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Apr 14, 2010 11:31 AM

Hilton Head Island

Traveling to Hilton Head Island, SC this fall and already starting to research our dining itinerary! Any suggestions for places to eat breakfast/lunch/dinner/ or go to at night for cocktails? Any information on Robert Irvine's eat! restaurant?


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  1. Here's a few previous posts that may be useful. (A couple of them were started a while back, but have recent replies) if you do search you'll find others:

    1. My family is partial to Steamers at Coligny Plaza. The Old Fort Pub on Skull Creek is quite romantic.

      I'd recommend the Quarterdeck in Harbour Town, Sea Pines, for drinks.

      Old Fort Pub
      65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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      1. re: PlaceYourBets

        Thanks for the ideas! I'll add them to my list of things to check out :) I can't wait!

      2. I assume my prejudices are on the posts forwarded on carolinadawg's entry. But, if not, here goes: (BTW, I've lived here for 29 years, so I've seen them come and go.)

        I have three favorite restaurants (all Italian):

        Michael Anthony, on New Orleans Road (south end).
        Mulberry Street Trattoria. Go over the bridge and take the first left after the Moss Creek light.
        Il Carpaccio, in Pineland Station center (mid island).

        For cocktails: Wise Guys lounge just off Main Street (north end). The spot for the island's glitteratti. I'll be in front of the martini Friday at 5:30..

        Mulberry Street
        1476 Fording Island Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910

        1. One more. If you like crowds and water views you can't go wrong at the Boathouse. On Squire Pope Road (north end) just past Hudson's.

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          1. re: DaleJ

            Listen to DaleJ, he knows what he's talking about.

            I would also recommend Flamingo House of Donuts in the Harris Teeter shopping center at the Sea Pines gate. They do made-to-order custom donuts in the morning and good casual Greek for lunch and dinner.

            In that same shopping center is Alligator Grille which is a reliable locally-owned place for creative plates and sushi. The duck spring rolls are good. They have live music some nights too and a comfortable bar to hang out at.

            For a taste of local low country food I would suggest Roastfish & Cornbread - a locally owned restaurant by Chef David, formerly of the island institution Sea Shack. I haven't been to this new place yet, but I am a fan of Chef David and his no frills low country food. I even have his cookbook. His sweet potato cornbread is deliciously naughty. He does fish & seafood platters which you can have broiled, blackened and fried. He has soups, stews, fish tacos, organic burgers - all kinds of good stuff. I'm told that he now serves beer & wine too - yay! Here's a link:


            1. re: lynnlato

              I second Roastfish and Cornbread.

              1. re: Littleman

                You've been? Do tell me what it's like, please? I assume it's a big step up from Sea Shack in terms of location, setting and atmosphere. And it looks like the menu is a bit more refined, but still simple. I hope it is doing well. I met Chef David very briefly when he came off the line at Sea Shack to chat for a minute with me while he signed a copy of his cookbook that I had bought.

                1. re: lynnlato

                  Third Roastfish and Cornbread. Off the beaten track in a house. Much nicer inside than the Sea Shack. Menu is much bigger. We go to Hilton Head every year and last year we ended up there 3 times.
                  We also like Michael Anthony's and Charlie's Etoile Vert.

                  Sea Shack
                  6 Executive Park Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

                  1. re: jpthomas

                    And his gumbo is to die for. It's one of my favorite restaurants on Hilton Head. Not fancy, not expensive, just really, really good food. I love his whole roast flounder. It's always perfect. I also second Michael Anthony's - lovely atmosphere and great service in a pretty room. Pomodoro is tiny and new and has great buzz about it. I personally am not a fan of Il Carpaccio. It's loud and the service is rude and the meal that I had there was not that good. For lunch, do try the French Bakery in Pineland Statton (just next to Il Carpaccio). I sent a friend there and she became addicted to their pastries!

          2. Signe's Bakery is a fine place for breakfast. I like Black Marlin Grill for lunch/dinner in a casual setting with good atmosphere and plenty of good food. Wise Guys is good for drinks. Hudson's on the Docks serves great seafood for lunch or dinner. Good luck.

            Signe's Bakery @ 93 Arrow Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC. 843 - 785 - 9118.
            The Black Marlin Bayside Grill @ 86 Helmsman Way # 103, Hilton Head Isle, SC. 843 - 785 - 4950.
            Hudson's on the Docks @ 1 Hudson Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC. 843 - 681 - 2772.

            Black Marlin Bayside Grill
            86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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            1. re: Littleman

              If you're up for fine dining try Robert Irvine's Eat!. Robert is the guy on Dinner Impossible on food network. They said at the restaurant if he's not traveling he will be there. The night we went every dish we ordered was delicious and well done.

              1. re: richburgfoodie

                I went by Flamigo Donuts today and it is closed. Big for lease sign in the window even though there are drinks still in the case. Sad day.

                1. re: sammur

                  Oh noooo!!!! This is very sad indeed. :-(