Sunday, September 19, 2010

Food in Hilton Head, SC (& Savannah, GA)

This past week I’ve been on vacation with my mom in Hilton Head (spent 1 day in Savannah as well).  We had a wonderful time, and one of the most enjoyable things (of course) was all the food we ate!  We tried quite a few fun and interesting places, so I wanted to share them with y’all.  If you ever take a visit to these areas make sure you try out a few of these fabulous food places!

The Salty Dog Cafe, Hilton Head

We only had drinks & an appetizer here, but the atmosphere was what was most impressive.  This cafe sits on the waterfront and consists of indoor / outdoor seating as well as an outdoor bar.  Perfect for a laid back afternoon or evening and a great place to relax, have a few drinks, and enjoy the water.

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Sweet Carolina Cupcakes, Hilton Head

I’m a total dessert junky, and this place knocked my socks off!  Sweet Carolina Cupcakes is an adorable little corner cafe located in Coligny Plaza next to Piggly Wiggly and is the best kept secret on Hilton Head Island.  They had everything from Elvis inspired cupcakes (banana cake, cream cheese frosting w/ crumbled bacon) to red velvet or a chocolate lovers cupcake dream - the Chocoholic cupcake.  The cupcake I fell in love with was their Coconut Snowball – the coconut cake was light and delicate, the frosting out of this world creamy and sweet, and the coconut topping made this cupcake perfectly unique.  You’ve got to try them!

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Roastfish & Cornbread, Hilton Head

Roastfish & Cornbread is a true local favorite.  This place is a bit off the beaten path, but well worth the search.  While I wasn’t actually that impressed with their known for sweet potato cornbread, they were bustling with crowds raving over the fish and sides.  I had the lentil salad and fried okra which was divine! 

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The Lady & Sons, Savannah

Being a big fan of FoodNetwork, I had to try out Paula Dean’s restaurant, Lady & Son’s.  It was very good and as we went a little later in the season, we didn’t have to wait at all to get in.  We had their buffet and my favorites were the sweet potatoes and the fried chicken.  Also – you MUST try the gooey butter cake.  Sooo good with a steaming cup of coffee.

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The Sea Shack, Hilton Head

The Sea Shack is another local favorite.  They don’t advertise and they don’t have a website.  It’s all word of mouth.  It doesn’t look like much – actually we initially saw the place and drove away, but after enough recommendations, we figured we had to try it out.  It really does look like a sea shack, so don’t dress nicely – but you’ll be glad you went.  Really simply prepared good sea food, and dynamite hush puppies.

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The Crazy Crab, Hilton Head  

This place had a great shrimp salad and a fun setting.  They also had the pots of crab legs, shrimp, and oysters that are a very popular choice around the island.

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La Hacienda, Hilton Head

La Hacienda is located on Palmetto Bay Road (I believe in the Park Plaza) and as funny as it sounds – this was my favorite overall meal during my whole vacation time.  They start you out with a rich and spicy salsa w/ chips – then comes drinks and dinner.  I got a lime margarita (which they did not skimp on!) and then I had what I think was call chilaqueles.  It was chicken, corn tortillas, creamy cheese sauce…… oh so much goodness it’s had to describe!  Great prices too!

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Flamingo’s Doughnut Cafe, Hilton Head

Last, but not even close to least is Flamingo’s.  The place is out of this world!  They make your doughnuts anyway you want them (they have a million choices), and they make them fresh while you wait.  It was so much fun!  We were addicted after trying one and had to go back every day afterward.  There are so many fun options, you’ll never get bored, but honestly you could get a plain doughnut and it is so delicious all by itself that it’s hard to get better. Crispy on the outside, light on the inside – I think that’s what I call heaven!

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