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6 Jun 2023
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Hilton Head Dining

One of the best parts of traveling is trying the local delicacies. On Hilton Head Island, Lowcountry cuisine is a big part of everyday life with its rich cultural heritage and distinct flavors. Nestled along the beautiful coast of South Carolina, the Lowcountry encompasses the coastal plain and sea islands, including the charming Hilton Head. With its blend of African, Caribbean, and European influences, Lowcountry cuisine has become a culinary sensation, attracting food enthusiasts from all over the world.

If you want to experience the vibrant flavors of Lowcountry cuisine, Hilton Head Island is the perfect place. The team at Beach Properties of Hilton Head is highlighting some of our favorite Lowcountry restaurants so you can get a taste.

What is Lowcountry Cuisine?

Lowcountry cuisine is a unique culinary style that showcases the bountiful offerings of the region's rivers, marshes, and coastline. With a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients, it emphasizes the art of slow cooking and blending diverse flavors to create dishes that are both comforting and sophisticated.

At the heart of Lowcountry cuisine are staples like rice, seafood, and vegetables. From succulent shrimp and blue crabs to tender oysters and flaky fish, Hilton Head Island boasts a plethora of seafood delicacies. Oyster roasts, shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, and crab cakes are just a few examples of the mouthwatering dishes you can expect to find.

The Lowcountry culinary tradition also highlights the importance of fresh produce, often incorporating ingredients such as okra, collard greens, sweet potatoes, and field peas. The cuisine's use of spices, such as cayenne pepper, paprika, and Old Bay seasoning, adds a kick of flavor that perfectly complements the natural sweetness of the ingredients.

Where to Experience Lowcountry Flavors on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is a paradise for food lovers seeking an authentic Lowcountry dining experience. The island is home to a variety of exceptional restaurants that beautifully showcase the region's culinary heritage.

  1. The Old Oyster Factory: Nestled on the waterfront, this iconic restaurant offers breathtaking views of the marshes while serving up classic Lowcountry dishes. From steamed oysters and seafood platters to Lowcountry crab cakes, you can savor the essence of the region in every bite.

  2. Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks: A local favorite, Hudson's Seafood House is renowned for its fresh seafood and welcoming atmosphere. Feast on their famous she-crab soup or indulge in a Lowcountry boil while overlooking the stunning Port Royal Sound.

  3. Red Fish: Combining Lowcountry flavors with fine dining influences, Red Fish is a culinary gem. Their menu features dishes like blackened grouper, shrimp burger,, and blue crab dip, providing a contemporary twist on traditional Lowcountry cuisine.

  4. Skull Creek Boathouse: With its laid-back vibe and waterfront location, this vibrant restaurant is a must-visit for seafood enthusiasts. Delight in Lowcountry favorites like hot peel-and-eat shrimp, fried green tomatoes, and Lowcountry boils, all while enjoying the beautiful sunset views.

Southern Hospitality on Hilton Head Island

After getting a taste of Lowcountry cuisine at Hilton Head’s top restaurants, return to your accommodations from Beach Properties of Hilton Head. We offer a wide range of vacation rentals on Hilton Head Island, ensuring we have something for every type of traveler. Learn more about booking with us by calling 800-671-5155. You can get a jump start on planning your escape by browsing our inventory online today.