We really appreciate Beaufort’s many local restaurants, a lot. As fall goes on and shrimp and oyster seasons are in full swing, the Lowcountry food scene in Beaufort is full of fabulous local goodies. Our restaurant choices this month…enjoy local oysters any way you want them, find a corner table and dig into some shrimp & grits, find the best in BBQ and dive into some great pasta dishes too.
Emily’s Restaurant has been serving some of Beaufort’s finest dinners for a very long time and has come to be known as a ‘go-to’ spot for a finer side to Beaufort dining. Emily’s menu boasts local fresh Oysters, when in season, served-up five different ways. Five very fabulous ways. There’s Oysters Morgan, Rockefeller, and Casino along with an Oyster Trio or you could just have them fried. With local oysters becoming more plentiful as the season goes on, do your taste buds a favor and try it yourself. Emily’s Restaurant & Tapas Bar, 906 Port Republic Street, Downtown Beaufort.
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. Add a little spice and put the two together on a table sitting in the open atmosphere over at downtown’s Panini’s on the Waterfront and you’ve got a great dish. Using fresh local shrimp prepared perfectly with pancetta polenta, onions, olives, tomatoes and more, Panini’s own spin on this classic southern dish is something special. Panini’s on the Waterfront, 926 Bay Street, Downtown Beaufort
Savor some pasta at Bella Luna Cafe on St. Helena Island. With everything homemade at Bella Luna including all of the pasta noodles, you always get a true taste of Italy with house specialties including Lasagna, Carbonara, Veal Scaloppine, and the best homemade Ravioli in town; and you’ll find a true taste of the Lowcountry with their Linguine & Clams and Shrimp & Grits. Bella Luna at 859 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island
We’re stopping off to get some local seafood to take home and prepare ourselves. It’s shrimp season in our local waters for a reason. A quick stop over to Sea Eagle Market on Boundary Street to grab a few pounds of fresh local shrimp from Craig & crew…and then it’s a direct drive home to fire up the grill. All we use is some Old Bay seasoning and before you know it, it’s time to eat. If you want your seafood cooked and served, stay at Sea Eagle and visit them on the restaurant side. Hey… it’s not just where we’re eating in November, it’s what we’re eating too! Sea Eagle Market, 2149 Boundary Street, Beaufort.
There’s never been a better time to eat BBQ in Beaufort and the offerings get turned up a few notches at the new Roadhouse Ribs where you can enjoy some seriously good stuff. Roadhouse Ribs offers a variety of BBQ staples including smoked brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken and of course ribs with five different bbq sauces to choose from; as well as hand-cut grass-fed organic steaks, seafood and prime rib. All of their meats are slow-smoked in an oak and pecan wood-filled smoker. Our pick, a full rack of ribs along with a side of shrimp & sausage mac n cheese…because we all know how well shrimp and sausage go together here in the Lowcountry. Roadhouse Ribs, 7 Toppers Lane, Beaufort
Beaufort is lucky to have such a wonderful selection of different restaurants to fit everyone’s taste. Remember…for all the best in Beaufort dining, visit our Restaurant Guide.