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Sep 2, 2010 02:12 PM

Friday night dinner between SAV/HH airport and Sea Pines?

Assume you are hungry and cranky and in need of a good cocktail and dinner. Have gotten several recs for HH island, but where can we drop in for a good bite tomorrow night, assuming Hurricane Earl does not shut down the airports in the northeast? Going to Redfish on Sat night and Frankie Bones on Sunday. But please don't send us to the north end of HH for Friday !

Sea Pines Restaurants
32 Greenwood Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Frankie Bones
1301 Main St, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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  1. Hi, Susan. Between the airport and HHI pretty much means coming into Savannah, AFAIK. Try the Crystal Beer Parlor at 301 West Jones Street, an old Savannah institution. There are fine dining restaurants in Savannah, but for a nice drink and very decent food, Crystal (not to be confused with the purveyor of sliders with a southern accent) is tough to beat. I mention them because I assume you'll be driving and they are one of the few places downtown right off the bridge/highway over to SC from downtown with on-site parking. They have excellent shrimp salad sammiches, exceptional onion rings, and full-service bar with several interesting microbrews, Take a look at their menu.

    If you're looking for more aof a fine dining reco, there are plenty of thoughts posted in the archives.

    1. Going into Savannah is a good idea but you might want to head to HHI and stop in Bluffton for dinner before you reach HHI. That way you will be closer to Sea Pines after dinner. Oakatie Ale House, Pepper's Porch and Mullberry St. are all nice choices for dinner Friday night. I like the low country cuisine at Pepper's Porch and the rustic atmosphere. Good luck.

      Oakatie Ale House @ 25 William Pope Dr., Bluffton, SC. 843 - 706 - 2537.
      Pepper's Porch @ 1255 May River Rd., Bluffton, SC. 843 - 757 - 2295.
      Mulberry St. @ 1476 Fording Island Rd., Bluffton, SC 843 - 837 - 2426.

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      1. re: Littleman

        I second Mulberry Street Trattoria. Difficult, however, to find, going toward the island. Its on your right just before Moss Creek. Drive slowly in the right lane and look for the (little) sign. Its worth the effort. Ruthie will treat you right.

        Mulberry Street
        1476 Fording Island Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910

        1. re: Littleman

          These all sound great, just what the doctor ordered. If you have ever flown from LGA on a Friday afternoon (even in perfect weather) you no doubt understand the need for a cocktail or ice cold brew upon hitting your destination. You're probably right, this is easier for us than going into Savannah tonight, much as I do love it there. Leaving for airport in half an hour, so far all clear here in NYC, looks like we may have dodged the bullet. Thanks, hounds, have a great LD weekend!

          1. re: susan robin

            I don't know how you get to HHI from Savannah. If you are going to Bluffton first you should take I 95 N from the airport to Exit 5 at Hardeville, SC and then take Highway 17S. Go 5.5 miles to Highway 170. Take a left and you will see Pink Pig BBQ on your right after 3.5 miles. Remember that place in case you return to HHI again by Savannah. NY's may not like BBQ but we love it in the South.

            Bluffton is 9 miles E of the Pink Pig. A mile or two past The Pink Pig Highway 170 will turn to your left or NE. You should continue on straight ahead on Highway 46. You are about 7 miles from Bluffton. You will see Pepper's Porch as you approach Bluffton, SC. May River Grill is another suggestion for good low country cuisine. It's close to PP. Highway 46 will turn N just up the road to Highway 278 and HHI.

            Have you heard of Palmetto Bluff Resort. You will pass it on the S side of Highway 46 just before you get to Bluffton. You take Old Palmetto Bluff Road which is between the Highway 170 turn and Bluffton. It's one of the finest resorts in the country. You should visit for a night or two on another date.

            Hudson's Seafood House on the Dock's is a great restaurant for lunch or dinner at HHI on the water just as you get to HHI. Take your first road to the left when you get to HHI on Squire Point Road and go to Hudson's about a mile up the road. Old Fort Pub is just N of Hudson's and it's fine dining dinner only on the water on Skull Creek Drive just off Squire Point Road.

            Pink Pig BBQ @ 3508 South Okatie Hwy., Hardeeville, SC. 843 - 784 - 3635.

            May River Grill @ 1263 May River Road, Bluffton, SC 843 - 757 - 5755.

            Hudson's on the Docks @ 1 Hudson Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC. 843 - 681 - 2772.

            Old Fort Pub @ 65 Skull Creek Dr., Hilton Head Isle, SC. 843 - 681 - 2386.

            Inn at Palmetto Bluff @ 476 Mount Pelia Road, Bluffton, SC 843 - 706 - 6630.

            1. re: Littleman

              We wound up at Pepper's Porch on Friday night and had a very decent meal, not great, but the people were lovely and we had local oysters, and that was fun --- never did our own shucking and never saw oysters bunched up like that, kind of like barnacles --- but they were sweet and tasty. Wish we had seen your post on the way to the airport tonight, Okatie Ale House was not opening till 4 (our fault, we did not think to check) and we wound up at a very sketchy Bennigan's near the aiport, no one should ever eat there! And we do love BBQ, even here!

              Pepper's Porch
              1255 May River Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910

              Okatie Ale House
              25 William Pope Dr, Bluffton, SC 29909

              1. re: susan robin

                Next time plan to visit Inn at Palmetto Bluff and dine at their restaurant there. I would also check out Ole Fort Pub at HHI.

                You do have some good BBQ. What's your favorite NYC restaurant. Eleven Madison Park.

                Hill Country BBQ Market @ 30 West 26th St., New York, NY 212 - 255 - 4544.
                Virgil's BBQ @ 152 West 44th St., New York, NY 212 - 921 - 9494.
                Daisy May's BBQ @ 623 11th Ave., New York, NY 212 - 977 - 1500.
                Dallas BBQ @ 241 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 212 - 221 - 9000.

                1. re: Littleman

                  My favorite NYC restaurant? Just like that, no restrictions re food type or price? You are probably right, EMP has to take it in terms of overall quality, long term endurance in popularity, ambience and service. Of the bbq places you list, I like Daisy Mae's the best of the group.

                  1. re: susan robin

                    Susan.....if you can post your favorite NYC restaurants on the Manhattan board. I will check it later today and again tomorrow. NYC is my wife's favorite city.

                    I will find you a better place for drinks and dinner near the AP in Savannah for your next trip.

                    Good luck.

                    1. re: Littleman

                      This will no doubt start a giant wave of disagreement but I'll do it anyway! Check a little later.

                      1. re: susan robin

                        I argue with those folks all the time.