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Book covers restaurants south of the border

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Several restaurants just across the state line are featured in a new book published by Sandlapper Magazine.

The book, “Stop Where the Parking Lot’s Full,” is a collection of Sandlapper’s favorite restaurants excerpted and updated from columns over the past two decades by magazine staffers Aida Rogers and Tim Driggers.

Among featured write-ups are restaurants in the Little River and Longs areas, as well as Myrtle Beach, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Georgetown and dozens of other eateries throughout South Carolina—159 in all.

Listings include Big E’s Seafood in Longs, The Parson’s Table in Little River, Collector’s Café Gallery and Coffee House, Mrs. Fish Seafood Grill and the Sea Captain’s House in Myrtle Beach, Rivertown Bistro in Conway, Nibils in Surfside Beach, Oliver’s Lodge and Inlet Crab House and Raw Bar in Murrells Inlet, Emi’s Fusion Bistro and Landolfi’s in Pawleys Island, The Fish House in Litchfield Beach, and The Rice Paddy in Georgetown.

Big E’s, located on S.C. 9 and the Waccamaw River, is described as “great seafood with Southern hospitality,” with “emphasis on the food rather than the fancy.” It was started in the late 1980s by the late Everett Hughes and his wife, Betty, who still runs the restaurant.

The Parson’s Table, off Highway 17 on McCorsley Avenue in Little River, is described as “adventurous cuisine in oceangoing surroundings.”

The listing celebrates the restaurant’s history—it’s located inside a century-old building that once housed Little River Methodist Church—as well as creative cuisine by owner-chef Ed Murray.

Gullah-inspired shrimp and grits and veal and shrimp Bombay, along with oyster-embedded tenderloin filet and baked escargot in garlic Madeira white cheese sauce are among culinary highlights cited in the article.

The book includes price ranges for each listing and is divided into restaurant regions, from the Upcountry of Greenville and Spartanburg to Lowcountry listings in Hilton Head and Beaufort as well as “Historic Charleston.”

More information and copies of the softcover, illustrated book, priced at $24.95 each plus shipping, are available via the Sandlapper Society Web site at www.sandlapper.org.

Or contact Sandlapper Society Inc., P.O. Box 1108, Lexington, SC 29071; (803) 359-9954; fax (803) 359-0629. For mail-in orders, include $2.50 shipping for one book; 50 cents for each additional book.