Pawleys lands three burgers on best of South list

  • Thursday, August 7, 2014

Chris Sokoloski/South Strand News The psycho burger at Pawleys Island Tavern is topped with pimento cheese, chili, bacon, jalapeños, sautéed onions, slaw, an over-easy egg, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles, and then splashed with Pawleys Island Sunburn™ Sauce.


Three Pawleys Island area restaurants made Garden and Gun magazine’s list of the best burgers in the South.

Honored were: Quigley’s Pint & Plate, bisQit and Pawleys Island Tavern.

River City Café in Murrells Inlet also made the list.

Josh Quigley, who owns Quigley’s and bisQit, was pleased.

“We’re pretty happy that out of the three restaurants in Pawleys, we were two,” he said. “We work hard at it and we have a lot of fun.”

Quigley’s always has a pub burger and a vegan burger on its menu, plus serves a specialty burger of the week. Last week’s specialty burger included a topping of crunchy peanut butter.

Quigley said there’s no secret to the success.

“I don’t think there’s a secret ingredient other than quality and care,” he added.

BisQit, which opened a little over a year ago in the Hammock Shops, has more of a variety of burgers, and the selections are “more creative” than Quigley’s, Quigley said.

“It’s very much a burger joint, a focal point of the menu,” Quigley said. “It’s what most people come there for.”

Quigley touted bisQit’s toppings including root beer braised pork belly, secret sauce, and homemade bacon jam.

John Rizk, manager at Pawleys Island Tavern, was also pleased.

“That’s a fine honor,” Rizk said. “We do have wonderful burgers. People seek them out.”

Known to locals and visitors simply as The PIT, Pawleys Island Tavern features a psycho burger, which Rizk said is “something to behold.”

The psycho burger is topped with pimento cheese, chili, bacon, jalapeños, sautéed onions, slaw, and an over-easy egg, and then splashed with Pawleys Island Sunburn™ Sauce.

Nearly 400 restaurants made the list. South Carolina led all states with 54 establishments.

The breakdown of the number of best burgers by state was: South Carolina 54, Georgia 50, Tennessee 44, North Carolina 43, Florida 33, Alabama 28, Virginia 25, Mississippi 23, Texas 21, Louisiana 19, Kentucky 17, Arkansas 12, Washington, D.C. eight, West Virginia five, Maryland three, and Oklahoma three.

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