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CONTENTS

48 FEATURES 8

CAPTAIN WOODY’S An Island Institution Sets Sail.

12 RUAN THAI HUT Never Eaten Thai? Give it a Try.

20 IN THE KITCHEN With Eric Seaglund, Executive Chef At the Chart House.

24 HILTON HEAD HOSPITALITY PROFILE Chance Dalton of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks.

32 SWEET TEA A Southern Favorite.

46 A SIMPLE GUIDE TO STAYING ON TRACK Health and Fitness Tips From CrossFit Hilton Head.

48 DAUFUSKIE ISLAND A Step Back in Time.

55 THE PORT O’ JOHNS Rockin’ the Docks on Daufuskie.

66 SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton.

32 IN EVERY ISSUE 6

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

10 A TASTE OF DINNER 42 A TASTE OF ISLAND RECIPES 56 A TASTE OF LUNCH 72 A TASTE OF BREAKFAST/BRUNCH 78 A TASTE OF NIGHTLIFE/LOUNGES 84 A TASTE OF ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES

75 THE CRAFT BEER CRAZE A Beer Lover’s Dream. 4

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86 ADVERTISING DIRECTORY/MAP


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PUBLISHER’S NOTE This summer, it seems, has become a symbol for rebuilding and selfimprovement. As the temperature rises and the economy picks up speed, so too are the winter cobwebs being eagerly dusted away. Local establishments are working on face lifts and moving their business up to the next level to make your experience with them the best it can be. You can look at everything from our resorts to our hotels to our town to see that money and time are being invested in their future and ours. One of our features in this issue is on Daufuskie Island where major renovations and investments have been going on for months. Both Melrose on the Beach and Bloody Point are making bold statements about their belief in their future with overhauls in the golf courses, grounds, restaurants, and accommodations. Take a look at our local hotels. The Westin in Port Royal Plantation just finished a 30 million dollar cash infusion with the hopes of becoming a premier international destination for meetings and recreation. The Sonesta Resort, formerly the Crowne Plaza in Shipyard, also just spent 30 million in renovations on the guest rooms, the meetings spaces, and the grounds.. The Beach House, formerly the Holiday Inn Oceanfront, gave facelifts to their rooms, lobby, and Tiki Hut deck and built a new restaurant. The Omni in Palmetto Dunes has been working on phase I of their extensive renovation plan which was scheduled to be complete by this summer. They rebuilt their family pool, and reinvented the poolside bar, hotel entrance, meeting rooms, spa, and exercise facilities. The Marriott Resort & Spa in Palmetto Dunes also made improvements to guest rooms, pool areas, and restaurants. Sea Pines is another great example of one of our famous Island destinations investing in their future and that of their property owners to the tune of 50 million dollars. They are completely redoing the Plantation Club, planning to build a new Harbour Town Clubhouse, and plans have been approved for a new two story Beach Club. Mid-Island Hilton Head will soon have a whole new look too. What used to be our enclosed Mall at Shelter Cove is being transformed into an exciting mix of open air shops and restaurants, a Kroger grocery store, and waterfront apartments and park areas. The town of Hilton Head is also busy as they renovated the entrance to and facilities at Coligny Beach, are building bike paths on 278, and did an overhaul at the Bristol Sports arena. Many of our local restaurants are, of course, busy following suit and updating their facilities or moving to newer ones. This shift into action is both encouraging and inspirational to me after so many tough years and I have even stepped outside of the box to update and modernize. I am proud to say that Taste magazine is now officially on Facebook and Twitter, so please give us a visit, a thumbs-up, and a tweet. Have a great summer and enjoy all we have to offer! David Mudwilder 6

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TASTE OF HILTON HEAD VOLUME VIII, ISSUE 2 PUBLISHER David Mudwilder ART DIRECTOR Kim Bowen CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Rob Kaufman CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Christy Baroni Allyson Jones Marianne Lobaugh Louise Lund Risa Williams McMillan DISTRIBUTION Bryan Kirby

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

ABOUT THE COVER Visit The Salty Dog CafĂŠ this summer for great food, cool drinks and good times. Photography by Rob Kaufman.


Captain Woody’s An Island Institution Sets Sail BY ALLISON JONES

Celebrating 30 years as a local favorite, Captain Woody’s Bar & Grill has a spacious new Hilton Head Island location, expansive outdoor deck bar and a new retail store accompanied by the familiar staff, signature menu and distinctive atmosphere. “It was just time for a change,” explains owner Russell Anderson. “It’s a new opportunity. A door opened and we took it.” Spending just a month preparing for the move, the longtime Palmetto Bay Marina restaurant closed on a Saturday evening in early March and reopened the following Tuesday at 6

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Target Road in the space formerly occupied by The Big Chill and Riders Lounge. Taking advantage of the all the freestanding building has to offer, Captain Woody’s hosted their final oyster roast of the season at the new site on March 9. Established in 1982 by Woody Collins, Russell and his wife Shannon purchased Captain Woody’s in 1999. Five years ago, the University of Kentucky graduates opened a second restaurant in Bluffton’s Calhoun Street Promenade. Both casual neighborhood pubs


offer the basics necessities of Island life – fresh seafood, cold beer and good conversation. Serving identical menus lunch through dinner, an eclectic crowd of fishermen, golfers, F&B professionals, residents and visitors can be found exchanging tall tales over He Crab soup, Grouper Melt sandwiches, fried oysters, shrimp and clams, Po-Boys, burgers and buckets of beer. With the move to Target Road, an additional 10 seats were added inside the restaurant and bar area. However, Russell is especially excited about the extra space and entertainment opportunities provided by the new outdoor deck and bar. Open daily starting at 4 p.m., follow the navigational markers to Bar 6, “Where the Land Meets the Water,” for its special menu, Happy Hour deals and live music featuring Mike Kobar on Saturday. A sail overhead provides protection from the elements so patrons can chill out with a frozen drink, sample new menu items such as Kentucky Beer Cheese served with pretzels (a.k.a. Bull Moose Beer Cheese, a staple of Russell’s college years), fish tacos, ultimate nachos or steamed shrimp while catching the game on one of several flat-screen TVs. Dogs on leashes are also welcome outside and the deck bar is a great place to order a pre-dinner drink while waiting for a table. Upstairs, a new retail store offers a wide selection of logoed Captain Woody’s and Bar 6 T-shirts, visors, backpacks, as well as unique, locallymade merchandise like wine-scented candles. If you forget to pick up something while you’re there, just visit captainwoodys.com to purchase what you need online. Proudly serving 100% Wild Caught & Sustainable Seafood, the menu showcases freshly shucked, raw or steamed shrimp, clams and oysters; grilled or blackened saltwater fish; fried seafood platters; Fish & Chips; Shrimp n’ Grits; crab cakes; and Low Country Boil.

Filet mignon is now a permanent addition to the “landfood” portion of the menu, which also includes fried pickles and blackened beef fingers appetizers, a bone-in ribeye entrée, prime rib sandwiches, hamburgers, grilled sirloin salads, chicken melts, Reubens and chili. Both restaurants offer daily lunch and dinner specials and prime rib served with garlic mashed potatoes and the chef’s choice of fresh vegetables is available on Sundays. One of the Island’s most kid-friendly establishments, the children’s menu comes with crayons so the little ones can color while waiting for their orders of cheese stix, peanut butter and jelly, fried shrimp, grilled cheese, hot dog or chicken fingers. Another thing that hasn’t changed at Captain Woody’s is the eclectic collection of memorabilia decorating the walls, from autographed UK basketballs and other sports paraphernalia to fishing gear, nautical charts and local restaurant signage. In fact, even the restaurant’s captain chairs were brought over from Palmetto Bay. In addition to winter oyster roasts, other special scheduled events include the Annual Captain Woody’s Fishing Tournament in May and the return of the Golf Tournament this summer. Crediting the smooth transition to the new location and longtime success of Captain Woody’s to hard work and a strong local following, Russell is quick to

acknowledge the importance of his dedicated employees. “For the most part, it’s the family that we have in here,” he says. “You’re only as good as your staff and they make Shannon and I look good. They’re the ones who keep the great local crowd coming back and the vacationers coming back.” “The change is good, it’s really good,” Russell adds. “This was truly a blessing in my eyes. I heard a quote a long time ago, ‘change is the process to survival,’ and that really stuck with me. If you don’t change it up, I think you get left behind.” Of course, it is also said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. “We’re the same Captain Woody’s as we were down at the marina – all you’re doing is walking in a different front door. We’re just going to keep it simple.” On Hilton Head Island, Captain Woody’s and Bar 6 can be found at 6 Target Road. Call (843) 785-2400 for details. The Bluffton restaurant is located at 17 State of Mind Street and can be reached at (843) 757-6222. Lunch and dinner are served continuously from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Take-out and a kid’s menu are available with live music on select evenings. For the menu, maps, directions or to check out the online store, visit captainwoodys.com.

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A TASTE OF DINNER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Never Eaten Thai?

Ruan Thai Hut Give it a Try at BY MARIANNE LOBAUGH

So the e-mail comes in from David (publisher of Taste of Hilton Head), Ruan Thai Hut is my assignment for the next issue. I’ve passed the location several times on Main Street, but haven’t eaten there in the 16 months I’ve been an island resident. But the deeper darker truth is that I’ve never eaten Thai food in my life — so a mild case of panic sets in. I don’t want to embarrass David by writing a bad piece, so I sheepishly begin to confess via return e-mail. As I’m typing, a thought crosses my mind for a story angle that could work. I’m guessing there are some other folks a little hesitant to try something new and I’m feeling brave today — so I offer myself up. A few days later I meet Chef Steven

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Ellis at the restaurant. I normally don’t eat while visiting restaurants to interview, but today we’re making an exception. I put myself in his hands and he suggests Chicken Pad Thai, which is medium rice noodles stir-fried with eggs, bean sprouts and green onions topped with crushed peanuts. It comes from the kitchen looking scrumptious with an exotic fragrance. I expected a different flavor due to the seasonings. It was subtle, unique and delicious. Why hadn’t I tried Thai? I didn’t know anything about it and I wouldn’t have the slightest idea what to order. The thought of not being able to understand the menu was intimidating. I asked Ellis why he thought people are hesitant to try Thai food. He said

that some mistakenly believe that all of the food is spicy, explaining that traditional dishes from Thailand are spicier than they make them in the U.S., at Ruan every dish on the menu is created to order. I looked over the menu and saw what he was talking about printed in large type across the bottom, “Mild, medium, hot, very hot. Please let your server know your spice level.” “Everything on our menu starts mild and then it goes medium, hot or Thai hot. Every once in a while we get the brave person who wants to go above Thai hot,” Ellis said with a


chuckle. “We have some things on the menu that have ingredients that are naturally spicy and those are clearly marked. But nothing is going to melt your face off.” For those trying Thai food for the first time and looking for basic dishes, Ellis recommends Pad Thai, which is available with chicken, shrimp or pork, Mussaman Curry and any of the Stir Fry dishes. Kids can enjoy Pad Thai, Thai Fried Rice or eat “American” with Chicken Nuggets or Grilled Cheese. I learned that traditional southern Thailand cuisine features local seafood like shrimp that are also native to the Lowcountry, making our area a great place to sample Thai. “Many of our dishes are as close to original Thai as you can get,” Ellis said. Ruan’s specialties include: Crispy Duck, a crispy roasted duck (in half) dressed with your choice of basil, red curry or honey sauce; Sammy’s Sizzling Beef, a plate of sliced marinated sirloin steak, complemented with sesame, pineapple, tomato, onion, and bell pepper; and Mango Sea Bass, a seared filet of Sea Bass in Ruan’s savory mango sauce. The Ruan Thai Hut opened on Main Street in September 2011. Locals may remember it as the former Mangiamo’s restaurant, but would not recognize it from the remodeled interior. The bright, modern décor seats 40 and features artistic touches from Thailand, including

a large portrait of the present King and Queen of Thailand. Patio seating for 25 under roof with tropical plants and a large waterfall provide a lush scene for a family or business lunch and the perfect place to enjoy the day at dusk and into the evening. The intimate setting inside and out makes a perfect evening getaway for a date night. The Ruan Thai Hut is the fourth Thai restaurant owned and operated by the Suphata family. The first location opened in October 2005 on Hilton Head Island at 811 William Hilton Parkway, next to Lava Fitness. Ruan Thai II is in Bluffton at 26 Towne Drive in Belfair Town Village. Savannah hosts the third restaurant at 17 Broughton Street. The menus are identical at the two island restaurants and both have an Early Dining Menu, Monday and Tuesday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The lunch menu offers 15 different entreés all under $10 that are available with vegetables, tofu, chicken, beef, pork or shrimp. Ruan Thai Hut offers all day Drink Specials on Wednesdays that includes drafts for $2, domestic bottles for $2 and house wines by the glass for $4. Their wine list includes a wide variety of selections from California and around the world. I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience with Thailand cuisine. I also found Ruan’s menu very detailed and

clear and I’m sure I could have ordered something on my own that I would have enjoyed. I believe those who have sampled other world cuisines and who enjoy Chinese and Japanese food will find pleasant similarities and contrasts to Thai food. Seafood lovers craving a unique and differing approach to local catch will also enjoy Ruan’s exotic fare. I also recommend Ruan to those looking for a temporary departure from island life without having to cruise over the bridge. I do enjoy seafood, so I believe I’ll try one of their intriguing fish dishes next time.

Hours are: Monday thru Thursday, lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, lunch 12 to 3 p.m. and dinner 4:30 to 10 p.m. For more information call (843) 681-3700 or visit myruanthai.com. ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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

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

CAROLINA CAFÉ The Carolina Café is a casual, family-friendly venue offering fantastic seasonal offerings and unique Lowcountry cuisine. Our inspiring menu reflects new Chef Ed Connors’ daily creations made with the freshest local and sustainable ingredients, and also features the signature Westin brand SuperFoodsRX™. Enjoy unwinding for Happy Hour at the new Barony Bar located inside Carolina Café. Open Daily for dinner from 5 until 10 p.m., Barony Bar open from 5 p.m. until close. Call (843) 681-4000 or online at westinhiltonheadisland.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 reservations. Happy Hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. daily. Open daily for dinner from 5 p.m. Call (843) 785-6261.

CHARBAR CO Located in Park Plaza right outside Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head. A local favorite serving award winning gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads and more! We feature specialty craft beers, wines and a music collection spanning the decades in a relaxed indoor/outdoor environment. Voted Hilton Head Island “People’s Choice Best Burger”, 1st Place Winner of Burgers & Brews 2012! Come enjoy our large outdoor patio with a fireplace and the only outdoor bar in Park Plaza! Kids menu and takeout available. Happy Hour specials daily from 4-7 p.m. Serving Tuesday through Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Call (843) 785-CHAR (2427) or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/CharbarCo. (continued on page 18) 14

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CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE

COCO’S ON THE BEACH

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 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.

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 Cocosonthebeach.com or become a fan of Coco’s on Facebook. Call (843) 842-2626 (COCO) for seasonal hours, directions and information.

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

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

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KITCHEN with Eric Seaglund

Executive Chef At the Chart House BY LOUISE LUND • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Starting out as a prep cook at Charley’s Crab in Troy, Michigan, Eric Seaglund worked his way up there over the years to Chef D’Cuisine. “I had a passion for cooking in those early days as well, and was told I had a natural talent, so I decided to pursue a culinary degree.” With his culinary degree and work experience, Eric moved to Hilton Head when he was offered a promotion to Executive Chef of the former Charley’s Crab on Hilton Head Island. “I jumped at the chance to get out of the cold and into the sun,” he said. “It was a great opportunity for me to do what I do best, and I have a huge passion for the Low Country style of cooking.” In 2010, Eric was part of the concept change when Charley’s Crab became the Chart House on Hilton Head, and he is now Executive Chef. Eric’s favorite dishes to prepare are “anything to do with seafood, especially Local!” “My favorite dishes consist of pairing Low Country ingredients such as grits, green tomatoes, local shrimp, or local oysters with the main dish,” he added. When you visit the Chart House, Eric’s personal creations will always have a CH next to the menu item. “People tell my wife that she is so 20

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lucky to be married to an Executive Chef. Her reply is always the same, “I’m the chef at home because my husband is always working.” When Eric has time to cook at home for his family, his specialty is salmon with several of his

favorite side dishes. “It’s a treat for the family when I cook! Our three sons particularly like when I grill burgers and add some cheddar and bacon.” When he’s not working, Eric enjoys hanging out with his family. “We take trips when the restaurant is slow and the boys are out of school.” He loves to play golf and wishes he had the time to play more often. “My favorite times with my family are spent at the beach or at the pool – just to watch the boys have fun and to relax,” Eric shared. The best thing about being a chef to Eric is making people happy and having guests return. “I love creating dishes for guests and having them ask me to come to their table so that they can tell me they have had an incredible dining experience.” Eric sees his job as making people happy so that they enjoy everything and want to return. He also loves to teach at his monthly cooking classes. “My guests have fun, and so do I!” Eric said he loves living on Hilton Head because “it is a place like no other when it comes to beauty and scenery. It’s a great place to live, raise a family, and to work!” For reservations call (843) 342-9066, the Chart House is located a 2 Hudson Road.


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CORKS WINE BAR

CRAZY CRAB

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

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

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

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

ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE Located at Shelter Cove Harbour. One of Hilton Head’s newest dining sensations offers some of the best water views on the island. Featuring Fresh Catch Seafood, Angus Steaks and Italian Creations. Extensive boutique wine collection and fantastic cocktails. Open Sun. - Fri. for lunch and nightly for dinner. Call (843) 785-3030 or online at www.elasgrille.com. (continued on page 26)

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Chance Dalton of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks BY LOUISE LUND

PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Born in Ohio, Chance Dalton moved to Hilton Head with his family when he was 7 years old. While a student at Hilton Head High School, he exceled in wrestling and cross country. Dalton was ambitious and was thrilled to get a job working with Hudson’s at the young age of 15. As a valued employee who is well-liked by his co-workers as well as guests, he has climbed the ladder there for the last 7 years. “My first job was driving a golf cart and taking restaurant guests from the parking lot to the restaurant,” Dalton said. After several seasons, he began bussing tables and later was promoted to food runner. When he turned 21, he was promoted to bar back, and was later promoted to the position of bartender and server. Dalton credits his outgoing personality to his experience at the restaurant. “I used to be shy when I was in high school, but this business has made me much more outgoing,” he said. While spending some time talking with Dalton at the restaurant and seeing him interact with guests and coworkers, it was obvious that he truly cares about people. “I never say no – no matter how busy we are or what people ask, I find a way to make sure that customers have a great experience when they are here.” Some of the regulars know him by name and sit at the bar or in his section so he can wait on them. What makes Dalton happy about his job? “It makes my day when customers come in and say, ‘We’re on the island for 5 days and we’ve been here at Hudson’s for the past 4!’” He hears that a lot from golfers. One reason that Dalton attracts golfers to return to sit in his section or at the bar is in addition to receiving great service, they can talk with him about golf. He’s a golfer himself, and loves to play the game when he has free time. Also a college student, free time is somewhat rare, but Dalton says that working at Hudson’s doesn’t feel like work. “It’s like a second family when I’m working.” When asked what it takes to be successful in this business, Dalton replied modestly, “You have to be friendly and you have to smile, and you have to care.” And Chance Dalton is and does all of that! Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks is located at 1 Hudson Road on the north end of the island. For directions or information, contact them at (843) 681-2772. 24

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

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

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

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

THE JAZZ CORNER Located in the "corner" of The Village at Wexford. Voted "Favorite Restaurant with Live Entertainment". Our intimate, elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of world class entertainment enhanced by our innovative (continued on page 28) 26

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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.

KINGFISHER SEAFOOD, PASTA, AND STEAK HOUSE Located at 18 Harbourside Ln. at Shelter Cove Harbour. Offering affordable casual dining in a 5 star setting with breathtaking waterfront views from inside or on the outside deck. Early Bird from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Best Island Happy Hour from 4:30 until 7 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

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magic shows on Sundays and Mondays. Call (843) 785-4442 for reservations and information or online at www.kingfisherseafood.com.

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

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

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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.

MARSHSIDE MAMA’S Located on Daufuskie Island at 15 Haig Point Road. Daufuskie Island’s favorite spot for great food, lively entertainment and good times! Our menu, which changes daily like the tides, offers fresh local seafood prepared with creative flair, succulent steaks, fantastic ribs and much more. Serving lunch Tuesday thru Saturday, 12 until 3 p.m., Sunday 12 until 5 p.m. and dinner Wednesday thru Saturday 6 until 10 p.m. Live music Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon. Call (843) 785-4755 for reservations or visit us online for more information at www.marshsidemamas.com.

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

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and calzones, monumental hoagies and fresh salads all in a comfortable and casual setting. Kid friendly and affordably priced menu for both lunch and dinner. Over twenty-four beers on tap, fifty more by bottle and a full bar available. Dine inside or outside in the courtyard. Open daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-2474 (HHI) or 706-0800 (B-Town).

MICHAEL ANTHONY’S Located at 37 New Orleans Road in Orleans Plaza. Offering classic Italian cuisine. Homemade gnocchi, succulent veal dishes and creative fish preparations are offered nightly. The versatile wine list offers a broad selection designed to satisfy the novice or seasoned enthusiast. Reservations are suggested. Weekly cooking classes offered in the Tuscan inspired demonstration kitchen. The adjacent Italian Market offers a wide array of Italian wines and gourmet foods. Open Sunday thru Saturday beginning at 5:15 p.m. Call (843) 785-6272 or visit www.michael-anthonys.com.

OCEANS Hilton Head Island's freshest locally-sourced seafood, Lowcountry-inspired menu items, and magnificent oceanfront views. Oceans has been totally renovated, now bringing the outdoors inside – with the Island’s best ocean breezes. Watch the dolphins and the tides of the Atlantic as you catch up with (continued on page 34)


ICED TEA Sweet or Unsweet BY LOUISE LUND • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Summer demands drinks to linger over. The hot sun is far more bearable with a tall iced drink in hand, and there's nothing better to sip on a steamy afternoon than sweet tea. A southern favorite, sweet tea is generally brewed with enough sugar to give even Red Bull addicts ADHD. Most restaurants in the south, including fast-food and other national chains, offer a customer the choice of sweet tea or unsweet iced tea. It is a signature drink of the region to the point where the southern use of the word "tea" is largely used to refer specifically to cold sweet tea and not to hot or plain varieties. In non-southern states, many restaurants don’t offer sweet tea. Sweet tea is a style of iced tea commonly consumed in the southern United States. Sweet tea is made by adding sugar to black tea brewing in hot water. The tea is served ice-cold and plain but may also be flavored - traditionally with raspberry, lemon, or mint. In 2003, supposedly as an April Fool's joke, the Georgia House introduced a bill making it a "misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature" to sell iced tea in a restaurant that did not also offer sweet iced tea on the menu. The bill never went to a vote. In the early 1900s, sweet tea was an item of luxury because of the expensive nature of tea, ice, and sugar. Ice was highly valued since it had to be shipped from afar at a time when access to cool drinking water was already a luxury. In modern times, iced tea can be made in large quantities quickly and inexpensively. The oldest known recipe for sweet ice tea was published in 1879 in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia by Marion Cabell Tyree, who was born in Texas. The recipe called for green tea since most sweet tea consumed during this period was green tea. However, during World War II, the major sources of green tea were cut off from the United States, leaving them with tea almost exclusively from British-controlled India, which produced black tea. Americans came out of the war drinking predominantly black tea. Sweet tea was once consumed as a punch mixed with hard liquor with flavorings of mint and cream, with mint julep being a close version of the punch drink with its similar ingredients. 32

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Not surprisingly, like many American traditions iced tea has now been improved by the addition of alcohol - sweet tea vodka hitting it big on the cocktail scene. Sweet tea vodka is a fairly recent addition to the liquor lineup. While still not quite as sweet as the real deal, the Arnold Palmer – a non-alcoholic drink consisting of half lemonade and half iced tea – hasn’t been the same since. The liquor-based version is affectionately known as a John Daly and replaces the iced tea with sweet tea vodka, of which there now are several varieties available. The first sweet tea vodka to hit the market and still one of the most popular is Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, distilled in Charleston, S.C. and flavored with tea leaves grown just five miles from the distillery. Firefly tastes exactly like a perfect glass of iced tea should taste. It's refreshing and sweet, and goes down easy. Of course, this is 70-proof iced tea, so gulping it like Nestea could yield some fairly interesting results. The clean flavor is good in a number of cocktails, according to bartenders, but the best way to drink it is in a tall glass of ice filled halfway with Firefly and topped off with water. Sweet, unsweet or in a cocktail – it’s a southern tradition.

Sweet Tea with Vodka and Lemonade This is a perfect summertime cocktail. Because it's a combination of iced tea, lemonade, and vodka, we've dubbed it the tipsy Arnold Palmer. Makes 8 Ingredients • *2 large tea bags for iced tea • ½ cup boiling water • 8 fresh mint sprigs • 4 cups lemonade made from frozen concentrate • *½ cup vodka • Ice cubes • 8 lemon slices *To streamline this recipe, you can use one cup Sweet Tea Vodka from South Carolina's Firefly Distillery in place of the tea and the vodka. Preparation • Place tea bags in medium bowl. Add 1/2 cup boiling water. Let steep 4 minutes. Discard tea bags. Place mint sprigs in large pitcher; mash with muddler or handle of wooden spoon until slightly bruised. Pour in tea, lemonade, and vodka. Cover and chill. • Fill 8 highball glasses with ice. Divide sweet tea among glasses. Garnish with lemon slices. ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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friends and family over a bottle of wine or your favorite cocktails. Dine where a relaxed style meets high cuisine oceanfront. At Oceans, you'll find a refreshing atmosphere, inspired and creative cuisine and the Island’s best oceanfront dining view. Open Daily for dinner from 4 until 11 p.m., lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and bar open from 11 a.m. until 1:30 a.m.. Call (843) 681-4000 or online at westinhiltonheadisland.com.

THE OLD OYSTER FACTORY

OKKO RESTAURANT

OMBRA

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.

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.

OLD DAUFUSKIE CRAB COMPANY Located at the Freeport Marina on Daufuskie Island, SC. A unique island treat featuring true southern hospitality and beauty. Serving fresh seafood, oysters, deviled crab, steaks and much more. Enjoy a cool beverage at the outdoor bar and catch one of Daufuskie’s magnificent island sunsets. Call (843) 785-6652 or check us out online at www.daufuskiefreeport.com.

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.

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 (continued on page 36)

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bakers make bread that is simply delicious and baked fresh right here every day. Offering a wide selection of fantastic food including our signature sandwiches, hot paninis, delicious soups and signature salads. Catering also available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Call (843) 686-3838 or 757-5611.

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

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

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

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 (continued on page 38)

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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.

SEA GRASS GRILLE

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.

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

SANTA FE CAFÉ

THE SMOKEHOUSE

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

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

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USDA PRIME STEAKS & FRESH SEAFOOD

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

Consistently Voted one of Hilton Head’s Top 3 Restaurants

Almond Encrusted Tilapia • Crispy Roasted Half Duck Cracked Pepper Tuna • Pan-seared Jumbo Scallops • Eggplant Napoleon 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

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

STELLINI ITALIAN RESTAURANT Located at 15 Executive Park Dr., just off Pope Avenue. Voted the Island’s best Italian restaurant, The newly renovated Stellini features popular menu items from the Little Italy section of New York and northern New Jersey. Choose from items such as Clams Casino, Veal Saltimbocca, Zuppa di Pesce, Osso Buco, Lasagna and more. Extensive wine list, Early Bird specials, children’s menu and take-out available. Serving dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5 p.m. til 9:30 p.m. Call (843) 785-7006 for reservations.

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

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

THE WRECK OF THE SALTY DOG Located at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Enjoy a casual and fun atmosphere in the same spirit as The Salty Dog Cafe. Serving a full bar with excellent food and waterfront view overlooking South Beach Marina and Braddock's Cove, The Wreck offers excellent Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials. Available for private parties. Call (843) 671-SEAS (7327) for seasonal hours. 40

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A TASTE OF ISLAND RECIPES

ORANGE GLAZED MAHI MAHI WITH FRESH PINEAPPLE SALSA & COCONUT CREAM Courtesty of A Lowcountry Backyard INGREDIENTS Fresh Mahi Mahi 2 Peeled and seeded oranges or 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and diced 1 fresh tomato, diced 1/4 red onion, peeled and diced 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro 1 fresh lime 1 finely diced jalepeno if you like a little heat 1 Can sweetened coconut Milk 1 8 oz. container of heavy cream FOR THE ORANGE GLAZE 1. Combine the fresh oranges (or 1 cup orange juice), the olive oil and brown sugar in a food processor. 2. Using the whipping blade (or chopping blade), mix ingredients until it emulsifies into a salad dressing consistency. FOR THE PINEAPPLE SALSA 1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the diced pineapple, diced tomato, diced onion, cilantro, jalepeno, and juice of the lime. 2. Gently toss to combine. 3. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

FOR THE COCONUT CREAM 1. In a food processor using the whipping blade (or chopping blade), whip the heavy cream until it peaks into whipped cream. 2. While the food processor is still running with the heavy cream inside, slowly add approximately 1 cup of the coconut milk until a thick coconut cream is formed. TO PREPARE YOUR DISH 1. In a skillet, add about a tablespoon of olive oil and heat skillet to medium. 2. Season both sides of the Mahi Mahi with salt and pepper. 3. Cook on both sides until fish is cooked to your liking (you can cut into the middle to see if it is done enough). 4. Spoon on your orange glaze, turn fish over in the pan and spoon glaze on the other side. 5. Plate your fish and top it with the pineapple salsa. Finish the top of the fish with a drizzle of coconut cream. Enjoy!

OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER WITH BÉARNAISE SAUCE Courtesty of Hugo’s Steak and Seafood

INGREDENTS 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 1 medium size onion finely diced Salt and pepper ¼ pound of good smoked bacon diced into small pieces 3 ounces Sambuca liquor 1 pound of fresh spinach washed and stems removed 4 ounces gruyere cheese cut into small cubes 12 fresh local oysters in the shell shucked 14 ounces béarnaise sauce 42

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METHOD Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over maximum setting and add the onions. Season with salt and pepper and stir often until onions turn slightly brown and soft. Add the bacon and reduce the heat to medium. Continue cooking until bacon starts to render about 5-6 minutes. Deglaze the pan with Sambuca and ignite to burn off the alcohol, when the flames die down turn off the heat and drain off the fat in a strainer. Put a pot of water on to boil and cook the spinach for about 2-3 minutes. Drain and chop the spinach. Put onion and bacon mixture in mixing bowl and add-in the chopped spinach and gruyere cheese mix well and cover each oyster with spinach mixture. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, remove from oven and top each oyster with béarnaise sauce. Serves 4


A Simple Guide to Staying on Track BY CHRISTY BARONI • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Hilton Head Island is world famous for our outdoor lifestyle and our awardwinning chefs. Just being here gives you an advantage when working toward a healthy lifestyle! Summer provides us with some great opportunities to try new food, enjoy a few extra beverages, and spend time having more fun outside or on the beach. Whether you are here on vacation or enjoy life as a local, the very best way to spoil yourself is to make choices that give you energy and allow you to feel great from sun up to sun down. Here are a few simple things that can help you stay on track with your weight and exercise goals: • Success starts with the sunrise. Your mother was right – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, do you know why? Your body has been fasting all night and will not start metabolizing until you eat something. Starting your day with a plate full of protein, fat, and few clean carbs will not only get your metabolism started, but will also give you consistent energy throughout the day. So, what does that look like? Consider an egg white omelet chock full of vegetables, some wheat toast, and a handful of berries. Throw some avocado slices or a ½ cup of Greek yogurt on the side and you are set. • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Water in general is the answer to a lot of health issues. The more water you drink, the more full you will feel throughout the day which can help you avoid snacking. If you imbibe, you will want to get a refill on your water for every alcoholic beverage you order.

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You will thank yourself in the morning! A rule of thumb when choosing which adult beverage to indulge in: stick with the clear. Dark liquors have more sugars and can wreck your diet along with your next morning. (My personal favorite reason to stay hydrated? Water helps to rid your body of toxins making your skin look tighter and brighter. Who doesn’t want that?) • Choose grilled or blackened from the menu. We are so lucky to live in or visit this absolute chef mecca! Take advantage of the amazing cuisine and avoid the extra empty carbs of fried food. For example, fish is high in protein, omega 3’s, and the good fat. But don’t fool yourself: as soon as it’s fried all the benefits are outweighed by the bad fats. • Plan your indulgences. This goes for every day life in addition to vacation time. If you have your heart set on the molten chocolate lava cake a la mode, you’ll need to save room for that. Literally. That sick feeling you get after over-indulging is a physiological insulin response where your body is frantically storing fat instead of making it available for energy. Even the healthiest of meals can be undone by going overboard on the basket of free bread. Plan where you want to splurge, and then savor every bite.

Whether you are here for a few days, a few months, or for the rest of your life, we have access to amazing exercise and food options. So, get out there, take care of yourself, and enjoy the best of this island! Christy Baroni is an island resident, mother of two, and the Head Nutrition Specialist at CrossFit Hilton Head. Find out more about Christy and read more of her articles at www.crossfithiltonhead.com.


Daufuskie Island A Step Back in Time BY RISA WILLIAMS McMILLIAN PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

As the wheels of progress and development constantly change the landscape of our lives, it is not an easy task in this day and age to find a piece of paradise and a well preserved part of our past. Daufuskie Island, Hilton Head’s quiet neighbor to the south, somehow has managed to defy the odds in the process of preserving its history and 48

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ambience. To visit Daufuskie is to take a step back in time to a world with a slow pace and a carefree attitude. Perhaps part of Daufuskie’s innocence and charm is due to the fact that there are no wheels that will get you there. There is no causeway, no bridge, no man-made link to the mainland. Only by taking a journey by boat can you

unlock and unbury the Island’s lore, secrets, and treasures. What exactly will you find when you visit this small Island that measures only 8 square miles? Try and picture a day on a pristine piece of land that houses history and serenity. Visualize dirt roads and golf carts, not highways and 18wheelers. Imagine quaint cottages and


old schoolhouses and churches, not high rises and shopping malls. There is plenty of sun and sand with 3 miles of mostly uninhabited beach. There are world class golf courses and tennis facilities that sport sweeping views of the ocean and sound. If you beach comb for a shark’s tooth, you may find an Indian arrowhead instead. If you crave history, you will be like a kid in a

the past several decades, it has preserved much of the rich history and Gullah traditions that were once its backbone. Over the centuries, the Island has been home to Indians, European explorers, Union soldiers, and freed slaves. Because of its Gullah and Civil War history, Daufuskie was named as an historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.

candy shop. Just want to eat devilled crabs and oysters and sip cocktails all day long while gazing out to sea? That won’t be a problem either. Oh yea… and don’t be in a hurry. With a posted speed limit of 23 mph, you will not have much of a choice. Daufuskie’s name is derived from the Creek Indians and means “sharp feather”. It is one of approximately 100 Sea Islands which dot the Atlantic Coast from northern Florida up through South Carolina. These southern Sea Islands have many stories to tell. African slaves were imported to them in the 19th century as laborers to work the cotton, rice and indigo plantations. The slaves developed the notable and distinct Gullah culture and language which became pervasive on Daufuskie. Most of the Sea Islands have now fallen victim to progress and profit and are known for resort, recreational, and residential development. While Daufuskie has also fallen prey to some development over

There are many options for transportation to the Island from Hilton Head marinas. Some services have set schedules while others will shuttle you over and cater to your time frame and destination. All require reservations and I suggest giving them plenty of advance notice, especially during tourist season. Once you get to Daufuskie, you can stay for a day or a lifetime and you can choose recreation, relaxation, or a pursuit of the past. Long time local, Wick Skurry, runs the public ferry service to Daufuskie out of Broad Creek Marina. A typical visit to Daufuskie for day-trippers that voyage over on Calibogue Cruises is as follows: Their ferry will leave Broad Creek Marina mid-morning and upon arrival at Daufuskie’s Freeport Marina, the passengers will be treated to a lavish lowcounty buffet prepared by Daufuskie native, Ernestine Smith. “She fixes her homemade fried chicken, pork chops, and other typical Gullah fare – all

unhealthy and all so good,” described Wick. Most visitors will then pick up a golf cart and design their own destiny. An Island map directs visitors to treasures: human, historic, artistic, and edible. Paved and dirt roads will wind under moss draped Live Oaks and traverse paths once trodden by slaves, farmers, fishermen, and bootleggers. One of your first stops should be the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation’s Billie Burn Museum to absorb the history of the Island and observe centuries old mementoes and archives. The museum displays old photographs, Civil War paraphernalia, and even a stuffed 11 ½ foot alligator. Treasures also include a copy of the original land grant from England’s King George II to Dave and Francis Mongin in 1735. David “Money” Mongin was a famous pirate hunter. As a result of reducing the pirate scourge, King George granted him control of Daufuskie. Legend has it that both Daufuskie and Hilton Head are home to untold buried treasures. Your map will show that the Island is split into parts. There is the private Haig Point Club, the newly purchased and renovated resorts of Melrose on the Beach and Bloody Point, and the unincorporated western part of the Island which is where most of the history, including original Gullah homes built by freed slaves, resides. You should stop by Daufuskie’s oldest building, the First Union African Baptist Church, the two historic lighthouses built in the 1800’s, the tabby ruins, and ancient cemeteries. There are tiny old schoolhouses to visit as depicted in Pat Conroy’s, “The Water is Wide”. One of these has been restored and added as an annex to the Billie Burn Museum to house the Gullah history, culture, and library. There are artisans that you can visit on your tour as well as the Bald Eagle’s Nest, Gullah church, oyster houses, or, of course, the beach. There are historic walking trails too. If you prefer to bypass the history and enjoy a day of sports and recreation, there is golf, tennis, equestrian, kayak and eco-tours, ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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boating, and fishing. When you get hungry, there is a choice of places to rest, recharge, and have a memorable meal. Dining options on Daufuskie all boast a great location and offer everything from comfort food to southern and Gullah dishes to gourmet fare. Aside from restaurants at the resorts, there are some other options for visitors. One popular stop is long-time Daufuskie staple of Marshside Mama’s. A visit to Daufuskie would not be complete without a cocktail or meal at Marshside Mama’s, owned and operated by Beth Shipman for 16 years. Located at the public dock, Marshside Mama’s is a great destination for food, drink, and fun. The building that houses Marshside Mama’s was originally built for the native ladies to make their devilled crab before selling their delicacies to boaters from Hilton Head and Savannah. The famous Daufuskie Devilled Crab recipe has been passed down from generation to generation. Marshside Mama’s menu “changes with the tides”. Beth posts her fare on a blackboard every day and while the favorites like Low Country Gumbo, Beth’s own version of Shrimp-nGrits, and Ribs never change, the seafood special will vary according to what is in season. They have live music on weekends and Sundays all summer long and are a favorite stop for local

boat owners from Hilton Head and Savannah and overnighters on the Island. Right next to the Freeport Marina where the public ferry docks is the Old Daufuskie Crab Company. The Crab Company has an open air set-up overlooking the water complete with picnic tables and an octagonal gazebo and bar. They serve lunch and dinner and have live music on the weekends. The menu consists of fresh seafood caught right out of the river, Crab Boil, and of course the original Daufuskie Devilled Crab is made on site. When I asked Wick if he wanted to share the devilled crab recipe, he told me that there are only 3 native women who still know it, one of whom is like a mother to him, and they would kill him sooner than they would share the secret. If you need to jump charge your energy level, be sure to order a ‘Scrap Iron’. The story behind the Scrap Iron is worthy of note. Back in the 1940’s there were thousands of descendants of freed

slaves living on Daufuskie. When the oyster industry died due to pollution from the Savannah River, there was only one way to make a living and that was by bootlegging. So the locals would make vats of moonshine, roll them down onto their boats, and take them over to Savannah to sell. Before the voyage, the natives put heaps of scrap iron on top of the barrels so that if they were questioned by officials as to the purpose of their voyage, they just claimed that they were going to sell their scrap iron to feed their families. Scrap Iron thus became synonymous with some mighty strong hooch on Daufuskie and is now the name for a power-packed cocktail. Resort development found Daufuskie in the 1980’s when ocean front tracts were bought up with fervor. Most of the developers went belly up, which begs the question, “Why?” Well, there are two theories here according to Wick. The more accepted one is that the great truth, as author Pat Conroy describes it, is that “The Water is wide”. The cost of doing business on Daufuskie is very high because of transportation logistics. The second theory has to do with a “root” or hex put on the Island by Beaufort’s infamous Dr. Buzzard. If you have read or seen the movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, you are familiar with the character of Minerva who was the voodoo priestess and ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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whose character was based on the real life wife of Dr. Buzzard. Both Buzzards were African witch doctors living in Beaufort. The “root” or curse that Dr. Buzzard was said to have placed was that no white man would ever make money on Daufuskie Island. Either way, there are some new developers emerging on the Daufuskie scene with great ambitions and visions for the future. They are working hard to turn their new resorts into the ultimate golfing and group getaways. One of the new developments is Melrose on the Beach. Jim Schead and partner JT Bramelet purchased the old Melrose property and are in the process of renovating the whole resort. “We are excited about the changes that we are making and the future of the resort,” said Jim. One of the original eleven plantations on Daufuskie, Melrose was famous for its Sea Island cotton and thriving social life in the 1800’s. The plantation bears the name of a Scottish rose brought to the island by Captain Mongin. The main house, known as the Melrose Mansion, was surrounded by lavish rose gardens. Today, Melrose on the Beach encompasses over 700 acres that it graciously shares with nesting bald eagles and loggerhead turtles. “It is a completely different atmosphere here now,” Jim enthused. For those who want to book a room, they have 2 to 4 bedroom oceanfront and ocean-view cottages. Their 52 room oceanfront inn, formerly the Melrose Mansion, is having a complete facelift and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014. Weekly rentals include discounts on golf as well as access to the rest of their amenities for free. If you just want to visit them for the day, all of their amenities are available for a fee. Jim expressed that the golf course looks great and the pool, grounds, beach club, restaurant, and outdoor tiki hut/bar were all being totally redone and would be up and running this summer. Melrose has always been synonymous with great golf. Their Jack Nicklaus designed course was given 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest and was rated one of the top 75 in the nation. Other amenities at Melrose on the Beach include an equestrian center that offers carriage rides, pony rides, and beach and trail rides, 2 lighted tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a playground, and bocce ball. Their pool and restaurant are just 100 yards from the ocean and boast sweeping views. They serve a casual lunch poolside at the Canoe Club with plenty of options for sandwiches and salads. They also offer a formal dinner option with a full menu that always features a fresh seafood entrée. There is both indoor and outdoor seating for the dinner crowd. Melrose on the Beach provides water taxi service from Hilton Head and Savannah and also provides dock rentals for people with their own boats. They have new vehicles for land transportation and golf carts available to rent. Bloody Point is another recently purchased waterfront tract that is being infused with cash and renovations. Bloody Point earned its name from the 18th century skirmishes that occurred there. The property is now owned by the McCarthy family, the largest “brick and mortar florist” in the nation. The McCarthy’s 52

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have been visitors to Daufuskie for 25 years and when they heard that the Bloody Point property was going into a bankruptcy sale, they immediately snatched it up, sight unseen, with their love for the Island as impetus. “We had no idea how overgrown the golf course had become or the work the clubhouse needed,” stated Kevin McCarthy. Two years of hard work and planning later, the Bloody Point Golf Course will be in high gear this summer after being completely revamped by the Davis Love Group. The pool and tennis courts are also up and running now and they have spruced up their accommodations for overnighters. “We have a direction and a goal to become a destination spot,” said Kevin.

“We are a family that has loved this Island for years and know there is something special here. We care about the future of this Island and are proud to be a part of that future.” Bloody Point, now with its own dock, has ferry service from Savannah and can arrange transportation from Hilton Head. They have hired Michael DeMarco as the new chef for the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant

which is nestled in their clubhouse. Michael cooks up both light and filling fare. His specialties include fresh scallops and gouda grits and a large variation of tasty salmon dishes. “We want our restaurant to become like ‘Cheers’ on the Island – somewhere that ‘everybody knows your name’, someplace casual, comfortable, and fun, yet professional and with exceptional food.” Kevin said they will run specials like Monday pizza night that you won’t find elsewhere on the Island. “We are trying to do things differently than what was done in the past.” Bloody Point accommodations include a 7 bedroom cottage with spacious and colorful rooms and a refurbished 3 bedroom condo on the ocean. Their rates are seasonal and a minimum 2 night stay is required.

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One development on Daufuskie that has defied Dr. Buzzard’s root and withstood the test of time is the private community of Haig Point. Known as Haig’s Point in plantation days, it now consists of lavish private homes and upscale amenities including golf, tennis, and equestrian facilities. On site are still extensive tabby ruins and a Gullah cemetery. As you boat over to Daufuskie from Hilton Head, you will pass by the historic Haig Point Lighthouse, built in 1873. Although still listed as an “aid to navigation”, the lighthouse is now privately owned and has been turned into a 2 bedroom guest house. If you want to experience Daufuskie in more than a day, you can stay at one of the resorts or you can rent a cottage through Freeport Marina. For more and varied options on places to stay, you can contact Island Accommodations. They can set you up in a home, cottage or villa ranging in size from 2 bedrooms to 5 and in price. Summer rentals are generally by the week and they accommodate lots of families, groups, and reunions. Their Sandy Lane villas at Bloody Point are all adjacent for large groups and there is a private pool on-site. According to owner Krissy Roberts, even though they do mostly weekly rentals in the summer, if something is available for an overnight last minute, they will accommodate shorter stays. She says that do lots of weddings and college and family reunions. Island Accommodations provides renters with a golf cart and a full list of suggested activities. It is hard to believe that this little Island has so much going on, and it all goes on quietly and with great aplomb. Daufuskie is one of those hard to find black pearls. It is worth the effort to make the journey and experience this unique and removed lifestyle. Kevin McCarthy describes his view of the Island: “The thing with Daufuskie is that there have always been two crowds. One cares about the golf courses going full speed ahead and the second is a destination crowd that just wants to get away. The cycles have stayed the same. The Island is on the ‘up’ now and is going in the right direction. It has been a big and lasting journey and I think people are more enthusiastic than ever about the future of the Island.” And as Wick sees it, “Daufuskie does really well and it does it on its own terms.” 54

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Daufuskie Where to Stay and Play How to Get There Transportation to Daufuskie: Calibogue Cruises: Palmetto Bay Watersports:

www.daufuskiefreeport.com, 843-342-8687 www.palmettobaywatersports.com, 843-785-2345 May River Excursions: www.mayriverexcursions.com, 843-304-2878 On the Water Hilton Head: www.onthewaterhiltonhead.com, 843-271-2777 Harbourtown Adventures: www.harbourtownadventures.com, 843-363-2628

Accommodations: Island Accommodations: Freeport Marina: Bloody Point: Melrose on the Beach: Jolly Shores

www.daufuskieislandrentals.com, 843-785-8021 www.daufuskiefreeport.com, 843-785-8242 www.bloody-point.com, 843-341-5505 www.melroseonthebeach.com, 888-851-4971 http://www.daufuskiejollyshores.com

Restaurants: Marshside Mama’s www.marshsidemamas.com, 843-785-4755 Old Daufuskie Crab Company www.freeportmarina.com, 843-785-6652 The Eagle’s Nest Restaurant: 843-341-5522 www.daufuskieisland.com/eagles-nest-at-bloody-point Melrose on the Beach: www.melroseonthebeach.com, 888-851-4971

What to do: Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation www.daufuskieislandhistoricalfoundation.org The Iron Fish Art Gallery: www.ironfishart.com, 842-9448 Silver Dew Pottery for a lesson on pottery or Daufuskie history: 842-6419 Fishing: www.outsidedaufuskie.com, 800-686-6996 Fishing, speed boat rides, and kayaking: www.triplethreatsportfishing.com, 843-689-3337 Fishing, kayaking, boat tours, dolphin: www.onthewaterhiltonhead.com 843-271-2777 Dolphin, eco tour, fishing: www.mayriverexcursions.com, 843-304-2878 Historical Tours via jungle bus or golf cart: www.freeportmarina.com 843-342-8687 Gullah Tour with 6th generation native Sallie Ann Robinson: 843-785-5117 Fappy Ice Cream: 843-422-6024 First African Baptist Church: www.fuabchurch.org

Horseback Riding: Melrose Equestrian Center: Haig Point Equestrian Center:

843-341-2894 843-341-8191

Tennis: Melrose Tennis Center,

843-290-0391

Golf: Bloody Point: Melrose Pro Shop:

www.bloody-point.com, 843-341-5566 www.melroseonthebeach.com, 843-422-6963

Golf Cart Rental: Freeport Marina: Melrose: Bloody Point:

www.daufuskiefreeport.com, 843-342-8687 www.melroseonthebeach.com, 843-422-6963 www.bloody-point.com, 843-341-5566

Bike Rentals: Melrose:

www.melroseonthebeach.com, 843-422-6963


The Port O’ Johns Rockin’ the Docks on Daufuskie BY RISA WILLIAMS McMILLAN

Whether they are playing at Marshside Mama’s on Daufuskie Island or at the Freeport Marina down the road, the Port O’ Johns lure a rockin’ crowd that fills the dock slips, the tables, and definitely the bar. They play blues, classic rock, and modern country and their mix has been described as kick-ass, beer drinking, partying music! Their fans come by boat and by ferry, from near and from far. But what sets these fans apart, is that they can’t come by foot or by car which is true testimony to the talent of the Port O’ Johns who they come to hear. John Sturm, who plays the mandolin and blues harmonica in the band, describes them as definitely a “bar and party band”. Don’t expect touristy music. They play artists such as Zack Brown, The Allman Brothers, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Eddie

Money, and The Rolling Stones. Along with Sturm, band members include lead guitarist and singer John O’Gorman of Deas Guys and solo performing fame and co-owner of Okatie Ale house and Okatie Liquor, drummer Dave McKinley, and bass artist Mark Weikinger, aka Krash. When asked about the band’s name, John Sturm said that it started as a joke and just kind of stuck as the band consists of 2 and sometimes 3 Johns. Playing on an Island only reachable by boat has its plusses and, well, let’s call them difficulties. “It’s an escape over there,” described Sturm. “It’s the closest you can come to a pure getaway like a Key West but it’s more than that. It’s a little bit of extra all the way around: extra unique and extra work to get there and play.” Sturm played every Friday and Saturday at

Marshside Mama’s for 3 years, and is still making the trek regularly so he obviously must see the plusses as outweighing the difficulties like getting over there and transporting all of their equipment to and fro. The Port O’ Johns started playing together 4 years ago doing open mic performances at a bar in Bluffton. They continue to perform their open mic acts at Cork’s in Bluffton every tuesday from 8 - 11 p.m., and they play at weddings, parties, and festivals. At press time, they planned on performances at the Daufuskie Crab Company at Freeport Marina on June 1st, June 8th, June 29th, and July 20th. For more information about the Port O’ Johns, find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/111 738278845984/.

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A TASTE OF LUNCH

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

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

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

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

THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE Just steps from the beach, the Big Bamboo Cafe is located in Coligny Plaza on North Forest Beach Drive. Featuring great seafood, delicious salads and the legendary Big Bamboo burger, the Big Bamboo Cafe provides an all American menu 56

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

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

BRITISH OPEN PUB Located in The Village at Wexford, Sheridan Park and Sun City. Authentic English fare served in attractive pub-style atmosphere with golf art, memorabilia, and the only bar by Titleist. Featuring our famous Fish n’ Chips or Sandwedges like the Aberdeen Burger, Clubhouse Classic, Wexford Reuben, English Dip and Lobster Roll. Full bar and beers, ales, and stouts from around the world. Serving daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Hilton Head (843) 686-6736, Bluffton 815-6736 or Sun City 705-4005. (continued on page 58)


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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 in Coligny Plaza near the beach. Specializing in Philly style cheese steaks, awesome burgers, hoagies, pita wraps and an extensive selection of enticing sandwiches and appetizers sure to please. Also serving a wide variety of ice cream, shakes, floats and more. Open daily for lunch starting at 11 a.m. Call (843) 785- 4440.

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

CRAZY CRAB

THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ

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

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

COLIGNY DELI AND GRILL

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

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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 lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday thru Friday and dinner from 5:30 until 10 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. Call (843) 785-9800.

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

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

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

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

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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.

MARSHSIDE MAMA’S Located on Daufuskie Island at 15 Haig Point Road. Daufuskie Island’s favorite spot for great food, lively entertainment and good times! Our menu, which changes daily like the tides, offers fresh local seafood prepared with creative flair, succulent steaks, fantastic ribs and much more. Serving lunch Tuesday thru Saturday, 12 until 3 p.m., Sunday 12 until 5 p.m. and dinner Wednesday thru Saturday 6 until 10 p.m. Live music Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon. Call (843) 785-4755 for reservations or visit us online for more information at www.marshsidemamas.com.

MELLOW MUSHROOM Located in Park Plaza on Hilton Head and at 878 Fording Island Rd. in Bluffton. If you’re looking for a fun and lively place for the whole family, this is it. Specializing in great pizza and calzones, monumental hoagies and fresh salads all in a comfortable and casual setting. Kid friendly and affordably

priced menu for both lunch and dinner. Over twenty-four beers on tap, fifty more by bottle and a full bar available. Dine inside or outside in the courtyard. Open daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-2474 (HHI) or 706-0800 (B-Town).

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

OLD DAUFUSKIE CRAB COMPANY Located at the Freeport Marina on Daufuskie Island, SC. A unique island treat featuring true southern hospitality and beauty. Serving fresh seafood, oysters, deviled crab, steaks and much more. Enjoy a cool beverage at the outdoor bar and catch one of Daufuskie’s magnificent island sunsets. Call (843) 785-6652 or check us out online at www.daufuskiefreeport.com.

PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFE Located in Palmetto Bay Marina off Helmsman Way. Serving breakfast and lunch all day. Awesome sandwiches, burgers,

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salads, soups, chicken, seafood and daily blue plate specials in cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Beer, wine and liquor available as well as take-out and childrens menu. Eat inside or relax on the outside patio. “One of the Best Breakfasts on Hilton Head”, Southern Living magazine. Open Daily Monday thru Friday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m.3 p.m. Call (843) 686-3232 for more information.

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

PLANTATION CAFÉ & DELI Located South Island at 81 Pope Avenue in Heritage Plaza, 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, cottage pie, corned beef & cabbage, great sandwiches, soups, salads, seafood and much more in a casual Island atmosphere. Dine inside or outside on the patio. Full bar, take-out and kid’s menu available. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 842-4414 or 681-4153 or online at www.reilleyshiltonhead.com.

RUAN THAI HUT Located at 1107 Main Street. Serving Authentic Thai fare using the freshest ingredients available. Mild to very hot, you can choose the spice level of your meal. Appetizers, soups, salads, desserts and kids meals round out an extensive menu with 62

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something for all ages. Sit inside or outside on the comfortable patio. Open Monday thru Saturday for lunch and dinner. Call (843) 681-3700.

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

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

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

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

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

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SPLASH Enjoy poolside dining and fun drinks with great ocean views at Splash. Seasonal live outdoor entertainment sets the mood for a refreshing afternoon and evening transition. Located next to our main pool and just steps away from the beach, Splash offers a relaxing place for comfortable dining with your favorite tropical drink as you feel the warm ocean breeze. Open Daily from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. (seasonal hours/weather permitting). Call (843) 681-4000 or online at westinhiltonheadisland.com.

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

VIEW 32 This exciting and brand new outdoor, panoramic ocean view restaurant and bar is certain to be the Island’s new hotspot. You’ll find everything from a signature View 32 drink menu to the freshest menu items – from appetizers and salads, to entrees and small plate sliders. The perfect place to chill with

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a frozen drink at 32 degrees or simply take in the views of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean on the 32nd parallel! Open Daily from1 a.m. until 10 p.m. Call (843) 681-4000 or online at westinhiltonheadisland.com.

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

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


Scooping up Smiles for 30 Years PAID ADVERTISEMENT

Looking for the best ice-cream fix in town? Make your way to Hilton Head Ice Cream, where owner Creegan Edmonds has been scooping up smiles for over 30 years! Ice Cream, without argument, is a feel-great treat. Add the choice of over 30 homemade flavors and a spotless parlor draped with charm, ambiance, and conversation pieces, and you have found the award winning formula for Hilton Head Ice Cream. Creegan’s unforgettable flavors are made fresh every morning on the premises, including Mocha Pecan and Bananas Foster. He only uses the best and freshest ingredients: real vanilla, espresso, Oreos, pecan halves (not crumbs), whole

pistachios… If you walk into the store and hear whistling, they are making a batch of pistachio, as Creegan makes his ice cream elves whistle so he knows they are not eating the nuts. Fans of chocolate flock to HHIC for they serve the richest in town, made with Ghiardelli cocoa. Sometimes, they will spice it up with a dash of cayenne pepper and Creegan proudly calls this flavor “hot chocolate”. Not only will the ice cream make you smile, but the décor is entertaining for all. License plates from back to the 1920’s adorn one wall, while postcards from around the world adorn another. Hanging from the ceiling is ET, riding in a milk carton on the handlebars of a vintage Kuwahara bike, a life-size pirate ready to swoop down, and the nose of a World War II P50 Mustang fighter plane, whose prop serves as a fan. While waiting in line for the free toppings bar, both children and adults will ogle over the hand-made doll house, so detailed it has everything from real china plates to popsicle stick shingles and a fly on the porch railing. New to the decor is a New Orleans Saints helmet signed by the 2010 Super Bowl champs. Creegan greets his usual customers by name, including one woman who drives in

regularly from Bluffton, who admittedly almost divorced her husband after he made her move so far away from her favorite ice cream store. This HHIC fan calls her orders in ahead of time and picks up her favorite flavors by the pint. So how do people find Hilton Head Ice Cream when it is tucked away in an office building on a secondary street and does virtually no advertising? “You have to be the best and you have to be different,” commented Creegan. “Then you can let word of mouth take over.” In over 30 years, HHIC has outlasted and oversold over 20 other ice cream shops including national chains like Baskin-Robbins. It has been written about in Southern Living and won many local awards. HHIC is located at 55 New Orleans Rd, Ste. 114 near the Sea Pines circle. For more information call (843) 842-6333 or visit www.hiltonheadicecreamshop.com. ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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Summer

Entertainment on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton BY ALLYSON JONES

Summer’s here and it’s the perfect time to enjoy all that Hilton Head Island and Bluffton has to offer. After a day at the beach, on the bike trails or on the (miniature) golf course, spend a night on the town savoring the area’s diverse dining and entertainment options. From the shores of South Beach to the banks of the May River, family fun awaits around every corner. Learn how to fish, create art, catch a magic show, sing along with your favorite tunes, have your face painted or make a splash – the Lowcountry has enough camps, clinics and classes, concerts, shows, festivals and fireworks to suit every taste. The Sea Pines Resort It’s all fun and games this summer at the Salty Dog Café in South Beach Marina Village. In addition to live music provided by Dave Kemmerly and Bruce Crichton on the deck, stop by the Courtyard near The Wreck of the Salty Dog through August 31 for regularly scheduled kid’s activities, including Chalk Art, Story Book Time, face painting, tie-dyeing, hula hoop contests and more. Have your picture taken with Jake the Salty Dog daily at 7 p.m. or stop by at noon, Monday through Friday, to meet the legendary canine. Every night at 7 and 8 p.m., the Courtyard is filled with the 66

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sounds of “Children’s Music with Anneliza” on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays or “Magic with Gary Maurer” on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. For details and a complete schedule of summer happenings in South Beach, visit saltydog.com. From Family Freshwater Fishing in the Forest Preserve to Crabby Encounters and Sunset Crabbing on the beach, the Sea Pines Recreation Department is gearing up for another busy season. Test your artistic abilities at the Beach Club Craft Cove by creating a shark tooth necklace, stepping stone or painting a sand dollar, then head over to the Harbour Town Pool on

select evenings for the Poolside Movie complete with water games and pizza. Reservations are required for these programs, call (843) 842-1979 or visit seapines.com. Before or after dinner, find a seat under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town to catch legendary Island troubadour, Gregg Russell, perform his interactive family show as the sun sets over the marina. Entertaining millions of visitors for more than 30 seasons with original songs, silly games and crazy fun, Russell performs every night at 8 p.m., except Saturday, through August 23. Labor Day Weekend, he’ll be back for his final shows of the summer. Visit greggrussell.com to learn more.


The Sandbox Fly a plane, build a masterpiece in the construction zone, dig in the sand, set sail on The Adventure and much more at The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum located on Pope Avenue. Featuring fun-filled play centers and engaging activities for young children and their adult caregivers during museum hours, The Sandbox also offers a Summer Camp and other special programs in June, July and August. Monday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m., “Get Fired Up with Pottery” and decorate a keepsake plate which can be picked up later in the week. On Thursdays, “Imagination Hour” includes a special story and related craft starting at 10:30 a.m. on a space-available basis. This summer, a second night has been added to the popular “Parents Night Out, Kids Night In!” program. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings from June 12-August 29 (except July 4), children ages 3-9 can let their imaginations run wild with staff-supervised activities, arts and crafts and pizza while their parents enjoy an adult evening on their own. Reservations are highly recommended, call (843) 842-7645. Visit thesandbox.org to learn more about Summer Camp, scheduled activities or the “Pop! Goes the Sandbox” holiday celebration on July 4. Coligny Plaza Home to over 60 shops and restaurants, as well as a movie theater, you can “Find It at Coligny!” Pick up a vacation souvenir, dine at one of several delicious eateries and check out the full lineup of free summer entertainment in the kiosk area from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information call (843) 842-6050 or visit colignyplaza.com. Shelter Cove Harbour With live entertainment, kids’ activities, food, fun and amazing fireworks, HarbourFest returns with a bang this summer at Shelter Cove Harbour through mid-August. This year marks Shannon Tanner’s 25th anniversary season at Shelter Cove Harbour and the family favorite delights generations of fans with two nightly shows featuring a mix of family favorites and children’s classics, Monday through Friday, at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Beginning in midJune, Shannon adds a special show to the lineup on Friday nights by headlining “ParrotHead Palooza” starting at 6:30 pm. Shannon and The Oyster Reefers perform popular hits from Jimmy Buffett to the Beach Boys with island-themed drink and food specials and plenty of fun for everyone. On August 23, Shannon resumes his normal Friday night schedule. Cappy the Clown & Friends also return this summer with balloon animals, face painting, arts and ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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crafts, bouncy houses, hair braiding and other kid-friendly activities around the marina, Monday through Friday, from 69 p.m. Tuesday evenings, June 18 through August 13 (special show on Thursday, July 4th and no fireworks on Tuesday, July 2), fireworks light up the sky over Shelter Cove, weather permitting. Parking and admission are always free. Call (843) 686-9098 or sheltercovehiltonhead.com. Hilton Head Comedy & Magic Club In April, the new Hilton Head Comedy & Magic Club opened in the “Top of the Kingfisher Private Showroom” in Shelter Cove Harbour. Featuring a larger stage and better lighting to accommodate headlining acts and local talent, the venue also offers a full bar and special dining menu. Veteran Vegas comedian and magician Kerry Pollock is the club’s host performer and brings his hilarious, interactive “BONK” comedy game show to the club twice a week. Showtime is at 9 p.m.; doors open at 8:30. For families, an earlier magic and comedy show is scheduled at 5 p.m. with the chance to learn magic tricks and receive a take-home magic kit. For tickets to the Comedy & Magic Club or show information, call (843) 681-7757 or visit hiltonheadcomedymagic.com. For dinner reservations and the Kingfisher’s dining room entertainment schedule, call (843) 785-4442 or visit kingfisherseafood.com. Shelter Cove Park Just down the street from Shelter Cove Harbour, the Island Rec. Center hosts a Farmer’s Market every Wednesday at Shelter Cove Park from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. On Tuesday evenings, June 18 August 13 (except July 2), bring lawn chairs to the park for Summer Jams, the Island Rec. Center’s weekly party. Starting at 7 p.m., there is music, dancing, bouncy houses, face painting, food and other family fun followed by 68

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the fireworks over Shelter Cove at dusk. On Thursday, July 4, gates open at 6 p.m. for a special holiday Summer Jams. Proceeds benefit the Rec. Center’s scholarship fund. Those who want to keep their cool should head to Shelter Cove Park on select Thursdays for Water Fun Day. Inflatable water bounce houses are the highlight of these events taking place on June 27, July 11, July 15 and August 8 from 4-7 p.m. with a DJ spinning music and food available for purchase. Admission fee for children, free for adults. For information on the Island Rec. Center’s special events and summer camps, call (843) 681-7273 or visit islandreccenter.org. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina From preschoolers to adults, the Arts Center offers a wide selection of classes, workshops and camps focusing on the visual and performing arts, from painting, pottery and printmaking to drama, dance and writing. Promising plenty of “Razzle Dazzle” and “All That Jazz,” the Tony Awardwinning Broadway musical “Chicago” is center stage at the Arts Center, June 19-July 28. For details on the popular VIP Dinner and a Show package, contact Hugo’s Seafood & Steakhouse directly at (843) 785-4846. Later this summer, catch Stayin’ Alive, the quintessential Bee Gees tribute band, in concert at the Arts Center from August 7-9 or pay tribute to the Masters of Motown, August 2930, with the TFC Dance Band and The Fabulous Crooners DooWop singers. To reserve show tickets or inquire about workshops, call (843) 842-2787 or visit artshhi.com. Main Street Youth Theatre Join Princess Fiona, Lord Farquaad, Donkey, Shrek, Pinocchio, Dragon and other characters from the beloved DreamWorks film when Main Street Youth Theatre presents

“Shrek the Musical,” July 10- 28. Suitable for all ages, curtain is at 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at msyt.org or by calling (843) 689-6246. Coastal Discovery Museum In addition to regularly scheduled tours, cruises, walks and talks, the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn offers a variety of family-oriented programs throughout the summer months. Led by a professional archaeologist, “Camp Dig It” on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. is a fun, interactive family program where participants “excavate” a simulated site and identify artifacts using real archaeological methods. Featuring live animals from the Oatland Island Wildlife Center, “Animals of the Lowcountry” introduces visitors and residents to many of the


area’s common critters, including snakes, alligators, a Barred Owl, opossum and more. The program is scheduled on Wednesdays at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., June 19-August 14. Thursdays beginning June 13, “Meet Captain William Hilton” as he discusses his life and the early history of the Lowcountry. After the meeting, build a model of his ship, The Adventure, from recycled materials to take home. An interactive day camp where children learn the basics of fishing, crabbing and shrimping, “Fishing Camp for Kids” is scheduled at Honey Horn on Thursdays, June 13-August 15, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Reservations are required for all special programs at the Coastal Discovery Museum. For details, call (843) 689-6767 or visit coastaldiscovery.org. Bluffton On the mainland, watch the sun go down over the May River during the monthly Bluffton Sunset Parties. Held at the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park on Wharf Street from 5:30-7:30 p.m., these Friday night themed celebrations are both kid and K-9 friendly with a Craft Beer Garden, food, local bands and family fun. Event proceeds benefit the Palmetto Animal League, a no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization serving homeless animals in the Lowcountry. The group will have dogs available for adoption and leased pets are welcome. June 14 is “Blues and Brews on the Bluff” with blues and rock performed by Jeff Beasley and The Groovetones, plus beer and BBQ. On July 19, the “May River Shrimp Festival” showcases fresh local seafood, music by the Lowcountry Boil Bluegrass Band, shrimp boat tours, shrimp cleaning contests and more. Celebrate the sunny season on August 16 with the “Dog Days of Summer” or stop by on September 20 for “Blufftemberfest,” a Bluffton-style Octoberfest. Parking is free; coolers and outside beverages are not permitted. To learn more about the Bluffton Sunset Parties, contact Bear Foot Sports at (843) 757-8520 or visit blufftonsunsetparty.com. 70

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A TASTE OF BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

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

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

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

BRITISH OPEN PUB Located in The Village at Wexford, Sheridan Park and Sun City. Fabulous Sunday Brunch served in an authentic English style pub. Choose from Watson’s Steak & Eggs, Eggs Faldo (Benedict), Old Tom Morris Omelette, Pancakes, Alpine French Toast and more. Add a bottomless glass of champagne or mimosa for $3.99 or bloody mary for $6.99. Open for Sunday Brunch from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Hilton Head (843) 686-6736, Bluffton 815-6736 or Sun City 705-4005. 72

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

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

CAROLINA CAFÉ The Carolina Café is a casual, family-friendly venue offering fantastic seasonal offerings and unique Lowcountry cuisine. Our inspiring menu reflects new Chef Ed Connors’ daily creations made with the freshest local and sustainable ingredients, and also features the signature Westin brand SuperFoodsRX ™. Enjoy unwinding for Happy Hour at the new Barony Bar located inside Carolina Café. Open Daily for breakfast from 6:30 until 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 681-4000 or online at westinhiltonheadisland.com.


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KENNY B’S CAJUN SEAFOOD HUT

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

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

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

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

PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFE Located in Palmetto Bay Marina off Helmsman Way. An Islander favorite for breakfast and brunch featuring eggs benedict, omelettes, french toast, pancakes, quiches, daily

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

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

PLANTATION CAFÉ & DELI Located South Island at 81 Pope Avenue in Heritage Plaza, 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

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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. Champagne, Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s complement the casual Island atmosphere. Dine inside or on the patio. Serving Brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. Call (843) 842-4414 or 681-4153 or online at www.reilleyshiltonhead.com.

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


A Toast to

Craft Beer! BY LOUISE LUND • PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

Beer, brewski, liquid courage whatever you may call it, beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the US today, according to the Brewers Association’s statistics. A light American lager no longer satisfies every taste. And while the big players have seen consistent declines in their billion-dollar sales, regional craft breweries continue

to attract a growing fan base of quality, small-batch brews. As defined by the Brewers Association, an organization of more than 1700 US brewery members, craft beer is beer not brewed by one of the big, "mega-brewery" corporations. A brewer of craft beer produces 6 million or fewer barrels of beer annually. Craft

brewers often use traditional methods to create malts and incorporate unique additions to enhance flavors. There is no longer a lack of diversity in the types of beer sold in our stores and restaurants. John Boyce, owner of the Mellow Mushroom restaurants on Hilton Head and in Bluffton said, “We are proud to ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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be a part of the craft beer explosion on Hilton Head. Even though early on it was a tough sale, we are glad to have been early adopters. It gave us the reputation as the home for craft beer on Hilton Head and in Bluffton.” Although for some beer lovers, there will always be a certain comfortable familiarity with macrobrews - like a Big Mac, you know what you’ll get – with craft beer, you get to taste something new and exciting. Craft beer is not for everyone, and you must be willing to taste a beer that might be your new favorite, or one you won’t try again. And just because beer is or isn't craft beer doesn't mean that the beer is good or not. Remember back in the nineties when beer brewed by small, independent brewers was called microbrew? It was a word that perfectly described the new kind of breweries that were gaining popularity then. Everyone knew that they could expect innovative and exciting beer if it had the microbrew name attached to it. The word “microbrew” is actually a legal term that describes the limited number of barrels of beer that can be brewed annually. Former microbreweries like the Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) and Sierra Nevada with national distribution and plenty of brand recognition simply outgrew this description and stopped being “micro.” Then another term arose to replace microbrew – craft beer. Besides the flavor, another reason for the recent popularity of craft beer is the higher alcohol content. Until April 2007, South Carolina capped the alcohol content in beer at 5 percent, so beer sold or served was not nearly as strong as today’s craft beer. With the lifting of that restriction, the craft beer business has boomed. According to the Brewers Association, there are currently close to 2,000 craft breweries in operation across the nation, with an additional 900 in the planning stages, making great beer a more accessible treat for the 95 million beer lovers in the US. Americans have developed a discriminating palate, so if it's not world class quality, it won't survive. Josh Luman, owner of River Dog Brewing Company in Ridgeland said, “One taste of River Dog beers will make you a 76

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loyal follower for life.” At his brewery, their concentration is on distribution; however, they have recently opened a tasting room where customers can sample and purchase beer to take home. They brew three core beers that are always available: American Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, and Coastal Wit. In addition they offer a seasonal beer every quarter. For summer, their seasonal beer is English Dry Cider, which Luman said is “crisp and refreshing, like the champagne of beer.” Mellow Mushroom offers approximately 100 kinds of craft beer at their restaurants – some draft and some bottled. Owner John Boyce confirmed

that craft beer represents about 65 per cent of all beer sales in his Mellow Mushroom restaurants. Seasonal Beers are some of the gems of the craft brewing world. While some are brewed annually, others are produced as one-time releases. These beers are often unique and showcase a brewer’s creativity and passion. They utilize ingredients and highlight flavors, such as pumpkin and chili beers. Some pumpkin flavor is present in most pumpkin ales, but most of the flavor comes from pumpkin pie spices added late in the boil. Pumpkin beer is popular in the fall season. In the winter months, one popular seasonal beer is chili beer, which is made by adding peppers to the mash or fermenter. In the spring and summer months, seasonal beers are typically fruit beers, which can vary widely depending on the whim of the brewer. Raspberries, cherries, apricots and blueberries are the most commonly-used fruits added to beer, and many variations are

possible. Honey beers have honey added, which creates a dry, crisp beer with honey aromas – a favorite among people who live in the south, and especially in the warmer months. Barrel-aged beers are typically barley wines or strong stouts aged for a few months or longer in oak barrels or used bourbon barrels. While aging, the beers pick up delicious vanilla and toasted coconut aromas, which are popular in tropical islands any time of the year. The number of craft brewers has gone from 8 in 1980, to 537 in 1994, to 1600 in 2010, to 2,000 today, according to the Brewers Association. The majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a brewery. Truly craft brewers and craft beer drinkers are participants in a revolution. There has never been a better time or place to drink beer than in the US right now. Craft Beer offers a new experience for the person who looks for it. A toast to bold craft beers!

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A TASTE OF NIGHTLIFE / LOUNGES

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

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

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

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

BRITISH OPEN PUB Located in The Village at Wexford, Sheridan Park and Sun City. Hilton Head’s first true golfer’s pub featuring the only bar by Titleist. A wide selection of beers, ales, stouts and wines from around the world. Awesome appetizer selections, brilliant martini list and full menu available. Blarney is invited, singing encouraged and good humor admired. Open daily from 11 a.m until late. Call (843) 686-6736, Bluffton 815-6736 or Sun City 705-4005. 78

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

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

CATCH 22 FRESH SEAFOOD & GRILL Located at 37 New Orleans Road in Orleans Plaza. A great choice for some of the Island’s best Happy Hour deals. Relax in a comfortable and cozy atmosphere and choose from great


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

CRANE’S TAVERN STEAKHOUSE & SEAFOOD 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.

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.

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ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE

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

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

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

CORKS WINE BAR Located South Island in the Publix Shopping Center next to Staples. The Lowcountry’s only neighborhood wine bar where class meets comfort in a warm, friendly and fun atmosphere. Offering wines by the glass, bottle, flight and porron. Gourmet ‘Big’ small plates made from fresh, local and organic ingredients and a full selection of spirits and American craft beers. Great happy hour specials from 5 until 6 p.m. daily. Private party room available. Open Monday thru Saturday from 5 p.m. until midnight. Call (843) 715-9198 or catch us online at www.corkshiltonhead.com. 80

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

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

THE JAZZ CORNER Located in the "corner" of The Village at Wexford. Voted "Best Live Entertainment Venue". Our intimate, elegant


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

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.

MARSHSIDE MAMA’S KINGFISHER SEAFOOD, PASTA, AND STEAK HOUSE Located at 18 Harbourside Ln. at Shelter Cove Harbour. Offering affordable casual dining in a 5 star setting with breathtaking waterfront views from inside or on the outside deck. Early Bird from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Best Island Happy Hour from 4:30 until 7 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.

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,

Located on Daufuskie Island at 15 Haig Point Road. Daufuskie Island’s favorite spot for great food, lively entertainment and good times! Our menu, which changes daily like the tides, offers fresh local seafood prepared with creative flair, succulent steaks, fantastic ribs and much more. Serving lunch Tuesday thru Saturday, 12 until 3 p.m., Sunday 12 until 5 p.m. and dinner Wednesday thru Saturday 6 until 10 p.m. Live music Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon. Call (843) 785-4755 for reservations or visit us online for more information at www.marshsidemamas.com.

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.

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Win prizes at live team trivia Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. (Tuesday’s at 9 p.m. in Bluffton). Enjoy Karaoke on Saturday Night. Happy Hour from 3 until 6 p.m. everyday. Open daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-2474 (HHI) or 706-0800 (B-Town).

4 until 7 p.m. featuring 50% off on selected liquor, wine, beer and appetizers. Also, occasional live entertainment (call for schedule). Full menu and bar available inside or outside on the patio. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 842-4414 or 681-4153 or online at www.reilleyshiltonhead.com.

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.

RIVER DOG BREWING COMPANY Located at 591 Browns Cove Rd. in Ridgeland, SC. The premier craft brewery in the Southeast. Stop in for a tour and sample our exceptional beers brewed on our state of the art equipment. Don’t forget to bring your growlers to our tasting room so you can take our delicious beer home with you. Call (843) 321-9556 for more information and directions or online at www.riverdogbrewing.com.

OLD DAUFUSKIE CRAB COMPANY Located at the Freeport Marina on Daufuskie Island, SC. A unique island treat featuring true southern hospitality and beauty. Serving fresh seafood, oysters, deviled crab, steaks and much more. Enjoy a cool beverage at the outdoor bar and catch one of Daufuskie’s magnificent island sunsets. Call (843) 785-6652 or check us out online at www.daufuskiefreeport.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.

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

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 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.

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.

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 82

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


SPLASH Enjoy poolside dining and fun drinks with great ocean views at Splash. Seasonal live outdoor entertainment sets the mood for a refreshing afternoon and evening transition. Located next to our main pool and just steps away from the beach, Splash offers a relaxing place for comfortable dining with your favorite tropical drink as you feel the warm ocean breeze. Open Daily from11 a.m. until 6 p.m. (seasonal hours/weather permitting). Call (843) 681-4000 or online at westinhiltonheadisland.com.

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

VIEW 32 This exciting and brand new outdoor, panoramic ocean view restaurant and bar is certain to be the Island’s new hotspot. You’ll find everything from a signature View 32 drink menu to the freshest menu items – from appetizers and salads, to entrees and small plate sliders. The perfect place to chill with a frozen drink at 32 degrees or simply take in the views of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean on the 32nd parallel! Open Daily from1 a.m. until 10 p.m. Call (843) 681-4000 or online at westinhiltonheadisland.com.

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

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

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A TASTE OF ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES

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

HILTON HEAD ICE CREAM Located at 55 New Orleans Road, just off Pope Avenue. Hilton Head Ice Cream has received accolades from CNN, Warner Books, Southern Living magazine and voted best of Hilton Head in 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.

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) 842-4280 for more information or check us out online at www.islandfudge.com.

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

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VISIT VISIT 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.

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

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

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

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

Barrel Tastings Friday at 4 pm Reservations Required

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

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

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

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

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

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A TASTE OF ADVERTISERS / MAP LOCATION

1.

ALEXANDER’S (843) 785-4999

23. ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE (843) 785-3030

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

2.

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

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

46. OMBRA (843) 842-5505

3.

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

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

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

4.

ASIAN BISTRO (843) 686-9888

48. PANERA BREAD (843) 686-3838 or 757-5611

5.

AUNT CHILADAS EASY STREET CAFE (843) 785-7700

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

6.

THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE (843) 686-3443

7.

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

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9.

BRITISH OPEN PUB (843) 686-6736, 815-6736 or 705-4005 THE CAFÉ (843) 686-8488

10. CAPTAIN JOHN’S GALLEY AT THE SALTY DOG CAFE (843) 671-CAFE (2233) 11. CAPTAIN WOODY’S (843) 785-2400 or 757-6222 12. CATCH 22 FRESH SEAFOOD & GRILL (843) 785-6261 13. CHARBAR CO (843) 785-CHAR (2427) 14. CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE (843) 785-9277 15. CHART HOUSE (843) 342-9066 16. COCO’S ON THE BEACH (843) 842-2626 (COCO) 17. COLIGNY DELI AND GRILL (843) 785- 4440 18. CONROY’S (843) 686-8400 19. CORKS WINE BAR (843) 715-9198

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

51. REDFISH (843) 686-3388

29. THE ICE CREAM CONE (843) 785-4440

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

30. ISLAND ACCOMODATIONS (843) 785-8021

53. RITA’S ITALIAN ICE (843) 341-5587 or 706-3227

31. ISLAND FUDGE SHOPPE (843) 842-4280

54. RIVER DOG BREWING COMPANY

32. ISLAND WINERY (843) 842-3141

55. RUAN THAI HUT (843) 681-3700

33. THE JAZZ CORNER (843) 842-8620

56. SAGE ROOM (843) 785-5352

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

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

35. KINGFISHER SEAFOOD, PASTA AND STEAK HOUSE (843) 785-4442 36. KURAMA JAPANESE SEAFOOD AND STEAK HOUSE SUSHI BAR (843) 785-4955 37. LAND’S END TAVERN (843) 671-5456 38. MANGIAMO (843) 682-2444 39. MARSHSIDE MAMA’S (843) 785-4755 40. MELLOW MUSHROOM (843) 686-2474 or 706-0800

41. MELROSE ON THE BEACH (843) 341-2922 42. MICHAEL ANTHONY’S (843) 785-6272

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

43. OKKO (843) 341-3377

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

44. OLD DAUFUSKIE CRAB COMPANY (843) 785-6652

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50. PLANTATION CAFE & DELI (843) 785-9020 or 342-4472

28. HUGO’S (843) 785-HUGO (4846)

20. CRANE’S TAVERN STEAKHOUSE & SEAFOOD (843) 341-2333

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49. PIGGLY WIGGLY (843) 785-3881

(843) 321-9556

58. SAN MIGUEL’S MEXICAN CAFE (843) 842-4555 59. SANTA FE CAFE (843) 785-3838 60. SEA GRASS GRILLE (843) 785-9990 61. THE SMOKEHOUSE (843) 842-4BBQ (4227) 62. SPA SOLEIL (843) 686-8420 or 686-8429 63. STEAMER SEAFOOD (843) 785-2070 64. STELLINI ITALIAN RESTAURANT (843) 785-7006 65. TAPAS RESTAURANT (843) 681-8590 66. TOBACCO ROAD (843) 341-6265 67. THE WESTIN RESORT (843) 681-4000 68. WILD WING CAFE (843) 785-9464 or 837-9453 69. THE WRECK OF THE SALTY DOG (843) 671-7327


Taste of Hilton Head Summer 13  

Hilton Head Island Restaurants, Dining, and Nightlife