Our restaurant choices this month… March means spring is here in Beaufort and so is St. Patrick’s Day. Go green with your drinks at Fat Patties and try something new at Wined It Up. There’s lots of fabulous choices in the area. Here are our picks for March…
Cottage pie has to be one of the ultimate comfort foods and Bricks has a fantastic Cottage Pie. Try the Fish & Chips too. Visit them on St. Paddy’s Day and enjoy being Irish for just a little while. Bricks on Boundary, 1420 Boundary Street, Uptown Beaufort
Try some green beer at Fat Patties in Port Royal. Nobody does burgers like FP and you can enjoy your favorite green brew for the perfect St. Patrick’s Day pairing. Our pick is the ‘Who’s Your Pattie’ – starting with a 100% locally sourced grass-fed beef burger and piling on the pulled pork, smoked cheddar, pickles, bacon and homemade slaw. Add a touch of avocado for even more St. Patty’s Day green. Enjoy it with a green draft at the bar. Fat Patties, 831 Parris Island Gateway, Port Royal
We’re well aware that 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
Shrimp and grits is one of those iconic Southern dishes that stirs something deep inside. To a Southerner, eating grits is practically a religion. To a Beaufortonian, eating shrimp is more or less a God-given right. Put the two together on a table sitting in on the outside river deck at Panini’s on the Waterfront and you’ve got a great dish. Using fresh local shrimp prepared perfectly with stone-ground grits and just the right amount of spice added, Panini’s makes this something special. Panini’s on the Waterfront, 926 Bay Street, downtown Beaufort
Feel good about your decision to eat pizza when it comes to The Upper Crust. Lots of great choices await the discerning foodie here. Specialty pizza varieties run the usual gamut — Meat Lovers and Veggie — but also include the Frogmore with shrimp and sausage and the Cast Net. An indulgent offering is the House Special layered with pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, green pepper, onion, black olive and extra cheese. It’s not thick or heavy-crusted pizza, so it won’t fill you up like the chains will. Veer off track a bit and try a grinder. Our favorite… the steak wrap. The Upper Crust, 97 Sea Island Parkway on Lady’s Island.
Local spot we miss this month…Berry Island Cafe.