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Hilton Head Island - help w/ non-chain recs

I would love some recs for good non-chain dining in Hilton Head during the weeknights - it would be on a Wednesday or Thursday night. Any kind of food is fine - nothing super snooty or over the top expensive, but definitely want to stay away from anything too touristy and would love to try anyplace that you hounds have had a great meal. I haven't been to HHI in almost 20 years and I'll have to admit I don't have any clue what's there now as far as eating goes. Decent wine list would be good too. Mostly I'll be eating dinner out, although some good laid back, tasty lunch or breakfast spots would be good too in cast there is the chance.

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  1. Gruby's Deli for breakfast or lunch.
    Giuseppe's in Shelter Cove for lunch or dinner.

    Both casual, cheap and very good for what it is. Can't help with dinner recs.

    1. Don't know if you're into a little jazz with your dinner but this is a pretty good spot for relaxing and dining.


        1. Best foodie dinner on Hilton Head:::The Sage Room. Absolutely one of the best meals,start to finish you can find outside of a major food destination. worth the money, it's more than wildwing but a Guranteed unforgettable meal. I'll buy your dinner anywhere in Savannah if you aren't satisfied with this place.
          For lunch try the Sea Shack on Pope Ave, best burger and local lunch.
          Breakfast check out Salty Dog..

          1. From a 25 year island resident: "Spice", a month old Northern Indian restaurant has an interior not seen outside of Manhattan. Not over the top expensive, but way classy. The bar goes 'til 4AM. Worth the trip if you just stop in for a drink. At the Village at Wexford.

            1. well you don't have to worry about that, if you've been to hhi before you'll realize that the only "chain" restaurants are
              1. fast food
              2. outback
              3. longhorn
              4. applebee's
              annnnd that's pretty much it for on the island
              hhi is local restaurants.
              i'd go to sea shack (yet it's being crowded with tourists) / red fish/ something along the lines of that

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              1. re: sexaybeba

                I agree with you.

                Going down end of next month, is the Spice bar really open to 4:00am!?

                I dobut we'd ever be up that late and out, but good to know if we wanted a place to go at even 1:00am! Which I still doubt.

              2. My family has a condo in Hilton Head and we've been going a couple times a year for years now. Some of our favorites lately are RedFish, Santa Fe Cafe, Charlie's Crab and Charlie's L'etoile Verte. Giuseppi's is great for pizza, if you want something more casual.

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                1. re: campbella

                  My husband and I were on HHI last month and had a great lunches at the Sea Shack and Charlie's L'Etoile Verte. The Sea Shack is definitely a popular spot... prepare to line up, but the price is right and the seafood is fresh. Charlie's is more refined dining -- great service, lovely atmosphere, delicious food and reasonable prices. I hope you enjoy your visit.

                2. Personal favorite was The Studio -- Pope Ave/Executive Park (near the Sea Shack which is indeed great for lunch). Imaginative food, decent and equitably priced wines, music and art work as well. Off the beaten path. Hopefully it's still open. Redfish Early Bird Specials are a good bet as well.

                  1. old fort pub, very good.

                    1. Old Fort Pub is excellent for dinner , it's in HH Plantation - also Boat House II for lunch is very good, both on the water with incredible views. The best breakfast any morning is at Skillit's off of Pope Ave. Giuseppie's is the place for Pizza on the island, we were just there a few weeks ago and its a great time of year to visit, enjoy

                      1. Inexpensive dining and HHI don't really go together- the good news is that you can get some really good dinners for the money on this gourmet island.

                        Hands down I love the Santa Fe Cafe. I'm no vegeterian, but I get their vegeterian entree everytime. Amazingly full of taste. Their steaks are also very good and I recommend the sweet potato fries they pile high on the top of the entree plate.

                        I got engaged at Old Fort Pub. Best sunset on the island for dinner views. A bit pricey, but the meal has consistently been executed well. I had a blood orange sorbet for dessert there once was that was memorable.