Lowcountry restaurant opens in Myrtle Beach

A restaurant specializing in Lowcountry cuisine opened this week at Broadway at the Beach, replacing a fast-food eatery that the owners said just didn’t click with Broadway patrons.

Sweet Carolina’s Lowcountry Grill and Smoke House, on the 21st Avenue North side of the shopping complex, serves shrimp and grits, smoked prime rib and brisket, chicken entrees, wraps, salads and desserts such as bread pudding and pineapple upside down cake. Prices range from about $6 to $7 for an appetizer to about $10 for a sandwich or burger up to $18 to $20 for a steak.

The restaurant takes the former State Fair Fun Foods spot, which closed in February after about two years. The fast food style didn’t appeal to Broadway patrons, most of whom want to sit down and be served, said Roger Digby, who owns both restaurants and seven other shops at Broadway at the Beach.

“Fast food did not work here,” he said. “They want to sit down, in an air conditioned space and be waited on.”

The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but aims to add breakfast later this summer, executive chef Patricia Rensel said.

Broadway already has more than 20 eating spots, but there’s room for Sweet Carolina’s, Digby said, adding it’s the only one focusing on Lowcountry food.

“They all have a two-hour wait in the summer,” Digby said.