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THE CRAZY CRAB Scrumptious Seafood in Scenic Settings.

12 DRYDOCK SEAFOOD GRILL & SPIRITS Hard To Find, But Worth It!

20 THE BEAGLES The Beatles, and The Big Bamboo Cafe.

26 HILTON HEAD HOSPITALITY PROFILE Tina Chestnut-Wingo of The Kingfisher.

40 IN THE KITCHEN With Herb Britton Executive Chef of the Wreck of the Salty Dog.

42 FRESH AND LOCAL "To Market, To Market, to Buy a Fat Pig..."

46 ARTS CENTER OF COASTAL CAROLINA Entertainment and Education For All Ages.

60 A FOOD JOURNAL IS YOUR SIMPLE TICKET TO DIET SUCCESS Health and Fitness Tips From CrossFit Hilton Head.

62 SPRING FESTIVALS On Hilton Head Island and Bluffton.

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10 A TASTE OF DINNER 48 A TASTE OF LUNCH 56 A TASTE OF ISLAND RECIPES 58 A TASTE OF BREAKFAST/BRUNCH 66 A TASTE OF NIGHTLIFE/LOUNGES 72 A TASTE OF ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES 74 ADVERTISING DIRECTORY/MAP 4

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New Orleans is well known for Bourbon Street, Cajun cuisine, and debauchery. After a recent visit, I have to admit that I was able to partake in all three categories. As age has started to drain my endurance, however, I have become more interested in seeking out the local legendary restaurants than I am in being herded up and down the Bourbon Street bar scene. I haven’t been to the Big Easy in twenty-five years and wasn’t sure what to expect after the wrath of Katrina, but was pleasantly surprised to see it thriving. And yes, I did visit many fantastic restaurants, some of them world famous and all meeting expectations and living up to their billing. On the way back to the Island, I couldn’t help but think of what a good time we had and how many great meals my family and I enjoyed together. Another thought hit me as well. Our hometown, little Hilton Head Island, measures up to anyplace in the country, even historic New Orleans, for food aficionados. Publishing a food and beverage magazine requires my spending a lot of time at a vast number of restaurants and lounges, both for work and for pleasure. I know. Tough job, right? Anyway, spending this much time on both sides of the F & B industry gives you quite a perspective on the quantity and quality of the restaurants and lounges on this 12 by 5 mile island. While I may be a little biased in my praise of the local restaurants for both variety and taste, I think it is obvious to both locals and visitors that our Island establishments can go toe to toe with any area of the country and feel good about how they stack up. So venture out this spring. Enjoy one of the 250 plus dining establishments that dot this beautiful Island and experience a Taste of Hilton Head. Who knows? If this keeps up we may earn our own nickname.

TASTE OF HILTON HEAD VOLUME VIII, ISSUE 1 PUBLISHER David Mudwilder ART DIRECTOR Kim Bowen CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Rob Kaufman CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Craig Hysell Allyson Jones Marianne Lobaugh Louise Lund Risa Williams McMillan DISTRIBUTION Bryan Kirby

TASTE OF HILTON HEAD 3 Cardinal Court #572 Hilton Head Is., SC 29926 (843) 384-2014 mud@atasteofhiltonhead.com

ABOUT THE COVER David Mudwilder

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Fresh Seafood and amazing views await you at the Crazy Crab in world-famous Harbour Town. Photography by Rob Kaufman.


THE CRAZY CRAB Scrumptious Seafood

in Scenic Settings BY MARIANNE LOBAUGH PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

When you’ve honed a winning recipe, you must resist the temptation to further tamper with the ingredients. This is the philosophy of partners Peter Kenneweg, Chuck Larson, Eric Spector, Tom Reilley and David Reilley who have 8

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shared their winning recipe for an incredible Island dining experience at The Crazy Crab for more than 29 years with residents and vacationers at two locations on Hilton Head. According to them, the recipe for

success has been offering a broad menu of fresh, delicious locally purveyed seafood at great prices with consistently friendly service in two breathtakingly scenic restaurants. “Both locations have the same


menu, same casual family atmosphere and hours. We have basically any kind of seafood that you’d like – just about any type of fish, and you can get it broiled, steamed, grilled, blackened or fried,” said Larson. “Crab legs and steam pots are great sellers for us.” The Crazy Crab’s steamed seafood pot contains a seafood feast with onehalf of a Maine lobster, shrimp, Snow Crab legs and oysters served with a baked potato and corn on the cob. The lunch and dinner menus offer a wide variety of locally purveyed and seasonally available seafood including: flounder, crabs, scallops, shrimp, oysters, lobster and grouper cooked to your preference. For seafood lovers yearning to try something new, The Crazy Crab’s menu contains a glossary of more than 20 seasonally available fish that you really don’t see offered at other restaurants that includes: Redfish, Sea Trout, Swordfish, Sea Bass, Sheepshead, Cobia, Wahoo and much more. These unique selections are typically offered through daily menu specials, so diners to The Crazy Crab are often greeted with a pleasant surprise every time they return. Most entrée selections are served with a vegetable and baked potato or rice and an additional selection of side items are offered ala carte as well as salads, She Crab soup and New England Clam chowder. For those looking for menu selections other than the seafood variety, steak and chicken are included on the dinner menu and a wide selection of sandwiches and salads are offered on the lunch menu. The kids are sure to be pleased with the food at The Crazy Crab with a mix of seafood favorites like shrimp or fish and chips mixed with sure bets such as pizza, hamburgers, macaroni and cheese and hot dogs. In addition to a great meal, the kids are sure to enjoy the family fun mixed into the experience at The Crazy Crab with playground areas at both restaurants to enjoy before or after eating. And during the summer months, the staff at Jarvis Creek organizes crab

races on the patio for the kids. The partners were quick to credit their loyal and experienced staff that have been key in providing the quality and consistency in product and service they strive to deliver. “We’ve been fortunate to retain many of our staff for many years,” said Spector. “Many of our staff members have been here since day one,” Larson added. For value conscious diners each location offers Early Dining and Happy Hour specials from 4 to 6 p.m. daily. A recently pleased visitor quoted on TripAdvisor, “Our friends brought us here while visiting Hilton Head. We were seated by a window with a beautiful view. Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable about the items on the menu and did a great job answering questions we had. The seafood was fresh and well prepared. Check out their early bird specials. Portions are generous and the prices are reasonable. The she crab soup was rich and delicious! We are definitely returning here the next time we visit. Thanks for a great experience!” The Sea Pines location in the heart of Harbour Town offers diners the opportunity to be near shopping and entertainment happening throughout the summer and the pleasure of viewing the boats moored in the harbor as well

as Harbour Town’s 18th hole and iconic lighthouse. Larson noted that spring and fall are great times to visit The Crazy Crab as yachts traversing the coast make their way into the harbor to enjoy Hilton Head hospitality. Each evening is highlighted by a memorable sunset over the beautiful Calibogue Sound. The Harbour Town restaurant’s pinnacle annual event is the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament. The Crazy Crab offers the ideal location to relax and refresh after following an exciting day of PGA golf. Larson added that if your timing was fortunate, you might be able to rub elbows with a tournament competitor at their bar. The Jarvis Creek location features equally memorable sunsets and quieter more natural vistas over the marsh of Jarvis Creek. Bird watching is easy from the outdoor seating at the rear of the restaurant with views of Heron, Osprey and occasionally Bald Eagles. Diners are also treated to sightings of dolphins swimming in the creek. The quiet serenity of the atmosphere at Jarvis Creek reveals no trace of the tragedy of a fire that destroyed the original building in 1995. But the partners agreed that a devastating loss can turn into a triumph with optimism and perseverance. The new building that more than doubled the restaurant’s seating capacity, with a raised deck opening up the views and now offers more outdoor seating along the quiet marsh views of Jarvis Creek. “We reopened with a bang in February 1997. About 1000 people came to our Open House party. We have been busy since then,” recalled Kenneweg. Hours for both locations are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7 days a week. Call ahead seating can be arranged by calling individual locations. The Jarvis Creek restaurant is located at 104 William Hilton Parkway near mile marker No. 1 and can be reached at (843) 681-5021. The Harbour Town restaurant is located in the heart of Harbour Town at 149 Lighthouse Road and can be reached at (843) 363-2722. ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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ALEXANDER’S Located at 76 Queens Folly Rd. in Palmetto Dunes. Outstanding menu featuring fresh seafood, great steaks, lobster, creative salads and chef prepared desserts. Dine in our lovely dining room or on our enclosed porch overlooking the picturesque lagoon. Vintage Harleys and an extensive wine list. Serving dinner nightly from 5 until 10 p.m. Call (843) 785-4999.

A LOWCOUNTRY BACKYARD Located at 32 Palmetto Bay Road in the Village Exchange. Capture the true essence of the island while enjoying local and regional inspired cuisine featuring owner Dave and Raina Peck’s family recipes. Choose from Potato chip meatloaf, Charleston fried green tomato sandwich, shrimp & grits, the Bischick and a wide selection of other lowcountry favorites. Dine in or outside in the comfortable backyard. Experience the island, love the food! Serving Lunch 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and Dinner 4:30 - 9 p.m., Monday- Saturday and Brunch on Saturday 8 - 11 a.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call (843) 785-YARD (9273) or visit us online at www.hhbackyard.com.

ANNIE O’S SOUTHERN EATS Located at the corner of Arrow and Target Road. The Island’s best southern food featuring main dishes such as Buttermilk Fried Catfish, Shrimp and Grits, Mama’s Fried Chicken, Meatloaf and Gravy and many more. Great sides, soups, salads and homemade desserts round out the menu. Full bar, cold beer and a nice wine selection. Open Monday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Call (843) 341- 2664.

ASIAN BISTRO Located at 51 New Orleans Rd., just off the Sea Pines circle. Sleek contemporary style restaurant offering Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisine as well as a nice selection of dim sum choices. A sushi bar, traditional bar and an all-you-caneat buffet (lunch only) highlight this magnificent Asian fusion location. Happy hour nightly from 5 until 8 p.m. and carry out is also available. Serving continuously from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. Call (843) 686-9888.

AUNT CHILADAS EASY STREET CAFE Located at 69 Pope Avenue. Enjoy fantastic food and good times with your friends. Featuring the best Steaks on the Island, Authentic Mexican fare, Momma Reilleys famous Italian cuisine, all-you-can eat Crab Legs and much more. Full bar with daily happy hour and kid’s menu available. Serving lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 785-7700.

THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE Located upstairs in Coligny Plaza, Oceanside. A 1940’s themed restaurant with reasonable prices and huge portions. Our extensive menu features steaks, ribs, seafood, pasta, burgers, salads, sandwiches, pizza and more. Great early bird specials from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Also, check out our 2 for Tuesday specials. Fantastic kid’s menu available. Enjoy popcorn on the house with your favorite beverage from our full bar. Serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dinner from 3:30 until 10 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. Call (843) 686-3443.

BIG JIM’S BBQ, BURGERS & PIZZA New restaurant located in Palmetto Dunes at the Robert Trent Jones Clubhouse. Big Jim’s features BBQ, gourmet burgers and grilled pizza plus fresh seafood, certified Angus steaks & slow-smoked ribs. Enjoy big screen TV’s and expanded outdoor seating overlooking the golf course. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Happy Hour every day 4 until 7 p.m. and seasonal live entertainment. Take out and catering available. Call (843) 785-1165 or www.palmettodunes.com/big-jims.

BRITISH OPEN PUB Located in The Village at Wexford, Sheridan Park and Sun City. Authentic English fare served in an attractive pub-style atmosphere with golf art, memorabilia, and the only bar by Titleist. Great nightly specials including BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Prime Rib, Live Lobster, Fish and Chips, 1/2 lb. Angus Burgers, Lobster Pot Pie and more. Full bar, extensive wine list and beers, ales and stouts from around the world. Kid’s menu available. Serving daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Hilton Head (843) 686-6736, Bluffton 815-6736 or Sun City 705-4005. (continued on page 14)

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DRYDOCK SEAFOOD GRILL & SPIRITS

HARD TO FIND, BUT WORTH IT! BY ALLYSON JONES • PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

“So, where do the locals go?” This question is asked countless times a day by visitors looking for the best places to eat, drink and be merry on Hilton Head. Generally off the beaten path and found by word-of-mouth, homegrown favorites offer a place to unwind with good food, cold drinks and an inviting atmosphere. It’s no accident that the DryDock Seafood, Grill & Spirits, tucked away in the Sapelo Building on Office Park Road, has all of these ingredients. 12

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, owner Rob Arbogast began his long career in the hospitality industry at the tender age of 12. A family friend owned a boardwalk stand in Ocean City, New Jersey, and Rob spent a summer bussing tables and picking up recyclable bottles on the beach. While a student at Villanova University, he was “The Cheese Steak Guy” at The Corner, a campus sandwich shop and pizza place affectionately known as “The Crotch.” Later, he ran a TGI Friday’s in Fort

Lauderdale before heading up to Hilton Head Island in 1981 to open the Player’s Club Restaurant. Now a fitness center, he met wife Vickie at this local hotspot in 1993, right before it closed. Hired to develop and manage the original Boathouse and Marker 13 in 1987, Rob also spent a decade running fishing charters on his boat, The Sassy Lady. Tired of working for other people, he decided to open the DryDock in 1994. “Hard to find, but worth it,” this Island institution moved to its current,


yet still well-hidden, location near Park Plaza in 2009. Thanks to favorable online reviews and an emphasis on “fresh seafood, cold drinks and good times,” the DryDock kept its strong local following, while attracting a new crowd eager to try something different. As business took off, Vickie left her 25-year career in the mortgage industry to manage the restaurant. Overseeing the longtime staff, the Charleston native now spends her days waiting tables, wrangling wayward children, taking reservations and to-go orders, booking groups and providing directions. Open daily for lunch and dinner, patrons can enjoy reasonably priced, made-to-order dishes while seated on the outdoor deck, in the cozy, nautical-themed main dining room or in the private, 20-seat party room. Sports fans can claim a spot at the spacious indoor bar and lounge area to catch the game on one of several flat screen TVs or head to the outside bar. A large aquarium, shuffleboard table and assorted video games provide plenty of entertainment for the kids before or after their meal. In the kitchen, Chef Al Howard stays busy preparing the extensive menu of fresh seafood specialties and upscale tavern fare. Lucky 7 Lunch Combo Specials are available from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. with a selection of seven signature sandwiches, such as smoked BBQ, Philly cheese steak or grilled chicken, as well as garden salads and seafood baskets accompanied by homemade dressings and sauces. Pattied by hand, the Certified Black Angus hamburgers are considered by many to be the Island’s best, especially when topped with Rob’s own ketchup. From an array of appetizers, soups and salads to sandwiches, pizza toppings and entrees, seafood is the star of the show at the DryDock. Starters include She Crab Soup and Lowcountry Fisherman’s Stew, plus Hot Shot Shrimp, bacon-wrapped

blackened scallops, fried calamari and garden or Caesar salads topped with grilled, seared, fried or blackened ahi tuna, shrimp, grouper, scallops, mahi mahi or chicken. The Fish & Chips basket with handbreaded grouper is always a top seller or try a shrimp, oyster or clam Po’ Boy served on a hoagie roll with a side of tartar sauce. For heartier appetites, the DryDock Steampot includes a cluster of snow crab legs, two Jonah crab claws, mussels, clams, shrimp, smoked sausage, corn on the cob and coleslaw for less than $25. Make it a double and share the platter for under $45. Can’t decide? The Fin Fish and Shellfish Dinner offers a choice of grouper, mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna, shrimp, oysters or scallops prepared broiled, grilled, seared, blackened, Caribbean jerk or fried. On the other hand, the DryDock Fried Seafood Platter includes shrimp, scallops, oysters, clams and grouper served with coleslaw, hushpuppies and French fries. Bar pizzas, Grover’s Fries topped with blue and feta cheese, crumbled bacon and balsamic reduction, Stockyard Dinners of smoked BBQ baby-back ribs and hand-cut NY strip steaks round out the diverse menu offerings. “Hilton Head’s Home” for the

University of Michigan Wolverines (thanks to Turtle, the bartender), as well as the Miami Dolphins, the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees, Rob is quick to note that if you’re spending money in his place, he’ll find the game you want to see. Happy Hour deals are offered from 4-7 p.m. and the DryDock is the perfect place to watch March Madness, Major League Baseball, professional golf and other sporting events, indoors or out. The outside deck is a huge draw when the weather is nice and you’ll want to make plans to attend the annual St. Patty’s Day bash featuring Rob’s famed corned beef and cabbage accompanied by live music. Groups, both large and small, are always welcome at the DryDock. Call (843) 842-9775 for reservations and directions to the Sapelo Building at 21 Office Park Road. To view the menu or a detailed map, go online to thedrydockhiltonhead.com or visit their Facebook page. Owner and operator of many successful restaurants, when asked about his plans for the future, Rob just laughs and replies, “I figure after 19 years, I’ve made the right choice.” So you want to know where the locals go? If you can find the DryDock, you’ve found the place. ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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CAPTAIN JOHN’S GALLEY AT THE SALTY DOG CAFE Located at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Enjoy seafood right out of the ocean and onto your plate while overlooking beautiful Braddock’s Cove. The legendary captain serves up fresh seafood, steaks, pasta and more in this fun, nautical atmosphere. Early bird dining special, 10% off from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Full bar and kid’s menu available. Call (843) 671-CAFE (2233) for seasonal hours.

CAPTAIN WOODY’S All New Location at 6 Target Road on Hilton Head and in Bluffton at the Calhoun Street Promenade. A local favorite for 30 years! Great seafood and more in a casual and comfortable atmosphere. Serving a wide variety of fresh seafood, great signature sandwiches (Grouper melt & Po Boy’s), soups and salads all at affordable prices. Dine inside or on the patio. Open daily from 11 a.m. til 10 p.m., bar until late. Call (843) 785-2400 or 757-6222 or online at www.captainwoodys.com.

CATCH 22 FRESH SEAFOOD & GRILL Located at 37 New Orleans Road in Orleans Plaza. Serving the freshest and best seafood along with USDA prime steaks, pasta, chops and the best bone-in filet. Fantastic specials and delicious menu choices make us a favorite with locals and

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visitors alike. For Early Bird specials call for hours and reservations. Happy Hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. daily. Open daily for dinner from 5 p.m. Call (843) 785-6261.

CHARBAR CO Located in Park Plaza right outside Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head. A local favorite serving award winning gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads and more! We feature specialty craft beers, wines and a music collection spanning the decades in a relaxed indoor/outdoor environment. Voted Hilton Head Island “People’s Choice Best Burger”, 1st Place Winner of Burgers & Brews 2012! Come enjoy our large outdoor patio with a fireplace and the only outdoor bar in Park Plaza! Kids menu and takeout available. Happy Hour specials daily from 4-7 p.m. Serving Tuesday through Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Call (843) 785-CHAR (2427) or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/CharbarCo.

CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE Located at 8 New Orleans Rd., just off Hwy. 278. The only restaurant on the Island that writes its entire menu daily based on the freshest local seafood available. Our epicurean dinner menu offers an array of Fresh Fish, Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon and many other delights. Our wine list, The Best of Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence”, offering half off all (continued on page 18)


bottles of wine under $100 on Monday nights. Serving dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5:30 p.m. and lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Semi-private parties are accepted. Call (843) 785-9277 for reservations or check us out online at www.charliesgreenstar.com.

selections of Beer, Rum, Tequila and the best Margarita’s on the Island. Coco’s grill menu offers something for the entire family. Live entertainment Friday’s 6-9 p.m. Visit Cocosonthebeach.com or become a fan of Coco’s on Facebook. Call (843) 842-2626 (COCO) for seasonal hours, directions and information.

THE CHART HOUSE (Formally Charley’s Crab) Located at Two Hudson Rd., just off Squire Pope Rd. Serving up sensational food prepared by Executive Chef Eric Seaglund, accompanied by spectacular waterviews of the Intracoastal waterway and extraordinary service. The expansive menu features fresh fish, pristine seafood, succulent steaks, Lowcountry specialties and an extensive collection of fine wines and decadent desserts. Relax on the expanded contemporary patio. Open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as Sunday Brunch. Happy hour offered daily from 4 until 7 p.m. Call (843) 342-9066 or online at www.chart-house.com. Reservations are recommended.

CONROY’S Located in The Marriott Resort & Spa in Palmetto Dunes. Come satisfy your cravings for fresh seafood or classic American infusion at our award winning restaurant. Conroy’s will hit your senses while taking in views of the Atlantic Ocean, or watching/interacting with our chef’s in our open kitchen. Conroy’s has something for everyone including a large wine selection, kids menus, and early bird dining. Serving dinner nightly from 5 until 10 p.m., early bird from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Call (843) 686-8499.

CORKS WINE BAR COCO’S ON THE BEACH Located at the end of the boardwalk at Hilton Head Resort, mile marker 7 or on the beach at beach marker 94A Singleton Beach. Just steps from the beach with a spectacular ocean view. Coco’s is an authentic beach bar and grill with a casual friendly atmosphere; your place for island enjoyment. Unwind ocean side in the Carolina sun with one of the largest

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Located South Island in the Publix Shopping Center next to Staples. The Lowcountry’s only neighborhood wine bar where class meets comfort in a warm, friendly and fun atmosphere. Offering wines by the glass, bottle, flight and porron. Gourmet ‘Big’ small plates made from fresh, local and organic ingredients and a full selection of spirits and (continued on page 22)


The Beagles,

The Beatles, and The Big Bamboo Cafe

BY RISA WILLIAMS McMILLAN

Every Friday night for the past 8 years, Ritchie Dryer and Steve Richard have been rocking The Big Bamboo Cafe with Beatles tunes. They play Beatles and only Beatles to a crowd of all ages that relishes every note of these timeless classics. Both Ritchie D and Steve were playing in other bands years back when Tristan O’Grady, owner of The Big Bamboo Cafe, came up with the brainstorm of having a Beatles night. They dropped the "t" and added a "g" and thus the Beagles (also named after Ritchie's beagle) were born. It’s not hard to see why Tristan chose Beatles music, as the foursome are arguably the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in the history of music. Everyone knows the words to their unforgettable tunes like “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, “Eight Days a Week”, and “She Loves You” just to name a few. Ritchie says that while the kids love when they play “Yellow Submarine” (albeit not the musicians’ favorite one to play), some 20

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other popular requests are "While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Norwegian Wood”. When the crowd wants to sing, they like “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” and when they want to dance they prefer the earlier, faster tunes like “When I Saw her Standing There." He attributes the success of the Beatles to many things: "They wrote and created great music that pushed the boundaries of popular music in many directions that had not been done before. They were also good musicians and showmen and came along at the right time." When the Beagles started up, Ritchie and Steve knew most of the music so transitioned into a Beatles band with ease. They take up the roles of John, Paul, George, and Ringo admirably. Both musicians sing and play acoustic guitars and they occasionally bring in a drummer and bass player to add to the mix. Like the Beatles, the Beagles play everything from ballads to psychedelic rock. “We usually start the evening off

with mellower songs as the crowd tends to be families and early birders. As we transition into night, we will play the faster, older songs like Sergeant Pepper,” explained Ritchie. "We tend to play more early Beatles probably because those songs are more easily reproduced using only two vocals and two guitars." Like most musicians on the Island, Ritchie and Steve have played with a number of other bands over time including White Liquor, a local Rolling Stones band. When not playing the roles of John, Paul, Ringo, and George, they like to listen to and play mostly rock, but also jazz, country, blues, and classical. When they are not entertaining, they both have “day jobs”. “Friday night is really our night to go out and have some fun. Otherwise we may be home on the couch,” laughs Ritchie. You can catch the Beagles every Friday night at The Big Bamboo Cafe starting at 6:30 p.m.


American craft beers. Great happy hour specials from 5 until 6 p.m. daily. Private party room available. Open Monday thru Saturday from 5 p.m. until midnight. Call (843) 715-9198 or catch us online at www.corkshiltonhead.com.

CRANE’S TAVERN STEAKHOUSE & SEAFOOD Located at 26 New Orleans Rd. A family tradition of excellence in quality and value for over 100 years. The destination for steak and seafood lovers offering all USDA Prime Grade beef, including our Famous Prime Rib. Fresh selection of seafood, pastas, soups and salads as well as tantalizing desserts. Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” for a wine list comprised of over 500 selections. AAA Three diamond award. Early dining menu from 5 to 6 p.m. and great bar menu available. Serving dinner daily from 5 p.m. Reservations suggested. Call (843) 341-2333.

THE DRYDOCK SEAFOOD GRILL & SPIRITS Located at 21 Office Park Rd. in the Sapelo building. Go where the locals go for fresh seafood, cold drinks and good times. Choose from a wide variety of fresh seafood, signature sandwiches, salads and more in a casual and comfortable atmosphere. Dine inside or enjoy the outdoor deck and bar. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 842-9775.

ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE Located at Shelter Cove Harbour. One of Hilton Head’s newest dining sensations offers some of the best water views on the island. Featuring Fresh Catch Seafood, Angus Steaks and Italian Creations. Extensive boutique wine collection and fantastic cocktails. Open Sun. - Fri. for lunch and nightly for dinner. Call (843) 785-3030 or online at www.elasgrille.com.

CRAZY CRAB Located in Harbour Town in Sea Pines and Hwy. 278 on Jarvis Creek. Fresh local seafood served in two picturesque settings on the water. Casual dining and great family fun. Enjoy local seafood favorites prepared anyway you like. Kid’s menu available. Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Call (843) 363-2722 or 681-5021.

THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ Located in Coligny Plaza, next to the Art Café. A comfortable, casual atmosphere offering a “web-footed lickin” menu and an enormous amount of frozen daiquiris by the glass or by the gallon. Our menu features a wide array of selections including our 10 oz. and 20 oz. Certified black angus burger, crab cakes, pizza, prime rib sandwich, salads, subs, wraps, (continued on page 24)

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appetizers and of course fried frog legs. 22 HD TV’s for great sports viewing and NTN Trivia is also available as well as a kid’s menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-FROG (3764) or online at www.frostyfrog.com.

HINOKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR Located at 37 New Orleans Road in New Orleans Plaza. Enjoy traditional Japanese dishes such as grilled fish, chicken and steak, suki yaki, a variety of noodle dishes, tempura, daily specials, plus sushi and sashimi. The very extensive menu includes dozens of appetizers, several kinds of broiled fish, salads and over 20 entrees from which to choose. Three intimate dining rooms, a sushi bar and a cocktail lounge offers something for everyone. Early Bird specials and take-out available. Open for dinner 5:30 until 10:00 p.m., Monday thru Saturday and lunch, 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Call (843) 785-9800 for reservations.

HUDSON’S SEAFOOD ON THE DOCKS Located on the Intracoastal Waterway off Squire Pope Rd. With 44 years of casual dining experience and spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Hudson’s is an island icon. Featuring the freshest, local seafood in the area as well as pasta, steaks, chicken and more. Enjoy beer, wine or specialty cocktails in the Oyster Bar or while watching the sunset on the deck bar. Featured on the Food Network and in Bon Appétit. Open daily at 11 a.m. Call (843) 681-2772.

HUGO’S Located at 841 William Hilton Parkway at South Island Square. Hugo’s features a truly original and memorable dining experience. For over 30 years, Hugo has served generations of locals & visitors. Hugo’s new location offers tableside flaming desserts to make your dinner the most memorable! Experience Hugo’s Award-Winning Steaks and Seafood. The most expansive & extensive menu available from Lobster, Flounder, Crab Legs, Salmon, Crabcakes, to Ribeyes, Chops, Bourbon BBQ Babyback Ribs & much more. Enjoy wines from Hugo’s climate controlled wine cellar or any cocktail from the full bar! Dinner at Hugo’s 7 nights/ week from 4:30 until close. Call (843) 785-HUGO (4846) or click to HugosHiltonHead.com.

THE JAZZ CORNER Located in the "corner" of The Village at Wexford. Voted "Favorite Restaurant with Live Entertainment". Our intimate, elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of world class entertainment enhanced by our innovative southern flavors menu and impeccable service. The Jazz Corner offers a signature martini menu, extensive wine list, full bar and late-night menu. Open nightly from 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (843) 842-8620 or check us out online at www.thejazzcorner.com.

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Chestnut-Wingo of The Kingfisher BY LOUISE LUND

PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

On a cold and rainy winter afternoon, Tina Chestnut-Wingo sat with me by the fire at the Kingfisher Restaurant and talked about her life and her job. “I joined the Kingfisher 7 years ago as a bartender, but I wear many hats here – bartending, serving, tending to the plants and flowers, and taking care of my ‘family’ here at the bar,” she said with a smile. She is a person who never meets a stranger. Tina came to Hilton Head 28 years ago from Bloomington, Indiana. “I grew up surrounded by farmland, and we rode motorcycles, dune buggies, and horses.” When she was 21, she and her sister Kim decided that it was time to see the world, and with only a few dollars between them, they set out in her red and white Chevy Vega for Hilton Head where they knew several people. “We arrived with only

$20 to our name and were fortunate to get hired immediately with a cleaning service, where we worked 10 hour days, at times, 7 days a week.” Since those days, Tina has bartended and served at some well known places – Jim’s Paradise, the Quarterdeck, and Wingo’s, to name a few. “What I like best about my job is talking to people who come in, some for the season and others at around the same time each year,” Tina said. “Every day is different, and it’s a close atmosphere.” “My parents, Glenda and Larry Chestnut, come down to the island for the winter months - January, February, and March - and have been doing so for years,” Tina said. “They come into the Kingfisher in the evenings when I’m working and visit with friends they have made over the years who also

visit in the winter.” “To be successful at my job, I have to be a quick thinker and a good listener. I truly love talking to people and hearing their stories. And I have a few that I share with them as well!” When she’s not working, Tina spends time with her family's pets 6 dogs and 8 cats. “Obviously I love animals!” Tina said. “I love to garden and spend a lot of time doing it. And I love golf and other outdoor sports!” When asked what job she’d want if she could have any job in the world, Tina replied without hesitation, “This is it; I love what I do!” And she does it well. So stop into the bar area and say hello to Tina and enjoy the water views. Visit their website at www.kingfisherseafood.com. Cheers!


KENNY B’S CAJUN SEAFOOD HUT Located in Circle Center, just off Pope Avenue. Enjoy Creole cuisine with a Low country influence. Find an appealing choice of Cajun fare such as Shrimp Etoufee, Crawfish Etoufee, Jambalaya, N’awlins Po Boy’s, Red Beans & Rice and authentic Gumbos. Great soups and salads, as well as a kid’s menu and take-out service available. Also, cold beer and awesome desserts. Open Monday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday thru Saturday, 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Call (843) 785-3315.

KINGFISHER SEAFOOD, PASTA, AND STEAK HOUSE Located at 18 Harbourside Ln. at Shelter Cove Harbour. Offering affordable casual dining in a 5 star setting with breathtaking waterfront views from inside or on the outside deck. Early Bird from 5 until 7 p.m. Best Island Happy Hour from 5 until 8 p.m. featuring incredible drink and seafood specials. Live music and dancing with Pete Carroll on Wednesdays, classic soft rock with David Wingo on Thursdays, and jazz with Earl Williams on Fridays. Tableside magic shows on Sundays and Mondays. Call (843) 785-4442 for reservations and information or online at www.kingfisherseafood.com.

KURAMA JAPANESE SEAFOOD AND STEAK HOUSE & SUSHI BAR Located at 9 Palmetto Bay Road next to Sea Pines Circle, Kurama Japanese Restaurant has been one of Hilton Head's most popular spots for tourists and locals alike. Kurama prides itself on using the freshest ingredients at both our entertaining hibachi-style tables and inviting sushi bar. Our highly-skilled chefs and family-friendly atmosphere will entertain any size party. Open daily from 4:30 until 10 p.m. Early Bird specials, children's menu and take out available. Call (843) 785-4955 for reservations or visit www.KuramaHHI.com for more information.

LAND’S END TAVERN Located at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Featuring great seafood, steaks, sandwiches and salads. A casual atmosphere with a pirate theme ensures fun for the whole family. Great kid’s menu and desserts. It’s a bounty of treasure waiting to be plundered. Serving all day, every day starting from 8 a.m. Call (843) 671-5456 for seasonal hours.

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kid’s menu, and daily specials offer something for everyone. Enjoy half price cheese pizza from 3 until 4 p.m. Dine inside, on the patio or take it to go. North Island delivery available. Your home away from home for The Ohio State Buckeyes. Open Sunday thru Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Call (843) 682-2444.

MELLOW MUSHROOM Located in Park Plaza on Hilton Head and at 878 Fording Island Rd. in Bluffton. If you’re looking for a fun and lively place for the whole family, this is it. Specializing in great pizza and calzones, monumental hoagies and fresh salads all in a comfortable and casual setting. Kid friendly and affordably priced menu for both lunch and dinner. Over twenty-four beers on tap, fifty more by bottle and a full bar available. Dine inside or outside in the courtyard. Open daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-2474 (HHI) or 706-0800 (B-Town).

MICHAEL ANTHONY’S Located at 37 New Orleans Road in Orleans Plaza. Offering classic Italian cuisine. Homemade gnocchi, succulent veal dishes and creative fish preparations are offered nightly. The versatile wine list offers a broad selection designed to satisfy the novice or seasoned enthusiast. Reservations are suggested. Weekly cooking classes offered in the Tuscan inspired demonstration kitchen. The adjacent Italian Market

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offers a wide array of Italian wines and gourmet foods. Open Monday thru Saturday beginning at 5:15 p.m. Call (843) 785-6272 or visit www.michael-anthonys.com.

OKKO RESTAURANT Located at 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza, Suite C. Contemporary Asian cuisine served in a magnificent atmosphere. Choose from Hibachi, Thai or Chinese or relax at the sushi bar or in the lounge. Open 7 days from 11:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., Sunday thru Thursday and 11:30 a.m. until midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Call (843) 341-3377 for more information or directions.

THE OLD OYSTER FACTORY Located on 101 Marshland Rd. Waterfront dining with expansive views of Broad Creek and beyond. Serving the Island’s best steaks and freshest seafood. Extensive wine menu and great service will guarantee a wonderful dining experience. Children’s menu and large groups welcome. Serving dinner from 4:45 p.m., 7 nights a week. Call (843) 681-6040 or online at www.oldoysterfactory.com.

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Pines circle and Bluffton at Tanger 1 Outlet. With the skill of an Artisan, the heat of the oven and a few fine ingredients our bakers make bread that is simply delicious and baked fresh right here every day. Offering a wide selection of fantastic food including our signature sandwiches, hot paninis, delicious soups and signature salads. Catering also available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Call (843) 686-3838 or 757-5611.

REDFISH On the corner of Palmetto Bay Rd. and Archer Rd. Serving Innovative Cuisine in a unique and inviting atmosphere. Offering local seafood, steaks, salads and nightly specials. Attached retail wine shop and bar with over 1,000 selections of fine wines. Outdoor seating available. Serving lunch Monday thru Saturday from 11:30 a.m. and dinner daily from 5 p.m. For more information call (843) 686-3388 or online at www.redfishofhiltonhead.com.

REILLEY’S Located in Reilley’s Plaza just off the Sea Pines Circle and Port Royal Plaza. An Island tradition since 1982. Featuring Beef Tenderloin, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Fish & Chips, Cottage Pie, Burgers, Salads and much more in a casual Island atmosphere. Dine inside or on the patio. Full bar, extensive wine list, take-out and kid’s menu available. Seasonal live entertainement. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 842-4414 or 681-4153 or online at www.reilleyshiltonhead.com.

RUAN THAI HUT Located at 1107 Main Street. Serving Authentic Thai fare using the freshest ingredients available. Mild to very hot, you can choose the spice level of your meal. Appetizers, soups, salads, desserts and kids meals round out an extensive menu with something for all ages. Sit inside or outside on the comfortable patio. Open Monday thru Saturday for lunch and dinner. Call (843) 681-3700.

SAGE ROOM Located at 81 Pope Avenue in Heritage Plaza. Enjoy fine dining in a casual atmosphere with unique appetizers, diverse cuisine and nightly innovative specials. Elegant palate pleasing fare is prepared in our open kitchen which highlights the restaurant. An extensive wine list, full bar and fantastic service, complete a perfect night out. Open for dinner Monday thru Saturday from 6 until 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (843) 785-5352 or check us out online at www.thesageroom.com.

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USDA PRIME STEAKS & FRESH SEAFOOD

“Most Innovative Menu” – Hilton Head Monthly “Catch 22’s Bone-On Filet is the BEST STEAK on Hilton Head Island”

Consistently Voted one of Hilton Head’s Top 3 Restaurants

Almond Encrusted Tilapia • Crispy Roasted Half Duck Cracked Pepper Tuna • Pan-seared Jumbo Scallops Eggplant Napoleon • Chicken Cordon Blue • Pork Saltimbocca Tarragon Grilled Ribeye • Seafood Pasta • Lump Crab Cake Char-Braised Short Ribs • The Catch 22 Surf & Turf

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outdoor cafe. Enjoy beautiful waterfront views overlooking Braddock's Cove in a fun and casual atmosphere. Happy Hour daily with a full menu available, plus an outdoor cookout, Salty Dog Ice Cream and Jake's Pizza during the season. Call (843) 671-CAFE (2233) for seasonal hours.

SAN MIGUEL’S MEXICAN CAFE Located at Harbourside III on Shelter Cove Harbour. Serving Hilton Head’s freshest Mexican food for over 25 years. Dine inside or out while enjoying breathtaking views of the marina. Burrito’s, enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas, seafood and salads plus a full bar complete with the Island’s best margarita. Kid’s menu available. Serving dinner daily from 5 p.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Call (843) 842-4555.

SANTA FE CAFÉ Located at 807 William Hilton Parkway near the entrance to Palmetto Dunes. Our elegant yet casual, cozy atmosphere captures the spirit of New Mexico. Innovative southwestern cuisine features dinner favorites such as Tortilla Crusted Salmon, Wood Roasted Quail, Grouper, 30 oz. Ribeye and many more great selections including vegetarian items. Excellent wine list, imported beers and full bar. Early dining menu from 5 until 6 p.m. Take-out available. Reservations are “gladly” accepted. Open for dinner 7 nights a week from 5 p.m., and for lunch Monday thru Friday from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Call (843) 785-3838 or www.santafehhi.com.

SEA GRASS GRILLE Located at 807 Wm. Hilton Parkway in the Plantation Center, just outside the entrance to Palmetto Dunes Resort. Intimate yet casual dining. Chef owned and operated and a local favorite for over 9 years. Featuring fresh fish plus seasonal specialties like soft shell crabs, bluffton oysters, cobia and more. Also, Filet Mignon, Rack of Lamb, Veal Scallopini, Pasta, and Chops. An extensive wine list with over 50 by the glass. Gluten free friendly. Serving lunch 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 p.m., Tuesday thru Saturday. Call (843) 785-9990 or visit us online at www.seagrassgrille.com.

THE SMOKEHOUSE Join us in our larger and newly renovated location at 34 Palmetto Bay Rd. Serving up award-winning ribs and BBQ, our new expanded menu offers even more outstanding choices including fresh cut steaks, fantastic seafood, sandwiches, salads and a great selection of appetizers. Enjoy the large covered out-door deck complete with brick fireplace or sit at the expanded bar and enjoy an ice cold brew. Kids menu, convenient take-out and catering available. Serving continuously from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Call (843) 8424BBQ (4227) or visit us at smokehousehhi.com.

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STEAMER SEAFOOD Located on the pond in Coligny Plaza. Featuring huge portions of fresh seafood, shellfish, pastas, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts all served in a rustic Lowcountry atmosphere. Choose from over five fresh local catches daily. The most kid-friendly restaurant on the Island with seating inside or outside on the deck or patio. Seasonal live entertainment featuring Todd Cowart. Full bar and takeout available. Open from 11:30 a.m. until late, 7 days a week. Call (843) 785-2070.

STELLINI ITALIAN RESTAURANT Located at 15 Executive Park Dr., just off Pope Avenue. Voted the Island’s best Italian restaurant, The newly renovated Stellini features popular menu items from the Little Italy section of New York and northern New Jersey. Choose from items such as Clams Casino, Veal Saltimbocca, Zuppa di Pesce, Osso Buco, Lasagna and more. Extensive wine list, Early Bird specials, children’s menu and take-out available. Serving dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5 p.m. Call (843) 785-7006 for reservations.

TAPAS RESTAURANT New location in Port Royal Plaza, near Sam’s Club. Join Chef/Owner Ardis Matthews, who has been featured in Bon Appe´tit magazine, for an outstanding dining experience. A tapas style menu includes dishes such as Lobster Thermador, Escargot, Filet Mignon, Fried Green Tomatoes, She Crab soup and many more delicious selections. Great selection of fine wines available as well as a full bar. Catering available. Open for dinner from 5 p.m. nightly. Call (843) 681-8590.

WILD WING CAFE Located at 72 Pope Avenue in Circle Center and just off Hwy. 278 in Bluffton. Celebrating over 20 years on the Island, Wild Wing is famous for serving “The Best Wings South of Buffalo” in 33 different flavors. With a huge menu, there's something for everyone including big beefy burgers, char-grilled chicken sandwiches, tender baby-back ribs, mountains of nachos, awesome salads and the original Bucket O’ Beer. Wild Child Menu and take-out available. Live music and late night fun all week. Open Monday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. until 2 a.m., and Sunday 12 noon until 2 a.m. Call (843) 785-9464 or 837-9453 or check us out online at wildwingcafe.com.

THE WRECK OF THE SALTY DOG Located at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Enjoy a casual and fun atmosphere in the same spirit as The Salty Dog Cafe. Serving a full bar with excellent food and waterfront view overlooking South Beach Marina and Braddock's Cove, The Wreck offers excellent Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials. Available for private parties. Call (843) 671-SEAS (7327) for seasonal hours. 36

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IN THE

KITCHEN with Herb Britton

Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Operations Wreck of the Salty Dog BY LOUISE LUND • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Herb Britton, Executive Chef at the Salty Dog, started in the restaurant business as a dishwasher at the age of 15 with the Chart House Restaurant in Annapolis, Maryland. He worked his way up to the kitchen, and was promoted to kitchen manager. That experience confirmed that he wanted to be a chef. Herb graduated from Baltimore International Culinary College. “I worked with some great chef instructors,” he said, “I grew up on the water, and found through experience that preparing seafood is my strong point. But I love cooking anything and everything!” “I came to the island in 2001 to work with Steamer Seafood, spent a little time at 211 Park, and soon found my way to the South Seaport Café, which later became the Wreck of the Salty Dog. I’ve been here for 11 years.” “My favorite dishes,” Herb said, “are seafood-related and regional. I have to brag that my crab cakes and my shrimp and grits are the best!” Herb has won the chili cook-off more than once, so it’s obvious that he is exceptional at preparing dishes other than seafood! 40

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“I do all the cooking at home, and my wife Melanie and 9-year-old son Cole are my best recipe testers,” Herb said, “and we keep the recipes pretty simple. I like to cook using my smoker to prepare dishes that take more time, like pulled pork.” “In the warmer months, you can usually find me, with my family, in the pool or at the beach. I love to golf, fish,

and take my son crabbing.” “What I like best about being a chef is seeing people enjoy something that I have created. Talking to guests and meeting people through the food you have made is a great feeling.” Herb loves living in this area because of the proximity to the beach. “Working on the island, right on the water is the best office I could think of!” Herb agreed to share an uncomfortable or frustrating experience he’s had in his career. After thinking, he relayed the following. “When I was the grill cook for a restaurant back home, I had a gentleman that would come in every week and ask me to cut his New York strip steak right in front of him, grill it to medium, and make sure that it rested 10 minutes before serving it to him. A lot of times he would insist that I be at his table when he cut into it, to make sure it was cooked to perfection! I wanted to strangle this guy! In retrospect, I think that this experience actually made me a better cook because I never wanted the steak to be sent back.” The Salty Dog is located at the South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Their website is www.saltydog.com and phone is (843) 671-CAFÉ.


Fresh and Local

"To Market, To Market, to Buy a Fat Pig..." BY RISA WILLIAMS McMILLIAN •

Ah the spring. It is the season that everyone welcomes with open arms. As the warmer weather blows in, the tulips begin blossoming and the birds break into song. As we open our windows and embrace the sounds and scents of spring, the farmers are also excited as they can start to harvest their beautiful bounty of fruits and vegetables. It is market time and we are blessed that we have two fabulous ones in our Hilton Head and Bluffton backyards to visit every week. That they are both organized and run like well oiled machines is another feather in our cap. While they don't sell pigs or hogs like the Nursery Rhyme of old, their tables are laden with plenty to entice you. Farmer’s markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by 42

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small farmers. Their origins can be traced back 5,000 years to Egypt where farmers along the Nile brought their fresh produce to be sold. Now they are everywhere from the traditional “mercados” in the Peruvian Andes to the unique street markets in Asia. The largest market today can be found in Tokyo where there are 1,700 stalls. In America, informal markets have been around since the early settlers in Jamestown. The popularity of farmer’s markets has taken hold and researchers project a steady increase in numbers at 10% a year. What is driving this surge in popularity and can it sustain itself and the farmers? To use the old cliché that famer’s markets are a win-win is quite apropos here. Benefits are seen by all: farmers, consumers, the environment,

communities, and local economies. By cutting out the middleman, farmers see higher revenues and get direct feedback from customers. The consumer benefits by learning how the vegetables are grown or the meat produced and they have an improved diet through nutrition from fresh foods. The environment wins too as there is less packaging, fewer road miles, and with the emphasis on organic, the land fights fewer pesticides. The community and economy find an influx in numbers on market days and the money remains local. Best of all, farmer’s markets are a social haven which is food for your brain and they are kid friendly which is a great way to get your children excited about all the fun (and healthy) things they can eat. The Bluffton Farmer’s Market is in


their 5th season this spring with a Grand Opening on March 21st. Calhoun Street, in downtown Bluffton, will be transformed every Thursday into a bustle of booths brimming with our lowcountry’s yield. Area farmers will proudly sell their harvest and vendors will sell sweets and tasty treats. Kim Viljac, who runs the Bluffton show, said, “Whatever is local is welcome.” She described the Bluffton market as focused on agricultural and edible. “We don’t get into the arts and crafts because the streets of downtown Bluffton are lined with galleries and shops.” The Bluffton market got started when a number of people came together and wanted to create a local, non-profit organization that would benefit the community by bringing healthy and local to Bluffton. Aside from the food, the Bluffton market has live entertainment and every week they pair with a different local non-profit organization ranging from pet adoption to Alzheimer’s to Pink. They have tents with healthy outreach programs that cover the gamut including health screenings, how to choose organic vegetables, how to shuck oysters, and how to prepare and consume the products sold at the market. They also have children’s activities on select dates for the “Little Growers”. The Bluffton market famers represent three different soil categories: organic, naturally grown (organic but not certified), and traditional. Feel free to ask them about their growing practices as you feast your eyes on their red beets and radishes, the leafy greens, collards, cilantro, and onions. As it gets warmer and later into spring, the beans, peaches, blueberries, broccoli, corn, squash, tomatoes, and zucchini will be sold. Other agricultural products available besides fruits and vegetables include honey, eggs, and grass-fed beef. For those whose stomachs have been tempted, local vendors will sell seasonal delicacies like blue crab,

gumbo, she-crab soup, and shrimp. Kim suggests that first time market-goers stop by the welcome tent to learn the lay out, find out about specials and events, and buy market merchandise like a shopping bag if needed. Also, she encourages people to go to their website at www.farmersmarketbluffton.org and sign up for the weekly newsletter which will outline who will be there each week and what’s in season. Finally, she added that it helps if you do research and ask questions of the farmers: “How do I know when my tomato is ripe? Does this freeze? My collards are bitter; what can I do?” When you wake up Friday morning feeling all refreshed and healthy from the good food you ate from the Bluffton market, you can venture off to the Farmer’s Market Hilton Head Island at Honey Horn to put more fresh and local on the dinner menu. Spend the morning at the beautiful venue of Honey Horn Plantation where you can browse, chat, sample, and become educated. In its 3rd year, the Hilton Head market was the brain child of Pamela Ovens and a friend. “We wanted to start a farmers market for our community that did not take monies from grants or the town.” Pamela and her husband set up the tables at the wee hours on Friday mornings in anticipation of the arrival of the famers and vendors with their flowers, preserves, breads, pies, seafood, and produce. Pamela said that most of the same vendors from past years including the farmers, artisans, and even local authors will be returning and there will be some new kids on the block including Blondie the pastry chef and a woman who sells Greek Olive Oil. Their focus at the Hilton Head market this year is on organic foods. Most of their farmers are naturally

grown, organic, or learning to be organic. Jamie Vidich from Bear Island Farm has spent some time interning on an organic farm in Georgia this past year and Della and Sol Campbell who own the roadside stand on Spanish Wells Drive are now selling organic too. The process that a farm has to undergo to be declared organic is painstaking but worth the effort. The key is the soil which cannot be treated with pesticides. Pamela recalled the ecoli breakout a few years ago and said that was all caused because farmers were watering their crops from tainted river water. "That never would have happened with an organic farm," she said. Pamela offers some advice to market goers. "Number one is: don't overbuy. Everything looks so good that it is easy to take home more than you will use. Bring a basket or a bag to carry everything home in." She explained that all of the farmers around here are small scale and they all come themselves to the market. Ask them questions about their produce and ideas of how to use it on your dinner table. Don't be surprised if you rub elbows with some of our local chefs as many of them bolster their weekend menus with fresh fruits and veggies from the market. Both Kim and Pamela will tell you that one of the most unique aspects of attending a farmer’s market is the ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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opportunity to get to know the farmers and vendors who have rolled up their sleeves and worked their hearts out to bring to you the freshest and most delicious they have to offer. All of our local farmers accompany their produce to the markets. They are passionate about what they do and each has a unique story tell. Mary Connor, one of the triumvirates from Three Sisters Farm, described the process that a farm has to go through to be certified organic. First off, it takes three years before you get your actual certification. During that time, you have to demonstrate that you have not used any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. You also cannot use any treated or genetically modified seed. “You have to keep precise records of everything you do, plant, and use, including dates,” said Mary. Your paperwork must be detailed and impeccable and will be reviewed before an inspector comes out and looks over everything from the soil to the water. Mary said the whole process makes farming more work and it is at a steeper price. Then why do it? “For us it is a viability issue. People who buy from us cannot come to our farm as we are not open to the public. Being certified organic gives our customers the certainty that they are buying what we say they are.” Aside from their spring assortment of lettuces, broccoli, greens, English peas, potatoes, onions, collards, kale, turnips, mustards, arugula, and squash, Three Sisters Farm has 10 acres of daffodils which they bring to market in early spring. The day before they go to market, the sisters are up at daybreak picking, washing, and refrigerating what they can. On market day, they are up at dawn again picking their flowers and then packing the truck. It certainly does not sound easy and in fact can get harder. “Sometimes you wake up in the morning on market day and a bug ate your food. Your whole market inventory is then off.” No one ever said that farming was easy. Pamela recalls that last year was a 44

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tough one for farmers. “One of our farmers just pulled up in their truck one day and showed us how raccoons had taken a bite out of every one of their vegetables. The raccoons couldn’t just pick a few and get their fill, they had to ruin the whole crop,” said Pamela. Susan Brant, owner of Brant Family Farm with husband Don, can tell you many stories about the trials and tribulations of farming. After toiling over the soil for 6 years, The Brants have seen the ill effects of the weather, insects, animals, and weeds. "It can be treacherous," said Susan "We are on our 3rd type of fencing to keep the deer out and hopefully this will be the right one. We tend to believe it is in the Lord's hands. We chuckle every time we see something come out of the ground. We can plant the seed, but it takes the Lord's will for it to grow." The Brant's farm is certified naturally grown which means they follow the same practices as the certified organic, but do not have the USDA sticker. She expressed, "What we put in our bodies has a tremendous

effect on our health. With so many foods now being genetically modified, it really makes people think and pushes the scales toward buying organic." Like the Three Sisters, when the Brants set up shop at the local farmers markets they sell only what came out of their ground. The couple will harvest their produce the day before market to give them time to wash, prepare, and package everything. On market day, they are up at 5 a.m. to start loading the truck. "We look forward to market days and really enjoy the people," said Susan. She advises market-goers to look for cleanliness and freshness. "If you see something limp and tired, don't buy it. Also, if you see something that you think is out of season, ask where it came from." One visit to our farmer's markets and you will be hooked. You just can't beat the flavors and freshness and the camaraderie of the crowd is intoxicating. Pamela summed it up: "When you walk into the grocery store you have no idea how long those fruits and vegetables have been on the shelf. We are so lucky, because when you go to our market, you know everything was picked that morning. You can't beat that! On top of that we are like family and love what we do.” Just in case you have doubts about how much fun it is to visit a farmer’s market, you should google the “Bluffton’s Farmer’s Market flash mob”, where you can find a link to a video of a group of Sun City soul line dancers who rocked the market last fall. If you need a smile and a good laugh, definitely check it out. The Bluffton market is open every Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m. starting March 21st. Prior to the 21st, they are open Thursdays from 12 to 4 p.m. For more information visit there site at www.farmersmarketbluffton.org. The Farmer’s Market Hilton Head Island at Honey Horn will begin April 5th and is open Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information visit their website at farmersmarkethiltonheadisland.com.


Arts Center of Coastal Carolina Entertainment and Education For All Ages BY ALLYSON JONES

On Hilton Head Island, the miles of white-sand beach, array of water sports, world-class golf and tennis, incomparable dining options and diverse shopping experiences usually receive top billing. However, the Lowcountry is also home to a vibrant and well-established arts community. Since 1996, the award-winning Arts Center of Coastal Carolina has showcased the talents of local, regional, national and international artists in a 45,000-squarefoot venue located at the entrance of Shelter Cove Harbour. From producing blockbuster Broadway musicals, comedies and dramas and presenting renowned performers, musicians and touring acts to hosting art exhibits, workshops and community outreach events, the Arts Center provides a diverse selection of entertainment and educational opportunities for all ages throughout the year. This spring, the fun begins with Youth ArtsFest on March 2. “We turn the stage over to young singers, dancers and musicians,” notes Andrea Gannon, vice president of marketing at the Arts Center. Along with variety show-style performances featuring local students and community groups, this free celebration of National Youth Arts month features mini art workshops and a youth art exhibition. Emphasizing hands-on learning, 46

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other spring workshops for children and adults include regularly scheduled ArtStart classes for preschoolers; “Van Gogh’s Starry Starry Night” using an innovative paint marbling process to create Cyprus trees and a French village on March 26; the “Gyotaku Tote Bags” printmaking workshop on April 15; and “Claude Monet’s Water Lily Pond” on May 7. Providing the perfect prelude for April’s RBC Heritage golf tournament, “Golf: The Musical” swings into the Arts Center for a weeklong run, March 2530. This hilarious four-person revue “celebrates the fun, frustration and elation of this popular sport, those who play it, and those who don't.” “Lovingly ripped off” from the classic film, “Monty Python and The Holy Grail,” the Southeast Regional Theatre Premier of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” debuts at the Arts Center, May 1-26. Longtime local favorite Casey Colgan returns to direct this outrageous, interactive, Tony Awardwinning musical featuring King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table,

flying cows, killer rabbits and taunting Frenchmen. In addition to a lineup of spectacular performances and special events, Arts Center patrons can now also indulge in the culinary arts with a VIP Dinner and a Show package courtesy of Hugo’s Seafood & Steakhouse. Guests receive star treatment in the form of a reserved table at this popular Island restaurant, as well as a special, threecourse themed menu. So the meal isn’t rushed, will call tickets will be held at the front door of the theater. Over the summer, one of Broadway’s most popular musicals, “Chicago,” will be center stage at the Arts Center, June 19-July 28, followed the Bee Gees Tribute Band “Stayin’ Alive” from August 7-9. With its 359-seat main stage theater, expansive art gallery run by the Hilton Head Art League, special events and educational opportunities, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina provides “proof that life on our legendary white sand shores is so much more than a day at the beach.” For show tickets, workshop registration and event information, contact the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina at (843) 842-2787 or visit artshhi.com. Restaurant reservations for the VIP Dinner and a Show promotion must be made by calling Hugo’s directly at (843) 785-4846.


A TASTE OF LUNCH

A LOWCOUNTRY BACKYARD Located at 32 Palmetto Bay Road in the Village Exchange. Capture the true essence of the island while enjoying local and regional inspired cuisine featuring owner Dave and Raina Peck’s family recipes. Choose from Potato chip meatloaf, Charleston fried green tomato sandwich, shrimp & grits, Southern Belle salad and a wide selection of other lowcountry favorites. Dine in or outside in the comfortable backyard. Experience the island, love the food! Serving Lunch 11 a.m. 3 p.m., and Dinner 4:30 - 9 p.m., Monday-Saturday and brunch on Saturday 8 - 11 a.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call (843) 785-YARD (9273) or visit us online at www.hhbackyard.com.

ANNIE O’S SOUTHERN EATS Located at the corner of Arrow and Target Road. The Island’s best southern food featuring main dishes such as Buttermilk Fried Catfish, Shrimp and Grits, Mama’s Fried Chicken, Meatloaf and Gravy and many more. Great sides, soups, salads and homemade desserts round out the menu. Full bar, cold beer and a nice wine selection. Open Monday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Call (843) 341- 2664.

ASIAN BISTRO Located at 51 New Orleans Rd., just off the Sea Pines circle. Sleek contemporary style restaurant offering Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisine as well as a nice selection of dim sum choices. A sushi bar, traditional bar and an all-you-caneat buffet (lunch only) highlight this magnificent Asian fusion location. Happy hour nightly from 5 until 8 p.m. and carry out is also available. Serving continuously from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. Call (843) 686-9888.

AUNT CHILADAS EASY STREET CAFE Located at 69 Pope Avenue. Liven up your day with lunch at Aunt Chiladas. A fun, festive atmosphere with great food and drinks. Featuring at least 5 daily lunch specials starting at $7 including meatloaf, fried chicken, fish ‘n chips and great Italian specialties served with homemade mashed potatoes and vegetables. You may also order your favorite Mexican fare from our regular menu as well as a wide variety of salads. Full bar and kid’s menu available. Serving lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 785-7700.

THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE Just steps from the beach, the Big Bamboo Cafe is located in Coligny Plaza on North Forest Beach Drive. Featuring great seafood, delicious salads and the legendary Big Bamboo burger, the Big Bamboo Cafe provides an all American menu 48

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in a laid back beach atmosphere. Thirsty? Try a famous margarita as you sit amongst the WWII memorablia and the Bamboo inspired island vibe. Full bar and kids menu available. Serving lunch Mon-Sat. 11.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (843) 686 3443.

BIG JIM’S BBQ, BURGERS & PIZZA New restaurant located in Palmetto Dunes at the Robert Trent Jones Clubhouse. Big Jim’s offers signature Southern dishes, including BBQ, gourmet burgers and grilled pizza plus soups, salads, seafood, steaks and ribs. Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating with big screen TVs and golf course views. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Happy Hour daily 4 until 7 p.m. and seasonal live entertainment. Take out and catering available. Call (843) 785-1165 or www.palmettodunes.com/big-jims.

BRITISH OPEN PUB Located in The Village at Wexford, Sheridan Park and Sun City. Authentic English fare served in attractive pub-style atmosphere with golf art, memorabilia, and the only bar by Titleist. Featuring our famous Fish n’ Chips or Sandwedges like the Aberdeen Burger, Clubhouse Classic, Wexford Reuben, English Dip and Lobster Roll. Full bar and beers, ales, and stouts from around the world. Serving daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Hilton Head (843) 686-6736, Bluffton 815-6736 or Sun City 705-4005. (continued on page 50)


THE CAFÉ Located in The Marriott Resort & Spa in Palmetto Dunes. Experience our modern American cuisine just steps from the beach. Open for breakfast & lunch this unique sunlit dining room is perfect for a full meal or a snack on the run. The Cafe is the perfect venue to catch up with friends & family, or to conduct informal business meetings. Serving breakfast from 6:30 until 11:30 a.m., and lunch until 2 p.m. Call (843) 686-8488

CAPTAIN WOODY’S All New Location at 6 Target Road on Hilton Head and in Bluffton at the Calhoun Street Promenade. A local favorite for 30 years! Unique Island Location highlights fresh seafood, daily specials, great signature sandwiches (Grouper melt & Po Boy’s) and more in one of Hilton Head’s favorite dining destinations. Dine inside or on the patio. Open daily from 11 a.m. until late. Call (843) 785-2400 or 757-6222 or online at www.captainwoodys.com.

inviting indoor/outdoor environment with a full bar and a music collection spanning the decades. Voted Hilton Head Island “People’s Choice Best Burger”, 1st Place Winner of Burgers & Brews 2012 and Rookie of the Year 2012! Kids menu and takeout available. Call us at (843) 785-CHAR (2427) or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/CharbarCo.

CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE Located at 8 New Orleans Rd., just off Hwy. 278. Casual dining at its best. One-of-a kind Cobb salad piled high with crispy bacon, turkey and cheese, dressed with Essie’s homemade sweet tomato vinaigrette that has kept the locals hooked for more than 30 years. Fish Cakes, Sauteed Flounder and an array of salads for anyone on the run. Dine-in or Take-out. Open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., and dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5:30 p.m. Call (843) 785-9277 or check us out online at www.charliesgreenstar.com.

THE CHART HOUSE CHARBAR CO Located in Park Plaza right outside Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head. A local favorite serving a chef inspired menu featuring award winning gourmet burgers, signature sandwiches, veggie and shrimp burgers and salads that are as great as our burgers all for around $8-10. We feature a fun and

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(Formally Charley’s Crab) Located at Two Hudson Rd., just off Squire Pope Rd. Serving up sensational food prepared by Executive Chef Eric Seaglund, accompanied by spectacular water views of the Intracoastal waterway and extraordinary service. The expansive menu features fresh fish, pristine seafood, succulent steaks, Lowcountry specialties


and an extensive collection of fine wines and decadent desserts. Relax on the expanded contemporary patio. Open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as Sunday Brunch. Happy hour offered daily from 4 until 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (843) 342-9066 or online at www.chart-house.com.

newest dining sensations offers some of the best water views on the island. Featuring Fresh Catch Seafood, Angus Steaks and Italian Creations. Extensive boutique wine collection and fantastic cocktails. Open Sunday thru Friday for lunch, 11:30 until 2:30 p.m. Call (843) 785-3030 or visit www.elasgrille.com.

CRAZY CRAB

THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ

Located in Harbour Town in Sea Pines and Hwy. 278 on Jarvis Creek. Fresh local seafood served in two picturesque settings on the water. Casual dining and great family fun. Enjoy local seafood favorites prepared anyway you like. Kid’s menu available. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Call (843) 363-2722 or 681-5021.

Located in Coligny Plaza, next to the Art Café. A comfortable, casual atmosphere offering a “web-footed lickin” menu and an enormous amount of frozen daiquiris by the glass or by the gallon. Our menu features a wide array of selections including our 10 oz. and 20 oz. Certified black angus burger, crab cakes, pizza, prime rib sandwich, salads, subs, wraps, appetizers and of course fried frog legs. 22 HD TV’s for great sports viewing and NTN Trivia is also available as well as a kid’s menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-FROG (3764) or online at www.frostyfrog.com.

THE DRYDOCK SEAFOOD GRILL & SPIRITS Located at 21 Office Park Rd. in the Sapelo building. Go where the locals go for fresh seafood, cold drinks and good times. Choose from a wide variety of fresh seafood, signature sandwiches, salads and more in a casual and comfortable atmosphere. Dine inside or enjoy the outdoor deck and bar. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 842-9775.

ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE Located at Shelter Cove Harbour. One of Hilton Head’s

HINOKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR Located at 37 New Orleans Road in New Orleans Plaza. Enjoy traditional Japanese dishes such as grilled fish, chicken and steak, suki yaki, a variety of noodle dishes, tempura, daily specials, plus sushi and sashimi. The very extensive menu includes dozens of appetizers, several kinds of broiled fish, salads and over 20 entrees from which to choose. Three

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intimate dining rooms, a sushi bar and a cocktail lounge offers something for everyone. Early Bird specials and take-out available. Open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday thru Friday and dinner from 5:30 until 10 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. Call (843) 785-9800.

HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS Located on the Intracoastal Waterway off Squire Pope Rd. With 44 years of casual dining experience and spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Hudson’s is an island icon. Featuring the freshest, local seafood in the area as well as pasta, steaks, chicken and more. Enjoy beer, wine or specialty cocktails in the Oyster Bar or while watching the sunset on the deck bar. Featured on the Food Network and in Bon Appétit. Open daily at 11 a.m. Call (843) 681-2772.

HUGO’S Located at 841 William Hilton Parkway at South Island Square. Hugo’s Lunch features Signature Angus Burgers Fresh Wraps, Crisp Salads, Sandwiches, tempting entrees and more. A very broad menu with something for everyone. Check out Hugo’s 5.95 Lunch Days where Hugo features a different section of the menu each day for only 5.95! Enjoy Lunch at Hugo’s Mon. -Fri. from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Call (843) 785-HUGO (4846) or click to HugosHiltonHead.com.

KENNY B’S CAJUN SEAFOOD HUT Located in Circle Center, just off Pope Avenue. Enjoy Creole cuisine with a Lowcountry influence. Find an appealing choice of Cajun fare such as Shrimp Etoufee, Crawfish Etoufee, Jambalaya, N’awlins Po Boy’s, Red Beans & Rice and authentic Gumbos. Great soups and salads, as well as a kid’s menu and take-out service available. Also, cold beer and awesome desserts. Open Monday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday thru Saturday, 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Call (843) 785-3315.

LAND’S END TAVERN Located at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Featuring great seafood, steaks, sandwiches and salads. A casual atmosphere with a pirate theme ensures fun for the whole family. Great kid’s menu and desserts. It’s a bounty of treasure waiting to be plundered. Serving all day, every day starting from 8 a.m. Call (843) 671-5456 for seasonal hours.

MANGIAMO New location, 2000 Main Street next to the Main Street Inn. A comfortable and cozy atmosphere featuring outstanding pizza, subs, salads and pasta. Beer and wine, kid’s menu, and daily specials offer something for everyone. Enjoy half price cheese pizza from 3 until 4 p.m. Dine inside, on the patio or take it to go. North Island delivery available. Your home away from home for The Ohio State Buckeyes. Open Sunday thru Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Call (843) 682-2444. 52

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MELLOW MUSHROOM Located in Park Plaza on Hilton Head and at 878 Fording Island Rd. in Bluffton. If you’re looking for a fun and lively place for the whole family, this is it. Specializing in great pizza and calzones, monumental hoagies and fresh salads all in a comfortable and casual setting. Kid friendly and affordably priced menu for both lunch and dinner. Over twenty-four beers on tap, fifty more by bottle and a full bar available. Dine inside or outside in the courtyard. Open daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-2474 (HHI) or 706-0800 (B-Town).

OKKO RESTAURANT Located at 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza, Suite C. Contemporary Asian cuisine served in a magnificent atmosphere. Choose from Hibachi, Thai or Chinese or relax at the sushi bar or in the lounge. Open 7 days from 11:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., Sunday thru Thursday and 11:30 a.m. until midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Call (843) 341-3377 for more information or directions.

PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFE Located in Palmetto Bay Marina off Helmsman Way. Serving breakfast and lunch all day. Awesome sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups, chicken, seafood and daily blue plate specials in cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Beer, wine and liquor available as well as take-out and childrens menu. Eat inside

or relax on the outside patio. “One of the Best Breakfasts on Hilton Head”, Southern Living magazine. Open Daily Monday thru Friday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m.3 p.m. Call (843) 686-3232 for more information.

PANERA BREAD Located at 1012 William Hilton Parkway, just before the Sea Pines circle and Bluffton at Tanger 1 Outlet. With the skill of an Artisan, the heat of the oven and a few fine ingredients our bakers make bread that is simply delicious and baked fresh right here every day. Offering a wide selection of fantastic food including our signature sandwiches, hot paninis, delicious soups and signature salads. Catering also available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Call (843) 686-3838 or 757-5611.

PLANTATION CAFÉ & DELI Located South Island at 81 Pope Avenue in Heritage Plaza and North Island at Port Royal Plaza. An Island favorite since 1974. From soups and salads to sandwiches and Blue plate specials, we have something for everyone. Choose from a great selection of meats and sides and a wide array of salads, soups and sandwiches, all served at moderate prices. We promise you will not leave hungry. Beer and wine available. Open for lunch Monday thru Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and Sunday brunch from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 785-9020 or 342-4472.

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REDFISH On the Corner of Palmetto Bay Rd. and Archer Rd. Serving Innovative Cuisine in a unique and inviting atmosphere. Specializing in excellent seafood, steaks, salads and daily specials. Attached bar and retail wine shop with over 1,000 selections of fine wines. Outdoor seating available. Serving lunch Monday thru Saturday from 11:30 a.m. and dinner daily from 5 p.m. Call (843) 686-3388 or online at www.redfishofhiltonhead.com.

REILLEY’S Located in Reilley’s Plaza just off the Sea Pines Circle and Port Royal Plaza. A long running lunch destination, Reilley’s offers fish & chips, cottage pie, corned beef & cabbage, great sandwiches, soups, salads, seafood and much more in a casual Island atmosphere. Dine inside or outside on the patio. Full bar, take-out and kid’s menu available. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 842-4414 or 681-4153 or online at www.reilleyshiltonhead.com.

RUAN THAI HUT Located at 1107 Main Street. Serving Authentic Thai fare using the freshest ingredients available. Mild to very hot, you can choose the spice level of your meal. Appetizers, soups, salads, desserts and kids meals round out an extensive menu with something for all ages. Sit inside or outside on the comfortable patio. Open Monday thru Saturday for lunch and dinner. Call (843) 681-3700.

THE SALTY DOG CAFE Located at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Great food, frozen drinks and live entertainment from the island's favorite outdoor cafe. Enjoy beautiful waterfront views overlooking Braddock's Cove in a fun and casual atmosphere. Happy Hour daily with a full menu available, plus an outdoor cookout, Salty Dog Ice Cream and Jake's Pizza during the season. Call (843) 671-CAFE (2233) for seasonal hours.

SAN MIGUEL’S MEXICAN CAFE Located at Harbourside III on Shelter Cove Harbour. A great combination of beautiful views and Mexican delicacies makes this the perfect spot for food from south of the border. Burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas and more Mexican fare offers something for everyone. Open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m until 5 p.m. Dine inside or out. Call (843) 842-4555.

SANTA FE CAFÉ Located at 807 William Hilton Parkway near the entrance to Palmetto Dunes. Our elegant yet casual, cozy atmosphere captures the spirit of New Mexico. Innovative southwestern cuisine featuring our Quesadilla Soup and Salad Trio, Santa Fe Salad, Fish Tacos, Steak Fajitas and many other great lunch selections. Excellent wine list, wide selection of imported beer and full bar. Take-out available. Open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Dinner 7 nights a week starting from 5 p.m. Call (843) 785-3838. 54

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SEA GRASS GRILLE Located at 807 Wm. Hilton Parkway in the Plantation Center, just outside the entrance to Palmetto Dunes Resort. Intimate yet casual dining. Chef owned and operated, and a local favorite for over 9 years. Great salads, sandwiches, homemade soups and local favorites such as Carolina Tomato Pie, Lump Crab Potato Pancake, and daily specials. Lunch take-out available, gluten free friendly. Serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 p.m., Tuesday thru Saturday. Call (843) 785-9990 or visit us online at www.seagrassgrille.com.

THE SMOKEHOUSE Join us in our larger and newly renovated location at 34 Palmetto Bay Rd. Winner of over 30 food awards since 1999, choose from hand-pulled pork barbeque, Texas-style beef brisket, baby back ribs, smoked turkey, burgers, wings and more all served with delicious sides and cold beverages. Enjoy the large covered outdoor deck or sit inside and catch a game on one of the flat screen TV’s. Kids menu, convenient take-out and catering available. Serving continuously from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Call (843) 842-4BBQ (4227) or visit us at www.smokehousehhi.com.

STEAMER SEAFOOD Located on the pond in Coligny Plaza. Fresh seafood, shellfish, sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts all served in a rustic Lowcountry atmosphere. Try one of our famous baskets with your choice of chicken, fish, shrimp or oysters. The most kidfriendly restaurant on the Island with seating inside or outside on the deck or the patio. Full bar and take-out available. Open for Lunch daily at 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 785-2070.

WILD WING CAFE Located at 72 Pope Avenue in Circle Center and just off Hwy. 278 in Bluffton. Celebrating over 20 years on the Island, Wild Wing is famous for serving “The Best Wings South of Buffalo” in 33 different flavors. With a huge menu, there's something for everyone including big beefy burgers, chargrilled chicken sandwiches, tender baby-back ribs, mountains of nachos, awesome salads and the original Bucket O’ Beer. Wild Child Menu and take-out available. Live music and late night fun all week. Open Monday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. until 2 a.m., and Sunday 12 noon until 2 a.m. Call (843) 785-9464 or 837-9453 or online at www.wildwingcafe.com.

THE WRECK OF THE SALTY DOG Located at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Enjoy a casual and fun atmosphere in the same spirit as The Salty Dog Cafe. Serving a full bar with excellent food and waterfront view overlooking South Beach Marina and Braddock's Cove, The Wreck offers excellent Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials. Available for private parties. Call (843) 671-SEAS (7327) for seasonal hours.

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A TASTE OF ISLAND RECIPES

CHIX BISCUIT by Annie O’s

INGREDIENTS FOR BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 2 1/2 Cups flour 1 Tablespoon salt 2 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder 6 oz. Crisco 1 1/4 Cups buttermilk Mix first 3 ingredients, cut in crisco, stir in buttermilk, knead 4 or 5 times, pat out dough, cut and bake 12 minutes at 425 degrees. CHIX INGREDIENTS 4 Boneless, skinless chix breasts 1 Cup Texas Pete hot sauce 2 Cups buttermilk 3 Cups flour, seasoned as desired Marinate chicken overnight, dredge in seasoned flour, fry in 350 degree oil until internal temperature of 165 degrees.

SAUSAGE GRAVY INGREDIENTS 1 Pound fresh pork butt 1/4 Cup sage 5 Tablespoons granulated garlic 3 Tablespoons granulated onion 1 Tablespoon salt 1 Tablespoon black pepper 4 Tablespoons flour 4 Tablespoons oil 1 Quart milk Mix dry ingredients with pork, allow to sit overnight, grind meat, heat oil in heavy bottomed pot, add seasoned ground pork, when cooked stir in flour, cook 2 minutes, stir in milk, bring to simmer adjust seasoning, top fried chicken on biscuit, eat and enjoy. Serves 4

SHE CRAB SOUP by The Wreck at the Salty Dog INGREDIENTS 8 oz. Butter

2 Cups Heavy Cream

1 Carrot (Chopped Fine)

3 Cups Clam Juice

2 Ribs Celery (Chopped Fine)

1/2 Cup Sherry

1 Small Onion (Chopped Fine)

1 Tblsp. Crab Base

1/2 Cup Flour

Hot Sauce to Taste

2 Cups Half & Half

1/2-1 lb. Crab Claw Meat

Melt butter. Saute vegetables and add flour. Cook for 2 minutes. Add cream and clam juice. Bring to boil. Lower heat and add remaining ingredients. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serves 6-8 56

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A TASTE OF BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

A LOWCOUNTRY BACKYARD Located at 32 Palmetto Bay Road in the Village Exchange. Capture the true essence of the island while enjoying local and regional inspired cuisine featuring owner Dave and Raina Peck’s family recipes. Choose from Uncle Bill’s biscuits and gravy, James Island crab cake benedict, Backyard benedict, Bananas Foster french toast and a wide selection of other lowcountry favorites. Dine in or outside in the comfortable backyard. Experience the island, love the food! Serving Lunch11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and Dinner 4:30 - 9 p.m., MondaySaturday and brunch on Saturday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday 8 - 11 a.m. Call (843) 785-YARD (9273) or visit us online at www.hhbackyard.com.

AUNT CHILADAS EASY STREET CAFE Located at 69 Pope Avenue. There’s no place like Aunt Chiladas for Sunday Brunch. Featuring omelets, made to order waffles, smoked bacon, link sausage, garlic hash browns, fruit salad, cheese grits, English muffins and more. Catch your favorite team on one of our 18 flat screen TVs screens, including 6 plasma’s while enjoying a Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Margarita or a wide variety of other beverages. Serving Sunday Brunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 785-7700.

BIG JIM’S BBQ, BURGERS & PIZZA New restaurant located in Palmetto Dunes at the Robert Trent Jones Clubhouse. Big Jim’s serves breakfast daily from 7 until 10 a.m. featuring classic favorites plus the $5 breakfast special. Enjoy a bloody mary or mimosa to start your day. Lunch and dinner daily featuring BBQ, gourmet burgers and grilled pizza. Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Happy Hour every day 4 until 7 p.m. and seasonal live entertainment. Take out and catering available. Call (843) 785-1165 or www.palmettodunes.com/big-jims.

THE CAFÉ

BRITISH OPEN PUB

CAPTAIN WOODY’S

Located in The Village at Wexford, Sheridan Park and Sun City. Fabulous Sunday Brunch served in an authentic English style pub. Choose from Watson’s Steak & Eggs, Eggs Faldo (Benedict), Old Tom Morris Omelette, Pancakes, Alpine French Toast and more. Add a bottomless glass of champagne or mimosa for $3.99 or bloody mary for $6.99. Open for Sunday Brunch from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Hilton Head (843) 686-6736, Bluffton 815-6736 or Sun City 705-4005. 58

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Located in The Marriott Resort & Spa in Palmetto Dunes. Experience our modern American cuisine just steps from the beach. Open for breakfast & lunch this unique sunlit dining room is perfect for a full meal or a snack on the run. The Cafe is the perfect venue to catch up with friends & family, or to conduct informal business meetings. Serving breakfast from 6:30 until 11:30 a.m., and lunch until 2 p.m. Call (843) 686-8488

Serving Sunday brunch at our Bluffton location, downtown at the Calhoun Street Promenade. Enjoy the tranquility of old town Bluffton served with delicious food and tasty beverages. Choose from shrimp & grits, steak & eggs, crab cake benedict, prime rib benedict, French toast, omelettes and much more. Wash it all down with a Captain Woody’s Bloody Mary, May River Mimosa or Promenade Poinsetta. Open for brunch on Sunday’s only from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 757-6222 or online at www.captainwoodys.com.


THE CHART HOUSE

KENNY B’S CAJUN SEAFOOD HUT

(Formally Charley’s Crab) Located at Two Hudson Rd., just off Squire Pope Rd. Serving up sensational food prepared by Executive Chef Eric Seaglund, accompanied by spectacular water views of the Intracoastal waterway and extraordinary service. The expansive menu features fresh fish, pristine seafood, succulent steaks, Lowcountry specialties and an extensive collection of fine wines and decadent desserts. Relax on the expanded contemporary patio. Open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as Sunday Brunch. Happy hour offered daily from 4 until 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (843) 342-9066 or online at www.chart-house.com.

Located in Circle Center, just off Pope Avenue. Enjoy Creole cuisine with a Lowcountry influence. Our Sunday brunch buffet features beignets, scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, grits, fruit and a made-to-order omelette station with eggs benedict. For a sampling of our regular weekday menu, choose from french toast, crabcake benedict, Mississippi tall stack pancakes, café au lait, quiche and a creole omelette. Open Monday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday thru Saturday, 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m until 9 p.m. Call (843) 785-3315.

HUGO’S Located at 841 William Hilton Parkway at South Island Square. Hugo’s Brunch features Brunch classics and originals such as Crème Brulee French Toast, Omelettes, Crabcake Benedict, Bourbon Ribeye & Eggs, Honey Pecan Waffles as well as many of our lunch sandwiches and favorites from Hugo’s lunch menu. Complimentary mimosa provided and an endless Bloody Mary is available. Tableside flaming crepes and desserts also available! Enjoy Sunday Brunch at Hugo’s from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 785-HUGO (4846) or click to HugosHiltonHead.com for the full Brunch menu.

LAND’S END Located in Sea Pines at South Beach Marina overlooking beautiful Braddock's Cove, Land's End Tavern is one of the few Hilton Head Island restaurants with a spectacular, waterfront view. Complete with a broad selection of breakfast favorites, plus Lowcountry staples like Crab Cake Benedict and Shrimp and Grits. Land's End Tavern is a casual atmosphere with a pirate theme that the whole family will enjoy. Open daily from 8 a.m. Call (843) 671-5456 for seasonal hours.

PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFE Located in Palmetto Bay Marina off Helmsman Way. An Islander favorite for breakfast and brunch featuring eggs

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A Food Journal Is Your Simple Ticket To

DIET SUCCESS BY CRAIG HYSELL

Changing the way you eat can often seem like an insurmountable ordeal. However, as human beings continue to prove over and over again, nothing is insurmountable given the correct amount of time, method and application. What’s the key to success when changing a diet for the long term? Patience. Small, incremental steps are much easier to manage than that “big leap” for most people. Baby steps aren’t as sexy as going “all in”, but they add up over time, and usually a lot sooner than we think. It’s like Abraham Lincoln once said, “I might walk slowly, but I never walk backwards.” Life is stressful enough without putting so much pressure on yourself to turn life 180 degrees immediately and expect it to stick forever. You’re not being fair to yourself.

So where should we start? Start with a food journal. Most of us have no idea what we are putting into our body on a daily basis. Keep a food journal for one week writing down everything that you put into your ol’ belly, including what you drink. The more you document, the more powerful the observation becomes.

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Here are some quick tips:

What do you do after a week?

1. Be Honest. Write everything down. Everything. That’s the point. Who cares if you had pizza, ice cream, and a bottle of wine in one sitting? This is not a tool with which to you (or anybody else) will be using to judge you, this is only to assist you in making better diet decisions in the future. Be truthful or you are wasting your time.

Well, look it over. What can you cut back on? Then, simplify the question further, what is the ONE THING you feel you should cut back on immediately. Then, cut back on that ONE THING. Do not eliminate it, just cut back on it. Maybe eat or drink it twice a week instead of four. That’s it. Make it small, manageable and just outside your comfort zone. Keep your food log going for another week, note your successes after a second week as passed. Write them down! Recognize your achievements! Maybe you can take out your one thing another day AND cut back on something else the third week. Add in whole foods to replace items you cut back on. Do these small, measured steps for 6 weeks. (That’s just a month and a half!) Then look back on your progress. Hug your food log, thank Abraham Lincoln and give yourself a high five. Now, the big question is, what could you do if you gave it another six weeks…? Good luck out there!

2. Be detailed. You do not have to measure anything or weigh anything, but a “a fist sized portion of sliced oven roasted chicken on whole wheat bread with sprouts, avocado, extra mayo, and spicy mustard” paints a much different picture than just “chicken sandwich”. Drink out of water bottles and record ounces. Note amounts like “3 spoonfuls of Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk,” or “2 handfuls of almonds.” 3. Note eating times. Record the time of day that you eat as well. Again, be detailed. “11:45 p.m.” paints a much clearer picture than “afternoon” when you look back on your journal a week later.

Craig Hysell is the owner and head coach at CrossFit Hilton Head. You can find out more information at www.crossfithhi.com.


benedict, omelettes, french toast, pancakes, quiches, daily specials an more. Enjoy a bloody mary, mimosa, coffee or your favorite beverage while dining inside or on the patio. “One of the Best Breakfasts on Hilton Head”, Southern Living magazine. Open Daily Monday thru Friday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Call (843) 686-3232 for more information.

PANERA BREAD Located at 1012 William Hilton Parkway, just before the Sea Pines circle and Bluffton at Tanger 1 Outlet. With the skill of an Artisan, the heat of the oven and a few fine ingredients our bakers make bread that is simply delicious and baked fresh right here every day. Offering a wide selection of hot breakfast sandwiches and freshly baked bagels. Choose from a variety of coffee drinks, smoothies, espresso drinks and more. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Call (843) 686-3838 or 757-5611.

PLANTATION CAFÉ & DELI Located South Island at 81 Pope Avenue in Heritage Plaza and North Island at Port Royal Plaza. An Island favorite since 1974. Offering fresh breakfast items such as omelettes, crab cake benedicts, skillet dishes, pancakes, waffles, French toast, biscuits & gravy and much more, all at moderate prices. Also a wide variety of sides and beverages to complete any meal. Open for breakfast, Monday thru Saturday from 6:30 a.m.

until 11:30 a.m. and Sunday 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. for breakfast and brunch. Call (843) 785-9020 or 342-4472.

REILLEY’S Located in Reilley’s Plaza just off the Sea Pines Circle and Port Royal Plaza. Quite possibly, The Island’s longest running brunch. Our legendary brunch features Eggs Benedict, Omelettes, Steak and Eggs, as well as all of our regular lunch items. Champagne, Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s complement the casual Island atmosphere. Dine inside or on the patio. Serving Brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. Call (843) 842-4414 or 681-4153 or online at www.reilleyshiltonhead.com.

THE SMOKEHOUSE Located on 34 Palmetto Bay Road. You will find that in addition to award winning BBQ, The Smokehouse is now serving Sunday Brunch featuring a wide variety of Brunch entrees. Try our Huevos Rancheros with two eggs atop tortillas and refried beans, smothered with Pork Green Chili, chorizo sausage and blended cheese, or enjoy Filet Eggs Benedict with sautéed mushrooms and Hollandaise Sauce. If you are in the mood for something sweet, our French Toast is sure to please with hearty slices of Texas toast battered and grilled served with bacon or sausage. Relax with a Bottomless Mimosa or Homemade Bloody Mary. Indoor or outdoor seating available. Open for Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (843) 842-4227.

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Spring Festivals on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton BY LOUISE LUND

Festivals are among the events done best in the Lowcountry where a celebration is almost always underway. Locals and visitors regularly take to the streets, parks and waterways to enjoy life with the special varieties of cuisine, entertainment, arts and activities which define the friendly communities and their customs. Some of the most popular spring festivals are the Wine and Food Festival, Wingfest, the Bluffton Village Festival, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Run, the Seafood Fest, the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, and the Kiwanis Rib Burnoff. The 28th annual Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival brings together wine, spirit, and food lovers for a six-day event, beginning March 4, with events running through March 9. The Festival, held at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation, provides wine lovers and gourmet foodies alike the opportunity to sample outstanding domestic and international wines and some of the Lowcountry's best cuisine. The Grand Tasting and Silent Auction, part of the festival, will be held at the Sea Pines Country Club from 5:30–7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8. Sample a variety of high-quality, domestic and international awardwinning wines and gourmet delights. Wine distributors will be on hand to answer questions.

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The Public Tasting and Silent Auction, at Honey Horn Plantation on Saturday, March 9, 12–3 p.m., provides an opportunity to bid on impressive wines in the most extensive wine auction on Hilton Head Island. Also on the agenda is a Culinary Court, Bartender's Challenge, Waiters’ Race, and Outdoor Gourmet where award-winning local and regional Chef's offer cooking tips, and free samples of outstanding cuisine throughout the day. New this year will be a Grape Stomping Competition on March 9, a fun and lively competition that brings out the best of “I Love Lucy” in everybody, and will include a “Lucy” look-alike contest. The Artisan Market has been added and will feature unique foods, arts and crafts, wine, and Lowcountry specialty items - everything from olive oils and cheeses to unique artwork. For information, visit hiltonheadwineandfood.com. The next festival to plan to attend is Wingfest on Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Shelter Cove Park. Get your wing on at one of the premier area outdoor festivals. What a great opportunity to celebrate the beginning of spring! The best Hilton Head/Bluffton wing-slinging restaurants will be serving

their unique wing recipes and having a blast doing it to help raise funds for the Island Recreation Center’s Children’s Scholarship Fund. While participants are justifiably proud of their special recipes for chicken wings, there is so much more to the culinary scene than hot sauce and blue cheese dressing. Created in spring 1994, Wingfest began its annual oneday tradition of food, fun and

philanthropy. The festival was created by Joe Cain, event director for Island Recreation Association, with input from Cecil and Dianne Crowley, owners of Wings Over America, franchising agent for Wild Wing Café. “More than 5,000 people flocked to last year's event,” Cain said. “In fifteen years, Wingfest has raised more than $150,000 for the Association’s Scholarship Fund.” The Pre-Wingfest Party, also at

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Shelter Cove Park, will be on Friday, March 22, from 5–8 p.m. Wings for this event will be prepared by the SERG Group, and there will be live music and entertainment. For more information, visit islandreccenter.org. Meet old friends and make new ones at the 35th annual Bluffton Village Festival, also known as Mayfest, on May 11, 2013. The event could be described as an old-fashioned street party with lots of good food, fun, and laughter. There will be just the right mix of footstomping entertainment and idyllic Bluffton fun. Small town warmth and a thriving arts scene, mixed with the Lowcountry’s relaxed appeal are all ingredients to make this a very popular event. It is put on by the Rotary Club of Bluffton and showcases over 250 vendors from across the country. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton, guests can enjoy art, music, and food. Organizers are expecting huge crowds, but vendors say that's only part of the reason they come to the festival.

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It's also about the sense of community. "You can see everybody out here in one day. Catch up with neighbors you haven't seen since last year's festival. It's Bluffton's opportunity to put its best foot forward and show the rest of the world what a great little town it is," said 18year vendor Jennifer Megliore, owner of ArtWear. The Bluffton Village Festival was created to give Bluffton residents a chance to have some hometown fun and be exposed to the amazing craftsmen, artists and musicians in their very own town. Entertainers and vendors provide an electric atmosphere. Organizers expect between 250 and 300 vendors from all over the country, offering unique arts and crafts and delicious food. Diverse goods for sale include jewelry, sweet grass baskets, ironworks, print and original artwork, quilts, glass art, and pottery. Food vendors will offer choices ranging from favorites such as the festival’s famous shrimp salad sandwiches and barbecue to traditional festival food such as funnel

cakes, crepes, and Italian ice. Be sure to catch the annual Ugly Dog contest! A portion of the profits from the festival are donated to local charities. For more information on this event, visit www.blufftonvillagefestival.com. Start your St. Patrick Day celebration at the 18th Annual Shamrock Run on Saturday, March 16, a 5K Run and Health Walk, starting at 8 a.m. The flat and fast Shamrock Run race course starts on Pope Avenue in front of New York City Pizza at Heritage Plaza, and continues down Pope Avenue, North Forest Beach Drive and Lagoon Road to the finish area at the corner of Lagoon Road and Pope Avenue. The event will benefit The Mental Health Association of Beaufort County. The 30th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Spectators, last year in excess of 20,000, are always delighted with the antics of clowns, marching bands, entertaining Shriners, floats, and all the marching units and dignitaries. For more information, visit stpatricksdayhhi.com.


The annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, April 56, sponsored by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, helps raise money for the American Cancer Society, MD Anderson Cancer Research Center, and the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund. The festival kicks off on Friday, April 5, from 5–8 p.m. with live entertainment, and it continues on Saturday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Shelter Cove Community Park with local restaurants serving their seafood specialties. "The Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest has raised over $225,000 for M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, the Hilton Head Island Recreation Center and the American Cancer Society. It has become a regionally recognized event and we are looking forward to it being bigger and better this year," according to Andrew Carmines. On Saturday, the area's top seafood restaurants will be offering up samples of their best seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine. Organizers expect about 5,000 people to attend this year. Live music, including The Headliners, will continue throughout the day. A kids’ zone and silent auction, featuring trips to the wine country and private dinners by local chefs, will be part of the event. An "Iron Chef" style challenge pits local chefs against each other in a blind cook off. Each chef will get a set amount of time to come up with a gourmet dish from a basket of mystery ingredients. For more information, visit davidcarmines.org/seafoodfest. Make plans now to “Get Your Plaid On!” at the 45th RBC Heritage Golf Tournament scheduled for April 15-21, 2013, at the Harbour Town Golf Links. The RBC Heritage is more than just a golf tournament; it’s a major economic engine, bringing $80 million into the state each year. Funds that are raised through the annual tournament are distributed to charitable organizations throughout the area. A long list of Heritage champions includes golf legends like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Greg Norman, as well as today's top golfers from around the globe, as well as former winners and players Jim Furyk, Davis Love III, and Stewart Cink. Are you a fan of barbeque? The fields at Honey Horn will spring to life on May 18, rain or shine, with the wonderful smells of hickory-stoked fires, slow-cooked ribs, and pulled pork at the Kiwanis Rib BurnOff. Every year the Kiwanis Club sponsors Hilton Head’s premier barbeque event at the Coastal Discovery Museum of Hilton Head. Hundreds of residents and visitors join in to raise funds for local children’s charities, to enjoy some down-home music and some of the South’s best barbeque. Cooking starts the night before as restaurants and gifted amateurs compete for trophies and another year’s bragging rights. Children can play on inflatable castles and slides in the free children’s area and run in the open fields. For more information, visit www.hiltonheadkiwanis.com. There is certainly no shortage of festivals and other reasons to gather and celebrate in Hilton Head and Bluffton during the spring season. Mark your calendars with the dates and expect to have a great time at each one of them! ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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A TASTE OF NIGHTLIFE / LOUNGES

ASIAN BISTRO Located at 51 New Orleans Rd., just off the Sea Pines circle. Sleek contemporary style restaurant offering Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine as well as a nice selection of dim sum choices. Enjoy happy hour daily from 5 until 8 p.m. featuring $2.99 house wines, wells and beers. Relax at the traditional bar or enjoy some amazing sushi at one of the island’s best sushi bars. Serving continuously from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. Call (843) 686-9888.

AUNT CHILADAS EASY STREET CAFE Located at 69 Pope Avenue. Voted the Island’s best Happy Hour. Awesome Happy Hour menu featuring special prices on steamed shrimp, chicken wings, tacos, Mexican pizzas and Alaskan Snow Crab Legs. Drink specials include a gold dollar back on any liquor drink and a Kennedy half dollar back on any beer or wine selection. Catch your favorite team on one of our 18 flat screen TVs, including 6 plasma’s while enjoying your favorite fare from our regular menu. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 785-7700.

THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE Located upstairs at Coligny Plaza, Oceanside. The Island’s finest selection of imported and microbrewed draft beer in a unique 1940’s themed bar. Awesome happy hour with Margarita Madness and many other specials. Live music during dinner Friday and Saturday. Call for late night entertainment schedule. Full menu available. Open from 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m., Monday thru Saturday. Call (843) 686-3443.

BIG JIM’S BBQ, BURGERS & PIZZA New restaurant located in Palmetto Dunes at the Robert Trent Jones Clubhouse. Big Jim’s features a wine and beer menu, delicious appetizers and Happy Hour daily from 4 until 7 p.m. in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy seasonal live entertainment, big screen TVs and outdoor seating overlooking the golf course. Big Jim’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily featuring BBQ, gourmet burgers and grilled pizza. Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Take out and catering available. Call (843) 7851165 or www.palmettodunes.com/big-jims.

BRITISH OPEN PUB Located in The Village at Wexford, Sheridan Park and Sun City. Hilton Head’s first true golfer’s pub featuring the only bar by Titleist. A wide selection of beers, ales, stouts and wines from around the world. Awesome appetizer selections, brilliant martini list and full menu available. Blarney is invited, singing encouraged and good humor admired. Open daily from 11 a.m until late. Call (843) 686-6736, Bluffton 815-6736 or Sun City 705-4005. 66

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CAPTAIN JOHN’S GALLEY AT THE SALTY DOG CAFE Located at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Step up to Jake’s raw bar for some of the Island’s finest seafood and good times. Enjoy spectacular views of Braddock’s Cove while selecting from steamed oysters, shrimp, crab legs and more. Full bar available and the frozen drinks are made with fresh fruit. Happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m. Call (843) 671-CAFE (2233) for seasonal hours.

CAPTAIN WOODY’S All new location at 6 Target Road on Hilton Head and in Bluffton at the Calhoun Street Promenade. A local favorite for 30 years for fresh seafood and fine beverages. Great signature sandwiches (Grouper Melt & Po Boy’s), oysters, crab legs, shrimp and scallops served with your favorite beer, wine or cocktail. Happy Hour from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. daily with great prices. Open daily from 11 a.m. until late, food available until 10 p.m. Call (843) 785-2400 or 757-6222 or online at www.captainwoodys.com.

CATCH 22 FRESH SEAFOOD & GRILL Located at 37 New Orleans Road in Orleans Plaza. A great choice for some of the Island’s best Happy Hour deals. Relax in a comfortable and cozy atmosphere and choose from great seafood appetizers and beer, wine and liquor specials. A full menu is also available at the bar as well as a wide selection of


fine wines. Happy Hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. daily and dinner served from 5 p.m. Call (843) 785-6261.

and dinner daily, as well as Sunday Brunch. Happy hour offered daily from 4 until 7 p.m. Call (843) 342-9066 or online at www.chart-house.com. Reservations are recommended.

CHARBAR CO Located in Park Plaza right outside Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head. A local favorite serving award winning gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads and more! We feature specialty craft beers on tap, niche wines, two full service bars, and a lounge equipped with a music collection spanning the decades in a fun indoor/outdoor environment. Voted Hilton Head Island “People’s Choice Best Burger”, 1st Place Winner of Burgers & Brews 2012! Enjoy our large outdoor patio with flatscreens, fireplace and the only outdoor bar in Park Plaza! Half Off Happy Hour specials daily from 4-7p.m.! Live music nightly! Call (843) 785-CHAR (2427) or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/CharbarCo.

THE CHART HOUSE (Formally Charley’s Crab) Located at Two Hudson Rd., just off Squire Pope Rd. Serving up sensational food prepared by Executive Chef Eric Seaglund, accompanied by spectacular water views of the Intracoastal waterway and extraordinary service. The expansive menu features fresh fish, pristine seafood, succulent steaks, Lowcountry specialties and an extensive collection of fine wines and decadent desserts. Relax on the expanded contemporary patio. Open for lunch

CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE Located at 8 New Orleans Rd., just off Hwy. 278. Casual yet sophisticated atmosphere. Relax on the leather couch or sit at the bar with Jeff and try one of his famous real chocolate martinis or one of his other unique concoctions. Full bar, extensive wine and beer offerings, and happy hour specials including half price wines by the glass, from 5 until 7 p.m. Select bar menu and full dinner menu available at the bar. Open Monday thru Saturday. Call (843) 785-9277 or check us out online at www.charliesgreenstar.com.

CORKS WINE BAR Located South Island in the Publix Shopping Center next to Staples. The Lowcountry’s only neighborhood wine bar where class meets comfort in a warm, friendly and fun atmosphere. Offering wines by the glass, bottle, flight and porron. Gourmet ‘Big’ small plates made from fresh, local and organic ingredients and a full selection of spirits and American craft beers. Great happy hour specials from 5 until 6 p.m. daily. Private party room available. Open Monday thru Saturday from 5 p.m. until midnight. Call (843) 715-9198 or catch us online at www.corkshiltonhead.com.

Premium Golfer's Pub, est. 1998

Just a Sampling SANDWEDGES Lobster Roll, Classic Melt, Angus Burgers, Wexford Rubens FROM THE GREEN Pub Lobster Salad, Chef Salad, Cobb Salad, Hogan Black & Blue BRITISH FARE Award winning Fish & Chips, Steak & Mushroom Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Bangers & Mash, Liver & Onions PRESTWICK TABLE Gleneagle’s Chop, Filet Mignon, Lobster Pot Pie, Orange Glazed Salmon, BBQ Ribs, NY Strip Lunch and Dinner daily 11 a.m. Until late Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. Until 2 p.m. Happy Hour Daily from 4 until 7 p.m.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, VILLAGE AT WEXFORD: 843.686.6736 BLUFFTON, SHERIDAN PARK: 843.815.6736 • SUN CITY: 843.705.4005

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THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ

Located at 26 New Orleans Rd. Relax around our antique Old English bar and enjoy a cocktail, appetizer, sandwich or full meal. Select from our extensive wine and liquor list, true classic cocktails, infused martinis, aged scotches and small batch bourbons. Great bar menu and happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. daily. A family tradition of excellence in quality and value for over 100 years. Serving dinner daily from 5 p.m. Call (843) 341-2333.

Located in Coligny Plaza, next to the Art Café. A comfortable, casual atmosphere offering a “web-footed lickin” menu and an enormous amount of frozen daiquiris by the glass or by the gallon. Our menu features a wide array of selections including our 10 oz. and 20 oz. Certified black angus burger, crab cakes, pizza, prime rib sandwich, salads, subs, wraps, appetizers and of course fried frog legs. 22 HD TV’s for great sports viewing and NTN Trivia is also available as well as a kid’s menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-FROG (3764) or online at www.frostyfrog.com.

THE DRYDOCK SEAFOOD GRILL & SPIRITS Located at 21 Office Park Rd. in the Sapelo building. Go where the locals go for fresh seafood, cold drinks and good times. Fantastic outdoor bar and deck is the perfect place to enjoy a cool cocktail and some of the island’s best seafood. Great happy hour specials and plenty of TV’s for all your favorite sporting events. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 842-9775.

ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE Located at Shelter Cove Harbour. One of Hilton Head’s newest dining sensations offers some of the best water views on the island. Featuring an extensive boutique wine collection and mixology collection. Local artist Dean St. Hillaire performs each Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 until 11 p.m. Call (843) 785-3030 or online at www.elasgrille.com.

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HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS Located on the Intracoastal Waterway off Squire Pope Rd. With 44 years of casual dining experience and spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Hudson’s is an island icon. Featuring the freshest, local seafood in the area as well as pasta, steaks, chicken and more. Enjoy beer, wine or specialty cocktails in the Oyster Bar or while watching the sunset on the deck bar. Featured on the Food Network and in Bon Appétit. Open daily at 11 a.m. Call (843) 681-2772.

THE JAZZ CORNER Located in the "corner" of The Village at Wexford. Voted


"Best Live Entertainment Venue". Our intimate, elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of world-class entertainment enhanced by our innovative southern flavors menu and impeccable service. The Jazz Corner offers a signature martini menu, extensive wine list, full bar and late-night menu. Open nightly from 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (843) 842-8620 or check us out online at www.thejazzcorner.com.

Kurama Japanese Restaurant offers a wide selection of beer, wine, cocktails as well as the finest Japanese sake. Only at Kurama can you take advantage of our Happy Hour specials and indulge yourself in authentic Japanese meals that will complement your choice of beverage. Open daily from 4:30 until 10 p.m. Call (843) 785-4955 or visit www.KuramaHHI.com for more details.

MELLOW MUSHROOM KINGFISHER SEAFOOD, PASTA, AND STEAK HOUSE Located at 18 Harbourside Ln. at Shelter Cove Harbour. Offering affordable casual dining in a 5 star setting with breathtaking waterfront views from inside or on the outside deck. Early Bird from 5 until 7 p.m. Best Island Happy Hour from 5 until 8 p.m. featuring incredible drink and raw bar specials. Live music and dancing with Pete Carroll on Wednesdays, classic soft rock with David Wingo on Thursdays, and jazz with Earl Williams on Fridays. Tableside magic shows on Sundays and Mondays. Call (843) 785-4442 for reservations and information or online at www.kingfisherseafood.com.

KURAMA JAPANESE SEAFOOD AND STEAK HOUSE & SUSHI BAR Located at 9 Palmetto Bay Road next to Sea Pines Circle,

Located in Park Plaza on Hilton Head and at 878 Fording Island Rd. in Bluffton. A fun and lively place with great food, beer and service. Over twenty-four beers on tap, fifty more by bottle and a full bar all in a comfortable and casual setting. Specializing in great pizza and calzones, monumental hoagies and fresh salads. Plenty of TVs to view your favorite teams. Win prizes at live team trivia Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. (Tuesday’s at 9 p.m. in Bluffton). Enjoy Karaoke on Saturday Night. Happy Hour from 3 until 6 p.m. everyday. Open daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-2474 (HHI) or 706-0800 (B-Town).

OKKO RESTAURANT Located at 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza, Suite C. Contemporary Asian cuisine served in a magnificent atmosphere. Choose from Hibachi, Thai or Chinese or relax at the sushi bar or in the lounge. Open 7 days from 11:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., Sunday thru Thursday and 11:30 a.m. until

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midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Call (843) 341-3377 for more information or directions.

OLD OYSTER FACTORY Located on the waters of the Broad Creek at 101 Marshland Road. Built on the site of an original oyster cannery on Broad Creek, the Old Oyster Factory is a delight for family and children of all ages. Enjoy superb, innovative seafood and steaks while taking in one of the Lowcountry's best panoramic views of the marshland landscape. Outdoor seating is available. Open nightly at 4:45 pm. Call or visit our website for details about our seasonal happy hour and summer entertainment. (843) 681-6040.

REDFISH On the corner of Palmetto Bay Rd. and Archer Rd. Our unique bar and retail wine shop offers a contemporary, yet casual atmosphere for the wine connisuer. Over 1,000 hand-selected wines from all over the world are available as well as a full bar selection. The wine shop is open Monday thru Saturday at 10 a.m. Dinner is available daily from 5 to 10 p.m. Call (843) 686-3388.

REILLEY’S Located in Reilley’s Plaza just off Sea Pines Circle and Port Royal Plaza. An Island Tradition since 1982. Happy Hour from 4 until 7 p.m. featuring 50% off on selected liquor, wine, beer and appetizers. Also, occasional live entertainment (call for schedule). Full menu and bar available inside or outside on the patio. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 842-4414 or 681-4153 or online at www.reilleyshiltonhead.com.

THE SALTY DOG CAFE Located at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Great food, frozen drinks and live entertainment from the island's favorite outdoor cafe. Enjoy beautiful waterfront views overlooking Braddock's Cove in a fun and casual atmosphere. Happy Hour daily with a full menu available, plus an outdoor cookout, Salty Dog Ice Cream and Jake's Pizza during the season. Call (843) 671-CAFE (2233) for seasonal hours.

SAN MIGUEL’S MEXICAN CAFE Located at Harbourside III on Shelter Cove Harbour. Do Mexican on the marina while enjoying the Island’s best margaritas. The outdoor bar overlooking the marina is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Great happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., seasonal live entertainment and panoramic views make this a must stop. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 842-4555.

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elegant yet casual, cozy atmosphere. Our outdoor rooftop cantina is the perfect setting for one of our famous margaritas, sangrias or an imported beer. Enjoy Happy Hour daily from 5 until 7 p.m. and live entertainment Wednesday thru Saturday and first Sunday of every month. Open Daily for dinner from 5 p.m., and lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 785-3838 or www.santafehhi.com.

THE SMOKEHOUSE Join us in our larger and newly renovated location at 34 Palmetto Bay Rd. The island’s newest nightlife destination for Rhythm and Brews! Offering 12 choices of ice-cold beer from our state of the art beer towers, full complement of premium liquors and wines, plenty of flat screen TV’s and an amazing sound system and occasional live entertainment to keep you rockin! For a more mellow evening you can chill out on our outdoor deck complete with a brick fireplace. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 842-4BBQ (4227) or visit us at www.smokehousehhi.com.

STEAMER SEAFOOD Located on the pond in Coligny Plaza. Fresh seafood, amazing appetizers, raw bar delicacies all served with a wide variety of beverages. Over 250 beers from around the world, buckets of beer, frozen drinks, pitchers of cocktails and wine by the glass or bottle. Celebrating 22 years on the Island. Seasonal live entertainment featuring Todd Cowart. Open from 11:30 a.m until late, 7 days a week. Call (843) 785-2070.

WILD WING CAFE Located at 72 Pope Avenue in Circle Center and just off Hwy. 278 in Bluffton. When the sun goes down on Hilton Head, the night lights up at the Wing! Of course this legendary hot spot serves “The Best Wings South of Buffalo” in 33 different flavors, but there's a whole lot more as well. Known as one of the premier spots for live music, sports on the big screen and late night fun including karaoke and trivia. Enjoy the original Bucket O’ Beer, fantastic food, great service and more in this Island institution for over 20 years. Open Monday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. until 2 a.m., and Sunday 12 noon until 2 a.m. Call (843) 785-9464 or 837-9453 or check us out online at wildwingcafe.com.

THE WRECK OF THE SALTY DOG Located at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Enjoy a casual and fun atmosphere in the same spirit as The Salty Dog Cafe. Serving a full bar with excellent food and waterfront view overlooking South Beach Marina and Braddock's Cove, The Wreck offers excellent Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials. Available for private parties. Call (843) 671-SEAS (7327) for seasonal hours.

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ISLAND WINERY Hot Sherry Pepper Sauce History For more than two hundred years, Sherry Pepper Sauce has been a well-kept Bermuda secret. In the heyday of the British Navy, Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard was one of the busiest maritime bases in the world. Sailors coveted locally cultivated pequin peppers, which they would add to their barrels of sherry to create a seasoning to mask the taste of their less-thansavory ship rations. Becoming a favorite sauce among local Bermudians, they refined the recipe and soon began producing and selling it themselves. Nowadays, a bottle of Sherry Pepper Sauce can be found tableside in just about any restaurant in Bermuda and in nearly all kitchen pantries. Sherry Pepper Sauce is an essential ingredient in Bermuda’s world famous Fish Chowder. Hilton Head Island Sherry Pepper Sauce Although Bermuda is practically our neighbor – just a couple of hundred miles off the coast - here at Island Winery in Hilton Head South Carolina, we decided to adapt the recipe a bit to make it the perfect accompaniment to our Low Country cuisine. We started with our barrel aged semi-dry sherry. Then we infused the sherry with smoky chipotle and habenero peppers for several weeks to give it a little extra kick. Finally, we bottled it with a couple of pequin peppers to keep true to the original. And just to give it that special spice which Low Country cooking is famous for, we added some of the same Caribbean spices that were once traded in the ports of Charleston and Savannah centuries ago. For Serving Suggestions and Recipes go to islandwinery.com/sherrypepper or visit the Winery for a taste Located North end of Wm Hilton/278 pkway (near the HH airport) Matthews to Cardinal Rd (mailbox on wine barrel)

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A TASTE OF ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES HEAVENLY SPA BY WESTIN Located at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa in Port Royal Plantation. Amidst the palmetto lined boardwalks, winding through lush gardens, serene fountains and enchanting lagoons rests a heavenly oasis. The first Heavenly Spa by Westin in the continental United States includes a full service salon. We welcome you to experience pampering essences to soothe the spirit, rejuvenate the body and enrich the mind. Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (hours vary seasonally). Call (843) 681-1019 to book an appointment or visit us online at www.HiltonHeadHeavenlySpa.com.

HILTON HEAD ICE CREAM Located at 55 New Orleans Road, just off Pope Avenue. Hilton Head Ice Cream has received accolades from CNN, Warner Books, Southern Living magazine and voted best of Hilton Head in every local media poll. Even the U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain has touted Hilton Head Ice Cream. The shop has created many flavors: Girl Scout Cookie, Flower Power, Mocha Pecan, Banana’s Foster and Espresso. Salt air is our secret ingredient and there is love in each batch too. Call (843) 842-6333.

ISLAND FUDGE SHOPPE Located in Coligny Plaza. The best homemade confections anywhere. Offering16 flavors of fudge made fresh daily, 8 flavors of saltwater taffy and a large variety of hand dipped chocolates sure to please even the sweetest tooth. Gift baskets and shipping available. Locally owned and operated. Senior citizens receive a 10% off discount. Call (843) 842-4280 for more information or check us out online at www.islandfudge.com.

ISLAND WINERY Located at 12A Cardinal Rd. Island Winery presents a unique concept in fine wines, traveling the world’s vineyards to select the perfect grapes and handcrafting their wines in small batches right on Hilton Head. Also featuring Lowcountry specialty wines with unique recipes made from local fruit. Enjoy tastings Monday thru Saturday, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., wine and cheese happy hour each Monday thru Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and flights of wine and cheese Monday thru Saturday 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Call (843) 842-3141 for directions and information or online at www.islandwinery.com.

OCEAN TIDES SPA Located at 23 Ocean Lane in Palmetto Dunes Plantation at the Omni Oceanfront Resort. Spend the day being pampered from head to toe by the specially trained therapists. Choose from among an extensive massage menu, facials, manicures, pedicures and wraps. Emerge renewed


through an enchanting ritual of treatments and experience the soothing atmosphere of this ocean front spa. Offering the only beachside Cabana massages on the Island. Open daily with evening and sunrise appointments available. Call (843) 341-8056.

RITA’S ITALIAN ICE Located Oceanside at Coligny Plaza and off Burnt Church Road (Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center) in Bluffton. Featuring Ices, Shakes and Cones, all made fresh daily and available in over 10 flavors. Cool off with Rita’s Famous Gelati, an amazing combination of Italian Ice and Frozen Custard layered to perfection. If it’s just old-fashioned Custard you want, we have it in both Vanilla and Chocolate. For coffee lovers try one of our Ritaccino’s, Rita’s ultimate coffee drink. Call (843) 341-5587 or 706-3227.

SEA PINES CATERING & WEDDINGS Hilton Head’s premier caterer offers award-winning service and cuisine, as well as incredible golf course, clubhouse, marina and beach venues, and can expertly accommodate groups of 2 to 500 guests. Special Events, Special Places, Special Memories. Call (843) 842-1495, seapines.com/meetings.

VISIT VISIT

ISLAND WINERY Tasting Room/Store Hours Monday thru Saturday, 12:30 to 5:30 pm Taste our award winning wines made on premise.

Flights of Wine offered 12:30 - 2:30 pm Enjoy 3 Wines and a cheese platter.

Happy Hour Begins at 4 pm Monday - Thursday Enjoy light appetizers while sampling a variety of wines from our extensive wine list. We recommend that you arrive no later than 4:30 to get the most out of your experience.

Barrel Tastings Friday at 4 pm Reservations Required

SPA SOLEIL Located inside the Marriott Resort & Spa in Palmetto Dunes. Relax and let us take care of you in our beautiful and tranquil European spa. An absolutely breathtaking relaxation room complete with amazing lighting, waterwall and fireplaces is the perfect atmosphere for you to enjoy a variety of spa treatments all served with a touch of southern hospitality. Open from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. (hours vary with season). Call (843) 686-8420 or 686-8429 or online at www.csspagroup.com.

TOBACCO ROAD Located at 119 Arrow Road, Suite B. An impressive array of cigars, perfect humidification and a well trained staff will meet all your needs. Hilton Head’s oldest smoke shop has catered to locals and tourists alike for over ten years. Offering a complete selection of fine cigars, domestic and imported cigarettes, and a comfortable smoking lounge in which to enjoy them. Open Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call (843) 341-6265 or online at www.hiltonheadcigars.com.

YELLOW CAB The largest cab fleet on Hilton Head. All vehicles are radio dispatched, late model sedans or mini-vans. Serving all area airports. Service 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Providing great service and comfortable air-conditioned transportation. Call (843) 686-6666.

Located North end of Wm Hilton/278 pkway (near the HH airport) Matthews to Cardinal Rd (mailbox on wine barrel)

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A TASTE OF ADVERTISERS / MAP LOCATION

1.

ALEXANDER’S (843) 785-4999

20. CRAZY CRAB (843) 363-2722 or 681-5021

38. THE OLD OYSTER FACTORY (843) 681-6040

2.

A LOWCOUNTRY BACKYARD (843) 785-YARD (9273)

39. PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFE (843) 686-3232

3.

ANNIE O’S SOUTHERN EATS (843) 341- 2664

21. THE DRYDOCK SEAFOOD GRILL & SPIRITS (843) 842-9775

4. 5.

6.

ASIAN BISTRO (843) 686-9888 AUNT CHILADAS EASY STREET CAFE (843) 785-7700 THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE (843) 686-3443

7.

BIG JIM’S BBQ, BURGERS & PIZZA (843) 785-1165

8.

BRITISH OPEN PUB (843) 686-6736, 815-6736 or 705-4005

9.

THE CAFÉ (843) 686-8488

10. CAPTAIN JOHN’S GALLEY AT THE SALTY DOG CAFE (843) 671-CAFE (2233) 11. CAPTAIN WOODY’S (843) 785-2400 or 757-6222 12. CATCH 22 FRESH SEAFOOD & GRILL (843) 785-6261 13. CHARBAR CO (843) 785-CHAR (2427) 14. CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE (843) 785-9277 15. CHART HOUSE (843) 342-9066 16. COCO’S ON THE BEACH (843) 842-2626 (COCO) 17. CONROY’S (843) 686-8400 18. CORKS WINE BAR (843) 715-9198 19. CRANE’S TAVERN STEAKHOUSE & SEAFOOD (843) 341-2333

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22. ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE (843) 785-3030 23. THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ (843) 686-FROG (3764) 24. HINOKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR (843) 785-9800 25. HUDSON’S SEAFOOD ON THE DOCKS (843) 681-2772

40. PANERA BREAD (843) 686-3838 or 757-5611 41. PLANTATION CAFE & DELI (843) 785-9020 or 342-4472 42. REDFISH (843) 686-3388 43. REILLEY’S (843) 842-4414 or 681-4153 44. RUAN THAI HUT (843) 681-3700

26. HUGO’S (843) 785-HUGO (4846)

45. SAGE ROOM (843) 785-5352

27. ISLAND FUDGE SHOPPE (843) 842-4280

46. THE SALTY DOG CAFE (843) 671-CAFE (2233)

28. ISLAND WINERY (843) 842-3141

47. SAN MIGUEL’S MEXICAN CAFE (843) 842-4555

29. THE JAZZ CORNER (843) 842-8620 30. KENNY B’S CAJUN SEAFOOD HUT (843) 785-3315 31. KINGFISHER SEAFOOD, PASTA AND STEAK HOUSE (843) 785-4442 32. KURAMA JAPANESE SEAFOOD AND STEAK HOUSE SUSHI BAR (843) 785-4955

48. SANTA FE CAFE (843) 785-3838 49. SEA GRASS GRILLE (843) 785-9990 50. THE SMOKEHOUSE (843) 842-4BBQ (4227) 51. SPA SOLEIL (843) 686-8420 or 686-8429 52. STEAMER SEAFOOD (843) 785-2070

33. LAND’S END TAVERN (843) 671-5456

53. STELLINI ITALIAN RESTAURANT (843) 785-7006

34. MANGIAMO (843) 682-2444

54. TAPAS RESTAURANT (843) 681-8590

35. MELLOW MUSHROOM (843) 686-2474 or 706-0800

55. TOBACCO ROAD (843) 341-6265

36. MICHAEL ANTHONY’S (843) 785-6272

56. WILD WING CAFE (843) 785-9464 or 837-9453

37. OKKO (843) 341-3377

57. THE WRECK OF THE SALTY DOG (843) 671-7327


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