pancakes to fuel up for a full day of shopping.
Making choices is a common theme at Bisqit, which allows guests to create their own burgers (beef, chicken or veggie) to specification with a combination of more than two dozen toppings. The list includes chili, grilled onions, avocado and bacon jam.
There are specialty sandwiches, like the House (Root beer-braised pork belly, onion ring, white cheddar and horseradish) and the Southeast (Country Ham and Pimento Cheese), but most patrons prefer to custom build their own burger to order.
“We’re not an upscale burger place, more like a creative burger place,” said Quigley, rattling off a laundry list of unique topping options. “Everybody has their own idea about what goes on the perfect burger. We have everything they need to make it.”
BisQit also serves a wide selection of appetizers (Belgian or veggie fries, wings, pretzels), soups (chili and soup du jour), salads (chopped wedge or any burger over greens), and “Other Stuff,” including the Jimmy Changa and the Inside Out grilled cheese. Entrees are priced in the $10-$12 range.
Belly up to the Bar
Bisqit’s most popular items come in liquid or frozen form, like the handcrafted shakes. Featuring a wide variety of unique flavors, such as the PB&J, Moon Pie and the sweet/spicy/sour Mango Cayenne and Lime. Try it the traditional way, add a shot of your favorite liquor for an extra fee, or check out the Spiked Shakes, like Granny’s Secret (bourbon, vanilla ice cream and caramel).
The bar serves a full range of beer, wine and mixed drinks, including the BisQit Bloody Mary (garnished with bacon, boiled egg and lots of “pickled things”) and the Back Porch in July (bourbon, apple pie moonshine, and muddled lemon, lime and orange).
Quigley’s deep connection with the craft beer industry shows in BisQit’s extensive beer lineup. The draft selection taps into local and regional brewers like New South’s White Ale (Myrtle Beach) and Holy City’s Pluff Mud Porter (Charleston), as well as more than a dozen bottled beers and wines. Flavored coffees (salted caramel, s’mores, and cookies and cream) are also big hits with the Hammock Shopping Village crowd.
Patrons can sit inside, at the small bar, or in the see-through patio deck overlooking the shops and courtyard and hosting occasional live music. The see-through vinyl covering the deck allows for a cozy, climate-controlled atmosphere that provides a beautiful view of the village.
“We want people to come in, feel comfortable and enjoy some good food and drinks,” Quigley said. “We draw a lot of shoppers, especially during the summertime, but we have a nice local following and a regular lunch crowd. We’re also very involved in community fund-raising nights. We hold Spirit Nights for local groups where we donate 10 percent of their check to their cause.”
Sign me up for the Hammocks for Overindulgers Fund.