Thursday, May 17, 2012



Our long-time friends from Long Valley, NJ, met up with us at Quigley’s last Friday evening.  They live in Murrell’s Inlet, a short distance from Litchfield, and we were on our way to our grand-nephew’s law school graduation.  Trip Advisor lists Quigley’s as the #2 ranked restaurant in Pawley’s Island, so we were looking forward to a great meal.   Quigley’s is home to a micro-brewery, and the dining area is very basic.017

Poppy ordered blackened fish tacos with sweet potato fries and loved it.020

Don had crab cakes with mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach and he also was happy.  019

Hubby Guy had surf ‘n’ turf – filet mignon and crab cake, green beans and mashed potatoes ($19.00).  He didn’t like the mashed potatoes or the green beans, and thought the meal was salty, but said the steak was good and the crab cake was okay.018
I ordered one of the specials:  pan-seared grouper with she crab saute, crawfish succotash and green beans ($18.00).021

The presentation left me cold – the plate was overloaded with greyish succotash and there was just too much she crab saute over the grouper.  The green beans looked good, but turned out to be very chewy and tough, tasting very much like frozen.  The server insisted all their veggies are fresh.  I asked her how the lima beans got so grey, and she said it was the way they were cooked.  The corn and lima beans definitely had the appearance and texture of canned vegetables.  The fish was over-salted, and the she crab saute was heavy, masking the flavor of the fish. 

Eating is personal, and I admit I am hard to please.  While Don loves his salt shaker, I try not to use mine.  Presentation is not important to him, to me it is.   For those who are easier to please like our friends, and especially those who like house-brewed ales, this could be the place to dine.  As for me, I won’t be returning, nor will my hubby.


Coleens Recipes said...

Sounds very disappointing, the veggies sure don't look fresh and I agee..too much sauce. Even some of the very good restaurants get lazy some times.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

How disappointing Judy. I've found I pay much more attention to presentation now that I ever did thanks to blogging.

Have you read the new book about The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat - Craig Claibourne? He over-served a portion when he was in hotel & service school in Switzerland and this reminded me of it. He said he never made that mistake ever again.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Judy said...

Sam, I haven't read the book, but it sounds like a good one. Thx for mentioning it.