HHI first week of December
DH and I will be making our annual weeklong golf trip to HH next Saturday. We have our "gotta go" restaurant list from past trips already lined up - CQs, Old Oyster Factory, Marleys, RedFish, and Sea Shack (no, don't try to talk us out of these - we're going!).
I've been checking hhidining.com for ideas, and we'd like to know if anybody has opinions about these for dinner:
Others along the same line? We've been doing this trip for about 10 years and we have tried many other restaurants. We've done Old Fort Pub, Alexanders, Antonios, Michael Anthonys, Alligator Grille, a bunch of pub/pizza/wing places - all OK by us but we'd like to try something else.
We like places where we can relax over a drink before dinner, are not blasted by loud music while we eat, and are on the island itself (not Bluffton). $$ is not a problem for good chow with a good vibe. We love this week because it is very laid-back, our fav evening is Monday open mike night at the Jazz Corner. Thanks for any opinions!
If you are coming back this year, you have to try Crane's steakhouse. Located on New Orleans Road. Everything is fantastic! We especially like the Tavern Roll-prime rib and blue cheese sauce wrapped up in phyllo dough. Their steaks are top quality. Old Oyster Factory is a tourist trap. Definately go to Michael Anthonys and Cranes. You won't be disapointed. (I am a PGH Transplant since 93 :)
Actually we are going to be back in about three weeks - I can't wait! Charlie's is a definite this time, I have to remember to make a reservation soon. I know OOF is a tourist trap but we enjoy it very much. We've tried Michael Anthony's and weren't wowed, maybe it was an off night. CQs, Redfish, and Marley's are our other favs. So many places, so little time!
And I did mean Homeport in my OP - thanks ditzeemom, it isn't on the short list this year.
Back from the HH trip, a little rundown on what we ended up trying:
Aqua - meh. Menu looked very enticing but the experience didn't measure up. We had 'provocative oysters', supposedly Rockefeller and something else that should have been served hot but were only lukewarm. Split a lobster bisque that was pretty good but hubby's portion was a bit heavy on the green onions. Split a bento box that was OK but nothing special. They did comp my hubby's espresso after we mentioned the problem with the oysters which was nice.
Spice - split decision. The place is spectacular as DaleJ mentioned, with stunning Dale Chihuly lighting. Nate, our server, was very knowledgeable and friendly. Perhaps it was what we ordered that was our downfall, an appetizer sampler and a split dinner sampler. We don't know Indian food so we thought it would be a smart idea, but everything kind of tasted the same to us, and somewhat bland. Not their fault.
Hemingways - pretty good. Food, service, atmosphere all worked. Hubby was in the mood for a good steak, and his filet was cooked exactly as he likes. My shrimp and chorizo pasta dish was very tasty and I really liked the fact that you could order a 'petite' serving, which was plenty for me.
The old standbys came through as well. Sea Shack (grilled grouper sandwiches to die for), Marley's (I loved my chicken and shrimp thai red curry dish in a hollowed out pineapple half), RedFish (latin ribs - HUGE! and that bread dip is so addictive), Kurama (split a sushi appetizer and a soft shell crab roll after the Patriots game - yum) and CQs (best meal of the trip, a triggerfish special with bacon that I could not stop eating even though I was full, hubby had venison that was done perfectly, lovely atmosphere with the understated Christmas decorations and excellent service).
But for the second year in a row, Old Oyster Factory was closed for renovations! Crap! I guess we'll have to tweak our vacation week, I still really have a craving for their gumbo and their Oysters Savannah!
Back on the diet now... :-)
Charlie's L'Etoile is also a favorite of mine for a nice dinner.
Il Carpaccio (great thin crust pizza..but not a pizza joint) or DaVino's for Italian..not quite as "polished" as Michael Anthony's..but both good.
I posted last week about Amigo's...casual Cal Mex that my bro runs. No full alcohol and semi self service..fun but not what you posted looking for..can't resist a plug..:)
We enjoy CQ's and Old Fort Pub a lot too.
If you don't mind taking a drive, Palmetto Bluffs in Bluffton is a spectacular RE development with an inn/restaurant operated by the Auberge de Soleil (Napa Valley) group...really a top restaurant. Worth a drive if you feel like taking a break from golf..beautiful spot on the May River..that's worth seeing in the daylight.