To the Outback

December 2014
Written By: 
Paul Grimshaw
Photographs by: 
Mac Kilduff
Dine al fresco year-round in this Pawleys Island hotspot

With our winter weather as fickle as the breezes that blow, it’s nice to have the option to dine al fresco. Frank’s Outback, the cleverly tented, semi-outdoor cousin of Pawleys Island staple Frank’s, offers this indoor/outdoor dining highbred year-round. With ways to warm and/or cool the space within the open-sided tent “outback” that is the restaurant’s roof and walls, Frank’s Outback remains a popular destination for the most discriminating dinners.

Both Frank’s and Frank’s Outback offer a nod to the French, with Frank’s offering casual fine dining inside on white linen tablecloths. Frank’s Outback is literally out back. It offers seasonal specials, creative entrees ($27–$36) including wood-fired Scottish Salmon, Jumbo Sea Scallops and pan-fried stuffed quail with andouille sausage. A chophouse menu offers a la carte steaks ($44–$46). Where the restaurants really differ is in the rest of the menu.

Wood-fired pizzas ($14–$16) are served in any number of combinations including several with toppings not usually seen—shredded short rib, chicken and shrimp, lamb with Arugula and goat cheese.

A dozen appetizers ($5–$10) include fried okra with roasted red pepper dipping sauces, fried shrimp, calamari, pimento cheese, tuna nachos and more.

Frank’s Outback is perfect for a casual light bite after work, an intimate dinner for two, or large parties, all in a one-of-a-kind setting that’s worth a closer look.

Frank’s Outback
10434 Ocean Highway
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
(843) 237-3030 
Open at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday