Fantastic food, great music venue offered at Porch at Prime | Gut Reaction

The Porch at Prime in Pawleys Island. Photo by Emily Smith for The Surge.
The Porch at Prime in Pawleys Island. Photo by Emily Smith for The Surge.

Setting the Table

Last year Nosh Dining separated into three new eating experiences, and one of them has since been rebranded. What was once the Pavilion is now the Porch at Prime, a charming fusion restaurant with American and Asian fare.

Their name is fitting, given that the restaurant is on the porch of the building that houses Pawleys Prime and Cera Sushi. The Porch itself is lovely and can easily be transformed to cater to weather, including heaters for those colder days and nights.

This also is where guests of the Hammock Shops can stop to enjoy a drink and listen to live music on the gazebo. Plus being in such close proximity to the sushi kitchen means the same delicious menu can be found at Porch, both at lunch and dinner. It is a combination that makes a great amount of sense and is well-capitalized on.

Down the Hatch

The menu isn’t huge, but it doesn’t need to be with the amount of variety the Porch has provided. There are some Asian takes on American dishes, like the Panko crusted crab cake, or the nachos that have ahi tuna on top.

Other Asian dishes have little twists to them too that helps highlight the Porch’s individuality and fearlessness when it comes to experimenting. The roast pork ramen, for example, was not only overflowing in deliciously fatty pork belly, but also had plenty of pulled pork and a poached egg on top which added to a conglomeration of tastes and textures.

More pork belly can be found on one of their sandwiches, in a scrumptious Vietnamese style baguette with jalapenos and kimchi slaw for a nice kick. The sushi from Cera Sushi’s kitchen was wonderfully fresh as sushi should be, both in the Ahi Tuna Poke and the lunch sized rolls and nigiri.

Check, Please

Guests shouldn’t be put off by the prices, which aren’t necessarily expensive but can’t quite be counted as cheap. Nonetheless, the food that comes on the plate is well worth the price, not only in taste but in sheer amount. This means the ramen can be difficult to finish, but the Porch offers bowls to transport any leftover soup.

A meal can be anywhere from $9-$16, even if you order off Cera Sushi’s menu. Of course, your price will also depend on appetizers and if you order individual nigiri, which alone range from $4 to $6. Porch at Prime also has begun offering Happy Hour deals from 4-7 p.m. with a menu offering $5 appetizers.

They were already worth a visit before these deals, given the fantastic food and music venue they provide. Visit their website to find out what bands are playing when, and be sure to drop by Porch at Prime any day between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m., especially on Sunday for brunch with a lovely view.

If you eat

What | Porch at Prime

Where | 10880 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island

Info |, 843-314-0721