Gwen Fowler



Get Carried Away with Pawleys delicious takeout business

Posted 9/10/2011 6:44:00 AM

If you’re planning a visit to Pawleys Island this fall, or if you live near there, do yourself a favor and rush to Get Carried Away Southern Takeout

Get Carried Away opened in June, but I recently made my first visit and came home with the makings of the feast. I bought a tomato pie, Crab Divine and Myrtle’s Biscuits. They were all so delicious, and all I had to do was pop them into the oven and bake them.

The business was opened in June by Sassy and Brian Henry, who aren’t new to the Pawleys Island food business. Since 2002, they’ve owned the Sea View Inn since 2002, a spot known to serve three delicious meals a day.

In 2006, the Henrys launched their own brand of pimento cheese called Palmetto Cheese. It comes in three flavors: the original, with jalepenos and with bacon. It is sold in many grocery stores, including Piggly Wiggly, Publix, Bi-Lo, Lowe’s Foods, Harris Teeter and Food Lion, but don’t think of the bland pimento cheese you usually get from the grocery store. This definitely tastes homemade, and I love all three, but especially the one with bacon. (By the way, this website has lots of great recipes using pimento cheese.)

The Henrys were taking a break the afternoon I stopped by, but Laura Tiller was happy to show me around. Tiller acts as the manager, but most importantly she makes an incredible dip called OMG! for Onion Made Goodness Carmelized Onion Dip. This is so good it will make you shout OMG and lick the container. Her friend, now also her business partner in making this delicious onion dip, gave her the recipe. She said the Henrys have been mentors in getting the dip packaged and available for sale. OMG! is also for sale at Independent Seafood in Georgetown, Seewee Outpost in Awendaw and Boone Hall Farms in Mount Pleasant.

The dishes I took home were delicious. The tomato pie is a little different from other tomato pies because it’s made with Palmetto Cheese. They were pulling a fresh batch of pies out when I visited. I finished off the leftover tomato pie for breakfast the next morning.

The crab divine is similar to deviled crab, except that it’s patted into a big pie plate and baked, rather than being made into individual patties and sautéed. It’s big on crab and low on filler. The one I bought is intended to serve eight. I served five with it and still have about half of it in my freezer.

I also took home Myrtle’s cheese biscuits. They are made by one of the cooks at the Sea View, Tiller said, and they will remind you of the biscuits your mother or grandmother made – if she was a good cook.

One of the specialties here is a Lowcountry Boil in a Bucket, made with local shrimp, sausage, corn, onions, potatoes, garlic, lemons and hot sauce. They’ll even give you newspapers to spread out to eat it on. You can order for any size crowd and pay $9.50 per person.

Other dishes are shrimp and crab enchiladas, seafood pie, squash casserole, chicken bog, chicken pilau (or perlo), and Lowcountry creole.

Appetizers to be baked before serving are artichoke dip, cheese and crab dip and Vidalia onion dip.

I didn’t try a dessert, but Tiller was pouring warm caramel frosting over a pound cake just out of the oven. It looked scrumptious.

Get Carried Away is such a clever name for a take-out food business. Tiller said the Henrys came up with the name about five years ago, long before it opened. The business is off to a great start, Tiller said.

“We’ve had such a great response from the tourists and the locals.”