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Restaurant News – Hilton Head & Bluffton

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Coming soon: Sweetwater Steamer

Get ready for Sweetwater Steamer, the newest venture from Sally and Lynden Zuniga, co-owners of Tio’s Latin American Kitchen. Located in Orleans Plaza at 37 New Orleans Road, this concept offers Lowcountry boil to-go, featuring ready-to-heat buckets filled with sausage, shrimp, corn and potatoes. Perfect for locals seeking a hassle-free meal and visitors eager to experience regional flavors in their vacation rentals. Follow their progress on Facebook as they gear up for the opening.

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Temporarily closed: Blacksheep

Blacksheep, a cherished Beaufort dining spot, is temporarily closing due to escalating supply chain challenges. The restaurant plans to reemerge in a new format, featuring wieners and adult snow cones. While reservations are on hold, updates on Blacksheep’s next chapter will be shared on its Instagram page. Stay connected for the latest developments at blacksheeponboundary.com.

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Giuseppi’s celebrates 40 years with pizza giveaway

Giuseppi’s Pizza is marking its 40th anniversary by offering a free, 16-inch pizza every week for a year. Every Monday, the 40th customer at the Hilton Head location will receive this delicious reward. For more details, visit giuseppispizza.com.

Giuseppi’s pizza

TripAdvisor lists area’s top restaurants

TripAdvisor released its latest rankings for Hilton Head’s top five pizza and fine dining spots. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual slice or an elegant meal, these establishments are worth a visit. See if you agree with the rankings by checking them out yourself. 

  1. Dough Boys
  2. Fat Baby’s Pizza & Subs 
  3. Local Pie Hilton Head
  4. Bella Italia Pizza
  5. Giuseppi’s Pizza & Pasta House Shelter Cove
  1. Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana
  2. Nunzio Restaurant + Bar
  3. Links, An American Grill
  4. The Jazz Corner
  5. Chez Georges Bistro & Bar
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Westin introduces Blue Bottle Daily Ritual

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa has launched the Blue Bottle Daily Ritual, celebrating the local Gullah culture through the “Legend of the Blue Bottle Tree.” According to Gullah folklore, blue bottles hung on trees trap evil spirits at night, which are then destroyed by morning sunlight, bringing good luck and other benefits. This daily event occurs at 4:30 p.m. at View 32, offering guests a complimentary cocktail, The Legend, in a blue bottle to honor this tradition. Non-alcoholic options are available. Guests can explore Gullah heritage further at the resort’s historical exhibit. For more details, visit marriott.com.

Westin introduces Blue Bottle Daily Ritual

Sommelier’s Special Selections at Michael Anthony’s

Enjoy exceptional wines at Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana with Sommelier’s Special Selections, available from 5-5:30 p.m. Experience premium wines, including California chardonnays and Napa Valley cabernets, at 50 percent off menu prices. Explore selections from Italy such as amarones, brunellos and super Tuscans, with expert guidance from the staff. For reservations, visit michael-anthonys.com.

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In memoriam: Steve Brown

The Beaufort community is deeply saddened by the passing of Steve Brown, a cherished local restaurant owner known for his exuberant personality and commitment to helping others. Owner of Steve Brown Catering and Market on Ribaut Road and the Village Inn Pizza Parlor on Boundary Street, Brown was beloved for his kindness and generosity to customers, friends, family, industry colleagues and strangers. His guiding principle, “Never lay your head down on any day without blessing somebody’s life that day,” truly encapsulated his approach to life. Steve’s profound impact and dedication to the community will be greatly missed.

Steve Brown

Record attendance at TCL culinary event

The Culinary Institute of the South at Technical College of the Lowcountry hosted an open house and live recipe competition on April 6, drawing about 200 guests. The event featured the “Tastes Like Home” contest where seven contestants, including high school and institute students, competed. Lauren Wood, a baking and pastry student, won an all-expenses-paid trip to King Arthur’s baking facility in Vermont for her winning recipe, which will be featured on King Arthur’s website. The day included cooking demonstrations by faculty and alumni, presentations by King Arthur representatives and TCL staff providing information on enrollment and financial aid. More details at tcl.edu.

Lauren Wood - grand prize winner copy

Coming soon: Seven Brew Drive-Thru Coffee 

Construction is in full swing for the Seven Brew Drive-Thru Coffee, located next to Circle K off the bridge on Fording Island Road. Originating from a coffee stand in Rogers, Arizona, in 2017, Seven Brew has grown to 216 locations nationwide. Known for hand-crafted coffees and positive vibes, Seven Brew is set to bring its unique drive-thru experience to Bluffton. For more information, visit 7brew.com.

Seven Brew Drive-Thru Coffee

RBC Heritage concessions recap

This year’s RBC Heritage concessions posted some impressive stats. Here are some fun facts about what was sold at this year’s tournament, as reported by SERG Restaurant Group

  • Over 40,000 cans of beer and over 30,000 bottles of water
  • 7,602 hot dogs
  • 5,937 cheeseburgers
  • 811 Killer Brownies
  • 700 Peanut M&M’s (topping the 646 regular M&M’s in the annual showdown)
  • 2,780 Godfather sandwiches (from Frankie Bones’ daily lunch menu)
  • 393 One Hot Mama’s brisket sandwiches
  • 167 Italian beef sandwiches
  • 1,067 shaker salads
RBC Heritage Concession Stand - SERG Restaurant Group

Support Make-A-Wish with Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts is offering a special-edition Wish Duck to benefit Make-A-Wish America. Available for $3 each, these adorable rubber ducks help fund wishes for children with critical illnesses. Duck Donuts will donate $1 from each sale to Make-A-Wish. Join the cause and spread joy through June 16 at duckdonuts.com.

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Now open: Boujee Bowls

Sissy Rebecca Fricks has launched Boujee Bowls, a smoothie bowl shop located at 2137 Sea Island Parkway in Beaufort, formerly the site of Beach Bums Barbecue. These bowls start with a frozen, pureed fruit base and are artistically topped with fresh fruit, almonds, chia seeds, granola and crunchy cereal, offering a nutritional boost and a satisfying meal. Each bowl features fashion-themed names like “Blouis Vuitton” and “Dolce N’ Banana.” The menu also includes overnight oats and coffee. Boujee Bowls is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and until sunset on Fridays and Saturdays. For updates, visit its Facebook page.

Boujee Bowls - Beafort, SC

Charlie’s unveils hand-painted champagne bottles

Looking for a unique gift for an anniversary or birthday? Charlie’s Coastal Bistro just introduced a selection of hand-painted champagne bottles by Nancy Golson. Visit its Facebook page to see the collection, and choose a perfect gift at charliesgreenstar.com.

Charlie’s unveils hand-painted champagne bottles

Tragedy strikes local food truck

The Lunch Lady Food Truck suffered a devastating fire last month in the Rivers End subdivision in Okatie. The owner’s husband, Brandon Meyaard, sustained severe burns and is receiving care in the MUSC burn unit ICU. For updates on Brandon’s recovery and how you can help, visit The Lunch Lady Food Truck’s Facebook page. Wishing the Meyaard family a swift recovery.

The Lunch Lady Food Truck

Wine Down Wednesday supports Meals on Wheels

The recent Wine Down Wednesday For A Cause event at the Village at Wexford raised $2,300 for Meals on Wheels Bluffton-Hilton Head. This organization supports homebound seniors with nutritious meals, wellness checks and companionship. Learn more at mowblufftonhiltonhead.org.

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New brew: Lot 9 Blackberry Gose 

Lot 9 Brewing Co. has released its blackberry gose, its take on traditional gose. Infused with juicy blackberries, hints of coriander, sea salt and a tangy kick, this beer is an ideal companion for the warm weather season. Check it out at lot9brew.com.

Lot 9 Blackberry Gose

Quick Bites

  • Cactus Street Cantina donated $1,342.59 from April bowl sales to First Tee of the Lowcountry. NAMI Lowcountry was its May charity. June’s charity of the month is The Children’s Center. 
  • Russo’s Fresh Seafood Bluffton has partnered with Winebow, the leading importer of independently owned family wineries worldwide, and now carries international wines to be paired with fresh seafood selections.
  • In anticipation of the long, hot months ahead, Michael Anthony’s features four new appetizers, a new pasta dish and four new meat and seafood entrees. 
  • Yelp announced the two best places to get fried chicken on Hilton Head: A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant and Annie O’s Kitchen.
  • During May Burnt Church Distillery donated 5 percent of revenue from tours, cocktails of the month, memberships and community events to Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island. 
  • The Palmetto Dunes General Store breakfast hours have been extended. Enjoy a full breakfast from 6:30-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day and regular hours Monday through Friday. 
  • Burnt Church Distillery’s space, “The Study,” got a refresh, allowing for more intimate cocktails and dinner perfect for couples, small groups and families.
  • The Salty Dog Cafe now offers to-go pints of ice cream.
  • Dough Boys Pizza Hilton Head is now open seven days a week and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Cafe Al Dente is now open on Mondays for dinner.
  • The Sandbar Beach Eats received a Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Winner Award.  Traveler’s Choice awards the top 10 percent of businesses based on reviews, ratings and saves from millions of travelers across the globe. 
  • Top Dawg Tavern & Pizzeria’s second outside bar at the expansion is now open daily starting at 4 p.m. 
  • The Grind Roasters started a monthly newsletter with a “coffee spotlight,” focusing on a different bean and discussing the farm, region, roast and more.
  • Bad Biscuit added a shaded cover to their patio space. 
  • Corner Perk now offers a 10 percent discount to anyone who brings a reusable cup. 
  • Jarvis Creek General Store is now open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., seven days a week. 
  • Big Bamboo Cafe’s late-night menu is back from 9:30-11:30 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays. 
  • CRUDO Modern Raw Bar is now booking through Open Table.
  • Pomodori Italian Eatery has a new menu for the changing season. 
  • This summer Tiki Hut is partnering with Island Recreation Center to offer private and group sailing lessons right from the beach in front of Tiki House HHI. 
  • Taste of Europe now offers delivery. 
  • Hilton Head Ice Cream added new lighting to its deck for the summer season.
  • Bonez Bar and Grill updated its outdoor seating. 
  • A9 Hot Pot & Korean BBQ extended its hours to 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 
  • Burnt Church Distillery donated a portion of revenue from tours, the cocktail of the month, memberships and community events to Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island.
  • Ralphie’s Pizza has a new bar-only menu served daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wine Time donated $1 of every sale to Hopeful Horizons through its May “Buck-a-Battle, Buck-a-Bottle” program.
  • Cupcake 2 Cakes is now only open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Saturday.
  • Grooby’s, Too is now open for breakfast starting at 9 a.m.
  • Panini’s on the Waterfront’s River Deck is open daily and nightly for the season.

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