Lee's Inlet Kitchen

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4460 Highway 17 Business
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 Surfside Beach Rate and review
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Lee's Inlet Kitchen is 69 years old! It's unheard of in this area for a restaurant to be operated by the same family in the same location for that long. In fact, Lee's is the only one of the original Murrells Inlet restaurants still being operated by the original family.

Pearl and Eford Lee, originally from Horry's Cool Springs area, moved to Murrells Inlet in the 1940's. Pearl worked at Garden City Grill as a waitress. Eford worked with the Army Corp of Engineers building the Intercoastal waterway and taking any odd jobs he could find, often searching out of state, to support his family of 5 children. The couple managed Lokey's cafe, later Wayside, then Charlie White's, before opening Lee's Inlet Kitchen in a converted country store. The small store had room for only 10 tables, and Pearl and Alzata Lee were the only 2 waitresses at opening.

Their son Bill later took over in the 60's and ran the restaurant until his mother's death in 1983. His oldest daughter Kelly, and her husband Dexter Dorman, took over and have been running the restaurant since then. The restaurant has been enlarged 6 times.


We have been lucky to "inherit" a lot of the staff that we have now. They are like family, and in fact, many are family: my great aunt Alzata Lee still works with us, as well as her daughter and 2 other cousins.

The nicest thing about the restaurant business is the people you work with and the customers you see year after

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