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Where in the World is Clayton Rollison?

Where in the World is Clayton Rollison?

The worker bees in the trenches will tell you that chefs come and go. The only constant in the food and beverage industry is change. You could be in the weeds with a best friend on Thursday night only to find out they took a job across the street on Saturday. The most fortunate restaurant owners will tell you their biggest secret is consistency with the staff. Make them happy whatever it takes.

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Homegrown Grocery Store

Homegrown Grocery Store

I might just be posthumously a millennial, but there is an ingenuity to being seemingly industrious without actually doing anything. I believe my parents’ generation labeled it as being lazy, but...

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Editor’s Note: September 2022

Editor’s Note: September 2022

Dive Bars + Shrimp  I am not a dive bar kind of gal. After over 40 years on this planet, this is one thing I know about myself. If I’m going to go out for a drink, I want to look at a gorgeous view...

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Taking in a Dive along the Coast

Taking in a Dive along the Coast

When you think about all the games we played to pass the time as kids, it doesn’t take long at all to rattle off a list. Of course, this was long before the smartphone changed everything. Heck, I am even talking pre-cable TV and remote controls. Can you imagine our kids living through such a time?

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9 Bartenders We LOVE

9 Bartenders We LOVE

Bartending isn’t just about pouring drinks. If it were the extent of their craft, anyone could do it. Right now, there are robots out there mixing mudslides and piña coladas. But that’s not bartending; that’s just mixing drinks.

And that’s the easy part. What makes a good bartender isn’t how they masterfully blend ingredients into a toast-worthy cocktail; it’s how they blend personalities. It’s how they can be your closest confidante on a day when you just need to vent over a stiff one. It’s how they can tame a whole bar full of unruly tourists with just a few words. It’s how they will toast your best days with your favorite drink, prepared before you’ve even asked for it.

A robot can mix you a drink. But a bartender will be your therapist, your cheerleader, and if necessary, your babysitter. And that’s why we’re thankful they’ll always be there.

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Underground Burrito

Underground Burrito

I’ve met all kinds of people in my decade-plus chasing good eats across this region: good ones, bad ones, tall ones, short ones, and anything you can imagine in between. Around every corner is a...

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Savanah Pizza Guide

Savanah Pizza Guide

One of my favorite pizza shops when I was a kid in Hialeah, Florida went by the name of Figaro’s. We ate there all the time. I couldn’t really tell you if it was any good or not. I mean, really. I...

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The All-New Quarterdeck

The All-New Quarterdeck

I think we’d all agree that sometimes the best things happen by accident. Afterward, you look around and say, “Well, alrighty then. I’ll take it.” That's just what happened to me one morning a few...

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The Return of the Lucky Rooster

The Return of the Lucky Rooster

One of Hilton Head Island’s more popular restaurants returned to the Eating and Liking grid last spring. Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar re-opened after a nearly year-long COVID-induced shutdown in...

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Are You Ready for Some Oysters?

Are You Ready for Some Oysters?

As I write this, we are officially about 36 hours into the fall. You remember that day, don’t you? It had just rained for three days straight, and we got our first taste of something resembling cool...

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Ready to Serve: Every table is a new adventure for the island’s most elite waiters and waitresses.

Ready to Serve: Every table is a new adventure for the island’s most elite waiters and waitresses.

When you have a place like the Lowcountry, a place where hospitality is the driving force behind everything, your servers are everything. They will form a visitor’s first impression, setting the tone for an entire vacation and playing a key role in the decision to return. They were our frontline workers long before anyone had heard of COVID, and as we emerged into this uncertain new normal, they have become an even more vital part of our community. Which is why we, as a society, have started making sure we tip just a little bit more than we would have pre-pandemic (and if you’re not, you absolutely should). It’s also why we have chosen to celebrate some of the Lowcountry’s best and brightest servers here.

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Tailgate Cocktails

Tailgate Cocktails

Disclaimer: Other than being the proud owner of the “@ieatandrun” Instagram handle, I have no formal training in food or beverage, unless you count calories consumed and/or SEC tailgates attended. The latter, I have learned, does qualify you as a professional eater and drinker.

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48 Hours

48 Hours

With an island destination as popular has Hilton Head Island is, inevitably you get people visiting it in a variety of ways. Most commonly are families, who load up their minivans somewhere significantly north of here and make their way down for a Saturday check in. Any number of restaurant owners can set their calendars by their arrivals. Oh, June 22? The Callahan family from Santa Claus, Indiana will be here for dinner. Party of five. Dad will have the prime rib. Count on it.

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Six Chefs, Six Journeys to Living a Dream

Six Chefs, Six Journeys to Living a Dream

They are the architects and maestros behind some of the most beloved eateries in the Lowcountry. They usually talk with their taste buds, but we got some of your favorite chefs to step out of the kitchen and tell the story of why they love what they do.

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Brunch Spots You May Never Think About… But You Should

Brunch Spots You May Never Think About… But You Should

Ask almost anybody about brunch and they’ll rave about the Stuffed French Toast at Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café, the Signature Quiche and espresso at the French Bakery, and the Benedicts or Crepes at Skillets Café & Grill. Oh, and if pancakes are your jam, then Stacks is your go-to, while others in the brunch game can’t resist the True Country Breakfast at Plantation Café and Deli. Some locals and tourists prefer a morning drive over to Old Town Bluffton for the coffee and baked goods at The Corner Perk or the Hangover Cure or omelets at the Squat ’n’ Gobble.

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Editor’s Note: August 2021

Editor’s Note: August 2021

I Have a Question I have a question. Where did all the people who want to work go? We have a real estate shortage in the Lowcountry because humans are moving here in droves after rethinking their...

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Nood Good Mood Food

Nood Good Mood Food

Forget peanut butter and jelly. Alex Vitto and Robbie Colson, the co-creators of Nood Good Mood Food, go together like Asian fries and ginger yuzu aioli. Like spam and gourmet cheese sauce. Like, well, every thoughtfully and creatively imagined dish they serve up at their “gourmet fast food” restaurant located in Coligny Plaza (under The Big Bamboo).

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Perfecting the Experience: Nunzio Patruno will stop at nothing until the restaurant that bears his name offers absolute perfection.

Perfecting the Experience: Nunzio Patruno will stop at nothing until the restaurant that bears his name offers absolute perfection.

It was a night not so long ago, more or less the same as any other night at Nunzio Restaurant + Bar. The wine was flowing, uncorked and poured with practiced ease from a carefully curated collection that takes center stage right as you walk in. The food was as sublimely delicious as ever, each dish chosen to represent the pinnacle of Italian techniques and local flavors. And the conversation buzzed, as it tends to when diners are enjoying a meal to remember.

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A Lowcountry Thanksgiving: Traditions and Recipes

A Lowcountry Thanksgiving: Traditions and Recipes

Here in the Lowcountry, we find no shortage of things for which to be thankful: beautiful surroundings, good-hearted neighbors, and delicious food abound. Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude, tell the stories of our history, honor long-standing traditions and share an indulgent meal with the people we love most.

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Farm-to-Table Holiday

Farm-to-Table Holiday

We live in an ideal place for growing delicious produce: rich soil, plenty of rain and sunshine, and temperate winters make the Lowcountry a farmer’s paradise. From watermelon to peaches, sweet potatoes to peanuts, The Palmetto State produces countless agricultural crops year-round. This time of year, sweet potatoes, greens like kale and collards, carrots and herbs are all being harvested by local farmers right here in our community. What better way to enjoy the holidays than by building a feast around locally grown foods sure to impress your guests, delight your tastebuds and nourish your body well, all while supporting your neighbors who love cultivating this land we call home.

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