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Restaurant News – February 2021

Chamber Restaurant Week is back

Get your Lowcountry restaurant bucket list ready. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s 13th annual Chamber Restaurant Week is back February 20-27, and residents will have an opportunity to help further support their favorite restaurants.

In conjunction with Chamber Restaurant Week, locals can get an exclusive Lowcountry culinary experience in the Chamber’s first-ever Taste of the Lowcountry silent auction. It showcases experiences such as cooking lessons, wine dinners, private oyster roasts and more, for a deal you won’t be able to find anywhere else. 

The silent auction runs February 20-March 8 and benefits our local restaurants. Businesses have stepped up to sponsor these experiences to support our beloved restaurants. A list of experiences and bidding information will be listed at ChamberRestaurantWeek.com.

“We’re proud to keep the tradition of Chamber Restaurant Week going and have this added benefit to support our local restaurants,” said Bill Miles, president and CEO of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. 

Whether you are checking out the latest Lowcountry hot spot, trying a new dish at an old favorite, or venturing to a place that you’ve always wanted to try, Chamber Restaurant Week is the one time all year that you can find a phenomenal multi-course meal for a deal.

Over 70 Hilton Head Island and Bluffton restaurants will offer special menus throughout February 20-27 with take-out or dine-in options available. 

“We love participating in Chamber Restaurant Week and haven’t missed one yet!  There is always a bit of a lull after the holidays, and it seems that when Restaurant Week rolls around, our local residents are ready to participate,” said Rebecca Fazzini of Michael Anthony’s. “It is a great opportunity to showcase what we do, especially to those who have never dined with us. It’s always a fun week, and we love meeting new customers as well as seeing our regulars.”

If you find yourself in a “restaurant rut,” Chamber Restaurant Week is a way to venture into trying a new spot or ordering something other than your “usual” at your favorite locale. 

“Chamber Restaurant Week not only allows our chefs the opportunity to branch out of their everyday culinary routine, but it also provides guests the chance to experience more offerings in a cost-effective way,” said Ryan Larson, the SERG Restaurant Group marketing director.


SHHHH! Alexander Trench’s Secret Supper Club is back

Enjoy an intimate dining experience in a secret location hosted by top chefs. Tickets are all-inclusive, including your meal, drinks, tax and gratuity. Location and additional details will be emailed at a later date. Reserve your spot at trenchscellar.com. 

What: Trench’s Cellar

When: Thursday, Feb. 11

Where: Undisclosed location in Bluffton

Sign up: trenchscellar.com


Gravies take flight at Bad Biscuit 

Due to the popularity of its creative toppings (sage gravy, bacon gravy, etc.), Bad Biscuit has included a biscuit and gravy flight in its updated menu. A made-from-scratch biscuit comes with four toppings of your choice so you don’t have to hem and haw at the counter. New bowls and other savory items also have been added. Learn more at bad-biscuit.com.


Tio’s Latin American Kitchen opening Bluffton location 

Chef Lynden Zuniga and Sally Zuniga, owners of Tio’s Latin American Kitchen on Hilton Head Island, are putting the final touches on a new Bluffton location next to the Kroger at Buckwalter Place. The couple signed a lease for the space in 2019, but Covid-19 delayed the opening. The Bluffton Tio’s will feature an open kitchen that will be front and center of the restaurant. The menu will be the same as the Hilton Head location (including their flan-tastic made-to-order desserts), but there are plans to evolve in order to please the Bluffton clientele. 


Happy hour hotspot: Dockside 

Beer-loving locals will be delighted to learn Skull Creek Dockside has added two quality beers to its lineup. Up your happy-hour game (4-7 p.m.) with Anderson Valley Boont Amber, a new craft selection, or Revelry Back Off Warchild Imperial IPA, a new local selection. Both are perfect to sip at sunset. 


Salty Dog’s SOUPer Bowl

Running every weekend until Feb. 21, The Salty Dog Cafe chefs will go head-to-head in their first ever SOUPer Bowl. Each week, two soups will battle it out to remain in the running to be crowned the first ever SOUPer Bowl Champion. Championship weekend starts Feb. 26. Learn more at saltydog.com 


Flight Night at Nunzio 

Every Monday, you can taste your way through some of Nunzio’s favorite Californian and Italian wineries. The $25 flight, which comes with five wines, changes every month and is available to order in the bar and dining room. Learn more at nunziohhi.com.


Savor Sea Pines celebrates food, wine, spirits

Sea Pines’ monthlong celebration of food, wine, and spirits will include socially distanced events, such as dinners, tastings, demonstrations and classes. Guest chefs from Charleston, Charlotte, Atlanta, as well as brewmasters and vintners, will be showcased. Special culinary events have been planned for Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day. Events will take place Feb. 1-27. Learn more at savorseapines.com.


Hilton Head Social Bakery opening South End location

Fans of Hilton Head Social Bakery who live on the South End will no longer have to make the grueling drive to Mid-Island to enjoy its authentic French baked goods. Marissa Feret confirmed a lease was recently signed for a building on the South End. While she was unable to share the exact location, she said the team is working hard to open this spring.


New Quarterdeck will have rooftop oyster bar 

The Sea Pines Resort has been approved for a complete redevelopment of The Quarterdeck restaurant, which will include a new rooftop oyster bar with 270-degree views of the Harbour Town Yacht Basin and Calibogue Sound. The new vision, created by design firm Hart Howerton, will feature a two-story restaurant with a bar and dining area on the first floor and the rooftop oyster bar on the second. There also will be a walk-up market on the ground floor, where patrons can grab a quick bite or stock up on provisions for the day. Opening is anticipated prior to the spring 2022 season.


February food holidays 

Feb 1: Cake Pop Day

Feb 2: Tater Tot Day

Feb 3: Carrot Cake Day

Feb 4: Stuffed Mushroom Day

Feb 5: Nutella Day

Feb 6: Chopsticks Day

Feb 7: Fettuccine Alfredo Day

Feb 8: Molasses Bar Day 

Feb 9: Bagels and Lox Day

Feb 10: Cream Cheese Brownie Day 

Feb 11: Peppermint Patty Day

Feb 12: Biscotti Day

Feb 13: Tortellini Day

Feb 14: Cream-filled Chocolates Day 

Feb 15: Gumdrop Day

Feb 16: Almond Day

Feb 17: Café Au Lait Day

Feb 18: Drink Wine Day

Feb 19: Chocolate Mint Day

Feb 20: Muffin Day

Feb 21: Sticky Bun Day

Feb 22: Margarita Day

Feb 23: Banana Bread Day

Feb 24: Tortilla Chip Day

Feb 25: Clam Chowder Day

Feb 26: Pistachio Day

Feb 27: Kahlua Day

Feb 28: Souffle Day


Try these

Our top picks for February from the local food scene.

Sformato Chocolate Dessert 

A chocolate lover’s dream paired with a scoop of gelato. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this famous Michael Anthony’s dessert.

Fried Bananas Foster Bread Pudding 

The banana technically makes it healthy, right? Dig into this sweet treat at Frankie Bones. 

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Milk, white, and dark chocolate, all paired together with strawberry and mint. Hurry to Poseidon and order yourself one.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

This classic combo is dipped fresh each day at Kilwins Hilton Head at Shelter Cove Towne Centre.