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salads03Hot Lowcountry summers are made for salads. We’re not talking about a side of lettuce with a couple cherry tomatoes on top. We’re talking REAL summer salads — big bowls overflowing with fresh green leaves and local produce. With more than 250 restaurants on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, finding a good salad isn’t difficult. Finding a remarkable one, however, can be a challenge.

We’ve taken out the guesswork by identifying a dozen salads guaranteed to satisfy. Dig into one for the perfect summer meal.

HILTON-HEAD-BREWING-CO22Hilton Head Brewing Company has opened a new brewing and canning facility on the north end of the island. The building is located at 1 Cardinal Court, near Beach City Road. Five double-sized tanks will pump out 12,000 cases of Session IPA and Tropical Lager a year. That’s right — you’ll soon be able to pick up a six-pack of Hilton Head Brewing Company beer at the grocery store. And so will countless tourists.

A new restaurant is opening at Oyster Reef Golf Club in early July. LagerHead Tavern will bring a lively, stylish dining experience to the iconic island destination with its inviting and alluring atmosphere. Chef Michael Toscano, a James Beard “Rising Star Chef of the Year” semifi nalist, will oversee the kitchen. The menu showcases Southern comfort food with a twist, using fresh, regional ingredients and features signature menu items such as Shrimp Gazpacho, Smoked Chicken Wings and the Low Country Reuben.

Chef David Young, the former chef of Hilton Head’s wildly popular Roastfish and Cornbread, opened a new restaurant, Burnin’ Down South Lowcountry Cuisine in Bluffton in May. The restaurant, which takes its name from his cookbook, features a made-from-scratch menu that offers shrimp gumbo, local catch-of-the-day seafood, brisket, lamb stew, stewed chicken, collard greens, extensive vegetarian options (prepared vegan-style) and gluten-free selections.

Here are a few other places on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton that are worth checking out:

Angler’s Beach Market Grill
Offering fresh seafood just steps from Coligny, Hilton Head’s most popular beach.

The Lowcountry was tailor-made for evenings spent watching the sunset with a beer in hand. But island beer connoisseurs’ options have increased dramatically over the past few years, as craft breweries and suds frontiersmen have sprung up all over Beaufort County. Here’s a look at five of our favorite places to find just the right libation.


Paradise is all around us, but even the locals know that the ultimate relaxation on the island is a great meal with a stunning water view. Fortunately for you, this list of Lowcountry proprietors has perfected this unbeatable combination.

ELA’s Blu Water Grille

The 2014 Taste of the Season winner has also been recognized by Monthly as the perfect date night and special occasion spot, and for good reason. Freshly caught seafood and perfectly cooked steaks are the mainstays of chef Ryan Alpaugh’s menu, and the casual but intimately romantic garden patio and artwork of local artist Pete Karis accent the waterfront views perfectly.


saltydogFor many, a trip to Hilton Head Island or Bluffton isn’t complete without a stop at one of the region’s many landmark restaurants. Here are 18 places loved by both locals and visitors from all over the world.

Salty Dog Café

Simply put, this is the island’s premier iconic restaurant. There’s a reason why you can find Salty Dog T-Shirts from Africa to Alaska – people come from all points of the globe to sample the delicious seafood, get their picture taken with Jake, and soak in the waterfront views.


Quality and creativity are common themes among area’s 250 restaurants

If there is any doubt about Hilton Head Island’s credentials as a food destination, just watch the Food Network, the Travel Channel or pick up a copy of Travel + Leisure or Conde Nast. None of their segments or articles about Hilton Head and Bluffton gets more than a paragraph or two without gushing about the variety and quality of this area’s 250 restaurants.