Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Years ago, before I-95, the only highway heading north was coastal Highway 17. Along the way were basket makers' stands and several small grocery stores. These days, most of the travelers on that route are heading to or from Myrtle Beach. But there is reason for locals to take a drive about 20 minutes north from the Cooper River Bridge (aka Ravenel Bridge) to visit the SEWEE Restaurant. Located in an old wooden grocery store that doubled as a full-service gas station (a la Mayberry), Mary Warren Schultz serves up some dishes that will remind you of the old days. On Saturdays, a bluegrass band is featured, adding to the ambiance of being in the country. So get out of the bustling town of Mt. Pleasant with its many chain restaurants and try something home-grown. I guarantee you'll be glad you did.