Foodie Traveler: Quigley’s Pint and Plate, Pawleys Island, SC
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I was recently in the Myrtle Beach area to vend at a comic con and found an awesome place for dinner. So awesome, actually, that we ended up going two nights in a row!
After the six-ish hour drive to Myrtle Beach, loading in and setting up our booth at the comic con, and then finding our hotel and checking in, we just wanted to find a nice place to drink a beer and relax over dinner. We stayed at the Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort and found the perfect place right across the highway–Quigley’s Pint and Plate.
We sat outside on the patio and had a wonderful server named Marissa. We decided to start with two of their microbrews–the White beer and the German Alt Bier. Both were phenomenal and exactly what we needed after our long day.
We decided on the Cream of Tomato Soup which was the soup of the day, and the Spicy Pimiento Cheese with Garlic Bread as appetizers. Both were seriously delicious, but dunking some of the garlic bread, smeared with the pimiento cheese INTO the soup was amazing. It was like a kicked up version of grilled cheese and tomato soup from when we were kids. The pimiento cheese was spiced, but not too spicy, so those who don’t like fiery food can rest easy and give it a try.
For our entrees, we settled on the Blackened Mahi Tacos with mixed vegetables, and the Fish Tacos with tater tots (hey–we were at the beach. You have to have seafood at the beach, right?) Both were cooked perfectly, with just the right amount of seasoning. They came with both red and green salsa. The red was tasty, but the green was the star of the plate. Light and fresh and delicious.
To be honest, we were pretty stuffed at that point, so about half of the tots were left behind, but they were much better than your average tot. Fluffy, not at all greasy, and perfectly salted.
Stephan decided to try the Neck Red Ale, and Marissa brought me a sample of the Peach Wheat beer because it’s her favorite. I was too full to drink a whole pint, but it was perfect. Light and crisp with good peach flavor, but not at all too sweet.
As I said, we ended up going back the next evening, but it was a little bit earlier in the evening, so we were able to get a better view of our surroundings. There’s a man-made lake next to the patio, and the lights reflecting off of it were lovely the first evening. The second evening, we were able to see the signs that said “Please do not feed the alligators.” Sure enough, we saw one swimming along!
We started this evening with another German Alt Bier and the Peach Wheat that I had sampled the night before. We shared the Ahi Tuna Nachos for an appetizer–crispy flour tortilla chips, topped with ahi tuna that was rolled in sesame seeds and seared, and dressed with seaweed salad, cucumber-wasabi cream, and sriracha. Two words–Holy Crap. These were amazing–not too spicy, and each one was a perfect bite. It was also the perfect size for sharing.
For our entrees, we decided on the Mingo Salad with grilled pears, gorgonzola, spiced pecans, red onion, and roasted red peppers over spinach, topped with a strawberry vinaigrette, and the Spinach Salad with bacon, red onion, mushrooms, boiled eggs, and hot bacon dressing, topped with grilled shrimp. Both were well-crafted salads, and were just enough without leaving us stuffed like we were the first night. In fact, we were able to get dessert!
We chose the Key Lime Pie and the Red Velvet Cake and shared both. The cake was moist and delicious with a perfect cream cheese frosting. The pie was a beautiful balance of sweet and tart, with a smooth custard filling and a flavorful crust.
While we don’t have plans to go back to Myrtle Beach anytime in the near future, if we do, we’ll definitely go back to Quigley’s. Going on vacation? Check it out–you won’t regret it! Just stay away from the alligators…