The Cottage Café, Bakery and Tea Room and The Juice Hive won four Good Food Awards from The Good Food Foundation. The Cottage won for its All Hail Caesar and Pickled West Indian Gherkin. The Juice Hive won for its Watermelon Rind Kimchi and Shiso, Sweet Potato and Asian Sour Leaf Kimchi. Good Food Awards honor food that is delicious, respectful of the environment and connected to communities and cultural traditions.
Taste the Lowcountry
The popular Hilton Head Island barbecue restaurant Smokehouse, which burned down last summer, received approval from the Town of Hilton Head Island Design Review Board to rebuild. Plans that owner Jerry Leonard submitted to the town show a 7,515-square-foot, two-story building with outdoor patios, mixing vintage and modern design elements.
Charbar on Hilton Head Island has added a sushi bar. The sushi rolls are named after artists, records and songs that have inspired executive chef Tim Nelson. Examples include the Strawberry Fields roll — escolar, strawberry, jalapeño, toasted almonds and eel sauce — and the Coco Cabana roll, made with coconut tempura shrimp, cucumber, ahi tuna, avocado and spicy mayo.
Gr8 Bites, a new breakfast-all-day deli, has opened in Main Street Village on Hilton Head Island in the former Munchies location. The menu features paninis, soup, salads, sandwiches and daily specials. The restaurant also offers freshly baked pie, cookies, muffins and scones. Gr8 Bites also has an ice cream parlor and is available for delivery through DoorDash. The restaurant is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
The Cottage Café, Bakery and Tea Room on Calhoun Street in Bluffton is now offering 116 different teas and has expanded its full afternoon tea menu. The new menu will include more gourmet sandwiches, freshly baked scones and other delicacies.
Underground Burrito is open in Bluffton. The take-out style burrito joint operates inside Ulmer’s Family Pharmacy and orders are designed to be picked up and eaten to-go. Orders can be picked up hot and ready to eat, or refrigerated for reheating later. The menu features traditional, vegetarian and six-pack burritos.
After closing for renovations in December, Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar has reopened with a new look. The interior renovations follow an update to the restaurant's patio this summer, which was completed in time for a watch party of Rollison's appearance on Guy's Grocery Games. The new look also comes with new dishes from their updated winter menu. You can see their updated menu here.
Falling Oak Lager, the latest offering from Southern Barrel Brewing, is now available in multiple Sea Pines locations. This dry-hopped lager is named after a tenacious Southern Live Oak that blew over more than 170 years ago on what is now the property of The Sea Pines Resort. The lager is available in the pro shops at Harbour Town Clubhouse and Planation Golf Club, and also on draft at all restaurants in The Sea Pines Resort.
Slapfish, the nation’s fastest growing seafood restaurant, has opened at 1024 William Hilton Parkway near Sea Pines Circle. Slapfish on Hilton Head is locally owned and operated by the Lomasney family. The restaurant’s marketing materials say it “serves honest flippin’ seafood infused with lots of flavor.”
LongHorn Steakhouse officially opened its newest restaurant in Beaufort in January. The restaurant celebrated the opening with a “lasso cutting” ceremony. The 5,660-square-foot restaurant seats more than 180 guests and will be led by Amy Otterline as Managing Partner. The restaurant will add more than 60 jobs in Beaufort.