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102 Palmetto Blvd.
June 30, 2008 8:19 PM
Location, location, location! No matter what this restaurant serves, its dining facilities make it an alluring destination. Perched far out over the ocean at Edisto Beach, The Pavilion offers spectacular views of waves and gulls and sky. Sunset, which actually happens on the other side of the continent, is spectacular.
A Pavilion has been here since before World War II, but the old one burnt down in the early 1980s, after which this amazing place was built. In the old days, they used to hold dances on a pier overlooking the Atlantic. Now, people come to eat dinners of crabmeat-stuffed flounder, blue crab cakes, and steamed shrimp by the pound. Suppers commence with local oysters on the half shell or that intoxicating local specialty, she-crab soup.
Our Palmetto State tipster Sue Highfield told us that she likes to come to the Pavilion not for seafood – which you’d expect to be the specialty of the house – but for fried chicken, which she declared the sleeper on the menu. We missed the fried chicken, but we did have a very nice and very spicy dinner of Jamaican jerk chicken with low country rice on the side. We also noted, for future reference, that Sunday at the Pavilion is prime rib night and Fridays and Saturdays feature a “Shrimp Feast Buffet.”
Note: the lunch and dinner menus are quite different here. At lunch it is possible to have a hamburger, oyster roll, or fish sandwich for well under $10. Dinners tend to cost about twice that.
Also note: The Pavilion is closed December 2 through December 25.
Fried Flounder Sandwich
Sweet Potato Casserole
Baked Sweet Potato
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