THE OYSTER BARThe Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Oyster Bar in Old Town Bluffton. The new restaurant offers oysters from all over the United States and Canada. The Oyster Bar also offers top-shelf caviar, offering market price on Pacific sturgeon, paddlefish sturgeon and Caspian sterlet sturgeon. 

Hudsons Featured Hudson’s Seafood House On the Docks made a recent appearance on the Bravo reality TV series “Southern Charm.” The popular Hilton Head Island restaurant was the setting for a scene featuring cast member Shep Rose getting dating advice from his mother. Rose grew up on the island and his parents still live here. He is lifelong friends with Andrew Carmines, general manager of the restaurant. “Southern Charm” premiered in 2014 and chronicles the personal and professional lives of seven socialites who reside in Charleston. 

Johnsons Urban Farm

Johnson’s Urban Farm — a new greenhouse, farm and specialty market  — is now taking orders for fresh produce. At press time, it was selling radishes (five per pack, $2), beets (three per pack, $2), basil ($1 per bunch) and Thai basil ($3 per bunch).  The farm is also selling 3-inch and 6-inch potted starter and windowsill plants for $3 to $6.

The 2016 “Eat It & Like It” Foodie Awards took place recently at the Brice Hotel in downtown Savannah. Host Jesse Blanco presented awards to restaurants and celebrated the fifth season of the Emmy Award-winning show about contemporary and traditional food served in both out of the way joints and fine dining establishments throughout the Lowcountry. 

Cook Out ChainThe popular late-night fast food chain Cook Out is coming to Hilton Head Island. Replacing the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 101 Central Ave., Cookout’s menu features many backyard cookout favorites such hamburgers and pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. Cook Out also has more than 50 flavors of milkshakes to choose from, including seasonal flavors like watermelon and eggnog. The restaurant is expected to open in August. 

James Beard HouseThe Farm restaurant hasn’t opened in Old Town Bluffton yet, but chef Brandon Carter was recently invited to participate in a unique cooking event at the James Beard House in New York City. Carter was one of five chefs selected for the annual “Lambs and Clams” event. Before collaborating on The Farm Bluffton concept, Carter was executive chef at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff. 

It’s summer, which means that it’s hot as all get out right now. Logically, it stands to reason that you’re on the hunt for something that will not only cool you down, but will also give you the rare opportunity to coat something in sprinkles.

But wait, sweet tooth-enabled readers. Don’t just jump right into the nearest ice cream parlor unprepared. There are options to weigh. And those options offer up such an array of completely unique experiences that (surprise, surprise) no less an authority than the federal government has stepped in to differentiate them.

Enjoying a sun-kissed strawberry ushers in summertime like no other fruit. Like the belle of the ball, strawberries can stand alone, but nothing beats strawberries dipped in fresh sour cream and then in dark brown sugar. April through June is the prime time for strawberry picking in South Carolina. Eating a strawberry brought in by boat, train, hovercraft, flying carpet or by other means of transportation during other times of the year from other countries, although strawberries may be in season in that hemisphere, rarely does this exquisite fruit justice.

Popular Hilton Head Island Japanese restaurant Kurama has reopened as Seafire Modern Hibachi Grill & Bar. The longtime hibachi favorite has expanded its traditional cuisine to more Southern-inspired fare, including Bulgogi sliders and tempura fried chicken and waffles. The restaurant also underwent a $100,000 renovation.