Lowcountry Food Scene

INNOVATIVE ITALIAN FARE

Nunzio Restaurant + Bar burst onto the dining scene last year on Hilton Head Island and is the talk of the town. The beautifully renovated space on New Orleans Road is owned by Nunzio Patruno, who currently owns New Jersey restaurant Nunzio Ristorante Rustico, which was reviewed by The New York Times and other media outlets.

“Adulation of fresh vegetables and seasonal ingredients may seem cutting-edge, but Nunzio Patruno grew up cooking this new old-fashioned way years ago, and he has the loyal hordes to prove it,” the New York Times article says.

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Hilton Head – North End

COCONUTZ SPORTZ BAR

40 Folly Field Road | 843.842.0043 

Open to the public. Sporting events shown on dual 125” high-definition screens and 18 other TV’s. Try the “Island’s Best Wings,” craft burgers and brews, prime rib. 

NOT FANCY, JUST GOOD!

Serving home-cooked seafood since 1998, the Sea Shack has one of the island’s most extensive menus of seafood served lots of ways, including grilled, blackened, fried and more.

Enjoy favorites such as tilapia, mahi, salmon, grouper and snapper. The diverse menu also includes platters, po’ boys, sandwiches and soups.

A CRAVEABLE SEAFOOD EXPERIENCE

A new seafood restaurant with an unusual name and a menu inspired by its food truck origins is now open on Hilton Head Island. At the bustling corner of Arrow Road and William Hilton Parkway, the restaurant offers healthy, affordable, chef-crafted food in a completely remodeled space inside the building that formerly housed The Pantry gas station. 

HILTON HEAD’S SEAFOOD DESTINATION

Rockfish Seafood and Steaks is proud to call itself “Hilton Head’s Seafood Destination,” and locals and visitors agree.

The menu offers shrimp, oysters (as in Rockefeller, Charleston, on the half-shell and even in a Bloody Mary-based shooter), shrimp and grits, Ahi tuna, halibut and salmon, as well as a “Southern fried” menu, pasta and a wide selection for “land lovers,” including steak, pork shoulder, ribs and burgers. They use local fresh fish when available.

DELICIOUS ITALIAN FOOD IS A FAMILY AFFAIR

A top choice for fine Italian dining since opening in 2012, OMBRA Cucina Italiana continues win praise for its regional dishes and contemporary style. But for Lauren and Michael Cirafesi, running the award-winning restaurant is all about family — and not just their six sons but their staff and guests as well. 

FRESH ARUGULA AND RIPE TOMATOES MAKE THIS SALAD A SUMMER ESSENTIAL

Whether the ingredients come from your own garden, the local farmers market or the grocery store, this salad is easy to put together and complements almost any meal. The ingredients for this delicious salad came from Anuska Frey's hope garden.

You don't need a lot of space to have a garden. These garden boxes have everything you need for a summer salad.

BBQ - BURGERS - PIZZA - CATERING

Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving signature Southern dishes including BBQ, gourmet burgers and grilled pizzas plus homemade soups, salads, seafood and fall-off-the-bone ribs.

Big Jim set the tone for Palmetto Dunes’ growth and development since purchasing the resort in 1979, but one of his biggest claims to fame has been his culinary skills. From his own special barbecue sauce to his renowned Tennessee cole slaw, Big Jim’s recipes were always in demand.