We’re always asked where to find a good, “local” restaurant. That’s like asking a mother of five to pick out her favorite child. But the question is always asked, so we decided to begin our list in absolutely no order whatsoever and give you a heads up!
For our “local” restaurant(s) of the month, we’re going to suggest a trifecta at Palmetto Bay Marina: Captain Woody’s, Black Marlin and Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café.
The marina which opened for business in 1959, can be seen on the right side of the Cross Island bridge as you cross over Broad Creek, heading to the south end of the island. At the stop light right off the bridge, get in the left lane and follow the signs. It can be a little tricky, but you’re going to love it when you arrive – about five minutes from the stoplight.
Captain Woody’s, open 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., is known for its fresh seafood, beer, patio dining and informal, fun atmosphere. For lunch the Grouper Melt is a “must order” sandwich. While the surf and turf for dinner is just fine, we like all the different tastes of the seafood platter. Bring the kids. There’s a children’s menu that includes PB&J sandwiches, hot dogs and shrimp. Definitely casual, definitely local.
Black Marlin used to be Hemingway’s until “Papa’s” family took his name back. The restaurant overlooks the marina and you can eat inside or out. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. and dinner at 5:00 p.m., with a great brunch Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The menu for lunch is huge. Try the seafood tacos. So is the dinner menu. Spoil yourself with the Lobster Bolognese. The Hurricane Bar is an outstanding place to just hang around.
Want a great breakfast? Try the Crab Benedict at The Sunrise Café. They are open Wednesday thru Monday (closed Tuesdays) and serve breakfast and lunch from 6am to 3pm. Sure, you can get pancakes and eggs too. Checkout the early bird special (early as in 6-8 a.m.). The place has become an institution.
There you go. Our pick(s) for March. Let us know what you think. Tell us your Hilton Head Island favorite.