Lowcountry Food: Where we’re eating in January
Our restaurant choices this month have been … well, you just gotta try and stay warm, right? Enjoy some of the hottest and tastiest soup in Beaufort; feel good with some local oysters and enjoy thick & juicy burger concoctions; delight in a delicious dinner while actually finding champagne taste on a beer budget and find the best spot to feast on local shrimp.
Check them out below…and then go and try them yourself!
Take a trip over to St. Helena Island and grab some oysters. There’s always local seafood cookin’ at the Foolish Frog and you can even choose to sample the sweet n salty, stuffed baked Oysters Rockefeller. These large local oysters are prepared with sautéed spinach, rendered applewood smoked bacon and shaved pecorino parmesan cheese and are part of an interesting appetizer menu put together by Chef Will McLenagan that also boasts a Crawfish and Shrimp Yum Yum Ya Ya, frog legs, and a Cracked Okra recipe that’s as addictive as…well, you know. Don’t be ashamed to make a meal out of an appetizer with the near-perfect oyster platter. Foolish Frog, 843 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island
The ultimate antidote for feeling frozen to the core is soup. Yes it gets a bit cold around here from time to time and nothing starts a great dinner on a cold day like a cup of piping hot soup and we’ve enjoyed both the French onion and she-crab soups at Emily’s Restaurant & Tapas Bar. The local favorite she-crab is rich and creamy, just the way it’s supposed to be. A definite spot-hitter when there’s a coat hanging on the back of your chair in the middle of January. Emily’s Restaurant, 906 Port Republic Street, Downtown Beaufort.
Breakfast. They say it’s the most important meal of the day. So why not treat it as such and go for the fish & eggs at Lowcountry Produce in downtown. It’s an out of this world omelet filled with smoked salmon, spring onions, asparagus, goat cheese and more. Fortunately for Beaufort, the folks at LCP also know that nothing beats having a quality bakery. It all starts with the hands, and the pastries and pies at LCP are handmade to perfection. Tis the season for a daily-warm up (whether you’re enjoying fish & eggs or not) and none quite compare with a delicious slice of pie or fresh made pastry and a cup of hot fresh brewed coffee. Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe, 302 Carteret Street, Downtown
\The dictionary says that a burger is “a sandwich consisting of a bun, a cooked beef patty, and often other ingredients such as cheese, onion slices, lettuce, or condiments.” That just sounds boring. Step into Port Royal’s Fat Patties and watch burgers transform right in front of your taste buds. Dig into “The Over Easy” on a 100% grass fed beef burger. Consisting of a fried egg, swiss cheese, onions and mushrooms, the combination of toppings conveys a richness of deep flavors with woody overtones and a sweet creamy over-easy finish. Fat Patties is one of those establishments that every town should aspire to have; knowing that your favorite corner joint is full of personality, good ideas, and delicious food. Fat Patties, 831 Parris Island Gateway, Port Royal
Getting back to the local seafood theme – and 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 palate. 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.
*Restaurant we miss this month: Berry Island Cafe
We’ll see you in February while we’re out looking for the best in local restaurant fare, with that perfect Beaufort flavor.