We finally got the opportunity to visit and dine at South End Bistro in Pawleys Island. It's located at 8151 Ocean Highway.
We were greeted by Taylor Fontaine, the owner of the new eatery. She and her staff have done a wonderful job with the décor, inside and outside.
The building used to be the home of Carefree Catering.
We asked to be seated outside in the back. It was so spacious. And truly comforting. You really get the bistro feel outside. Nice waterfall, perfectly lit sitting areas. Yes, it was a divine atmosphere.
They are able to accommodate customers are are uncomfortable sitting inside due to the pandemic.
Let's share with you what we started with.
The "Pei Mussells" were a true hit as soon as they were tasted. Prince Edward Island mussels in a white wine garlic sauce, served with a crostini. The sauce was superb. We loved letting the bread soak it up and devouring when we're finished with the mussels.
The Shrimp & Grits was a special, served with fresh shrimp and candied bacon bits. It was more on the sweet side compared to other shrimp and grits we've had. The grits was cooked perfectly and the dish really paired with the beautiful evening. The crème sauce was outstanding.
Burgers are one of my go-to choices when ordering at a restaurant. If you can create an awesome burger and add uniqueness to it, I know you've got a creative menu behind you.
This Double Down Burger didn't let me down. Two 1/4 lb. patties are smothered in caramelized onions, candied bacon and white cheddar cheese. You can order regular fries or sweet potato fries, too.
The burger was cooked as ordered (mid well) and the flavors were phenomenal. It was a great bistro-themed burger.
We'd already heard a lot of great raves about the calzones and pizza. We tried the Shrimp Scampi pizza.
It has a garlic and olive base with grilled shrimp in a white wine garlic sauce, and with tomato, ricotta and mozzarella.
It was a great pizza. The cheese was perfectly melted and the shrimp were fresh and paired great with all the ingredients.
For our dessert, we indulged in the South End Beignets. Yes, you had us at beignets!
These are fried dough with a snowfall dusting of powdered sugar, topped with a raspberry compote.
Truly delicious. We finished the plate. They were so good.
Go by and tell Taylor we sent you. They are open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed on Sundays. Like and follow them on Facebook for updates to hours of operations, regular menu, and specials.