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Pepper's Porch: Good Place to Eat in Bluffton

Updated on September 14, 2012
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Donna Campbell Smith is a published author and freelance writer and photographer.

I loved Pepper's Porch. My daughter, Deborah promised me I would, which goes to prove she knows her mama well. Combine good food, atmosphere, music, twinkle lights (I just love those little twinkle lights) and a nice summer breeze and you've good a perfect restaurant.

I'll begin with the atmosphere, which captures the feeling of rustic old south. The tin shanty-style building has an outside courtyard area where we ate under huge live oak trees. We were next to the "Back Bar." The back bar reminded me of the snack stand at Sandy Point Beach, a little beach in Northeast North Carolina on the Albemarle Sound. We teens flocked to that beach in the summer back in the 60s. The Back Bar was a separate building, shanty.

Service was excellent. Our waiter was helpful, friendly and even posed for a picture. It's nice to eat someplace where the wait staff has been trained to do their job, and tolerate four silly ladies without showing a single smirk. What he told them in the kitchen I don't care.

Now for the food - it was very good. I had fried shrimp and oysters. They were breaded lightly and cooked so they were tender and succulent. The appetizer sampler was heavy on fired fare: fried green tomatoes, fired dill pickle, broiled scallops wrapped in bacon, and deviled eggs, which I didn't sample. They looked on the dry side. My daughter ordered the special, which was cobia with a sauce. She said it was an excellent blend of flavors.

It was karaoke night. Weekends they have live music. The lady who was the DJ or emcee, not sure what you call the person who encourages folks to sing is called, was entertaining. She did a good job of keeping things moving. No, you won't ever catch me up there singing. I don't drink enough to get that drunk! But, I love to listen. We lingered even after we finished our dinner to sip another drink and listen a while. It was a totally satisfying night in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Pepper's Porch is located at 1255 May River Rd., Bluffton, SC 29910. Call 843-757-2295 for more information.

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      Donna Campbell Smith 7 years ago from Central North Carolina

      I inadvertently deleted a comment and if you want to resend it, please do. I checked around and did learn the management has changed since the commenter posted, so hopefully the problem has been solved.

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      Kinch Edwards 8 years ago

      Love it .Just love it. The misters were an unexpected treat. Can't wait until we go back.

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      obxdeborah 9 years ago

      You have to come back during oyster season. They have the ultimate oyster roast along with a full seafood buffet including a low country boil. They also have these big kettles between the tables so that everyone can have their own fire.

      If you want to capture the essence of Bluffton, SC, you must go to Pepper's Porch!

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