Billy the Kid’s in Little River -- a longtime locals’ favorite

A beer at Billy The Kid’s in Little River. Photo by Emily Smith for The Surge.
A beer at Billy The Kid’s in Little River. Photo by Emily Smith for The Surge.

Setting the Table

If you’ve ever wanted to make a dramatic entrance through saloon swing doors, then put on your cowboy boots and spurs and head on up to Billy the Kid’s. This restaurant has been a part of Little River for quite some time and is known well by the locals but has also become a yearly stop for some tourists when in town.

The décor definitely plays up the Wild West feel, with wooden slats on the wall, antlers, and antiquated objects from a time long past. Even the tablecloths are made up of old advertisements, many of which are amusing to today’s society and provide entertaining reading while you wait.

Billy the Kid’s is conjoined by Maxwell’s Lounge, where adults of age may choose to visit to have access to a greater variety of alcoholic beverages. The lounge also provides entertainment with games like darts and occasional karaoke. Maxwell’s can be reached from the right side of the building, but can also be reached through the restaurant.

Down the Hatch

Despite its obvious Western theme, Billy the Kid’s is known for its seafood, more specifically their oyster roasts. They do their best to always source seafood locally, which means for the oysters they tend to keep it in season. Fresh and local also means some items may not be available, including their whole flounder, clams, and frog legs.

This outlaw doesn’t neglect the turf though, with steak and barbecue available and a rib special every Tuesday. Chicken, burgers, and a few other sandwiches take up the slack for those who want something other than seafood.

Most of the dishes come with a side of coleslaw, fries, and hushpuppies, but potatoes and salad can be substituted for a price. Guests can also visit the salad bar once or many times, depending on how much they want to pay.

Along with the fries and hushpuppies, the deviled crabs came out steaming hot and perfectly crispy. Deviled crab is a mixture of crab with stuffing (dressing), diced peppers, and onions all mixed together and served in the crab shell. This combination even had a bit of a kick to it, so the experience as a whole was pretty unique.

Check, Please

Out of all the seafood places along the Grand Strand, Billy the Kid’s seems to be on the lower side of the price spectrum. Granted, some seafood prices change depending on the marke, t which includes the lobster tails and crab legs. During this season, the restaurant has been charging $23.95 for an oyster roast.

Billy the Kid’s also doesn’t have a Happy Hour, although Maxwell’s Lounge is a different story. Nonetheless, a domestic beer along with the huge amount of food that comes with the deviled crabs was roughly $17 before a tip.

Billy the Kid’s in Little River has a lot of good things going for it, not the least being friendly staff. The casual restaurant is a great place to enjoy with friends and families, and Maxwell’s Lounge provides an area for those who’d simply like a few drinks. Both are open daily from 4 to 10 p.m., so saddle up and take a shot at Billy the Kid’s.

If you eat

What | Billy the Kid’s

Where | 3456 Sea Mountain Hwy, Little River

Info |

billy-the-kids, 843-399-3425