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March Restaurant News

Fresh food, awards, and new restaurants around the Lowcountry.

Tio’s Reopening in Towne Centre

Fans of Tio’s Latin American Kitchen can look forward to the restaurant reopening in early summer at Shelter Cove Towne Center. The restaurant, which closed its Main Street location abruptly last year, will reopen in the space that was occupied briefly by the Charlie Grainger’s hot dog restaurant and the Rocket Fizz candy store. The restaurant plans to serve authentic cuisine from Latin American countries such as Peru, Puerto Rico and Cuba. The head chef will be Lynden Zuniga, who has worked for several SERG Group restaurants.


Local Restaurants Nominated for “Best Shrimp and Grits in South Carolina”

Three local restaurants were finalists in USA Today’s “10 Best Shrimp and Grits in South Carolina” voting. A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant, The Cottage Cafe Bakery & Tea Room, and Red Fish were among the 10 finalists. Fans were allowed to vote once per day through Feb. 25. The winning restaurant will be announced on March 8 at the website.

Spring Island Hosts Farm to Table Event

Spring Island members enjoyed a beautiful and delicious dinner featuring ingredients picked from Waterfall Farm, literally farm–to–table. Chef Jeremy Halker presented six tasting courses, including salt roasted golden beet carpaccio, sous vide cauliflower steak and bison stuffed savory cabbage. The event was limited to 32 seats. Waterfall Farm is 6 1/2 acres of cultivated, community-run farmland, sown with an abundant variety of produce. Volunteers plant and manage the garden, and all Spring Island residents are encouraged to pick as much produce as they want.

Oak Terrace at Rose Hill Now Open

The new clubhouse at Rose Hill Plantation is open to the public. Oak Terrace features a restaurant, a bar and event space for up to 200 people. Located at 4 Clubhouse Drive, the clubhouse overlooks the course at Rose Hill Golf Club. The lunch menu is served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. followed by the dinner menu from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday brunch is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The restaurant is managed by Lowcountry Kitchen. Menu highlights include chicken & waffles, brisket tacos, blueberry barbecue spare ribs and vegetarian risotto. Happy hour is offered daily from 4-6 p.m.

Fresh Strawberries Now Available

Officials at the Bluffton Farmer’s Market report now is a great time to pick up fresh locally grown strawberries. The popular market takes place from 1–6 p.m. each Thursday at 40 Calhoun St. Pick up a few fresh pints and make strawberry cake, pie, salad dressing, ice cream and lemonade. Strawberry Fields Forever!

Rollers Hosting Matteo Correggia Wine Tasting

Rollers Wine & Spirits is hosting Giovanni Correggia, wine maker of Matteo Correggia Wines out of the Piedmont Region of Italy, for a special wine tasting. The event is set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 7. The story behind Matteo Correggia wines began in 1985 when Giovanni’s father, Matteo, inherited his father’s land and farm. In that day, the wine coming from Roero was only shared with friends and family. After revolutionizing the agriculture business in Roero by focusing on organic and sustainable farming, in 1987 we saw the birth of Matteo’s first vintage, Marun (pure barbera) and La Val dei Preti (100% nebbiolo). Matteo died in 2001, but not before he could instill his ideology into his two children who grew up on the vineyard and learned to appreciate wine and nature just as he did. Today, Matteo’s family continues his legacy, and the wines have grown to be shared and enjoyed by people all over the world.

Bacon Diner Opens in Bluffton

A new 1950s style diner is now open at 4 Oliver Court in Bluffton. Bacon Diner is decorated in 1950s decor and specializes in burgers, hot cakes, shrimp baskets and chicken fingers. The cash–only restaurant is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

Michael Anthony’s Offering Meals To Go

Enjoy the cuisine of Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana from the comfort of your own home. The popular Italian restaurant is offering a to-go menu that includes pasta, entrees, veal, sides and dessert. All food is prepared to order. A minimum of 24 hours is required for all orders. Many items are also available daily in the market for quick pickup, including Italian baguettes, housemade meatballs, homemade gnocchi and fresh sauces by the quart. Find more information online at