Lowcountry Food Scene

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!’”

COMEDY MAGIC CABARET IS GOOD, CLEAN FUN

Kerry Pollock walks on stage at Comedy Magic Cabaret on Hilton Head Island like he built the place — because he did. Pollock’s passion for both comedy and magic lured him away from his original career as an engineer, one gig at a time.

Pollock is gifted at crafting jokes and illusions — and the settings where performers present them. His halfbowl, 88-seat club in the South Island Square shopping center feels like a classic jazz club; there’s not a bad seat in the house. Corporate events, private parties and celebrations of life have taken place in this homey, intimate space. In addition to setting the stage for laughter and amazement on Hilton Head, Pollock has built stages and performance spaces for others in the entertainment industry.

GOOD TIMES FOR ALL SEASONS

When summer ends, the good times keep going at The Salty Dog Cafe on South Sea Pines Drive on Hilton Head Island.

For example, the restaurant is kicking off the fall season with a crab boil and live music on the deck — a lively celebration of cooler weather and a perfect fit for The Salty Dog’s laid-back, casual atmosphere. Lowcountry boils, chili and wing cook offs and live music evenings also are planned, as is a craft beer and burger festival, where guests can enjoy favorite brews from River Dog Brewing Co. and a seasonal draft.

DAUFUSKIE FESTIVAL PUTS GULLAH CULTURE FRONT AND CENTER

The flavors of Daufuskie Island will be on full display in October during a celebration of Gullah cuisine and culture. 

Vibes & Tides, to be held Oct. 18-20 and sponsored by Haig Point, will benefit the Haig Point Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on preserving the island’s green spaces, encouraging community enhancements, and promoting Daufuskie’s historical significance. 

CHEF BRANDON CARTER OF FARM NAMED AS A 2019 SOUTH CAROLINA CHEF AMBASSADOR

Chef Brandon Carter of Bluffton’s FARM has been selected as the Lowcountry representative in the prestigious 2019 South Carolina Chef Ambassador Program. Each year, chefs from across the state are nominated to serve as culinary ambassadors; five were selected this year by Gov. Henry McMaster in honor of the program’s fifth year.

“At the end of the day, I think it just boils down to a lot of hard work from a lot of people who see the value in making something that’s special for our community,” Carter said of his success — and of FARM’s. The restaurant opened in October 2016 and has earned a reputation as one of the finest dining spots in the South.