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CONTENTS

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THE OLD OYSTER FACTORY Countless memories are created over the course of 25 years.

12 MELLOW MUSHROOM A Dream Come True.

20 TOBEY BROWN Hospitality Superman.

24 IN THE KITCHEN Meagen Mehaffey, Executive Chef at ELA’s Blu Water Grille.

28 HILTON HEAD WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL Let’s Get This Party Started.

40 ST. PATRICK’S DAY The Luck of the Irish.

44 OCD BAND Jammin and Havin Fun.

46 KEEP IT SIMPLE Health and fitness tips from CrossFit Hilton Head.

57 SPRING FESTIVALS On Hilton Head Island and Bluffton.

62 WHAT’S IN SEASON? Soft-shelled crabs! A Spring and Early Summer Delicacy.

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

10 A TASTE OF DINNER 48 A TASTE OF LUNCH 63 A TASTE OF ISLAND RECIPES 64 A TASTE OF BREAKFAST/BRUNCH 67 A TASTE OF NIGHTLIFE/LOUNGES 72 A TASTE OF ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES 74 ADVERTISING DIRECTORY/MAP 4

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE Every year when spring rolls around, I feel like I get a shot of adrenaline. The winter months tend to wear on me and I always feel a little lethargic. Something about cold weather and me just don’t get along. Fortunately, winters here are short and compared to most of the country, very mild. That said, I still can’t wait for spring and all it brings. Getting outside to exercise, play golf, tennis, hit the beach or whatever gets you going, spring always jump-starts my energy level. Another favorite of spring is all of the annual events that go hand in hand with this time of year. If you’re into college basketball, is there anything better than March Madness? Does anything top strolling the course at Harbour Town to see world-class golf? How about celebrating St. Paddy’s day on Pope Avenue taking in our annual parade? Does that not catapult you right into spring fever? How about attending the largest Wine tasting on the east coast or our annual Wingfest? Both are island traditions that are not to be missed. Another sure sign of spring is the buzz of activity around the island. The volume of people on the roads, the shops, the beach and the restaurants increases daily. This is a good thing and one that we as locals look forward to every year. The beginning of tourist season is much anticipated and appreciated as it jumps start the economy and gets the island rolling every year. These are just a smattering of some of the many things that I can’t wait for every year. The common denominator of all these events is being outside and enjoying the amazing background of Hilton Head’s natural beauty. It is easy to take the beauty of our surroundings for granted after you have lived here for a number of years. Somehow, however, spring rekindles my appreciation of the island and reinforces why I live here. So join me in welcoming back springtime and enjoying and appreciating all the gems that help make our home a unique place to live. We have culture and traditions. We have great restaurants and chefs and we sure know how to have fun. So get out this spring and enjoy all the island has to offer and get that adrenaline flowing.

TASTE OF HILTON HEAD VOLUME IX, ISSUE 1 PUBLISHER David Mudwilder ART DIRECTOR Kim Bowen CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Rob Kaufman CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Christy Baroni Allyson Jones 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 /TasteHHI /TasteHHI

David Mudwilder

ABOUT THE COVER The Sun Rise Benedict from Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café is the perfect way to start your day. Photography by Rob Kaufman. 6

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THE OLD OYSTER FACTORY Countless memories are created over the course of 25 years. BY ALLYSON JONES

For both the longtime patrons and staff of the Old Oyster Factory, the restaurant’s silver anniversary is a celebration of unparalleled views and relationships that stand the test of time. Opening in April of 1989 and built on the site of a former oyster canning facility off Marshland Road, the spacious, multi-level establishment is renowned for its extensive dinner menu of fresh seafood and steaks, panoramic views of Broad Creek and signature service. Regular visitors to Hilton Head make it a point to stop in every chance they get to enjoy their favorite dishes and catch up with staff members who remember their names, faces and stories. After high school graduation, Jessica Lemek began working as a hostess at the Old Oyster Factory. Twenty-two years later, she manages the restaurant and simply can’t imagine working anywhere else. “I just loved it so much, I never left,” she says with a laugh. ”I’ve been here 8

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that long because of the owners. They’re a great company to work for.” Behind the scenes, Lee Webb, Jr., spent his first week at the Old Oyster Factory washing big pots before moving over to the line. In addition to his former day job cutting meat at a local grocery store, over the course of 25 years he worked his way through various positions and now runs the kitchen alongside Chef Andy Love. Both employees credit the lessons taught by founding partner and Executive Chef Franz Auer for their career success, as well as the restaurant’s popularity. “Customer service, consistency, presentation – those were his number one goals,” explains Lemek. “People know when they come in the doors, they will get the same service they got last year and the year before that and the year before that. Then, the food tastes just as good whether it’s a slow or busy night. It’s always consistently good.” “I can honestly say the consistency

that we try to maintain has a lot to do with us still being in business,” adds Webb. “Franz had real high standards. I came up under him, I know what it should look like and I know what it shouldn’t look like.” In addition to classic favorites, such as the pan-seared Crab Cake Dinner, Potato Crusted Black Grouper, Broiled Dayboat Scallops, Mediterranean Grilled Salmon, Seafood Medley, Oven Roasted Bourbon Chicken and Filet Mignon, a separate menu is devoted exclusively to seasonally fresh catch


specials ranging from swordfish, tuna, tilapia and stuffed flounder to cobia, tilefish, halibut and snapper. Whether served by the dozen or halfdozen, raw, steamed or baked, from local waters or as far away as Connecticut, oysters receive top billing at this waterfront restaurant. House specialties include Oyster Rockefeller baked with smoked bacon, spinach and béarnaise or Oyster Savannah with shrimp, crabmeat, smoked bacon and topped with cheddar cheese. The specialty cocktail menu even features an Oyster Factory Shooter with an East Coast oyster topped with house made cocktail sauce and fresh horseradish finished with a shot of Smirnoff Citrus Vodka. The perfect place to relax and enjoy the view before, during or after a meal, the bar and lounge offers an extended Happy Hour from 4:45-8 p.m. with $2 off the recently reinvented bar menu. Small plate options now include Grouper Bites, Fish Tacos, Fried Green Tomato Sliders, Tuna Nachos, Coconut Shrimp and baskets of fried shrimp, oysters or chicken fingers with fries. The extensive wine list has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and most selections are available by the glass or bottle. Another recent addition at the bar is the large craft beer menu highlighting select draughts and bottles from around the world. With both indoor and outdoor dining, weather permitting, the Old Oyster Factory is one of the Island’s most family-friendly restaurants. Young Deck Hands have a choice of chicken fingers, fried fish or shrimp, pasta or pizza while Junior Sailors can opt for larger portions or select grilled items served with rice and veggies. Popular with all ages, the homemade Key Lime Pie, New York-style cheesecake, chilled Mascarpone Soufflé and Chocolate Fantasia -- a chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream surrounded by a moat of semi-sweet Belgian chocolate and toasted almonds – are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Large groups are always welcome and, thanks to its waterfront setting, extensive menu, professional service and assorted private dining areas, the Old Oyster Factory remains a popular destination for rehearsal dinners, wedding parties, family reunions and corporate events. Reservations are now accepted through Open Table or use call-ahead seating to get your name on the list. To accommodate hundreds of hungry patrons, 18 servers work the floor with another 15 or so people manning the grill, fryer, steamer, pantry and dishwasher in the kitchen. Rose, yet another longtime employee, is largely responsible for shucking the oysters – a job she took over when her aunt retired. “They always give us what we need, I’ll give them that,” says Webb. “I’ve never filled out an application since I’ve worked here – I had no reason to. They’re like a family.” “Twenty-two years is a long time,” adds Lemek. “I’ve been here that long because of the owners. They treat us so well that there are a lot of us who have been here at least 10 years. Nobody wants to leave!” “I feel like they raised me and turned me into the woman I am today,” she continues. “I think everybody should try working in food and beverage just once. I’ve met so many people.” In fact, Lemek named her daughter after a little boy who came in the restaurant every year with his family. Although Taylor recently graduated from college, he still stops in annually for a good meal and good conversation. And yet another family tradition will continue this summer when Lemek’s daughter starts working at the hostess stand. The Old Oyster Factory is located at 101 Marshland Road, overlooking Broad Creek. Dinner is served nightly starting at 4:45 p.m. Reservations and call-ahead seating are available, visit www.opentable.com or call (843) 681-6040. For more information or to view the menu online, visit www.oldoysterfactory.com. ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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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. 10

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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 and Sheridan Park in Bluffton. Authentic English fare served in an attractive pubstyle 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., Saturday and Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Hilton Head (843) 686-6736 or Bluffton 815-6736. (continued on page 14)


Mellow Mushroom

A Dream Come True BY RISA WILLIAMS McMILLAN

PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

He was a businessman who united with a marketing whiz wife. He had a dream, a vision, and a location where he could pull it off. Thus John Boyce, owner of Mellow Mushrooms on Hilton Head and Bluffton with wife Kim, hung up his suits in order to chase his dream of owning a pizza place. When John was a child, he used to travel to Hilton Head by boat with his grandparents. It is said that his grandfather was the first person to buy gas at Harbour Town marina, so I guess you could say his love for the Island was nurtured at an early age. John moved here for a few years as a teenager and 12

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worked in the restaurant business on the Island and at Haig Point on Daufuskie. “He got a good feel for the Island and the whole restaurant scene back then,” explained Kim. John eventually joined the business world and moved to Atlanta where he met Kim and the two were married in 1995. The couple moved to Nashville but felt the tug of the Island pulling at them. With the world at their feet, he and Kim chose to move to Hilton Head. “When Hilton Head gets in your blood, you just have to follow it,” commented Kim. “Over the years, John noticed that the Island did not have a lot of casual dining. He wanted to become the Wild Wing of pizza here.” The couple had eaten at a Mellow Mushroom in Atlanta and saw that as a perfect fit for the Island. They started their locally owned and operated franchise in 2002 and have been in the fast lane ever since. “If you are given a good recipe for success and do it


Aside from a wide choice of pizzas and toppings, Mellow Mushroom has calzones, hoagies, a kids menu and even a make your own salad option with a choice of 55 toppings. “If they want something on their salad that exists in my kitchen, they can have it,” explained Kim. People can choose from popular menu pizzas like Cosmic Karma with Pesto or they can build their own. All of their vegetables are cut fresh daily and the meat is cooked thoroughly, drained, and the fat is cleaned off. They have a daily special board as well as monthly specialty flavored pizza like Thai and Bootleg Bacon. “We have a little of everything for everybody,” said Kim. The Boyces opened up their second location in Bluffton in 2011 and Kim refers to that branch as “steady Eddy”. Once again, the Boyces used their business acumen to seize an opportunity. They bought the building when the real estate market was down and now it is a coup for them. right, you will do well,” explained Kim. You cannot argue that Mellow Mushroom has a flawless formula for success, but it is the extra mile that the Boyce’s go that sets them apart. “We strive for excellence in our food quality, facility, and employees,” said Kim. “You just can’t quit caring.” She made note of their great management staff in both locations giving all the credit to Easton Hampton in Bluffton and long time employee, Melvin Monroe, on Hilton Head. Melvin has been with the Mushroom almost since day one and has worked his way up from the kitchen to running the place. “It’s awesome. The pizza is great, the staff is great, and it’s a great place to work. The people that work here stay here,” commented Melvin. Kim explained that as a Mellow Mushroom franchise, they carry all the same food, recipes, and menus as created by home office, but can customize their own bar and build the restaurant around the community’s wants and needs. So while they are given the recipe for deliciously consistent pizza, they can still have the bragging rights to the rest of their successes. Their brand new Park Plaza restaurant, built as a result of Harris Teeter’s expansion, is a stone’s throw away from the old location. It is similar square-footage wise, but feels bigger because it is broader when you walk in and the bar area is roomier and inviting. It is spotless, has great ambiance, and there are 21 televisions with sporting events broadcasting from all corners inside and out. The outdoor seating is much larger at the new location and there is also an outdoor bar and fire place. In essence, it has everything you would want in your favorite pizza hang-out. There is even a trolley in the back for birthdays and private parties that seats twelve. Anyone who is a parent on this Island knows that Mellow Mushroom is a go-to destination for team parties, class events, and post-sporting event food for the family and celebratory refreshments for the parents. What people may not realize, is that the restaurant is becoming popular for Wedding Rehearsal Dinners. “Destination Weddings is becoming big business and we are seeing more and more groups that will throw their event on our patio,” said Kim.

Asked which season is their most successful, Kim shared that summer is the best monetarily, but there is good to every season. “We love the fall when the F&B people can get together and watch football. The spring is fun with the Heritage and is a good kick-off to the season and during the winter it is nice to have a break.” As for entertainment, the Boyces prefer to keep it low key. “We want to be more of a hang-out with friends and talk place so we don’t do live music. We do, however, do lots of sports and football and are proud to have just become the local home of the Georgia Bulldogs.” With eleven years of success under their belts, the Boyces have enjoyed a pleasant ride following John’s dream. “My favorite part of owning this restaurant is watching the kids grow up around here. I have watched kids go from kindergarten to walking in the door with their first date. It is a joy to be part of this community,” Kim said with a smile. Mellow Mushroom is open daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-2474 (HHI) or 706-0800 (B-Town) or visit their website at www.mellowmushroom.com for more information.

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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. Fantastic outdoor deck and bar. 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 visitors alike. For Early Bird specials call for hours and

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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 just outside Sea Pines Plantation. 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 and 2013! 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 47 p.m. Serving daily 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 bottles of wine under $100 on Monday nights. Serving dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5:30 p.m. and lunch Monday thru Friday (continued on page 16)


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.

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 8 p.m. Call (843) 342-9066 or online at www.chart-house.com. Reservations are recommended.

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 selectons 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.

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.

CRAZY CRAB There are two great waterfront locations- one in Harbour Town in Sea Pines and the other on Hwy. 278 overlooking Jarvis Creek. Fresh local seafood served any way you like in two picturesque settings. Casual dining and great family fun. A kid’s menu is available and children will be entertained by our onsite playground and the largest saltwater aquarium on Hilton Head (Jarvis Creek Location). Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Call (843) 363-2722 (Harbour Town) or 681-5021 (Jarvis Creek) or visit us online at www.thecrazycrab.com. (continued on page 18) 16

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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 One Shelter Cove Lane. Waterfront dining, fresh catch seafood, and prime steaks of the highest quality delight the senses at ELA’s Blu Water Grille. This quaint, unique restaurant offers a pleasantly casual and intimate interior with gorgeous views of Shelter Cove Harbor. The kitchen, supervised by Chef Meagen Mehaffey, makes the most of global resources, putting a modern spin on local island offerings. Our first class wine selection from boutique vineyards compliments each culinary masterpiece. Live entertainment is featured weekly. Serving lunch Sunday thru Friday from 11:30-2:30 and dinner daily from 5 pm. Call us at (843) 785-3030 or visit us online at www.elasgrille.com.

FAT BABY’S PIZZA AND SUBS Located at 1034 William Hilton Parkway just off the Sea Pines circle. An island tradition is bigger and better than ever. Join us at our new location for the island’s favorite pizza, pasta

dishes, salads, subs and calzones all served up with the same great service you deserve. Full bar, cold beer, extensive wine list and plenty of TV’S to catch all the best in sports. Take out available. Children and families are encouraged. Open daily from 11 a.m. until late. Call (843) 842-4200 or online at www.fatbabyspizza.com. Play Nice!

FLATBREAD GRILL Located at Coligny Circle oceanside in the Beach Market Center. This upscale casual dining sensation is sure to be a favorite of both visitors and locals. Choose from Neopolitan pizza, fresh pasta, fajitas, steak, salmon, gourmet salads, or hearty sandwiches all cooked in our open hearth oven. Hang out in our friendly lounge and enjoy a nice selection of appetizers and cocktails while viewing your favorite sporting event on our HDTV’s. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. for lunch and dinner. Call (843) 341-2225 or online at www.flatbreadgrillhhi.com.

THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ Located in Coligny Plaza, next to the Frozen Moo. 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, (continued on page 22)

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Where the South Pacific meets the Carolina Coast According to legend, ex-fighter pilot Jimmy Phipps fashioned a quasi-Quonset hut overlooking the Pacific Ocean during World War II. Catering to war-weary servicemen, The Big Bamboo offered a taste of home, good conversation, cold drinks and the sounds of Big Band music. Fifty years later and half a world away, two former Disney set designers transformed a second floor space at Coligny Plaza into a replica of the fabled Tarawa bar and grill. “Where the South Pacific Meets the Carolina Coast,” brothers Tristan and Kieron O’Grady purchased The Big Bamboo Café in April of 2000 and transformed it into a local favorite. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. and serving continuously until the wee hours of the night, climb up two flights of stairs to enjoy free popcorn and signature appetizers such as Carolina Fireballs made with crab and shrimp, Atlantic Fish Bites, Coconut Shrimp and Chowder Fries. PJ’s Fish & Chips, the award-winning ribs and NY Strip are also perennial favorites, notes Tristan, as are the quality hamburgers and homemade Key Lime pie. Daily Fresh Catch Specials are presented as an entrée with rice and vegetables, on a salad or in the popular tacos. Always a sellout, the fresh catch varies from red or black grouper and mahi-mahi to amberjack and cobia. Another addition at The Big Bamboo is an brand new deck on the second floor adding an extra 50 seats, this outdoor area is the perfect place to relax while drinking a margarita, enjoying a delicious meal, listening to the latest bands and watching the world go by. “We’ve always wanted outdoor seating,” says Tristan. “Sitting

up high, you can feel the breeze.” The Kid’s Menu has recently been revamped to include select grilled items, Emilee’s Island Pasta and Luke’s Chicken Caesar, alongside the requisite chicken fingers, hot dogs and burgers. Located in the back of the restaurant, the Family Game Room will keep the kids busy before or after their meal, at least until the quarters run out. Margarita Madness Happy Hour is held in the bar area every day from 4-7 p.m. with assorted drink and appetizer specials and strategically placed TVs to catch the game. Those in the know stop by for “The Island’s Best Early Bird” from 4-6 p.m. From reggae to acoustic rock, live entertainment is almost always on tap at The Big Bamboo Cafe. For more information visit bigbamboocafe.com or call (843) 686-3443.


Tobey Brown BY LOUISE LUND

PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

Hospitality Superman You may have met Tobey Brown at the The Crazy Crab, or at Crane’s, or The Sage Room. He shares his time among all three, doing different jobs at each, and is truly a hospitality superman. He never meets a stranger and told us at Taste how he handles it all, and what he likes about the variety of experiences. Tobey started serving at the Crazy Crab twenty years ago. “It was my first job on the island,” he said, “and although I would leave Hilton Head in the winters to travel and work in other parts of the country - Aspen, Key West, and Maui - I would always come back in the summer to Hilton Head, and my job at the Crazy Crab.”


Tobey first learned about Hilton Head while he was working in a restaurant in Vail, Colorado. “I sometimes hung out and snowboarded with this guy, Edwin McCain, who played guitar at the bar where I worked. He convinced me to come to Hilton Head during the summer, because ‘that’s where the action is’.” He was right! I continued to travel back and forth from Hilton Head to the Colorado mountains for 6 years before finally calling Hilton Head home. And, he added with a smile, “I think that dude, singer/songwriter, Edwin McCain became somewhat famous.” To avoid burnout so common in this business, Tobey began bartending at Crane’s Tavern in 2003, while continuing to serve at Crazy Crab. “I thought it would be great to mix things up a bit, and adding bartending in a fine dining atmosphere was good for me.” “The Sage Room has been one of my wife’s and my favorite restaurants,

and several years ago, I began serving there as well. I really like that all three restaurants are different, and this offers me a change of pace and environment every day.” “Some people perceive my schedule to be totally insane; but I wouldn't have it any other way! I can't stand monotony and believe that variety is the spice of life.” Tobey said with a smile that one of the challenges is to keep up with his schedule, what day of the week it is, and which “costume” to wear before leaving the house. When asked what the worst part of his job is, he said, “Basically, if I don't work...I don't get paid! It's a business model I hope to eventually change.” “I think the best part of my job is I know that every day at work is going to be different.” It's like a game. “I've always been a bit of an adrenaline junkie, and although going to work isn't really an adrenaline rush, it's that unexpected aspect that really drives me.”

Tobey is a pro at what he does, at each of the restaurants, and he said the secret to being successful in this job is to “keep it real.” “I am nice, and treat people the way that I expect to be treated. I don't try to remember everyone's name or their favorite drink, but I do recognize that people like to be acknowledged. They appreciate someone who is respectful, upbeat, and who offers great service.” Another advantage to Tobey’s job is having his days free. “I'm a huge outdoors guy and having my days off allows me to play! Most days I’m walking, riding my bike, on my paddle board, or at the gym. I think that the 95 job thing is so over-rated.” ”My dream job would be to do something that involves travel to some exotic areas of the world, combined with my other passion, health and wellness.” But for now, Tobey is grateful for the variety of experiences he has daily.

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crab cakes, pizza, prime rib sandwich, salads, subs, wraps, appetizers and of course fried frog legs. 28 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.

HILTON HEAD BREWING COMPANY Located just off Greenwood Drive in Reilley’s Plaza. South Carolina’s first microbrewery since Prohibition. Serving fresh local seafood, great pizza, burgers, wings, salads and much more. Happy hour daily from 4 until 7 p.m. with nightly drink specials and over 30 TV’s inside and out for all the sports action. Open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner starting from 4 p.m. Call (843) 785-3900 or online at www.hhbrewingco.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.

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HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS Located on the Intracoastal Waterway off Squire Pope Rd. With 45 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.

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KITCHEN Meagen Mehaffey Executive Chef at ELA’s Blu Water Grille BY LOUISE LUND • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

ELA’s Blu Water Grille, located in Shelter Cove Harbour, is an elegant restaurant with a European ambiance and stunning views of the harbor, offering fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks of the highest quality. Their first class wine selection from boutique vineyards compliments the culinary masterpieces offered. Executive Chef Meagen Mehaffey brings a fresh style to ELA’s, focusing on the senses to ensure each dish touches the guests with taste, smell, and visual appeal. She is known for combining her culinary flare with local fresh catch specialties and island flavors to create a sensational dining experience. Every day she greets the local fishermen to select the freshest catch for her evening specials. Chef Meagen learned to cook from her grandmother at an early age. “Some of my fondest memories are helping my grandmother in the kitchen,” Meagen said. “Making a meal was a huge production. I love to extend my knowledge recreating dishes I enjoyed as a child. My grandmother would often spend all day in the kitchen making homemade masterpieces. When I make these dishes, I feel like she is right there with me.” Born and raised in North Ridgeville, Ohio, Meagen started her culinary career at the age of 15, working her way up to sous chef. She and her husband moved to Hilton Head in 2008, and prior to joining ELA’s in spring 2013, she has worked for the Hilton’s HH Prime, for Food Network’s Robert Irvine, for Street Meet, and for Haig Point. Chef Meagen’s culinary training has been through hands on real world experience. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, but hasn’t had the desire to attend culinary school. “I originally thought of cooking as the best way for me to support myself while I attended university. After collecting a solid culinary skill set, I admitted to myself that I loved cooking, and that’s what I wanted to do. Since that day I have sought out every opportunity to learn all aspects of the industry. I try to learn something new every day.” “My current position with ELA’s has elevated my appreciation for fresh seafood and quality steaks. I start every shift by inspecting our fresh seafood to ensure that it is to the quality that our customers expect,” she said. “My favorite part of my job is creating different specials, and my favorite dishes on the menu are the Lobster Carbonara and the Grilled Swordfish.” She also enjoys creating lighter meals with lots of flavor, and utilizes local product whenever she can. ELA’s Owner Earl Nightingale said, “We really try to appeal to the senses. When you dine out it should be better than dining at home.” ELA’s suggests a fresh catch bill of fare - Caught this morning and on your plate by dinnertime. ELA’S Blu Water Grille is located at One Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. For reservations or more information, call (843) 785-3030, and/or visit ElasGrille.com.

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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.

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.

7 p.m. (off season). Best Island Happy Hour from 5 until 8 p.m. featuring incredible drink and seafood specials. Classic soft rock with David Wingo on Wednesdays, live music and dancing with Pete Carroll 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 KINGFISHER SEAFOOD, PASTA, AND STEAK HOUSE Located at 18 Harbourside Ln. at Shelter Cove Harbour. Offering affordable casual dining with breathtaking waterfront views from inside or on the outside deck. Early Bird from 5 until

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HILTON HEAD WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL Let’s Get This Party Started BY RISA WILLIAMS MCMILLAN • PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

The spring ushers in much excitement to the Island every year and part of that anticipation and celebration comes in the form of our Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival. It began as a herald of the spring, a “coming out” party for those ready to hang up their winter parkas. In its 29th year, it is now a beacon for the Island, sending off beams throughout the entire southeast that we have arrived; we are knowledgeable, we are fun, and we are a destination for gourmets and connoisseurs alike. So let’s pull out all the stops and the corks and get this party started! Event chair, Tami Bream, effused with enthusiasm about this year’s plans. “We are at the tipping point right now. People are really starting to recognize us as a force to be reckoned with. While we have always been popular as a golf and tennis and beach destination, we are now a great place for foodies and we have a fantastic showcase for that with the festival,” she said. Another boon for the festival this year has been a nice cash infusion from town bed tax monies which is clear evidence of the merit of the event to our tourism industry. There is also a new presenting 28

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sponsor of Taste of the South Magazine which Tami said “puts us on a whole new level”. No ordinary festival, our Wine & Food Festival spans months and sports numerous events and tastings. The International Wine Competition, which is in itself an acclaimed and sought after event for vineyards to gain recognition for their grapes, was held back in January. The rest of the festival takes place in March with the culmination on March 15th with the Public Tasting at Honey Horn Plantation. The entire week leading up to the public tasting is teaming with events for people to become educated about wine tasting, wine pairing, and wine purchasing. The Great Chefs of the Island Wine Dinners will start March 10th and will match the talents of our best local chefs with vineyards for unforgettable culinary experiences. Dinner listings and menus can be found on the event website. There will be four Wine Knowledge Sessions during that week that will provide an affordable opportunity for wine lovers to learn about all things wine. The Grand Tasting, which is an upscale event on March 14th at Sea Pines Country Club, will feature

premium wines and hors d’oeuvres. On hand will be Eric Asimov, chief wine critic for the New York Times. “Eric is one of the most influential people in the wine world,” said Tami. He will be a presence at the event and sign his new book, How to Love Wine. The Public Tasting on the 15th will feature over 400 wines to taste, gourmet treats, races, demonstrations, and auctions. Learning is a recurring theme at the festival this year. “The real focus of the public tasting this year is on education,” said Tami. “We want to teach the tactile component of wine -How it feels in your mouth, how to smell it and taste it.” There will be another visiting celebrity on hand at the festival in Christy Jordan of SouthernPlate.com fame. Known in the southeast for the down home way she presents food, Christy will hold cooking demonstrations and sign her new cookbook. Also new to the festival this spring will be a liquor and craft beer component with samples to try and purchase. For event times, tickets, and information, visit their website at hiltonheadwineandfood.com or find them on Facebook.


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 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 on the patio. 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 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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OMBRA Located in the Village at Wexford. Serving authentic classical Italian cuisine. Being of Italian heritage Chef Michael Cirafesi proudly promotes all of the foods and wines of Italy. He prepares all pastas, homemade gnocchi, desserts and breads daily as well as a large variety of fish, veal, beef and game additions. An extensive wine list is available with a brilliant array of wines from every region in Italy. Open nightly from 4:30 until 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended and walkins welcome. Call (843) 842-5505 or visit us online at www.ombrahhi.com.

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.

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.

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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 newly renovated 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. (continued on page 34)


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SANTA FE CAFÉ

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.

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 until 10 p.m., and for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 785-3838 or www.santafehhi.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. 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.

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SKILLETS CAFE Located just off the beach in Coligny Plaza. An excellent choice for the whole family since 1994, offering a wide variety of dinner selections, all at a fair price. Nightly dinner specials starting at $13.95. Choose from tempting appetizers, fresh seafood, southern-style dishes, beef, chicken and an extensive salad bar. Full bar and wine list available. Take-out and Kid’s menu. Dine inside or outside on the patio (Dog Friendly). Open daily from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Call (843) 785-3131 or check us out online at www.skilletscafe.com.

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DRYDOCK SEAFOOD, GRILL & SPIRITS

HARD TO FIND, BUT WORTH IT! “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.

“Hard to find, but worth it,” this Island institution, which opened in 1994 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. Open daily for lunch and dinner, patrons can enjoy reasonably priced, made-toorder 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. Crazy 8’s 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 and entrees, seafood is the star of the show at the DryDock. Starters include She Crab Soup and Lowcountry Seafood Gumbo, plus Hot Shot Shrimp, DryDock Pork Belly 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 $30. Make it a double and share the platter for under $50. 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. Grover’s Fries topped with blue and feta cheese, crumbled bacon and balsamic reduction, Stockyard Dinners of smoked BBQ babyback ribs and hand-cut NY strip steaks round out the diverse menu offerings. “Hilton Head’s Home” for the University of Michigan Wolverines, University of Pittsburgh as well as the Miami Dolphins, the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees, Rob is quick to note that 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. Owner and operator of many successful restaurants, when asked about his plans for the future, Rob just laughs and replies, “I figure after 20 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. (843) 842-9775 Sapelo Building at 21 Office Park Road facebook.com/DryDockHHI ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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STEAMER SEAFOOD Located on the pond in Coligny Plaza. Featuring huge portions of fresh seafood, shellfish, 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 take-out 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, 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. Chefs specialties created nightly. Extensive wine list, Early Bird specials, children’s menu and take-out available. Serving dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5 p.m. til 9:30 p.m. Call (843) 785-7006 for reservations.

SUNSET GRILLE Located on the Intracoastal Waterway at Hilton Head Harbor, 43 Jenkins Rd. The Grille offers a casual fine dining experience with breathtaking sunset views. The creative menu features house specialties such as Hugh's famous hot smoked salmon, shrimp & grits, grilled sea scallops & braised lamb shank over wild boar cassoulet all prepared to perfection by Executive Chef Doug Watson. An extensive wine list, craft beer selection and full bar available. Call (843) 689-6744 for reservations or visit us at sunsetgrillehhi.com. Dinner is served Tuesday-Sunday 6 p.m. until.

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.

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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St. Patrick’s Day The Luck of the Irish BY RISA WILLIAMS McMILLAN

The Irish culture is definitely doing something right. Look at all the things they have going for them: Food and drink, lore and legend, music and mayhem, and of course an entire day every year to celebrate their culture. Talk about Luck of the Irish! My personal favorite Irish charm is my ‘entitlement’ to at least one “mulligan” after an errant tee shot during every round of golf. Better yet, if I’m playing with my father, the mulligan rule holds true for as many holes as I want. In many circles, the date of March 17th is as well known as July 4th and December 25th. Not even Easter gets its own date! Think about March 17th.

Every year millions of Irish and Irish-ish, and Irish wanna-be's are granted a free day pass to join in the Holy Tradition of drinking green beer to excesses all in the name of Saint Patrick. Please to note it’s Paddy, not Patty, for short. Ever. Children are let out of school to march in parades and those that aren’t, skip school anyway to go and watch. While most people on Hilton Head see March 17th as an excuse to wear green and more importantly drink green beer, wear festive plastic and paper green hats and beads, and act… well… Irish, there are actually numerous Reilleys and O'learys and Clearys and Sullivans that spend the day celebrating their culture and their

Irish heritage with traditional foods, stories, dances, and jokes. The history of St. Patrick is worth learning so you can at least know what you are celebrating every year and speak intelligently on the subject. For starters, the real St. Patrick was not even Irish. He was born in Great Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family with a townhouse, a country villa, and plenty of slaves. It is said that as a boy, he was not even interested in Christianity. At 16, Patrick’s country life took a turn for the worse as he was kidnapped and sent to Ireland where he was forced into a life of slavery tending sheep on a chilly mountainside. While there, he “found” (continued on page 42)

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USDA PRIME STEAKS & FRESH, “OFF THE BOAT” SEAFOOD

A Sampling of Catch 22’s Menu Items… (A few menu items will change seasonally).

Almond Encrusted Tilapia • Crispy Roasted Half Duck Cracked Pepper Tuna • Pan-Seared Jumbo Scallops Eggplant Napoleon • Pork Saltimbocca Char-Braised Short Ribs • The Catch 22 Surf & Turf Veal Bolognese al Forno • Tarragon Grilled Manhattan Steak Lump Crab Savannah • Grilled Chicken Penne

“Catch 22’s Bone-On Filet is the BEST STEAK on Hilton Head Island”

…or join us for our Early Dining Menu*

*Featuring a glass of wine, salad, and your choice of 11 selected menu entrees

5:00pm – 6:15pm

March – May

$16.95 - $21.95

Open Every Evening from 5:00pm - Until . Reservations Recommended

843.785.6261 . 37 New Orleans Rd., Orleans Plaza . ¼ Mile From Sea Pines Circle


religion and after he escaped back to Britain on a pirate ship six years later, he became a priest. With a voice in his head, Patrick returned to Ireland for the rest of his life in order to spread Christianity among the pagans. His chosen path was no walk in the country, as he was beaten by thugs, harassed by the Irish royalty, and admonished by the British back home. It is said that he used a shamrock to explain the Christian concept of Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. For thirty years, he established monasteries, churches, and schools and baptized all of his converts. Upon his death on March 17th, he was canonized by the local church and then was for the most part forgotten. Slowly, over the centuries, mythology grew around Patrick and he was eventually named the patron saint of Ireland. ‘St. Patrick’s Day’ was actually an “invention” by Irish Americans and first publicly celebrated in Boston, in 1737, where there resided a large population of Irish immigrants. Heavily Irish cities like Charleston and Savannah joined the fun with banquets every year. The first parades were held during the U.S. Revolutionary War when Irish soldiers were fighting the British on US soil. It was not until 200 years later that Dublin rolled out its own green parade carpet in honor of St. Patrick in 1931. Hilton Head is never one to miss out on excuse for a party and thus our own St. Patrick’s Day Parade is in its 31st year now. Our parade is no afterthought, but is the real deal and takes a full year of diligent planning to pull off in style. We have had Budweiser Clydesdales, Shriners, bands, floats, and Irish dancers. We have dogs and dignitaries, loud sirens and leprechauns. Our parade is the premier family event on the Island every year and has even gained the distinction of being recognized as one of March’s Top Twenty Tourist Events in the Southeast. The Irish heritage and culture is all about tradition. When you think of Irish food, you picture corned beef and cabbage. Though cabbage has long been an Irish staple, corned beef 42

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became a substitute for Irish bacon when NYC immigrants adopted the less expensive custom from their Jewish neighbors. Irish Stew is another staple, but one that you will more likely find in homes rather than restaurants. Most traditional Irish foods use simple, basic, and cheap ingredients -- a reminder of the fact that they originated in a less affluent past. The pig was always a celebrated way to feed many families and few parts went uneaten. The potato, of course, has been a major force in Irish history and theTayto, an Irish brand of potato crisps, is traditionally used to soak up the alcohol after a night out on the town. An Irish meal, of course, would not be complete without a pint, preferably of Guiness. For many years the Irish considered Guiness to be not so much a drink or even a food, but a whole food group all of its own. While it may not be traditional in cooking in the sense of going back centuries, it has been used for quite a long time in stews and as a marinade. As for Irish Whiskey, It is a fallacy that they use lots of it in their cooking as they prefer to just drink it. Irish lore and legend is full of tales of pots of gold, leprechauns, shamrocks, and the Blarney Stone. Leprechauns are associated with cranky little men known for their trickery which they used to

protect their treasure. Leprechauns, in truth, have nothing to do with St. Patrick, but have become a symbol of March 17th. It has long been told that St. Patrick once stood on a hilltop with a wooden staff and banished all snakes from Ireland. Since the Island nation was never home to any snakes, the banishing was a metaphor for the eradication of pagan ideology and triumph of Christianity. The shamrock was a sacred plant in Ireland that symbolized the rebirth of spring. It was worn as a symbol of pride and also of displeasure with English rule. The Blarney Stone is said to give the gift of eloquence in speech to all who kiss it (easier said than done for to reach it is a feat in itself). The Hilton Head St. Patrick’s day parade will be held on Sunday, March 16th at 3 p.m. along Pope Avenue. Visit them online at facebook.com/ stpatricksdayhhi for more information. And in the meantime…

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. (Old Irish Blessing)


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OCD Band

Jammin and Havin Fun BY RISA WILLIAMS McMILLAN • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Hilton Head’s OCD Band has been jammin’ and makin’ music at Island restaurants, clubs, and festivals for four years. With their Classic Rock theme, OCD’s five member band will rev you up with artists like Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, U2, Bon Jovi, and Tom Petty. Combining their musical talents, they easily crossover from genre to genre and will throw in some modern, blues, alternative, country, and they will even give you a little reggae music if you’re in the mood. It’s all about fun to OCD. All five musicians in OCD have transplanted here from various parts of the country: Connecticut, Ohio, Georgia, and Michigan. Todd Toho plays the lead guitar and rhythm post and offers up some mean background vocals. Sean Biggins slams out acoustic guitar and is lead vocalist. Scott Standen mans the drums, while Dr. Dave Washack (chiropractor) thumps on a six string bass, and Rob Cobia keeps the rhythm flowing on electric guitar. With the merging of these five well respected local musicians, the OCD band has quite a following. In the lead post, Todd Toho has been playing the guitar for 22 years. He started playing in bands on the Island in 44

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2000 and met fellow OCD band mate, Rob Cobia, in his first band here. “We always talked about our love for music and putting a band together,” said Todd. “We never really thought it would happen, but it was a nice dream. Then as years passed, Rob knew someone and he knew someone else and then the dream just started to become a reality. It just happened. We are very blessed.” Todd left his day job a year ago to pursue his music full time and besides OCD, he plays in an additional five local bands, including La Bodega, 4 Piece & a Biscuit, Big B and the Stingers, and Dos Amigos. Their name came about as a result of a chain of e-mails going around between them with possible band name suggestions. One of the guys responded to the e-mail and said his OCD was kicking in and the name just stuck. “Short and easy,” explained Todd. With the exception of Todd, the OCDers all have families and day jobs, but love the musical outlet that they can find together on weekends. According to Rob, “We all enjoy playing music and I love the camaraderie of being with the guys.” Rob is an appraiser with Coastal Property Appraisals and while his wife,

Laura used to get up and play Tambourine in my and Todd's old band Traynrekk, now she stays home with Cassie (daughter) and son (Noah). Rob refers to his music as a “healthy hobby”. “My wife is a good sport when I head out at night. She just tells me to be careful,” said Rob. Oldest daughter Cassie is also a budding musician and Rob said the boys will even learn the Taylor Swift song of her choice for festivals and Cassie will take the stage for the vocals. With their amazing musical talent, OCD can adapt to any crowd, venue, or occasion. They can speed it up or slow it down. They can rock the likes of Wild Wings, the Smokehouse, and the Boardroom, or play family friendly for weddings, private parties, and Shelter Cove and Bluffton festivals. You can follow OCD and where they will play next on their Facebook page and they also take e-mail addresses during every gig and will send out a blast with their schedule. They are happy to take requests when they are playing and if there is something that you think they should learn you can message them on FB and they will put in their repertoire.


Simple Keep It BY CHRISTY BARONI • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Spring is here and it’s a time of new beginnings, fresh perspectives, and perhaps even a re-commitment to your health and fitness goals. With the New Year in full swing now you may be someone whose resolution is a distant memory. My beef with resolutions is that they are generally a broad sweeping idea to change something big. In my experience that’s a recipe for disaster. Committing to smaller incremental steps is a more sustainable way to tackle change. Keep it simple, my friend! In the spirit of keeping it simple let’s focus on liquid intake alone this month. Our liquid calories can get off track and out of hand quickly because we are not always aware of exactly how much we are consuming. There are a few simple ways to keep your liquid intake in line with your goals. If you are interested in losing weight staying hydrated is of utmost importance. To be at your best you need ½ your body weight in ounces of water every day. For example, a person weighing 150 lbs will need 75 ounces of water every day. Proper hydration levels can help to control your appetite, keep your internal organs functioning properly, and even help to keep your skin looking clear and fresh. It may be difficult to get all of these ounces in at first. You might feel full, or feel like you are racing to the restroom all day. Creating a game plan to ease in to this requirement will 46

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be beneficial. For example, commit to a 3 day plan of getting ¼ of your requirement, then increase by 8 ounces each day until you are at your goal. Some of us find it very difficult to walk away from soda, sports drinks, and energy drinks. The high concentration of artificial sweeteners in these beverages is actually addictive. You crave more when you drink more. To overcome that cycle, slice up 2 lemons and 1 lime in a large pitcher and fill it with water. When you are craving a sweet drink go to this all natural alternative. A tip here: after dinner stick to unsweetened water or try a nice warm cup of green tea. The warm beverage is actually an appetite suppressant and green tea can stimulate your metabolism. I’ve saved the big gun for last: coffee. You are probably waiting for me to rant about why you should skip your coffee but surprisingly I’m going to be fairly gentle on this one. Coffee is a great way to start the day if you can do two things: 1) keep the cream and sugar in check and 2) commit to moderation. An 8 ounce cup of coffee contains 135 milligrams of caffeine which is almost 4 times as much as the same serving size of tea. In addition, coffee can act as a diuretic which increases dehydration. So while it may help curb a headache and give you an energy boost, it’s working against our goal of proper hydration levels. To avoid these negative side effects you’ll need to

commit to no more than 1-2 cups per day maximum. Instead of cream and sugar consider adding 2 ounces of almond milk and 1 packet of the natural sweetener Stevia to your 8 ounce cup of joe for a healthier way to enjoy this beverage. The simple fact is that hydration is a critical yet often overlooked component of overall health. Commit to small and sustainable action steps to keep this very important piece of your well-being in line. Keeping it simple can place all of your goals within reach! Christy Baroni is the Nutrition Specialist and a Caoch at CrossFit Hilton Head. She is an island resident, mother of two, and competitive athlete. She can work with you to create fitness and nutrition plans specific to your needs. Contact her at Christy@CrossFitHiltonHead.com or (843) 290-5803.


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., MondaySaturday 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

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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 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.


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BRITISH OPEN PUB Located in The Village at Wexford and Sheridan Park in Bluffton. 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., Saturday and Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Hilton Head (843) 686-6736 or Bluffton 815-6736.

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. Fantastic outdoor deck and bar. Open daily from 11 a.m. until late. Call (843) 785-2400 or 757-6222 or online at www.captainwoodys.com.

CHARBAR CO Located in Park Plaza just outside Sea Pines Plantation. 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 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 2013 and Rookie of the Year 2012! Kids menu and takeout available. Serving daily from 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. 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 highwith 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 (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 50

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on the expanded contemporary patio. Open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as Sunday Brunch. Happy hour offered daily from 4 until 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (843) 342-9066 or online at www.chart-house.com.

Hilton Head (Jarvis Creek Location). Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Call (843) 363-2722 (Harbour Town) or 6815021 (Jarvis Creek) or visit us online at thecrazycrab.com.

THE DRYDOCK SEAFOOD GRILL & SPIRITS 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 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 our website at Cocosonthebeach.com or become a fan of Coco’s on Facebook. Call for seasonal hours. For directions and information, Call (843) 842-2626 (COCO).

CRAZY CRAB There are two great waterfront locations- one in Harbour Town in Sea Pines and the other on Hwy. 278 overlooking Jarvis Creek. Fresh local seafood served any way you like in two picturesque settings. Casual dining and great family fun. A kid’s menu is available and children will be entertained by our onsite playground and the largest saltwater aquarium on

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 One Shelter Cove Lane. Waterfront dining, fresh catch seafood, and prime steaks of the highest quality delight the senses at ELA’s Blu Water Grille. This quaint, unique restaurant offers a pleasantly casual and intimate interior with gorgeous views of Shelter Cove Harbor. The kitchen, supervised by Chef Meagen Mehaffey, makes the most of global resources, putting a modern spin on local island offerings. Our first class wine selection from boutique vineyards compliments each culinary masterpiece. Live entertainment is featured weekly. Serving lunch Sunday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and dinner daily from 5 pm. Call us at (843) 785-3030 or visit us online at www.elasgrille.com.

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FAT BABY’S PIZZA AND SUBS Located at 1034 William Hilton Parkway just off the Sea Pines circle. An island tradition is bigger and better than ever. Join us at our new location for the island’s favorite pizza, pasta dishes, salads, subs and calzones all served up with the same great service you deserve. Full bar, cold beer, extensive wine list and plenty of TV’S to catch all the best in sports. Take out available. Children and families are encouraged. Open daily from 11 a.m. until late. Call (843) 842-4200 or online at www.fatbabyspizza.com. Play Nice!

FLATBREAD GRILL Located at Coligny Circle oceanside in the Beach Market Center. This upscale casual dining sensation is sure to be a favorite of both visitors and locals. Choose from Neopolitan pizza, fresh pasta, gourmet salads, or hearty sandwiches all cooked in our open hearth oven. Hang out in our friendly lounge and enjoy a nice selection of appetizers and cocktails while viewing your favorite sporting event on our HDTV’s. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. for lunch and dinner. Call (843) 341-2225 or online at www.flatbreadgrillhhi.com.

THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ Located in Coligny Plaza, next to the Frozen Moo. A comfortable, casual atmosphere offering a “web-footed lickin” menu and an enormous amount of frozen daiquiris

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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. 28 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.

HILTON HEAD BREWING COMPANY Located just off Greenwood Drive in Reilley’s Plaza. South Carolina’s first microbrewery since Prohibition. Serving fresh local seafood, great pizza, burgers, wings, salads and much more. Happy hour daily from 4 until 7 p.m. with nightly drink specials and over 30 TV’s inside and out for all the sports action. Open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner starting from 4 p.m. Call (843) 785-3900 or online at www.hhbrewingco.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 takeout 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 45 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.

KURAMA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Located just off of Sea Pines Circle at 9 Palmetto Bay Road, Kurama Japanese Restaurant now offers delicious express lunches from our hibachi grill and sushi bar. Enjoy our fresh and authentic dishes featuring teriyaki chicken, steak and shrimp as well as our most popular sushi rolls. Kurama is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:3010:00 p.m. Reservations are accepted. Call (843) 785-4955 or visit us online at www.kuramahhi.com

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

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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.

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 on the patio. 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. 54

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PLANTATION CAFÉ & DELI Located South Island at 81 Pope Avenue in Heritage Plaza, North Island at Port Royal Plaza and 1532 Fording Island Rd. in Bluffton. 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, 342-4472 or 815-4445.

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, pasta, burgers, 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) 8424414 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 ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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ISLAND WINERY Tasting Room/Store Hours Mon thru Sat 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 - Friday Enjoy light appetizers while sampling a variety of wines from our extensive wine list.

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 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Call (843) 785-3838.

SKILLETS CAFE

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

12A Cardinal Rd • Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 (843) 842-3141 • www.islandwinery.com

Located just off the beach in Coligny Plaza. An excellent choice for the whole family since 1994. Wonderful selections including old-fashioned lunches, great sandwiches, burgers, jambalaya, chicken pot pie or our extensive salad bar. Full bar and wine list available. Kids menu and take-out. Dine inside or on the patio (Dog Friendly). Open daily from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Call (843) 785-3131 or check us out online at www.skilletscafe.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 kid-friendly restaurant on the Island with seating inside or outside on the deck or the patio. Full bar and takeout available. Open for Lunch daily at 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 785-2070.

SUNSET GRILLE Located on the Intracoastal Waterway at Hilton Head Harbor, 43 Jenkins Rd. The Grille offers a casual fine dining experience with breathtaking sunset views. The lunch menu offers a great selection of gorgeous salads, Mussels provencal, shrimp & grits, smoked salmon, fried green tomato B.L.T and the famous stuffed burger as well as daily specials. Come enjoy a fantastic lunch with fantastic views. Lunch is Tuesday thru Friday 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Call (843) 689-6744. sunsetgrillehhi.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. 56

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As the weather warms up, Hilton Head comes out to play! A season filled with food festivals, professional sporting events, fine art, holiday happenings and assorted other family-friendly activities, celebrate the best the Lowcountry has to offer this spring.

Spring Festivals Wingfest Seafood Fest RBC Heritage The Art Market Rib Burnoff Hilton Head Island Art Festival Salty Dog Café Events

Wingfest

Hordes of hungry wing lovers will swarm Shelter Cove Community Park on Saturday, March 22 when the Island Rec. Center serves up its 19th Annual Wingfest sponsored by Hargray. A PreFestival Party with live entertainment takes place on Friday night in the park from 5-8 p.m. From traditional favorites to outrageous new flavors, three tons of chicken wings will be grilled, fried and sauced to perfection on Saturday by nearly 20 local restaurants, hotels and organizations vying for professional and People’s Choice votes. Beer trucks and soda stands will be on hand to help wash them down. In addition to the serious eating beginning at 11 a.m., the Island’s most popular one-day event also includes live music with Deas Guyz from 1-3 p.m. followed by Atlanta’s Jacob & the Good People starting at 3:30. Adventure Radio will broadcast live throughout the afternoon and a Kid’s Zone, rock climbing wall, bungee jump

and March Madness on a big screen TV courtesy of Custom Audio Video should keep even the most diehard thrill seekers entertained. Last year, One Hot Mama’s took the top spot as the Judge’s Pick with A

Lowcountry Backyard and Casey’s Sports Bar & Grille in second and third place, respectively. Cheap Seats was the first place winner in the People’s Choice Awards followed by Charbar and Central Church. Admission is $6 for adults; free for children 10 and under. Wing tickets will be sold in blocks of 10. Proceeds from Wingfest benefit the Island Rec. Center’s Scholarship Fund which ensures no child is denied recreational opportunities. For details, contact the Island Rec. Center at (843) 681-7273 or check out www.islandreccenter.org.

Seafood Fest

Another opportunity to revel in the Island’s distinct flavors and recreational opportunities arrives with the 7th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest, March 30-April 5. An avid outdoorsman who grew up on Hilton Head Island, David M. Carmines was only 21 when he was diagnosed with 3rd stage non-testicular germ cell carcinoma. Determined to “Keep the Faith” after David passed away in 2001, his parents, Brian and Gloria Carmines of Hudson’s Seafood, resurrected the Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest to raise money for cancer research, cancer patient support and public recreation. Equal parts food, fun and fundraiser, the weeklong series of events begins ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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with a Kickoff Party at Hudson’s on the Docks on Sunday, March 30. From 3-7 p.m., enjoy All-You-Can-Eat Live Louisiana Crawfish and River Dog Brewing Co. Tap Takeover, live music and discounts on Mini Shrimp, Oyster and Soft Shell Po’ Boys. The next evening, Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar is the site of the Chef Collaboration Dinner with the restaurant’s chef, Clayton Rollison, joined by Patrick Ward of Hudson’s. Two of the Island’s most innovative chefs will offer an exclusive sevencourse dinner with wine pairings. Call (843) 681-3474 for reservations. April 1 and 2, head back to the Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks for the “Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water” with Christopher and Matthew Shoemaker. The two experienced watermen will provide instruction on shrimping, oystering, clamming and crabbing and guests will have their catch prepared at Hudson’s. To reserve a

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seat, call (843) 304-2878. Only 20 spots are available for the Sunset “Omakase” Sashimi Dinner Cruise aboard the Tammy Jane on Wednesday, April 2. Cruise local waters while sushi master, Dee, prepares a chef’s choice seafood dinner. The action moves to Shelter Cove Community Park on April 4 with Friday Night at Seafood Fest featuring entertainment by Deas Guyz, dancing, food and a Kid’s Zone from 5-8 p.m. Admission is $6; free for kids under 12. Saturday, April 5, seafood specialties from nearly 20 restaurants, music from The Headliners, crab races and Kid’s Zone, a Bocce Ball Tournament hosted by the Italian American Club of Hilton Head, a silent auction and more will be served up from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Presented with identical “mystery baskets” containing various ingredients, as well as two core, local seafood items, six area chefs will be given one hour to create an appetizer and entrée during the Iron Chef-style

Art of Cuisine competition. Modeled after the TV show, the chef’s creations will be judged by a prestigious panel, including Ron Andrews, president of the Low Country Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Last year’s crowd pleasing Silent Auction included exclusive chefprepared meals, Sonoma Valley wine tours, exclusive hunting trips, fishing expeditions and much more. This year, festival planners promise even more luxury items. Sponsored by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, Trio Publications and Hilton Head Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, admission into Saturday’s Seafood Fest is $6 for adults; free for children under 12. Food and beverages are available for purchase. For event reservations and more information, call Hudson’s at (843) 681-7273, the Island Rec. Center at (843) 681-7273 or visit www.davidmcarmines.org.


RBC Heritage

The sound of bagpipes and blast of a cannon firing over the Calibogue Sound signals the starts of the 46th Annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. A player and fan favorite, South Carolina’s only PGA Tour event returns to the Harbour Town Golf Links in The Sea Pines Resort, April 14-20.

At last year’s tournament, Irishman Graeme McDowell began the final round four shots behind leader Charley Hoffman. Finishing the day at 2-underpar, McDowell went on to beat Webb Simpson in a one-hole playoff to earn his first Tour victory since the 2010 U.S. Open. In addition to watching the biggest

names in the game compete for their share of a $5.8 million prize purse and the coveted tartan jacket, various special events for golfers and fans of all ages are scheduled throughout the week. Opening Ceremonies take place Monday at noon on the 18th green followed by the Pro-Am Presented by Boeing. On Tuesday, the Coca-Cola Youth Day Putting Contest swings on to the Putting Green at 3 p.m. and Wednesday brings the RBC Heritage Pro-Am. First round action begins on Thursday at 7:10 a.m. on both the 1st and 10th tees. During play on Saturday, April 19, Plaid Nation Day Contests take place on the Heritage Lawn starting at noon followed by a concert later that evening featuring The Headliners. After Sunday’s Church Service on the 18th green, the final round of the RBC Heritage begins at 8:30 a.m. “Get Your Plaid On” this spring with

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a variety of RBC Heritage ticket options. For details, contact the tournament office at (843) 671-2448 or buy online at www.rbcheritage.com.

The Art Market

On April 26-27, more than 90 artists and artisans from around the country will display and sell their original works during the 14th Annual Art Market at Historic Honey Horn. With entries ranging from photography, oils, watercolors and wood to glass, mixed media and clay, this prestigious outdoor fine art and craft show is judged by an expert panel. In 2013, Fred Johnston of North Carolina took home Best of Show for his clay pieces with Wayne Werner of Maryland placing second with jewelry and A.B. Word and B.L. Bryant receiving the third place award for pastel/drawings. Held under majestic live oaks on a 68-acre historic property, The Art Market is presented by the Coastal Discovery Museum. Open to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the artists will be on hand to discuss their work with demonstrations in glass, pine needle basketry, clay and more held throughout the weekend. Parking for The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn is $6 per vehicle; event admission is free. For more information on this year’s event, call (843) 689-6767 or visit www.coastaldiscovery.org online.

Rib Burnoff

According to the South Carolina Barbeque Association’s website, South Carolina is the only state in the nation to feature all four types of barbeque based on the type of sauce – vinegar and pepper, mustard, light tomato and heavy tomato. It is also noted that Spanish adventurers established the nation’s first colony on Santa Elena (now Parris Island) in the 1500s. There, Native Americans were introduced to pigs and the Spaniards were introduced to slow cooking with smoke. This makes Beaufort County the birthplace of barbeque in the United States. Before hitting South Carolina’s BBQ Trail, stop by Historic Honey Horn on May 17 for the 18th Annual Kiwanis Club Rib Burnoff. From pit to plate, the Island’s best chefs, caterers and amateur grill masters will serve heaping helpings of ribs and BBQ to suit every taste from noon to 4 p.m. Blind judging and popular voting determines Rib Burnoff champions. Last year, Sea Eagle Market was rated best barbeque by the judges in the professional category; Smokehouse took the top spot as determined by the popular vote; and Hawg Heaven secured the amateur division title. Coastal Carolina Catering took home the gold for their ribs with One Hot Mama’s and Rib King rated number one by festival attendees. Live music is a featured side dish at the Rib Burnoff and a supervised children’s play area allows parents to partake freely in the festivities throughout the afternoon.

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Tickets may be purchased in advance at User Friendly, Reilley’s Grill and Bar, Burke’s Pharmacy and Honey Baked Ham in Bluffton or at the gate on the day of the event. Proceeds from this popular annual event benefit children’s organizations. For details, visit the club’s website at www.hiltonheadkiwanis.com.

Salty Dog Café

One of the Island’s foremost shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, South Beach Marina Village in The Sea Pines Resort is home to the legendary Salty Dog Café. This Cape Cod-style fishing village boasts several casual, waterfront restaurants, one-of-kind shopping experiences and plenty of family-friendly entertainment throughout the year. On March 15, celebrate the luck of the Irish with the Annual Salty Dog Kid’s Shamrock Hunt from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wave to your friends via the webcam while finding four-leaf clovers redeemable for Salty Dog T-shirts, prizes and treats. Jake the Salty Dog will stop by for the children’s entertainment from 10 a.m.-noon with a special Irish lunch menu served at the Café. The Salty Dog Easter Egg Hunt returns to South Beach Marina Village on April 19 for a morning of prizes and candy, face painting, entertainment and meet-and-greets with both Jake and the Easter Bunny. May 17, the Salty Dog Spring Birthday Bash & Lowcountry Boil on the outdoor deck features live music, food and fun for kids of all ages from 4-8 p.m. (843) 671-2233 or www.saltydog.com.

Hilton Head Island Art Festival

Held over Memorial Day Weekend, the Annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival takes place at Shelter Cove Harbour, May 24-25. Now in its 6th year, this prestigious art and craft show produced by Howard Alan Events and American Craft Endeavors showcases the work of more than 150 of the nation’s finest artists and craftsmen. Rain or shine, tents displaying paintings, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, photography and fine crafts will complement the waterfront restaurants, exclusive boutiques and lively entertainment around the marina. Admission and parking for the Art Festival are free; Dune Buggy transportation to the event from the parking lots at the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce and Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is available from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (561) 746-6615 or www.artfestival.com. This spring, festivals and special events are scattered across the Island, from Hudson’s Seafood and Historic Honey Horn to Shelter Cove and South Beach Marina. Make the most of this special season and discover all that Hilton Head has to offer. ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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SOFT-SHELLED CRABS! What’s in Season?

A Spring and Early Summer Delicacy BY LOUISE LUND

Could there be any more highly anticipated treat in the spring season than soft-shell crabs? This is the time of year when a hard-shelled blue crab becomes a soft-shelled one. ‘Soft-shell crab’ is a culinary term for crabs that have recently molted their old shell and are still soft before their shells start to turn hard again. The season starts in early April and runs through summer. In early spring down the East Coast, a mass exodus of blue crabs surface from hibernation beneath the ocean floor. Crabbers know that shortly after molting, the crabs will bury themselves in mud or hide in eelgrass. So before this can happen, crabbers quickly harvest them by dropping their pots into the bay, pulling them out a few days later, and bringing them back to 62

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the dock. Here the crabs are transferred to shallow slough trays, which are constantly irrigated with bay water. They are closely monitored for the moment when they molt their hard winter shells. As the hard shell breaks off - the term often used is that the crabs have "busted" from their shells - the crab is left with a paper thin exterior, more like skin than a shell. Within 2 to 3 hours, their shells start to turn hard again, so timing is everything. In this small window of time, the crabs are removed from their tanks and either frozen immediately, or packed and air lifted live to fish markets. Once molting is complete, most of the crab is edible. If the crabs are left in the water, after only a few hours they begin growing

another hard shell. They are closely monitored in holding tanks until the molting is complete. All this must happen quickly as the crabs can only survive a short while out of water. Seasonal soft-shell crabs are a popular restaurant item, but because of the need for precise harvesting and shipping, the markup is extraordinary. Fortunately, soft-shell crabs are easy to prepare at home. They take only minutes to cook, so they're traditionally pan-fried or sautéed. Because the crabs need direct heat to give them their outer crispness, they should not be boiled or steamed like hard-shell crabs. When buying soft-shell crabs, live ones are the best but they're often difficult to find. To select the tastiest, use your nose. When fresh, they smell clean, like sea mist. All too often, softshell crabs are over-battered and over-fried. At that point the crunch comes entirely from the fried batter, and the delicate flavor is lost. Locally, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, has built their own flowthrough system with shedding boxes to manage the molting process. Andrew Carmines, General Manager of Hudson’s says, “Last year alone we were able to shed approximately 6,000 crabs, most of which were served at the restaurant, with some being available for wholesale and retail.” If you have never had soft shell crab, this is the year to try them. You will fall in love with this delicacy.


A TASTE OF ISLAND RECIPES

BEET SALAD WITH SAUTÉED SOFT SHELL CRAB Courtesty of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks

SOFT SHELL PREPARATION: Remove belly plate, lungs and eyes. Dip in egg wash* mixture. Cover the crab thoroughly without pushing out the juices. Pan sauté until golden brown. Be careful not to cook too long as soft shells have a tendency to pop if overcooked. *Egg Wash Whisk together: 6 whole eggs, 4 egg yolks and 6 tablespoons buttermilk.

BEET SALAD INGREDIENTS: 6 beets (3 red, 3 gold) 2 cups loosely packed arugula 1 cup loosely packed mixed greens 1/4 cup goat cheese Black pepper and kosher salt to taste Your favorite balsamic dressing 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 350º. Rub beets with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 2 hours or until soft. Place beets in a paper grocery bag and close top so it is air tight. Peel beets and discard skin. Cut into desired size cubes. Season with salt to taste. Arrange arugula and mixed greens on a plate, top with beets, goat cheese and soft shell crab.

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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 Lunch 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and Dinner 4:30 - 9 p.m., Monday-Saturday and brunch on Saturday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday 8 - 2 p.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.

brunch featuring 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) 785-2400 or 757-6222 or online at www.captainwoodys.com.

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 and dinner daily, as well as Sunday Brunch. Happy hour offered daily from 4 until 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (843) 342-9066 or online at www.chart-house.com.

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

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ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE Located at One Shelter Cove Lane. Waterfront dining, fresh catch seafood, and prime steaks of the highest quality delight the senses at ELA’s Blu Water Grille. This quaint, unique restaurant offers a pleasantly casual and intimate interior with gorgeous views of Shelter Cove Harbor. The kitchen, supervised by Chef Meagen Mehaffey, makes the most of global resources, putting a modern spin on local island offerings. Our first class wine selection from boutique vineyards compliments each culinary masterpiece. Live entertainment is featured weekly. Serving lunch Sunday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and dinner daily


from 5 p.m. Call us at (843) 785-3030 or visit us online at www.elasgrille.com.

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. Bottomless mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s are 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.

KENNY B’S CAJUN SEAFOOD HUT 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.

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 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

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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, North Island at Port Royal Plaza and 1532 Fording Island Rd. in Bluffton. 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, 342-4472 or 815-4445.

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. Complimentary Mimosas and Champagne are served with all brunch items. Dine inside or on the patio. Serving

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Brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. Call (843) 842-4414 or 681-4153 or online at www.reilleyshiltonhead.com.

SKILLETS CAFE Located just off the beach in Coligny Plaza. A breakfast favorite of both visitors and islanders alike since 1994. Try one of our famous layered dishes prepared in a porcelain skillet. Also offering steak and eggs, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, eggs benedict, Belgian waffles and too many others to mention. A wide beverage variety including fresh coffees, juices, bloody marys, and more. Dine inside or on the patio (Dog Friendly). Open daily from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Call (843) 785-3131 or check us out online at www.skilletscafe.com.

SUNSET GRILLE Located on the Intracoastal Waterway at Hilton Head Harbor, 43 Jenkins Rd. The Grille offers a casual fine dining experience with breathtaking sunset views. One of the best brunches on Hilton Head. Offering Linda's deep dish-quiche, fried chicken & biscuits with bacon gravy, filet mignon over bleu cheese grits, crab cake benedict and many more island favorites. Voted one of the best bloody mary's in the Southeast by Garden & Gun Magazine. An amazing brunch with an amazing view. Call (843) 689-6744 for reservations. Sunday Brunch is 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. sunsetgrillehhi.com.


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.

encouraged and good humor admired. Open daily from 11 a.m until late. Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 686-6736 or Bluffton 815-6736.

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. Fantastic outdoor deck and bar. 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 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 and Sheridan Park in Bluffton. 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

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.

CHARBAR CO Located in Park Plaza just outside Sea Pines Plantation. 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 and 2013! Enjoy our large outdoor patio with flatscreens, ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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fireplace and the only outdoor bar in Park Plaza! Half Off Happy Hour specials daily from 4-7p.m.! Live music nightly! Serving daily from 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. 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 and dinner daily, as well as Sunday Brunch. Happy hour offered daily from 4 until 8 p.m. Call (843) 342-9066 or online at www.chart-house.com. Reservations are recommended.

Town in Sea Pines and the other on Hwy. 278 overlooking Jarvis Creek. Fresh local seafood served any way you like in two picturesque settings. Casual dining and great family fun. Happy Hour serves up drink specials from 4 until 6 p.m. in the bar at both locations. Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Call (843) 363-2722 (Harbour Town) or 681-5021 (Jarvis Creek) or visit us online at www.thecrazycrab.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 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.

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

Located at One Shelter Cove Lane. Waterfront dining, fresh catch seafood, and prime steaks of the highest quality delight the senses at ELA’s Blu Water Grille. This quaint, unique restaurant offers a pleasantly casual and intimate interior with gorgeous views of Shelter Cove Harbor. The kitchen, supervised by Chef Meagen Mehaffey, makes the most of global resources, putting a modern spin on local island offerings. Our first class wine selection from boutique vineyards compliments each culinary masterpiece. Live entertainment is featured weekly. Serving lunch Sunday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and dinner daily from 5 p.m. Call us at (843) 785-3030 or visit us online at www.elasgrille.com.

FAT BABY’S PIZZA AND SUBS Located at 1034 William Hilton Parkway just off the Sea Pines circle. An island tradition is bigger and better than ever. Join us at our new location for the island’s favorite pizza, pasta dishes, salads, subs and calzones all served up with the same great service you deserve. Full bar, cold beer, extensive wine list and plenty of TV’S to catch all the best in sports. Take out available. Children and families are encouraged. Open daily from 11 a.m. until late. Call (843) 842-4200 or online at www.fatbabyspizza.com. Play Nice!

FLATBREAD GRILL 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 at Coligny Circle oceanside in the Beach Market Center. This upscale casual dining sensation is sure to be a favorite of both visitors and locals. Choose from Neopolitan pizza, fresh pasta, gourmet salads, or hearty sandwiches all cooked in our open hearth oven. Catch your favorite sporting event on one of our HD TV’s. Enjoy Happy Hour from 4 - 6 :30 p.m. featuring $4 cocktails, beer and wine and $3 appetizers. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. for lunch and dinner. Call (843) 341-2225 or online at www.flatbreadgrillhhi.com.

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table, 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. 28 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.

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

HILTON HEAD BREWING COMPANY Located just off Greenwood Drive in Reilley’s Plaza. South Carolina’s first microbrewery since Prohibition. Serving fresh local seafood, great pizza, burgers, wings, salads and much more. Happy hour daily from 4 until 7 p.m. with nightly drink specials and over 30 TV’s inside and out for all the sports action. Open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner starting from 4 p.m. Call (843) 785-3900 or online at www.hhbrewingco.com.

HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS Located on the Intracoastal Waterway off Squire Pope Rd. With 45 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.

KINGFISHER SEAFOOD, PASTA, AND STEAK HOUSE Located at 18 Harbourside Ln. at Shelter Cove Harbour. Offering affordable casual dining with breathtaking waterfront views from inside or on the outside deck. Early Bird from 5 until 7 p.m. (off season). Best Island Happy Hour from 5 until 8 p.m. featuring incredible drink and raw bar specials. Classic soft rock with David Wingo on Wednesdays, live music and dancing with Pete Carroll 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. 70

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MELLOW MUSHROOM 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 (HHI) at 9 p.m. (Tuesday’s at 9 p.m. in Bluffton). Enjoy Karaoke on Saturday Night (HHI). 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 midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Call (843) 341-3377 for more information or directions.

OMBRA Located in the Village at Wexford. Enjoy authentic classical Italian cuisine prepared daily by Chef Michael Cirafesi. Relax at the elegant, yet casual bar and enjoy a brilliant array of wines from every region in Italy. A large selection of Italian specialty cocktails, aperitifs, digestivos, homemade limoncello and grappa are also available. Open nightly from 4:30 until close. Call (843) 842-5505 or visit us online at www.ombrahhi.com.

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 and


beer plus great appetizer specials. 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.

SANTA FE CAFÉ Located at 807 William Hilton Parkway near the entrance to

Palmetto Dunes. Capturing the spirit of New Mexico in an 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.

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 300 beers from around the world, fresh homemade frozen drinks, pitchers of cocktails and wine by the glass or bottle. Celebrating 23 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.

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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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 local media polls. 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 or www.hiltonheadicecreamshop.com.

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THE ICE CREAM CONE Located in Coligny Plaza near the beach. An island tradition since 1971 serving the most scrumptious selection of ice cream, soft serve yogurts, shakes, malts, floats and sundaes. A wide array of flavors and toppings make it easy to create your special treat. Open daily from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Call (843) 785-4440.

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) 8424280 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.

PIGGLY WIGGLY Located at 1 North Forest Beach in Coligny Plaza, near the beach. A full service grocery offering fresh seafood, full deli, beach accessories, beer, wine and our famous Piggly Wiggly T-shirts. Locally owned and operated for over forty years. Call (843) 785-3881 or online at www.pigglywigglycoligny.com.

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.

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. 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 (for seasonal hours).

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.

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A TASTE OF ADVERTISERS / MAP LOCATION

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

20. FLATBREAD GRILL (843) 341-2225

38. OKKO (843) 341-3377

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

21. THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ (843) 686-FROG (3764)

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

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ASIAN BISTRO (843) 686-9888

22. HEAVENLY SPA BY WESTIN (843) 681-1019

40. OMBRA (843) 842-5505

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AUNT CHILADAS EASY STREET CAFE (843) 785-7700

23. HILTON HEAD BREWING COMPANY (843) 785-3900

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

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THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE (843) 686-3443

24. HILTON HEAD ICE CREAM (843) 842-6333

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

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BRITISH OPEN PUB (843) 686-6736 or 815-6736

25. HINOKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR (843) 785-9800

42. PANERA BREAD (843) 686-3838 or 757-5611 43. PLANTATION CAFE & DELI (843) 785-9020 or 342-4472 44. REDFISH (843) 686-3388

26. HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS (843) 681-2772

45. REILLEY’S (843) 842-4414 or 681-4153

27. HUGO’S (843) 785-HUGO (4846)

46. RUAN THAI HUT (843) 681-3700

28. ISLAND FUDGE SHOPPE (843) 842-4280

47. SAGE ROOM (843) 785-5352

29. ISLAND WINERY (843) 842-3141

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

11. CHARBAR CO (843) 785-CHAR (2427)

30. THE JAZZ CORNER (843) 842-8620

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

12. CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE (843) 785-9277

31. KENNY B’S CAJUN SEAFOOD HUT (843) 785-3315

50. SANTA FE CAFE (843) 785-3838

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CAPTAIN JOHN’S GALLEY AT THE SALTY DOG CAFE (843) 671-CAFE (2233) CAPTAIN WOODY’S (843) 785-2400 or 757-6222

10. CATCH 22 FRESH SEAFOOD & GRILL (843) 785-6261

13. CHART HOUSE (843) 342-9066 14. COCO’S ON THE BEACH (843) 842-2626 (COCO) 15. CRANE’S TAVERN STEAKHOUSE & SEAFOOD (843) 341-2333 16. CRAZY CRAB (843) 363-2722 or 681-5021 17. THE DRYDOCK SEAFOOD GRILL & SPIRITS (843) 842-9775 18. ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE (843) 785-3030 19. FAT BABY’S PIZZA AND SUBS (843) 842-4200

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32. KINGFISHER SEAFOOD, PASTA AND STEAK HOUSE (843) 785-4442 33. KURAMA JAPANESE SEAFOOD AND STEAK HOUSE SUSHI BAR (843) 785-4955 34. LAND’S END TAVERN (843) 671-5456 35. MANGIAMO (843) 682-2444 36. MELLOW MUSHROOM (843) 686-2474 or 706-0800 37. MICHAEL ANTHONY’S (843) 785-6272

51. SKILLETS CAFE (843) 785-3131 52. STEAMER SEAFOOD (843) 785-2070 53. STELLINI ITALIAN RESTAURANT 843) 785-7006 54. SUNSET GRILLE (843) 689-6744 55. TAPAS RESTAURANT (843) 681-8590 56. TOBACCO ROAD (843) 341-6265 57. THE WRECK OF THE SALTY DOG (843) 671-7327


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Hilton Head Restaurants, Dining, Nightlife

Taste Spring 14  

Hilton Head Restaurants, Dining, Nightlife

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