I used to live near Savannah, GA – and we drove to HHI at least once a month just to eat at a little New York style Italian restaurant called Delvecchio’s <sp?>. Their pizza is wonderful, but my favorite is their garlic rolls – out of this world!! Order up a dozen, and forget the calories![;)]
The restaurant on the way to Hunting Island is the Shrimp Shack. Hunting Island is a great place to visit – fishing down at the lagoon is a wonderful way to get a fresh seafood dinner!
Blackstone’s in Beaufort made our ‘two mornings in a row’ list, which is very short. It’s excellent. And there’s a little wooden shack joint on the road to Hunting Island State Park that serves shrimp burgers, across the street from Gay Seafood, whose name is escaping me now–that’s pretty great.
In SC you seem to be a Hilton Head Person, or a Not Hilton Head Person. There are plenty of other terrific places to go to the beach.
Hofbrau House has been closed since fall of 2005…sorry, the owners retired and the building remains empty.
Fitzgerald’s (also one my favorites) has also closed
Not what you think of as Roadfood, but food being where you find it, there is a gem among the badly pretentious – Hofbrau House – best German food I’ve ever had outside Germany! One of the oldest restaurants on HH, been around forever. Sure I love all the heavenly greasy burgers, gooiest of sweet rolls, and hole in the wall great fish I’ve ever had – Roadfood. Take advantage of this as a change of pace.
Hi, never been to Skillets, so can not comment on that one. Always seemed kind of touristy ? to me. For breakfast, we like either Signes, Sunrise Cafe, Grubys Deli, or Harolds.
Harolds is very very casual, has great omelets, and "grill type things" Sunrise Cafe has a more varied breakfast menu, and is usually packed in the AM. The patio has the big outdoor patio heaters, so still great to sit out there, most days, even this time of year.
The other place for breakfast we hit every once in a while is Stacks, but not one of my favorites –but my husband loves the buffet.
hope that helps on the breakfast places.
Another place to mention, not for breakfast, is the Sea Shack. We usually do a carry out there, since the atmosphere is pretty much non-existant. But, last week I had the Tilapia from the grill and it was some of the best I have had on the island. Don’t let the looks of the place fool you, the food is good.
Do you know anything about Skillet’s in Coligny Plaza. Asking about their breakfast. Thanks
Went to a conference on HHI and found nothing on the island to recommend it. With so many great sea shores to visit with great places to eat, beautiful beaches and no fascist gated subdivisions, I have not been tempted to return.
Harold’s on HHI is pretty good but Beaufort has a great little spot called Ollie’s. They had REALLY great shrimp that are brought in fresh daily (of course the local shrimp are fantastic). If you’re ever in the area it’s well worth the visit! I could make the 4 hour ride for them right now.[;)]
Reading these posts makes me sad. We spent two winters on Hilton Head in 1978 and 1979, plus we owned a lot back then and had planned to build. At that time there were lots of places that would have qualified as "roadfood places" and we enjoyed many delicious meals while there at these various places. In addition, I was able to buy fish and seafood which had swum in the sea the night before. That was wonderful.
There was a deli called The Purple Onion that we loved; Bill Ballard’s was a catfish place back in the woods; a delightful German restaurant (can’t recall the name); the Earl of Sandwich in the shopping center at Coligny Circle. Many, many places and back then, the winters were wonderful, not crowded and I felt as if the beach was my very own.
We decided not to build and sold the lot and went to Arizona instead. Quite a leap!
So glad we have these memories. I’m certain it has all changed by now. The last time we were there was in 1986 and it was quite different even then.
As a local on HHI, I guess I have learned to find the "good Food". IF you can’t, don’t worry a new restaurant will probably open soon (and close).
They say on Hilton head, If you want to be a millionaire, Just start with 2 million and open a restaurant on Hilton Head.
Believe me, there are a lot of people who are not millionaires here. I happen to be one of them.
I’m still trying to get one of our restaurants to try "Italian beef" since I miss it so much.
I’ve been to Beaufort often and haven’t found anything exceptional there so please make some suggestions as I would love to try them.
I must agree…nothing besides a NYC relocation deli that I like about HHI. enjoy your trip and if you’re a yankee visit every year. We like to keep you contained and drained.
We stayed for a few days on Hilton Head a few years ago. At the bar of our inn we were informed by another couple that they were "rich millionaires". We allowed as to how nice that was for them and they wanted to know how we liked the golf. We informed them that we no longer play golf. They were aghast, "What could you possibly find to do on Hilton Head if you dont play golf?" We had to admit they pretty much had us – food is better just about any other place, the bird watching is better in other places, good beaches are easy to find, ect. So we never went back.
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