Originally posted by scbuzz
Originally posted by Liketoeat
Is Pauley's Island Inn (restaurant) still operating? Used to be some fine eating there, too.
I am not really sure if Pawley's Island Inn is still in opertion or not. I keep planning on getting down to Pawley's Island to sample some of the great resturants there, but I just can't seem to pass by Nance's or some other great place in Murrell's Inlet.
As a side note, a great resturant in Pawley's Island that I have been hearing alot about lately is Louis's. It is owned and operated by Louis Osteen who was in Charleston for many years and has a great reputation for being an excellent southern cook.
If anyone gets by there before me, please post your experiences here !
In March 1997, Louis Osteen operated Louis's Charleston Grill in Charleston Place on King Street. While it was lauded as one of the best gourmet restaurants in Charleston, I found it quite wanting when I visited that month. I took my brother on a Thursday evening for a special meal (our last meal together as he dying). Inexplicably, our first five entree choices were unavailable. We would order and 15 minutes later, the server would tell us they were out of that item. And then the process would be repeated. This happened with my brother's first 2 choices and my first 3. My brother finally gave up and ordered 5 appetizers. I finally found something among entree choices they could serve. To be fair, the food was quite good, some excellent (I sampled all my brother's low country appetizers), but dinner took a long time. I was unhappy with the long periods of time between each "we're out" announcement, and having to eat an entree I really did not want. We had quite a few coffee refills before we made much progress in eating.
One more note: My brother didn't look well and had to wear a hat. Though we were both dressed up for a fine dining venue, we were seated at a table in the far back corner.........of a large and nearly empty restaurant. That insensitivity made me feel bad for my brother, who had dined there with wife and friends a number of times.
This was easily the worst service I've experienced in a world class restaurant. Because this was special time together, I didn't complain. On a positive note, the superb jazz ensemble and singer were happy to perform a list of my brother's five favorite ballads, and, for me, that went a long way toward redeeming the evening.
I hope Louis Osteen who makes a nice impression in TV appearences has better management of the kitchens and dining room at his Pawley's Island place.