Grab your Forks! Hilton Head Island Restaurant Week is Here!

Bombora's pulled pork slider

Pulled pork sliders from Bomboras Grille and Chill Bar has won several people’s choice awards for their barbeque at local festivals and cook-offs.

Happy New Year, and while officially the holidays are over, foodies still have a reason to celebrate with the 5th Annual Chamber Restaurant Week, being held January 26 – February 2, 2013 in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. From the looks of the list of restaurants participating you can nab an attractive discount with specially price-fixed “prix fixe” menus at several of the Island’s trendy and classic eateries, or venture out to discover new favorites.

I spied a personal favorite, Santa Fe Cafe, participating and to my delight one of their prix fixe first course offerings is their painted desert soup – so creamy and rich it needs it’s own bank account, and so gorgeous it deserves to win grand prize at a juried art show. And their churros! They are so crunchy and light…there’s no better reason I can imagine to go ahead and break that New Year’s Resolution!

I also took notice of several Fresh On the Menu member restaurants participating in Restaurant Week including The Jazz Corner, Alexander’s, Frankie Bones and River House restaurant (located at in Bluffton at Palmetto Bluff) among others. Even in the midst of winter, I am thrilled to see many participants utilizing seasonal, distinctively local ingredients in their special menus.

Santa Fe Cafe, Churros

The churros from Santa Fe Cafe are a delightful way to end a fabulous meal at this popular Tex-Mex restaurant! Photo: Santa Fe Cafe.

For instance, The May River Grill’s appetizer choices include ‘baked oysters Bluffton’ and ‘Daufuskie–style’ crab cakes, and Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte is offering ‘flounder sautéed meunier’ and grilled fresh catch of the day (now that’s ‘local’!) as entrée selections. Finish off your fine meal here with a choice of Southern caramel cake, bread pudding with crème anglaise, or ‘pave au chocolat’. How can one choose only one from that tantalizing triumvirate? My mouth is watering, folks!

Bistro 17, located at Shelter Cover Harbour, offers many tasty entrees like their delicious peppered mustard salmon AND outside dining on the sheltered patio! Photo: Bistro 17.

Charlie Clark, Vice President of Communications at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, tells me “The restaurant scene in Lowcountry is vibrant and becoming more and more recognized regionally and nationally as a premier dining destination. Restaurant Week is a terrific way for locals and visitors alike to sample food from great Hilton Head restaurants at delicious prices! For instance, Sublime Prime Steakhouse is offering three courses with entrée choices like filet mignon and Ahi tuna for $26.95 per person.

Restaurants relatively new to the local dining scene are jumping into Restaurant Week too. The special 4-course at ELA’s Blu Water Grille includes pan seared diver scallop with short rib and ther coastal bouillabaisse. Bomboras Grille and Chill Bar offers a 4-course prix fixe includes their award-winning pulled pork sliders and favorites like crab cakes and shrimp & grits.

THe Jazz Corner, Pork Tenderloin

One can NEVER go wrong at The Jazz Corner with dining, dancing and great live music. This is their pork tenderloin with blueberry demi-glace, spiced peach butter, sweet potato puree & edamame succotash. Photo: The Jazz Corner.

So, if you have ever wanted to try out a specific Island restaurant this certainly would be the week to make a reservation and support local restaurateurs at the same time. If you’re a foodie planning a visit to our fair isle then by all means check that calendar and get down here!

And if you are jaded by uninspired prix fix menus please don’t be, just check out the various preview menus online where you will most certainly find creativity flowing freely in every delectable course.