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CONTENTS

44 FEATURES

58 FALL FESTIVALS 2015 Something for Everyone in the Lowcountry.

10 LUCKY ROOSTER An American Bistro with a Southern Soul.

73 THE CHIGGERS Daring to be Different.

14 AUNT CHILADA’S An Island Institution Moves Forward by Going Back to its Roots.

18 IN THE KITCHEN With Executive Chef Russell Keane of Neo.

75 EXPANDING THE STATE OF MIND Vineyard 55 is Everything that’s Right with Bluffton. 77 BLUFFTON IS GOING NUTS Events Not to Miss in Bluffton.

26 LAVERN BALLARD Of Kenny B’s Cajun Seafood Hut.

32 BOB MASTELLER’S JAZZ FOR ALL AGES Celebrating a Culture and a Legacy.

40 DOGS ARE WELCOME! Pet Friendly Restaurants.

44 RESTAURATEUR, ENVIRONMENTALIST OR JUST AN OYSTER LOVER? Doesn’t Matter - we’ll all Benefit from Andrew Carmines Shell Ring Oyster Company.

46 TASTE OF THE SEASON

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A TASTE OF DINNER

48 A TASTE OF LUNCH 62 A TASTE OF BREAKFAST/BRUNCH 66 A TASTE OF NIGHTLIFE/LOUNGES 74 A TASTE OF SWEETS & SERVICES 79 A TASTE OF BLUFFTON

Wine, Dine and Enjoy Award-winning Cuisine.

82 ADVERTISING DIRECTORY/MAP 54 TIMING IS EVERYTHING - PART 3 OF 3: Health and Fitness Tips from CrossFit Hilton Head. 4

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE Over the years, I have tried to keep myself in decent shape. I thought that exercising on a regular basis was more than enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This actually did seem to work until recently when my metabolism slowed dramatically and no matter how much I exercised, the pounds refused to drop and on occasion actually increased. Of course, one little important nugget I left out is my weakness for a good meal. Due to my line of business, I feel a sense of duty to eat out and frequent the fine restaurants that fill the pages of this magazine. Not only is it one of my last great vices, but a very enjoyable experience that I do not intend on giving up soon. So now, the dilemma is how to keep enjoying one of my last remaining pleasures in life without adding those extra unwanted pounds. I have come up with a plan that involves two things that are very new to me -a variation of both diet and exercise routine. By eating healthier and changing up my workouts, I hope to not only lose a few pounds, but to gain energy, endurance, and flexibility. My friend, Craig Hysell, who owns Conviction Training Facility, has been urging me to try Crossfit for years and with an extra push from my daughter, I took the plunge. To say this changed the way I exercised would be a huge understatement. It’s only been a couple of months, but I can tell the difference already. Obviously Crossfit is not for everyone, but the point is that by changing up my routine, I gained the desired results. As for eating healthier, well that’s a work in progress. I have added a lot more fruit, a little more vegetables, and have cut back on sweets and starches. This by no means is a strict diet, but again by varying up my routine I can see results. In this day of farm to table, gluten free, and all the healthy options becoming more and more prevalent, eating healthy is easy and readily available even when eating out. I have seen 'faddy' diets come and go, fitness crazes and equipment change like the wind, and opinions constantly vary on what to eat, how to exercise and what is healthy and not. Sometimes, I believe, people put too much pressure on themselves to try extreme things to look for instant results which never seem to last. So if you are stuck in a rut with diet and exercise, try to get out this fall and change things up. Your health and wellness is in your hands, nobody else's. Be honest with yourself and make positive changes. Just remember, if you’re not moving forward, you are standing still! David Mudwilder Publisher

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TASTE OF HILTON HEAD VOLUME X, ISSUE 3 PUBLISHER David Mudwilder ART DIRECTOR Kim Bowen CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Rob Kaufman CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Christy Baroni Sally Kerr-Dineen Allyson Jones Barry Kaufman Louise Lund Risa Williams McMillan DISTRIBUTION Bryan Kirby ADVERTISING SALES Casey Weaver

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

ABOUT THE COVER Tantalize the taste buds this fall with amazing fresh and colorful sushi from Okko. Photography by Rob Kaufman.


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

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

ASIAN BISTRO Located at 51 New Orleans Rd., just off the Sea Pines circle. Sleek contemporary style restaurant offering Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisine as well as a nice selection of dim sum choices. A sushi bar, traditional bar and an all-youcan-eat 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, 8

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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 and Sheridan Park in Bluffton. Authentic English fare served in an attractive pubstyle atmosphere with golf art, memorabilia, and the only bar by Titleist. Great nightly specials including BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Prime Rib, Live Lobster, Fish and Chips, 1/2 lb. Angus Burgers, Lobster Pot Pie and more. Full bar, extensive wine list and beers, ales and stouts from around the world. Kid’s menu available. Serving daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Hilton Head (843) 686-6736 or Bluffton 815-6736. (continued on page 12)


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An American Bistro with a Southern Soul BY RISA WILLIAMS McMILLAN

PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

Eclectic? Yes. Unique in food, drink, and song? Yes, yes, and yes. Does the owner and chef (who happen to be the same person) have a method to his madness? Why yes, as a matter of fact he does. Because for Clayton Rollison, the Lucky Rooster is the culmination of a life-time of preparation in the food industry that has led him to the ultimate coup for a top chef -- not only starting his own restaurant, but really making it his own from the inside out. Everything from the ambiance, which is a crossroads of where rustic meets elegant, to the innovative menus for dinner and cocktails, is Clayton’s vision. The Rollison family moved to the Island in the 1950’s when there were dirt roads, lots of snakes, and no bridge to the mainland. Clayton attended local schools and has always been part of the restaurant business from his uncle’s restaurant to his father’s barbeque. He spent his summers working as bus boy, bar back and doing some cooking at local restaurants before his love for the trade took him to the Culinary Institute of America. When he put his studies aside, Clayton ventured to New York City. In New York he was able to work for Waldy Malouf at Beacon, David Burke at David Burke Town House, and he spent the most time working at Gramercy Tavern for Chef Michael Anthony who was James Beard’s Most Outstanding Chef of 2015. “You work for one guy and he sends you on to the next one. There’s a whole network. I studied with one chef who helped change the face of Bistros in France. It was literally blind luck and by the Grace of God that I’ve gotten to work with these amazing chefs and some of it has hopefully rubbed off,” commented Clayton. After working and learning in New York City and working at the Hermitage Hotel in Tennessee as Sous Chef, Clayton was ready to move back to Hilton Head with his wife and start his 10

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own restaurant in a market that he understood. “Our goal with the Lucky Rooster was to become a neighborhood restaurant for the local community. We wanted classy and nice but comfortable. The Lucky Rooster opened its doors on December 5th, 2013 and has constantly looked to improve itself, riding on Clayton’s vision, knowledge, and talent. When you walk into the Lucky Rooster you feel right at home. The earthy tones and warm lighting draw you to the bar area which is polished to a shine and the hanging wine glasses are contrasted and accentuated by the copper mugs. The dining area is made up of both tables and booths covered with white linen table cloths topped with fresh flowers on a platform of quartz. Don’t worry about rubbing elbows with your neighbor, as the tables are well spread apart. The music that pipes in varies with clientele and ranges from Otis Redding (early crowd) to Metallica (late diners) to create an environment with energy. There are chalkboards in the bar and dining room with suggestions for food and drink like their bar snacks of Roasted Bone Marrow and Fried Chicken Skins. The featured


cocktail, along the lines of Citrus Berry White Sangria, will also be etched on the board. You can also read anecdotes on the wall like this quote from Martin Luther, “He who loves not wine, women, and song remains a fool his whole life long.” Everything that Clayton does with the Lucky Rooster, is done well and done a bit differently. Take his cocktails for example. They are classics – original recipes that are served with high end spirits. “Our spirits are esoteric and interesting,” described Clayton. Instead of Sweet and Dry vermouth that sits on a shelf, they use quality vermouth “stored properly” in small bottles. “We use the broader spectrum of the spirit world that the rest of the Island is only starting to catch up on.” Aside from Craft Beers, they have cocktails, wine and house soda on draft. Their house soda is a Ginger Beer that is spicy and fresh and is made from scratch. They serve it out of the tap and it is a favorite mixer with any spirit from the shelf. There are three cocktails on tap, all of which are 100% alcohol “because you cannot serve juice from a tap yet.” The classic is their “Brooklyn” which is Irish whiskey, vermouth, bitters, and maraschino. The wines on tap are

organic and sulphite free. “We take pride in our ingredients. We offer a higher quality experience in a price conscience way. We do not use inexpensive ingredients.” The wine list at the Lucky Rooster features some 150 wines that range from affordable ones from Portugal to approachable California Cabs to a French Bordeaux. “All of our wines serve a purpose on the list with a style and customer in mind and we want people to trust us to help them choose.” Prices range from $29 to $400 a bottle. The food menu, like the wine, has both “funky” and “comfortable” offerings. “We are an American Bistro with a southern soul. We cook with the seasons in mind so while we have some year round dishes, many change according to the tides, seasons and inspirations.” For the fall, their dishes will feature things like leafy greens, turnips, Brussels sprouts, and squashes. Look for a beet salad with bleu cheese and dried cherries as well as dishes that include roast apples and sweet potatoes. Appetizers include the elegant Foie Gras Sandwich and the extreme Octopus a La Palancha. The seafood is always fresh, as Clayton

works with a local fisherman to plan his nightly menu. Daily specials include fresh delicacies like Triggerfish, Sheepshead, Redfish, and Lion Fish. Shrimp and grits is always a favorite. “Our dishes are not all traditional but rather refined comfort food,” said Clayton. “We use lots of flavors, some traditional, and prepare them differently to make the dining experience unique.” For the less bold in your party, they offer a Lucky Burger as well as many cuts of steak. Less than two years old, the Lucky Rooster has already made a name for itself on the Island. Diners feel comfortable eating there and enjoy first rate hospitality and delicious but uniquely prepared food. It is a dining experience that can be savored and enjoyed as nobody will be anxious to see you leave. The Lucky Rooster is located in South Island Square, 841 William Hilton Parkway, and is open 7 nights a week for dinner. Happy Hour runs from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and late night bites at the bar are available from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. For a full menu listing and on-line reservations, go to luckyroosterhhi.com or call (843) 681-3474. 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 & PoBoy’s), soups and salads all at affordable prices. Fantastic outdoor deck and bar. Open daily from 11 a.m. til 10 p.m., bar until late. Call (843) 785-2400 or 757-6222 or online at www.captainwoodys.com.

CATCH 22 FRESH SEAFOOD & GRILL Located at 37 New Orleans Road in Orleans Plaza. Serving the freshest and best seafood along with USDA prime steaks, pasta, chops and the best bone-in filet. Fantastic specials and delicious menu choices make us a favorite with locals and visitors alike. For Early Bird specials call for hours and reservations. Wednesday and Thursday 10% discount on dinner at the bar, Saturday and Sunday 1/2 price bottle of wine (under $100) with 2 entrees. 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, 2013 & 2014! 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 daily 11:30 a.m. 10 p.m. Call (843) 785-CHAR (2427) or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/CharbarCo!

CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE Located at 8 New Orleans Rd., just off Hwy. 278. The only restaurant on the Island that writes its entire menu daily based on the freshest local seafood available. Our epicurean dinner menu offers an array of Fresh Fish, Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon and many other delights. Our wine list, The Best of Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence”, offering half off all bottles of wine under $100 on Monday nights. Serving dinner Monday (continued on page 16) 12

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AUNT CHILADA’S

An island institution moves forward by going back to its roots. BY BARRY KAUFMAN

If you were so inclined to build a Mount Rushmore of the island’s iconic restaurants, you’d almost certainly have to include the venerable Aunt Chilada’s. From its Pope Avenue perch, it has watched the island grow up around it, offering a delicious meal and a cold beverage to generations of locals and visitors. You can almost tell how long someone has lived on Hilton Head by their Aunt Chilada’s stories. Some of the old timers will tell of returning from Hurricane Floyd’s mandatory evacuation and finding the Mexican standby hosting the welcome back party, since it was the only place on the island already back in business. And you can’t really call yourself a local if you don’t remember the thick ivy that once covered the building’s façade, giving it the feeling of a restaurant forged from the island itself. Meanwhile, newcomers to the island 14

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might find themselves pulling up a seat at the restaurant’s sterling new outside bar, underneath the shade of an Alpinetimbered roof and bathed in the hum of Hilton Head Island’s busy tourist season, and assume it had always been there. “That was by design,” said Brendan Reilley who owns Aunt Chilada’s with his Uncle, David Reilley. In fact, as much as it looks like this new spacious outdoor patio, with its stage for live music and prime location right on the bike path, is a part of the building’s original footprint, it’s only about a year old. Whether its architectural skill or hazy memories from the restaurant’s legendary happy hour, even some long-time locals might need convincing that it’s a new addition. The new bar, meshing perfectly with the vision of Aunt Chilada’s we all share, ivy-strewn or otherwise, is just part of a recent re-invigoration of the island institution. And much like the new bar, every nuance of Aunt Chiladas’ rebirth

pays homage to the storied past while ushering it in bold new directions. It’s a tricky task, made all the more perilous by the reverence islanders hold for the restaurant’s history. Founded in 1989 by the first family of the island restaurant scene, the Reilleys, Aunt Chilada’s emphasis was originally on Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. As the island grew, so too did the menu. Mexican cuisine was joined by a page of Italian specialty items, and a page of Irish fare, and a page of American dishes, and a page of


seafood. It almost got to the point where, to be frank, just making it all the way through the menu might fill half of your visit. With the new Aunt Chilada’s, the menu sheds all of its excess, tightening the focus and bringing the restaurant back to its roots with strong Mexican and Tex-Mex offerings. And like the new bar, the menu takes everything that was right about old-school Aunt Chilada’s and improves on it to the point of perfection. “We started paring it down about two years ago, and we finally got it where we wanted it while we were doing the remodel,” said Reilley. With the new menu, the flavors and technique of Mexican cuisine serves as a launchpad for some truly inspired creations. Take the Buffalo chicken taco, for example, which starts its life as a taco then takes a fiery turn with fried chicken bathed in tantalizing Buffalo sauce, blue cheese dressing, shaved celery and carrots. Much like the Philly cheesesteak burrito or the bacon cheeseburger taco, it’s hardly your typical taqueria combination. “We totally geared away from traditional Mexican and went towards feel-good food served in a Mexican way,” said Brendan. For those of you old-timers who long

for the expansive options of the old menu, rest assured there are still plenty of options outside the realm of Mexican fare for you, from chorizo and chicken pasta to baby back ribs. And of course, the all-you-can-eat crab legs still retain a spot of honor on the menu. You don’t throw that baby out with the bath water. “We probably sell more crab legs than anyone on the island,” Brendan said with a laugh. On the subject of “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” you’ll still find the island’s best margaritas here, their ranks joined by a bevy of layered cocktails and frozen drinks. And, of course, happy hour still puts those dollar coins with the famous Aunt Chilada’s sticker on them in your pocket with every drink. The staggering options on the old menu were born from a Reilley family ethos of providing a little something for everyone, and that’s still very much a part of the new Aunt Chilada’s. “We now have three completely

different atmospheres: the dining room for large parties and families, a very lively bar, and the patio with live entertainment which is an atmosphere of complete fun,” said Brendan. “So if you come here and want a relaxing dinner, you go to the dining room. If you want a party, you go to the patio.” This fundamental improvement to the finished product also reaches far beyond the walls of Aunt Chilada’s. As Brendan’s generation of the Reilley family takes the reins, they’ve introduced a new branding concept for the group’s many restaurants around the island. The Crab Group (Coastal Restaurants And Bars – get it?) now encompasses Aunt Chilada’s as well as the two Reilley’s locations, plus The Boardroom, Carolina Crab Company, and both Crazy Crab locations. From the company masthead down to the sheen on the new outdoor bar, Aunt Chilada’s is going through a fascinating period of evolution. It’s something that is bringing a whole new group of hungry diners in the door for the first time, and giving long-time islanders a chance to remember what made this restaurant so special in the first place. Aunt Chilada’s is located at 69 Pope Avenue. For more information call (843) 785-7700 or visit auntchiladashhi.com.

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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.

THE CHART HOUSE Located at Two Hudson Rd., just off Squire Pope Rd. Serving up sensational food 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.

CHOW DADDY’S Located at 14B Executive Park Road, just off Pope Avenue and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. One of the island’s newest and most creative restaurants offers a healthy alternative to casual dining. Slow roasting their pork and chicken on Big Green Eggs and using local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Menu items include, Homemade White Bean and Kale Soup, Arugula Salad with grilled fennel and citrus vinaigrette, Chicken with Ricotta and Onion Jam on Ciabatta, A Ground in house Prime Rib Burger,

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great Tacos and an amazing Smoked Fried Chicken. Full bar, extensive wine selection and great cocktails. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. until midnight. Outdoor seating available on our terrace. Call (843) 842-CHOW (2469) or 757-CHOW (2469) or online at www.chowdaddys.com for live music schedule.

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

CRAZY CRAB There are two great waterfront locations- one in Harbour Town in Sea Pines and the other on Hwy. 278 overlooking Jarvis Creek. Fresh local seafood served any way you like in two picturesque settings. Casual dining and great family fun. A kid’s menu is available and children will be entertained by (continued on page 20)


Executive Chef Russell Keane We Get Fresh! Farm to Table Fare at

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Russell Keane, executive chef and owner of NEO restaurant, has been developing his culinary skills since he was a teenager. He got an early taste working in the kitchen when his mother put him to work at the age of 13 in the restaurant where she was a staff accountant. He started peeling shrimp and shucking oysters in the fish market of Bodean’s Seafood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and worked his way into the kitchen of the fine dining restaurant. Russell and his military family lived in Germany and in cities around the United States while he was growing up. He served in the US Navy during the first Gulf War in 1991 and furthered his cooking skills there. He then refined his cooking skills at Magnolia’s in Charleston, while working his way through Johnson and Wales culinary school. Chef Russell is quite famous around the Hilton Head area - from being the opening chef and general manager at Wise Guys, to preparing tasty menu items at Daniel’s. As the father of two daughters, Keane was horrified a few 18

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years back to see what his kids were being served at school. That experience led him to learn more about the problems in the food system. Chef Russell is quite passionate about the significance of using only natural, organic, locally grown, and freshly prepared ingredients. After years of success working with some of the area’s finest restaurants, Chef Russell decided to open his own establishment, one where he could offer a fresh, locally sourced dining experience in a fun atmosphere. In 2012, he and his wife Madison opened NEO, a farm-to-table gastropub, in Moss Creek Village in the site that was formerly Upper Crust. Chris McDonald, formerly with Oldfield, is the Chef de Cuisine and Madison runs the front of the house. Chef Russell purchases his ingredients from local growers and suppliers, and 90 percent of the NEO menu is sourced from within 90 miles of his kitchen. “We are proud to partner with local farmers and fishermen to bring wild caught seafood and organic farm-raised

beef, poultry, eggs, and cheese to NEO,” he said. “Farm-fresh ingredients are available year-round from local farms,” Chef Russell said. “The closer you are to the farm where the crops are grown and animals are raised, the healthier the food is for you, and fresh food just tastes better,” he said. NEO received the Best Signature Steak award for the past two years. Some of the tastiest and most popular menu items include the Sweet and Spicy Calamari with Jalapeno peach Cole slaw and Deviled Eggs with wicked sweet onion marmalade and candied bacon. And the Carolina Burger with homemade pimento cheese, caramelized onions, and fresh jalapenos, by request, is a taste to remember. There are a number of vegetarian dishes and gluten free items on the menu. Healthy never tasted so good! NEO is located at 1533 Fording Island Road, next to the gate to Moss Creek Plantation. For reservations, call (843) 837-5111 or online at neohhi.com.


our onsite playground and the largest saltwater aquarium on Hilton Head (Jarvis Creek Location). Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Call (843) 363-2722 (Harbour Town) or 681-5021 (Jarvis Creek) or visit us online at thecrazycrab.com.

sporting event on our HDTV’s. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. for lunch and dinner. Call (843) 341-2225 or online at www.flatbreadgrillhhi.com.

THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE Located at One Shelter Cove Lane. Waterfront dining, fresh catch seafood, and prime steaks of the highest quality delight the senses at ELA’S Blu Water Grille. This quaint, unique restaurant offers a pleasantly casual and intimate interior with gorgeous views of Shelter Cove Harbor. The kitchen, supervised by Chef Ryan Alpaugh, makes the most of global resources, putting a modern spin on local island offerings. Our first class wine selection from boutique vineyards compliments each culinary masterpiece. Live entertainment is featured weekly. Serving lunch Sunday thru Friday from 11:302:30 and dinner daily from 5 pm. Call us at (843) 785-3030 or visit us online at www.elasgrille.com.

FLATBREAD GRILL Located at Coligny Circle oceanside in the Beach Market Center. This upscale casual dining sensation is sure to be a favorite of both visitors and locals. Choose from Neopolitan pizza, fresh pasta, fajitas, steak, salmon, gourmet salads, or hearty sandwiches all cooked in our open hearth oven. Hang out in our friendly lounge and enjoy a nice selection of appetizers and cocktails while viewing your favorite

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Located in Coligny Plaza. A comfortable, casual atmosphere offering a “web-footed lickin” menu and an enormous amount of frozen daiquiris by the glass or by the gallon. Outside seating with retractable roof, fire pit, beach area and tiki bar. Live music nightly. Certified black angus burger, crab cakes, pizza, prime rib sandwich, salads, subs, wraps, peel & eat shrimp, calamari and of course fried frog legs. 28 HD TV’s for great sports viewing 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.

HARBOURSIDE BURGERS & BREWS Located in Sea Pines, near wonderful Harbour Town shops, this seasonal open-air café offers a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the Harbour Town Yacht Basin and specializes in tasty refreshments, such as the Sunset Margarita, and light casual fare. Call (843) 842-1444 or online seapines.com/dining.

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local seafood, great pizza, burgers, wings, salads and much more. Happy hour daily from 4 until 7 p.m. with nightly drink specials and over 30 TV’s inside and out for all the sports action. Open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner starting from 4 p.m. Call (843) 785-3900 or online at www.hhbrewingco.com.

gourmet tacos, quesadillas, and smalls plates all under $10, with a full bar offering over 40 kinds of premium tequilas. The cuisine is modern, fun and uninhibited, just like our guests! The restaurant is open 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily with happy hour specials from 4-7 p.m. Call us at (843) 681-TACO (8226) or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/HolyTequila!

HINOKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR

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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.

Located on the Intracoastal Waterway off Squire Pope Rd. With 45 years of casual dining experience and spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Hudson's is one of the Island's most recognized landmarks. Featuring the freshest, local seafood in the area as well as pasta, steaks, chicken and more. Kids menu available. Featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Bon Appe´tit. Open daily at 11 a.m. Call (843) 681-2772.

HOLY TEQUILA Located in Park Plaza, the Holy Tequila taqueria blends gourmet tacos with American flavors, Mexican street food and tequila in an eclectic atmosphere! Prepare your senses for a fusion of flavors that reaches into the heart of Mexico! Holy Tequila combines an open kitchen with indoor/outdoor dining and a dynamic bar to create a high energy fiesta! We serve

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HUGO’S Located at 841 William Hilton Parkway at South Island Square. For over 30 years, Hugo has served generations of locals & visitors. Offering tableside flaming desserts to make your dinner the most memorable! Experience Hugo’s AwardWinning Steaks and Seafood. Choose from Lobster, Flounder, Crab Legs, Salmon, Crabcakes, to Ribeyes, Chops, Bourbon BBQ Babyback Ribs & much more. Enjoy wines from our (continued on page 24)


climate controlled wine cellar or any cocktail from the full bar! Dinner nightly 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. One of the top “100 Great Jazz Rooms” in the world, Downbeat Magazine 2011-15. Our intimate, elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of world class entertainment enhanced by our innovative southern flavors menu and impeccable service. The Jazz Corner offers a signature martini menu, extensive wine list, full bar and late-night menu. Open nightly from 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (843) 842-8620 or check us out online at www.thejazzcorner.com.

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

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 info.

LAGERHEAD TAVERN Located at The Oyster Reef Golf Club, 155 High Bluff Rd. LagerHead Tavern brings a lively, stylish dining experience to the already vibrant island destination with its inviting and alluring atmosphere. Developed by Chef Toscano, the menu features signature items including Shrimp Gazpacho, Smoked Chicken Wings and The Low Country Reuben. Open for lunch and dinner. Call (843) 681-2184.

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 (continued on page 28)

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Lavern Ballard Of Kenny B’s Cajun Seafood Hut BY LOUISE LUND

You don't have to go all the way to Louisiana to get your Cajun food fix – you can get a taste of the bayou right here on Hilton Head Island at Kenny B’s Cajun Seafood Hut. The cuisine is a blend of the various cultures of New Orleans, with some Lowcountry tweaking. Murals of New Orleans' Mardi Gras and the University of Georgia's bulldog are on the walls. Entrees lend to the atmosphere there’s voodoo pasta, and Taste of the Bayou, gumbo, jambalaya, and shrimp Etouffée, to name a few. The music is a great mix of Cajun and Dixieland. In addition to great food and atmosphere, with the southern hospitality you'd expect, it’s one of the few places you can order gator bites. Lavern Ballard, owner of Kenny B’s with her husband Ken, squeezed in some time to sit and tell us how they got into this business, and what it takes to be successful in it. Originally from

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Trinity, North Carolina, she grew up being a tomboy. Lavern modestly shared that her husband was her first boyfriend. “My two protective brothers kept most guys away from me, and they certainly tried to discourage Ken as well, but it didn’t work.” They’ve been married for 28 years. Ken worked in New Orleans at the Convention Center and Louisiana Superdome, and that’s when they learned about Cajun food. Lavern said she usually had several jobs at a time. “My dad was a workaholic and so is my husband,” she said. “They say women often marry men similar to their dad.” Lavern works long hours at Kenny B’s, especially in the summer. “I wanted to raise a family and spend more time together. We had planned to have our own restaurant, so we relocated to Hilton Head in 1999, and began searching for a location.” She worked in property management prior to their opening Kenny B’s. She said that her work experience had included many restaurant jobs during school and after, always supplementing the income and staying active. Lavern is passionate about working with customers, making them happy,

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while serving delicious food. She is on the front line at the restaurant - taking orders, delivering food, and making sure everyone is taken care of. She is the smiling glue that runs the front of the house, checking that the orders are right, the food comes out fast, and that the customers have what they need and are enjoying their dining experience. One of her favorite dishes to serve is the Gumbo – all of Louisiana in a bowl kind of sums it up, she said. In addition, shrimp and oyster po' boys, fried shrimp and oysters, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and beignets are some of the most popular dishes on the menu. Lavern loves doing anything with her family, husband Kenny and sons Logan and Zach, one already at Clemson and another who will go off to college in the fall. She walks their two dogs very early every morning. “We work every day, especially in the summer,” she said. Logan and Zach have grown up helping out at the restaurant, so repeat customers tell them how long they’ve known them – often since they were babies. She loves seeing people return, year after year, with their children, then with their children’s children. It’s a family restaurant with a Cajun theme and delicious food for every taste. Kenny B’s is located on Pope Avenue in the Bi-Lo Circle Center. For more information, call (843) 785-3315.


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.

LINKS, AN AMERICAN GRILL Indulge your appetite for exceptional dining at Links and enjoy indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the famed Harbour Town Golf Links. Open to the public and located within the stunning new Harbour Town Clubhouse, Links features notable dishes such as the bacon-wrapped, peach and ginger-glazed pork tenderloin with boiled peanuts as well as a generous selection of grilled items. Links’ menu is infused with the flavors and signature style of Chef Michael Ramey who brings more than 30 years of extensive experience in the culinary profession. Chef Ramey’s signature menu is perfectly complemented by an impressive wine list and beverage menu consisting of craft beers and specialty handcrafted cocktails. Links is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Reservations are suggested, please call (843) 363-8380 or visit linksamericangrill.com. Proper resort attire required.

LIVE OAK - LOWCOUNTRY INSPIRED CUISINE Located in the new Plantation Golf Club, Live Oak is a fresh culinary experience showcasing Lowcountry-inspired cuisine and locally sourced produce and products. Boasting a 35-foot rotunda ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide an incredible 270 degree golf view, the restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating options. Guests can choose from an expansive selection of local craft beers, a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list, or a signature Bourbon collection. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Reservations are suggested, please call (843) 842-1441 or visit liveoakrestaurant.com. Proper resort attire required.

LUCKY ROOSTER KITCHEN & BAR Located at 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square. An American Bistro with southern soul serves seasonal inspired food with local beers, craft cocktails and an esoteric wine list. Our menu is constantly changing and evolving with seasons, tides, weather and our inspirations. Dine inside or outside on our patio. A healthy children’s menu is also available. Open Monday thru Saturday from 4 p.m. til late, dinner from 5 until 10 p.m., happy hour from 4 until 6:30 p.m. and late night menu available. Call (843) 681-3474 or online at www.luckyroosterhhi.com.

MANGIAMO Located at 2000 Main Street. 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 (continued on page 30) 28

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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.

MEDITERRANEAN HARBOUR Located at 13 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Marina. A warm and comfortable dining experience featuring Lebanese cuisine. Choose from our hearty chicken, beef or lamb kabobs, delicious seafood as well as vegan and gluten free selections including falafel, grape leaves and baba ghanouj. Our dishes are created from homemade recipes and spices from Lebanon. Enjoy beautiful views of the harbour from our outdoor dining area or outside bar. Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Call (843) 842-9991 for more information or reservations.

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

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

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

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Celebrating a Culture and a Legacy BY RISA WILLIAMS McMILLAN

The Jazz Corner is known for giving – They have given us an education and the pleasure of many years of listening to the best in the business. They have given us a world class venue in which to enjoy our education about this timeless culture. Most importantly, they have given to our children in countless ways – lessons, instruments, camps, opportunities. This September, they will give all of us from ages 9 to 90 a one of a kind experience in the form of a two day long festival, Bob Masteller’s Jazz for all Ages. In its second year, the festival will hereafter be named for and in honor of our own king of Jazz, Bob Masteller. Both nights will feature world class artists with amazing resumes. The opening night will be on Thursday, September 10 from 7p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Seahawk Cultural Center. Performing will be the Noel Freidline Quintet playing a Jazz Celebration of The Beatles. The quintet has made frequent visits to The Jazz Corner over the years and according to Lois Masteller, owner of The Jazz Corner, they are thrilled with the theme choice for Thursday. “The Beatles music is so timeless. It crosses all ages and encompasses the widest fan base so we can truly make this a festival for all ages,” she said. The Quintet will put together an unforgettable evening of favorites including Can’t Buy me Love, Blackbird, and Let it Be. The band is comprised of Noel on piano, accompanied by Bass, Drums, Vibraphone, and Sax. The evening will begin with a set played by the Junior Jazz “Rising Stars”, showcasing their countless hours of hard work. Friday night’s show on September 11th will be held at the Beach Pavilion at the Sonesta Resort in Shipyard. Joe Gransden and his 16 Piece Big Band will come in from Atlanta to do a Happy 100th Birthday celebration of Frank Sinatra (and Friends). Joe has been wooing audiences worldwide with his aggressive trumpet playing and soothing voice and with his full ensemble behind him, this event will go down in Island musical history. “The event was so well received last year (a sell-out) that we decided to make it a real two day festival this year.


We have kept the ticket prices inexpensive because we want to bring it to as many people as possible. It is so important that Bob’s legacy lives on through this. It was his passion and he was the one who started all this,” said Lois. “We want this to be a community wide event with two different experiences, “added Kelli Lesch, General Manager of The Jazz Corner. 100% of the benefits from both evenings will go to the Junior Jazz Foundation. The Junior Jazz Foundation was founded by Bob and Lois Masteller to inspire and educate our young local musicians about the art form of Jazz Music. The Foundation refurbishes and repairs donated instruments and distributes them to schools. They provide classes, seminars, scholarships and set up outreach concerts for the students at venues ranging from Colleton River to the Sea Pines Beach Club. Their Jazz Camp is held every summer and is open to aspiring musicians under the age of 20 who immerse themselves in their music under the tutelage of instructors from all over the east coast. “It is unbelievable what they can learn in 5 days,” commented Lois. “Where else can you see kids go on break and spend their free time doing exactly what they had been doing all morning?” Also benefitting the Junior Jazz Foundation this year will be the 11th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, November 21st at the Arthur Hills Course in Palmetto Dunes. Loads of prizes, live music, and a Low Country Boil await participants not to mention a concert by the kids at The Jazz Corner to wrap up the event. For tickets to Bob Masteller’s Jazz for all Ages go to www.jazzforallages.com. For a full line-up of entertainment at The Jazz Corner this fall, go to thejazzcorner.com, and the next time you take in a show, be sure to pick up a copy of The Jazz Corner Story, a beautiful chronicle of the club, its history and the great musicians that have played there that includes recipes and two CD’s.


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.

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

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

PELICAN’S POINT (Formerly The Kingfisher) Located at 18 Harbourside Ln. at Shelter Cove Harbour. Offering affordable casual dining with breathtaking waterfront views from inside or on the outside deck. Early Bird from 5 until 6 p.m. Best Island Happy Hour from 5 until 7 p.m. featuring incredible drink and seafood specials. Live music and dancing with Pete Carroll on Wednesdays, classic soft rock with David Wingo on Thursdays, and jazz with Earl Williams on Fridays. Catch some great comedy too. Call (843) 785-4442 for reservations and information or online at www.pelicanspoint.com.

THE QUARTERDECK Long considered an island icon, The Quarterdeck offers indoor and outdoor dining with stunning sunset views overlooking Calibogue Sound. An enticing all-day menu, featuring fresh seafood appetizers, innovative and traditional sandwiches, garden salads and certified angus beef burgers, is complemented by a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list offering 40 wines by the glass. Located at the base of the Harbour Town Lighthouse, The Quarterdeck is open daily, 11:30 a.m.– 9 p.m., with seasonal live entertainment. Call (843) 842-1999.

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Head, and 32 Bruin Rd. in Bluffton. 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 837-8888 or online at www.redfishofhiltonhead.com.

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

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

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 Hour daily with a full menu available, plus an outdoor cookout, Salty Dog Ice Cream and Jake's Pizza during the season. Call (843) 671-CAFE (2233) for seasonal hours.

SAN MIGUEL’S MEXICAN CAFE Located at Harbourside III on Shelter Cove Harbour. Serving Hilton Head’s freshest Mexican food for over 25 years. Dine inside or out while enjoying breathtaking views of the marina. Burrito’s, enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas, seafood and salads (continued on page 38) 36

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plus a full bar complete with the Island’s best margarita. Kid’s menu available. Serving dinner daily from 5 p.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Call (843) 842-4555.

SANTA FE CAFÉ Located at 807 William Hilton Parkway near the entrance to Palmetto Dunes. Our elegant yet casual, cozy atmosphere captures the spirit of New Mexico. Innovative southwestern cuisine features dinner favorites such as Tortilla Crusted Salmon, Wood Roasted Quail, Grouper, 30 oz. Ribeye and many more great selections including vegetarian items. Excellent wine list, imported beers and full bar. Early dining menu from 5 until 6 p.m. Take-out available. Reservations are “gladly” accepted. Open for dinner 7 nights a week from 5 until 10 p.m., and for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 785-3838 or www.santafehhi.com.

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

SKILLETS CAFE Located just off the beach in Coligny Plaza. An excellent choice for the whole family since 1994, offering a wide variety of dinner selections, all at a fair price. Nightly dinner specials starting at $16.99. Choose from tempting appetizers, fresh seafood, southern-style dishes, beef, chicken and an extensive salad bar. Full bar and wine list available. Take-out and Kid’s menu. Dine inside or outside on the patio (Dog Friendly). Open daily from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Call (843) 785-3131 or check us out online at www.skilletscafe.com.

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

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menu items from the Little Italy section of New York and northern New Jersey. Choose from items such as Clams Casino, Veal Saltimbocca, Zuppa di Pesce, Osso Buco, Lasagna and more. Chefs specialties created nightly. Extensive wine list, Early Bird specials, children’s menu and take-out available. Serving dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5 p.m. til 9:30 p.m. Call (843) 785-7006 for reservations.

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

are complemented by a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list and a knowledgeable staff. Topside is open for dinner nightly, 5–9 p.m. Reservations are suggested, please call (843) 842-1999 or visit seapines.com/dining.

TRUFFLES CAFE Located in Sea Pines Center and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. Casual cafés featuring the freshest food and finest service for over 30 years. Fresh local seafood, Black Angus steaks, baby back ribs, homemade soups, fresh garden salads, Angus burgers, pasta, and excellent desserts. Outside seating available at Belfair location. Full bar and fine wines by the glass or bottle. Reservations accepted. Private dining available for 6 to 100 people. Serving lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. at Sea Pines Center and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. Call (843) 671-6136 or 815-5551 or go to www.trufflescafe.com.

THE WRECK OF THE SALTY DOG TOPSIDE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT Dine at Topside Waterfront Restaurant and enjoy its famous “Fresh Market Seafood” menu. Located directly next to the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse, Topside offers stunning one-of-a-kind sunset views of Calibogue Sound, as well as the signature 18th fairway and green of Harbour Town Golf Links. Topside’s breathtaking views and outstanding menu

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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Everywhere you go around Hilton Head and Bluffton you see happy dogs, heads held high, parading around their owners. Some are ambling down the beach, fraternizing with strangers, and others are crashing through waves to catch tennis balls. They balance in the back of pick-ups and hang their heads out car windows for that wind-blown look, eliciting smiles at every turn. They ride around in baskets on the front of bikes and in Kiddie carts on the back. They lead their owners on walks at all hours of the day and know the scents and territories of all their neighbors. Being a dog on this Island is a bit of a cult and one that cats definitely lose out on. It should not come as much of a surprise then, that some of our favorite patio-clad restaurants hang their “Dogs are Welcome” shingle for all passers-by. According to Erika Waronsky at Steamer Seafood Restaurant in Coligny Plaza, “We actually get upset if people don’t bring their dogs. Dogs are welcome anywhere on the outdoor patio and deck and we totally encourage people to bring them.” Erika says they love to welcome back families that vacation every year who return to Steamers with their pets. Dogs are a common site at Sunrise Café in Palmetto Bay Marina, especially in the spring and fall when the weather is perfect for them to lounge on the outdoor deck. Leslie Stewart notes that, “It’s a love/hate thing for some, but people on the Island are pretty acclimated to having the dogs around and are used to it at Sunrise.” Sunrise has a large local following of dog lovers that frequent the restaurant and come equipped with blankets, beds, dog carriers, and even strollers – anything to 40

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make the experience more comfortable for Fido. “Everybody here likes to play with the dogs but it is also worth mentioning that we are well aware of the cleanliness aspect and we all wash our hands right away after petting those guys,” said Leslie. Many of the Sunrise patrons will order food off the menu for their dogs like eggs or a hamburger patty and everything is served on throwaway Styrofoam. Dennis Egan is a local that often takes his Golden Retriever, Scout, to the Sunrise Café. “I like to take my dog with me when I go places and the people at Sunrise are great. They all know Scout by name and someone will come right out and bring him water and give him a scratch behind the ear and when that person goes inside, someone else comes out and does the same,” said Dennis. “They are all so nice and accommodating and Scout really enjoys it.” The Dispensary was named the Most Pet Friendly Restaurant in Bluffton by the Bluffton/Hilton Head Monthly readers last year. According to Carol Jording, owner of the Dispensary, “Some people’s pets are like their children so they need to have them by their side.” Carol notices that a lot of folks stop by for happy hour with their pets. “People

get off from work and want a drink and also want to be able be with their dog so it’s nice for them to be able bring them. We are a casual atmosphere that lends itself to that.” The Dispensary puts out water bowls for visiting pets and also sells organic pet treats. Skillet’s in Coligny Plaza has a great breezy porch for the dogs to laze on. Owner Amie Baima commented, “Pets are part of our family and when people travel with them they need a place to be able to go. Every dog gets his own bowl of water and is treated like royalty.” Skillets even offers a healthy dog menu with gluten free, protein filled meals like Beef & Barley, Turkey ‘N Rice, and Perfect Pooch Pasta. “We get people that bring their dogs to all meals of the day, and sometimes we get some who just want to sit on the porch with their pet in the afternoon and have a glass of iced tea,” said Aimee. “We even have one lady who brings her cat and he just sits by her side quietly. “ Rob Sayer, who owns a house in Sea Pines, commutes to the Island monthly from Atlanta with his dog Shade in tow. “One of our routines is to take an early walk on the beach and end up at Skillets for food. They always welcome Shade and bring her a bowl of water and then we all order breakfast. Being able to take her there enables us to all get out together and eat and exercise,” said Rob. Kaya, a rescued Pit Bull from the Humane Association when she was 3 months old, is another Skillets frequenter with Spencer Kocher and his mom, Sylvia. “She is always happy to go to Skillets. She knows what’s going to happen,” commented Sylvia. What happens, according to Spencer, is that


she gets to feast on her favorite Skillet’s cheeseburger. “It is someplace to take her so she doesn’t have to stay at home and I won’t leave her in the car. They are all dog people and pay plenty of attention to her,��� Spencer said. Ken Ballard, owner of Kenny B’s in Circle Center, is a big dog person which is plain to see just by looking at all of his advertisements which feature his favorite breed, the bulldog. “We are Georgia Bulldog fans, Yale Bulldog fans, Mississippi State… we don’t discriminate. We love bulldogs.” They put out water bowls for the dogs who visit at Kenny B’s and interact (or not) with the neighborhood cats. “I think being pet friendly adds another option for people,” Ken commented. Annie O’s, located near Sea Pines Circle on Target Road, does not have outdoor seating to accommodate pets, but owner Tom Egerton goes out of his way to raise money for Noah’s Arks, an organization that saves abused dogs from euthanization and nurses them back to health. “Noah’s Arks is so under the radar that I am just trying to raise

awareness about them. So go enjoy the perfect weather this fall and be sure to stop by one of our many pet friendly restaurants for some good food and bonding time with your four legged friends. AUNT CHILADAS EASY STREET CAFE 69 Pope Avenue. (843) 785-7700. CAPTAIN WOODY’S 6 Target Road on Hilton Head. (843) 785-2400 Calhoun Street Promenade in Bluffton. (843) 757-6222 CHARBAR CO Park Plaza right outside Sea Pines Plantation. (843) 785-CHAR (2427)

KENNY B’S CAJUN SEAFOOD HUT Circle Center, just off Pope Avenue. (843) 785-3315. OLD TOWN DISPENSARY Calhoun Street, in the heart of historic, downtown Bluffton. (843) 837-1893. PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFE Palmetto Bay Marina off Helmsman Way. (843) 686-3232 PLANTATION CAFÉ & DELI 81 Pope Avenue in Heritage Plaza, (843) 785-9020, REDFISH Palmetto Bay Rd. and Archer Rd. on Hilton Head, (843) 686-3388 32 Bruin Rd. in Bluffton. (843) 837-8888

CRAZY CRAB Hwy. 278, Jarvis Creek. 681-5021

REILLEY’S Reilley’s Plaza just off the Sea Pines Circle. (843) 842-4414

FLATBREAD GRILL Coligny Circle oceanside in the Beach Market Center. (843) 341-2225

SKILLETS CAFE Located just off the beach in Coligny Plaza. (843) 785-3131

THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ Coligny Plaza. (843) 686-FROG (3764)

STEAMER SEAFOOD Located on the pond in Coligny Plaza. (843) 785-2070.

HOLY TEQUILA Park Plaza, (843) 681-TACO (8226) HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE Intracoastal Waterway off Squire Pope Rd. (843) 681-2772.

VINEYARD 55 Located off Calhoun Street in downtown Bluffton. (843) 757-9463

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Restaurateur, Environmentalist or just an Oyster Lover? …doesn’t matter - we’ll all benefit from Andrew Carmines Shell Ring Oyster Company. BY SALLY KERR-DINEEN

I sat outside at Hudson’s overlooking Skull Creek in the middle of buzzing dock activity and stole an hour of Andrew Carmines time before the restaurant opened for lunch. Carmines is the GM of Hudson’s Seafood House and founder of the Shell Ring Oyster Company. He pointed to an area to the right of the main outside deck. “That’s where the nursery and hatchery will go. We’ll handle everything from start to finish. At some point we could be looking at two million oysters. That’s the vision,” Carmines said. When Andrew Carmines talks about the Shell Ring Oyster Company and his “project,” he’s being humble, very humble. This little “project” of his has the potential of putting Hilton Head “on the map” with a fabulous bi-valve that rivals the northern east coast imports. 44

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The Shell Ring Oyster Company is creating a new local varietal single select oyster and a sustainable farming environment that will create jobs, clean our waters, help build and grow our wild oysters further, all while delivering these sea “pearls” to our plates within hours of harvesting. Now that’s farm to table. This is way more than a “project.” And the smile on his face, when I said that pretty much confirmed my thoughts: what he is creating is a big deal, and has the potential to be a great, big, huge deal for oyster and lowcountry lovers. Let’s start with a brief layman’s local oyster lesson. Our wild oysters have it tough. Sure, the waters are full of them, and there’s plenty of food, but the habitat is lacking. They grow in clusters because they have no choice. Our environment is challenging with lots of pluff mud and no hard substrate.

What that means is, basically, that our wild oysters, unlike their northern cousins, only have each other to hang on to for dear life. And for an oyster to grow, it needs to attach itself to something, even something as small as a grain of sand, a blob of mud just doesn’t do it for the baby bi-valve. So our wild oysters battle each other for food and in the process produce a long thin, brittle shell, with slightly watery, briny “meat.” How did the Shell Ring Oyster Company come to be? Carmines and his now Director of Operations, Rob Rowe got bored at 3 a.m. one morning, while shedding crabs. They wondered what they’d do when the season was over, and started with the “what ifs?” In the end they created their dream oyster. One with a shell that’s more round than oblong, fairly hard, heavier than it looks


landlubbers. “I’d like to get people to experience an oyster the way it should… fresh out of the water.” No article on oysters is ever complete without the famous quote by Satirist, Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels (1726). “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” So look forward to the next harvest in November when we’ll be able to sit at Hudson’s dock with a plate full of Shell Ring Salts, and toast that bold man who first ate an oyster. That’s pretty much it in an oyster shell.

Raw Ways with Oysters Mignonette sauce – red wine vinegar, shallots, lemon juice, white wine all seasoned with white pepper – only a scant teaspoon is needed. Perfect withChampagne, Sauvignon Blanc. Skip the oaky chardonnays. Cocktail sauce – just a hint – the oyster’s been living in the water, no need to drown it now. Would be nice with - an iced cold hoppy IPA. Au natural – straight from the half shell – maybe a squeeze of lemon, maybe not. Have with an iced vodka – straight up.

with a one inch deep cup. When opened it would be white in color, opaque, moist and plump…with the same briny, salty flavor we get from our wild locals. Fast forward one year later, Department of Natural Resource permits, red tape, a crash course in oyster, seedling, harvesting and growing in Chincoteague, VA after which the first Shell Ring Salts were harvested and slurped. Last year 80,000 oysters were produced and gobbled up in three months beginning in November. This year Carmines is looking at 400,000 and in 2016 – more than what they know what to do with. “Our goal is to produce more

product than we can ever take out. This has the potential, to give our Island a sustainable oyster production, which will help our unique, fragile eco system. One oyster cleans 20-40 gallons of water a day, and a larger oyster population will give us cleaner water.” This “project” was started with a seedling of an idea and an oyster the size of a fingernail, now the Shell Ring Oyster Company is on the cutting edge of viable sustainable aqua-culture producing a briny flavored, plump, less watery oyster, with a deeper cup. And let’s think about it. Cleaner water will create a better environment for all under the sea as well as all oyster-loving

The Carolina Rooster – in this order cracker, jalapeno slice, smattering of horseradish, oyster, dollop of cocktail sauce and finish it off with a drop of hot sauce. Back to and iced cold beer. Slurp!


BY LOUISE LUND

Wine, dine and enjoy award-winning cuisine at Taste of the Season, the ultimate culinary experience. The Lowcountry food scene has become as hot as the great chefs that define it with their innovative cuisine. With an outstanding selection of diverse cuisine and our share of nationally known chefs, the area’s culinary talent has quickly gained momentum. Nowhere is this more evident than at Taste of the Season, presented annually by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. This year, Taste of the Season moves to an exciting new venue at the Country Club of Hilton Head on Friday, November 20th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Last year’s V.I.P. ticket is back by popular demand. The ticket includes a private area with lounge seating, private bar just for V.I.P.s and preferred parking. 46

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Experience the exceptional cooking of the Lowcountry’s top chefs as they share their best culinary offerings from more than 25 of your favorite restaurants. Heralded as the best-ofthe-best tapas sampling event, it’s an unparalleled presentation of classic, contemporary, and continental fare. Sample dozens of unique and diverse

menu items – hors d’oeuvres, entrees, and desserts. Area chefs outdo themselves with extraordinary and impressive on-site preparation. “The Country Club of Hilton Head will be the perfect, upscale setting for the culinary experience Taste of the Season guests have come to know and love,” said Dorothy Guscio, chamber events manager. Chefs bring their culinary brilliance, recognizing that it’s a great chance to shine the spotlight on their talent and their restaurant. Enjoy an evening of holiday elegance along with great entertainment and a silent auction full of an amazing selection of getaways, golf packages, spa packages, works of art, and more. Taste of the Season was created 26 years ago to celebrate the talents of the Lowcountry’s top chefs while indulging


the food connoisseurs. With our award-winning restaurants and chefs offering some of their menu favorites, you’ll have a chance to try everything from Lowcountry classics like shrimp ‘n’ grits to an elegant Italian tiramisu. “Taste of the Season showcases the culinary arts of our area with award-winning cuisine from the area’s top chefs,” said Bill Miles, chamber president and CEO. “It’s a spectacular way to enjoy the very best of the best, all in one venue.” Each year, attendees vote on their favorite restaurant’s culinary creations and awards are presented to the ones with the most votes. Hundreds of ballots are submitted for best cuisine and best decor. Conroy's lobster mac and cheese was the perfect combination of decadence and comfort at last year’s event. The scallop-over-crab risotto from ELA's Blu Water Grille was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. And the sweet potato gnocchi with duck ragu from Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana had people raving. Taste of the Season celebrates the holidays with twists on classic cuisine and an elegant sampling of the region’s best culinary offerings. Last year, Best Cuisine was awarded to Heyward's Restaurant at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head for their "Duck Galantine and Grits" with pistachios, Door County cherries, mushrooms, baby onion, winter squash, smoked gouda with "Geechie Boy Mills" grits and a Pumpkin Mousse Cup with walnut meringue. Second place went to One Hot Mama's and third place went to Black Marlin. For the People’s Choice, the Best Cuisine Award was a tie between ELA's Blu Water Grille and Conroy's at Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa. ELA's Blue Water Grille served "Panseared Diver scallops over Crab Risotto and Conroy's served Boom Boom Shrimp with Napa Slaw, Lobster Mac and Cheese and She Crab Soup. Bid on great gift items in the amazing silent auction. Again this year the event will feature an online auction at www.hiltonheadblufftonchamber.org so that participants can get an early view and be able to bid. Get your holiday shopping off to an early start with silent auction items including great getaways, gifts, dining, golfing and more. “Taste of the Season has come to be known as the perfect way to kick off the holidays in style,” said Charlie Clark, chamber spokeswoman. “Showcasing the area’s top cuisine with local flare and chefs who inspire, ticket holders are surely in for a treat this year.” Traditionally, one of the island’s most popular events—and always a sellout—this year’s event promises to be the best yet. With the new intimate setting at the Country Club of Hilton Head, tickets will be limited, so advanced registration is suggested. Taste of the Season tickets are $65. V.I.P. tickets are $95. Tickets go on sale on September 15th and can be purchased at chamber headquarters and online at HiltonHeadBlufftonChamber.org. Enjoy award-winning cuisine at Taste of the Season, the culinary event of the year! ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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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.

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

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.

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.

ASIAN BISTRO

BRITISH OPEN PUB

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.

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

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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.

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

THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE Just steps from the beach, the Big Bamboo Cafe is located in Coligny Plaza on North Forest Beach Drive. Featuring great seafood, delicious salads and the legendary Big Bamboo burger, the Big Bamboo Cafe provides an all American menu in a laid back beach atmosphere. Thirsty? Try a famous marga-rita as you sit amongst the WWII memorablia and the 48

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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 with quick


casual dining experience. We feature a fun and inviting indoor/outdoor environment with a full bar and a music collection spanning the decades. Voted Hilton Head Island “People’s Choice Best Burger”, 1st Place Winner of Burgers & Brews 2012, 2013 and 2014! Open daily from 11:30-10 p.m. Kids menu and takeout available. Call us at (843) 785-CHAR (2427) or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/CharbarCo!

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

CHOW DADDY’S

Located at 8 New Orleans Rd., just off Hwy. 278. Casual dining at its best. One-of-a kind Cobb salad piled highwith crispy bacon, turkey and cheese, dressed with Essie’s homemade sweet tomato vinaigrette that has kept the locals hooked for more than 30 years. Fish Cakes, Sauteed Flounder and an array of salads for anyone on the run. Dine-in or Take-out. Open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., and dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5:30 p.m. Call (843) 7859277 or check us out online at www.charliesgreenstar.com.

Located at 14B Executive Park Road, just off Pope Avenue and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. One of the island’s newest and most creative restaurants offers a healthy alternative to casual dining. Slow roasting their pork and chicken on Big Green Eggs and using local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Menu items include, Homemade White Bean and Kale Soup, Arugula Salad with grilled fennel and citrus vinaigrette, Chicken with Ricotta and Onion Jam on Ciabatta, A Ground in house Prime Rib Burger and Great Tacos. Full bar, extensive wine selection and great cocktails. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. until midnight. Outdoor seating available on our terrace. Call (843) 842-CHOW (2469) or 757-CHOW (2469) or online at www.chowdaddys.com.

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CRAZY CRAB

CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE

Located at Two Hudson Rd., just off Squire Pope Rd. Serving up sensational food accompanied by spectacular water views of the Intracoastal waterway and extraordinary service. The expansive menu features fresh fish, pristine seafood, succulent steaks, Open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as Sunday Brunch. Happy hour offered daily from 4 until 8 p.m.

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

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7 days a week. Call (843) 363-2722 (Harbour Town) or 681-5021 (Jarvis Creek) or visit us online at thecrazycrab.com.

DELISHEEYO Located at 32 Palmetto Bay Rd. in The Village Exchange. The Island’s health food kitchen features organic juices, smoothees, salads, wraps, bowls and healthy snacks. Offering food that makes you feel good, choose from raw, vegan or gluten free options. Open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call (843) 785-3633 or online at www.delisheeyo.com.

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

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

THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ Located in Coligny Plaza. A comfortable, casual atmosphere offering a “web-footed lickin” menu and an enormous amount of frozen daiquiris by the glass or by the gallon. Outside seating with retractable roof, beach area and tiki bar. Certified black angus burger, crab cakes, pizza, prime rib sandwich, salads, subs, wraps, peel and eat shrimp, calamari and of course fried frog legs. 28 HD TV’s for great sports viewing 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.

HARBOURSIDE BURGERS & BREWS Located near Harbour Town’s famed Liberty Oak, this seasonal open-air café offers a relaxed atmosphere


overlooking the Harbour Town Yacht Basin and specializes in tasty frozen drinks and a variety of sandwiches, burgers and salads. Call (843) 842-1444 or online, seapines.com/dining.

THE HARBOUR TOWN BAKERY & CAFÉ Located across from Harbour Town Playground. Known for great home-cooked breakfasts, soups, salads, paninis and pastries, everything is baked fresh daily. Lunch served daily, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dine in or grab to go. Call (843) 363-2021or online seapines.com/dining.

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

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.

HOLY TEQUILA Located in Park Plaza, the Holy Tequila taqueria blends gourmet tacos with American flavors, Mexican street food and tequila in an eclectic atmosphere! Prepare your senses for a fusion of flavors that reaches into the heart of Mexico! Holy Tequila combines an open kitchen with indoor/outdoor dining and a dynamic bar to create a high energy fiesta! We serve gourmet tacos, quesadillas, and smalls plates all under $10 with a full bar offering over 40 kinds of premium tequilas. The cuisine is modern, fun and uninhibited, just like our guests! The restaurant is open 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily with happy hour specials from 4-7 p.m. Call us at (843) 681-TACO (8226) or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/HolyTequila!

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

HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS Located on the Intracoastal Waterway off Squire Pope Rd. With 45 years of casual dining experience and spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Hudson's is one of the

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Island's most recognized landmarks. Featuring the freshest, local seafood in the area as well as pasta, steaks, chicken and more. Kids menu available. Featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Bon Appe´tit. Open daily at 11 a.m. Call (843) 681-2772.

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.

LAGERHEAD TAVERN Located at The Oyster Reef Golf Club, 155 High Bluff Rd. Enjoy fresh, regional ingredients from the LagerHead Tavern lunch menu and spend quality time with family and friends after a round of golf. The Tavern celebrates the indigenous Loggerhead Sea Turtle creating an atmosphere that is coastal, casual and fun. Open for lunch and dinner. Call (843) 681-2184.

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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.

LINKS, AN AMERICAN GRILL Indulge your appetite for exceptional dining at Links and enjoy indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the famed Harbour Town Golf Links. Open to the public and located within the stunning new Harbour Town Clubhouse, Links’ menu is infused with the flavors and signature style of Chef Michael Ramey who brings more than 30 years of extensive experience in the culinary profession. Chef Ramey’s signature menu is perfectly complemented by an impressive wine list and beverage menu consisting of craft beers and specialty handcrafted cocktails. Links is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Proper resort attire required. (843) 363-8380 or linksamericangrill.com

LIVE OAK - LOWCOUNTRY INSPIRED CUISINE Located in the Plantation Golf Club. A fresh culinary experience showcasing Lowcountry-inspired cuisine and locally sourced produce and products. Boasting a 35-foot rotunda


ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide an incredible 270 degree golf view, the restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating. Choose from an expansive selection of local craft beers, a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list, or a signature Bourbon collection. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Reservations are suggested, please call (843) 842-1441 or liveoakrestaurant.com. Proper resort attire required.

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

MEDITERRANEAN HARBOUR Located at 13 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Marina. A warm and comfortable dining experience featuring Lebanese cuisine. Choose from our hearty chicken, beef or lamb kabobs, delicious seafood as well as vegan and gluten free selections including falafel, grape leaves and baba ghanouj. Our dishes are created from homemade recipes and spices from Lebanon. Enjoy beautiful views of the harbour from our outdoor dining area or outside bar. Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Call (843) 842-9991 for more information or reservations.

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

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

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When you are dialing in your nutrition habits, there are three things you can control: quality, quantity, and timing. Our focus in Part 1 was on the quality of your food, we talked about calories and quantity in Part 2, and that leaves the best for last. Today in Part 3 I’ll share with you some tricks on how to time your nutrient intake at the beginning and end of your day to have the biggest impact on your goals. First things first, let’s hydrate. You likely have a morning routine that is the same every day. Mine includes brushing my teeth, reading a daily devotional, then getting breakfast ready for my family. During the first 30 minutes of every single day I make sure to consume 15-20 ounces of water. Starting your day with water, preferably room temperature or warmer, can help to cleanse your 54

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intestines which will aid with nutrient absorption and waste elimination all day long. It also helps overcome any dehydration that occurs overnight. Second, let’s get some nutrient dense food in right away. At breakfast time you’ve likely been fasting for 8-12 hours depending on your evening habits. So our goal first thing in the morning is to replenish our glycogen stores (energy from carbohydrates), and maximize fat metabolism. How we do that is by getting the optimal balance of protein, carbs, and fat. A simple way to achieve this balance is: • 2 eggs (perfect protein to fat ratio) • 1 cup whole grain oatmeal (protein and carbs) • 2 walnuts, chopped over the oatmeal (clean and healthy fat source) • ½ cup berries (fast acting and nutrient rich carbs) Third, the end of your day is equally as important. The goal at the end of your day is to keep your body burning fat for as long as possible, while getting our muscles in to an anabolic state (which simply means building the muscle fibers that were torn down during your workout). To do this, your

evening meals and snacks should be high in slow-acting protein, fiber rich, and slower acting carbohydrates. A dinner example that can be tweaked to meet your own personal tastes is: • Baked chicken breast • 1 ½ cups spinach topped with tomatoes and mushrooms • 1 tbsp of cottage cheese And, how about that evening snack? Truth be told, it’s perfectly fine to eat again after dinner assuming two things. First, that you are choosing a protein dense food, and second, that your overall calories for the day are still in check. Three slices of turkey breast with 8 ounces of coconut milk is a perfect combo for this time of day. I’ve outlined the beginning and end of your day, which leaves some choices up to you for lunch and snacks. Visit ConvictionTraining.com/ Wellness Blog for lunch and snack ideas to fill up your day with healthy choices. Christy Baroni is the Nutrition Specialist at Conviction Training Facility, home of the original CrossFit Hilton Head. She is an island resident, a military spouse, a mother of 2, and a competitive athlete. To get more recipes and healthy living ideas, visit ConvictionTraining.com/Wellness Blog, or contact her directly at Christy@ConvictionTraining.com.


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

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

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

THE QUARTERDECK Located at the base of the Harbour Town Lighthouse. Long considered an island icon, The Quarterdeck offers indoor and outdoor dining with stunning sunset views overlooking Calibogue Sound. An enticing all-day menu, featuring fresh seafood appetizers, innovative and traditional sandwiches, garden salads and certified angus beef burgers, is complemented by a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list offering 40 wines by the glass. Open daily, 11:30 a.m. –9 p.m., with seasonal live entertainment. Call (843) 842-1999.

REDFISH On the Corner of Palmetto Bay Rd. and Archer Rd. on Hilton Head, and 32 Bruin Rd. in Bluffton. 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 837-8888 or online at www.redfishofhiltonhead.com.

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REILLEY’S Located in Reilley’s Plaza just off the Sea Pines Circle and Port Royal Plaza. A long running lunch destination, Reilley’s offers fish & chips, pasta, burgers, great sandwiches, soups, salads, seafood and much more in a casual Island atmosphere. Dine inside or outside on the newly renovated 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.

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

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

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Located at 807 William Hilton Parkway near the entrance to Palmetto Dunes. Our elegant yet casual, cozy atmosphere captures the spirit of New Mexico. Innovative southwestern cuisine featuring our Quesadilla Soup and Salad Trio, Santa Fe Salad, Fish Tacos, Steak Fajitas and many other great lunch selections. Excellent wine list, wide selection of imported beer and full bar. Take-out available. Open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Dinner 7 nights a week from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Call (843) 785-3838.

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 Satur-day. Call (843) 785-9990 or visit us online at seagrassgrille.com.

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

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

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

TRUFFLES CAFE Located in Sea Pines Center and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. Delicious home-made soups, fabulous salads, sand-wiches, burgers, pasta and fresh local seafood. Casual Cafes featuring the freshest food and finest service for over 30 years. Full bar and fine wines available by the glass or bottle. Don’t forget to try one of our outrageous desserts. Outside seating available at the Belfair location. Reservations accepted.Serving lunch and dinner daily. Call (843) 671-6136 or 815-5551 or go to www.trufflescafe.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. ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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As another summer slowly ebbs away and before the busy holiday season rolls in, Hilton Head Island’s fall festivals heat up cooler autumn days with celebrations of arts, culture, food and sports – often at the same event. Now is the time to slow down and savor the unique flavors and diverse happenings found only in the Lowcountry. Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Explore the Lowcountry’s natural history and cultural heritage at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. This 68-acre property on the Island’s north end features historic buildings, nature trails, native gardens, a butterfly enclosure, horse barn with Marsh Tackies, an exhibit gallery, gift shop, Kids’ Zone and more. In addition to offering an array of on-site and off-site tours, programs and classes for all ages, the property also hosts numerous annual festivals and special events, including the Italian Heritage Festival, the Chili Cookoff, a Public Art Exhibition and the “What the Heck Is It?” artifact identification program on October 17 during South Carolina Archaeology Month. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For complete details on upcoming events, classes and special programs, call (843) 689-6767 or check out www.coastaldiscovery.org. Italian Heritage Festival A pizza-eating, bocce-playing, grape-stomping celebration of the Old Country in the Lowcountry, the 6th Annual Hilton Head Island Italian Heritage Festival returns to the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on September 19. Here’s a chance to sample Italian specialties including cheeses, breads, pasta, fish, meatballs, gelato, biscotti and

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zeppolis, learn how to make your own pizzelle, homemade sausage or limoncello during unique cooking demonstrations, vote for your favorite restaurant, compete in a grape stomping contest -- a la “I Love Lucy” -- or play stickball. Hosted by the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head Island, funds at this annual event are distributed to local scholarships and charitable organizations. For details on this year’s festival, contact event chairman Paul Caimano at (412) 897-1148 or visit www.iachh.org. Annual Chili Cookoff A competition between local and professional chefs for the coveted “Chili Champ” title combined with live music and children’s games and activities, the 31st Annual Chili Cookoff returns to Honey Horn on October 10. Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head with antacids provided by Burke’s Pharmacy, proceeds from this popular, all-you-can-eat event benefit various charities. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Kiwanis Club members, at various locations or at the gate on the day of the event. Visit www.hiltonheadkiwanis.org for details. The Sea Pines Resort Situated on the Atlantic Ocean and Calibogue Sound and home to two marinas, miles of bike trails and white-sand beach, a 500-acre forest preserve and assorted other amenities, The Sea Pines Resort is “a natural playground.” The summer season wraps up Labor Day Weekend with crafts and nature activities, sporting events and nightly concerts featuring longtime family favorite, Gregg Russell, who has entertained generations of locals and visitors under The Liberty Oak in Harbour Town. On Saturday, September 5, the 9th Annual Run for Ret


takes to the trails of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve to raise money for the RET Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Open to all ages and skill levels, details and registration information for this 5K run/walk can be found at www.retfoundation.com. Score great deals and help a great cause on October 17 during the Annual Sea Pines Yard Sale taking place at the Greenwood Drive Trolley Station. This fundraiser for the Sea Pines Forest Preserve Foundation is hosted by the Community Services Association. For details, contact David Henderson at (843) 671-1343. There will cookies, crafts, cider, costumes and, of course, lots of candy when Halloween on the Harbour returns to the Harbour Town Marina on October 25. Trick-or-treat around the marina and participate in the costume contest at this complimentary, Sea Pines-style Halloween event for all ages. The focus shifts to Fish Island on November 13 for the 5th Annual Bonfire to benefit the Sea Pines Forest Preserve Foundation. From 4:30-7:30 p.m., enjoy cocktails, a Lowcountry inspired menu, live music and a silent auction to raise money for capital replacement projects throughout the preserve. Advance ticket purchase is required, call Community Services Associates at (843) 671-1343. Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 26, and there are numerous ways to appreciate the season. Sign up for Thanksgiving Wagon Rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve taking place Tuesday through Saturday and/or participate in the Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt in Harbour Town on November 26. The 12th Annual Fishing Tournament takes place in the Forest Preserve on Friday morning followed by Gregg Russell’s Thanksgiving Concert under the Liberty Oak later that evening, after the official lighting of the Harbour Town Christmas Tree. The final nod to fall takes place on Saturday, November 28, during the Caramel Apple Festival at Heritage Farm. This afternoon of family fun includes caramel apples, games, crafts and more from 1-3 p.m. To make reservations or obtain additional information on all the events and activities taking place in The Sea Resort, contact the Recreation Department at (843) 842-1979 or visit www.seapines.com.

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The Salty Dog Cafe From early September through the start of the holiday season, every weekend is a celebration of food and fun at The Salty Dog Café in South Beach Marina Village. Explore the marina’s quaint shops and delicious restaurants, then claim a seat on the outside deck to enjoy the beautiful weather and special fall activities. The highlight of Labor Day Weekend is the Annual Crab Boil on Saturday, September 5 with an assortment of crab legs, burgers and more accompanied by live music, children’s entertainment and special appearances from Jake the Salty Dog. The Craft Beer & BBQ Festival quickly follows on September 12 with a Lowcountry Boil scheduled for September 19. Play carnival games while sidewalk shopping and sampling foods from the restaurants of South Beach at the Annual Fall Fest on September 26. Also, stop by the marina to hang out with Jake and enjoy oysters roasted over an open flame and other cookout favorites on October 3. Treat yourself to delicious lobster dishes served on the outside deck, live music, fun and games for the kids at Lobster Fest on October 10. The Praise The Pig Fest is set for October 17 with the Salty Dog Shrimp Fest taking place October 24. Then things get a little spooky in South Beach on October 31 during the Haunted BBQ & Kid’s Costume Contest. The biggest night of the year is the Salty Dog Homecoming on November 25 with complimentary Lowcountry Boil, special prices on Salty Dog Lager and Happy Hour deals. For details on all of the special events taking place at The Salty Dog Café this fall, as well as the live music schedule, visit www.saltydog.com or call (843) 671-2233. Hilton Head Burgers & Brews Festival The “new” Shelter Cove Community Park behind Shelter Cove Towne Centre also hosts a full slate of fabulous fall events to benefit the Island Recreation Association’s Scholarship Fund. Showcasing an array of beef, chicken, pork and seafood sliders from area restaurants, along with a beer garden of 20 different brews to wash them all down, the Hilton Head Burgers & Brews Festival takes place on October 3. This afternoon of All-American favorites and family fun includes live entertainment, a big screen TV to watch college football and a Kid Zone with moon bounces and games. Pumpkin Patch With a petting zoo, carnival games, costume contest and plenty of candy, the Island Rec Center’s Pumpkin Patch at Shelter Cove Community Park offers a safe environment for Halloween fun at Shelter Cove Community Park on October 30. Admission is $10 for children age 2-15. Hilton Head Oyster Festival Steamed, fried or stewed, oysters are the Lowcountry’s 60

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favorite cold weather delicacy. Presented by South State Bank and the Island Rec. Center, this year’s Hilton Head Oyster Festival is a three-day extravaganza, November 13-15. In addition to oysters, there will be plenty of other foods available for purchase at Shelter Cove Community Park, as well as live entertainment, a Kids Zone, marshmallow roasting and Sports Lounge to catch all the games. Admission is $6 for adults; free for children age 10 and under. Call (843) 681-7273 or visit www.islandreccenter.org for details on these and other Island Rec. Center festivals, programs and activities. Shelter Cove Harbour Overlooking Broad Creek, the Mediterranean village of Shelter Cove Harbour is a year-round dining, entertainment and shopping destination. Shelter Cove Harbour’s signature summer event, HarbourFest, continues through Sunday, September 6 with family entertainer Shannon Tanner finishing out his 27th season performing two shows nightly at the Gazebo while Cappy the Clown & Friends are busy painting faces, twisting balloons and engaging in other fun activities nearby. Beginning September 10, it’s time to dance the night away at the 2015 Fall Music & Taste on the Harbour. Thursday evenings through October 22, head to Shelter Cove Harbour for live music, great food and spectacular sunsets. Admission is free; donations of canned goods for The Deep Well Project are greatly appreciated. Call (843) 785-6424 or visit www.sheltercovehiltonhead.com for the entertainment schedule. Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance October 23-November 1, the 2015 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance roars back into Savannah and onto Hilton Head Island with unique racing experiences, gala parties, classic cars, antique watercraft, an Aero Expo, the Motoring Midway and the prestigious automotive competition. The Savannah Speed Classic takes place at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, October 23-25, before the festival races over to the Port Royal Golf Club on October 31 with unique exhibits, including a display of vehicles found in most suburban neighborhoods in the 1950s and 1960s, vintage motorcycles, a race car showcase and concluding with the Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, November 1. A variety of ticket packages are available, call (843) 785-7469 or visit www.hhiconcours.com for details and pricing information. ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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A LOWCOUNTRY BACKYARD Located at 32 Palmetto Bay Road in the Village Exchange. Capture the true essence of the island while enjoying local and regional inspired cuisine featuring owner Dave and Raina Peck’s family recipes. Choose from Uncle Bill’s biscuits and gravy, James Island crab cake benedict, Backyard benedict, Bananas Foster french toast and a wide selection of other lowcountry favorites. Dine in or outside in the comfortable backyard. Experience the island, love the food! Serving Lunch 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and Dinner 4:30 - 9 p.m., Monday-Saturday and brunch on Saturday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday 8 - 2 p.m. Call (843) 785-YARD (9273) or visit us online at hbackyard.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 and Sheridan Park in Bluffton. Fabulous Brunch served in an authentic English style pub. Choose from Watson’s Steak & Eggs, Eggs Faldo (Benedict), Old Tom Morris Omelette, Pancakes, Cinnamon French Toast and more. Serving bottomless Mimosa’s and made from scratch Bloody Mary’s. Open for Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Hilton Head (843) 686-6736 or Bluffton 815-6736.

CAPTAIN WOODY’S All new location at 6 Target Road on Hilton Head and in Bluffton on the Calhoun Street Promenade. Serving Sunday brunch featuring shrimp & grits, steak & eggs, crab cake benedict, prime rib benedict, French toast, omelettes and much more. Wash it all down with a Captain Woody’s Bloody 62

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Mary, May River Mimosa or Promenade Poinsetta. Open for brunch on Sunday’s only from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 785-2400 or 757-6222 or online at www.captainwoodys.com.

THE CHART HOUSE Located at Two Hudson Rd., just off Squire Pope Rd. Serving up sensational food accompanied by spectacular water views of the Intracoastal waterway. Featuring fresh fish, pristine seafood, succulent steaks, Lowcountry specialties and an extensive collection of fine wines and decadent desserts. Relax on the expanded contemporary patio. Open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as Sunday Brunch. Happy hour offered daily from 4 until 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (843) 342-9066 or online at www.chart-house.com.

CRAZY CRAB Located on Hwy. 278 Overlooking Jarvis Creek. A unique waterfront brunch experience featuring delicious items like our Crab Cake Benedict, Chicken and Waffles, and Shrimp and Grits. Take in the beautiful views of Jarvis Creek while enjoying a tasty Bloody Mary or Mimosa. An outdoor waterfront playground is sure to be a hit with the kids as well. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call (843) 681-5021 or online at www.thecrazycrab.com.

ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE Located at One Shelter Cove Lane. Waterfront dining, fresh catch seafood, and prime steaks of the highest quality delight the senses. This quaint, unique restaurant offers a pleasantly casual and intimate interior with gorgeous views of Shelter Cove Harbor. The kitchen, supervised by Chef Ryan Alpaugh, makes the most of global resources, putting a modern spin on local island offerings. Live entertainment is featured weekly. Serving Brunch Sunday 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call us at (843) 785-3030 or visit us online at elasgrille.com.


THE HARBOUR TOWN BAKERY & CAFÉ Located across from Harbour Town Playground. Great homecooked breakfasts, such as quiche and corned beef hash, soups, salads, paninis and pastries – everything is baked fresh. Open daily, 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., breakfast is available all day. Dine indoors or outdoors, or grab to go. Call (843) 363-2021. seapines.com/dining.

HOLY TEQUILA Located at 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza-- Holy Tequila has a new weekend brunch from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday & Sundays that will blow your taste buds away. Come sample the island's best brunch with favorites like churro french toast, steak and egg tacos, shrimp and grits and huevos rancheros on our open air indoor/ outdoor patio! Brunch drink specials include $3 Mimosas and $5 Specialty brunch cocktails and margaritas! Call 843-681-TACO (8226) to reserve your space!

HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS Located at 1 Hudson Rd. on the Intracoastal Waterway off Squire Pope Rd. Enjoy a wide variety of sweet and savory Lowcountry dishes complete with brunch cocktails and sweeping views of Port Royal Sound. Lots of seafood-focused menu items featuring extremely fresh and local products like Blue Crab Benedict, Cathead Biscuits and Gravy, Shrimp and Grits and many more. Serving Brunch every Sunday

from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call (843) 681-2772 or online at www.hudsonsonthedocks.com.

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

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

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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.

LINKS, AN AMERICAN GRILL Indulge your appetite for exceptional dining at Links and enjoy indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the famed Harbour Town Golf Links. Open to the public and located within the stunning new Harbour Town Clubhouse, Links’ menu is infused with the flavors and signature style of Chef Michael Ramey who brings more than 30 years of extensive experience in the culinary profession. Links is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Proper resort attire required. (843) 363-8380 or linksamericangrill.com

LIVE OAK - LOWCOUNTRY INSPIRED CUISINE Located in the new Plantation Golf Club. A fresh culinary experience showcasing Lowcountry-inspired cuisine and locally sourced produce and products. Boasting a 35-foot rotunda ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide an incredible 270 degree golf view, the restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating options. Choose from an expansive selection of local craft beers, a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list, or a signature Bourbon collection. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Reservations are suggested, please call (843) 842-1441 or liveoakrestaurant.com. Proper resort attire required.

PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFE Located in Palmetto Bay Marina off Helmsman Way. An Islander favorite for breakfast and brunch featuring eggs benedict, omelettes, french toast, pancakes, quiches, daily specials an more. Enjoy a bloody mary, mimosa, coffee or your favorite beverage while dining inside or on the patio. “One of the Best Breakfasts on Hilton Head”, Southern Living magazine. Open Daily Monday thru Friday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Call (843) 686-3232 for more information.

PANERA BREAD Located at 1012 William Hilton Parkway, just before the Sea Pines circle and Bluffton at Tanger 1 Outlet. With the skill of an Artisan, the heat of the oven and a few fine ingredients our 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. 64

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PLANTATION CAFÉ & DELI Located South Island at 81 Pope Avenue in Heritage Plaza and North Island at Port Royal Plaza. An Island favorite since 1974. Offering fresh breakfast items such as omelettes, crab cake benedicts, skillet dishes, pancakes, waffles, French toast, biscuits & gravy and much more, all at moderate prices. Also a wide variety of sides and beverages to complete any meal. Open for breakfast, Monday thru Saturday from 6:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and Sunday 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. for breakfast and brunch. Call (843) 785-9020 or 342-4472.

REILLEY’S Located in Reilley’s Plaza just off the Sea Pines Circle and Port Royal Plaza. Quite possibly, The Island’s longest running brunch. Our legendary brunch features Eggs Benedict, Omelettes, Steak and Eggs, as well as all of our regular lunch items. Complimentary Mimosas and Champagne are served with all brunch items. Dine inside or on the newly renovated patio. Serving Brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. Call (843) 8424414 or 681-4153 or online at www.reilleyshiltonhead.com.

SKILLETS CAFE Located just off the beach in Coligny Plaza. A breakfast favorite of both visitors and islanders alike since 1994. Try one of our famous layered dishes prepared in a porcelain skillet. Also offering steak and eggs, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, eggs benedict, Belgian waffles and too many

others to mention. A wide beverage variety including fresh coffees, juices, bloody marys, and more. Dine inside or on the patio (Dog Friendly). Open daily from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Call (843) 785-3131 or check us out online at www.skilletscafe.com.

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

TRUFFLES CAFE Located in Sea Pines Center and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. Fabulous weekend brunch in a casual cafe featuring the freshest food and finest service. Featuring Eggs Benedict and a full lunch menu. Outside seating available at Belfair location. Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 671-6136 or 815-5551 or go to www.trufflescafe.com.

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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.

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

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.

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

BIG JIM’S BBQ, BURGERS & PIZZA

CATCH 22 FRESH SEAFOOD & GRILL

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.

Located at 37 New Orleans Road in Orleans Plaza. A great choice for some of the Island’s best Happy Hour deals. Relax in a comfortable and cozy atmosphere and choose from great seafood appetizers and beer, wine and liquor specials. Wednesday and Thursday 10% discount on dinner at the bar, Saturday and Sunday 1/2 price bottle of wine (under $100) with 2 entrees. Happy Hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. daily and dinner served from 5 p.m. Call (843) 785-6261.

THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE

BRITISH OPEN PUB Located in The Village at Wexford and Sheridan Park in Bluffton. Hilton Head’s first true golfer’s pub featuring the only bar by Titleist. A wide selection of beers, ales, stouts and wines from around the world. Awesome appetizer selections, brilliant martini list and full menu available. Blarney is invited, singing encouraged and good humor admired. Open daily from 11 a.m until late. Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 686-6736 or Bluffton 815-6736. 66

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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, 2013 and 2014! Enjoy our large outdoor patio with flatscreens, fireplace and the only outdoor


bar in Park Plaza! Happy Hour specials daily from 4-7 p.m.! Live music nightly! Call (843) 785-CHAR (2427) or visit us online atwww.Facebook.com/CharbarCo!

THE CHART HOUSE Located at Two Hudson Rd., just off Squire Pope Rd. Serving up sensational food accompanied by spectacular water views of the Intracoastal waterway and extraordinary service. The expansive menu features fresh fish, pristine seafood, succulent steaks, Lowcountry specialties and an extensive collection of fine wines and decadent desserts. Relax on the expanded contemporary patio. Open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as Sunday Brunch. Happy hour offered daily from 4 until 8 p.m. Call (843) 342-9066 or online at www.chart-house.com. Reservations are recommended.

CHOW DADDY’S Located at 14B Executive Park Road, just off Pope Avenue and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. One of the island’s newest and most creative restaurants is the perfect place for delicious and healthy food, fine cocktails and good times. Choose from an extensive selection of beer and ales, creative cocktails, delicious martinis and fine wines. Happy hour is available daily from 4 to 6 p.m. and also for the late crowd from 9 p.m. until midnight. Offering live entertainment on selected evenings, please call for schedule. Outdoor seating available on our terrace. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. until midnight. Serving food and libations until 12 a.m. Call (843) 842-CHOW (2469) or 757CHOW (2469) or online at www.chowdaddys.com.

CRANE’S TAVERN STEAKHOUSE & SEAFOOD 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.

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.

Premium Golfer's Pub, est. 1998

Just a Sampling SANDWEDGES Lobster Roll, Grilled Veggie Sandwedge, Angus Burgers, Wexford Rubens FROM THE GREEN Pub Lobster Salad, Chef Salad, Cobb Salad, Hogan Black & Blue BRITISH FARE Award winning Fish & Chips, Steak & Mushroom Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Bangers & Mash, Liver & Onions PRESTWICK TABLE Gleneagles Surf & Turf, Filet Mignon, Lobster Pot Pie, Orange Glazed Salmon, BBQ Ribs, Seafood Platter Lunch and Dinner daily 11 a.m. Until late Saturday & Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. Until 2 p.m. Happy Hour Daily from 4 until 7 p.m.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, VILLAGE AT WEXFORD: 843.686.6736 BLUFFTON, SHERIDAN PARK: 843.815.6736

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ISLAND WINERY Tasting Room/Store Hours Mon thru Sat 12:30 to 5:30 pm Free tastings of our award winning wines made on premise. Also available are cheese platters to enjoy with wine by the glass or bottle.

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

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

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

THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ Located in Coligny Plaza. A comfortable, casual atmosphere offering a “web-footed lickin” menu and an enormous amount of frozen daiquiris by the glass or by the gallon. Outside seating with retractable roof, fire pit, beach area and tiki bar. Live music nightly. Certified black angus burger, crab cakes, pizza, prime rib sandwich, salads, subs, wraps, appetizers and of course fried frog legs. 28 HD TV’s for great sports viewing as well as a kid’s menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-FROG (3764) or online at www.frostyfrog.com.

HILTON HEAD BREWING COMPANY Located just off Greenwood Drive in Reilley’s Plaza. South Carolina’s first microbrewery since Prohibition. Serving fresh local seafood, great pizza, burgers, wings, salads and much more. Happy hour daily from 4 until 7 p.m. with nightly drink specials and over 30 TV’s inside and out for all the sports action. Open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 68

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dinner starting from 4 p.m. Call (843) 785-3900 or online at www.hhbrewingco.com.

HOLY TEQUILA Located in Park Plaza, the Holy Tequila taqueria blends gourmet tacos with American flavors, Mexican street food and tequila in an eclectic atmosphere! Prepare your senses for a fusion of flavors that reaches into the heart of Mexico! Holy Tequila combines an open kitchen with indoor/outdoor dining and a dynamic bar to create a high energy fiesta! We serve gourmet tacos, quesadillas, and smalls plates with a full bar offering over 40 kinds of premium tequilas and live music at night. The cuisine is modern, fun and uninhibited, just like our guests! The restaurant is open 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily with happy hour specials from 4-7 p.m.! Call us at (843) 681-TACO (8226) or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/HolyTequila!

HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS Located on the Intracoastal Waterway off Squire Pope Rd. With 45 years of casual dining experience and spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Hudson’s is an island icon. Featuring the freshest, local seafood in the area as well as pasta, steaks, chicken and more. Enjoy beer, wine or specialty cocktails in the Oyster Bar or while watching the sunset on the deck bar. Featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Bon Appétit. Open daily at 11 a.m. Call (843) 681-2772.

THE JAZZ CORNER Located in the "corner" of The Village at Wexford. One of the top “100 Great Jazz Rooms” in the world, Downbeat Magazine 2011-2015. Our intimate, elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of world-class entertainment enhanced by our innovative southern flavors menu and impeccable service. The Jazz Corner offers a signature martini menu, extensive wine list, full bar and late-night menu. Open nightly from 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (843) 842-8620 or check us out online at www.thejazzcorner.com.

KURAMA JAPANESE SEAFOOD AND STEAK HOUSE & SUSHI BAR Located at 9 Palmetto Bay Road next to Sea Pines Circle, Kurama Japanese Restaurant offers a wide selection of beer, wine, cocktails as well as the finest Japanese sake. Only at Kurama can you take advantage of our Happy Hour specials and indulge yourself in authentic Japanese meals that will complement your choice of beverage. Open daily from 4:30 until 10 p.m. Call (843) 785-4955 or visit www.KuramaHHI.com for more details.

LAGERHEAD TAVERN Located at The Oyster Reef Golf Club, 155 High Bluff Rd. The atmosphere at LagerHead Tavern makes it the ideal place for

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friends to socialize, enjoy the island’s camaraderie with progressive cuisine, hand crafted cocktails and southern hospitality or just sit back and watch the game with an ice cold glass of beer. Open for lunch and dinner. Call (843) 681-2184.

LUCKY ROOSTER KITCHEN & BAR Located at 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square. An American Bistro with southern soul serves seasonal inspired food with local beers, craft cocktails and an esoteric wine list. Our menu is constantly changing and evolving with seasons, tides, weather and our inspirations. Dine inside or outside on our patio. A healthy children’s menu is also available. Open Monday thru Saturday from 4 p.m. til late, dinner from 5 until 10 p.m., happy hour from 4 until 6:30 p.m. and late night menu available. Call (843) 681-3474 or online at www.luckyroosterhhi.com.

outdoor dining area or outside bar. Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Call (843) 842-9991 for more information or reservations.

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

OKKO RESTAURANT MEDITERRANEAN HARBOUR Located at 13 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Marina. A warm and comfortable dining experience featuring Lebanese cuisine. Choose from our hearty chicken, beef or lamb kabobs, delicious seafood as well as vegan and gluten free selections including falafel, grape leaves and baba ghanouj. Our dishes are created from homemade recipes and spices from Lebanon. Enjoy beautiful views of the harbour from our

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


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

PELICAN’S POINT (Formally The Kingfisher) Located at 18 Harbourside Ln. at Shelter Cove Harbour. Offering affordable casual dining with breathtaking waterfront views from inside or on the outside deck. Early Bird from 5 until 6 p.m. (off season). Best Island Happy Hour from 5 until 7 p.m. featuring incredible drink and raw bar specials. Live music and dancing with Pete Carroll on Wednesdays, classic soft rock with David Wingo on Thursdays, and jazz with Earl Williams on Fridays. Catch some great comedy too. Call (843) 785-4442 for reservations and information or online at www.pelicanspoint.com.

THE QUARTERDECK Head to Harbour Town’s legendary Quarterdeck for the island’s best sunsets, overlooking Calibogue Sound, and

enjoy an extensive menu of beers, wines and specialty cocktails, as well as light evening fare and desserts. Live outdoor entertainment is offered seasonally. Call (843) 842-1999, or online at seapines.com/dining.

REDFISH On the corner of Palmetto Bay Rd. and Archer Rd. on Hilton Head, and 32 Bruin Rd. in Bluffton. 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 or 8378888 or online at www.redfishofhiltonhead.com.

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

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

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

SANTA FE CAFÉ Located at 807 William Hilton Parkway near the entrance to Palmetto Dunes. Capturing the spirit of New Mexico in an elegant yet casual, cozy atmosphere. Our outdoor rooftop cantina is the perfect setting for one of our famous margaritas, sangrias or an imported beer. Enjoy Happy Hour daily from 5 until 7 p.m. and live entertainment Wednesday thru Saturday and first Sunday of every month. Open Daily for dinner from 5 p.m., and lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 785-3838 or www.santafehhi.com.

STEAMER SEAFOOD Located on the pond in Coligny Plaza. Fresh seafood, amazing appetizers, raw bar delicacies all served with a wide variety of beverages. Over 300 beers from around the world, fresh homemade frozen drinks, pitchers of cocktails and wine by the glass or bottle. Celebrating 23 years on the Island. Seasonal live entertainment. Open from 11:30 a.m until late, 7 days a week. Call (843) 785-2070.

TOPSIDE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT Enjoy a fabulous dinner, wonderful wines, signature cocktails and delicious desserts at Topside, amidst incredible sunset views, then head to the iconic Quarterdeck, just steps away, for live outdoor entertainment (offered seasonally.) Call (843) 842-1999, or online at seapines.com/dining.

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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The Chiggers Daring to be Different BY RISA WILLIAMS McMILLAN

At a glance, the Chiggers may appear to be another of your run of the mill cover bands, but after a closer look and a better listen, you will find that it is just not so. What sets the Chiggers apart is that they don’t sound like the Chiggers; On the contrary, they sound like whatever band they are playing and their range is vast. Add to this their sound system, which is of studio quality, and you have the formula for a perfect evening of entertainment. Every song they play, you know word for word and every song they nail head on. It’s as if you could close your eyes and be transported to a live concert by the original band. They can make you think you are in the audience of a Dixie Chicks concert in Nashville or a Metallica concert in Phili. Imagine Black Velvet performed with the perfect edge or the drum solo kicking in on Radar Love. Goodbye Earl is perfectly in sync while the musical runs in Sweet Emotion will have you nodding your head and

singing along. The success and quality performances of The Chiggers are due greatly to the musicianship of the band members who are all professionals in their own right, but mostly to the lead vocalist who can pull off anything from Led Zeppelin to Carrie Underwood. Members of the band include lead vocalist Jennifer Witmer, bassist and long time Island musician Ed Push, drummer Peter Delgado, and guitarist and back-up vocalist Roger Liptak. Named by a friend of Jennifer’s after something that was “lowcountry with a bite”, The Chiggers have been together for two years and already have a repertoire of over 70 songs. “We are new to the scene, but finally getting accepted,” commented Roger. “It’s quite difficult to break through to the other side.” It’s easy to see that despite their age differential (Roger started playing in his first band in ’67 and Jennifer is quick to comment that this

was well before she was born), they are comfortable together on and off the stage with a constant banter going on between them. After Peter commented that he auditioned to play drums and must have been good enough to make the band, Jennifer offered that it was between Peter and another guy and “the other guy didn’t have any hands.” The boys in the band are not afraid to give Jennifer credit for their success. “Jennifer can sing anything so we can cover a lot of ground,” said Peter. “She can pull out a polished voice for Carrie Underwood, a twang for country, and a rough voice for Metallica,” added Roger. Each musician has their favorites to play like Roger enjoys Tom Petty, Jennifer Nettles, Aerosmith, and his favorite song to play is Zeppelin’s Misty Mountain Hop for the reason that, “Jennifer is the only person who can do it justice.” Peter likes to play The Band Perry, Pat Benatar, Ozzie Osbourne, and Miranda Lambert while Jennifer likes to do Carrie Underwood and the Dixie Chicks or, as she refers to them, “Angry woman songs.” As Peter puts it, “I have never played in a band that sounded so much like the original. We can go in any direction because we have so much variety. We cover every type of music.” Roger adds, “We are definitely not boring.” The Chiggers will be out and about this fall at restaurants like Captain Woody’s, Bluffton’s Corks and Vineyard 55, and festivals including the Bluffton Sunset Party at the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park on September 18th. Visit them on Facebook to find their next gig and do yourself a favor and go hear them play. I am now an official groupie and for someone who does not get out much, that is saying a lot!

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A TASTE OF SWEETS & SERVICES

DELISHEEYO

ISLAND FUDGE SHOPPE

Located at 32 Palmetto Bay Rd. in The Village Exchange. The Island’s health food kitchen features organic juices, smoothees, salads, wraps, bowls and healthy snacks. Offering food that makes you feel good, choose from raw, vegan or gluten free options. Open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 - p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call (843) 785-3633 or online at www.delisheeyo.com.

Located in Coligny Plaza. The best homemade confections anywhere. Offering16 flavors of fudge made fresh daily, 8 flavors of saltwater taffy and a large variety of hand dipped chocolates sure to please even the sweetest tooth. Gift baskets and shipping available. Locally owned and operated. Senior citizens receive a 10% off discount. Call (843) 8424280 for more information or check us out online at www.islandfudge.com.

HEAVENLY SPA BY WESTIN

ISLAND WINERY

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.

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 Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and flights of wine and cheese Monday thru Saturday 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Call (843) 842-3141 for directions and information or online www.islandwinery.com. (continued on page 76)

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BY BARRY KAUFMAN • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

It’s a Friday night in Bluffton. The milky street lamps, casting a dim glow through palmetto fronds that dance in the breezes off the May River, do little to illuminate the long stretch of Calhoun Street. Instead, that honor goes to the fairy lights that glitter around the front porch of Vineyard 55, beckoning thirsty visitors inside. The front porch of Vineyard 55 may as well be the front porch of Bluffton itself, famed as it is for being the place to meet the cross-section of characters that make Bluffton what it is. Grab a seat, an appetizer (our personal recommendation would be the hummus, but you really can’t go wrong), a cold drink of your choosing, of which there are many, and enjoy the show as Bluffton unfold before you. You’ll see sophisticated resplendent in slinky cocktails dresses as they eye the extensive wine list with a cultured eye. After them, Bluffton’s river rats will show up in a candy-color array of tricked out golf carts, thirsty for a cold beer. You may even see one or two luxury sedans roll out from behind the gates of some community, its owner coming to Vineyard in pursuit of elegant cuisine and an expertly crafted cocktail.

Then, you’ll see perhaps the most amazing aspect of Vineyard 55’s position as Bluffton’s front porch. You’ll see all these disparate groups mingling, enjoying each other’s company in the brotherhood of Bluffton. You’d be hard pressed to find anywhere in the world that could bring together such a broadly diverse demographic. That it seems so natural tells you that Vineyard 55 is doing something right. The location alone probably would have been enough. Calhoun Street has been the beating heart of Bluffton since it was called Kirk’s Bluff, and Vineyard 55 sits in its dead center. It would have been enough, but Vineyard offers so much more than an address. Let’s start with the food, which takes the sophisticated yet relaxed flavor of Bluffton itself and presents it in a sumptuous array of small plates, apps bursting with flavor, and extraordinary rustic pizzas and sandwiches. You won’t find a hint of bar-food fare, save for the wings which are expertly prepared, baked so they’re lightly crispy and oozing with flavor. Everything from the small plate ahi tuna to the 16 inch rustic pizzas are created with a true sense of culinary craftsmanship (the Mediterranean pizza, we can attest,

presents the diner with a superb balance of crumbly feta, sumptuous garlic and a white sauce that lingers in the memory for days). Beyond its cuisine, Vineyard 55 has gained equal fame for its extensive list of beers, wines and cocktails. Simply look around the dining room and you’ll see vintages and varietals of wine to suit any taste, no matter how jaded the palate. This is a wine bar for wine lovers, for people who prize flavors and oenological art over price and posing. Open the cooler or eye the taps and you’ll see a craft beer list that hits the sweet spot of local favorites, upand-coming regional brewers and international suds. For the adventurous hop lover, it’s a dream come true. In short, Vineyard 55 brings in all of those disparate groups because it offers something for each of them. It’s top-shelf drinks, high-end gourmet cuisine, and impeccable atmosphere in a place that’s truly Bluffton – sophisticated, but never losing sight of what it is. It’s Bluffton’s front porch. Come set a spell. Vineyard 55 is located off Calhoun Street in downtown Bluffton. Call (843) 757-9463 or online at vineyard55.com.

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ORANGE LEAF YOGURT Located at Shelter Cove Towne Centre. A self-serve, choose your own toppings frozen treat destination like no other. We are the ultimate dessert experience. 16 rotating unique flavors are prepared fresh daily with fat free milk (lactose free excluded) and mixed in proprietary serving machines that make for a richer, creamier treat. Offering a selection of at least 35 fresh toppings daily. Our customers prefer us because of our awesome Froyo, fun staff and cool spoons. Open daily from 11 a.m until 10 p.m., Sunday thru Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Call (843) 689-5323 or check us out online at www.orangeleafyogurt.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.

Pizza during the season. Call (843) 671-CAFE (2233) for seasonal hours.

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

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.

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

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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.


Bluffton is Going Nuts

The Boiled Peanut Festival, the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival and a brand-new event from Bluffton Self Help anchor Bluffton’s fall season. BY BARRY KAUFMAN PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

Although Bluffton’s State of Mind may have been expanded in recent years, taking a quirky art town and taking it to dizzying upscale heights, it’s important to remember one thing that speaks to the town’s enduring eccentricity: Bluffton is home to the world’s largest boiled peanut. No one can take that away from us, mainly because Bluffton might just be the only town on earth that would appreciate how cool that is. “When we first brought that to Bluffton it was on the A&E show Shipping Wars,” said Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shellie West Hodges. “It turned out to be great publicity for the festival.” The festival, in case you hadn’t guessed, is the Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival, being held this year on Sept. 19, 2015. The festival is not just about the chance for visitors to come see the world’s largest boiled peanut (in fact, they keep it at Cahill’s Market so you can pretty much see it whenever the mood for fried chicken strikes you). It’s a chance to get out, slurp down deliciously salty boiled peanuts, South Carolina’s official snack food (this is true), and join one of Bluffton’s most raucous celebrations. “We start out with the ‘Cracking of the Nut.’ This year we’ll be doing that during the Bluffton Farmer’s Market,” said West-Hodges. The Cracking of the Nut has become the symbolic beginning to the festival, ushering in each year’s installment. Think of the christening of a cruise ship, only since this is Bluffton, we crack a beer on it. Last year, Chief Peanut Cooker Robbie Cahill did the honors with the help of Mike Covert, who hosed the world’s largest boiled peanut down with champagne. What follows is an event so big it’s had to move from the confines of Old Town into the sprawl of land in front of the Bluffton Post Office. Test your mettle at the boiled peanut eating contest, enjoy food and

drink from Bluffton’s many restaurants, and find out which local moppet is named “Ms. Peanut” or “Little Goober.” But be sure to save room to weigh in on the boiled peanut cook-off, where everyone from amateurs to pros competes for boiled glory. This year also marks the debut of the Nut Pub Crawl. Venues were still being added at press time, but is there anything more you need to know that isn’t presented in the phrase “Nut Pub Crawl?” It’s going to be a blast, is what we’re getting at. And while the Boiled Peanut Festival may be Bluffton’s quirkiest fest (apart, of course, from the Christmas Parade), it’s not the only event making fall amazing for Bluffton foodies. With the move to the fall necessitated by last year’s record temperatures (“We called it the boiled people festival,” joked Hodges), the Boiled Peanut Festival joins a true Bluffton institution in warming up the fall, The Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival, being held Oct. 10-18. What began as a one-day event in 2005 has exploded into a week-long celebration of what it means to live in Bluffton during months that contain an “R.” The creativity of Bluffton’s artists, never in need of an excuse to showcase its brilliance, is on full display during the week. And, as you may have guessed from the name, the many delights of the May River find their way onto scores of hungry plates, from delicate shrimp to mounds of succulent oysters. The calendar of events runs the gamut from historical demonstrations to the May River boat parade, but there are a few events foodies will definitely want to note. The first oyster roast of the season fires up from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 11 at Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. Watching the sun set on the shrimp boat “Daddy’s Girls” while plowing through the first oysters of the season is the perfect way to kick off the weeks ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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festivities. The next day, the Waddell Mariculture Center will host a dinner and learn tour featuring the cuisine of the Bluffton Oyster Company. Those events are appetizers to the smorgasbord that hits that weekend, with the two-day street festival Oct. 17-18 on Calhoun Street serving up a host of seafood favorites from area restaurants. If you didn’t get your fill during the day, there will be local seafood served up with a side of spectacular fireworks at Rockin’ on the Dock, starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Oyster Factory Park. The hardcore foodies among you will definitely want to grab a seat at the “Art of Cuisine” Iron Chef Challenge from 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 18. The best chefs from around Bluffton and Hilton Head Island will compete to see who can create the most inspiring dish from a surprise seafood staple. Only one can win, unless you count everyone who gets to enjoy the creations they whip up. In which case, everyone wins. And finally, fall in Bluffton gains a brand-new delicious foodcentric event this year with the debut of the Bluffton Self Help Red Apron House Party. This fundraiser dishes up something special with Bluffton and Hilton Head Island’s top chefs hosting a series of intimate dinners in designer homes throughout Hampton Lake. A ticket runs for $125 but lands you a chance to spend an evening in a gorgeous setting watching the area’s finest chefs do their thing. For more information contact Lili Coleman at lili@blufftonselfhelp.org or call (843) 757-8886. Whether slurping back our state’s official snack food in the shade of a Bluffton icon, digging in to the first oyster roast of the season, or getting face time with area chefs and supporting a great cause, fall is a delicious time to be in Bluffton. 78

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BRITISH OPEN PUB

CHOW DADDY’S

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

Located in Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton and 14B Executive Park Road, just off Pope Avenue. One of the area’s newest and most creative restaurants offers a healthy alternative to casual dining. Slow roasting their pork and chicken on Big Green Eggs and using local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Menu items include, Homemade White Bean and Kale Soup, Arugula Salad with grilled fennel and citrus vinaigrette, Chicken with Ricotta and Onion Jam on Ciabatta, A Ground in house Prime Rib Burger, great Tacos and an amazing Smoked Fried Chicken. Full bar, extensive wine selection and great cocktails. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. until midnight. Outdoor seating available on our terrace. Call (843) 757CHOW (2469) or 842-CHOW (2469) or online at www.chowdaddys.com for live music schedule.

CAPTAIN WOODY’S Located at the Calhoun Street Promenade. Visit Old Town Bluffton and enjoy great seafood in a casual and fun atmosphere. Serving a wide variety of fresh seafood, great signature sandwiches (Grouper melt and Po Boy’s), soups and salads all at affordable prices. Dine inside or out or enjoy the rooftop bar. Serving lunch and dinner Sunday thru Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 757-6222 or visit us online at www.captainwoodys.com.

THE CORNER PERK Located at 1297 May River Rd, in the Promenade of downtown Bluffton. Already known as Bluffton’s best coffee, the Corner Perk offers so much more! Incredible drinks, decadent desserts, craft beers on tap, and a hand-picked wine list. Serving fresh breakfast items such as omelets, egg

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sandwiches, and French toast to name a few. As well as a full lunch menu featuring wraps, skillets, and salads. Enjoy your beverage of choice outside on their seated patio, or get cozy inside on the couches. They also feature a delicious dessert drink menu that you won’t find anywhere else in town! They are open Tues-Thurs: 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri & Sat 7a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday Brunch: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (843) 816-5674 or visit online www.cornerperk.com.

MAY RIVER GRILL Located at 1263 May River Rd. in old town Bluffton. Voted best of Bluffton for eight straight years, this intimate restaurant features excellent food, great décor and quality service. Our extensive menu offers 20 different entrees, daily specials, locally caught seafood, walleye, lake Erie perch, and hand picked vegetables. Fantastic wine selections as well as an early bird menu available Monday thru Friday. Open Monday thru Saturday, from 5 until 9 p.m. Call (843) 7575755 for reservations or online at www.mayrivergrill.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 on the patio. Open daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-2474 (HHI) or 706-0800 (B-Town).

NEO Located in Moss Creek Village at the foot of the Hilton Head Bridge. Awarded Best New Restaurant for 2013, Neo is a Lowcountry farm to table gastropub passionately committed to great food and handcrafted cocktails. Enjoy seasonally inspired, locally grown food served fresh in a neat and hip atmosphere. Open Monday thru Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday from 5 until 9 p.m. Call (843) 837-5111 or online at www.neohhi.com.

OLD TOWN DISPENSARY Located right off of Calhoun Street, in the heart of historic, downtown Bluffton. Delicious food, cold drinks, and a great atmosphere make this place a locals favorite! Dine inside or sit outside and enjoy live music under the stage. Open daily from 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Happy Hour is offered seven days a week from 4-7 p.m., and Sunday Brunch is served from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Visit otdbluffton.com for more information, or call (843) 837-1893.

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

POUR RICHARD’S Located at 4376 Bluffton Parkway. Creative food and wine are just a few things that keep people coming back for more! Known for their daily seasonal specials, the menu also features a variety of small plates, seafood and wood fired pizzettas. Reserve a table or dine at the bar where the friendly staff knows how to make you feel right at home. Open for dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5:30 until 10 p.m. Call (843) 757-1999 or online at www.pourrichardsbluffton.com.

REDFISH BLUFFTON Located at 32 Bruin Road. Our eclectic menu specializes in locally caught fish, natural and free range meats and vegetables from our garden to provide the freshest ingredients possible. Dine inside or out on the beautiful patio. Extensive wine list and full bar available. Serving lunch Monday thru Saturday, 11:30 a.m until 2 p.m., dinner nightly

from 4:30 until 10 p.m. and Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 837-8888 or online at redfishofbluffton.com.

TRUFFLES CAFE Located in Sea Pines Center and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. Casual cafĂŠs featuring the freshest food and finest service for over 30 years. Fresh local seafood, Black Angus steaks, baby back ribs, homemade soups, fresh garden salads, Angus burgers, pasta, and excellent desserts. Outside seating available at Belfair location. Full bar and fine wines by the glass or bottle. Reservations accepted. Private dining available for 6 to 100 people. Serving lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. at Sea Pines Center and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. Call (843) 671-6136 or 815-5551 or go to www.trufflescafe.com.

VINEYARD 55 Located off Calhoun Street in downtown Bluffton. This fun wine and cheese bar is worth checking out! Serving over 80 different kinds of beers with 22 on tap, as well as an extensive variety of wines to choose from. Throw in a rustic pizza or antipasto platter with some live entertainment (Thurs. thru Sat.) and you are all set. Happy hour features half priced appetizers from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. Late night menu is available. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 757-9463 or online at www.vineyard55.com.

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A TASTE OF ADVERTISERS / MAP LOCATION 1.

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

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

3.

ASIAN BISTRO (843) 686-9888

4.

AUNT CHILADAS EASY STREET CAFE (843) 785-7700

5.

THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE (843) 686-3443

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

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

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

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

25. HINOKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR (843) 785-9800 26. HOLY TEQUILA (843) 681-TACO (8226) 27. HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS (843) 681-2772

54. POUR RICHARD’S (843) 757-1999

30. ISLAND WINERY (843) 842-3141

55. THE QUARTERDECK (843) 842-1999

31. THE JAZZ CORNER (843) 842-8620

56. REDFISH (843) 686-3388 or 837-8888

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

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

33. KURAMA JAPANESE SEAFOOD AND STEAK HOUSE SUSHI BAR (843) 785-4955

58. RUAN THAI HUT (843) 681-3700

34. LAND’S END TAVERN (843) 671-5456

36. LINKS, AN AMERICAN GRILL (843) 363-8380

13. CHART HOUSE (843) 342-9066

37. LIVE OAK - LOWCOUNTRY INSPIRED CUISINE (843) 842-1441 38. LUCKY ROOSTER KITHCEN & BAR (843) 681-3474 39. MANGIAMO (843) 682-2444 40. MAY RIVER GRILL (843) 757-5755

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

41. MEDITERRANEAN HARBOUR (843) 842-9991

18. DELISHEEYO (843) 785-3633

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

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

43. MICHAEL ANTHONY’S (843) 785-6272

20. FLATBREAD GRILL (843) 341-2225

44. NEO (843) 837-5111

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

45. OKKO (843) 341-3377

22. HARBOURSIDE BURGERS & BREWS (843) 842-1444

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

23. THE HARBOUR TOWN BAKERY & CAFÉ (843) 363-2021

47. OLD TOWN DISPENSARY (843) 837-1893

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52. PELICAN’S POINT (843) 785-4442

29. ISLAND FUDGE SHOPPE (843) 842-4280

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

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

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

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

35. LAGERHEAD TAVERN (843) 681-2184

15. THE CORNER PERK (843) 816-5674

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

28. HUGO’S (843) 785-HUGO (4846)

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

14. CHOW DADDY’S (843) 842-CHOW (2469)

49. ORANGE LEAF YOGURT (843) 689-5323

48. OMBRA (843) 842-5505

59. SAGE ROOM (843) 785-5352 60. THE SALTY DOG CAFE (843) 671-CAFE (2233) 61. SAN MIGUEL’S MEXICAN CAFE (843) 842-4555 62. SANTA FE CAFE (843) 785-3838 63. SEA GRASS GRILLE (843) 785-9990 64. SKILLETS CAFE (843) 785-3131 65. STEAMER SEAFOOD (843) 785-2070 66. STELLINI ITALIAN RESTAURANT (843) 785-7006 67. SUNSET GRILLE (843) 689-6744 68. TOBACCO ROAD (843) 341-6265 69. TOPSIDE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT (843) 842-1999 70. TRUFFLES CAFE (843) 671-6136 or 815-5551 71. VINEYARD 55 (843) 757-9463 72. THE WESTIN RESORT & SPA (843) 681-1019 73. THE WRECK OF THE SALTY DOG (843) 671-7327



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