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A heaping helping of local restaurant new

  • Taste Restaurant & Lounge opened at the end of March, giving The Village at Wexford another fine dining option. Award-winning chef Nick Fazio has created a menu of imaginative contemporary Southern dishes. Using only the freshest local seafood the Lowcountry offers, Taste Restaurant offers high quality contemporary Southern food, right from your backyard. Chef Fazio’ dishes delight the palate with flavors that excite your tastes. The dining room is definitely one-of-a-kind, with original contemporary art work, custom-made Cynthia Levy hand-blown glass chandeliers, and other elegant touches. The lounge area comes alive with large banana trees, comfortable seating arrangements to enjoy conversations with friends over small plate dishes, signature cocktails, and an extensive wine list. The Chef’s Table seats a party of eight comfortably among a gorgeous orb crystal chandelier, and colorful pillows. Happy hour specials are served in the lounge from 5-7 p.m. nightly. Hours are from 5-10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For reservations call 843-785-4850 or go on Open Table.

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ELA's Blu Water Grille announces new hours, Sunday jazz brunch

ELA's Blu Water Grille has announced a new Sunday jazz brunch it is calling "Sunday Brunch on the Water." The brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 20 p.m. each Sunday and will feature live jazz music. 

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Celebrating Northwest corks and cuisine

 Set in remote Lane County, Oregon, and surrounded by the verdant landscape of the world’s largest contiguous organic vineyard, King Estate has built its reputation on premium wines, preserving the food culture of the Northwest and dedication to sustainability.

Founded by the King family, King Estate has been known for its commitment to organic farming and sustainable practices for 22 years. The winery is certified organic by Oregon Tilth, a non-profit research and education organization, and the 1,033 acre property boasts 470 acres of organic vineyards, which are mostly dedicated to its famous Pinot Gris and Pinot Noirs. The estate also grows 30 acres of fruits, vegetables and flowers.


The MOST romantic restaurant tables

ramantictableIn the pantheon of necessary evils, Valentine’s Day hoopla ranks somewhere between paying your taxes and flossing. That said, if you’re going to do it, do it right. Take that special someone out to a romantic restaurant. Better yet, reserve the most romantic table at that romantic restaurant. To make things easy, Monthly has compiled a list of the most romantic restaurant tables of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. Reserve one of these and V-Day will be yours.

TABLE BY THE FIREPLACE: This European style coffeehouse doesn’t number its tables. Ask for the most romantic spot and you will certainly be seated at the table pictured above, it front of the fireplace. The relaxing, cozy atmosphere has a sophisticated feel, sure to impress that special someone. Information: Bridge Center, across from Moss Creek in Bluffton, 843-837-2633,

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Salty Dog Cafe is hosting its annual Salty Dog Oyster Roast starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22. Eat oysters and other food outside on the boardwalk while listening to live music. There will also be special entertainment for kids. For more information, call 843-671-2233.

Bomboras Grille is hosting a special Valentines Day dinner on Feb. 14 called Dierberg & StarLane Vinjeyards Wine Dinner. Enjoy five wines and four courses for $79 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, call 843-689-2662.

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Stick to your resolution

With so many great restaurants, eating out is one of the top things to do for both visitors and locals. And there’s no reason why it can’t be healthy eating.

Here are a few tips to follow for eating healthy when eating out:

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forkfun1A heaping helping of the latest news in area restaurants.

• Popular local restaurants magazine Fork & Fun has released a free application available on iTunes and the Android Market. Fork & Fun Hilton Head features restaurant descriptions and menus, separated by categories such as American, Asian, Continental, French, German, Mediterranean, Mexican and more. Options allow you to search for restaurants by name, by category or by distance from your current location. In addition, the app has categories for exploring the island, upcoming events, shopping info, specials, golf info, after dark info, activities you can do and hotel information.

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A link to the past


farm01Before the developers, before the tourists, before The bridges, Hilton Head Island was a much different place. A much simpler place.

Following the Civil War, Union troops left newly freed slaves behind to fend for themselves. As property became available, many freedmen used their hard-earned money to purchase land in areas such as Baynard, Squire Pope and Chaplin.

Roots were planted.

Families such as Aiken, Brown, Campbell, Grant, and King raised generation after generation off the land. Vine-ripened tomatoes, butterbeans,Vidalia onions, sweet potatoes, squash and more were grown in small fields, next to coops of chickens, pens of pigs and pastures of cows.

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A heaping helping of the latest news in area restaurants.


pinogelatocaffeA new European-style coffeehouse has opened in Bluffton. Located in Bridge Center, Pino Gelato Gourmet Café prides itself on fresh, high-end coffee drinks, desserts, chocolates, sandwiches, flatbreads and more. The coffee is fresh-roasted by Charleston microroaster Island Coffee each week.

“Our coffee is the best in the area,” co-owner Krisztian Lonyai said. “(Island Coffee) imports beans from Coasta Rica and Columbia, they roast them on Tuesday and they get here on Wednesday. That’s the main reason why our coffee is so good and fresh.” Chocolates are provided by DeBrand Fine

Chocolates, a company that has twice been listed among “Oprah’s Favorite Things” in O, The Oprah Magazine. Desserts are from a small pastry shop outside of Charlotte. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-8 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 843-837-2633.

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