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gracelrm
08-30-2011, 06:01 AM
We haven't been to Hilton Head in nearly two years:sad: But we're going in about a month:cool1: DH was checking on Trip Advisor for places to eat and of the top 20 restaurants - we had only heard of a few. We have been going to HH for 8 years nearly every year and have eaten out many times - just curious if there are a slew of new places to eat? We have eaten many times at The Old Oyster Factory, Marley's, Red Fish, Black Marlin and the places around Shelter Cove - wondering if we need to branch out this trip and try some of these new places.

chalee94
08-30-2011, 08:06 AM
i'm a big fan of roastfish and cornbread (http://www.roastfishandcornbread.com/default.html) which was opened a few years ago by the guy who used to cook at the sea shack.

haven't heard of any of the top 10, though, except for michael anthony's...and i've only been to frankie bones in the top 20 (FB was excellent.)

but i wouldn't be afraid to try some new places at HHI...sounds like fun. :)

SusieBea
08-30-2011, 10:31 AM
We haven't been to Hilton Head in nearly two years:sad: But we're going in about a month:cool1: DH was checking on Trip Advisor for places to eat and of the top 20 restaurants - we had only heard of a few. We have been going to HH for 8 years nearly every year and have eaten out many times - just curious if there are a slew of new places to eat? We have eaten many times at The Old Oyster Factory, Marley's, Red Fish, Black Marlin and the places around Shelter Cove - wondering if we need to branch out this trip and try some of these new places.

I agree with the PP about Roastfish and Cornbread. In addition to the places you've tried, we enjoy Hudsons-on-the-Docks (but go for lunch), CQs in Harbour Town, Alexander's in Palmetto Dunes, Cranes Tavern, the British Pub, Woody's near the Black Marlin for lunch, and my very favorite is the Old Fort Pub. What were Trip Advisor's top 20?

CruznLexi
08-30-2011, 11:08 AM
Try Skull Creek Boat house. We just got back and ate there twice! The Ceviche is awesome too. Everything seafood wise is fresh. We had 3 non sea food eaters so alot of the places we wanted to eat were out because of that.

scottb8888
08-31-2011, 10:51 AM
Try Skull Creek Boat house. We just got back and ate there twice! The Ceviche is awesome too. Everything seafood wise is fresh. We had 3 non sea food eaters so alot of the places we wanted to eat were out because of that.

That's our favorite as well. Every year we ask Mike the pool guy. He is a wealth of information. Tell him Scott from Ohio sent you!

izzy
08-31-2011, 01:01 PM
My two favorite places are Frankie Bones and the Sea Shack (but don't go to this one for the atmosphere!).

Simba's Mom
08-31-2011, 06:12 PM
That's our favorite as well. Every year we ask Mike the pool guy. He is a wealth of information. Tell him Scott from Ohio sent you!

Some time we've got to meet this Mike the pool guy! Another one to ask is Gordon in the Mercantile-Gordon knows his food. He's a chef and used to offer a private dining experience thru the resort.

SLM
08-31-2011, 06:19 PM
One of the nice CMs told us about One Hot Mama's for barbeque. Great food and very reasonable.

gracelrm
08-31-2011, 08:35 PM
Here's some of their top picks:

1. The Jazz Corner
2. Lowcountry Backyard
3. The Studio, An Artistic Dining Experience
4. Tratorria Divina
5. Bistro 17
6. Bomboras Grille & Chill Bar
7. Sea Grass Grille
8. Main STreet Cafe & Pub
9. Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana
10. Fat Baby's Pizza & Subs

Anal Annie
08-31-2011, 09:00 PM
I didn't look up the entire list but when we went last summer we really enjoyed Roastfish & Cornbread, One Hot Mamas and Truffles Cafe. We also tried Alligator Grille (good but small portions & a bit pricey but we got a coupon from restaurants.com for that one), Guiseppe's (just OK) and we tried that Mexican place across the little inlet / harbor right there by the resort (:crazy2: ICK!)

loveswdw
09-01-2011, 08:37 AM
We tried A Low Country Backyard last October because it was the number one restaurant on Trip Advisor (Jazz Corner must be new?). Well, we couldn't figure out how in the world A Low Country Backyard got to be number one. :confused3 It wasn't cheap (around $75 for 2 adults & 2 children) and the food wasn't great. I had 3 very small, very salty crab cakes with a side of mashed potatoes for $20. DH liked his meatloaf sandwich. And kids had grilled cheese. We had an appetizer that I don't recall. ?? And banana puddings for dessert (we all liked my banana pudding better).

Its VERY SMALL inside, seats probably 20-30 people at the most. The "backyard" is nice (and holds more people) but rarely do I wish to eat outside when its really hot outside. Its kind of tucked away so harder to locate than most. Thank goodness we had a GPS otherwise we probably wouldn't have found it.

I think I'd definitely go with some of the suggestions on the DIS from HHI veterans over the Trip Advisor list. We didn't eat out a whole bunch on our trip to HHI and not a single place we tried we came away saying, "Wow, we are going here next trip!".

Stacks Pancakes for breakfast...okay.
Lands End Tavern (over by Salty Dog)...okay.
A Low Country Backyard...just okay.
Chick Fil A...:thumbsup2

I can't think of anywhere else we dined. Can't wait to go back and try some new places.

dis-happy
09-01-2011, 08:42 AM
We're planning to try Robert Irvine's eat! this weekend. It gets good reviews and sounds like an interesting menu. Located in Wexford Plaza (near the SP circle) and they take reservations.

Simba's Mom
09-01-2011, 10:32 AM
We're planning to try Robert Irvine's eat! this weekend. It gets good reviews and sounds like an interesting menu. Located in Wexford Plaza (near the SP circle) and they take reservations.

Be sure to post here with a review of Eat, please. I'm a Food Network Junkie and watch Robert Irvine's shows all the time I'd love to try his resturaunt. It's probably the only thing in Wexford Village that could drag me away from the gelato place in there.

SusieBea
09-01-2011, 10:38 AM
Be sure to post here with a review of Eat, please. I'm a Food Network Junkie and watch Robert Irvine's shows all the time I'd love to try his resturaunt. It's probably the only thing in Wexford Village that could drag me away from the gelato place in there.

Oh, you should try the British Pub in Wexford, too! (Then get the gelato for dessert!) We're leaving to go down tomorrow and plan to try EAT! on this trip. After watching Robert Irvine rip apart and rebuild other people's restaurants, his own better be above reproach. ;)

dis-happy
09-01-2011, 01:55 PM
Be sure to post here with a review of Eat, please. I'm a Food Network Junkie and watch Robert Irvine's shows all the time I'd love to try his resturaunt. It's probably the only thing in Wexford Village that could drag me away from the gelato place in there.

While poking around on the eat! website I noticed they have cooking classes twice a month. Not sure how hard it is to get a spot but it's definitely on my must-do list sometime. We leave for HH tomorrow and I'm dying because there is a prix-fixe special event TONIGHT with special menu and wine pairings...6 courses I think. Looks divine. Anyway, if you are interested in these things, keep an eye on the website when planning future trips there.

DizDays
09-01-2011, 02:43 PM
Subscribing. We're headed there in January for the first time and I'd love to benefit from all your wisdom and experience. Great thread. Thanks.

Conan the Librarian
09-01-2011, 02:54 PM
When we stay at HH in a few weeks, we hope to eat at EAT! also.

When we were at HH last year, they were advertising that Irvine was doing cooking classes at the resort! I never saw him there, so, I don't know if this was really true or not.


We'll probably hit Signe's, the Grills at the pool and beach houses, and at least one Pizza joint. We're contemplating Capt'n Woody's, and a few other places.

WolfpackFan
09-02-2011, 03:34 PM
We just got home (like 2 hours ago) from HHI.

Here is where we ate -

In order of most favorite to least favorite.

1. Old Oyster Factory
2. Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House (Savannah)
3. San Miguels
4. Salty Dog
5. Parrot's Cove
6. Roastfish and Cornbread

Of these the only one we were really disappointed in was Roastfish. The thing is we went there for fried seafood, but we get great Calabash style seafood right here at home (in fact we eat it about every other week). In our opinion, the seafood at Roastfish was just too heavily breaded and for the price I thought the portion size was rather small. Having said that, the sides we had were delicious - some of the best Mac n Cheese either of us have ever had. I told DW we may go back again next trip and go for lunch and just get a veggie plate.

Judique
09-03-2011, 05:32 PM
Here's some of their top picks:

1. The Jazz Corner
2. Lowcountry Backyard
3. The Studio, An Artistic Dining Experience
4. Tratorria Divina
5. Bistro 17
6. Bomboras Grille & Chill Bar
7. Sea Grass Grille
8. Main STreet Cafe & Pub
9. Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana
10. Fat Baby's Pizza & Subs


I've eaten at half of these. The Studio is okay - they had a piano player for entertainment while I was there. Main Street Cafe - okay. Bistro and Seagrass were both good. Michael Anthony's is one of my favorites.

mecllap
09-03-2011, 08:23 PM
I don't eat out much when I stay in a timeshare -- but I will definiely go back to Dye's ( http://www.dyesgullahfixins.com/ ) next time I get to go to Hilton Head. Really enjoyed lunch there (no "atmosphere" tho).

dis-happy
09-05-2011, 09:38 PM
Here's a quick rundown of our meal at eat! for anyone who might be interested....

First, regarding everything that has nothing to do with food:

This includes the atmosphere: we were in a cozy booth for two, yet it also opened up at an angle so you didn't feel closed in. It looked like the round table could have extra chairs added across from the booth seating to make it a table for 4. I liked the swoopy curve in the back.

The curves were echoed in the silverware, and offset by the square white plating for the food. I'm a bit of a china/silver nut, and enjoyed the curvy silverware.

Lighting fixtures were interesting (an extravaganza of blown orange glass in the chandeliers). There were also a few black and white photos of Robert Irvine in action scattered around the room.

Service was excellent. Do keep in mind that there is a leisurely pace to the meal (we were there for more than 90 minutes beginning to end) but at no time did we feel abandoned by our waiter. He was a busy guy too, with tables all over the place. We had reservations and were seated without delay; when we left there were many people waiting in the bar for their tables...if you go, I highly recommend a reservation.

Overall grade for non-food experience: A


Second: everything regarding the food:

Cocktails: I started with a strawberry mojita: excellent!

Appetizer: we ordered one of the specials of the evening, a salmon ceviche that also contained small cubes of sweet potato. It was delicious. A generous portion and perfect for a couple to share.

Bread: the bread was served with the appetizer. Thin slices of a soft and chewy bread....I wish I had asked if they made it in-house of if they brought it in. With it was served balsamic vinegar that came on a small rectangle plate per person. A bottle of olive oil was left at the table so you could add your own, which I really liked. An interesting note about the olive oil (and vinegar) is that they come from The Oilery, HH's new shop dedicated to olive oils. More on that later though.***


Main Course:
Ooh, I did a lot of debating here. Ended up ordering from their regular menu:

"pan seared, butter basted salmon
parsley lemon brown butter, hominy succotash, herbs"

The salmon was perfectly cooked and I enjoyed it a lot. At first, the hominy succotash was also delicious and full of flavor, but after a bit I noticed that it was also very salty, enough so that it bothered me.

DH also ordered form the regular menu:

"blackened snapper and grits
bay shrimp, tomato havarti grits, red pepper goat
cheese coulis, balsamic reduction"

He's a grits lover and I think that played a big part of his choice. It was all good, with a nice bit of heat in the blackened fish, he ate every bite and said he would easily order it again.

Dessert:
we knew we had to go there, so while DH finished off his entree, I saved half of mine back for lunch the next day. The dessert menu came with a recommendation by our waiter re. The Ridiculous Chocolate Cake, and after a little discussion, it's what dh and I decided to get. The waiter warned us it is big enough for two for dessert plus leftovers the next day and he was right! I have to add that I come from a family that owns a chocolate factory and many of us have chocolate running through our veins. That said, this cake was fabulous, a true chocoholic's dream come true. A super mixture of chocolate-ness, a bit of raspberry cream in some of the layers, some dollops of heavy whipped cream, delicious, delicious. The waiter confirmed that it is made in house, if anyone is interested. As promised, we dined to our heart's content that night, then split the leftover cake for breakfast the next morning...just as good the next day too.

Overall grade for food experience: A- (I had to deduct a couple of points for the saltiness of my side).


Coming away from the meal, I have to say we enjoyed our evening very much. Really, 50% atmosphere, and 50% food. What we both came away with re. the dinner was that everything was so FLAVORFUL. You really tasted the elements and they also came together flawlessly. Would definitely dine here again.



***The Oilery is located across the plaza from eat!. It is a family owned business that opened 14 months ago. We stopped in the next day just to check it out. They have crocks of different olive oils and vinegars infused with different flavors, along with a few other spice things and whole jarred olives. All of their olive oil comes from one supplier in Italy. I liked that they have sample cups and you can taste everything directly from the crocks before you buy (plus, the owner is a wealth of information). I left with a bottle of 25 year old balsamic vinegar as well as a bottle of truffle flavored olive oil and can't wait to try a few other things when these are done. Check it out! It's really fun.....

marx
09-05-2011, 10:42 PM
Just got back today from a week in HH (after a week in WDW and free dining).

Of the restaurants we visited, two stood out. Roastfish and Cornbread & Dye's. (The crabcakes at Dye's were awesome).

kelsco99
09-06-2011, 09:33 AM
We don't eat seafood - I know I know - sinful! :eek:

Any reccomendations in HH for non seafood dining - mainly casual?

Thanks,

Kelly

WolfpackFan
09-06-2011, 09:54 AM
We don't eat seafood - I know I know - sinful! :eek:


If you like Mexican, we really like San Miguels right there at Shelter Cove. Also, Parrot's Cove at Shelter Cover has some non-seafood items (hamburgers, etc.).

chalee94
09-06-2011, 12:39 PM
Any reccomendations in HH for non seafood dining - mainly casual?

ruan thai is relatively casual at lunch time - maybe slightly more formal for dinner (i went for lunch).

frankie bones (http://www.frankieboneshhi.com/menu.html) is a great italian option.

kelsco99
09-06-2011, 05:25 PM
If you like Mexican, we really like San Miguels right there at Shelter Cove. Also, Parrot's Cove at Shelter Cover has some non-seafood items (hamburgers, etc.).

ruan thai is relatively casual at lunch time - maybe slightly more formal for dinner (i went for lunch).

frankie bones (http://www.frankieboneshhi.com/menu.html) is a great italian option.

Thanks - I'll check out the menus on all of these :goodvibes

Simba's Mom
09-07-2011, 08:30 AM
Here's a quick rundown of our meal at eat! for anyone who might be interested....

First, regarding everything that has nothing to do with food:

This includes the atmosphere: we were in a cozy booth for two, yet it also opened up at an angle so you didn't feel closed in. It looked like the round table could have extra chairs added across from the booth seating to make it a table for 4. I liked the swoopy curve in the back.

The curves were echoed in the silverware, and offset by the square white plating for the food. I'm a bit of a china/silver nut, and enjoyed the curvy silverware.

Lighting fixtures were interesting (an extravaganza of blown orange glass in the chandeliers). There were also a few black and white photos of Robert Irvine in action scattered around the room.

Service was excellent. Do keep in mind that there is a leisurely pace to the meal (we were there for more than 90 minutes beginning to end) but at no time did we feel abandoned by our waiter. He was a busy guy too, with tables all over the place. We had reservations and were seated without delay; when we left there were many people waiting in the bar for their tables...if you go, I highly recommend a reservation.

Overall grade for non-food experience: A


Second: everything regarding the food:

Cocktails: I started with a strawberry mojita: excellent!

Appetizer: we ordered one of the specials of the evening, a salmon ceviche that also contained small cubes of sweet potato. It was delicious. A generous portion and perfect for a couple to share.

Bread: the bread was served with the appetizer. Thin slices of a soft and chewy bread....I wish I had asked if they made it in-house of if they brought it in. With it was served balsamic vinegar that came on a small rectangle plate per person. A bottle of olive oil was left at the table so you could add your own, which I really liked. An interesting note about the olive oil (and vinegar) is that they come from The Oilery, HH's new shop dedicated to olive oils. More on that later though.***


Main Course:
Ooh, I did a lot of debating here. Ended up ordering from their regular menu:

"pan seared, butter basted salmon
parsley lemon brown butter, hominy succotash, herbs"

The salmon was perfectly cooked and I enjoyed it a lot. At first, the hominy succotash was also delicious and full of flavor, but after a bit I noticed that it was also very salty, enough so that it bothered me.

DH also ordered form the regular menu:

"blackened snapper and grits
bay shrimp, tomato havarti grits, red pepper goat
cheese coulis, balsamic reduction"

He's a grits lover and I think that played a big part of his choice. It was all good, with a nice bit of heat in the blackened fish, he ate every bite and said he would easily order it again.

Dessert:
we knew we had to go there, so while DH finished off his entree, I saved half of mine back for lunch the next day. The dessert menu came with a recommendation by our waiter re. The Ridiculous Chocolate Cake, and after a little discussion, it's what dh and I decided to get. The waiter warned us it is big enough for two for dessert plus leftovers the next day and he was right! I have to add that I come from a family that owns a chocolate factory and many of us have chocolate running through our veins. That said, this cake was fabulous, a true chocoholic's dream come true. A super mixture of chocolate-ness, a bit of raspberry cream in some of the layers, some dollops of heavy whipped cream, delicious, delicious. The waiter confirmed that it is made in house, if anyone is interested. As promised, we dined to our heart's content that night, then split the leftover cake for breakfast the next morning...just as good the next day too.

Overall grade for food experience: A- (I had to deduct a couple of points for the saltiness of my side).


Coming away from the meal, I have to say we enjoyed our evening very much. Really, 50% atmosphere, and 50% food. What we both came away with re. the dinner was that everything was so FLAVORFUL. You really tasted the elements and they also came together flawlessly. Would definitely dine here again.





Thanks so much for the review of Eat. I'm a big Robert Irvine fan and was wondering how his resturant was.

To the poster who doesn't eat seafood, there's a great little Greek resturaunt we like, "It's Greek to Me". It recently moved, so I don't know where it is now. It used to be across from Wexford Village.

matilda
09-07-2011, 12:38 PM
We just returned from our first HHI vacation and a must eat place is Skull Creek Boat House. The low country boil was so delicious and DH and I could not eat all the shrimp in ours. Excellent pricing especially compared to others such as Salty Dog :(
We are a family of 5 so wanted to make sure we kept our prices as reasonable as possible and many restaurants offer great specials when dining early so keep that in mind if eating before 6pm.
The receptionist will give you lots of literature and most restaurants advertise in there along with their specials.
We tried to go to Signe's as I have hears so many wonderful things but she was closed Labor Day :(
Hope you enjoy your visit

Rocket15
09-07-2011, 12:54 PM
We like to go to Steamer Seafood in Coligny Plaza, and we always stop by the Frosty Frog to get the best frozen drinks on the island IMO.

Conan the Librarian
09-13-2011, 01:57 PM
Another vote for NO SEAFOOD!

For our upcoming trip, we're going to try to get into EAT!, but, I plan on sticking to the turf side of the menu.

As for alternates, Ask the CMs there at the resort. They'll know the local food. It's how we discovered Pazzo's (which may now be closed or at least, moved from across the street from the resort). We very much enjoyed the food there. If it is, then we have to find us another pizza place.

We have to make a trip to Signe's at least once a trip.

The Boss was told she should try the grouper melt at Capt'n Woody's, but, we haven't totally decided on that yet (see above re: seafood).