Scott's Fish Market - This restaurant was just across the way from our resort. The Down Under Shrimp, crusted with coconut and served with a honey mustard dipping sauce, was so good I was a bit disappointed that I had agreed to share with David. Our mains were also delicious and the portions large enough that I enjoyed leftover salmon for lunch the next day. We finished this meal with a slice of deep dish pecan pie that was also a winner. I convinced David to try this dessert on the basis that it was really just a big ol' butter tart with pecans. He wasn't sorry. The crust on this pie was perfect - very buttery and flaky. Next time I have my eye on the Island Key Lime Pie.
The Salty Dog Cafe - The Salty Dog is obviously an island institution. I noticed people wearing SDC t-shirts on the beach when we first arrived on the island and it was recommended to me before we even left on our trip by a colleague. It's located in the Southern part of Hilton Head, so before our (early) dinner we took a trip to Harbour Town to see the iconic lighthouse. I tried the Shrimp Fest Gumbo Bowl, which includes sausage and Cajun spices along with fresh shrimp. A small cup went a long way - the Cajun spices mean business! David had fish (flounder) and chips with coleslaw and hush puppies. I can testify to the tastiness of this dish as well, having had a bite or two. Daniel and Patrick were not as adventurous in their dinner selections but it was nice that all the restaurants we visited had a kid's menu with some old reliable favourites available. The Salty Dog had the perfect place for a fun photo-op that resulted in one of my favourite snaps from our trip!
One Hot Mama's - This restaurant literally saved our evening. We had had another great day on the beach and in the pool, then I suggested an ill-fated road trip that made us really, really late for dinner. (We didn't even get near a restaurant until 7 p.m., which is late for us.) The kids had been so good and all they wanted was McDonald's. So we gave in, despite having set a 'no McDonald's' challenge before leaving for Hilton Head. I had noticed OHM listed in a restaurant guide for the island and was keen to try it. Unfortunately so was everyone else! So we ordered takeout and was it ever worth the wait. Ribs, with a sauce so sweet and tangy I could have drank the extra cup of it they provided. Ribs that were so tender and falling off the bone I didn't even need a knife to eat them. The mac and cheese I ordered as a side was the best I've ever had in the States. Usually it's too gooey, gloppy and artificial. This was the real deal. David had a pulled pork sandwich served with coleslaw that was just as tasty. My only regret is that we tried OHM near the end of our trip. I would definitely go back!
We drove down to HHI but our road trip to and fro yielded few culinary delights. (Save a very good and necessary chocolate milkshake from Sonic during a torrential downpour near Columbia, SC.)
So that's it. Our most favourite eats of Hilton Head Island, 2012.