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Jun 21, 2012 07:22 PM

will be in bluffton sc for a week need good butcher + restaurants

I am familiar with Inn at Palmetto Bluff restaurants but wondered if anyone has any thoughts on other nearby restaurants..any good southern cooking, barbecue?

also any nearby butcher shops with good prime meat? Savannah would be o.k. on the butcher front.


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  1. Welcome back to beautiful Bluffton! We enjoy the comfort country cooking at Cahill's Market and Kitchen and love to pick up some of their fresh produce and jellies. You can even buy local honey certian times of the year. That is just down 46 from Palmetto Bluff going toward Old Town Bluffton and will be a quick left turn. Check the hours before you go to eat there and enjoy supporting a local business, which we are all about in Bluffton. Bluffton BBQ has great BBQ and Brunswick stew, it is a bit further down in old town Bluffton. Bluffton Oyster Company is a must for your seafood. Captain Woodies is the place to go for some relaxing food and drink. We go to HHI to Fresh Market for their delicious fresh meats. I hope you enjoy Bluffton, no need to go to Savannah - we have all the good stuff here! God bless.

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    1. re: hhirealestate

      I would definitely NOT recommend Bluffton BBQ. We felt it to be very subpar.

      A better option would be Palmetto Smokehouse down the road in Okatie.

    2. Anyone have a review for La Huasteca? It's mexican in Sheridan Park and I've heard it's worth going to. Tacos al pastor and handmade corn tortillas, yum!

      1. I am plannning a visit to the Bluffton area en route from NYC to Florida in December. Was thinking of spending two nights in Bluffton, but having no luck finding any interesting restaurants (really wanted to try local seafood) that are open on Sundays. Bluffton Oyster Company is closed both Sundays and MOndays, according to their website.

        Am I doomed to go without great local seafood on Sundays/Mondays? Willing to travel to Beaufort or other nearby towns.

        (Trying to coordinate Bluffton stay with a stop for Eastern NC bbq (Wilbur's or Skylight Inn, plus others) but difficult to plan due to the limited opening days of the bbq spots and, now, the Low Country seafood eateries). WAs hoping to depart NYC on a Friday and arrive Bluffton Sunday afternoon)

        Any help will be much appreciated.

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        1. re: erica

          Anyone have info on great eating in the Bluffton area on Sundays? Mondays? See my above query, please.

          1. re: erica

            One our favorite places to eat in Bluffton is May River Grill. Wonderful chef, consistently excellent food and service, nice wine selection. Never ever been disappointed.

            1. re: cowgirlinthesand

              May River Grill is not open Sundays according to their website.

            2. re: erica

              erica, we live on hilton head, and the best places to eat are on the island. go across the bridge and eat at the sunset grill on sunday night. a little tough to find (it's in the rv park) but worth it. if you go early you can watch the sunset, imagine that. but the food is great. venture a little further and go to michael anthony's for italian, sage room or vine for american. plenty of good restos here. enjoy.

              1. re: erica

                A sunday evening option: Griffin Market on Carteret Street in Beaufort. A fixed price menu ($36) for four courses of the best Italian food in SC. Maybe 30 seats and a million dollar wine collection. Don't miss it.

                1. re: DaleJ

                  Thanks again for the help here! Dale: I did look at Griffin Market, but since we live in Manhattan and travel a lot to Italy, I really did not consider Italian food, as good as it might be. I think we would rather concentrate on something we do not get at home, things that are not done well as back homeā€¦

                  We changed our timing a bit and now will be in Bluffton on Monday and Tuesday nights, so that should make it easier to find places open..

              2. re: erica

                erica, we live on hilton head and there are great restaurants on the island. on a sunday night you might go to the sunset grill, which is very close to the bridge, in the rv park. i love the shrimp and grits there, though everything is very good. if you need more places to go, just go a little further onto our island. michael anthonys, sage room , vine, old fort pub. you cannot go wrong at any of them. enjoy.

              3. I had a good Southern fried chicken lunch at Ruby Lee's on Hilton head recently. It's more a local s place, not real splashy but good food and live music/sports bar, a little off the beaten path. I was there for lunch and it was pretty quiet but our friendly waitress told us it gets pretty busy at night. Don't know whether the music or TV's are the draw and how they juggle it.


                I haven't shopped at Scott's Mkt. It was closed when I went by but I FB "liked" them and have gotten several posts re grass fed/ local/prime meats. They are on the main road through Bluffton and very close to Calhoun St.

                Calhoun St is worth a walk. Some galleries, a nice wine bar, a very pretty church and Bluffton Oyster Co; overlooking the May River..a little upriver from Palmetto Bluffs.


                Has anyone tried them?

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                  1. re: 9lives

                    Is the Bluffton Oyster Company a good pick for a Tuesday night? (We want to try the local seafood).

                    1. re: erica

                      I've shopped in their market and found some great seafood. Haven't been to the restaurant.

                      In the HH area, I find the key to eating good seafood is to find out what's local and fresh caught, snapper, sea trout, flounder and order that. A lot of fish like tilapia is farmed and flown in.

                      I had fresh Cobia a few weeks ago at Roast Fish and Corned Bread on HH recently. The fish comes inshore in the spring and is now caught in the Gulf about 70 miles out...really tasty fish that I'd not tried before.

                      Bluffton Oyster has a great rep so Imagine the restaurant is good but I haven't personally been. The Co is in a nice spot, the restaurant, not so nice.


                      The local shrimp are great but be every restaurant doesn't serve them, so be sure to ask. Some use the less expensive frozen, Asian version.

                      1. re: erica

                        I personally prefer May River Grill to the oyster company for dinner for local seafood and everything else.
                        They usually have at least 8-10 specials that your server will recite.
                        On Hilton Head I would go to Charlie's Etoile for the best fish and really wonderful meals!

                        1. re: cowgirlinthesand

                          I love Charlie's Etoile..agree they do great job with local, fresh seafood. Charlie's has been here for years and long been 1 of HH's best.

                          Looking forward to trying May River Grill.