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CONTENTS FEATURES 10 TAPAS The Joy of Cooking at Tapas.

14 AMIGOS CAFE’Y CANTINA An Island Friend for 20 Years.

20 THE ISLAND FUDGE SHOPPE A Great Way to Sweeten Your Day.

26 IN THE KITCHEN With Chef/Owner Tom Egerton at Annie O’s.

28 AFTER DINNER DRINKS No Excuse Needed.

40 A FAMILY AFFAIR Locally Owned and Operated Island Restaurants.

45 JOHN BRACKETT Playing Soothing Sounds of Jazz.

55 THE SANDALWOOD FOOD PANTRY Providing Sustenance and Sociability to those in Need.

56 HILTON HEAD WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL Passing the Ultimate Taste Test.

62 CHAMBER RESTAURANT WEEK Island Wide Deals on Meals.

71 THE FAT-LOSS PUZZLE Health and Fitness Tips from CrossFit Hilton Head.

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE The publisher’s note is my personal nemesis, a quarterly struggle for something of meaning from me to you. You would think only having to write an article four times a year would be so easy a caveman could do it (oh shoot I think that slogan is spoken for). Anyway, as per usual this issue I was facing my normal writers block when I started thinking about this issue and it hit me. Who is the backbone of the food and beverage industry here on Hilton Head Island? A quick look at the editorial calendar gave me an answer and my topic. One quick glance at the winter lineup and it was clear that the backbone of the highly successful food and beverage industry on the Island is a simple one…… locals! Locally owned and operated restaurants dominate the landscape here. Heck, even some of the chain restaurants are owned and operated by locals. As I perused the winter editorial calendar, every feature focused on a locally owned restaurant. Moreover, these owners are so ‘hands on’ at their businesses that most of them might as well put a bed in the back room as they spend over 14 hours a day running them. The majority of these have been in business for over a decade and some over three decades -- not an easy feat in the restaurant business. Not only are a high percentage of Island restaurants locally owned and operated, but now a second generation of family are taking the reigns and making their own impact. Check out “A Family Affair” article on page 40 and see how the baton is being passed down to the younger folks. No matter who in the family tree is at the helm, there is always an owner, spouse, daughter, son, son in law, daughter in law or relative on site to make sure the business is running smoothly and that your dining experience is a pleasure. One of the perks of living on a small Island with so many fantastic dining options is the personal service and friendly faces you encounter each and every time you visit one of these locally owned and operated establishments. With the relaxed pace of the winter months, there is no better time to enjoy your favorite restaurants or to try some new ones. There are plenty of great deals this time of year and of course, as always, familiar faces to greet you and make sure your dining experience is everything you want it to be. From our Taste Family to yours, we wish you a happy holiday season!

David Mudwilder Publisher

TASTE OF HILTON HEAD VOLUME IX, ISSUE 4 PUBLISHER David Mudwilder ART DIRECTOR Kim Bowen CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Rob Kaufman CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Christy Baroni Allyson Jones Barry Kaufman Louise Lund Risa Williams McMillan DISTRIBUTION Bryan Kirby

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

ABOUT THE COVER Enjoy a tasty after dinner drink and some cool jazz at The Jazz Corner. 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, Dinner and Brunch . Call for seasonal hours. Call (843) 785-YARD (9273) or visit us online at www.hhbackyard.com.

AMIGO’S CAFÉ Y CANTINA The original Amigo’s is located at 70 Pope Avenue in the Circle Center. Quick, casual and healthy Mexican food prepared fresh daily. Featuring the best burrito outside of Baja, quesadillas, tacos, amazing BBQ chicken salad, Jimmy’s World Famous Margaritas and ice cold beer. This local favorite has been serving islanders and visitors for over 19 years. Dine in or take-out available. Open for lunch and dinner, Monday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Call (843) 785-TACO (8226) or online at www.amigoscafeandcantina.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, 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. (continued on page 12)

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joy the

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of cooking BY BARRY KAUFMAN

For 12 years, as Tapas has established itself as the go-to restaurant on the island for small-plate inspiration, people have been trying to figure out the secret behind chef/owner Ardis Matthews’ success. Well folks, we can safely say we have found her secret ingredient. You won’t find it in any of the culinary offerings in the staggering menu of tapas-style creations. It’s not in the coquille a la crème, it’s not in the grilled lamb chops, the chicken Vicksburg or the duck au cassis. It’s not in any of them, but it’s in all of them. That secret ingredient is the last one you’d expect to find in such an array of dishes. It’s black eyed peas. Not the Southern staple legume, mind you. Here we mean the bootyshaking four-piece pop band The Black Eyed Peas. “I have a very long and eclectic playlist, but I like to crank up my music back there in the kitchen,” said Matthews. The Peas, along with tunes from the likes of Katy Perry, provide the high-energy soundtrack to a night in the kitchen at Tapas, where Matthews is a one-woman show. It’s the perfect pop compliment to Matthews, who herself is a high-energy force of nature. To hold a conversation 10

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with her is to have floor seats to a barrage of one-liners (“You’re only young once, but I can be immature forever”), culinary stories from her travels (such as her friend accidentally ordering an entire beef head at a Le Train Bleu in Paris) and treatises on her cooking philosophy (“There’s no such thing as simmer in my kitchen. It’s 45,000 BTUs of power under those pans”). She’s a remarkably engaging woman, and her fiery passion and bottomless energy, which have driven Tapas for more than a decade, come through in every dish.

And when we say every dish, we mean every dish. And there are many. Considering that Matthews is generally running the show on her own in the back of the house, the menu at Tapas is extraordinarily robust. Part of that can be explained by Matthews’ boundless enthusiasm, but a lot of it can be explained by the entire world of culinary influences she brings to bear on her menu. Matthews has traveled the globe extensively, and it would seem that every trip inspired a new menu item at Tapas. “I can’t think of a destination where I don’t like the food,” she said. “And I’ve eaten my way through Asia, all across Europe, Latin America… I haven’t gotten to Australia. But I’m thinking shrimp on the barbie? I can handle that.” Her travels have brought her to restaurants around the world, at every point of the fine dining spectrum. A perilous voyage in a leaky Mexican water taxi brought her to a town called Barre de Navidad serving food Matthews described as “heaven in my mouth.” A trip to Spain found her so in awe of a lobster salad at Madrid’s only five-star restaurant she could hardly bring herself to ruin it by eating it. In Martinique she hunted the hills for a


place known only to locals that served a goat stew she described as a little bit of heaven. Then of course there is the beef head her friend accidentally ordered in Paris. “I have no memory of what the rest of us ate; we just watched him,” she said with a laugh. “I’m pretty adventurous, but I don’t want my food looking at me.” This global cuisine is worlds away from the food of her youth, where young Ardis Matthews was prompted to buy her first Betty Crocker cookbook in the third grade due to a lack of options at home. “I started cooking in third grade because I went to other children’s’ houses and the food was really good. And I’d come home where the food was really, really bad. God bless my mother, she was a horrendous cook. No, not horrendous; really bad,” she said before pausing, considering and amending, “No, I’m going to stick with horrendous.” It’s said, like most of the dialogue in the Ardis Matthews show, with a good natured laugh. The Betty Crocker cookbook got her off to a good start, even if the first results were less than five-star. “The first dessert I made, I shoved walnuts into a banana and drizzled chocolate and caramel sauce over it. My brother’s probably still eating that today.” Fortunately, there were more culinary influences to be found around Matthews’ native Chicago than Betty Crocker.

“I started off with things like spaghetti sauce. I went to Mrs. Nitty two doors down; she was a great Italian cook,” she said. “In summer I’d sit on her back stoop and just enjoy the smells. She’d pass me a meatball. One time I asked her if I could just watch her make the sauce. She was kind enough to let me watch.” That introduction into the kitchen started a road to discovery that Matthews has continued down as she has built her reputation on the island for astounding small-plate meals. “I still make her sauce, but fortunately I’ve gotten past the walnut-stuffed banana. I would much rather serve my deep fried cheesecake with warm passion fruit dipping sauce or my crème brulee or my warm butter cake with warm brandied currant cream sauce,” she said. “I just gained five pounds saying that. I ask a lot of my Spanx.” But as high-class as the cuisine has become, Matthews has never forgotten the simple joy she found in the family

kitchen, an aesthetic that makes its way into the décor of Tapas. Here, food that would normally find a home on silk linens surrounded by the finest silver is served without the pretension, in a dining room that feels like your mom’s kitchen, right down the mismatched ceramic rooster salt and pepper shakers and cookbooks lining the shelves. It’s an interesting juxtaposition of high-end dining and salt-of-the-earth décor, but the result is a creation as approachable, eclectic and inviting as the chef. “I like the eclectic, ‘come on in’ feel we have here,” said Matthews, gleefully pointing out the customer-painted portrait of four dogs playing poker that adorns one wall. (The dogs, incidentally, are all local: Matthews’ two pooches named Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly, her late Cockapoo Pączki and her friends dog, Britney Spears). It only goes to show, when the food is fresh, delicious, and done right, you can skip the high-brow décor and just — heaven forbid — actually enjoy yourself. Maybe crank up some Black Eyed Peas, whatever makes you happy. “There’s a reason they call it the joy of cooking,” she said. “I cook joyfully. I have a wonderful time every night. How many people get to say that? I’m going to work and I’m going to have a wonderful time. It’s pretty cool.” Tapas is located in Port Royal Plaza Near Sam’s Club, 95 Mathews Drive, Suite B5. Serving Dinner Nightly From 5 p.m. For more information call (843) 681-8590 or visit tapashiltonhead.com. ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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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.

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 (continued on page 16) 12

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Amigos Cafe’y Cantina

20 Years

An Island Friend for BY RISA WILLIAMS McMILLAN

Appropriately named, Amigos has been making friends since the day they opened in Circle Center in early 1995. From the authentic Mexican food to the fresh salsa bar and the ice cold cervezas, Amigos has amassed a vastly loyal following of friends and fans from near and far. Owner Jimmy Prignano was a restaurateur in Killington, VT before he decided to trade up snowshoes and Jimmy’s Bayside Dining for swim trunks and Amigos Cafe’y Cantina. He saw Amigos as filling a niche on the Island as the first authentic Mexican taquería. Before designing his interior and setting his menu, Jimmy visited taquerías in Southern California and Mexico from Baja to Cabo San Lucas. “We have the same concept as the taquerías, but we

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are better,” said Jimmy. “Back in ’95 there was a growing Mexican population on the Island and the only Mexican food was Tex-Mex,” he explained. Authentic Mexican means nothing is ground. Their carne asado is made from Angus beef and their famous pork carnitas are chunky and made to order. Their salsa bar is flat out amazing and filled with fresh salsas, flavors and aromas just bursting to season or spice up your meal. An additional notch in their authenticity belt was carved thirteen years ago when Jimmy married Tonya, who hails from San Louis Potosi in Mexico, and now runs the kitchen. When asked what the keys to his success are, Jimmy did not hesitate to give the credit to the “girls in the

kitchen” who have been slicing and dicing for him for 17 years. “That’s why we keep it so consistent,” he commented. “Everything is made fresh daily and my wife and I are here all the time. We have no absentee ownership and the food quality is the best.” Aside from a loyal local population, Amigos has a stalwart reputation with visitors too. “Tourists drive on to the Island and stop here before checking into their villa. Then they will come back and eat here 4 times in their weeklong stay.” Jimmy recalled a family that was in recently and the mother told him that before their trip her daughter woke up screaming in the middle of the night. When she went to comfort her, she learned that the daughter was screaming with delight because she dreamt that she was on Hilton Head and eating at Amigos! Jimmy goes to great lengths to get the freshest and best ingredients for his dishes. “I send back food that does not meet our standards,” he said. The guacamole is made fresh daily and he only uses Californian Hass avocados when they are available. For Tonya’s famous Queso Dip, he has a special cheese shipped in from Wisconsin. “It took me a few years to find just the right cheese. This one is perfect – not too salty – and our cheese dip is a big hit.” Every morning their cheeses are


shred from 40 pound blocks and Jimmy and Tonya personally make the salsas – mild, verde, experimental (hot), and pico do gallo. Their chips are made only after an order is place, served piping hot with some of that homemade salsa on the side. The menu at Amigos is the same for lunch and dinner. “I would rather stick

with a friend and they will cut it right down the center for easy sharing. Enough to feed two or three people, the nachos are another popular choice and are loaded with beans, cheese, jalapeños , tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, olives, green onions and optional additions of steak or chicken. Like the barbecue salad and nachos,

to a few things and do them well than do a lot badly.” They serve the traditional tacos, burritos, quesadillas and tortas with fillings that will please the meat, chicken, and seafood lovers as well as the vegetarians. A torta, for those unfamiliar, is a Mexican sandwich served on a big roll, like a Kaiser. Amigos has their torta rolls baked specially for them and Jimmy describes the sandwich as, “Messy but delicious.” “Our veggie burrito will turn people into vegetarians. It’s full of bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, onions, rice and black beans,” commented Jimmy. They have oyster and fish burritos and an assortment of salads. For the little Amigos, there is a choice of taco, quesadilla, burrito or even a hot dog. The number one seller at Amigos (which I can attest to its “greatness”), is the barbecue chicken salad, which is enormous and served in a crisp flour tortilla. To find the bottom of this salad is a feat in itself, so I prefer to split it

everything on the menu is a large portion which is wonderful because the leftovers are as good as the real deal and then you get two meals for the price of one! A bang for your buck is definitely an understatement at Amigos. Folks do not just flock to Amigos for

the food. There is also the matter of Jimmy’s world famous margarita which is a thing of beauty. Jimmy mixes up his own concoction and, “People love them. I get so many compliments.” While the Gold Margarita is the biggest seller, he whips up many a Coconut Margarita and even an occasional cinnamon one. The bar at Amigos is fully stocked with all of your favorite Mexican beers which are kept on ice in a big tub and served super chilled, the way they should be. You can choose from any of your favorite flavors -Corona, Dos Equis XX, Sol, Pacifico, Modelo, Tecate – and for a non-alcohol drink there are Jarritos, which are sugary, flavored sodas. The walls at Amigos are adorned with sporting paraphernalia (Jimmy is from Massachusetts and is a big Patriots and Red Sox fan) and license plates, many of which are upside down. When you stop by, you should ask Jimmy why so many are upside down – his answer will make you smile and might spark some debate. Amigos Cafe’y Cantina is located at 70 Pope Avenue in Circle Center, and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They are happy to do takeout and have both indoor and outdoor seating. For a full menu, visit amigoscafeandcantina.com or call (843) 785-8226. İBuen Provecho!

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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!

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.

CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE

CHOW DADDY’S

Located at 8 New Orleans Rd., just off Hwy. 278. The only restaurant on the Island that writes its entire menu daily based on the freshest local seafood available. Our epicurean dinner menu offers an array of Fresh Fish, Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon and many other delights. Our wine list, The Best of Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence”, offering half off all bottles of wine under $100 on Monday nights. Serving dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5:30 p.m. and lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Semi-private parties are accepted. Call (843) 785-9277 for reservations or check us out online at www.charliesgreenstar.com.

Located at 14B Executive Park Road, just off Pope Avenue. 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, 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 online at www.chowdaddys.com for live music schedule.

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

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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 (continued on page 18)


selection of seafood, pastas, soups and salads as well as tantalizing desserts. Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” for a wine list comprised of over 500 selections. AAA Three diamond award. Early dining menu from 5 to 6 p.m. and great bar menu available. Serving dinner daily from 5 p.m. Reservations suggested. Call (843) 341-2333.

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

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

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ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE Located at One Shelter Cove Lane. Waterfront dining, fresh catch seafood, and prime steaks of the highest quality delight the senses at ELA’S Blu Water Grille. This quaint, unique restaurant offers a pleasantly casual and intimate interior with gorgeous views of Shelter Cove Harbor. The kitchen, supervised by Chef 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 11:30-2:30 and dinner daily from 5 pm. Call us at (843) 785-3030 or visit us online at www.elasgrille.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, peel & eat shrimp, calamari and of course fried frog legs. 28 HD TV’s and NTN Trivia are also available as well as a kid’s menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-FROG (3764) or online at www.frostyfrog.com. (continued on page 22)


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The Island

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BY LOUISE LUND

PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Inhale the mouthwatering aromas. Sample the delicious confections. Delight in the experience! There’s no better place to indulge your sweet tooth than with delicacies from The Island Fudge Shoppe. Whether it’s rich, smooth chocolate that melts in your mouth or creamy fudge made from scratch on site that day, using only the freshest and finest ingredients available, you’ll find it here. “We are a family owned business operating since 1981,” said Maureen Robinson, owner of the business with her husband, Gus Robinson. “We have visitors from all over the world coming back each year for their favorite fudge or chocolates.” “We use only the top ingredients in making our fudge and chocolate delicacies,” Maureen said. “We blend pure, heavy whipping cream, AA butter, and of course sugar, in a copper kettle that can make up to 120 pounds of fudge in one batch. In the summer we go through 1200 pounds a week. Most of the hand-dipped chocolates and clusters are made in their own kitchen, using the freshest nuts, fruits, coconut, 20

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and handmade caramel with the best white, dark, and milk chocolate available. With nearly 20 flavors of fudge from which to choose, ranging from traditional favorites such as chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, and maple, to seasonal flavors like pumpkin and key lime, customers can order a single, quarter-pound slice or mix and match several flavors to create their own packages. The ever popular pralines made fresh every friday, can also be made on location for weddings, reunions, group meetings, or any occasion. “We also make specialty Christmas gift boxes for the holidays, bunnies at Easter time, and hearts at Valentine’s. We also make chocolates island-style - in the shapes of alligators, fish, seashells, sand dollars, golf bags and balls, the island, the state, and the South Carolina flag. “We get to meet and talk with people from all over the world who come in to our store,” Gus added. Now they are busy preparing for the holidays, with gift packages ordered in the store as well as online at their website.

“Everything in the store is available for mail order purchase.” The Island Fudge Shoppe also has a number of other delicious delights, including colorful, flavorful lollipops, jelly beans, and other treats. The most popular are those with a Southern flair like saltwater taffy, key lime coolers, and anything with pralines and pecans. Business owners looking for unique promotions or gifts for clients or employees will find plenty of choices at The Island Fudge Shoppe. And The Island Fudge Shoppe can also supply chocolates with customized packaging with a business logo. “A lot of the same customers come back every year when they’re on the island,” Maureen said. “They won’t leave the island without their fudge.” With its great reputation, long history, and unbeatable product, The Island Fudge Shoppe is a favorite with locals as well as vacationers. The Island Fudge Shoppe is located in Coligny Plaza at the Beach. Stop by for a sample, visit online at www.islandfudge.com or call (843) 842-4280 for more information.


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.

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

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!

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 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.

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 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. (continued on page 24) 22

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

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

KINGFISHER SEAFOOD, PASTA, AND STEAK HOUSE Located at 18 Harbourside Ln. at Shelter Cove Harbour. Offering affordable casual dining with breathtaking waterfront views from inside or on the outside deck. Early Bird from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Best Island Happy Hour from 4:30 until 8 p.m. featuring incredible drink and seafood specials. Live music and dancing with Pete Carroll on Wednesdays, classic soft rock with David Wingo on Thursdays, and jazz with Earl Williams on Fridays. Tableside magic shows on Sundays and Mondays. Call (843) 785-4442 for reservations and information or online at www.kingfisherseafood.com.

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

LAND’S END TAVERN Located at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Featuring great seafood, steaks, sandwiches and salads. A casual atmosphere with a pirate theme ensures fun for the whole family. Great kid’s menu and desserts. It’s a bounty of treasure waiting to be plundered. Serving all day, every day starting from 8 a.m. Call (843) 671-5456 for seasonal hours. (continued on page 30) 24

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At Annie O•s Southern Eats With Chef/Owner Tom Egerton BY LOUISE LUND • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Annie O''s Southern Eats is located in an unassuming shopping center on the south end of the island. They serve Southern food prepared by owner and longtime island chef, Tom Egerton. The delicious down-home cuisine will take you back to your grandma's kitchen. Tom took a few minutes out of his crazy busy schedule to answer questions and tell us about himself. “I’m from Albany, NY and have been on the island since ‘91,” Tom said. “I went into the Navy at 18. I had always planned to either go to culinary school or join the navy, and I did both.” In the Navy, he was a Cryptologic Technician (CT), which is a Navy job specialty in support of the national intelligence gathering effort. “It was a pretty cool job for an 18 year old kid,” he said. He used the money he made in this position to attend the New England culinary institute in Montpelier, Vermont. “It was a great school with a great program.” Tom said his mother was the biggest influence in his becoming a chef. The restaurant is named after Tom’s mother, Anne, who sparked his interest in cooking through her talents in the kitchen. “When my older sisters were grown and out of the house, my mom was glad to deviate from the same old dishes she had made for the past 25 years. The sisters were picky eaters, but I was a bit more adventurous.” “Mom showed me a few fundamental dishes to start my repertoire, some of which I still try to replicate on my day off. One which I make at home is chicken with ginger, soy, cinnamon, and tomato - a wacky combo but so delicious! I've also been making a white spinach and mushroom lasagna, in 26

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the crock pot, and it’s also delicious.” “I moved to Hilton Head shortly after graduating from culinary school in ’91 and started my professional career at Stripes, a great place where I was able to hone my skills under a talented chef. I have also worked at Brian’s, Juleps, and the Haig Point Clubhouse, before landing my first head chef job at Crane’s Tavern in 1999, and was there for the next 12 years,” Tom said. “After years of working for others, I finally decided to take the plunge and establish my own restaurant. I wanted to give people a homemade meal at a price they could afford,” Tom said. Down-home decor in the restaurant includes a curved wooden bar that invites customers to get comfortable, and cloth-covered tables that extend a hospitable Southern welcome. Tom’s favorite dishes to prepare at Annie O’s include fried chicken soaked in buttermilk and hot sauce, shrimp and grits, sweet potato ravioli, and Annie-O's crab cake club, with a fried green tomato. Popular side dishes include macaroni and cheese, collards, stone ground grits, and black-eyed peas. And there is a rotating selection of homemade desserts! “Annie O’s features all made-from-scratch dishes in a casual setting that will leave you satisfied without breaking the bank,” Tom concluded. Annie O’s is located at 124 Arrow Road, Chase Center (corner of Target and Arrow Roads) serving from 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


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No Excuse BY RISA WILLIAMS McMILLAN

Scenario #1: You have just finished an exquisite meal surrounded by people with whom you love spending an evening. You have shared laughs and stories and you are not ready to call it a night. The bill be damned and apologies to the bartender and waitress who are waiting to close your tab so they can go home (you best tip them well). Because, after all, the night is young and it is time for an after dinner drink to accompany more conversation. A glass of strong Port or a Cognac. Which to choose? Scenario #4: You ate too much. Again. The waiter comes around for dessert orders and you really want a piece of that heavenly strawberry cheesecake but, alas, there is no room. Eureka. A dim light bulb goes off in the cobwebs of your brain. "I will have coffee with Bailey's and whipped cream," you announce with confidence in the direction of the waiter. "Brilliant!" cries out your groggy, well fed companion. "And I will have a Brandy Alexander lest you drink alone." Scenario #23: There's a frightful nip in the air this night -- A bone chilling cold that pierces your core. Dinner is over and the process of donning coat, hat and gloves is not a pleasant thought. What is a pleasant thought is an after dinner drink that will warm you from the inside out and help you sleep like a baby. Ah. An Irish coffee should do just the trick. Whatever the scenario, 3 or 33, the bottom line is that after dinner drinks are a welcome way to finish a meal and warm the belly so no excuses are necessary. After dinner drinks come in many shapes and sizes. The category is so broad that few restaurants actually carry menus for them as they include everything from specialty wines and spirits to coffees and shots. They are a wonderful way to end an evening and finish off a good meal so they should not be forgotten. With so many choices, it will not be hard to find something to your liking. Let’s start with my favorites – the “hot” beverages, like Irish coffee, which take the bite out of winter. As a native of Buffalo, NY, I assure you that we Buffalonians know how to spice up our coffee drinks almost as well as we know our Bills’ statistics. I’m not a fan of Irish whiskey alone, but a goodly dose of it in my coffee with a dollop of whipped cream is enough to make any wintry night warm. Ireland is not the only country with a coffee named after it, there is also Spanish coffee (Brandy), Mexican coffee (Kahlua), Italian coffee (Amaretto), French coffee (Grand Marnier), Russian coffee (Frangelico and vodka) and Jamaican coffee (Myer’s Dark Rum and Tia Maria). There are other hot beverages that can also hold their liquor. Hot teas go well with flavored vodkas, rums and fruit liqueurs while hot chocolate is sweet enough to take a harder hit with tequila or whiskey. Raise the


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spirits of your apple cider and serve it hot with spiced rum and a cinnamon stick – perfect for a tailgate or after a winter walk. Cordials are probably the most popular after dinner drinks. They can be served neat or on the rocks and are usually sipped slowly to enjoy every last drop. The line-up includes flavored and crème liqueurs. Italians favor Sambucca (tastes like black licorice), Grappa (grapes), Frangelico (hazelnut) and Amaretto (almond) which they often pour into their coffee and serve with biscotti. More decadent and dessert-y-sweet cordials include Irish Crème, Kahlua, and Tia Maria or fruit flavored liqueurs like Grand Marnier (cherry) and Chambord (raspberry). Have you ever had a French Kiss? It will wet your lips with a layer of Bailey's floating delicately on top of Chambord. Yum. Dessert wines and sparkling wines add a sweet or bubbly touch to your post dinner palate. The sweet choices, including Muscats, ice wines and Sauternes, can pair well with desserts or cheeses while Ports and Sherries have more alcohol and do well with fruit and chocolate. Champagne and Prosecco will of course give you a bubbly good feeling and are often chosen in lieu of dessert. Cognac and Armagnac are considered part of the “brown liquids” family and fine French restaurants will have a trolley of them ready for the choosing at meal’s end. These guys are meant to be savored and imbibed slowly in a snifter. They tend to have a very distinct flavor (strong!) and it may take a while to acquire a taste for them. Nevertheless, if you treat yourself to a VSOP, which has been around for over 700 years, or an XO, you are sure to snore the night away. Also falling in this “brown liquids” field are scotch and bourbon. After dinner cocktails which include a combination of flavors are always a popular choice and will cure any sugar fix you need thus no dessert is needed. Some of the favorites are the Brandy Alexander which is three parts brandy, 1 part crème de cacao, and 4 parts half and half; and the chocolate martini which is 2 parts vanilla vodka and 1 part each chocolate liqueur and crème de cacao. Some after dinner drinks are served on the rocks like the trendy ‘Russians” -- Black Russians (vodka and coffee liqueur) and White Russians (Black Russian topped with half and half). After dinner shots that your bartender would be happy to mix are the chocolate cake shot, equal parts vanilla vodka and hazelnut liqueur, and the B52, made up of equal parts Irish cream, coffee, and orange liqueur. At the end of the day, literally and figuratively, the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing your poison. There is a taste for every mood and an accompaniment for every dessert. When in doubt, always consult your waiter or bartender and they will prolong your evening in style. Salud and sweet dreams!


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.

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 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Call (843) 682-2444.

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

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

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at the sushi bar or in the lounge. Open 7 days from 11:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., Sunday thru Thursday and 11:30 a.m. until midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Call (843) 341-3377 for more information or directions.

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

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.

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 comple-mented 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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Innovative Cuisine in a unique and inviting atmosphere. Offering local seafood, steaks, salads and nightly specials. Attached retail wine shop and bar with over 1,000 selections of fine wines. Outdoor seating available. Serving lunch Monday thru Saturday from 11:30 a.m. and dinner daily from 5 p.m. For more information call (843) 686-3388 or online at www.redfishofhiltonhead.com. USDA PRIME STEAKS & FRESH SEAFOOD

Fresh “Off the Boat” Local Seafood & USDA Prime “The Highest Rated” Steaks

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) 8424414 or 681-4153 or online at www.reilleyshiltonhead.com.

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Consistently Voted one of Hilton Head’s Top 3 Restaurants

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

EARLY DINING MENU Hours Extended to 6:45 December - February $16.95 to $21.95 11 Entree Items with a choice of salad and a glass of wine

SAMPLING OF MENU ITEMS: (A few menu items will change seasonally)

Daily Fresh Catch Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops Gorgonzola Encrusted Bone-On Filet Cracked Pepper Tuna Veal Bolognese al Forno Lump Crab Savannah Grilled Chicken Penne Char -Braised Short Ribs 3 Onion Encrusted Pork Chop Mediterranean Seafood Pasta Surf & Turf and Mixed Grill

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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 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. (continued on page 36)


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.

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.

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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.

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

SUNSET GRILLE Located on the Intracoastal Waterway at Hilton Head Harbor, 43 Jenkins Rd. The Grille offers a casual fine dining experience with breathtaking sunset views. The creative menu features house specialties such as Hugh's famous hot smoked salmon, shrimp & grits, grilled sea scallops & braised lamb shank over (continued on page 37)


wild boar cassoulet all prepared to perfection by Executive Chef Tom Boland. An extensive wine list, craft beer selection and full bar available. Call (843) 689-6744 for reservations or visit us at sunsetgrillehhi.com. Dinner is served TuesdaySunday 5:30 p.m. until.

nightly, 5–9 p.m. Reservations are suggested, please call (843) 842-1999 or visit seapines.com/dining.

TRUFFLES CAFE

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

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.

TOPSIDE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT

THE WRECK OF THE SALTY DOG

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 are complemented by a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list and a knowledgeable staff. Topside is open for dinner

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

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A Family Affair

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“The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.” George Carlin

Family businesses have been around forever. Consider the throne in England that has been a family affair for centuries. When all is well within the family, rule is passed down peacefully from generation to generation. When things start to go awry, heads start flying (literally) and the family business faces demise. So whether you are Queen Elizabeth or Bert of Bert’s Barbeque, the pressures of keeping a family business on track are tremendous. While there are those who warn against mixing business and pleasure, there are quite a few local restaurants that have proven the naysayers wrong and have welcomed family members into the fold in various capacities and enjoyed great success. All else aside, it is undeniable that in a family business all parties share the same interest and loyalties, you know each other’s personality (flaws) ahead of time, and you work with people you love (most of the time). Not only that, you are creating a legacy for your family which is not so very different from what goes on over in Buckingham Palace where Kate is pregnant with child number two who will become fourth in line to the throne. And so the family dynasty lives on. In pursuit of the power of family, Taste wanted to visit with some of our restaurateurs and find out their take on operating a business that has turned into a family affair.

Charlie's L’étoile Verte: Somewhere in the back of his mind while sampling and practicing the culinary arts in France, Charlie Golson thought it might be fun to own a small restaurant and run it with his family. When he opened Charlie's L’étoile Verte in 1982, his daughter Margaret was a new born. Twenty odd years later, while pursuing a college degree, Margaret forged an interest in wine and consequently her father's business. She started at Charlie’s as a hostess, while learning the ropes and increasing her knowledge of wines. "She worked her way in because she was good,” said Charlie. It was a few years later that son Palmer joined the ranks soon after receiving a degree in Forestry from Clemson. "Palmer can walk you through a forest as well as any kitchen," commented Charlie. "When he came on, we had just moved to our new location on New Orleans Road and I had a huge mortgage. I think he felt sorry for me,” Charlie said with a chuckle. So with Margaret out front ("she is the one who looks good by the front door") and Palmer heading up the kitchen, 40

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Charlie's long ago vision has come to fruition. Aside from greeting guests, Margaret also deals with employee hiring and their schedules, and she happily does all wine tasting, buying and promotions. Charlie has watched his role diminish as the younger generation has taken over and he now just makes desserts in the morning, works lunch and calls it a day at three. "They haven't completely gotten rid of me yet. They say I'm still somewhat useful because I have so many recipes and only share them sparingly."


Reilley’s: It takes three notebooks and four pens to record the Reilley family intricacies of who owns what with whom, but suffice to say that a family affair they are. With the financial backing of Peter Kenneweg and Serge Pratt, Tom and Diane Reilley opened the doors to Reilley’s (south end) 32 years ago when daughter Erin was a toddler. At 15, Erin started working at Crazy Crab and Reilley’s as a hostess and eventually waitress. Erin returned from college in 2000 after Reilley’s lost its manager deciding, “It was time to come home and help.” Today, Erin and her husband Jamie, are managing partners and do everything from the bookkeeping and accounting to managing the front and back of the house. Recognizing the need to change with the times, Tom commented: “I have tried to allow the younger generation to make more decisions pertaining to what is going on now versus 32 years ago. Erin is vibrant and has a great attention to detail. She cares about the customers and staff as much as I do and is hands on 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.” Two more of Tom’s children, Brendan and Keith, are involved in the

Aunt Chiladas:

Another Reilley/Kenneweg venture, Aunt Chiladas opened in 1986 to serve the Mexican appetites on the Island. It is now owned by Tom’s son, Brendan, along with David Reilley (Tom’s brother), with Brendan at the helm as managing partner. Before assuming his role in the family restaurant dynasty, Brendan went to culinary school and ran the kitchen at Reilley’s south and at a restaurant in Hawaii. Brendan views the whole family dynamics as “a constant expansion”. That would be accurate considering that Brendan and his younger brother, Thomas, also own The Boardroom and they just started the Carolina Crab Company together. “Some came in and others got out, “ said Brendan. Of Tom’s seven children, 4 have stayed in food and beverage and have a hand in one of the family restaurants. Revolving door it may be, but the Reilley family definitely has the luck of the Irish on their side when it comes to successful family businesses.

restaurant as investors. “I had always hoped to have my kids involved and I hope they carry it on for another 32 years,” commented Tom. While Tom may say he is passing the buck, Erin will tell you, “My dad says he retired 7 years ago, but he is still there ALL the time.” Also a family affair, Reilley’s north is run by managing partners, Laura and David Reilley, who is Tom’s brother and owns the north end spot with Tom, Diane, Erin and Jamie.

Crazy Crab: Peter Kenneweg started the Crazy Crab (north) in partnership with Tom Reilley in 1984 after a successful venture with the Hofbrauhaus where son, Courtney, got a start as bus boy, kitchen help, and waiter. While Peter was seeing to the operations of Crazy Crab north, Courtney went off to undergraduate at Georgetown and then to Duke for a masters in business. After stints in the corporate world and the army after 9/11, Courtney decided two years ago that he would like to move back to the lowcountry and he began to show an interest in the restaurant. “I was happily surprised when he wanted to come back home and join the team,” said Peter. “He has a great business sense, so I just guided him along until he understood what we were about. Now I give him free range and he always has new ideas.” Courtney is in charge of everything at the north location from the financials to coordinating the daily operations with the chef and front dining room manager. Peter, meanwhile, has happily taken a back seat and says that for the most part he is 95% out of the business. “He is doing what I did for over 20 years, but he is doing it better than me,” Peter graciously conceded. At the Crazy Crab in Harbour Town, managing partner Chuck Larson lets his three children – Erica, John & Jackson – in on the fun during their summer vacations although he admits, “They would rather be fishing.” ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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Hudson’s : Hudson’s opened in 1967, two years before the first Heritage Golf Tournament and 15 years before the four lane bridge onto the Island was built. Brian and Gloria Carmines purchased the popular waterside restaurant in 1975 and turned it into the Island anchor and corporation that it is today. Their son, Andrew, started working there at age 11 doing odd jobs like cleaning the parking lot and checking in the shrimp. A college education and handful of years later, he returned to the Island and his restaurant roots in 2006 and started learning about daily operations. In 2009, Andrew assumed his current role as general manager and now he does everything from hiring and training the staff, to financials, contracts for the seafood business, and running the oyster farm. So while Brian is still the President and principal owner, he has now assumed more of a supervisory role as Andrew runs the show and his wife, Erin, does the marketing. “My dad is a wealth of information and helps guide me through things. He is a good sounding board when I need him,” said Andrew. As for the next generation of Carmines? “I have two daughters that are 2 ½ and 1. So far their only role is to make an occasional cameo,” said Andrew.

Plantation Café and Callahan’s:

Crane’s: Beth Ann Crane grew up in Philadelphia in the midst of the family restaurant business – living it and working it – and now can boast that she is the fourth generation of her family to own a restaurant. When Beth was growing up, the Cranes often vacationed on Hilton Head and she and her father, Hank, developed plans to come down and open a spot in Charleston. They just happened to look at a building on Hilton Head one day in 1999 and ended up walking out with a signed contract and thus Crane’s Tavern & Steakhouse was born. The name was a no-brainer for the father/daughter team as that is what all of their family taverns in Philadelphia are called. “People from Philly know our name as we have been around for generations,” said Beth. At 78, Hank’s role in the business has diminished over time while Beth is the general manager and juggles daily operations, financials, and wine lists all while running Muse restaurant in Charleston.

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Vic Neely will be the first to tell you that family businesses are rewarding and complicated. “The dynamics are tricky. Some employees think family has it made, but in reality there is more pressure on the younger generation and it is harder on the older generation to make it even across the board,” said Vic. In the restaurant business since ’81, Vic worked for a restaurant chain before moving to the Island and buying Callahan’s Sports Bar & Grill in 2004. Soon thereafter, he expanded and opened up Plantation Deli which is now called Plantation Café and boasts three locations. Vic’s son, Darrell, started working Callahan’s as a cook and is now district manager of Vic’s 5 restaurants (he has another in Savannah) and 2 pool bars. His other son, William, has also helped a bit with the family chain. “My role has changed but not lightened over time. It will continue to change as we grow with our employees and Darrell’s role, meanwhile, is always expanding.”


Skillet’s: Take the whole older /younger generation dynamic and flip it and that is what you have going on at Skillet’s where Amie Baima is the owner and her parents, Darlene and John, work for her. “I have the greatest parents ever. They just jumped on board and help me with anything I need. How many people can work every day with their parents and still have a great relationship?” said Amie . It was Amie’s interest in the culinary arts, not a childhood growing up in the business, which led her to major in them in college and pursue them as a career. “My father doesn’t always understand that we don’t do things now like his generation did 30 years ago. I explain to him that I maintain the same basic principles for success that he instilled in me, but those principles are now applied differently though the use of technology,” Amie expressed. As for the third generation at Skillets, “My son, Evan, claims he will never work in food and beverage when he sees how hard I work. I tell him ‘good!’ Go make some money!”

Stellini: It was 25 years ago that Joe Pesce bought Stellini's while his daughter, Elise, was working there as a hostess and his future son-in-law, Kyle Parlagreco, was manager. “The restaurant had only been opened a year before it came up for sale and we thought we could make a better go of it,” said Joe. “When I first bought it, I knew owning a restaurant was completely different from my background so I worked 100 hours a week to learn the business and become confident in it.” A quarter of a century later, Elise and Kyle share ownership with Joe and “they run the show”, taking care of all day to day business in the “front of the house” while their chef of 10 years tends to the back. Either Elise or Kyle is on hand at the front door every night, greeting customers by name. While Elise will tell you that she and Kyle are just trying to lighten dad’s load, Joe admits that he now goes there infrequently, allowing for the next generation to take control. ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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Kingfisher:

Ela’s:

On the water at Shelter Cove, the Kingfisher is a massive 400 seat restaurant purchased by Paul Stephenson in 1992. Paul built a family corporation comprised of commercial properties up and down the east coast. Upon Paul’s death in 2008, his children assumed and divided up the management responsibilities for the assets. Kingfisher was the only restaurant in the estate, and it is now run by Todd Stephenson with input at weekly meetings from brother Mark and advertising copy from sister Susan. “My dad loved the social aspect of owning a restaurant. That’s why he bought it and why we have so much live entertainment,” noted Todd. An interesting twist to this family business is that it is run out of Arizona. Todd does all payroll and bill payments from afar. When it comes to what is going on in the restaurant, he can rely not only on the experience of their general manager who has been there for 18 years, but on a bank of 16 cameras that send live images of all the action to Todd’s desktop. “I can see more on those cameras than I can see when I’m there,” commented Todd. “I can call the general manager and tell him that there is someone waiting at the front door and I can see the number of tickets that are up.”

Earl Nightengale, owner of ELA’S, grew up in Chicago in the family restaurant business and then went corporate, working for big name hotels. While on the Island heading up renovations at the Omni, he noticed that a restaurant on the water in Shelter Cove was for sale and he saw his opportunity to create a family business. ELA’S is named after his three children, Erin, Lauren and Alex, who have been front and center in making the restaurant a success since day one. An interior designer by trade, Erin has remodeled the interior of the restaurant while also handling marketing and community relations. Lauren, the middle child, has a background in business and HR, and is vice president of human relations while Alex, with a degree in finance, minds the money matters. All of Earl’s children are married, and each of the spouses are involved also including Lauren’s husband who does technology, Erin’s husband who manages and plays and books the music, and Alex’s wife who is floor manager and hostess. Asked about the complexity of having so many family members involved, Earl responded: “I think it’s easy. Everybody is invested which means they are more cost conscious, have a long term commitment to growing, caring for our product, and maintaining our image.”

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In closing, I think it is interesting to note that of the eleven restaurants showcased in this article, seven of them have been in business for over 25 years. With the merry-go-round of restaurants around here, I guess that is pretty strong testimony to the merits of owning a family business. Cheers!

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The Soothing Sounds of

John Brackett BY RISA WILLIAMS McMILLAN • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

If you close your eyes and listen to the soothing songs and sounds that John Brackett plays, you can easily conjure up a picture of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers floating on the dance floor, dancing cheek to cheek. Not only will John’s Jazzy music make you smile with its smooth and polished tones, you will find yourself relaxed and swaying to the music. Growing up in Baltimore, John used to visit his grandmother where he would sit down at her Baby Grand and experiment with chords and notes and make music to his heart’s content. He nurtured this love for music throughout his youth, taking up the trombone in third grade while continuing his education on the piano. “I have always felt that music offers growth through experience. You can always improve your talents through practice,” said John. And practice he did. While most kids learn their trills and crescendos playing classical artists, John was all about Jazz from the get-go. “I used to listen to my parent’s albums and that’s how I developed my love for Jazz,” he explained. John moved to Hilton Head in 1989, grandma’s Baby Grand in tow, with visions of playing as much music as possible. Over the years, John has shared his Jazz standards on the piano in venues like Redfish, where he plays weekly, and The Jazz Corner where he occasionally plays with Jeremy Davis, a sax player that comes over from Savannah. The John Brackett Trio, his go-to band, is rounded out by guitarist, Howard Paul, and bass player, Mitch Hennes. “For me, there is nothing more exciting than playing the piano.” John’s fingers glide over the ivories to the tunes of legends such as Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and Harry Warren. Jazz aside, John’s mastery of the piano is also enjoyed by the parishioners at St. Luke’s where he has played hymns and contemporary Christian music for 15 years. In addition to his music, John has followed his other passions for photography and fishing and turned them into careers. Brackett Photography, specializing in weddings and commercial work, has been around for 18 years and John runs charter fishing tours on his boat Sweet Pea out of Skull Creek. While he can’t bring his piano on board the 22 foot vessel, he always has his camera in tow to shoot memories for his clients. You can enjoy the John Brackett Trio at Redfish restaurant this winter on most Wednesday nights. “Hopefully our music is easy on the ears. We are just trying to compliment what Redfish already does well.”


A TASTE OF LUNCH

A LOWCOUNTRY BACKYARD

ANNIE O’S SOUTHERN EATS

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, Dinner and Brunch. Call for seasonal hours. Call (843) 785-YARD (9273) or visit us online at www.hhbackyard.com.

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.

AMIGO’S CAFÉ Y CANTINA The original Amigo’s is located at 70 Pope Avenue in the Circle Center. Quick, casual and healthy Mexican food prepared fresh daily. Featuring the best burrito outside of Baja, quesadillas, tacos, amazing BBQ chicken salad, Jimmy’s World Famous Margaritas and ice cold beer. This local favorite has been serving islanders and visitors for over 19 years. Dine in or take-out available. Open for lunch and dinner, Monday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Call (843) 785-TACO (8226) or online at www.amigoscafeandcantina.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. A sushi bar, traditional bar and an all-you-caneat buffet (lunch only) highlight this magnificent Asian fusion location. Happy hour nightly from 5 until 8 p.m. and carry out is also available. Serving continuously from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. Call (843) 686-9888.

AUNT CHILADAS EASY STREET CAFE Located at 69 Pope Avenue. Liven up your day with lunch at Aunt Chiladas. A fun, festive atmosphere with great food and drinks. Featuring at least 5 daily lunch specials starting at $7 including meatloaf, fried chicken, fish ‘n chips and great


Italian specialties served with homemade mashed potatoes and vegetables. You may also order your favorite Mexican fare from our regular menu as well as a wide variety of salads. Full bar and kid’s menu available. Serving lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 785-7700.

THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE Just steps from the beach, the Big Bamboo Cafe is located in Coligny Plaza on North Forest Beach Drive. Featuring great seafood, delicious salads and the legendary Big Bamboo burger, the Big Bamboo Cafe provides an all American menu in a laid back beach atmosphere. Thirsty? Try a famous margarita as you sit amongst the WWII memorablia and the Bamboo inspired island vibe. Full bar and kids menu available. Serving lunch Mon-Sat. 11.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (843) 686 3443.

BIG JIM’S BBQ, BURGERS & PIZZA New restaurant located in Palmetto Dunes at the Robert Trent Jones Clubhouse. Big Jim’s offers signature Southern dishes, including BBQ, gourmet burgers and grilled pizza plus soups, salads, seafood, steaks and ribs. Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating with big screen TVs and golf course views. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Happy Hour daily 4 until 7 p.m. and seasonal live entertainment. Take out and catering available. Call (843) 7851165 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 attractive pub-style atmosphere with golf art, memorabilia, and the only bar by Titleist. Featuring our famous Fish n’ Chips or Sandwedges like the Aberdeen Burger, Clubhouse Classic, Wexford Reuben, English Dip and Lobster Roll. Full bar and beers, ales, and stouts from around the world. Serving daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Hilton Head (843) 686-6736 or Bluffton 815-6736.

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

CHARBAR CO Located in Park Plaza 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 ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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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!

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

THE CHART HOUSE Located at Two Hudson Rd., just off Squire Pope Rd. Serving up sensational food prepared by Executive Chef Eric Seaglund, accompanied by spectacular water views of the Intracoastal waterway and extraordinary service. The

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

CHOW DADDY’S Located at 14B Executive Park Road, just off Pope Avenue. 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. Follow us on instagram and Facebook for live music schedule. Call (843) 842-CHOW (2469) or online at www.chowdaddys.com.

CRAZY CRAB There are two great waterfront locations- one in Harbour Town in Sea Pines and the other on Hwy. 278 overlooking Jarvis Creek. Fresh local seafood served any way you like in


two picturesque settings. Casual dining and great family fun. A kid’s menu is available and children will be entertained by our onsite playground and the largest saltwater aquarium on Hilton Head (Jarvis Creek Location). Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Call (843) 363-2722 (Harbour Town) or 681-5021 (Jarvis Creek) or visit us online at thecrazycrab.com.

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.

THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ

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

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 and NTN Trivia is also available as well as a kid’s menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-FROG (3764) or online at www.frostyfrog.com.

ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE

HARBOURSIDE BURGERS & BREWS

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

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 DRYDOCK SEAFOOD GRILL & SPIRITS

THE HARBOUR TOWN BAKERY & CAFÉ Located across from Harbour Town Playground. Known for great home-cooked breakfasts, soups, salads, paninis and

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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.

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 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.

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

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


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

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

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.

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.

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

PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFE Located in Palmetto Bay Marina off Helmsman Way. Serving breakfast and lunch all day. Awesome sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups, chicken, seafood and daily blue plate specials in cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Beer, wine and liquor available as well as take-out and childrens menu. Eat inside or relax on the outside patio. “One of the Best Breakfasts on Hilton Head”, Southern Living magazine. Open Daily Monday thru Friday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m.3 p.m. Call (843) 686-3232 for more information.

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

PLANTATION CAFÉ & DELI Located South Island at 81 Pope Avenue in Heritage Plaza, North Island at Port Royal Plaza and 1532 Fording Island Rd. in Bluffton. An Island favorite since 1974. From soups and salads to sandwiches and Blue plate specials, we have something for everyone. Choose from a great selection of meats and sides and a wide array of salads, soups and sandwiches, all served at moderate prices. We promise you will not leave hungry. Beer and wine available. Open for lunch Monday thru Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and Sunday brunch from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 785-9020, 342-4472 or 815-4445.

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. 52

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

REILLEY’S Located in Reilley’s Plaza just off the Sea Pines Circle and Port Royal Plaza. A long running lunch destination, Reilley’s offers fish & chips, 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.

the comfortable patio. Open Monday thru Saturday for lunch and dinner. Call (843) 681-3700.

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

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

RUAN THAI HUT

SANTA FE CAFÉ

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

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

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great lunch selections. Excellent wine list, wide selection of imported beer and full bar. Take-out available. Open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Dinner 7 nights a week from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Call (843) 785-3838.

SKILLETS CAFE Located 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 kidfriendly restaurant on the Island with seating inside or outside on the deck or the patio. Full bar and take-out available. Open for Lunch daily at 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 785-2070.

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

TRUFFLES CAFE Located in Sea Pines Center and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. Delicious home-made soups, fabulous salads, sandwiches, 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.

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The Sandalwood Food Pantry

Providing Sustenance and Sociability to those in Need BY RISA WILLIAMS McMILLAN

At first I thought it very poignant that Mud, our fearless publisher, asked me to do an article on the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry (SCFP) for our winter issue which encompasses the season of giving. What a great idea if we could inspire our readers to give to SCFP, I thought. Then I spoke with Reverend Dr. Nannette Pierson and learned that this organization not only needed gifts, but needed hope, community love, and perhaps a miracle. For the very day that I spoke with Nannette, the founder of this amazing and charitable organization, was the same day she had received word that her food pantry was losing its lease on its home – a home where food was stored and distributed and humanity was shared; a home where hundreds of families that live below the poverty level visited twice a week to receive sustenance, support, and love. Nannette told me that day that she prayed for a miracle to find a new home. No stranger to adversity, Nannette has survived a nasty divorce and third stage cancer and was destined to survive this obstacle too. A miracle did come in the form of Queen Chapel A.M.E. Church,

which graciously opened its doors and offered sanctuary to SCFP. So seven days before being forced to move to who knows where, SCFP was back in business to help feed the hungry. In a post on their Facebook page on the day of the move, Nannette wrote “I know for sure that our purpose, to feed the hungry, was the key to our success…” Nannette started the SCFP in 2009 after moving here in search of a fresh start. “I heard the children calling to me and telling me that they were hungry,” said Nannette. “I knew I needed to feed them.” She called Beaufort County about her mission and they gave her some space to use in the Sandalwood Apartments Community Room. When she first opened her doors, Nannette fed 5 families. The Sandalwood Food Pantry has since changed locations twice and is now a community of over 650 families that come together twice a week to not only pick up food, but to serve one another and lift each other’s spirits through support and prayers. “At first they came to distill hunger pains and take away food. Today I see more joy in what they are giving each other than taking away. Someone donated 100

chairs to us and we set them up and sit in our courtyard. We are one family now,” said Nannette. “These are not just poor people. They are our neighbors.” Recently a woman who had been coming to the SCFP for five years had to move away to take care of a sick family member. “She always kept her lucky charm on her – a silver dollar. Before she left, she gave me a hug and pressed her lucky charm into my hand. I told her No! No! But she wanted me to have it as a thank you. These people have nothing and they give everything.” How can you help? Volunteering, Food and Finances. Financial donations are always welcome and would help toward a building fund and the purchase of items that are not donated. Food donations, of course, are welcome too. Nannette noted that visitors to the Island often drop off everything (unopened) that they purchased and did not eat. For a list of what is needed and what you can do, visit SCFP on Facebook at Sandalwood Community Food Pantry or go to their website: www.sandalwoodfoodpantry.com. You can email Nannette directly at sandalwoodpantry@gmail.com.

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HILTON HEAD WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

BY ALLYSON JONES • PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

From humble beginnings as a threehour wine tasting in a hotel parking lot, the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival has evolved over the past 30 years into a weeklong culinary extravaganza culminating with the largest, tented outdoor wine tasting on the East Coast. Last year, nearly 5,000 people from across the country and around the world enjoyed an array of Great Chefs of the Island Wine Dinners, wine tastings and knowledge sessions, movie screenings, author receptions and exclusive VIP experiences. In honor of the event's pearl anniversary, March 9-14, executive director Paula Magrini promises even more diverse offerings and venues. While new event details were not available at press time, the ever popular Public Tasting with its 56

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hundreds of domestic and international wines to sample, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, silent auction, retail market, Bartender Challenge and Waiter's Race is still slated to wrap up the festivities at Historic Honey Horn on Saturday, March 14. The Public Tasting tends to receive most of the attention, however, the cornerstone of the Hilton Head Island event -- and what sets it apart from other wine and food festivals -- is its invitation-only International Wine Competition. Over the course of two days in early February, a prestigious panel of 20 judges personally taste 900 wines at various price points and numerically determine winners in over 30 categories. Medal-winning wines of this double blind tasting are featured

throughout the Wine & Food Festival and can be bid on at select silent auctions. Those deemed the "best of the best" are announced at Saturday's Public Tasting. The competition is a win-win situation for all involved, says head judge Tommy Hines, Regional Sales Manager for Trinchero Family Estates, the country's fourth largest winery and producer of high-end California wines. Hines has been the competition's lead judge for the past three years and has served on the festival's volunteer board for more than two decades. "Medals are important to the wineries," he explains. "If you go to California, if you go to Washington or Oregon, all the medals they have accumulated are in their front lobbies. It's that level of achievement the wineries look for."


Only a handful of wine and food festivals have a competition component and the goal "was to elevate the quality of judging so we were looked at with sophistication," says Hines. "It's been an evolution over the past seven to eight years. The recognition of the judging is substantially higher and the quality of the judges is substantially higher than it has been." In North America, only 140 professionals have earned a Master Sommelier diploma, the highest accreditation awarded by the Court of Master Sommeliers, the premier international examining body for beverage knowledge and service. Up to four of these Master Sommeliers will judge the International Wine Competition, along with several Advanced and Certified Sommeliers, wine industry experts and wine writers. Hines points out that “judging wine is basically your ability to judge sweetness. Obviously, people like sweeter wines, it’s just natural. You can only taste four things – sweet, sour, bitter and salt – everything else is olfactory, when you smell the wines. That’s when wines become more sophisticated. There are a lot of levels of sophistication and a lot of levels of achievement in the judging.” “Basically it’s a quality issue, but it doesn’t have to mean price,” he continues. "Wine is such a personal

thing. I can't tell you what you like because if you like it, then everybody else is wrong. Wine is very subjective.” While the International Wine Competition is not open to the public, those who want to expand their wine knowledge have plenty of affordable and unique occasions to do so in March throughout the weeklong festival. One highlight is the Friday Night Grand Tasting, which Hines recommends for those looking to taste super-premium wines for a one-time fee. In 2014, the event was held was held at the Sea Pines Country Club and showcased wines retailing at over $30 for whites and $50 for reds, accompanied by a gourmet hors d’oeuvres menu. Chief wine critic for the New York Times, Eric Asimov, was also on hand to sign copies of his book, “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto.” On the other hand, Saturday’s Public Tasting features wines at more modest price points. Whether a casual wine drinker or dedicated oenophile, “you don’t have to spend a lot to learn a lot, to be in a situation to taste wines,” Hines points out. “But if you really want to take it to another level, you have to spend a lot of time and money.” “It’s not elitist, though. It all depends on your personal level. There are a lot of great wines that are $10, $15 and

$20. The reality is that it’s grape juice. Let’s keep it in perspective.” Originally created by the Hilton Head Hospitality Association to promote tourism during the spring "shoulder" season, the festival is now produced by the nonprofit Hilton Head Wine & Food, Inc. Auction proceeds provide scholarships to students pursuing degrees in hospitality and tourism through the John & Valerie Curry Educational Scholarship Fund. Currently, an all-volunteer board, plus one paid staff member, coordinate all of the festival and competition activities. Although the Hilton Head event now follows on the heels of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, more than half of last year’s attendees were from outside the drive market and generated over $4.5 million in revenue. “We put heads in beds. That was always my goal during my tenure with the Hospitality Association,” says Hines. “Wine is a huge business nationwide. It’s fun and a lot of people travel to these events. They travel to events all over the country.” Raise a glass this spring and toast the success of the 30th Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival, March 9-14, 2015. To view the complete schedule of events and purchase tickets online, visit www.hiltonheadwineandfood.com.

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A TASTE OF BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

A LOWCOUNTRY BACKYARD Located at 32 Palmetto Bay Road in the Village Exchange. Capture the true essence of the island while enjoying local and regional inspired cuisine featuring owner Dave and Raina Peck’s family recipes. Choose from Uncle Bill’s biscuits and gravy, James Island crab cake benedict, Backyard benedict, Bananas Foster french toast and a wide selection of other lowcountry favorites. Dine in or outside in the comfortable backyard. Experience the island, love the food! Serving Lunch, Dinner and Brunch. Call for seasonal hours. Call (843) 785YARD (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.

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 prepared by Executive Chef Eric Seaglund, 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.

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.

BRITISH OPEN PUB

HUGO’S

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

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.

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 Mary, May River Mimosa or Promenade Poinsetta. Open for 58

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KENNY B’S CAJUN SEAFOOD HUT Located in Circle Center, just off Pope Avenue. Enjoy Creole cuisine with a Lowcountry influence. Our Sunday brunch buffet features beignets, scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, grits, fruit and a made-to-order omelette station with eggs


benedict. For a sampling of our regular weekday menu, choose from french toast, crabcake benedict, Mississippi tall stack pancakes, café au lait, quiche and a creole omelette. Open Monday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday thru Saturday, 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m until 9 p.m. Call (843) 785-3315.

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

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.

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A TASTE OF ISLAND RECIPES

GUMBO YA-YA Courtesty of Kenny B’s THE GUMBO BASE 2 cups chopped onion 3/4 cup chopped green pepper 2 Tablespoons finely minced fresh parsley 1 Tablespoon finely minced garlic 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped peeled stewed tomatoes (beefsteak) 3 lbs. chopped smoked polish sausage 2 lbs. whole fresh shrimp; tail off, peeled and deveined 1 lb. gumbo crabs, broken in half 2 lbs. okra, stems and tips removed, sliced 3/8 inch thick 2 lbs. boned chicken thigh meat THE ROUX 3/4 cup vegetable oil 3/4 cup flour THE LIQUID AND THE SEASONING 2 1/2 quarts cold water 3 whole bay leaves, crushed 1 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 4 teaspoon salt 1.5 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 teaspoon blackening spice 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 8 whole allspice 8 whole cloves

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INSTRUCTIONS After you have assembled the ingredients for the Gumbo base, heat the oil. In a heavy 7 to 8 quart pot over medium heat. Make the Roux by gradually adding the flour to the oil and stirring constantly. Stir over medium heat until a brown roux is formed. (This will take about 20 to 30 minutes) Immediately add the onion, green pepper, parsley and garlic. Continue cooking for about 10 minutes longer, stirring constantly; the chopped vegetables should be lightly browned at this time. Add the chopped tomatoes, chicken and smoked sausage and mix. Add 2 quarts of the cold water, 1 pound of the shrimp, the crabs, okra and the seasonings. Raise the heat slightly and bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour, at the end of the hour add the remaining water and stir. Remove the pot from the heat and let stand at room temp. Before serving, bring the Gumbo to a boil, and add the remaining shrimp, simmer for about 10 minutes. Let simmer for 15 minutes before serving. Serve in Gumbo bowls over a mound of boiled rice. Enjoy!


PLANTATION CAFÉ & DELI Located South Island at 81 Pope Avenue in Heritage Plaza, North Island at Port Royal Plaza and 1532 Fording Island Rd. in Bluffton. An Island favorite since 1974. Offering fresh breakfast items such as omelettes, crab cake benedicts, skillet dishes, pancakes, waffles, French toast, biscuits & gravy and much more, all at moderate prices. Also a wide variety of sides and beverages to complete any meal. Open for breakfast, Monday thru Saturday from 6:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and Sunday 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. for breakfast and brunch. Call (843) 785-9020, 342-4472 or 815-4445.

REILLEY’S Located in Reilley’s Plaza just off the Sea Pines Circle and Port Royal Plaza. Quite possibly, The Island’s longest running brunch. Our legendary brunch features Eggs Benedict, Omelettes, Steak and Eggs, as well as all of our regular lunch items. Complimentary Mimosas and Champagne are served with all brunch items. Dine inside or on the 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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BY LOUISE LUND PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Is there a popular restaurant you’ve wanted to try? Modeled after successful restaurant weeks in New York, Boston, and other cities, the 7th annual Chamber Restaurant Week is scheduled this year for January 24-31, 2015. It has turned into a week-long food odyssey when participating restaurants offer specially-priced, or prix-fixe, menus, signature dishes, new entrÊes, and old favorites. Mark your calendar! More than 75 restaurants in Hilton Head and Bluffton participated in Restaurant Week last year. Considering the growing success of this event, the chamber expects even more area restaurants to participate this year. These eight days of culinary exploration awaken the dining scene that thrives around us, from coastal seafood to sophisticated American eats.

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Last year, 57,678 people paid a visit to the Chamber Restaurant Week web page to check out special menus, with links to participating restaurants and offers available during the event. Diners will of course have an abundance of options – making the decision of which ones to choose all the more difficult. Every restaurant has created a customized menu with their chef’s culinary talents and the type of food they serve. Behind the scenes, the chefs of participating restaurants have a bustling dining production to execute flawlessly, and that’s just what they have done each year. Throughout the last week in January, area residents can enjoy great meals at a variety of restaurants, some for under $20. These prices represent quite a value in a resort area with many of the area's top restaurants participating in the annual culinary event. One of the most popular weeks for dining out, it also gives owners an opportunity to showcase their menu to local patrons who will likely return for regularly priced meals. “It’s a win-win for both area chefs and restaurant goers, as restaurants are able to offer specials that showcase their cuisine at great prices,” said Dorothy Guscio, chamber events manager. “With the chamber’s promotion on its dedicated website, it’s easy to find out who’s offering what and gives people an entire week of great reasons to dine out.” The annual champion title is chosen by dining establishment patrons who select their favorite dining experience by voting on the chamber's website as well as via email and on Facebook. Hugo's Seafood and Steakhouse was named last year’s Chamber Restaurant Week Champion. The Studio took second place and Hudson's Seafood on the Docks placed third. Take a look at participating restaurants and see what’s on the menu – as area chefs compete for bragging rights to this year’s Chamber Restaurant Week champion title. Restaurants go into overdrive for Chamber Restaurant Week, perfecting new menu items to debut. “We always go back and look at what we can improve each year to make it a better experience for customers,” said Hudson’s General Manager, Andrew Carmines. Hudson’s employs the largest and one of the only two remaining fishing fleets on the island, and they bring fresh local seafood straight from the docks to your table. “We always prepare to be incredibly busy during Chamber Restaurant Week,” said Chef Chaun Bescos of Red Fish. “It’s a great time to bring in people who haven’t been in before, and to encourage regulars to try something new,” All you need are reservations! They should be made at individual restaurants, and most area restaurants take reservations. And please keep in mind that only food is included in the special pricing; beverages, tax, and gratuity are not. The wait staff works very hard, especially during Chamber Restaurant Week. Please tip generously! See what’s on the menu for Chamber Restaurant Week at www.hiltonheadblufftonchamber.org. Participating restaurants and new menus will be featured at www.ChamberRestaurantWeek.com.

VISIT

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

Flights of Wine offered Mon - Friday 12:30 - 2:30 pm Saturday 12:30 - 4:00 pm Enjoy 3 Wines and a cheese platter.

Happy Hour Begins at 4 pm Monday - Friday Enjoy light appetizers while sampling a variety of wines from our extensive wine list.

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

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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.

THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE Located upstairs at Coligny Plaza, Oceanside. The Island’s finest selection of imported and microbrewed draft beer in a unique 1940’s themed bar. Awesome happy hour with 64

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Margarita Madness and many other specials. Live music during dinner Friday and Saturday. Call for late night entertainment schedule. Full menu available. Open from 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m., Monday thru Saturday. Call (843) 686-3443.

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

BRITISH OPEN PUB Located in The Village at Wexford 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.


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) 671CAFE (2233) for seasonal hours.

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

CATCH 22 FRESH SEAFOOD & GRILL 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.

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

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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.

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.

CHOW DADDY’S Located at 14B Executive Park Road, just off Pope Avenue. 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 online at www.chowdaddys.com.

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

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.

THE DRYDOCK SEAFOOD GRILL & SPIRITS Located at 21 Office Park Rd. in the Sapelo building. Go where the locals go for fresh seafood, cold drinks and good times. Fantastic outdoor bar and deck is the perfect place to enjoy a 66

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cool cocktail and some of the island’s best seafood. Great happy hour specials and plenty of TV’s for all your favorite sporting events. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 842-9775.

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 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.

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

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 and NTN Trivia is also available as well as a kid’s menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-FROG (3764) or online at www.frostyfrog.com.

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

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.

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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 on the Food Network and in Bon Appétit. Open daily at 11 a.m. Call (843) 681-2772.

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

KINGFISHER SEAFOOD, PASTA, AND STEAK HOUSE Located at 18 Harbourside Ln. at Shelter Cove Harbour. Offering affordable casual dining with breathtaking waterfront views from inside or on the outside deck. Early Bird from 4:30 until 6 p.m. (off season). Best Island Happy Hour from 4:30 until 8 p.m. featuring incredible drink and raw bar specials. Live music and dancing with Pete Carroll on Wednesdays, classic soft rock with David Wingo on Thursdays, and jazz with Earl Williams on Fridays. Tableside magic shows on Sundays and Mondays. Call (843) 785-4442 for reservations and information or online at www.kingfisherseafood.com.

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

MELLOW MUSHROOM 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 68

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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 (BTown).

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

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

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

REILLEY’S Located in Reilley’s Plaza just off Sea Pines Circle and Port Royal Plaza. An Island Tradition since 1982. Happy Hour from 4 until 7 p.m. featuring 50% off on selected liquor, wine and beer plus great appetizer specials. Also, occasional live entertainment (call for schedule). Full menu and bar available inside or outside on the 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 Fat-Loss

PUZZLE BY CHRISTY BARONI • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Contrary to popular belief, fat is not the enemy. Fat is actually stored energy and is necessary to function as a thriving human. When we consume food some of the stored energy in food (called calories) are used for things like breathing, digesting, thinking, etc. Additionally, your body actually needs fat to protect your organs. As you enter adulthood you cease to create new fat cells. Think of these cells like balloons. They can be near empty and flat or they can be full. They expand or retract depending on your diet and exercise. In my work I get to talk with people from all different ages, athletic goals, and walks of life. A common theme across 99% of folks is the generic desire to ‘lose weight’. At its core weight loss is a very simple mathematical equation. But in real life it gets tricky. When you drill down to what a person actually wants, it usually means they want to lose fat while maintaining the muscle mass to look lean and toned. There are two sides to the fat loss puzzle. The first is diet and the second is exercise. Stand alone, neither one will generate the desired result. Working on one without the other may generate some short-term results, but won’t lead to the lifelong change you desire. To have a body that can thrive throughout the decades of your life, and turn heads in the process, your diet and exercise habits have to be in line. They have to work together to keep you lean and strong. The magic is in the daily habits that you apply to both diet and exercise

together. Here are three that you can start working toward today to see long-lasting results. Timing Matters: The hour of time immediately following a training session is a critical time to consume both protein and carbohydrates. The post-workout carbohydrates help to replace your glycogen stores that were burnt out through exercise. Consuming protein at this time helps to stimulate protein synthesis, which is the creation of new muscle fiber. This new muscle fiber helps your body metabolize at a higher rate long after your workout is over. Quality Matters: The quality of your workout matter as much as the quality of your food. A healthy diet consists of vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, lean proteins, and healthy fats. The quality of your food directly impacts your energy levels, and your ability to recover from an intense training session. Additionally, the quality of your training session also matters. If you’ve been hitting the same class at the gym for years and years, it’s likely that your body has adapted to that particular stressor. Changing up your routine regularly is great way to continue to engage new muscle groups and develop new skills. Quantity Matters: At the end of the day, calories count. If you are working out like crazy every single day but still over-consuming even the healthiest of foods, your body will not shed fat. Additionally, if you are starving yourself you won’t have the energy to complete workouts at the intensity required to see

results. A great place to start is to get an app that can help you track exactly what you are consuming and burning each day. MyFitnessPal and LoseIt are two comprehensive options that are easy to use and available for iPhones, Androids, and desktop computers. You enter your food throughout the day and can look back to see your total calories consumed, and compare that to what you burned. Making adjustments is easier when you have an accurate picture of where you are now. As you can see, diet and exercise both have to be aligned to achieve the results you want long-term. The daily habits matter more than anything! Christy Baroni is an island resident, a military wife, a mother of two, and a competitive athlete. She is also the Nutrition Specialist and a Coach at Conviction Training Facility, Home of The Original CrossFit Hilton Head. For more recipes and healthy living ideas visit convictiontraining.com/Resources/ Nutrition Blog, or contact her directly at Christy@ConvictionTraining.com. ATASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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HEAVENLY SPA BY WESTIN

THE ICE CREAM CONE

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.

An island tradition since 1971 serving the most scrumptious selection of premium ice cream, soft serve frozen yogurts, shakes, malts, floats and sundaes. A wide array of flavors and toppings make it easy to create your special treat or try one of our new novelites. Open daily from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Follow the herd...to The Ice Cream Cone in Coligny Plaza next to Coligny Hardware. Call (843) 785-4440.

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

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

ISLAND WINERY Located at 12A Cardinal Rd. Island Winery presents a unique concept in fine wines, traveling the world’s vineyards to


select the perfect grapes and handcrafting their wines in small batches right on Hilton Head. Also featuring Lowcountry specialty wines with unique recipes made from local fruit. Enjoy tastings Monday thru Saturday, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., wine and cheese happy hour each Monday thru 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 at www.islandwinery.com.

serve custard and Italian Ices made fresh daily on premise with real fruit. Cool off with Rita’s Famous Gelati, an amazing combination of Italian Ice and Frozen Custard layered to perfection. If it’s just old-fashioned Frozen Custard you want, we have Vanilla, Chocolate or Twist available on a cone, in a shake, in a sundae or our Blendini. And you can’t beat the heat better that with our frozen Lemonades. Located Oceanside at Coligny Plaza. Call (843) 341-5587.

TOBACCO ROAD 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.

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.

RITA’S ITALIAN ICE Celebrating our 21st year on Hilton Head. Featuring real soft

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

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

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A LOWCOUNTRY BACKYARD (843) 785-YARD (9273) AMIGO’S CAFÉ Y CANTINA (843) 785-TACO (8226)

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

40. PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFE (843) 686-3232 41. PANERA BREAD (843) 686-3838 or 757-5611

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

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

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ASIAN BISTRO (843) 686-9888

23. HOLY TEQUILA (843) 681-TACO (8226)

43. THE QUARTERDECK (843) 842-1999

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AUNT CHILADAS EASY STREET CAFE (843) 785-7700

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

44. REDFISH (843) 686-3388

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THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE (843) 686-3443

25. HUGO’S (843) 785-HUGO (4846)

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

26. ISLAND FUDGE SHOPPE (843) 842-4280

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

27. ISLAND WINERY (843) 842-3141

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CAPTAIN JOHN’S GALLEY AT THE SALTY DOG CAFE (843) 671-CAFE (2233)

28. THE JAZZ CORNER (843) 842-8620

10. CAPTAIN WOODY’S (843) 785-2400 or 757-6222 11. CATCH 22 FRESH SEAFOOD & GRILL (843) 785-6261

29. KENNY B’S CAJUN SEAFOOD HUT (843) 785-3315 30. KINGFISHER SEAFOOD, PASTA AND STEAK HOUSE (843) 785-4442

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

45. REILLEY’S (843) 842-4414 or 681-4153 46. RUAN THAI HUT (843) 681-3700 47. SAGE ROOM (843) 785-5352 48. THE SALTY DOG CAFE (843) 671-CAFE (2233) 49. SAN MIGUEL’S MEXICAN CAFE (843) 842-4555 50. SANTA FE CAFE (843) 785-3838 51. SKILLETS CAFE (843) 785-3131

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

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

52. SUNSET GRILLE (843) 689-6744

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

32. LAND’S END TAVERN (843) 671-5456

53. TAPAS RESTAURANT (843) 681-8590

14. CHART HOUSE (843) 342-9066

33. LIVE OAK - LOWCOUNTRY INSPIRED CUISINE (843) 842-1441

54. TOBACCO ROAD (843) 341-6265

34. MANGIAMO (843) 682-2444

55. TOPSIDE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT (843) 842-1999

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

56. TRUFFLES CAFE (843) 671-6136 or 815-5551

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

36. MICHAEL ANTHONY’S (843) 785-6272

57. THE WESTIN RESORT & SPA (843) 681-1019

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

37. OKKO (843) 341-3377

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

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

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

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

39. OMBRA (843) 842-5505

15. CHOW DADDY’S (843) 842-CHOW (2469) 16. CRANE’S TAVERN STEAKHOUSE & SEAFOOD (843) 341-2333

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Taste winter 14  

Taste of Hilton Head, Best of Dining, Nightlife and entertainment.

Taste winter 14  

Taste of Hilton Head, Best of Dining, Nightlife and entertainment.

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