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Hilton Head - Fresh seafood market

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Ciferno Jun 6, 2008 01:55 PM

We'll be on Hilton Head in July. We'd like to find options for fresh seafood besides going to the supermarket. Something small and local. We'd prefer a market near fishing boats but don't think there will be any. We've heard about a place called Rock's Market. Are there any other options? We'd also like to find the best italian, seafood and pizza on the island. Thanks

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    echamber623k Jul 25, 2011 11:49 AM

    What I would do is stop on the way into or leaving Hilton Head at Blue Water seafood off of Highway 170. It is a little roadside stand by gas station (on left going north). This assumes you are coming south on I-95 to Hilton Head or leaving and going north and 170 cuts the corner from 278 to 95. The fish is FRESH and 60-70% less than on the island. Barnacle Bills is good on island but WAY overpriced and I think Blue Water was fresher and much less money. Next time we will stock up coming onto HHI and then again when leaving.

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      paige1and2 Nov 22, 2011 10:25 AM

      We would like to buy fresh redfish , freeze it and take it home on ice in a cooler (4 hours away) . Do any of these fish shops sell 'redfish'? Thank you for your help!

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        chefsmom Nov 22, 2011 01:07 PM

        I would call the grocery store in Coligny.

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      chefsmom Jun 18, 2008 07:52 PM

      The grocery store in Coligny; I know, it is a supermarket; but they get fish in twice a day. I think it is a Piggly Wiggly; the locals refer to it as the Red and White. I buy lots of fish and freeze it while I am there, then take it back home. You ought to check it out. Far and away the best we've had at Hilton Head.

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        ilovefishtacos Jul 27, 2011 10:32 AM

        Yes, the Piggly Wiggly in Coligny has fresh seafood. Outstanding quality.

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        swsidejim Jun 17, 2008 11:18 AM

        Just returned from a week @ Hilton Head.

        The best food we had was at:

        HH Prime - @ the Hilton. Prime beef, almost as good as the top Chicago steakhouses.

        Charleys Crab - The only place I found that did she-crab soup like a bisque, most places served it more like a chowder. Had the she-crab for lunch on Thursday, and dinner on Friday.

        Kenny B's French Quarter Cafe - went twice for breakfast to have crabcakes bennedict.

        I wanted to cook some local shrimp, but took a vacation from cooking as well as work.

        As a side note, a day trip to Tybee Island is recommended, we went on Saturday, on our "way home" to Chicago. Had lunch @ The Crab Shack on Tybee Island, and it was a treat. A $40 platter contained approx. 1-1/2 lbs snow crab legs, a half a dozen jonah crab claws, about a dozen mussles, a pound of peel and eat shrimp, about a pound of crawfish, sausage, corn, and potatoes.

        www.thecrabshack.com

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          DaleJ Jun 17, 2008 10:58 AM

          From an islander of 27 years:

          I believe Captain's Sea Food across the street from Coligny Plaza has fresh fish.

          The owner of Bada Bings is a good friend of mine, but I still think Il Carpaccio has the best pizza in the area.

          My nod for Italian goes to Mulberry Street Trattoria in Bluffton. First left after the Moss Creek light.

          But for the best island dining experience I like Riviera Oaks on New Orleans Road or Spice in the Village at Wexford/

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            hnoble Jun 9, 2008 03:30 PM

            Rocks closed sometime ago. The town of Bluffton is on the mainland side of the HH bridge. The Bluffton Oyster Factory is at the end of Wharf St., right on the May River. Good, fresh fish and seafood for sale. On Thursdays at 3:00 to 6:00 PM is a Farmers' Market right in front of the shop. The shop looks kind of rundown on the outside but the fish is very good and the Toomers, who own the place, are great.
            I agree that Bada Bings on Rte 46 in Bluffton is the best pizza in the area. Every restaurant in the area serves fish. I love Le Bistro in Pineland Center. Excellent Mediterranian food. The salad and bread is worth the price all by themselves. Great Italian is hard to come by. Carpaccios is pretty good. Charlie's L'Etoille Vert Is very good fro seafood and has a great winelist.
            Happy eating.

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              divamon Jun 9, 2008 07:20 AM

              If you want to go for a drive and see some beautiful marsh land, try Low Bottom Seafood just off of Rte 170 North on the way to Beaufort. It'll be about a 20-30 minute drive depending on where you are on Hilton Head, but it's worth it because the fish is exquisitely fresh and about 1/4 of the price of the places on the island - it's about 1/4 mile from a boat landing and their shrimp, crab and local fish are always very, very fresh. For the best pizza, come off the island and go to Bada Bing's on Rte 46 in Bluffton - fabulous pizza as good as any that you'll find in NY. There is truly no other pizza that's all that good on the Island or in Bluffton. For seafood, try Redfish or Black Marlin both on the Island. Redfish is on Palmetto Bay Road and Black Marlin is in Palmetto Bay Marina. I like Da Vino's for italian (which is now in a new location) or IL Carpaccio - which most natives swear by. Finally, if you want to go to a 50's style seafood place - large and bustling, right on the water with shrimp boats docked outside the window (they filmed Forrest Gump there try the 11th Street Dockside restaurant in Port Royal - again a bit of a drive, but really nice and you'll see some beautiful and authentic lowcountry scenery along the way.

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                kendasuz Jun 9, 2008 02:12 PM

                Divamon, you seem to know the area pretty well. My husband and I just moved to Savannah. Do you know of any fresh seafood markets around town? I thought I saw one on Thunderbolt but wasn't sure if it was operational. Also, do you have any tips on local (non-chain) bakeries? Thanks so much!!

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                  divamon Jun 17, 2008 07:13 AM

                  Hi Kendasuz - I actually live in Bluffton, so I'm not so sure about Savannah. I do go down to the Georgia State Farmers market on Rte 80 every saturday to buy my veggies. They have amazing corn, melons, butter beans, peaches, etc. I've been going there for a couple of years and, while they're not dirt cheap, the produce is local and far less expensive than the organic farmers market on Whitaker. I know many people love Back in the Day bakery on Bull Street. I've never been there, so I can't speak to that, but I have a young friend who goesd to SCAD who goes there every day. It's definitely not a chain! I'll ask around about the seafood places and let you know, but I remember someone telling me there's a place on the way to Tybee that has excellent seafood. I'll find out the name. Welcome to the area - it's a wonderful place to live!

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                    kendasuz Jun 20, 2008 07:31 AM

                    Thanks a lot!! I'll have to check out the GA State Farmers market ... is that on the same road as Victory? I love getting local produce, so it sounds like it will be perfect. Yes, the Back in the Day Bakery sounds great, too! I am looking forward to exploring the culinary finds in this great town!! :)

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                9lives Jun 8, 2008 07:48 AM

                I like Benny Hudson's....

                http://flickr.com/photos/61246842@N00...

                There's also a small farm nearby that sells to the public.

                Just off island, Bluffton Oyster Factory is also good...and on a pretty historic street.

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