Buffton’s Food Scene

In search of oysters, pad Thai, spanakopita, sole meunière, jerk chicken, pimento cheese, crab cakes or churros? You can find all of those items on Bluffton menus.

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.

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KENNY B’S: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

BY CARRIE HIRSCH | PHOTOS BY BUTCH HIRSCH

Kenny Ballard was born in Middletown, Ohio, and says it was the best place to grow up. His father was a theater director and his mom was a tennis coach and teacher. Ballard graduated from St. Louis University and Miami of Ohio with degrees in Accounting and Political Science but he chose a different path, taking on a job with the Four Seasons Hotel while dating his future wife Lavern.

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Ombra Cucina Rustica The Essence Of Italy

BY CARRIE HIRSCH

As summer approaches, visions of black truffles, watermelon, peaches and fresh figs dancing in Chef Michael Cirafesi’s head become tangible - some of the seasonal ingredients he most enjoys working with at his restaurant OMBRA Cucina Rustica. Celebrating accolades as a top choice for fine Italian dining since opening in 2012, the restaurant continues to draw in a constant stream of repeat and new customers. The dinner menu, in the classic Italian tradition, consists of four courses: antipasti, primi, secondi, and pasticceria.

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Broaden Your Brews

Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall,
Ninety-nine bottles of beer,
Take one down and pass it around,
Ninety-eight bottles of beer on the wall...

There are thousands of beers out there - why stick with the same beer every time? You could easily try a new one every day of the year, or however often you drink beer. It’s easy to order the same old familiar beer each time but since variety is the spice of life, venturing out to sample different types is a passion many beer lovers take pride in and pursue quite seriously. Breweries are opening up all over the country in record numbers and after water and tea, beer is the beverage most consumed globally by millions.

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