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Restaurant News – July 2021

Alexander’s cooking demo: Oklahoma onion smash burgers and blueberry hand pies

What’s better than a burger and fries in July? Onion smash burgers and blueberry hand pies. Learn executive chef Charles Pejeau’s secrets for making the two by attending a cooking demonstration at 2 p.m. on July 25 at Alexander’s Restaurant on Hilton Head Island. Pejeau will teach you how to prep, slice, mound and “smash” this regional burger, then finish the class learning how to make the hand pies, which will serve as a tasty and convenient treat ready for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Purchase tickets at

Coming soon: WiseGuys renovations nearly complete 

The massive summer makeover of popular Hilton Head Island restaurant WiseGuys is expected to be completed this month. Renovations include a revamped menu, a wood-fired oven, an expanded lounge and dining room, added private dining for special events and an increased premium spirit list. The overall look and feel will be more premium, from the accents and tables down to the server uniforms. Check the WiseGuys Facebook page for updates.

Save the date: The Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island’s 35th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Jeep Island

This year’s event will focus on local chili cooks in Best Amateur & Best Professional Categories. Enjoy live music, a children’s activity zone and unique Jeeps from throughout the Southeast celebrating Jeep Island 2021. It will take place from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Oct. 9 at Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Price is $10 (beer, wine and tasting tickets available). More information at

Tie-dye fun returns to South Beach

Put your own colorful twist on the iconic Salty Dog Cafe T-shirt by creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece at South Beach Marina. All summer long, Salty Dog’s tie dye experts will help you create a personalized shirt from noon to 3 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Learn more at

King Bean coffee at The G-Free Spot

The G-Free Spot is using King Bean Coffee Roasters for its new coffee bar. The gluten-free restaurant in Hilton Head Island’s Main Street Village recently decided to add specialty coffee to its offerings and is sourcing its beans from a roaster with local roots. King Bean’s owner Kurt Weinberger started the operation 25 years ago in his parents’ Hilton Head Island garage. Now based in North Charleston, King Bean has grown to develop a strong following across the Southeast.

Nantucket’s Meat & Fish Market opens

Nantucket’s Meat & Fish Market of Hilton Head is now open in Tanger 2 shopping center in Bluffton. The new market specializes in prime meats, fresh seafood, produce, groceries, prepared foods, sushi, beer and wine. The market also has a café that serves fresh bagels, pastries, sandwiches and espresso drinks.

Culinary school opening in Bluffton

The Technical College of the Lowcountry will be opening their Culinary Institute of the South with their “Foodseum” on the first floor. The building is in Buckwalter Place Commerce Park and is set to open in the fall. The Foodseum will educate visitors about Southern cuisine through a digital food growth map and displays of the history of native dishes. There will be a café run by the students where visitors can take a peek inside the kitchen. There will also be a digital experience where guests can upload their food experience directly to social media. 

New brewery opens on Hilton Head 

More good news for Lowcountry beer lovers: A new brewery has opened at 138 Island Drive, off Mathews Drive on Hilton Head Island. Lincoln & South Brewing Company is a Vermont-inspired brewery serving cloudy beers such as Three Thumbs Up Double IPA, Beach City Pilsner and Hearts & Arrows IPA. Beers are available on draft and will be available in cans in late July. Hours are 4-10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 4-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Learn more at

July Food Holidays

July 1: Gingersnap Day

July 2: Anisette Day 

July 3: Chocolate Wafer Day

July 4: Caesar Salad Day

July 5: Apple Turnover Day

July 6: Fried Chicken Day

July 7: Macaroni Day

July 8: Chocolate with Almonds Day

July 9: Sugar Cookie Day

July 10: Pina Colada Day

July 11: Mojito Day

July 12: Pecan Pie Day

July 13: French Fry Day

July 14: Grand Marnier Day

July 15: Gummy Worm Day

July 16: Ice Cream Day

July 17: Peach Ice Cream Day

July 18: Caviar Day

July 19: Daiquiri Day

July 20: Fortune Cookie Day

July 21: Crème Brûlée Day

July 22: Penuche Day 

July 23: Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 24: Tequila Day

July 25: Hot Fudge Sundae Day

July 26: Coffee Milkshake Day

July 27: Scotch Day

July 28: Hamburger Day

July 29: Chicken Wing Day

July 30: Cheesecake Day

July 31: Cotton Candy Day