Bluffton is the fastest growing municipality in South Carolina. To help serve the rapidly expanding population, many restaurants have decided to set up shop on the mainland.
In search of oysters, pad Thai, spanakopita, sole meunière, jerk chicken, pimento cheese, crab cakes or churros? No need to cross the bridge. You can find all of those items on Bluffton menus. Gone are the days when it used to be hard to find a kitchen open past 9 p.m.
Bluffton diners now have many of the same options Hilton Head has enjoyed for decades. In some cases, they even have the same restaurants. Popular island landmarks such as Chow Daddy’s, British Open Pub, Red Fish and Truffles now have Bluffton locations.
Bluffton’s restaurant choices range from casual to fine dining with an eclectic selection of regional cuisine. Seafood, barbecue and Lowcountry dishes are well represented along with lounges, bars, breweries, pizzerias, diners, cafés, bakeries, ice cream and frozen yogurt shops.
The list of ethnic choices is long and growing with authentic Caribbean, Chinese, French, Greek, Central and Southern American, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and more.
Many of these independent restaurants are family owned and operated and use recipes passed down from previous generations. Ingredients are often sourced by the award-winning Farmers Market Bluffton.
The Bluffton food scene also aligns itself closely with the art scene. In addition to the many galleries and artist studios, many of the restaurants exhibit the work of both well-known and up-and-coming local artists.
Bluffton is a tight-knit community that cares deeply about food, art, culture and history. It’s no longer a town you pass through on your way to the island.