Gwen Fowler



Love a good burger? Stop by Pawleys Front Porch

Posted 7/8/2012 6:00:00 PM

When you see a list of best hamburger places in South Carolina, Pawleys Front Porch is usually on it.

I stopped in recently to see how good those burgers really are. In the Five Points section of Columbia, the restaurant was doing a brisk lunchtime business.

Most of the burgers have South Carolina names: There’s the Fripp Island, the Wadmalaw, the Sullivan’s. You could sit on the front porch to eat your hamburger and think about the beach, even on busy Harden Street.

The ingredients on these burgers show a lot of imagination, too. The Kiawah has marinated portabella mushrooms, fire roasted peppers and melted brie cheese. The Edisto has caramelized onions and goat cheese.

I chose the Isle of Palms because it’s topped with housemade pimento cheese, one of the best foods in the world. It also had jalapeno bacon, which added a bit of heat to the burger. It’s a good thing this big burger came with a big knife stuck in the center of it because it’s too huge to eat without cutting in half. I couldn’t finish it all, but I enjoyed trying.

It was served with a generous portion of sweet potato fries, which were delicious.

In May, Southern Living magazine named the Wadmalaw as one of the South’s best burgers. The magazine said it combines fried pickles “with bacon and Cheddar and slathering the whole thing with chipotle barbecue sauce.”

Pawleys Front Porch has also been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Guy Fieri tried the Fripp Island burger, which features Southern salsa (made with cowpeas) Boursin cheese and fried green tomatoes, and the Sullivan’s burger, with grilled pineapple and guacamole.