Food and more: Island Bar and Grill has something for everyone

Emily Smith

Relaxing on a porch under the shade of wise oak trees with a cold drink in hand is easy to do at the Island Bar and Grill in the Village Shops of Pawleys Island. Though this popular restaurant is currently going through a face-lift, its doors are still open and the back porch is still swinging.

Island Bar and Grill has been a part of the community for over a decade, regularly hosting events for holidays and charities. And in typical island fashion, this eatery likes to keep the atmosphere relaxed and friendly. Live music plays regularly here and on certain nights the guests make their own music with karaoke.

Multiple bars, inside and out, including the restaurant’s addition upstairs, The 19th Hole, make sure to quench all thirsts. The building’s original wood floors and walls continue to the second floor, where the team’s love of sports becomes even more noticeable. The rest of the premises remains dedicated to that beach life, reiterating a laid-back attitude.

They do take their food seriously here, though, and the menu covers a lot of ground to ensure everyone finds something to enjoy. The appetizers get the party started with many favorite Southern fried foods while other popular cuisines are represented by singular dishes like pierogis, nachos, and potstickers.

Sandwiches of all sorts continue that trend and are the main meat of the menu, which includes subs and wraps. Guests can enjoy a Philly, or a po’boy, or even a gyro and all come with a side of house-made potato chips. For $1.75, guests can substitute fries, regular or sweet potato, tater tots, or onion straws in place of the chips.

Island Bar and Grill gives guests the option to create their own perfect burger, starting with toasted buns, lettuce, tomatoes and onions, and a patty that will be chargrilled how you like it. Toppings such as pickles, mushrooms, bacon, and many types of cheese can be added on for $0.50 each and also come with chips as a side.

There is a small selection of seafood entrees, like crab cake and fish tacos, and are served with your choice of two sides. Quesadillas can be enjoyed here, too, and of course soups and salads for something a little lighter. Happy Hour is every weekday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. inside, and restaurant-wide specials change weekly, ranging from chicken pilau to shrimp and grits.

Keeping an eye on the elements wouldn’t be a bad idea when planning a trip, given South Carolina’s temperamental weather and the large outdoor porch. But whether you decide to enjoy your visit inside, outside, or upstairs, the friendly service at Island Bar and Grill is sure to have all their bases covered.

If you go

What: Island Bar and Grill

Where: 10744 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island

Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily

Information: islandbarandgrill.com, 843-235-3399

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