Setting the Table
Happy Hour has barely begun all along the Grand Strand, but one restaurant down in Pawleys Island is already in full swing, judging by the nearly filled parking lot. Happy voices can be heard before even entering Quigley’s Pint and Plate, which can only mean good things are to come.
Among all the bustle of the early evening, the servers at Quigley’s are still friendly while constantly moving, even sparing a few moments to joke around with the customers they know by name. The bar is especially busy, given that Happy Hour can only be taken advantage of at its contained quarters (except on Monday, when the deals spread to encompass the restaurant).
Were it a little warmer outside, Quigley’s would probably be even busier, as their outdoor seating overlooks the little waterway that the Mingo shopping center surrounds. Even so, the inside was pleasantly warm and clean with a relaxed atmosphere.
Down the Hatch
Quigley’s offers an array of pub food along with traditional southern dishes, so there’s some interesting variety but all of it befits the upscale bar scene. There is an ample amount of seafood too, as is typical to find along the Grand Strand. And here at Quigley’s, they know what to do with that seafood.
The preparation does take a bit of time to complete, but considering how busy the smaller team was long before the dinner rush even began, the wait was understandable. Plus, one of the delicious beers on tap helps the time pass, especially at the Happy Hour price of $2.50 a pint.
Quigley’s version of pimento cheese alone was well worth the wait, since their take on this southern dish included feta and goat cheese, along with chipotle. Cheese-lovers everywhere should rejoice.
Another twist on a southern favorite came in the form of their jumbo lump crab cakes, which can be ordered as an appetizer with red curry aioli, or an entrée with lemon-basil aioli and vegetables. The crab cake by itself was drool-worthy, and the red curry aioli added an extra flavor not often partnered with seafood. The combination was impressive and spicy.
During Happy Hour from 4-7p.m., appetizers are discounted, so a pint of beer and a plate to share with friends was a very reasonable $8, not including tip. Remember, the great deals are in the bar only, so if you want to try some of their amazing seafood at a discounted price, come early like the regulars do.
Regular entrees and sandwiches can range from $9 to $24, but everything is made as fresh as possible and in house, from the soups to the seafood. The restaurant also has daily deals, including live entertainment and karaoke, to keep customers coming back again and again.
In the Grand Strand, restaurants that remain industrious throughout the year and not just during tourist season are doing something right, and the locals know it. A restaurant with an upscale pub feel, Quigley’s is one of those doing something right. Here, you’re going to get a quality experience every day of the week.
If you eat
What | Quigley’s Pint and Plate
Where | 257 Willbrook Blvd, Pawleys Island
Info | pintandplate.com, 843-237-7010