Travel Eats documents my food adventures while traveling.
Here are belated dining highlights from my first time visiting Hilton Head, in spring 2022. We prioritized seafood and low country classics, but I was impressed at the variety of cuisine available at this vacation destination. Beyond that, I’m letting the photos tell the story!
Spaghettini Amalfitana con Vongole with thin spaghetti, diced Roma tomato, clams, jumbo lump crabmeat, and white wine sauce, Nunzio
Fried green tomatoes with crispy green tomatoes, pimiento cheese, and balsamic glaze, Fish Camp
Swordfish special with smoked gouda grits and broccolini, ELA’s on the Water
Maine lobster bisque, ELA’s on the Water
Half of shrimp salad sandwich and she-crab soup, Hudson’s
Baja taco with fried flounder, baja taco sauce, shaved cabbage, and sour cream, and ahi tuna taco with seared tuna, sashimi slaw, wasabi aioli, avocado, and sesame seeds, The Black Marlin
Bayside seafood chowder, The Black Marlin
Kyse’s chicken parm pizza with chicken cutlet, parmesan, house blend cheese and red sauce, Doughboys
Honey pistachio baklava, Casablanca Mediterranean Grill
Dr. Joe’s duck hash with pulled roast duck, seasonal root vegetables, over-easy local farm eggs, duck crackling, and green onions with sweet potato biscuit, Nectar Farm Kitchen
Maple pecan cold brew coffee with house-made sweet potato whipped cream, Nectar Farm Kitchen
Lava Flow with banana and pina colada over strawberry puree (including a side car of what was leftover in the pitcher), Pool Bar Jim’s
Sea Pines Coyote with local toasted coconut rum, puréed banana, pineapple, cranberry, and a splash of blackberry brandy, The Salty Dog Cafe
Maryland-style lump crab cake sandwich with pimento cheese and side of stone ground grits, The Salty Dog Cafe
Jake’s hushpuppies with homemade honey butter, The Salty Dog Cafe
Peach-mango tart, Hilton Head Social Bakery
The details: Fish Camp, 11 Simmons Rd.; Casablanca Mediterranean Grill, 1012 William Hilton Pkwy.; Pool Bar Jim’s, 10 North Forest Beach (Beach Marker 60); Doughboys, 1 New Orleans Rd.; Nunzio, 18 New Orleans Rd.; Nectar Farm Kitchen, 35 Office Park Rd.; ELA’s on the Water, 1 Shelter Cove Ln.; Hudson’s, 1 Hudson Rd.; The Black Marlin, 86 Helmsman Way; The Salty Dog Cafe, 232 S. Sea Pines Dr.; Hilton Head Social Bakery, 17 Harborside Ln. (Building 1); all Hilton Head Island, SC.