Our restaurant choices this month… April means spring is in full bloom in Beaufort and the area is a bustle with fresh local fare. Celebrate spring and your sweet tooth at Common Ground; indulge in the intoxicating soft shell crab at Plum’s; get an ooey gooey treat at Lowcountry Produce; enjoy some jumbo local shrimp at Panini’s; and do anything you want with local strawberries.
There’s lots of fabulous choices in the area.
Here are our picks for April…
Giving us all the perks of a country kitchen in an urban setting, we pull up a chair at Lowcountry Produce on Carteret Street and order the Oooey Gooey. A generous amount of steak and peppers on pita that melts instantly in your mouth. And lastly, the Oooey Gooey not only has the coolest name, but the most amazing flavors packed into such a small sandwich. Pimento cheese, and bacon create the bulk with an added taste of housemade garlic-pepper jelly melting together creating a truly “Oooey Gooey” treat. Our second favorite at LCP? The Pimento Cheeseburger. Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe, 302 Carteret Street in downtown. www.LowcountryProduce.com
Spring means soft shell crabs in Beaufort. Festivals are named after them. Restaurants delight customers with them. Shirts depict them. Tastebuds envy them. We’ve found the intoxicating local delicacies in a variety of ways this past week or so at Emily’s, Panini’s, Plums and even over at Fat Patties. Plums Restaurant is serving them up in a sandwich along with the perfect accompaniment; lettuce, tomato, onion and an aioli, with a side of French fries. Plums Restaurant, 904 Bay Street, Beaufort SC
Mochas, lattes and specialty chais are pouring from Common Ground Coffeehouse along with fresh homemade cheesecakes, pies, scones, muffins and more. Putting fruit into, under or on top of fresh pastries is a treat and you’re sure to fall in love with and local strawberries adorn the cheesecake, fruit tarts and our favorite… the Mini Berry Crumble. A must-try is the house made tiramisu. This layered creamy dessert literally means ‘pick me up’ in Italian and the pastry chefs at Common Ground really do it well. Common Ground Coffeehouse, 102 West Street Ext, Downtown Beaufort at Waterfront Park.
Pick your own local strawberries, take them home and have some fun! A trip to Dempsey Farms U-Pick on St. Helena Island is a rite of spring passage for anyone, of any age. Grabbing a bucket and walking out into the large fields in search of the perfect berry is how many of us spend a spring day here in Beaufort. You’ll get tied to nature walking the fields with family and friends, not knowing what you’ll find but knowing that the best and biggest, juiciest one is out there. Bring them home and make smoothies; enjoy them in cereal; top off the perfect ice cream sundae or just keep them in the fridge as a healthy snack. Dempsey Farms U-Pick, 1576 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island
Tap into your inner desire for summertime – and grab some peel & eat shrimp at downtown’s Panini’s on the Waterfront. Steamed in lager with Old Bay seasoning, onions and tomatoes and served with homemade Focaccia for your added dipping pleasure these jumbos sure do please the pallet. Noted as one of the ’6 local food groups of Beaufort’, shrimp is always done right by the chefs at Panini’s. Panini’s on the Waterfront, 926 Bay Street, Downtown Beaufort.
We’ll see you in May with what’s ‘fresh on the local menu.’