Was it the Verdier House on Bay St. that you visited? As the crow flies, and the boats run the creeks, HHI is only about ten minutes from Parris Island and now that they’ve four-laned the roads and Bluffton is bursting at the seams, along with the Cross-Island Expressway, actually over-the-road trip has been lessened to mere minutes on a relative scale.
I love it here, too. I also love my mountains near my old stomping grounds in the Upstate. That’s what makes SC unique and such a draw to a lot of people. Within just a handful of hours you can go from the Lowcountry to the mountains and all points in between. We are very lucky to be here in the Palmetto State. Hm. Do I feel "Carolina In My Mind" coming on??? [:D]
Matilda, even tho you’re no longer living on HIlton Head, you are at least still down there in a very lovely, very interesting part of the country, the Low Country. We have always loved both the Carolinas. My husband played golf and had a membership at the Port Royal (on the Island) Plantation. He did love his golf down there.
We never ate at Abe’s but I do recall the place and don’t know why we never tried it as we were quite adventuresome when eating out and loved most everywhere we tried. We loved going to Beaufort and Savannah also for different places to eat. I remember one Christmas tour of a lovely old home in Beaufort. Lots and lots of good memories.
Have a great life down there, Matilda.
Oh, and they ended up changing hands and calling it the Onion Express. It wasn’t ever really the same after that. Some friends of mine a few years later ran a Greek place there, Pasaloukis was their last name, they used to run charter boats with us, too. On the front side of there has been a place called Le Bistro Meditteranean which isn’t really roadfood but has a killer pate plate. Mm.
Oh my word!!!! I didn’t feed my baby girl to the ducks!!!!!! I just saw how that read!!!! AAAACCCKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Purple Onion had the most excellent shrimp salad plate ever. I used to take my baby girl there to feed the ducks at Pineland Mall. The Port Royal I live in is the Town of Port Royal between Parris Island and the City of Beaufort, but I do know of the Port Royal Plantation that you recall. I lived on Hilton Head for a long time before I moved North of The Broad, but, I’ve lived North of The Broad for quite some time now. LOL.
Matilda, I just read your profile and found that you live at Port Royal. We had a building lot on Shipyard Plantation and had hoped to build there at one time. We spent two winters in a condo at Surf Court Villas, plus the vacations we enjoyed there at the same villa. We did spend one week in a tree house Sea Pines.
Again, so good to hear from someone who loved and loves Hilton Head.
Oh Matilda, what memories your thread just brought back to me. Yes, we ate at Ballard’s many times when on Hilton Head. We spent two entire winters there in the mid-70s and loved going to Ballard’s. Their catfish plate was awesome, piled high with the sweet goodness that only catfish can deliver.
There were many places back then that were among our favorites that did in the end "bite the dust" so to speak. We loved the Purple Onion, a deli that was without peer, the Earl of Sandwich, Miguel’s for Mexican, there was a German place that was so good, of course, Hudson’s for the freshest seafood ever. How I loved the little fresh fish market at Coligny Circle where I could get things that had slept in the ocean just the night before I bought them…..Heaven on earth.
We returned many times after those years for short vacations, but gave up on the idea of building on our lot there and sold it. But with each subsequent visit, the changes were so vast that we finally lost our love for the Island. But love it we did, for a long time….that beach seemed to belong to me all winter long and I relished having it all to myself, thru storms and grand weather.
Thanks for bringing my memories back to life. So glad you enjoyed Ballard’s as we did.
Did anyone here have the, in my estimation, delight of eating at Ballard’s on Hilton Head before its demise? I don’t mean the short-lived second version that was located at Coligny and burned…I’m talking the original that was located on Marshland Road? Man, that place was good and definitely roadfood. Abe’s came in second, IMHO.
Ballard’s Hilton Head
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