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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Columbia Eats: Pawley's Front Porch Food Truck

Today's review is about as easy as it gets. Pawley's Front Porch needs little introduction to most locals. Food Network's Diner's, Drive-In's, and Dives somewhat immortalized the Five Points location two years ago as Columbia's go-to place for foodies venturing into the midlands, though whether or not they were quite ready to handle such a load is another question. Soon after their rise to stardom, however, they launched their mobile eats food truck, spreading their SC island burgers across the city. In many ways, I think the truck may be the best way to get a bite of Pawleys; though the main restaurants sweet potato fries and larger list of burgers and tacos are tempting, the truck itself has been known to crank out their very best burgers fast and quick, delivering the amazing bites that were promised from their television appearance, consistently hot and loaded the way they were meant to be.

A sign of the beast. The caw caw burger.
I visited their truck this past week at the Palmetto Tomato Festival, where they were featuring a couple of tomato burgers, such as this monstrosity scene above, the caw caw burger. Exploding with caramelized onions,  lettuce, caw caw bacon, jalapeno "pimp" cheese, pickled green tomatoes, and a perfectly medium-cooked locally sourced caw caw burger, it may have been one of the best I've had in recently memory, and for sure the best I've had in the Columbia area. Was it messy? Most definitely, but in a glorious way that was worth every dirty bite. The fries were fries, and as much as I love to eat them, they were probably something I would have been okay with doing without after slaying the beast. They could have been crispier for sure, but not a deal breaker for me at all after the burger. If you're roaming around town for lunch or dinner and you see spot Pawley's mobile eats around the corner, don't hesitate to stop and savor what might be Columbia's best burger.

Looking for the truck? Check their twitter at or their webpage at 

Pawleys Front Porch Food Truck on Urbanspoon


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