Tucked around the corner from Bay Street and the historic Beaufort waterfront, Blackstone’s is a two-story, bare-table café decorated to the rafters (literally) with U.S. Marine and nautical memorabilia. You could spend days in here studying, reading, and admiring the stuff on the walls.
The lunch menu is mostly deli sandwiches and a few salads. We came in search of hot breakfast and found a great reward: shrimp and grits (also available at lunch). This is a broad bowl filled with a mix of steamy white and yellow grits, just barely buttered, in which are suspended approximately 100,000 shrimp, the whole shebang blanketed with melted cheese, savory demi-glaze, and a sprinkle of dill. Utterly delicious!
The corned beef hash is excellent, too. This is the real stuff, definitely not from a can. It is chunky, brine-bright, and deeply satisfying. On the side come grits, eggs, and slices of toast or an English muffin. We ignored that breadstuff and chose a sticky bun instead. It turned out to be a soft, sweet mesa of dough that was plenty sticky and coated with chopped pecans.