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Best Burgers: Pawley's Front Porch

By Caroline Hiel

With a menu featuring over 10 specialty burgers made from scratch and grilled to perfection, Pawleys Front Porch easily wins best burger in the Columbia area. Conveniently located right in the heart of Five Points, Pawleys is loved by many students and Columbia residents alike!

Pawleys Fripp Island burger is among the most popular and includes Southern salsa, Boursin cheese, and a fried green tomato. This burger was actually featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” with Guy Fieri in 2010, so you know it’s really good! If somehow none of the burger options sound good to you, you always have the option to build your own!

Not a beef fan? Don’t worry, you can substitute grilled chicken in any of the burgers on the menu or try one of their other menu offerings including wraps, salads and even tacos. The fried buttermilk ranch chicken tender wrap and the fried chicken sandwich are two of my personal favorites when I’m not in the mood for a burger! Their hand-cut french fries, which are even better with a side of cheese dip, and fried pickles are absolutely amazing sides to pair with your meal.

If you’re extra hungry and feeling up for a challenge, Pawley’s offers the “Low Country Challenge” where you’re given 30 minutes to eat a burger packed with three patties, pimento cheese, applewood bacon, jalapeno pimento cheese and bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion AND a side dish. If you succeed in quickly clearing your plate, you’ll win a free Pawley’s T-shirt or a gift card, and get to decorate your own knife to hang up in the restaurant so everyone will know you won!

Weekly specials are typically announced on Pawleys’ Instagram and Facebook accounts, so be sure to check those out before you go. They also offer recurring specials to make it affordable for everyone, such as:

- Happy Hour on Taco Tuesday

- Service Industry Night on Mondays, where service industry employees can receive 25% off their meal with the presentation of a valid paystub

- 20% student discount on Sundays with valid student ID

- USC alumni can get 20% off most menu items with the presentation of their alumni card any day

Obviously, as mentioned in its name, the restaurant also has a front porch, which is a great spot to enjoy your meal on a warm summer day. If you'd rather eat at home, delivery is available through BiteSquad or you can call ahead for pick-up.

With so many great options and flavorful, juicy burgers, everyone will surely be satisfied when eating at Pawleys Front Porch.