Restaurant News

Chow Daddy’s Hilton Head location has extended their backyard to include more seating and games.

Both Truffles Bluffton and Hilton Head restaurants have enlarged their outdoor dining. Dine al fresco with your pet.

On June 18, Nick’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant will celebrate 15 years under the ownership of Josh and Katie Hopkins. Join them for casual, family-friendly dining.

The Smokehouse restaurant is celebrating their 20th anniversary serving delicious baby back ribs, chicken wings, pulled pork and more.

Lowcountry residents are finding a new spot to satisfy their sweet tooth in Bluffton. Delectable Desserts by Russ opened in November on Bluffton Parkway near the Enmark gas station. The bakery specializes in desserts like cannoli, German chocolate cake, coconut pie and cinnamon rolls; many types of bread also are available. Owner Russ Gardiner is from Windsor, Canada, and imports his flour and peanut butter from his home country. “It’s a big difference in flavor compared to what I can get here,” he said. “I have family who bring it in.” Delectable Desserts by Russ also does catering. Russ went to culinary school in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has also lived in Fort Mill and Aiken.

The bakery is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. The shop is closed on Tuesdays.

4376 Bluffton Parkway, Suite 202, Bluffton. 843-422-9702

Vine, an intimate bistro in Coligny Plaza, now is owned by a French family. Chef Olivier specializes in Mediterranean flavors with a hint of Asian fusion. The décor is heavy on hardwoods and reminiscent of a speakeasy as diners eat by candlelight. Vine has been called “the most romantic place on Hilton Head Island.”

Enjoy wine from around the world and specialty martinis as you dine on produce sourced from local farms, fresh catch of the day and recipes from Italy, France and other countries.

Reservations strongly recommended.

For more information call 843-686-3900.

Lucky Rooster Market Street in Coligny Plaza will serve a globally influenced menu including Lowcountry rice bowls, catfish Po’ Boy sandwiches, lamb roti rolls and shabazi chicken flatbread. Chef Clayton Rollison, a Hilton Head native and owner of Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar, said he wanted to open a second restaurant to offer “elevated food in a quick service setting.” The new restaurant will feature two bars with craft cocktails, beer and frozen drink offerings. A children’s menu will be offered. The new location at 1 North Forest Beach Drive is expected to open in June. 

Seventeen chefs from South Carolina are serving up tasty bites at the ninth annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, held May 30-June 2. Attendees will savor their offerings at immersive learning experiences, epic tasting tents, and unique dinners and other events. Two Lowcountry chefs are participating in the event: Nathan Beriau of Montage Palmetto Bluff and Orchid Paulmeier of One Hot Mama's. 

Papa Wheelie’s Smoked Eats and Meats is the newest food trailer on Hilton Head Island. It’s parked at 144 Arrow Road, across from Espy Lumber and is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday —cash only. Owners Bryan Bobinchuck and Tim Moore named the food trailer Papa Wheelie’s because Moore, an avid bike rider and stuntman, often heard kids shout “Hey! Pop a wheelie!” as he rode by. The food trailer serves barbecue sliders, hot dogs, wraps and nachos. 

Hilton Head Island is set to welcome a new Italian restaurant in June. Nunzio Patruno, a noted chef from New Jersey, is renovating 18 New Orleans Road, the former site of Reebok Crossfit. Menu items will include fresh seafood and homemade pasta. Patruno has added a roughly 1,3000-square-foot kitchen and several new windows, a large bar area and two outdoor seating areas. Patruno formerly owned Nunzio Ristorante Rustico restaurant in New Jersey.

Hook & Reel is now open in Bluffton. The restaurant, located in the former Brick Chicken space, features seafood cuisine with a Cajun twist. The menu includes items like snow crab legs, shrimp and crawfish, tossed in sauces like original Cajun, garlic butter and Old Bay seasoning. The restaurant is open daily.

Jesse Blanco, host of the popular TV show “Eat It and Like It,” presents the Eat It and Like It Foodie Awards annually for the best food in the South Carolina Lowcountry and Savannah region. A panel of four judges chose the following winners from Hilton Head Island and Bluffton: Dolce Vita Ristorante, Hilton Head Social Bakery, SERG Group, R Bar, Hilton Head Ice Cream, Earle of Sandwich Pub, Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, FARM Bluffton, Taqueria del Sabor, Old Bull Tavern, Pour Richard’s, Local Pie, Corner Perk, Skull Creek Dockside, Skull Creek Boathouse and The Bluffton Room.