The Nance family has had a presence in the restaurant world of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, since 1968. Chris Nance continues the tradition of his parents by offering seafood (and other satisfying things to eat and drink) to locals and tourists. Nance's Cedar Hill Landing Restaurant & Oyster Roast (see map) was my favorite of several new-to-us restaurants which my family and I tried on a recent Grand Strand trip. The prices at Nance's CHLR&OR were a little lower than most at Murrells Inlet and the food was first-rate.
We had stopped at a restaurant “up the road a piece” from this one, but one whiff of the cooking oil which assailed my nostrils when I got out of the van at “Restaurant X” told me to get back in the van. The oil did not smell rancid, but it did not smell good.
The oil at Nance's smelled right. We four settled into our chairs at a table which looked out on the picturesque inlet. The restaurant was, at first, raucously noisy because a large group of mid-life-aged women were celebrating a birthday and life in general. They could squeal louder (at a lower pitch) than a bunch of teenage girls. Eventually they finished their happy party and went their very merry way. Even without them, the restaurant still had an up-beat, casual vibe.
A view at dusk from Nance's Cedar Hill Landing.
My husband Henry ordered the Fried Shrimp Po'boy ($7.99). I got the Fried Flounder Po'boy ($7.99). The delicious sandwiches came with good coleslaw, and perfectly baked potatoes which we were allowed to substitute for the french fries.
Our daughter Sarah chose the marvelous Charleston-style Crab Soup (with warm sherry on the side) ($4.99). It was some of the best I've ever had. (Obviously we sample each other's food.) Sarah also enjoyed a Side Salad ($1.99).
Jonathan selected the Chicken Breast Salad (“Garden salad with yard bird so good it will make you cluck like a happy hen,” said the menu.) Jonathan neither clucked nor crowed, but he did enjoy the salad very much.
Our waiter was a bit over-extended, especially while the actual hen party was going on, but he was pleasant. (He never did remember to bring the lemon which Sarah had requested with her ice water, or a straw for me.)
We liked the funky coastal decor (“pseudo-nautical,” as Jonathan called it) and the food could scarcely have been better. In fact, I can't think of any way to improve what I ate. We chatted with the owner, Chris, and that always makes a restaurant experience special. I hope you have as much fun at Nance's as we did.
Fried Flounder Po'boy.
Fried Shrimp Po'boy.
Chicken Breast Salad.
Copyright © 2006 Patricia B. Mitchell.