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CONTENTS FEATURES 12 OLD FORT PUB

Where Sweeping Sunsets and Sensational Food Synthesize.

16 GRINGO’S DINER

Fresh, Friendly and Fun.

With Annie O’s Chef Stewart Coleman.

20 HILTON HEAD ISLAND WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL A Showcase of Fine ‘Wine-ing’ and Dining in March

24 IN THE KITCHEN 32 HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Seafood Lovers Rejoice.

36 CHAMBER RESTAURANT WEEK RETURNS

A Win Win for Residents and Restaurants.

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40 HONOR OUR HEROES

A Spotlight on the Heroes Among Us.

42 HILTON HEAD ISLAND GULLAH CELEBRATION

Cherishing a Culture and Taking in Tradition.

52 HABITS & YOUR INNER MONOLOGUE Health and Fitness Tips from Christy Baroni. 67 OLD TOWN’S COOLEST WINTER EVENTS

The falling mercury doesn’t mean the fun stops in Bluffton.

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68 THE SKINNY ON FAT PATTIES It was a Beaufort icon that found its true home in Bluffton.

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

10 A TASTE OF DINNER 44 A TASTE OF LUNCH 54 A TASTE OF BREAKFAST/BRUNCH 58 A TASTE OF ISLAND RECIPES 59 A TASTE OF NIGHTLIFE/LOUNGES 66 A TASTE OF SERVICES & SWEETS 70 A TASTE OF BLUFFTON 74 ADVERTISING DIRECTORY/MAP 6

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

As I was pondering subject matter for this column, Hurricane Matthew was bearing down on the Lowcountry. It’s funny how all of a sudden your priorities change dramatically when a cat 4 hurricane is chugging up the coast in your direction. In a matter of days, you are making decisions on the safety of you and your family, preparing your house and business for possible impact from the storm, and worst of all, are uncertain of the future as the place you call home could possibly be gone in a matter of days. As we evacuated to Atlanta, it was excruciating watching from afar at the massive storm headed towards the island. We have been extremely lucky in the 27 years I have lived here with very few evacuations and no direct hits in all that time. “The storm always turns away from here,” I kept thinking, “It always does.” Well, not this time. The storm did hit and our luck seemed to have run out. What I failed to take into account was the strength, resiliency, and determination of the people that call Hilton Head Island home. I arrived back Tuesday morning after the storm, a matter of hours before most people were allowed over the bridge. Surveying the damage was like an out of body experience. Trees were down everywhere -- on houses, on roads and everywhere in between. But a strange thing happened on that drive. I realized that the island was going to be just fine and up and running in a matter of months as good as ever. The next week was as the most amazing display of work I have ever witnessed. Everyone was cleaning up, chainsaws buzzing, neighbors helping neighbors, friends helping friends, from sun up to sun down everyday. In a matter of days, the progress was more than you could have ever imagined. Almost more importantly and quite frankly more unbelievable, was that businesses were up and running in a matter of days. The majority of the restaurants that grace the pages of this magazine were open for business and many of them were offering first responders free food and drink even though they had incurred both personal and professional setbacks. This is the type of backbone that this island is built upon and the reason we have and will continue to get back to not only normalcy, but thrive again much sooner than I ever would have believed possible. I can’t express how grateful I am to be able to still call this beautiful paradise home and how proud I am of this community. After living over half my life here, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else and fortunately I don’t have to! David Mudwilder Publisher 8

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TASTE OF HILTON HEAD VOLUME XI, ISSUE 4 PUBLISHER David Mudwilder ART DIRECTOR Kim Bowen CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Rob Kaufman CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Christy Baroni Barry Kaufman 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

ABOUT THE COVER

The holiday’s are a great time to enjoy delectable desserts and The Panna Cotta alle Castagne from Ombra is sure to be at the top of the list. Photography by Rob Kaufman.


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A TASTE OF DINNER

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 Monday - Friday 11 a.m. 3 p.m., Saturday 12 - 3 p.m. and dinner 4:30 - 9 p.m., Monday - Saturday and brunch on Saturday 9 - 12 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call (843) 785-YARD (9273) or visit us online at www.hhbackyard.com.

ANNIE O’S SOUTHERN EATS

Located at the corner of Arrow and Target Road. “All-Natural” makes the difference! Serving All-Natural proteins including Grass Fed Beef, Pastured Pork, Free-Range Chicken, CageFree Eggs and Wild/Sustainable Seafood. The Southern inspired menu offers traditional Southern favorites featuring All-Natural products because “It just tastes better”. Enjoy indoor seating and the newly created outdoor deck and 10

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garden seating. Open Monday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Call (843) 341-2664.

ASIAN BISTRO

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

AUNT CHILADAS EASY STREET CAFE

Located at 69 Pope Avenue. With a tag line of “Not your everyday Mexican” one can only imagine what a familyfriendly, fun restaurant Aunt Chilada’s is to both locals and visitors alike! Located on the south-end of Hilton Head, visit Aunt Chilada’s for fresh margaritas, fajitas, and even crab legs! The huge, covered outdoor patio is perfect for all gatherings. (continued on page 14)


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Old Fort Pub

Where Sweeping Sunsets and Sensational Food Synthesize BY RISA WILLIAMS MCMILLAN • PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

Think of the perfect setting on the water where the shrimp boats glide by with gulls and dolphin in pursuit. Then add the perfect meal - classic cuisine, cooked to perfection, complimented by southern improvisations. For a romantic evening, a special occasion, or a meal to remember it does not get better than this. Period. Located on Skull Creek in Hilton Head Plantation, the Old Fort Pub is where sweeping sunsets and sensational food synthesize for a dining experience that is one of a kind. The Old Fort Pub has been an Island tradition since 1973. It was originally opened as a watering hole on the water and has gone through major expansion and renovation over the years. It was purchased by Bonnie Lowrey in 1992 and has stood as a standard of excellence in dining ever since. When you walk in the front door of the Old Fort Pub, you feel like you are entering an old southern dining room – rustic yet refined. The hardwood floors are aged, antique chests line the walls, and there is a calming elegance to the white linen 12

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tablecloths that drape the tables. You will hardly think yourself in a pub, although there is a bar area off to the side that has that homey appeal. There is seating both indoors and out, and the outdoor seating is a chip shot away from the ruins of historic Fort Mitchel, a Civil War military garrison from which the restaurant got its name. While the view is spectacular and location ideal, at the end of the day that it is merely the adornment that complements the food. Chef Keith Josefiak is the secret ingredient to your meal. After graduating in 1982 from the Culinary Institute of America, also known as the “world’s premier culinary college,” Keith worked in five star hotels and then spent twelve years working his culinary magic with celebrity chef Jimmy Schmidt in Denver and Detroit. Chef Keith took up the executive chef position at the Old Fort Pub in 2005 and has helped put them on the map as Beaufort County’s only AAA Four Diamond restaurant. Chef Keith describes his cooking as leaning toward


contemporary southern. “I take the classics and add a southern flair.” The most popular item on the menu, for example, is the Sea Island Bouillabaisse which takes on new flavors with Chef Keith’s touch. “I take this classical French dish and add some of the south to it with Tasso ham and collard greens. That’s the southern flair. Then I finish it with a saffron aioli which steers the dish back to France.” Likewise, he can take a typically Italian dish of polenta and add pumpkin or take local shrimp and serve them on his ‘Basil Butter Corn Pudding’. The menu is thus filled with delightful twists which simply add to making the dining experience all the more unique. Keith describes their winter menu as more sophisticated than the summer one as the clientele shifts away from families and more towards golfers and empty-nesters. “This is a favorite time of year for any chef,” he said. The fresh ingredients themselves change so drastically in the winter that the menu has to follow suit. “We do much more braising and slow cooking in the winter. It is more comfort food like Lamb Shanks, Stew, and Pot Roast. Again, I just take a classic cooking approach to these dishes and then add a bit of finesse. Everyone can hit a golf ball, but it is the expertise of where you put it that makes it a good shot,” he added. The winter menu at Old Fort Pub will include seafood dishes featuring tuna and shrimp and especially oysters. “It just blows my mind that May River oysters come right from our backyard,” commented Keith. Also expect to see menu additions that include quail, pumpkin, winter squashes, Brussel sprouts, rutabaga, and parsnips. They run a nightly special all winter long of three courses for $33 which is like having Restaurant Week for 3 months. “It is an absolute steal and very popular,” said the chef. In addition to the main menu, they have nightly specials and Menus for Early Birds, Happy Hour, Children, and even one for Young Adults. “The wine list is as diverse as it is long,” said Linh Craig, general manager of Old Fort Pub and CQ’s in Harbour Town, both owned by Lowery. Bottles range in price from generally the mid-40’s to 50’s up to $150. Every item on the printed menu has a wine pairing which makes choosing on your part easy. Many of the wines sold by the bottle are also sold by the glass. The

spirit and beer choices are traditional ones to warm the palette. “We don’t do faddy drinks or food. We prefer to be more traditional,” commented Keith. There is an observation deck on the third floor, so you might want to show up a bit early and take a cocktail up to the roof. All of the desserts are made fresh daily and they have their a la carte menu with seasonal additions. Pecan Pie is the number one seller and Keith and his crew also make their own ice creams and sorbets and have many flavors from which to choose. Most of the staff at Old Fort Pub has been on hand for many years. “They are career oriented and knowledgeable about food products. They are seasoned and service is their priority,” explained Linh. “When people dine here, they can expect great food, service, and sunsets. Everything we do is technically correct and while we are definitely fine dining, we are not as pretentious as most,” he added. Eric Haley, manager of the restaurant, also chimed in: “There is a casual feel when you come here. It not only comes from the ambiance but also from the staff. The staff is friendly and people like to come back here, see the same faces, and be remembered. Jackets are not required and the view is ridiculous.” The Old Fort Pub is open for dinner seven nights a week and the bar opens at 4 p.m. They also serve up an amazing Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that features the likes of Shrimp and Grits, White Corn Crepe Polonaise, Lowcountry Crawfish Cake, and more traditional fare such as omelettes, quiche, and eggs Benedict. Reservations are suggested and can be made on opentable. com or by calling (843) 681-2386. Entry into Hilton Head Plantation is free and you just need to tell them at the gate where you are going. Be sure to walk the property next door of Fort Mitchel and add some history to your meal. Old Fort Pub is available for private parties. For full menu listings and a photo gallery, go to oldfortpub.com and like them on Facebook.

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Open seven days a week. A member of the Coastal Restaurants and Bars family of restaurants. Call (843) 785-7700 or visit auntchiladashhi.com. #auntchiladashhi.

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, award-winning ribs, local seafood, burgers, salads, fresh fish tacos, pizza and more. Fantastic kid’s menu available. Early Bird menu from 4 - 5:45 p.m. includes starter, entree and beer/wine for $12. Serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dinner from 4 until 10 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. Call (843) 686-3443.

BIG JIM’S BBQ, BURGERS & PIZZA

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

BRITISH OPEN PUB

Located in The Village at Wexford and Sheridan Park in Bluffton. Authentic English fare served in an attractive pub-style atmosphere with golf art, memorabilia, and the only bar by Titleist. Great nightly specials including BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Prime Rib, Live Lobster, Fish and Chips, 1/2 lb. Angus Burgers, Lobster Pot Pie and more. Full bar, extensive wine list and beers, ales and stouts from around the world. Kid’s menu available. Serving daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Brunch served Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Hilton Head (843) 686-6736 or Bluffton (843) 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 over 30 years! Great seafood and more in a casual and (continued on page 18) 14

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Sound, Color, Flavor:

Gringo’s Diner BY BARRY KAUFMAN • PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

To witness Gringo’s Diner at the height of a lunch rush is to see the brilliance of pure chemistry and effortless teamwork at its finest. Swirling through the colors and light of the diner’s quirky and charming décor, co-owner Adi Aliu is like a dancer in a ballet that takes her soaring past tables, out the front door, back in through the rear door and right back to the open kitchen behind the wide counter of bar stools. With fresh veggies and meats sizzling 16

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on the grill, co-owner and Chef Ariel Palma puts on a show of his own as he somehow works a varied menu across his relatively small workspace. With the kitchen spread out before customers, and the whirling dervish of Palma tearing through orders, it’s a common sight to see the bar stool crowd craning their necks to get a better view of the show. The aromas of his craft fill the space of the dinner, drifting through a buzz of conversation and creating a full sensory experience.

But of course, the experience isn’t complete until you’ve tasted what Chef Palma is creating on that grill. As much fun as the spectacle of a popular beachside diner is, the food is the real star of the show here. “Everything is fresh here; not a lot of people realize that,” said Palma, reaching up to a shelf to grab a potato. “See this?


Even our fries are hand cut.” Palma earned his culinary chops in his native Argentina at a cooking school he referred to as Isla Malvinas. His accent still carrying traces of his homeland, Palma speaks with passion about his culinary background, and how it’s informing the diner’s menu of decidedly different specials. “We’re trying out foods from different countries,” he said, pointing to the list of specials that includes empanadas, chorizo breakfast tacos, chicken pesto paninis and a chicken and waffle sandwich. “We have a lot of stuff that they don’t have at a traditional diner,” added Aliu. And while these specials let the expertly trained chef stretch his culinary muscles, he still brings the same dedication to freshness and quality to the standard diner fare, from omelettes to reubens. “People love our pancakes,” said Aliu. Indeed, those pancakes are a standout on a menu full of all-star diner classics. For breakfast, it’s eggs, bacon, sausage and biscuits. For lunch, it’s hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, and shockingly popular chicken fingers (“I don’t know what we’re doing different, but people love them,” noted Aliu). Then you look at the colorful list of specials and suddenly it’s an international smorgasbord. That dichotomy, between traditional diner fare served with the utmost care

and skill and more exotic dishes informed by a trained chef’s years of experience, can even be found in the owners. While Aliu considers the diner’s burger and Philly cheese steak among her favorites, Palma goes for the chorizo breakfast taco (“You can put chorizo on anything,” he added). It’s part of what makes their chemistry work, an essential aspect of the effortless way they’re able to manage a busy diner full of hungry patrons. The two met just two months after Aliu arrived in the United States from her native Kosovo at age 24. Not speaking a word of English, she took a job in housekeeping. Chef Palma was working as the kitchen manager at Salty Dog Cafe and the two struck up a friendship that continued after Aliu made a move to New York City. She was there for a year before Palma called her up. He’d been hired to work the grill at this new restaurant, Gringo’s Diner. Palma needed a partner. “He was calling me every day to come work here,” Aliu said with a smile. Their first summer two years ago was an enormous success, and in October of 2014 Aliu and Palma were given a tremendous opportunity: they were offered co-ownership of the restaurant. Through the diner’s skyrocketing popularity and no small measure of grit and sweat equity, they we able to acquire ownership in six months, a year and a half

sooner than expected. “We worked hard that year,” said Aliu. And now that hard work has paid off. The tiny diner with the perfect location in Hilton Head Island’s downtown, Coligny Plaza has solidified its status as a local favorite in just a few short years. Even in these shoulder months, Gringo’s Diner is still a whirlwind of activity around lunchtime. That probably has something to do with their loyal and growing following of locals. “We have some locals where I see them parking on the street and I already know what they want,” said Aliu. “They walk in and I tell them, ‘your burger will be ready in a moment.’” That following is further illustrated by the wall of hand-written cards from regulars and enthusiastic visitors alike. The prime location might get them in the door, but it’s that experience, the action and excitement, the sights and smells, the colors and flavors, that turns them into regulars. “We see more and more repeat customers and that is something we truly appreciate,” said Chef Palma.

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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 (843) 757-6222 or online at www.captainwoodys.com.

CAROLINA CRAB COMPANY

Located in Palmetto Bay Marina, just off Helmsman Way. With a pet-friendly patio as well as indoor dining, Carolina Crab Company offers an array of fresh seafood, burgers, crab legs, Lowcountry boil and daily Chef specials. Open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. with brunch served Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy water views from the outside bar. A member of the Coastal Restaurants and Bars family of restaurants. Call (843) 842-2016 or visit carolinacrabco.com. #carolinacrabco.

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, 2015 & 2016! Come enjoy our large outdoor patio with a fireplace and the only outdoor bar in Park Plaza! Kids menu and takeout available. Happy Hour specials daily from 3:30-6:30 p.m.! Serving daily 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Call (843) 785-CHAR (2427) or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/CharbarCo!

CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE

Located at 8 New Orleans Rd., just off Hwy. 278. The only restaurant on the Island that writes its entire menu daily based on the freshest local seafood available. Our epicurean dinner menu offers an array of Fresh Fish, Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon and many other delights. Our wine list, The Best of Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence”, offering half off all bottles of wine under $100 on Monday nights. Serving dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5:30 p.m. and lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Semi-private parties are accepted. (continued on page 22) 18

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Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival A Showcase of Fine ‘Wine-ing’ and Dining in March BY RISA WILLIAMS MCMILLAN • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

There is a reason that the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival will celebrate its 32nd Birthday this March and that is because it has aged well, like a fine wine. For a festival to stand the test of time, it has to not only have appeal but be well organized with a constant eye on improvement and expansion. This festival has both and has grown into a go-to event for fine ‘wine-ing’ and dining in the southeast. This festival used to be just about wine -- in fact it started as a small scale wine tasting down in the South Beach parking lot. As it has grown in girth over the years with more events being incorporated, it was a natural step to add the food side of things. According to festival director, Jeff Gerber, “It is more than just about wine. It has become about the Island and our great restaurants and chefs too.” One thing that makes our festival unique is the fact that we have a blind judging event with 25 judges that come her from around the country 6 weeks prior to the festival. “I don’t know of any other judging that is attached to a festival,” said Jeff. Many of the award winning wines that are in the judging will be served in the festival. Through the years, the festival itself has traveled to and fro on the Island and now finds itself in the perfect setting of Harbour Town in Sea Pines. “Harbour Town is a great representation of the Island with the water, lighthouse, and big oak trees,” said Jeff. “It has been well received by everyone.” Regardless of its location, the festival has always been not only about educating people about the wonders of wine, but very much about 20

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jump starting the spring season for local businesses. The festival has succeeded in this aspect as it has become quite a destination for foodies and wine lovers alike with 65% of the participants coming from off-Island and spending multiple nights. Events start the week of March 6th and the festival culminates on Saturday, March 11th with the Public Tasting. Knowledge sessions will be held during the week that will include educational tastings. There will also be a number of wine dinners put on by local restaurants with exquisite food and wine pairings meticulously planned by our best chefs. The big Thursday event that has sold out the past two years is the Sip and Stroll where tables full of various wines ready for the sipping are interspersed outside the shops in Harbour Town. What more perfect way to spend an afternoon than ambling around beautiful Harbour Town with a wine glass in one hand and shopping bags full of deals in the other? The Grand Tasting, held Friday night, is now at the glitzy new Harbour Town Golf Clubhouse. This is a must for any serious wine drinker and for anyone else interested in tasting high end wines. “While the tickets may not seem inexpensive, this is really a great deal,” said Jeff. “Instead of walking into a wine store and buying one bottle of wine for over $120, you go to the Grand Tasting and can choose from 100 wines to try that are all that expensive. You can compare and contrast and see what you like. Just to be able to taste all those great wines in one place is an amazing opportunity.” Lavon Stevens will be on hand to play his

soothing and soulful music and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The Wine & Food Festival goes out with a bang on Saturday, March 11th in Harbour Town with the Public Tasting where over 40 wineries will serve samples of their grapes. With almost 300 different wines on hand to taste, you will want to be there at 11am when the gates open. While this is the marquis and most attended event of the festival, Jeff notes that it is not so big that the ambiance is tampered with. While you are sampling all the wines by the water, there is much to entertain you including David Masteller’s Band providing background music. At the Bartender’s Challenge, 5 or 6 bartenders are given a spirit to work with before the event and come to the festival with their favorite concoction. You can try samples of their drinks as well as the dishes prepared by the chefs competing in the The Sysco Outdoor Gourmet Challenge. The always popular Waiter’s Race sees contestants racing through an obstacle course with an open wine bottle and full glasses and the winner is the one who makes it to the finish line in the shortest amount of time with no spillage. Silent Auctions will be held at the Grand and Public tastings. Mixed cases can be bid on and the proceeds go to their scholarship fund which has helped many an aspiring local go to school at TCL or USCB that wants to enter the hospitality field. “It is really important for us to be able to give back to our local students in this way,” Jeff enthused. For more information on events and tickets, visit their website: hiltonheadwineandfood.com.


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oly Tequila, located in Park Plaza on Hilton Head, was voted Hilton Head’s “Best Mexican Restaurant”, “Best Taco in the Lowcountry” and featured as one of the “Top 12 Mexican Restaurants and Top 10 Taco Spots in South Carolina”-- all in 2016. The culinary team led by Executive Chef Jorge Covarrubias, are wasting no time resting on their laurels and are continuously pushing the limits on a fusion of flavors that will leave your taste buds begging for more. To that end, the new seasonal menu is now out with something for everyone and features additions like the Poblano Queso Fundido, The Seasonal Salad, Grilled Mango Habanero Wings, Chimichurri Enchiladas and a Churro Waffle Ice Cream sundae. Nick Bergelt, the restaurateur behind Holy Tequila, talks about the recent accolades and what sets the restaurant— and the cuisine apart from everyone else.

on recently being Q: Congratulations voted Best Mexican Restaurant for

the 2nd year in a row, in addition to the growing list of other accolades including being featured as one of the Top 12 Mexican Restaurants and Top 10 Taco spots in South Carolina— can you tell us more? Since opening, we have been working hard at delivering an unparralleled Mexican food experience to the island, so it’s great to see our team’s hard work paying off. This has been an incredible year for us; we were absolutely thrilled and honored to receive the Best Mexican Restaurant distinction last year in 2015, so to receive that distinction again in 2016 is so exciting for our team! We started 2016 with great momentum making the “Top 12 Best Mexican Restaurants” list earlier this spring. Since then our team has gone on to win People’s Choice “Best Taco in the Lowcountry”, and was recently featured as one of the “Top 10 Taco spots in South Carolina” this fall among a few other’s like HHI’s “Best Taco & Best Margarita”, so it’s been a pretty surreal few months to say the least.

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It’s been a series of big accomplishments for us, so yes I’m extremely proud of our team and all the hard work they have put into Holy Tequila to get us on the map. It’s great that our concept and cuisine has been so well received and we are excited to keep innovating and delivering delicious and affordable food that people love and keep them coming back week after week. makes Holy Tequila and the Q: What food so great? take a fresh approach to our A: We food and the Mexican category in

general. We’re working hard at creating a gourmet quality niche in this segment that is a far cry from the numbered chalkboard items covered in mystery sauce people have become accustomed to at more traditional Mexican restaurants. So to that end, we set ourselves apart from other restaurants with an unparalleled dining atmosphere, leading edge hospitality and a seasonal chef inspired menu featuring gourmet quality ingredients to create an assortment of dishes with the perfect balance of Mexican authenticity fused with new American flavors— all at around a $10 price point. Furthermore we offer a localized menu that allows us to utilize regionally sourced ingredients and highlight local flavors of the lowcountry. We also make an effort to prepare everything in house from scratch, from our tortillas and chips to our assortment of fresh salsas made daily. To top it all off we have the island’s largest premium tequila selection with over 65 different tequilas!

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You mentioned a differentiated atmosphere- what can guests expect? Holy Tequila offers a unique festive ambiance that promotes fun within a casual and inviting atmosphere. We have an open air indoor/outdoor “al fresco” section that opens to our garden patio with live music daily by spanish flamenco guitartists starting during happy hour and carrying on through the evening. For those looking for a more intimate dining setting we also have a private tequila lounge and dining room overlooking our exhibition kitchen.

IF YOU GO Located in Park Plaza 33 Office Park Rd, Suite 228 Hilton Head, SC 29928 www.HolyTequila.com Call 843-681-8226 for Reservations! Open for Lunch & Dinner Monday-Friday 12pm-10pm Saturday & Sunday 11am-10pm Happy Hour Daily from 3:30-6:30pm TASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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THE CHART HOUSE

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

CHOW DADDY’S

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

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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 (843) 757-CHOW (2469) or online at www.chowdaddys.com for live music schedule.

CQ’S RESTAURANT

Tucked under the oaks in Harbour Town, CQ’s signature dishes embody Executive Chef Jimmy Corbett’s passion for the best produce and cuisine from the Lowcountry bounty. Guests can gather at the bar and lounge to enjoy tasting dishes and shareable small plates. The exceptional wine list includes a variety of wines selected specifically with the menu in mind. Open nightly 5 to 9 p.m. Reservations accepted. Call (843) 671-2779 or visit CQsRestaurant.com for complete menus or to make reservations.

CRANE’S TAVERN STEAKHOUSE & SEAFOOD

Located at 26 New Orleans Rd. A family tradition of excellence in quality and value for over 100 years. The destination for steak and seafood lovers offering all USDA Prime Grade beef, including our Famous Prime Rib. Fresh selection of seafood, pastas, soups and salads as well as tantalizing desserts. Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” for a wine list comprised of (continued on page 26)


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Annie O’s

Chef Stewart Coleman

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A Perfect Balance of Innovative and Familiar BY CHRISTY BARONI • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Stepping in to Annie O’s is like showing up to a backyard cookout with your favorite friends. You are greeted by the warm smell of roasting meats, a friendly smile from the hostess, and a cold drink in a mason jar glass. Chef Stewart Coleman is making the vision of owner Jim Scully come alive. This is an unassuming place with a big innovative vision: fresh, natural, clean food available to you and your family at a price that is well worth the portion. Every single thing from their protein sources to the take-out containers reinforces their ecofriendly commitment. Additionally, their commitment to the island and the local community is shown on the menu where you will only find beers brewed right here in South Carolina. The twinkle in his eye and the excitement in his voice is evidence of Chef Stewart’s passion for making this vision a reality. And he’s seen enough of the back of the house to know when he’s part of something special. Stewart moved to the island in 1974 when he was just 4 years old. He spent his early childhood attending Montessori School on the beach and is a true product of the growing up and development of Hilton Head Island. He has grown right along with it. Stewart’s life changed forever as a junior in high school. This is the point where he started cooking and knew that his life purpose would be met through food. When he reflects back on this time he recognizes that his choices as a teen directed his career to this day. High school is a challenging time for anyone, and through many attempts to find a path forward he found himself working hard in the back of the house. He has happily stayed there ever since. He enjoyed 24

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the hustle, the pace, the demands, and most of all loved the characters he met back there! Interesting and entertaining people coupled with hard work was a perfect fit for his young mind. He graduated culinary school from Johnson & Wales in 1992 in Charleston. He was back on the island in no time enjoying his work at The Cypress. When he talks about his 6-year stint there, he remembers loving every minute of it. It was just what he needed as the jumping off point for his 20+ year career. A move to Beaufort opened up many opportunities which he learned, grew, and built upon each experience he had the benefit to encounter. Today, we on the island get the benefit of all the experience he gathered and it shows front and center on the menu, the kitchen, and in his perspective on staying true to the vision of today’s Annie O’s. In his heart he believes that clean and natural ingredients just taste better. Plain and simple. The menu itself reflects his attention to detail and his ability to

blend new and innovative dishes with downhome favorites. The salad options alone reflect this perfectly. We see a classic romaine wedge that is equally as popular as the trendy quinoa salad topped with avocado and beets. He describes his menu as different, clean, and quick. Everyone always wonders what the chef eats off the menu, and I learned culinary gold in this area! He swears by the Pork Shoulder as his absolute favorite, but is most proud of the flank steak. He takes an out-ofthe-box approach to preparing this cut that ends up being simple yet chocked full of flavors. And last but not least, he loves the out of this world Crab Cake that is stuffed full of nothing but actual deliciously prepped crab meat. On top of this, Annie O’s is prepared to compete with the food delivery services that are gaining popularity on the foodie scene right now. Having healthy food delivered to your door is a popular option among young professionals, working parents, and

active seniors as well. It takes the preplanning out of the equation, and allows the consumer to experience new foods, flavors, and combinations. Chef Stewart has taken this concept and upped the ante by offering 2 different options that are pre-cooked, and packaged ready for consumption. Where other, more pricey options, fall short is that the food still has to be chopped, minced, grated, and prepared when you receive it. With both Annie O’s Supper Club and their Grab N’ Gos the food simply needs to be plated and warmed. You can breathe easy knowing your ingredients are clean, fresh, and ready to eat. Stop by to experience this gem, and give your best to Chef Stewart. He is certainly delivering his best to you.

ANNIE O’S

Corner of Arrow and Target Road (843) 341-2664 www.annieohhi.com

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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

Two great waterfront locations- South end in Harbour Town in Sea Pines and North end Hwy. 278 overlooking Jarvis Creek. The “Islander’s place for fresh seafood for over 30 years,” The Crazy Crab restaurants are a must-visit for those enjoying all Hilton Head has to offer. Fresh local seafood is prepared any way you wish – broiled, fried, steamed, blackened, etc. Gluten free and vegan options also available. Open seven days a week. See the largest salt-water aquarium on Hilton Head (Hwy. 278 location). Call (843) 363-2722 (Harbour Town), (843) 681-5021 (Jarvis Creek) or visit thecrazycrab.com. #thecrazycrab.

THE DRYDOCK SEAFOOD GRILL & SPIRITS

All new location at 840 William Hilton Pkwy. Go where the locals go for fresh seafood, cold drinks and good times. We are easy to find, but hard to leave. 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 patio. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 842-9775.

ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE

Located at One Shelter Cove Lane. Featured in Bon Appetit and winner of numerous Open Table awards, Ela’s offers fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks of the highest quality, all prepared by our culinary team of experts and complimented by an extensive boutique wine selection. Known for the best water views on the island, we have a casual intimate interior, wrap around dining patio exterior and nightly entertainment. Private parties, rehearsal dinners and special events welcome. Open for lunch Monday thru Friday, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner nightly from 5 p.m. Reservations recommended. Call (843) 785-3030 or 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. Black angus burger, crab cakes, pizza, prime rib sandwich, salads, subs, wraps, peel & eat shrimp, calamari and of course fried frog legs. 28 HD TV’s for great sports viewing as well as a kid’s menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-FROG (3764) or online at www.frostyfrog.com. (continued on page 28) 26

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HINOKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR Located at 37 New Orleans Road in New Orleans Plaza. Enjoy traditional Japanese dishes such as grilled fish, chicken and steak, suki yaki, a variety of noodle dishes, tempura, daily specials, plus sushi and sashimi. The very extensive menu includes dozens of appetizers, several kinds of broiled fish, salads and over 20 entrees from which to choose. Three intimate dining rooms, a sushi bar and a cocktail lounge offers something for everyone. Early Bird specials and takeout 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 3:30-6:30 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.

THE JAZZ CORNER

Located in the “corner” of The Village at Wexford. One of the top “100 Great Jazz Rooms” in the world, Downbeat Magazine 2011-16. 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 (continued on page 30) 28

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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.

Our menu is constantly changing and evolving with seasons, tides, weather and our inspirations. Dine inside or outside on our patio. A healthy children’s menu is also available. Call for hours (843) 681-3474 or online at www.luckyroosterhhi.com.

LAGERHEAD TAVERN

MANGIAMO

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

LAND’S END TAVERN

Located at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Featuring great seafood, steaks, sandwiches and salads. A casual atmosphere with a pirate theme ensures fun for the whole family. Great 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.

LUCKY ROOSTER KITCHEN & BAR

Located at 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square. An American Bistro with southern soul serves seasonal inspired food with local beers, craft cocktails and an esoteric wine list.

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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.

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 (843) 706-0800 (B-Town).


MICHAEL ANTHONY’S

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

OKKO RESTAURANT

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

OLD FORT PUB

Located at 63 Skull Creek Drive on the Intra-coastal Waterway, Old Fort Pub showcases unrivaled nightly sunsets & award winning cuisine! Guests enjoy Chef Keith Josefiak’s “New Southern” favorites inspired with influences from around the

globe. Serving Sunday Brunch 11-2 p.m., Bar opens at 4 p.m. daily and dinner is served nightly 5-9 p.m. Early Bird dining is served from 5-5:30. Outdoor dining available. Call (843) 6812386 or visit OldFortPub.com for a complete menu or to make reservations.

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 (continued on page 34)

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 & Bleu 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 Sat. Brunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Sun. Brunch 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Happy Hour Daily from 4 until 7 p.m.

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

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Seafood Lovers Rejoice

BY RISA WILLIAMS MCMILLAN

When it comes to food, what better way to celebrate than the bounty that comes from the seas outside our backdoor? Maine has a lobster festival, Louisiana has one for crawfish, and Beaufort has their own Forrest Gump-style shrimp festival. It is only fitting then, that Hilton Head Island hosts its own seafood festival since we are surrounded by water on all sides. In its 10th year, The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is fast becoming a destination food event bringing together seafood lovers from near and far. The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival will run from Monday, February 20th through Sunday, February 26th. The festival was established by the Carmines family, owners of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, in memory of their son David who they lost to cancer in 2001. According to Andrew Carmines, “We wanted to raise money for a foundation we set up for my brother. This started as a one day event and now we have 10 to 12 events over the course of a week.” 32

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The culinary celebration kicks off on Monday, February 20th with the Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water. This two hour boating exploration will debark twice every day of the festival from Hudson’s. The tours are led by May River Excursions. These will be hands-on instructions on the finer arts of catching shrimp, oysters, clams, and crabs. Adventurers will learn what natives to this land have known for centuries – how to put seafood on the table. Guests will enjoy their catches of the day post-cruise on the docks at Hudson’s. Tickets are limited and these cruises sold out last year so be sure to get your tickets early. New this year will be the Celebrity Guest Chef Cooking Classes/ Demonstrations and Guest Beverage Seminars which will run mid-mornings during the week. Fun new events in the world of festivals are day-time wine tastings paired with shopping and our festival will add their culinary twist to the trend. Sip, Seafood, and Shop is a new event this year featuring locally

harvested seafood and many sips. What better way to while away the afternoon than by sipping wines, beers, and cocktails, shopping at a discount, AND snacking on gourmet seafood bites? The Coastal Culinary and Heritage Dinner will be held on Thursday evening and this is “THE Foodie Event for sure,” said Andrew. “This will be more upscale and feature celebrity chefs,” he explained. “This is the ultimate Seafood Festival 10 Year Celebration Event which will promulgate our natural seafood bounty.” In honor of Black History month and in conjunction with the local Gullah Celebration, this dinner will have African influences including Gullah, Cajun, and Floribeean. Celebrity chefs, famous southern, and local chefs, as well as James Beard Foundation recognized chefs will be preparing the feast. Live and silent auctions will offer incredible artisan made gifts and unique finds with all of the proceeds going to local charities through the David M. Carmines Foundation.


Not to leave out our southern culinary tradition of excellence in barbeque, the festival will include a Pig Pickin’ and Lowcountry Boil at Historical Honey Horn Plantation. Family-style all the way, this Friday night event will be a grand fete brought to you by the Island’s best chefs and celebrity pitmasters. There will something for everyone in the family with tables teeming with local shrimp, whole hogs, chicken, and barbeque. Live music will be on hand to stir up the celebration. “Last year we roasted 3 whole hogs, 70 whole chickens, and 40 bushels of local oysters,” said Andrew. “We are bringing in the biggest name pitmaster in South Carolina this year. It will be really special to see the technique of a true master.” The signature event of the festival, the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, will be on Saturday, February 25th at its new location in Honey Horn Plantation. Fifteen local restaurants will be serving up their favorite seafood delicacies and a number of artisans, including cast-net makers and basket weavers, will be sharing their tricks of the trade. Three bands will provide non-stop entertainment and this kid friendly event will boast a 400 yard long zip line, kids bungee jumping, face painting, a Kids Zone, and of course the ever-popular crab races. “We are excited about the new location at Honey Horn Plantation. It is big and safe for kids to run around. Parents can let their hair down,” commented Andrew. At press time, there were tentative plans also for a Sunday Brunch to end the festival with plenty of seafood, champagne, and Gullah gospel music. To date, the David M. Carmines Foundation has donated over a million dollars to local charities. Proceeds from this year’s festival will go to organizations like the Coastal Discovery Museum, Port Royal Sound Foundation, and the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund. “We have expanded over the years so that anyone who wants to support the festival will have lots of options,” said Andrew. “We are truly a non-profit with everything going to the Foundation.” For announcements and tickets, please visit hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com or Facebook.com/ hhiseafoodfest. TASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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walk-ins 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 (843) 757-5611.

REDFISH

On the corner of Palmetto Bay Rd. and Archer Rd. on Hilton Head, and 32 Bruin Rd. in Bluffton. Serving Innovative Cuisine in a unique and inviting atmosphere. 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 (843) 837-8888 or online at www. redfishofhiltonhead.com.

REILLEY’S

Located in Reilley’s Plaza, just off Sea Pines Circle. Serving up delicious steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches on Hilton Head Island for over 30 years. With a sophisticated warm ambiance, the family-friendly atmosphere will have your family dining with the Reilley family again and again. Dine indoors or outside on the deck. Enjoy nightly dinner specials with family, or toasting to the good life with mimosas and Sunday brunch. Lunch and dinner served seven days a week. Happy Hour from 4 until 7 p.m. Take-out and kids menus available. Call (843) 842-4414 or visit reilleyshiltonhead.com.

REILLEY’S NORTH END PUB

Located in Port Royal Plaza. The sister restaurant of Reilley’s Grill & Bar (located on the south end), Reilley’s North End Pub has been serving up delicious steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches on Hilton Head for over 30 years. With a sophisticated warm ambiance, Reilley’s is reminiscent of a true Boston pub. Experience the family-friendly atmosphere for some local fun and Tuesday Trivia. Enjoy nightly dinner specials with family, or toasting to the good life with mimosas and Sunday Brunch (champagne included). Lunch and dinner served seven days a week. Happy hour daily from 4 until 7p.m. Take-out available. Call (843) 681-4153 or visit reilleysnorth.com.

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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.

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. Live entertainment Tues. thru Sat. 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) 7853838 or www.santafehhi.com.

SKILLETS CAFE

Located just off the beach in Coligny Plaza. An excellent choice for the whole family since 1994. Wonderful selections including old-fashioned lunches, great sandwiches, burgers, jambalaya, chicken pot pie or our extensive salad bar. Full bar and wine list available. Kids menu and take-out. Dine inside or on the patio (Dog Friendly). Open daily from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Call (843) 7853131 or check us out online at www.skilletscafe.com.

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Chamber Restaurant Week Returns

Plan on taking a break from your New Year’s resolution diet at the end of January. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Week returns January 21-28 and promises to let you check off a few more boxes on your Lowcountry eatery bucket list. Last year, more than 75 restaurants participated. Modeled after successful week-long events in New York and Los Angeles, Chamber Restaurants Week is in its eighth year and has proven wildly popular. Participating restaurants offer a featured price fix menu that showcases their best cuisine over multiple courses. People can find participating restaurants and preview the menus on the chamber website, www.ChamberRestuarantWeek.com. With dozens of restaurants specializing in every cuisine imaginable, it’s hard to choose only a few places to dine. Whether it is a place that has never been tried or the area’s newest location, Restaurant Week is one of the best ways to eat your way through the Lowcountry. “Restaurant Week is a win-win for both residents and restaurants,” said Bill Miles, CEO & President of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. “Residents get a great deal on a great multi-course meal, while restaurants have a chance to gain returning customers.” All the participating restaurants and their special menus are listed on www. ChamberRestuarantWeek.com. Last year, more than 10,000 people visited that webpage to make their plans. New menus are being added daily. With so many dining options, the Lowcountry offers a variety of culinary experiences. Chamber Restaurant Week makes it easy to venture out and sample all the area has to offer. Whether you are trying new restaurants or visiting old favorites, you’ll be tempted to eat out every night. Your waistline may not thank you, but your wallet and your palate will. 36

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hand-pattied butcher ground burgers, slow roasted prime rib steak sandwiches, the island’s best fish and chips and much more. Kid’s menu, vegetarian menu, full bar and direcTV sports programming. Serving daily from 11:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. Call (843) 842-2570 or online at www.streetmeethhi.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. The creative menu features house specialties such as Hugh’s famous hot smoked salmon, shrimp & grits, grilled sea scallops & braised lamb shank all prepared to perfection. An extensive wine list, craft beer selection and full bar available. Call (843) 689-6744 for reservations or visit sunsetgrillehhi.com. Dinner is served Tuesday-Sunday 5:30 p.m. until.

TRUFFLES CAFE

Located in Sea Pines Center and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. Casual cafés featuring the freshest food and finest service for over 30 years. Fresh local seafood, Black Angus steaks, baby back ribs, homemade soups, fresh garden salads, Angus burgers, pasta, and excellent desserts. Outside seating available at Belfair location. Full bar and fine wines by the glass or bottle. Call for Priority Seating. Private dining available for 6 to 100 people. Serving lunch and dinner 7 days

a week. Sunday - Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.. at Sea Pines Center and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. Call (843) 671-6136 or (843) 815-5551 or go to www.trufflescafe.com.

TWISTED CORK COCKTAIL & WINE BAR

Located at 11 Palmetto Bay Rd., Suite 102 next to Staples in the Publix shopping center. A local’s favorite, featuring an extensive wine list available by the glass or the bottle in a warm and intimate atmosphere. Choose from a fantastic selection of craft cocktails, beer and small plates. Happy hour includes half off all bottles of wine, half off well liquor and $2 domestic and $3 import beers. Open Monday thru Saturday from 5 p.m. Call (843) 802-0510.

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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HONOR OUR HEROES

A Spotlight on the Heroes Among Us BY CHRISTY BARONI • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H Did you know that there are silent heroes among us? In Beaufort County alone there are upwards of 18,000 veterans living right here. Your next door neighbor, a small business owner, a college student, a working professional… they may no longer wear a uniform, but each veteran has a story and a permanent place on the landscape of our hearts. One such veteran is Jake Walsh. You may find him on the USCB campus where he is an undergrad Liberal Arts student. You might find him planning his wedding to his longtime girlfriend, Shannon. You may also find him walking his dogs, Murph and Tillee, or lifting weights at the gym. But if you take a moment to get to

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know him, you’ll find a true American treasure with a heart for giving back to the veteran community in a real and tangible way. He is the President and co-founder of the Honor Our Heroes Foundation (HOH) along with Joe Mezera who is co-founder and treasurer. Their goal is to alleviate veterans’ stress and to honor their enduring sacrifices. They aim to connect service members and their families with life skills and resources necessary to thrive in civilian life. To hear Jake tell it, he was very fortunate during his transition back to civilian life. After spending 6 ½ years as an Army Medic, he found himself a civilian with no more team and no more structure. Today he is very much

a student of mindfulness and humility. He understands from experience that everything is teachable to those who are willing to learn. And he is ready to share all he learned during his own rough, yet successful, transition. “If life is easier for even one person, then it’s all been worth it.” – Jake Walsh, Co-Founder He has identified the three primary goals of the Honor Our Heroes Foundation: • Short term financial assistance for emergency situations • Small business grants to veteran owned businesses • Access to Neuro-feedback through Brain Training at BrainCore of the Lowcountry.


While this list is clean and neat and direct, there is no magic formula to assist veterans. Each one has a unique skill set and story, a unique set of needs and circumstances. There are so many variables when helping them find a fulfilling and purpose-filled life outside of the service. Where HOH stands out is that they model the skills they know veterans will need to cope and be successful. HOH cannot meet every need presented to them, so they stay networked with the Red Cross, MAVSA, the VFW, and other veteran support organizations to refer people who need services or resources they cannot provide. Teamwork and relying on others is a skill Jake learned in the Army, and he hopes to remind veterans that they are still part of a team. There are still people out there ready and able to lend a hand. Additionally, Jake has also created Veteran Mettle. This is a carefully curated collection of media with the sole purpose being to overwhelm the veteran

community with success stories. He is giving his fellow veterans something and someone to emulate, real life people who have been in their shoes and have achieved life goals outside of the military. This resource intentionally steers clear of the graphic and gritty reminders of the reality of war-time service, and instead stays forward-focused on stability and success in the transition to civilian life. One concept he learned early on as a newb in the Army is to ‘fake it til you make it’. Early on there are overwhelming physical and mental demands on new recruits, so Jake learned to look to those soldiers who were succeeding and emulate what they did well. Veteran Mettle provides this same opportunity to veterans during their transition by highlighting people to emulate until they find their own path of success. I hope by now you are thinking, “How can I help? How can I be involved?” The simplest first step is to visit www. hohusa.org. You can donate directly to

the organization, read about the founder and directors, and see news footage and articles highlighting some of the work HOH has been up to recently. Next is to spread the word. You can follow HOH & Veteran Mettle on Facebook, read about upcoming events, like and share their posts, and stay up-todate on current events. But that’s the easy part. What you may find surprising is that when asked what challenges HOH faces, the first one Jake mentions is meeting people in need. By nature, our veteran population is a proud group of individuals. You can have a huge impact by speaking up on behalf of a veteran. If you are aware of a veteran in need, nominating them for support and assistance might mean the difference between their success or continued struggle. Consider raising your hand for them. What better way to honor their service than to be part of their path forward?

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Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration Cherishing a Culture and Taking in Tradition BY RISA WILLIAMS MCMILLAN

They came here from Western Africa, not by choice, in the 1700’s. They were ripped from their homes, their families, their very lives and brought to the southeastern United States to work the fields – specifically the rice fields. They formed a formidable family that survived slavery, disease, and war, while all the while sustaining their culture and preserving their roots. They have showed, now 300 years later, that while they could be stripped of their homeland, they could not be stripped of their culture and their traditions – the very things that make them a unique ‘family’. They are the Gullah and we are blessed on Hilton Head to have a strong community that shares its heritage with us in a grand Gullah Celebration. The month of February on Hilton Head has essentially turned into Gullah month with a full calendar of events. It is an education and it is entertainment. It is a taste of everything – their distinct creole language, dance and music, food, art, and crafts - and ultimately it is a celebration of the rich culture of the Gullah people. In its 21st year, this series of events has been recognized as not only one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeastern Tourism Society, but has received accolades from National Geographic Explorer as one of the Top 10 Events in the WORLD that people should try. Courtney Young, spokesperson for the festival and 5th generation Gullah descendant, explained that the festival originally was started by a group of small business owners 42

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and community leaders who saw the opportunity to share this special culture. They formed a partnership with the town and the event took flight, with the main attraction being their art exhibit. As the Art Exhibit grew over the years, the Taste of Gullah Festival matured and other events kept getting added to the calendar. Last year, over 15,000 people attended the various events including tour buses that came in from all over the southeast. “This Island is about so much more than beach and tennis,” said Courtney. “People will learn when they come to these events that the Gullah culture is not in the past. It is in the present tense and ever-evolving. I feel blessed to be able to bring a fresh approach to show people how relevant we are and important to the entire United States and all of this is rooted in our backyard. The Gullah Celebration has done a phenomenal job of preserving the culture.” Courtney encourages people to experience their rich traditions and take a snapshot back in time. Go to the events. See their lives through their paintings. Taste the food. Touch their drums. Listen to their stories. Take home a piece of the past through their memories and special gifts. The festival opens up on February 1st with the XX Arts Ob We People Annual Art Exhibition and Sale at the Arts Center in Shelter Cove. In its 20th year, the Art Exhibition is the longest lasting and largest display of Gullah art in the world. It features paintings, photography, craft dolls, jewelry, and baskets. The


exhibit is open the entire month of February from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is often graced with visits from the artists themselves. There is an entire music series during the month that kicks off on Friday, February 3rd at First Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Bluffton and features the voices and vibes of El Shaddai, a community choir that has made quite a name for itself in these parts. The music events will feature both traditional and modern favorites. The Gullah Celebration includes many events for the history buffs. There is a Tour of Mitchelville where people can take a journey by bike or foot through the area where, after being released from bondage, these people set up their own self-governed community that would be the template for many others to follow. At the “Gullah Institute Presents” event, scholars will map out the history of how the Gullah people came here and utilized their skills to grow rice and build irrigation and dams to sustain the land. No Gullah festival would be complete without a celebration of their food. The Gullah people lived off of the land and their diet reflects that. “So much of Gullah food is seafood,” explained Courtney. “The men and women made a living off of the seas – selling shrimp, fish, oysters, blue crabs and clams. Shrimp and grits has been part of the Gullah culture for over 150 years. They would eat oysters or fish stewed over grits for breakfast and fried for dinner.” And then of course the staple for every meal was rice – the reason they were brought here to begin with. “My mom told me stories of how she grew up with a pot of rice on the stove every day. She promised that we would not have to eat rice every day but I remember we still ate it 3 or 4 times a week.” The main showcases of the food and culture will be at the Taste of Gullah on Saturday, February 11th and the Arts, Craft & Food Expo (ACF), the BIG event, the weekend of Saturday, the 18th. Courtney describes the Taste of Gullah as a snapshot of the culture and the ACF as the “full picture.” It is described as the “all access experience to Gullah Culture”. Vendors and small businesses will set up tables with traditional Gullah food favorites like gumbo, ‘Geechee’ conch stew, fried fish, chicken, ribs, sweet potato pie, shrimp creole, and a whole lot more. Aside from the food presentations, there will be many local artists -- sweet grass basket sewers, fishnet weavers, and handmade jewelry makers, some coming from Southern and Western Africa. Entertainment will be in the form of story tellers, African dance, and Gospel Music. Courtney noted that the dancing and drumming will be “traditional but with a modern approach”. There are many other food events during the month including an OL’ Fashioned Gullah Breakfast and a Gullah Brunch. We are so fortunate on Hilton Head to be able to learn of this amazing Gullah people through the Gullah Celebration. It is through the success of these events over the years that has also helped to market and promote the culture to a bigger audience. Courtney explained that now other businesses have evolved; there is a Mitchelville museum, local Gullah tours, musical performers are sought after like El Shaddai, there are Gullah cooks that do private catering, and jewelry and basket makers sell their wares at various festivals and events throughout the year. For more information on events and to purchase tickets, go to www.gullahcelebration.com and like them on Facebook. There is also a full complement of Gullah wares for sale year round on their website including their annual Celebration posters and merchandise. TASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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A TASTE OF LUNCH

A LOWCOUNTRY BACKYARD

Located at 32 Palmetto Bay Road in the Village Exchange. Capture the true essence of the island while enjoying local and regional inspired cuisine featuring owner Dave and Raina Peck’s family recipes. Choose from Potato chip meatloaf, Charleston fried green tomato sandwich, shrimp & grits, Southern Belle salad and a wide selection of other lowcountry favorites. Dine in or outside in the comfortable backyard. Experience the island, love the food! Serving Lunch Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday 12 - 3 p.m. and Dinner 4:30 - 9 p.m., Monday - Saturday and Brunch on Saturday 9 - 12 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call (843) 785-YARD (9273) or visit us online at www.hhbackyard.com.

ANNIE O’S SOUTHERN EATS

Located at the corner of Arrow and Target Road. “All-Natural” makes the difference! Serving All-Natural proteins including Grass Fed Beef, Pastured Pork, Free-Range Chicken, CageFree Eggs and Wild/Sustainable Seafood. The Southern inspired menu offers traditional Southern favorites featuring All-Natural products because “It just tastes better”. Enjoy indoor seating and the newly created outdoor deck and garden seating. Open Monday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Call (843) 341-2664.

ASIAN BISTRO

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

AUNT CHILADAS EASY STREET CAFE

Located at 69 Pope Avenue. With a tag line of “Not your everyday Mexican” one can only imagine what a familyfriendly, fun restaurant Aunt Chilada’s is to both locals and visitors alike! Located on the south-end of Hilton Head, visit Aunt Chilada’s for fresh margaritas, fajitas, and even crab legs! The huge, covered outdoor patio is perfect for all gatherings. Open seven days a week. A member of the Coastal Restaurants and Bars family of restaurants. Call (843) 785-7700 or visit auntchiladashhi.com. #auntchiladashhi.

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THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE

Just steps from the beach, the Big Bamboo Cafe is located in Coligny Plaza on North Forest Beach Drive. Featuring fresh seafood, fish tacos, delicious salads and the build your own burgers, 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., Brunch served Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Hilton Head (843) 686-6736 or Bluffton (843) 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 over 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 (843) 757-6222 or online at www.captainwoodys.com.

CAROLINA CRAB COMPANY

Located in Palmetto Bay Marina, just off Helmsman Way. With a pet-friendly patio as well as indoor dining, Carolina Crab Company offers an array of fresh seafood, burgers, crab legs, Lowcountry boil and daily Chef specials. Open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. with brunch served Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy water views from the outside bar. A member of the Coastal Restaurants and Bars family of restaurants. Call (843) 842-2016 or visit carolinacrabco.com. #carolinacrabco.

CHARBAR CO

Located in Park Plaza right outside Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head. A local favorite serving a chef inspired menu featuring award winning gourmet burgers, signature sandwiches, veggie and shrimp burgers and salads that are as great as our burgers — all for around $8-10 with quick casual dining experience. We feature a fun and inviting indoor/ outdoor environment with a full bar and a music collection spanning the decades. Voted Hilton Head Island “People’s Choice Best Burger”, 1st Place Winner of Burgers & Brews 2012, 2013, 2014,2015 & 2016! 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 high with crispy bacon, turkey and cheese, dressed with Essie’s homemade sweet tomato vinaigrette that has kept the locals hooked for more than 30 years. Fish Cakes, Sauteed Flounder and an array of salads for anyone on the run. Dine-in or Take-out. Open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., and dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5:30 p.m. Call (843) 7859277 or check us out online at www.charliesgreenstar.com.

THE CHART HOUSE

Located at Two Hudson Rd., just off Squire Pope Rd. Serving up sensational food accompanied by spectacular water views of the Intracoastal waterway and extraordinary service. The expansive menu features fresh fish, pristine seafood, succulent steaks, Open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as Sunday Brunch. Happy hour offered daily from 4 until 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (843) 342-9066 or online at www.chart-house.com. TASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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CHOW DADDY’S

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

CRAZY CRAB

Two great waterfront locations- South end in Harbour Town in Sea Pines and North end Hwy. 278 overlooking Jarvis Creek. The “Islander’s place for fresh seafood for over 30 years,” The Crazy Crab restaurants are a must-visit for those enjoying all Hilton Head has to offer. Fresh local seafood is prepared any way you wish – broiled, fried, steamed, blackened, etc. Gluten free and vegan options also available. Open seven days a week. See the largest salt-water aquarium on Hilton Head (Hwy. 278 location). Call (843) 363-2722

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(Harbour Town), (843) 681-5021 (Jarvis Creek) or visit thecrazycrab.com. #thecrazycrab.

DELISHEEYO

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

THE DRYDOCK SEAFOOD GRILL & SPIRITS

All new location at 840 William Hilton Pkwy. Go where the locals go for fresh seafood, cold drinks and good times. We are easy to find, but hard to leave. 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 patio. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 842-9775.

ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE

Located at One Shelter Cove Lane. Featured in Bon Appetit and winner of numerous Open Table awards, Ela’s offers fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks of the highest quality, all prepared by our culinary team of experts and complimented


by an extensive boutique wine selection. Known for the best water views on the island, we have a casual intimate interior, wrap around dining patio exterior and nightly entertainment. Private parties, rehearsal dinners and special events welcome. Open for lunch Monday thru Friday, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner nightly from 5 p.m. Reservations recom-mended. Call (843) 785-3030 or online at ww.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, beach area and tiki bar. Black angus burger, crab cakes, pizza, prime rib sandwich, salads, subs, wraps, peel and eat shrimp, calamari and of course fried frog legs. 28 HD TV’s for great sports viewing as well as a kid’s menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 686-FROG (3764) or online at www.frostyfrog.com.

GRINGO’S DINER

Located at 6 Lagoon Rd., near the beach in Coligny Plaza. This cozy and comfortable diner serves breakfast and lunch all day. The food and service makes for the perfect stop for visitors and locals alike. Enjoy contemporary American and Mexican food in a warm atmosphere with friendly service. Enjoy

fantastic lunch selections like our yummy homemade burgers, sandwiches, B.L.T’s, hot dogs, fried baskets, awesome Philly cheesesteaks and famous hand cut French fries and shakes. Dine inside or outside. Take out is available. Open daily from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call (843) 785-5400.

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

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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 3:30-6:30 p.m. Call us at (843) 681-TACO (8226) or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/HolyTequila!

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LAGERHEAD TAVERN

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

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 Appetit. Open daily at 11 a.m. Call (843) 681-2772.

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KENNY B’S CAJUN SEAFOOD HUT

MANGIAMO

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.

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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.

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 (843) 706-0800 (B-Town).

OKKO RESTAURANT

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

PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFE

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

PANERA BREAD

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

PLANTATION CAFÉ & DELI

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

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REDFISH

On the Corner of Palmetto Bay Rd. and Archer Rd. on Hilton Head, and 32 Bruin Rd. in Bluffton. Serving Innovative Cuisine in a unique and inviting atmosphere. Specializing in excellent seafood, steaks, salads and daily specials. Attached bar and retail wine shop with over 1,000 selections of fine wines. Outdoor seating available. Serving lunch Monday thru Saturday from 11:30 a.m. and dinner daily from 5 p.m. Call (843) 6863388 or (843) 837-8888 or online at edfishofhiltonhead.com.

REILLEY’S

Located in Reilley’s Plaza, just off Sea Pines Circle. Serving up delicious steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches on Hilton Head Island for over 30 years. With a sophisticated warm ambiance, the family-friendly atmosphere will have your family dining with the Reilley family again and again. Dine indoors or outside on the deck. Enjoy nightly dinner specials with family, or toasting to the good life with mimosas and Sunday brunch. Lunch and dinner served seven days a week. Happy Hour from 4 until 7 p.m. Take-out and kids menus available. Call (843) 842-4414 or visit reilleyshiltonhead.com.

REILLEY’S NORTH END PUB

Located in Port Royal Plaza. The sister restaurant of Reilley’s Grill & Bar (located on the south end), Reilley’s North End Pub has been serving up delicious steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches on Hilton Head for over 30 years. With a sophisticated warm ambiance, Reilley’s is reminiscent of a true Boston pub. Experience the family-friendly atmosphere for some local fun and Tuesday Trivia. Enjoy nightly dinner specials with family, or toasting to the good life with mimosas and Sunday Brunch (champagne included). Lunch and dinner served seven days a week. Happy hour daily from 4 until 7p.m. Takeout available. Call (843) 681-4153 or visit reilleysnorth.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. A great combination of beautiful views and Mexican delicacies makes this the perfect spot for food from south of the border. Burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas and more Mexican fare offers something for everyone. Open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m until 5 p.m. Dine inside or out. Call (843) 842-4555.

SANTA FE CAFÉ

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cuisine featuring our Quesadilla Soup and Salad Trio, Santa Fe Salad, Fish Tacos, Steak Fajitas and many other great lunch selections. Excellent wine list, wide selection of imported beer and full bar. Take-out available. Open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Dinner 7 nights a week from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Call (843) 785-3838 or santafehhi.com.

SKILLETS CAFE

Located just off the beach in Coligny Plaza. An excellent choice for the whole family since 1994. Wonderful selections including old-fashioned lunches, great sandwiches, burgers, jambalaya, chicken pot pie or our extensive salad bar. Full bar and wine list available. Kids menu and take-out. Dine inside or on the patio (Dog Friendly). Open daily from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Call (843) 7853131 or check us out onlineat www.skilletscafe.com.

STREET MEET

Located in Port Royal Plaza near Sam’s Club. An American style tavern, select from our $7 lunch menu, paleo bowls, or choose from popular items like our NY Hofmann hot dogs, butcher ground burgers, homemade black bean burgers, homemade Italian wedding soup or the island’s best fish and chips. Enjoy a cold beer or cocktail after a day at the beach in an atmosphere that welcomes the entire family (Penny a pound for kids on Saturday). Serving from 11:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. daily. Call (843) 842-2570 or online at www.streetmeethhi.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. The lunch menu offers a great selection of gorgeous salads, Mussels provencal, shrimp & grits, smoked salmon and the famous stuffed burger as well as daily specials. Come enjoy a fantastic lunch with fantastic views. Lunch is Tuesday thru Friday 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Call (843) 689-6744. www.sunsetgrillehhi.com.

TRUFFLES CAFE

Located in Sea Pines Center and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. Delicious home-made soups, fabulous salads, 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. Call for Priority Seating. 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. TASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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Habits & Your Inner Monologue BY CHRISTY BARONI • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Did you have a chance to read the Fall issue? The one with that happy family just trotting along Shelter Cove Park, smiling as if they run in parks all day every day? That’s us! And, it just so happens that on the very day that issue hit the stands, we had a disastrous meltdown in the middle of Publix that ended up with not one, but both of my children getting soap in their mouths, and grounded in their rooms for the afternoon. The juxtaposition of the family pictured in the magazine and the one I was experiencing in real life was so stark that it stopped me in my tracks. Was it the fact that I actually wrote about family wellness that jinxed me into the foul-mannered shenanigans of that afternoon? While I hardly believe in being jinxed, we are in a season of change. Like many of you, we live through these transitions with some trial and error. We don’t often read in health and fitness articles about the struggle, the challenging times, the seasons of change. We don’t often get to see what it actually takes to build new habits, to re-identify the patterns that sustain a healthy body, a healthy mind, and healthy soul. What we do hear often is that age old adage that if you want something bad enough you’ll do the work to get there. But I find there to be some pretty big holes in that mindset. It suggests that the mere desire is enough to elicit change. However, in working with hundreds of people over the years I have found that the most powerful tool in creating change is in 52

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managing two things: habits and internal monologue. We have a moment of space between any stimulus and our response. It is in that moment that our judgement kicks in and we choose to respond positively or negatively. We receive the stimulus of hunger, and we can choose the doughnut or the apple. We receive the stimulus of boredom and we can choose to snack mindlessly or go for a short walk outside. (We receive the stimulus of kids acting crazy in the grocery store, and we can choose to explode or to remain calm.) Both your habits and your inner monologue kick in during that space between. The habit of having healthy food prepared kicks in a sense of readiness when hunger strikes. Our inner voice reinforces that we are prepared and we calmly make the healthy choice. In this short example we see that building the habit of prepping food and speaking kindly to ourselves has immediate and real impact. The response is immediate, but the habit takes time. The alternative is also true. When the habit of having healthy food prepared isn’t there, our inner voice may reprimand

in the moment of choice. This reinforces a negative thought pattern that may be keeping us from making the best choice. The holidays can often be a time of higher stress. A time where habits may be challenged due to being over tasked, and where stress levels are higher than normal. Let’s take a closer look at the habit of prepping food ahead of time. Popular wellness literature encourages us to tackle prepping food for the entire week in one swoop on Sunday evenings. Maybe in a perfect world we would have a huge block of time to do this, but in my reality I have a few smaller blocks throughout the week. Instead of tackling this huge task of thinking through the entire week, break that up in to a smaller more manageable task at first. Try one breakfast casserole this week. Next week add a dinner side dish. And build from there.


If you want a delicious breakfast that is quick to prep, quick to re-heat, and an easy grab-and-go meal, try these Morning Veggie Muffins. (In fact, these veggies muffins are great any time of the day!)

Morning Veggie Muffins INGREDIENTS

• 1 Tbsp olive oil • ½ yellow onion, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, minced • ½ zucchini, shredded • 1 red bell pepper, chopped • 8 large eggs • 2 cups arugula, roughly chopped • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese • Salt and pepper, to taste

RECIPE • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. • Coat a muffin tin with spray and set aside. • In a large skillet on medium heat, drizzle olive oil and sauté onion and garlic for about 4 minutes until tender and fragrant. Add in zucchini and red bell pepper, cooking an additional 2 minutes. • Fill each muffin tin about 1/3 full with veggie mixture. • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, arugula, cheese and salt/pepper and fill each muffin tin evenly, being careful not to over-fill. • Bake muffins for about 20 minutes, until they’ve risen and are golden brown around the edges. • Enjoy! DETAILS

• Serving Size: 1 muffin • Calories: 75 • Fat: 5 g • Carbs: 4 g • Protein: 5

Start small, break your goal in to smaller steps, and stay consistent with your attempts to go beyond a diet and transition to a healthy lifestyle. Christy Baroni is a Nutrition Specialist, CrossFit L1 Trainer, and a certified Personal Trainer. She is a military spouse, a mother of two, a competitive athlete, and is dedicated to helping people cultivate daily habits to create the body and life of their dreams. For more healthy living ideas or to create your own fitness and nutrition plan contact her at 843-321-8125 or Christy@ ThriveFitnessAndNutrition.com. TASTEOFHILTONHEAD.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 Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday 12 - 3 p.m. and Dinner 4:30 - 9 p.m., Monday - Saturday and Brunch on Saturday 9 - 12 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call (843) 785-YARD (9273) or visit us online at hbackyard.com.

BIG JIM’S BBQ, BURGERS & PIZZA

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

BRITISH OPEN PUB

Located in The Village at Wexford and Sheridan Park in Bluffton. Fabulous Brunch served in an authentic English style pub. Choose from Watson’s Steak & Eggs, Eggs Faldo (Benedict), Old Tom Morris Omelette, Pancakes, Cinnamon French Toast and more. Serving bottomless Mimosa’s and made from scratch Bloody Mary’s. Brunch served Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m and Sunday 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Hilton Head (843) 686-6736 or Bluffton (843) 815-6736.

CAPTAIN WOODY’S

All new location at 6 Target Road on Hilton Head and in Bluffton on the Calhoun Street Promenade. Serving Sunday brunch featuring shrimp & grits, steak & eggs, crab cake benedict, prime rib benedict, French toast, omelettes and much more. Wash it all down with a Captain Woody’s Bloody Mary, May River Mimosa or Promenade Poinsetta. Open for brunch on Sunday’s only from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 785-2400 or (843) 757-6222 or online at www.captainwoodys.com.

CAROLINA CRAB COMPANY

Located in Palmetto Bay Marina, just off Helmsman Way. With a pet-friendly patio as well as indoor dining, Carolina Crab Company offers an array of fresh seafood, burgers, crab legs, Lowcountry boil and daily Chef specials. Open seven days 54

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a week from 11:30 a.m. with brunch served Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy water views from the outside bar. A member of the Coastal Restaurants and Bars family of restaurants. Call (843) 842-2016 or visit carolinacrabco.com. #carolinacrabco.

THE CHART HOUSE

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

CRAZY CRAB

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

ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE

Located at One Shelter Cove Lane. Featured in Bon Appetit and winner of numerous Open Table awards, Ela’s offers fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks of the highest quality, all prepared by our culinary team of experts and complimented by an extensive boutique wine selection. Known for the best water views on the island, we have a casual intimate interior, wrap around dining patio exterior and nightly entertainment. Private parties, rehearsal dinners and special events welcome. Open for lunch Monday thru Friday, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner nightly from 5 p.m. Reservations recommended. Call (843) 785-3030 or online at www.elasgrille.com.


GRINGO’S DINER

Located at 6 Lagoon Rd., near the beach in Coligny Plaza. This cozy and comfortable diner serves breakfast and lunch all day. The food and service makes for the perfect stop for visitors and locals alike. Enjoy contemporary American and Mexican food in a warm atmosphere with friendly service. We offer tremendous pancakes, breakfast burritos and tacos, omelettes, chimichangas, and more. Dine inside or outside. Take out is available. Open daily from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call (843) 785-5400.

HOLY TEQUILA

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

HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS Located at 1 Hudson Rd. on the Intracoastal Waterway off Squire Pope Rd. Enjoy a wide variety of sweet and savory Lowcountry dishes complete with brunch cocktails and

sweeping views of Port Royal Sound. Lots of seafood-focused menu items featuring extremely fresh and local products like Blue Crab Benedict, Cathead Biscuits and Gravy, Shrimp and Grits and many more. Serving Brunch every Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call (843) 681-2772 or online at www.hudsonsonthedocks.com.

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

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atmosphere with a pirate theme that the whole family will enjoy. Open daily from 8 a.m. Call (843) 671-5456 for seasonal hours.

OLD FORT PUB

Located at 63 Skull Creek Drive on the Intra-coastal Waterway, Old Fort Pub provides the perfect setting for enjoying a spectacular Sunday Brunch. Served every Sunday from 11-2 p.m. Guests enjoy Chef Keith Josefiak’s “New Southern” favorites inspired with influences from around the globe. Outdoor dining available. Call (843) 681-2386 or visit OldFortPub.com for a complete menu or to make reservations.

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 (843) 757-5611.

PLANTATION CAFÉ & DELI

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

REILLEY’S

Located in Reilley’s Plaza, just off Sea Pines Circle. Serving up delicious steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches on Hilton Head Island for over 30 years. With a sophisticated warm ambiance, the family-friendly atmosphere will have your family dining with the Reilley family again and again. Dine indoors or outside on the deck. Enjoy nightly dinner specials with family, or toasting to the good life with mimosas and Sunday brunch. 56

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Lunch and dinner served seven days a week. Happy Hour from 4 until 7 p.m. Take-out and kids menus available. Call (843) 842-4414 or visit reilleyshiltonhead.com.

REILLEY’S NORTH END PUB

Located in Port Royal Plaza. The sister restaurant of Reilley’s Grill & Bar (located on the south end), Reilley’s North End Pub has been serving up delicious steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches on Hilton Head for over 30 years. With a sophisticated warm ambiance, Reilley’s is reminiscent of a true Boston pub. Experience the family-friendly atmosphere for some local fun and Tuesday Trivia. Enjoy nightly dinner specials with family, or toasting to the good life with mimosas and Sunday Brunch (champagne included). Lunch and dinner served seven days a week. Happy hour daily from 4 until 7p.m. Take-out available. Call (843) 681-4153 or visit reilleysnorth.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 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Call (843) 7 85-3131 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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BLACKENED REDFISH ATCHAFALAYA Courtesy Kenny B’s

BLACKENED REDFISH ATCHAFALAYA

CRAWFISH ETOUFEE (serves 4)

The fish Paul Prudhomme made famous in the late 70’s which put cajun cooking on the map to the rest of the world. Red Drum filets were used, a fish which prefers salt waters, but also tolerates the saline fresh water overlap of the atchafalaya delta of southern Louisiana. I would admit, this is a true cajun dish, and one of our best sellers.

3 tblspoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup onion chopped 1/2 cup celery chopped 1/2 cup green pepper chopped 2 tablespoons minced garlic 1/4 cup green onions chopped 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce Spices to include 2 teasp. thyme, 1/2 teasp white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 2 lbs. crawfish tail meat 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning (Kenny B’s) or use Redfish Majic by K Paul. 2 cups crawfish stock, with 1 teaspoon crab boil 1/3 cup roux oil and flour mixture

6 oz. filet red fish 1/4 cup butter 1 teaspoon cayanne pepper 1 teaspoon lemon pepper 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce Add all ingredients except butter and mix. Dip fish filet in butter and coat in ingredient mixture. Cook on a well seasoned cast iron skillet on medium heat until fish is done to your liking. Serve over white rice, and top with 3 oz. of crawfish etoufee.

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Melt butter in cast iron skillet add all veggies except the green onions. Add the garlic and seasonings, cook till veggies are translucent. Add the crawfish meat and the stock, on low simmer. Add the roux, and the green onion, and lemon juice. Add more seasonings to taste.


A TASTE OF NIGHTLIFE / LOUNGES

A LOWCOUNTRY BACKYARD

Located at 32 Palmetto Bay Road in The Village Exchange. A true Lowcountry experience offering a full bar complete with beer, wine and cocktails served in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Try our South Carolina moonshine, moonshine punch or lemonshine for a unique twist from the norm. Enjoy live entertainment on the outside stage (please call for schedule). Open Monday thru Saturday for lunch and dinner, and Saturday and Sunday for Brunch. Call (843) 785-YARD (9273) or online at www.hhbackyard.com.

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. With a tag line of “Not your everyday Mexican” one can only imagine what a familyfriendly, fun restaurant Aunt Chilada’s is to both locals and visitors alike! Located on the south-end of Hilton Head, visit Aunt Chilada’s for fresh margaritas, fajitas, and even crab legs! The huge, covered outdoor patio is perfect for all gatherings. Open seven days a week. A member of the Coastal Restaurants and Bars family of restaurants. Call (843) 785-7700 or visit auntchiladashhi.com. #auntchiladashhi.

THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE

Located upstairs at Coligny Plaza, Oceanside. The Island’s finest selection of imported and microbrewed draft beer in a unique 1940’s themed bar. Awesome happy hour with Margarita Madness, $3 appetizer menu and many other specials. Live music daily March thru October. Call for late night entertainment schedule. Full menu available. Open from 11:30 a.m. until late, 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) 785-1165 or www.palmettodunes.com/big-jims.

THE BOARDROOM

Located in Reilley’s Plaza just off Sea Pines Circle. Visit the Boardroom to find the Island’s best cocktails and live music venue - all in one place! Enjoy one of the latest happy hours on the Island with happy hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Be sure to follow The Boardroom on Facebook to always stay up-to-date on the latest bands, events and specials at this local spot. Call (843) 363-6636 or visit theboardroomlive.com. #theboardroomhhi.

BRITISH OPEN PUB

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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. Happy hour daily from 4 until 7 p.m. Open daily from 11 a.m until late. Brunch served Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 686-6736 or Bluffton (843) 815-6736.

CAPTAIN JOHN’S GALLEY AT THE SALTY DOG CAFE

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

CAPTAIN WOODY’S

All new location at 6 Target Road on Hilton Head and in Bluffton at the Calhoun Street Promenade. A local favorite for over 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

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11 a.m. until late, food available until 10 p.m. Call (843) 7852400 or (843) 757-6222 or online at www.captainwoodys.com.

CAROLINA CRAB COMPANY

Located in Palmetto Bay Marina, just off Helmsman Way. With a pet-friendly patio as well as indoor dining, Carolina Crab Company offers an array of fresh seafood, burgers, crab legs, Lowcountry boil and daily Chef specials. Open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. with brunch served Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy water views from the outside bar. A member of the Coastal Restaurants and Bars family of restaurants. Call (843) 842-2016 or visit carolinacrabco.com. #carolinacrabco.

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, 2014, 2015 & 2016! Enjoy our large outdoor patio with flatscreens, fireplace and the only outdoor bar in Park Plaza! Happy Hour specials daily from 3:30-6:30 p.m.! Live music nightly! Call (843) 785-CHAR (2427) or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/CharbarCo!

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

Located at 14B Executive Park Road, just off Pope Avenue and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. One of the island’s newest and most creative restaurants is the perfect place for delicious and healthy food, fine cocktails and good times. Choose from an extensive selection of beer and ales, creative cocktails, delicious martinis and fine wines. Happy hour is available daily from 4 to 6 p.m. and also for the late crowd from 9 p.m. until midnight. Offering live entertainment on selected evenings, please call for schedule. Outdoor seating available on our terrace. Open 7 days Sunday - Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Call (843) 842-CHOW (2469) or (843) 757-CHOW (2469) or online at www.chowdaddys.com.

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CQ’S RESTAURANT

THE CHART HOUSE

Located at 8 New Orleans Rd., just off Hwy. 278. Casual yet sophisticated atmosphere. Relax on the leather couch or sit

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the best produce and cuisine from the Lowcountry bounty. Guests can gather at the bar and lounge to enjoy tasting dishes and shareable small plates. The exceptional wine list includes a variety of wines selected specifically with the menu in mind. Open nightly 5 to 9 p.m. Reservations accepted. Call (843) 671-2779 or visit CQsRestaurant.com for complete menus or to make reservations.

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

Two great waterfront locations- South end in Harbour Town in Sea Pines and North end Hwy. 278 overlooking Jarvis Creek. The “Islander’s place for fresh seafood for over 30 years,” The Crazy Crab restaurants are a must-visit for those enjoying all Hilton Head has to offer. Fresh local seafood is prepared any way you wish – broiled, fried, steamed, blackened, etc. Gluten free and vegan options also available. Open seven days a week. See the largest salt-water aquarium on Hilton Head (Hwy. 278 location). Call (843) 363-2722 (Harbour Town), (843) 681-5021 (Jarvis Creek) or visit thecrazycrab.com. #thecrazycrab.

THE DRYDOCK SEAFOOD GRILL & SPIRITS

All new location at 840 William Hilton Pkwy. Go where the locals go for fresh seafood, cold drinks and good times. We are easy to find but hard to leave. Great happy hour specials, full bar and plenty of flat screen TV’s for all the best in sports viewing. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. Call (843) 842-9775.

ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE

Located at One Shelter Cove Lane. Featured in Bon Appetit and winner of numerous Open Table awards, Ela’s offers fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks of the highest quality, all prepared by our culinary team of experts and complimented by an extensive boutique wine selection. Known for the best water views on the island, we have a casual intimate interior, wrap around dining patio exterior and nightly entertainment. Private parties, rehearsal dinners and special events welcome. Open for lunch Monday thru Friday, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner nightly from 5 p.m. Reservations recommended. Call (843) 785-3030 or online at www.elasgrille.com.

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FLATBREAD GRILL

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

THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ

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

HOLY TEQUILA

Located in Park Plaza, the Holy Tequila taqueria blends gourmet tacos with American flavors, Mexican street food and tequila in an eclectic atmosphere! Prepare your senses for a fusion of flavors that reaches into the heart of Mexico! Holy Tequila combines an open kitchen with indoor/outdoor dining and a dynamic bar to create a high energy fiesta! We serve gourmet tacos, quesadillas, and smalls plates with a full bar offering over 40 kinds of premium tequilas and live music at night. The cuisine is modern, fun and uninhibited, just like our guests! The restaurant is open 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily with happy hour specials from 3:30-6:30 p.m.! Call us at (843) 681-TACO (8226) or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/ HolyTequila!

HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS

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

THE JAZZ CORNER

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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.

LAGERHEAD TAVERN

Located at The Oyster Reef Golf Club, 155 High Bluff Rd. The atmosphere at LagerHead Tavern makes it the ideal place for friends to socialize, enjoy the island’s camaraderie with progressive cuisine, hand crafted cocktails and southern hospitality or just sit back and watch the game with an ice cold glass of beer. Open for lunch and dinner. Call (843) 681-2184.

LUCKY ROOSTER KITCHEN & BAR

Located at 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square. An American Bistro with southern soul serves seasonal inspired food with local beers, craft cocktails and an esoteric wine list. Our menu is constantly changing and evolving with seasons, tides, weather and our inspirations. Dine inside or outside on our patio. A healthy children’s menu is also available. Call for hours (843) 681-3474 or online at www. luckyroosterhhi.com.

MELLOW MUSHROOM

Located in Park Plaza on Hilton Head and at 878 Fording Island Rd. in Bluffton. A fun and lively place with great food, beer and service. Over twenty-four beers on tap, fifty more by bottle and a full bar all in a comfortable and casual setting. Specializing in great pizza and calzones, monumental hoagies and fresh salads. Plenty of TVs to view your favorite teams. Win prizes at live team trivia Wednesday nights (HHI) at 9 p.m. (Tuesday’s at 9 p.m. in Bluffton). Happy Hour from 3 until 6 p.m. everyday. Open daily from 11 a.m. Call (843) 6862474 (HHI) or (843) 706-0800 (B-Town).

OKKO RESTAURANT

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

OLD FORT PUB

Located at 63 Skull Creek Drive on the Intra-coastal Waterway, Old Fort Pub showcases unrivaled nightly sunsets & award winning cuisine! Guests enjoy Chef Keith Josefiak’s “New Southern” favorites inspired with influences from around the globe. Serving Sunday Brunch 11-2 p.m., Bar opens at 4 p.m. daily and dinner is served nightly 5-9 p.m. Early Bird dining is served from 5-5:30. Outdoor dining 64

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available. Call (843) 681-2386 or visit OldFortPub.com for a complete menu or to make reservations.

OMBRA

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

REDFISH

On the corner of Palmetto Bay Rd. and Archer Rd. on Hilton Head, and 32 Bruin Rd. in Bluffton. Our unique bar and retail wine shop offers a contemporary, yet casual atmosphere for the wine connoisseur. Over 1,000 handselected wines from all over the world are available as well as a full bar selection. The wine shop is open Monday thru Saturday at 10 a.m. Dinner is available daily from 5 to 10 p.m. Call (843) 686-3388 or (843) 837-8888 or online at www.redfishofhiltonhead.com.

REILLEY’S

Located in Reilley’s Plaza, just off Sea Pines Circle. Serving up delicious steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches on Hilton Head Island for over 30 years. With a sophisticated warm ambiance, the family-friendly atmosphere will have your family dining with the Reilley family again and again. Dine indoors or outside on the deck. Enjoy nightly dinner specials with family, or toasting to the good life with mimosas and Sunday brunch. Lunch and dinner served seven days a week. Happy Hour from 4 until 7 p.m. Take-out and kids menus available. Call (843) 842-4414 or visit reilleyshiltonhead.com.

REILLEY’S NORTH END PUB

Located in Port Royal Plaza. The sister restaurant of Reilley’s Grill & Bar (located on the south end), Reilley’s North End Pub has been serving up delicious steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches on Hilton Head for over 30 years. With a sophisticated warm ambiance, Reilley’s is reminiscent of a true Boston pub. Experience the family-friendly atmosphere for some local fun and Tuesday Trivia. Enjoy nightly dinner specials with family, or toasting to the good life with mimosas and Sunday Brunch (champagne included). Lunch and dinner served seven days a week. Happy hour daily from 4 until 7p.m. Take-out available. Call (843) 681-4153 or visit reilleysnorth.com.

THE SALTY DOG CAFE

Located at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Great food, frozen drinks and live entertainment from the island’s favorite outdoor cafe. Enjoy beautiful waterfront views


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

SAN MIGUEL’S MEXICAN CAFE

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

SANTA FE CAFÉ

Located at 807 William Hilton Parkway near the entrance to Palmetto Dunes. Capturing the spirit of New Mexico in an elegant yet casual, cozy atmosphere. Our outdoor rooftop cantina is the perfect setting for one of our famous margaritas, sangrias or an imported beer. Enjoy Happy Hour daily from 5 until 7 p.m. and live entertainment Tuesday 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.

STREET MEET

Located in Port Royal Plaza near Sam’s Club. Relax in our newly expanded American style tavern and enjoy our wide selection of beer, wine, and full bar libations. Join us for happy hour from 4 until 7 p.m. featuring daily drink specials. Serving our full menu til 1 a.m. nightly. DirecTV programming for your team and home of the Hilton Head Brown’s Backers club. Open daily from 11:30 until 1 a.m. Call (843) 842-2570 or online at www.streetmeethhi.com.

TWISTED CORK COCKTAIL & WINE BAR

Located at 11 Palmetto Bay Rd., Suite 102 next to Staples in the Publix shopping center. A local’s favorite, featuring an extensive wine list available by the glass or the bottle in a warm and intimate atmosphere. Choose from a fantastic selection of craft cocktails, beer and small plates. Happy hour includes half off all bottles of wine, half off well liquor and $2 domestic and $3 import beers. Open Monday thru Saturday from 5 p.m. Call (843) 802-0510.

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. TASTEOFHILTONHEAD.COM

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A TASTE OF SERVICES & SWEETS DELISHEEYO

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

ISLAND FUDGE SHOPPE

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

ISLAND WINERY

Located at 12A Cardinal Rd. Island Winery presents a unique concept in fine wines, traveling the world’s vineyards to select the perfect grapes and handcrafting their wines in small batches right on Hilton Head. Also featuring Lowcountry specialty wines with unique recipes made from local fruit. Enjoy free tastings Monday thru Saturday from 12:30 to 5:30 pm. and Sunday 12 to 4 p.m. Purchase wine by the glass or bottle to enjoy with a cheese platter in our barrel room. For more information call (843) 842-3141 or check us out online at www.islandwinery.com.

TOBACCO ROAD

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

YELLOW CAB

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

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Old Town's Coolest Winter Events

The falling mercury doesn’t mean the fun stops in Bluffton. BY BARRY KAUFMAN • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Winter in Bluffton ain’t what it used to be. There was a time when this sleepy little river town became downright comatose in winter. Summers were for pig picking and street festivals, but come winter you could basically plan on hibernating. Not so anymore. Which, it turns out, is a good thing. Because a town as vibrant and exciting as Bluffton deserves a full year of outstanding events. With a bustling resident population and soaring popularity as a day trip destination for Hilton Head Island’s tourist crowd, Bluffton needs something a little more for the shoulder season than it used to. Thanks to these winter events, this is no time to hibernate.

Dec. 2: Christmas in the Village

Palmetto Bluff is a stunning backdrop for an outdoor event any time of year, with its verdant open green space, ancient live oaks and unmatched view of the majestic May River. But something about the Bluff in winter makes it even more special. Which is why it’s the perfect time to enjoy the annual Movie on the Green celebration at Palmetto Bluff. Just bring along the family, beach chairs and blankets to enjoy an outdoor screening of a Christmas classic amid the grandeur of Palmetto Bluff. While this year’s film has not been confirmed at press time, past years saw screenings of movies like “Elf” and “A Christmas Story.” Plus, $20 collected at the door goes to a great cause – Honor our Heroes, a local charity providing life assistance to are service members, veterans and their families. “Like a lot of the community events we host at Palmetto Bluff, it all starts with a connection we want to make. For me, watching holiday movies is a tradition

I love – to bring it here, to my favorite place, seemed like it could work. Last year, to see hundreds and hundreds of families all gathered together, sipping hot chocolate, and staring wide-eyed at the big screen illustrated everything I love about that time of year,” said Courtney Hampson, vice president of marketing for Palmetto Bluff. “And the fact that all of those families are also supporting the mission and work of Honor Our Heroes makes my job all the better.” Times and movies had not been finalized at press time, so check out palmettobluff.com for further details.

Dec. 3: Bluffton Christmas Parade There was a time when the entirety of Bluffton’s winter calendar consisted of one event – the parade. The original must-see, it’s still the best. Three miles of floats, from the whimsical to the outright hysterical, not to mention pounds of candy, make this the official kick-off to the holiday season for generations of Blufftonians. Thrill

to the precision choreography of the Bluffton Ladies Drill Team (who use actual drills, because this is Bluffton) high-five the inflatable two-legged reindeer (you’ll know them when you see them) or take a selfie with the Arts & Seafood Festival’s oyster mascot. Now in its 45th year, the Bluffton Christmas Parade is the one time of year when Bluffton’s eccentric charm, toned down in the past few years as more and more visitors come to town, is given full rein to celebrate with quirky abandon. Three miles of staging gives you plenty of options – for the full Old Town experience, we would recommend setting up along Calhoun Street. However that fills up fast. The turn onto May River Road is generally where the candy hunters will congregate, so be forewarned. To really spread out, grab a spot of sidewalk on May River Road starting west of Goethe Road. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. so get there early, and for the full experience check out the town Christmas tree lighting, generally held the night before at Town Hall. For more details, visit www.townofbluffton.com

Jan. 28: Bluffton Ball

Last year saw the launch of a brand new event to the town’s social calendar, The Bluffton Ball. During a night of dining and dancing, the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce honored winners of the Bluffton Business Awards at the Bluffton Community Rotary Center. This year’s event has been moved to later in the month, but you can expect another year of folks dressed in their finest “Bluffton chic” enjoying some of the many things that make this town great. For details, visit www.blufftonball.com.

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The Skinny on

Fat

Patties

It was a Beaufort icon that found its true home in Bluffton. BY BARRY KAUFMAN • PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

Well before Fat Patties crossed the Broad River, a whisper campaign was already underway. Savvy Blufftonians, returning from a trip north of the Broad for a day spent along the water, were coming home with stories of this amazing burger restaurant they’d visited up in Port Royal. A shrimp burger served with fried oysters on top? A black bean veggie patty topped with brie and caramelized apples? Beef blended with bacon under a mountain of pulled pork? Could this rumored nirvana of burgercraft possibly actually exist? For months, even years, this constant campaign continued. We can testify to one Blufftonian who made a trip north just to visit this burger restaurant everyone was talking about. So it should come as no surprise that when Fat Patties finally opened up its second location, in the heart of Bluffton’s immensely trafficked Old Town, it was an instant, runaway, expectations-shattering success. “It blew our expectations out of the water,” said owner Nick Borreggine. “Whenever you go into a project like that, you’re 68

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always looking at worst case scenario, asking yourself, ‘What’s the bare minimum I need to make this work?’ It’s doubled that.” The long-whispered-of restaurant, it turned out, was the restaurant that Old Town Bluffton never knew it always needed. Beyond the dizzying array of burgers (the menu starts with 78 options which expands exponentially dramatically as you tweak each burger’s toppings to your liking), Fat Patties is also famous for its brats, served either as a garlic brat or a chili brat. That’s not to mention a generous selection of tacos, chicken wings, oysters, salads and starters (five words: warm pimento beer cheese dip. Two more: you’re welcome). But Fat Patties didn’t get to be Bluffton’s hottest new table on burgers alone – not just a restaurant, this is an entertainment mecca. The happy hour and late night crowds have made the outdoor biergarten the site of a nightly party since Fat Patties opened, enjoying outdoor pool tables, live music and trivia and of course Bluffton’s only outdoor soccer/oversized pool table hybrid game.


That last isn’t just popular with the bar crowd – during the day you’ll find it swarming with kids. And in doing so, it fulfills one of the restaurant’s main mission statements. “Fat Patties was born out of necessity,” said Borreggine. “I’m a big beer drinker and I could never go out to a kid-friendly restaurant that had good beer. It just never existed.” As any parent who has visited Fat Patties can attest, the kids usually make a beeline for the giant pool table with its thick shag carpeting and soccer balls, and disappear for the rest of the meal. “We talked about board games and card games and that sort of thing, but it didn’t get them away from the parents,” he said, adding with a laugh, “We all love our kids, but… This way you can actually enjoy a drink, you know?” Which brings us to one of the chief reasons Fat Patties has been able to cement itself as ground zero for Bluffton’s nightlife. Lording over the main dining room from its second floor perch, the shiny steel fermenting tanks of Salt Marsh Brewing Co. don’t just give the restaurant a hip metropolitan vibe, they’re also putting out some seriously tasty beer. The small footprint and seemingly endless creativity of Brewmaster James Brown combine for a rotation of in-house brews that give every visit something new worth trying. Standbys like the Hoppin’ John IPA and State of Mind Saison share tapspace with seasonals like this past summer’s Summer Jam Series beers, which infused fruit flavor into the crispiness of the Riverwise wheat ale. You’ll also see collaboration beers, like the Red Eye Perks which carries heavy coffee notes courtesy of the master roasters at The Corner Perk, just up the street. The vast beer selection and the burger menu means that you can visit Fat Patties countless times, experiment with pairings, and never have quite the same meal twice. They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Fat Patties. North of the broad, it was a legend. South of the broad, it has come to define what Old Town Bluffton could be. Word of mouth and an excellent Old Town location brought people in the door, but its menu, its beer and its laid-back sense of fun have made the Bluffton branch of Fat Patties a legend in its own right.

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A TASTE OF BLUFFTON BRITISH OPEN PUB

Located in Sheridan Park in Bluffton and The Village at Wexford. Authentic English fare served in attractive pub-style atmosphere with golf art, memorabilia, and the only bar by Titleist. Featuring our famous Fish n’ Chips or Sandwedges like the Aberdeen Burger, Clubhouse Classic, Wexford Reuben, English Dip and Lobster Roll. Full bar and beers, ales, and stouts from around the world. Serving daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Hilton Head (843) 6866736 or Bluffton (843) 815-6736.

CAPTAIN WOODY’S

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

CHOW DADDY’S

Located in Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton and 14B Executive

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

THE CORNER PERK

Located at 1297 May River Rd, in the Promenade of downtown Bluffton. Already known as Bluffton’s best coffee, the Corner Perk offers so much more! Incredible drinks, decadent desserts, craft beers on tap, and a hand-picked wine list. Serving fresh breakfast items such as omelets, egg sandwiches, and French toast to name a few. As well as a full lunch menu featuring wraps, skillets, and salads. Enjoy your beverage of choice outside on their seated patio, or get cozy inside on the couches. They also feature a delicious dessert drink menu that you won’t


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find anywhere else in town! They are open Tues-Thurs: 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri & Sat 7a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday Brunch: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (843) 816-5674 or visit online www.cornerperk.com.

FAT PATTIES

Located on 46 in Old Town Bluffton and just outside the Parris Island gate in Beaufort. Fat Patties is a Hand Crafted American Burger Joint. We offer our innovative burger creations with the option of 6 different patties: Grass Feed Beef, 1/2 and 1/2 (Ground Beef and Ground Bacon),Wild American Shrimp, Turkey, Chicken Breast, or a Vegetarian Black Bean Pattie served on our homemade buttery buns. Our Brats are simmered in American Ale and topped with the same extravagant toppings as our Burgers. You can’t go wrong with one of our 38 American Craft beers on draft (some of which are brewed right upstairs at Salt Marsh Brewing). We also produce our own Ice Cream with flavors like Burnt Marshmallow and Bacon Maple Syrup we will take you back to your childhood. We can’t wait for you to try it! Open Daily at 11 a.m. Call (843) 815-6300 or (843) 379-1500 or Online at www.fat-patties.com

MAY RIVER GRILL

Located at 1263 May River Rd. in old town Bluffton. Voted best of Bluffton for eight straight years, this intimate restaurant features excellent food, great décor and quality service. Our extensive menu offers 20 different entrees, daily specials,

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locally caught seafood, walleye, lake Erie perch, and hand picked vegetables. Fantastic wine selections as well as an early bird menu available Monday thru Friday. Open Monday thru Saturday, from 5 until 9 p.m. Call (843) 757-5755 for reservations or online at www.mayrivergrill.com.

MELLOW MUSHROOM

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

OLD TOWN DISPENSARY

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


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 (843) 757-5611.

THE PEARL KITCHEN & BAR

Located at 55 Calhoun Street in the historic art district of Bluffton. The newest restaurant to top the Bluffton restaurant scene, The Pearl brings a fresh approach to dining focusing on a complete sensory experience offering fresh “clean eating”. Contemporary food preparations utilizing the best fresh catch seafood, certified steaks and local produce available. Live music Thursday thru Sunday. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Reservations recommended, call (843) 757-5511.

POUR RICHARD’S

Located at 4376 Bluffton Parkway. Creative food and wine are just a few things that keep people coming back for more! Known for their daily seasonal specials, the menu also features a variety of small plates, seafood and wood fired pizzettas. Reserve a table or dine at the bar where the friendly staff knows how to make you feel right at home. Open for dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5:30 until 10 p.m. Call (843) 7571999 or online at www.pourrichardsbluffton.com.

REDFISH BLUFFTON

Located at 32 Bruin Road. Our eclectic menu specializes in locally caught fish, natural and free range meats and vegetables from our garden to provide the freshest ingredients possible. Dine inside or out on the beautiful patio. Extensive wine list and full bar available. Serving lunch Monday thru Saturday, 11:30 a.m until 2 p.m., dinner nightly from 4:30 until 10 p.m. and Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call (843) 837-8888 or online at redfishofbluffton.com.

TRUFFLES CAFE

Located in Sea Pines Center and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. Casual 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. Open 7 days Sunday - Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. at Sea Pines Center and Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. Call (843) 6716136 or (843) 815-5551 or go to www.trufflescafe.com.

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A TASTE OF ADVERTISERS / MAP LOCATION

1. A LOWCOUNTRY BACKYARD

(843) 785-YARD (9273)

2. ANNIE O’S SOUTHERN EATS

(843) 341-2664

3. ASIAN BISTRO

(843) 686-9888

4. AUNT CHILADAS EASY STREET CAFE

(843) 785-7700

21. THE DRYDOCK SEAFOOD GRILL & SPIRITS

(843) 842-9775

22. ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE

(843) 785-3030

23. FAT PATTIES

(843) 815-6300 or (843) 379-1500

24. THE FROSTY FROG CAFÉ

(843) 686-FROG (3764)

5. THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE

25. GRINGO’S DINER

6. BIG JIM’S BBQ, BURGERS & PIZZA

26. HINOKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR

(843) 686-3443 (843) 785-1165

7. THE BOARDROOM

(843) 363-6636

8. BRITISH OPEN PUB

(843) 686-6736 or 815-6736

9. CAPTAIN JOHN’S GALLEY AT THE SALTY DOG CAFE

(843) 785-5400

(843) 785-9800

27. HOLY TEQUILA

(843) 681-TACO (8226)

28. HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS

(843) 681-2772

41. THE OLD OYSTER FACTORY

(843) 681-6040

42. OLD TOWN DISPENSARY

(843) 837-1893

43. OMBRA

(843) 842-5505

44. PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFE

(843) 686-3232

45. PANERA BREAD

(843) 686-3838 or 757-5611

46. THE PEARL KITCHEN & BAR

(843) 757-5511

47. PLANTATION CAFE & DELI

(843) 785-9020 or 342-4472

48. POUR RICHARD’S

(843) 757-1999

49. REDFISH

(843) 686-3388 or 837-8888

29. ISLAND FUDGE SHOPPE

50. REILLEY’S

30. THE JAZZ CORNER

51. RUAN THAI HUT

31. KENNY B’S CAJUN SEAFOOD HUT

52. SAGE ROOM

32. LAGERHEAD TAVERN

53. THE SALTY DOG CAFE

13. CHARBAR CO

33. LAND’S END TAVERN

54. SAN MIGUEL’S MEXICAN CAFE

14. CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE

34. LUCKY ROOSTER KITCHEN & BAR

55. SANTA FE CAFE

15. CHART HOUSE

35. MANGIAMO

56. STREET MEET

16. CHOW DADDY’S

36. MAY RIVER GRILL

57. SUNSET GRILLE

17. CQ’S RESTAURANT

37. MELLOW MUSHROOM

58. TOBACCO ROAD

18. CRANE’S TAVERN STEAKHOUSE & SEAFOOD

38. MICHAEL ANTHONY’S

59. TRUFFLES CAFE

39. OKKO

60. TWISTED CORK COCKTAIL & WINE BAR

(843) 671-CAFE (2233)

10. CAPTAIN WOODY’S

(843) 785-2400 or 757-6222

11. CAROLINA CRAB COMPANY

(843) 842-2016

12. CATCH 22 FRESH SEAFOOD & GRILL

(843) 785-6261

(843) 785-CHAR (2427) (843) 785-9277 (843) 342-9066

(843) 842-CHOW (2469) (843) 671-2779

(843) 341-2333

19. CRAZY CRAB

(843) 363-2722 or 681-5021

20. DELISHEEYO

(843) 785-3633

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(843) 842-4280 (843) 842-8620 (843) 785-3315 (843) 681-2184 (843) 671-5456 (843) 681-3474 (843) 682-2444 (843) 757-5755

(843) 686-2474 or 706-0800 (843) 785-6272 (843) 341-3377

40. OLD FORT PUB

(843) 681-2386

(843) 842-4414 or 681-4153 (843) 681-3700 (843) 785-5352 (843) 671-CAFE (2233) (843) 842-4555 (843) 785-3838 (843) 842-2570 (843) 689-6744 (843) 341-6265

(843) 671-6136 or 815-5551

(843) 802-0510

61. THE WRECK OF THE SALTY DOG

(843) 671-7327


Taste winter 16  

Hilton Head Island Dining, Restaurants and Nightlife

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Hilton Head Island Dining, Restaurants and Nightlife

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