This pizza joint brings big-city feel to small-town Grand Strand area

The Godfather Salad at Swing Bridge Pizza.Emily Smith

Some big-city flavor has made a home in Little River, with signs reminding  visitors where it’s from but a name to honor where it is. Swing Bridge Pizza proudly serves pies in the popular New York style with all the hospitality and easy-going nature of the South.

This small restaurant is a family-run business with a dedication to service made evident in the quality of its food. A fun attitude is also easy to ascertain when first entering the establishment and feasting on the plethora of funny signs, sports memorabilia and posters of beloved American relics.

Guests may drop in to pick up an order called in earlier or walk to the counter to get their food to go, but those who decide to stay will find it easiest to seat themselves. The dining area is small and intimate, yet never feels crowded even when neighboring tables are filled.

Swing Bridge Pizza begins its menu with the usual finger foods, including breadsticks, house-made chips and onion rings. Fans of Lowcountry cuisine will enjoy the fried pickles, served piping hot and perfectly crispy and tangy. Wings by the basket are also available in an array of different sauces and similarly made fresh.

Naturally, pizza is a major seller, with Swing Bridge making its pies out of homemade dough then topped with a tomato sauce also made in house. Some pizzas that don’t require marinara still have different seasonings and sauces to create a delicious experience, such as the bacon ranch pizza that is baked with the restaurant’s own ranch recipe.

Guests can create their own pie, should none of the specialty pizzas catch their interest, while others may prefer a Stromboli or calzone. Hoagies, salads, and some pasta dishes make up the difference on the menu. This has allowed Swing Bridge even more opportunities to create meals unique to it.

A few of these options include the Swing Bridge Philly, their version of a Philly cheesesteak sandwich, or Mimi’s Cheesy Melt, a melty mix of cheese accompanied by bacon and tomatoes. The Godfather salad is also a signature item of the restaurant, an impressive pile of fresh vegetables topped with dried cranberries, bacon, bleu cheese, walnuts, and crispy grilled chicken on top.

Classic pasta options, from lasagna to Fettucine Alfredo, are served with a side salad and garlic bread, while their hoagies come with the guests’ choice of fries or chips. Specials are available on a daily basis, like their soup of the day or house made chili which has been a very popular choice during this cold season.

This is a small restaurant in a small town with inspirations from the big city. So whether you want pizza, pasta, or a sandwich, Swing Bridge Pizza is going to make an offer you can’t refuse.

If you go

What: Swing Bridge Pizza

Where: 4207 Sea Mountain Highway, Little River

Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon-Sat, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sun

Information:, 843-390-1010



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