Frank's Restaurant & Bar and Outback at Frank's
10434 Ocean Highway (U. S. Highway 17), Pawleys Island 237-1581
It doesn't seem so long ago when Pawleys Island was a much more low-key place than it is today. The hardware store and the Seven-Eleven were about the only businesses on the mainland side of the community. When Frank's opened, it became one of the few places for locals and tourists alike to have a cocktail and dinner close to the island, and it was a darned good one at that. Today, Frank's has expanded and expanded yet again to become two restaurants in one, with the 'main' restaurant remaining faithful to the original concept, and 'Frank's Outback,' with a separate menu and kitchen, taking up space - where else? - out in the back of the original. Both are delightful, and only subtly different from one another, so regardless of where one might find a table, rest assured the meal will be a good one.
Louis's at Pawley's & Louis's Fish Camp Bar
10880 Ocean Highway (U. S. Highway 17), Pawleys Island 237- 8757
Louis Osteen left Pawleys Island to seek his fortune in Charleston, and it seems that once he found it, he turned around and went right back.
His upscale restaurant, nestled in the trees at the Hammock Shops, has a companion restaurant as well, The Fish Camp. Both are fine places to fill up when you're on the mainland, with the more formal ( but not stuffy) main restaurant serving Osteen's renowned Lowcountry- flavored classics, while the Fish Camp is an indoor-outdoor affair, fine for a flounder sandwich or a trio of Lou-is's sliders and a beer or two. Charleston's loss is Pawley's gain, but at least he didn't get too far away.