THERE’S MORE TO MEXICAN FOOD THAN TACOS AND MARGARITAS

Ask any native Hispanic speaker: There really isn’t one cuisine that classifies as “Mexican,” just like there’s no such thing, really, as “American” food. Just like here in the U.S. Mexico’s food varies by region — and there are plenty of flavors packed into the country’s roughly 760,00 square miles, home to lush mountain ranges, wide rivers, deserts and islands. And just like the diverse landscapes, the dishes of each region are unique.

Downtown DeliAs Monthly was going to press, anticipation was high for the planned April 30 opening of Downtown Deli’s new location at the renovated May River Row on May River Road. In addition to a full kitchen serving an expanded version of Downtown Deli’s regular menu, the additional space will include a demonstration kitchen, a cooking school, a spacious outdoor dining area and an event venue called Venue 1223.

JESSE BLANCO HIGHLIGHTS THE BEST IN SOUTHERN FOOD

Jesse Blanco1Jesse Blanco is a purist when it comes to the Cuban sandwich: “Creativity is good, but don't ever try to put mayonnaise on a Cuban sandwich. Having grown up in Miami, I feel like I can say that,” he said. “You can bring your own mayonnaise but don't tell me because you'll hurt my feelings.”

jjJimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches will open in Bluffton this summer at a new franchise location. Known for its delivery options, the company uses all-natural, freshly sliced meats, local produce and bread that has been baked in store. The new location will be at 21 Bluffton Road, next to the new Buffalo Wild Wings.

Harbourside Restaurant in Sea Pines is remodeled and ready for business.

Harbourside RestaurantFlooding from Tropical Storm Irma forced Harbourside Burgers and Brews to close for renovations, giving Sea Pines Resort the chance to rethink the restaurant’s entire concept. The newly reimagined Harbourside Restaurant has a new name, an expanded kitchen and lower prices on the menu.

bloody maryAfter 11 years, Your Mom’s Kitchen Bloody Mary Mix is rebranding itself with a new name, partnership and label redesign. Bloody Point Mixing Company is now available for purchase throughout South Carolina and Indiana in three unique flavors: The Original, The Coastal Mary and The Remedy. Each recipe includes all-natural ingredients, with no added MSG, preservatives or gluten. Look for the mix at local bars, restaurants and select Kroger stores.

localpieThere are plenty of heroes in the Lowcountry, and Local Pie hopes to identify and honor them. On the first day of every month, the restaurant will accept nominations from customers and locals for their hometown heroes — volunteers, medical personnel, fire/rescue, executive directors of nonprofit groups or other people who have gone above and beyond.

margaritaBest Things in South Carolina has named Hilton Head Island's Java Burrito Company as No. 1 on its list of the best margaritas in the state. "This Mexican restaurant-slashcoffee house might not be the first place you’d think to go for a margarita, but one sip will change your mind for good," Best Things posted on its website, www.bestthingssc.com. The secret appears to be the fresh-squeezed lime juice. 

More than 6,500 pounds of chicken wings were consumed during the recent Hilton Head Island Wingfest, making the competition for best wing finger-licking tough.

Over 20 local restaurants and organizations faced off for the honors, but only two emerged victorious. The Judge’s Award went to Club Seats Grille, while the People’s Choice Award was given to Coconutz.