Sweet Treats

December 2020
Written By: 
Paul Grimshaw
Photographs by: 
courtesy of the restaurants & chefs

Make the holidays extra special with a delicious dessert from a favorite local spot

With more time at home, it seems many people are rediscovering their own kitchens, and this time of year (who are we kidding…any time of year) calls for comfort food, and that means dessert. We’ve complied a few of the countless house-made delicacies available at fine area eateries, who were kind enough to also share their recipes.

We recommend you visit these establishments for yourself, try out breakfast, lunch and dinner, then their featured dessert prepared by skilled chefs. Then, if you’re brave enough, don your apron, dust your cutting board with flour and get baking! 

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake from The Oyster Rock
9931 Nance St., Calabash, N.C. - (910) 579-6875

One of the newer and hipper establishments making its way to the storied seafood town of Calabash, N.C., The Oyster Rock sits on the waterfront with clear views of the commercial fishing boats that come and go all day, every day. The charm and appeal of this casual, upscale seafood restaurant has made it a destination for Grand Strand diners since opening in 2018. Known for its raw bar, seafood specialties, craft beer and fine spirits and wine, the Rock also prides itself on its sweet offerings. This Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake is perfect for fall and winter. Click here for the recipe

Sweet Potato Pie and Pecan Brittle from Greg Norman Australian Grille
4930 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach - (843) 361-0000

Long a staple of elegant yet comfortable fine dining on the Grand Strand, Greg Norman Australian Grille, or simply “Norman’s” to local fans, boasts stunning Intracoastal Waterway views and location, great food, an award-winning wine and spirits list and house-made desserts. This spot is perfect any time of year, but particularly cozy in the wintertime. Click here for the recipe

Walnut Tea Cookies from Pawleys Island Bakery
10517 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island - (843) 237-3100

Trained under the finest chefs in France, owner/founder Max Goree has delivered his fine food and baked goods to the South Strand (and beyond) since first opening in 2010. With a full menu of breakfast and lunch items, few leave without something sweet to finish their meal. With Goree’s recipe, now you can have a taste of the Pawleys Island Bakery at home. Click here for the recipe

Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from Sea Captain’s House
3002 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach - (843) 448-8082

In a beach cottage first built in the 1930s, the Sea Captain’s House, after a few hurricanes and a few additions, has been serving visitors and locals for more than a half-century. With unparalleled daytime views and nighttime casual elegance, this favorite spot is known for its seafood specialties, breakfasts and brunch on the screened porch and its desserts. Here’s their take on the famous Hummingbird Cake. Click here for the recipe

Austin’s Chocolate Demon Cake with Caramel Drizzle from Austin’s Ocean One
1 Norris Drive, Pawleys Island - (843) 235-8700

Long synonymous with fine food and casual sophistication, Austin’s Ocean One is part of the Austin’s Restaurant Group that has served the South Strand for decades. Located in their seaside dining room with unparalleled views, they are known for locally sourced seafood, along with many additional menu items and fabulous house-made desserts. Try their Demon Cake after dinner (or lunch), or try your hand at making it in your own kitchen. Click here for the recipe