Restaurant News

Hilton Head Distillery’s new barrel-aged rum, Two Traditions Dark 23 Rum, is handcrafted using a granulated molasses base and aged in pre-used port wine barrels. The process uses 23 of these barrels, which are made of charred American oak, rich in flavor. The result is a bourbon-esque rum with a delightfully complex palate. 

FARM Bluffton will host a wine dinner from 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 19. The theme is “Resolution Solutions,” and the dinner will include flavorful dishes that will feel decadent, but won’t ruin anyone’s commitment to a healthful new year. For reservations, call 843-707-2041 or go to www.farmbluffton.com

WONDERING WHAT TO SERVE FOR DINNER? WONDER NO LONGER, THANKS TO WATUSI CAFÉ.

Since opening in 2012, the restaurant has earned rave reviews for its breakfast and lunch menus, and now owners Cheryl and Kerri Rieck are hoping dinner will be a success, too. The sisters have crafted a diverse menu of healthy meals, plus gluten-free and vegetarian options, staying true to their vision of Watusi as a cozy environment where friends can gather after a long day to unwind over a glass of wine or hand-crafted cocktail while enjoying a delicious meal.

As part of its planned culinary institute, Technical College of the Lowcountry recently proposed a museum dedicated to the Lowcountry’s unique regional food culture, a venture it’s calling the Lowcountry Culinary Arts Interpretive Center. According to a presentation to Beaufort County Council, the museum would host rotating and permanent exhibits dedicated to area agriculture, cultural foodways and seafood heritage. In addition, the museum could be used to host cooking classes chef lectures and more.

One of the hottest culinary trends parked itself north of the Broad for the inaugural Food Truck Festival this past month. The surprising popularity of the event led to a few long lines, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for some of our area’s most popular trucks including Murican Border, Time to Eat, Lowcountry Lobstaaah and Chazito’s Latin Cuisine. Proceeds from the event benefited the Lowcountry Jaycees Camp Hope.

Local Savannah brewery SouthBound Brewing Co. will soon open a taphouse inside the Savannah-Hilton Head Island International Airport just outside security. The taphouse will not only offer a place to grab a cold local beer before a flight, it will also offer a full menu as well as pool tables. Southbound Brewing Co. opened in 2013 and offers a full suite of craft beers brewed right in Savannah. Launched in partnership with HMSHost, this represents the brewery’s first restaurant venture following new laws allowing breweries to sell direct to consumer in Georgia. For more information, visit www.southboundbrewingco.com.

The Sea Pines Country Club unveiled the newly remodeled Blue Heron Pub and Grille at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in October. The 6,250-square-foot casual dining restaurant, offering a Lowcountry-inspired menu, features a modern design with marsh views. The renovation is a part of the ongoing $2.7 million commitment to refresh the clubhouse at Sea Pines Country Club. Robbie Ames is the general manager and chief operating officer of the Sea Pines Country Club.

Offering a unique menu of globally inspired dishes, Andes Rotisserie will open in November at 7 Johnston Way in Old Town Bluffton. Dishes like Andean Chicken and Ancient Italian Pig Roast, inspired by European food truck fare, reflect owner Andrew Fishkind’s travels around the world. While full dine-in dinners won’t begin until later this year, the restaurant will launch with lunch and dinner pick-up services. For more information, visit www.andesrotisserie.com.

The former space of the Chart House Restaurant will see new life as the fully renovated Skull Creek Dockside, the latest venture from the SERG Group. Featuring an expansive outdoor patio bar, second-story private event space and playground for children, Skull Creek Dockside is located next to Skull Creek Boathouse, with the are between the two restaurants serving as outdoor family entertainment space. For more information, visit www.docksidehhi.com.