Sandlapper Grill is on the outskirts of Market Common at the intersection of U.S. Highway 17 Bypass and Northgate, where they are serving up home-cooked Southern comfort food with a diner flair.
Owner Larry Hancock can be seen daily working at the grill, while daughter Autumn Fowler is taking orders at the register. The cakes are fresh and homemade by his mother, Margaret, using his grandmother’s secret recipe.
Sandlapper is a nickname for South Carolinians that is believed to have originated during the Revolutionary War to describe the guerrilla war tactics of early Americans to escape enemy fire by diving into the sand.
“Sandlappers are made up of South Carolinians, and that’s what we are, with a diner feel and a big menu,” said Hancock, a Clemson graduate who has lived along the Grand Strand for 30 years.
The shotgun diner is lined with booths and tables and also offers counter service for those who are in a hurry or feeling more sociable.