Lowcountry Food Scene

CATCH 22 CAPTURES THE TRUE ESSENCE OF LAND, SEA AND SERVICE

The doomsday phrase “catch-22” doesn’t apply to the Hilton Head Island restaurant of the same name. The mission of restaurant Catch 22 is pretty straightforward: To serve the best seafood, chops and USDA prime steaks to its loyal band of customers, just as it’s been doing since 2001. Always fresh, nothing frozen.

Penny and Gary Duren, owners since the beginning, have created a comfortable culture for their customers and staff. The staff stays on for years and the patrons — locals and repeat tourists — keep coming back. Catch 22 exceeds expectations for its excellent service, delicious food, innovative menu, eclectic ambiance and superb dining experience.

CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE IS COOKING UP SOME CHANGES AS IT LOOKS TO THE NEXT GENERATION

When Charlie Golson opened the current Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte 17 years ago, Hilton Head Island was a much different place — especially for a restaurant. With fewer restau-rants around him, the Green Star had less competition for the attention and affections of area diners.

Golson won people over quickly with his signa-ture seafood creations — dishes that masterfully tread the line between French high cuisine and approachable Lowcountry flavor. And for 17 years, even as Charlie has stepped away from the business, that same culinary brilliance has kept his restaurant top of mind among the island’s foodies.

Stellini, the self-proclaimed “Jersey-style” Italian restaurant tucked among the pines off Executive Park Road on Hilton Head Island, is proudly celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Joe Pesce opened Stellini Italian Restaurant in 1989. Since then, his daughter Elise and her husband, Kyle Parlagreco, have built a loyal following among locals and visitors.

Are you in town for a girls weekend? Hilton Head has got you covered. Are you golfing with the guys and don’t know where to go after hole 18? Then this is the right article for you. Let us help save you some trouble by giving you an insider look into nightlife on Hilton Head and point out some things you may have missed if this is not your first trip to our little island.

If you just got in and you’re looking for something to do tonight on Hilton Head, you should start off on the South End of the island at Coligny Beach. The world famous Tiki Hut beachfront is the go-to spot for sand, tunes and late night eats. Enjoy music and drinks on the beach! If you are 22 or 62 this is the spot for flip floppin’ and beat droppin’ to start your evening off right.

Alexander’s Chalk Hill Wine Dinner

October 24, 2019 • 6:00PM - 8:30PM
76 Queens Folly Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Food Truck Fridays

October, 25 & November 1, 2019 • 3:00PM - 7:00PM
20 Wilborn Rd, Hilton Head Island , SC 29926

 

BROTHERS’ OYSTER FARM MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO MAY RIVER

Every day, starting at first light, brothers Andrew and Austin Harter head out from the Alljoy public dock in their SeaArk, aiming for a little slice of the May River where their 200 oyster cages float.

It’s their first trip of the day, but usually not their last. They’ll go out two or three more times to check on their oysters and haul in the ones that are ready for market.

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.

The list of ethnic choices is long and growing with authentic Caribbean, Chinese, French, Greek, Central and Southern American, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and more.

Some say commercial shrimping in Beaufort County will disappear eventually, but Larry Toomer believes that the combination of an evolving market and creative local solutions could save the business that he loves and is in his blood.

“I get satisfaction from figuring out where they are,” he said. “I love the feeling of ‘Got you!’”