June 11, 2011

Taste and See Hilton Head Island

I spent Memorial Day week on Hilton Head Island relaxing and eating a TON of food!  Since HHI is a popular vacation spot for Cincinnatians I thought I would highlight a few of my favorites and recommend some dishes.

First up is Topside at the Quarterdeck, an upscale seafood restaurant in Harbor Town right next to the famous lighthouse.  I had the pan seared salmon with herb butter, green beans and a side of corn pudding.  I loved how it was prepaed, slightly crisp on the outside with thinly sliced fried onions on top which added a nice layer of flavor.  Everyone in our group enjoyed their meal; if you're going to go to only one restaurant while you're in Hilton Head, go to this one.  After your meal take a stroll down the pier, or if you save room there is a small ice cream shop located just outside.

Herb butter salmon w/ green beans and corn pudding

Shrimp gumbo w/ cheddar grits

Crab stuffed  bacon wrapped shrimp, w/ a side of mango salsa and rice

Blackened Cortiva with mashed potatoes

Grilled cortiva, cioppino style

Sea scallops w/ mashed potatoes and green beans
Next up is Truffles.  I call this the J. Alexander of Hilton Head.  Truffles had a very similar menu but with perhaps more seafood, extensive wine selection and artistic presentation of food.  There was something for everyone and they serve soft warm bread with an herb butter.  I had the grilled shrimp and the creamy chili relleno risotto was out of this world!  We visited a new location on Pope Avenue, versus the original location in Sea Pines center.  I hear the service is better at the original location but it was still a lovely dining experience and we took numerous pictures posing with the bronze pig statue outside!
Grilled shrimp with green beans and green chili relleno risotto

New Orleans- penne w/ a spicy cream sauce topped with Cajun chicken

Grilled pimento cheese and tomato dill soup w/ fries

Cajun Chicken with southwestern sauce and shoestring fries
Pork tenderloin w/ apricot glaze, mashed potatoes and green beans
 Last, but certainly not least, two loud snaps for Flamingo's Doughnut Cafe.  They are located just outside the Sea Pines gate and the perfect way to indulge in a guilty pleasure while on vacation.  Flamingo Doughnuts are made to order and served warm with whatever toppings you choose.  The topping selection is so vast I can't get into here, but the pictures should help.  You can choose from their list of specialty doughnuts or create your own.  We scavenged a coupon in the Hilton Head restaurant guide for buy 3 get one free.   If you're not into toppings I still recommend going and getting basic glazed or cinnamon/sugar, the warm sweet dough is addicting!

One last recommendation, if you're driving from Cincy to Hilton Head and you're passing through po-dunk Tennessee with an empty stomach, DO NOT stop at this restaurant :\  Just keep driving until you see a McDonald's.

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Truffles Grill on Urbanspoon

Flamingo House of Doughnuts on Urbanspoon

1 comment:

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