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Pawley’s Island, S.C.
PAWLEY’S ISLAND, S.C. — When I saw the sign claiming that Sam’s Corner was world famous for its hot dogs, I figured it was worth investigating. Now, I had not heard of it, but I figured I would have to see if it was worth while.
My dad and I went there after a day on the beach and in the ocean. I was pretty hungry, so I ordered a foot long with chili, mustard and onions. I also learned that the $1 Bud drafts started just a few minutes earlier than the 4-7 p.m. start time. The verdict — that was a tasty dog. The chili might be called “hot dog sauce” by some, had a nice balance of minced meat and tomato paste. The spices were evident but not overwhelming. The dog was agreeable and the roll was slightly toasted. All in all, a tasty combination — similar to the Vienna Inn chili dog, but not cooked in beer. I went back before we left.
I’ll be curious to know if Myrtle Beach regular, The Maryland Bureau Chief Emeritus, has ever stopped by.
Sam’s Corner has three locations on the Grand Strand: Myrtle Beach, Surfside and Pawley’s Island.
PAWLEY’S ISLAND, S.C. — Since I enjoy many aspects of transportation, I appreciate that there is a market tchotchkes, stickers, t-shirts, etc. based on highway signs. However, since I enjoy many aspects of transportation, I don’t like it when the wrong sign is used. Take for example the Route 17 sign below:
There are several issues with the sticker:
The shape of the route 17 sign is a diamond. Since 17 is actually a federal route it is US 17 (Wikipedia). That has a many-pointed shield.
Secondly, not only is it not a US shield, it isn’t even the right shape. Two states, Michigan and North Carolina used diamond shields. South Carolina used a simple black on white square until about 5 years ago when it switched to a blue on white design with SOUTH CAROLINA (SCDOT) and a palmetto tree and crescent moon inside the shape of the state.
I know, HUGE problem here. The font and extra graphics don’t bug me too much, but if I am going to note a poor representation of a sign at the Jersey Shore, I’m going to do it here. #roadgeekproblems
By the way, the sticker was photographed at Eagles in Pawley’s Island. We got Yankees and Penn State beach towels and a swim shirt for our son there.
CONWAY, S.C. — Not long after visiting Coast Carolina University, we needed to make a pit-stop. Since I was a little hungry and certainly curious, we stopped at a Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n’ Biscuits, known for . Not needing a full meal, I ordered a two-piece and biscuit combination, ($2.18), for us to split.
Now, I’ve eaten at a few fried chicken places over the years; KFC, Popeyes’ and even El Pollo Campero and I have to say that even with this limited sample size Bojangles emerges as superior. The piece I had was hot, juicy (not just greasy) with spices that were complimentary and not overpowering. Seriously, that was some good chicken. The biscuit was also quite tasty and not too greasy like a lot of places. I will try and go back to one the next time I am down South.
By the way, there is a chain called Maryland Fried Chicken down there.
Bojangles, fast food, fried chicken, Conway, South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Since we only had a few hours to explore Myrtle Beach, we wound up choosing fast food for lunch. Having never been to a SONIC, we figured we would give yet another regional fast food chain a try. I hadn’t planned on making visiting fast food places a theme, but after trips to White Castle and In-And-Out Burger, I have to admit it is fun, if not good for me.
We pulled into the SONIC lot and I ordered directly from the car. Despite never having car service before, we elected to sit at one of the picnic tables. Yes, we realized this could be controversial, but after spending 1/3 of the previous day in the car, dining al fresco was a welcome option. Just a few minutes after sitting down, a server arrived with a tray of food. I ordered the SuperSONIC® Cheeseburger with ketchup, fries and a Sprite, and Erica ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger TOASTER® Sandwich with fries and a Coke. I was pleased, that was a tasty burger. Erica enjoyed her sandwich too. The fries were okay.
Despite being satisfied, I also ordered a Coney, a foot long hot dog, with chili (hey, today’s National Chili Day), cheese, mustard and onions. That was okay, but nothing special, I only ate about half of it. If/when I go again, I’ll skip it and get a SuperSONIC®.
I’ll put SONIC behind In-And-Out Burger, but well ahead of White Castle.
SONIC, drive-in, fastfood, Myrtle Beach
CONWAY, S.C. — Penn State’s first opponent of the 2008 football season is the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. It just so happened that our drive down to see Aunt Janet took us right past Brooks Stadium, home of CCU football. After our visit this past weekend, we stopped by the campus to take photos.
The campus itself is spread out with pleasant looking brick buildings. The athletic complex on the edge of campus is suitable for a school of its size. There was a baseball tournament going on with Pitt beating Virginia Tech, 9-3 in the fourth inning before dozens of spectators.
Brooks Stadium is a small, but attractive football stadium. According CCU Athletics, it seats over 6,000. It also doesn’t have locked gates, so I walked around and even onto the field. I was a bit surprised, but pleased to see that CCU plays on grass and not a rug. Good for them, it almost makes up for the teal and black colors.
[flickr : my photos tagged with ccu/slideshow]
Coastal Carolina, Chanticleers, Conway, S.C.