It took me back a hair.
When I asked the manager to refresh my memory to how many years Quigley’s Pint & Plate had existed in that location, 15 years was a bigger figure than I was prepared for. Then, I thought of what I’d just seen with our waitress, Nicole.
The type of support it takes for a restaurant in this neck of the woods to survive that many years seemed easier to digest.
Located a hop, skip and jump from both Tradition Golf Club and Willbrook in the heart of the north end of Pawleys Island, Quigley’s is every bit of a hidden establishment. There’s no real visible signage for it from U.S. 17 heading in either direction, and it’s buried some behind a large shopping center anchored by a grocery store.
Yet, for a decade and a half, locals and golfers alike have proved their dedication – and not simply because of it’s seven-day-a-week happy hour or the all-day food and drink specials.
That brings us back to Nicole.
Not long after we walked in five-deep (moments before that happy hour began, and on a holiday, no less), Nicole was at our table seconds after we sat down. She took our drink orders, walked us through a few food options and even placated a moody six-year old who was struggling to decide on her own beverage option.
Big deal, right?
Well, not long after Nicole got our food orders in, we found out she hurt herself. Something about her clipping her hip on a piece of machinery in the back. She was in noticeable pain, but her attitude never changed. She never left us hanging, got snippy with anyone or lost the smile she had start to finish.
Fifteen years doesn’t seem so unfathomable with the people clearly doing their part of make Quigley’s go.
The menu does its own lifting, too.
For my money, it was the fried green tomatoes, a super-sized appetizer presented much more like a meal than a preliminary bite. The four portions were covered in eight blackened shrimp and goat cheese, with the entire plate drizzled in a Thai chili glaze that we’re guessing would be a pretty good wing flavor, too.
A plate of wings got demolished at our table, too, as did an order of bacon cheese fries and a couple of kids meals. And, maybe, so did a spicy margarita – a nice mix of Patron, Triple Sec, jalapeño simple syrup and a Tajin rim.
The entree list also features fish and chips, surf and turf, a strong-looking veggie plate and baby back ribs. Tack on a few options like a Reuben, fish tacos and a steak sandwich and the propensity for a post-round players visit from the two neighboring courses makes perfect sense, too.
Fifteen years? With staff and a menu like this, none of it should have been a surprise.
(Quigley’s Salmon Salad top photo)
QUIGLEY’S PINT & PLATE, ON THE QUICK (2 locations)
Address: 257 Willbrook Blvd., Pawleys Island
Address: 11887 HWY 707, Murrells Inlet