Lowcountry Food: Where we’re eating in February
Our local Beaufort restaurant choices this month… The only cure for the winter blues is some quality comfort food. After all, food can be quite therapeutic.
But what exactly is comfort food? It’s in the eye of the beholder, or the gormandizer in some cases. Most say it includes mashed potatoes and gravy, but we beg to differ. Comfort food is just that, comfort, and you can find it anywhere, on nearly any local menu.
Spend some time with a few local legends, share something special with a sweetheart, size up a salad and discover that you don’t need sauce to eat sushi.
If you’re looking for a burger that will satisfy a burger craving then go and get your fill of beef and of taste with the Brewsky Burger at downtown’s Luther’s Rare & Well Done. A favorite with the locals, at one point it won ‘Best Burger in Beaufort’ five straight years. The perfect seasonings, the right amount of crumbled bleu cheese (alot of it!), caramelized onions, bacon, bacon and then some bacon make the Brewsky Burger one heck of a tasty treat. Steak fries with A1 sauce make a prime compliment. Luther’s Rare & Well Done, 910 Bay Street, Downtown Beaufort
In a world of gelato and frozen yogurt crazes, in walks Southern Sweets, Beaufort’s original ice cream parlor, creating a romantic moment with a Sweetheart Sundae for two with good ol’ fashioned ice cream. With a freshmade fudge brownie serving as the foundation, enjoy any flavor ice cream you want with the appropriate mountains of whipped cream, syrup, cherries and sprinkles (jimmies to you northerners). This was ours, and we went with just a little bit of everything. Southern Sweets, Old Bay Marketplace, Bay Street in Downtown Beaufort
Taking a meal consisting of a large salad, a side of french fries, and grilled chicken breast and tossing it all together in a bowl and topping it with melted cheese and dressing gives you the Notorious Chicken Salad from The Upper Crust. But don’t try this at home. The Lady’s Island restaurant has been perfecting this have-a-salad-and-call-it-a-full-meal for over 20 years. It’s very good and everything goes together just like it was meant-to-be. The Upper Crust, 97 Sea Island Parkway, Lady’s Island
Sandwiches come in three sizes at Alvin Ords. Big, bigger and oh my! Whether it’s a roast beef and turkey, a pastrami, or a reuben, it’s piled HIGH between the buns at Alvin’s. Our pick? The Salvation. A true original. Take cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses and toast them into the bun, then add salami and ham with all the fixins. One of the few places where you’ll be saving the other half of your lunch… for dinner. Alvin Ord’s, 1415 Ribault Road, Port Royal
America has become a sushi nation. Sushi has become known as a quick and healthy lunch option, served in college food halls, and even sold in plastic trays at convenience stores. Saltus River Grill in downtown Beaufort is a fine spot to enjoy it. We recommend the Watermelon Roll, consisting of Tuna Sashimi, Cucumber, Avocado and Carrots, over Wakame and topped with Yuzu. No sauce is needed when enjoying the sushi at Saltus. It’s as fresh as can be. Saltus River Grill, 802 Bay Street, Downtown Beaufort
**Restaurant we miss this month…Berry Island cafe.