Lowcountry Food Scene

Stellini, the self-proclaimed “Jersey-style” Italian restaurant tucked among the pines off Executive Park Road on Hilton Head Island, is proudly celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Joe Pesce opened Stellini Italian Restaurant in 1989. Since then, his daughter Elise and her husband, Kyle Parlagreco, have built a loyal following among locals and visitors.

Are you in town for a girls weekend? Hilton Head has got you covered. Are you golfing with the guys and don’t know where to go after hole 18? Then this is the right article for you. Let us help save you some trouble by giving you an insider look into nightlife on Hilton Head and point out some things you may have missed if this is not your first trip to our little island.

If you just got in and you’re looking for something to do tonight on Hilton Head, you should start off on the South End of the island at Coligny Beach. The world famous Tiki Hut beachfront is the go-to spot for sand, tunes and late night eats. Enjoy music and drinks on the beach! If you are 22 or 62 this is the spot for flip floppin’ and beat droppin’ to start your evening off right.

Alexander’s Chalk Hill Wine Dinner

October 24, 2019 • 6:00PM - 8:30PM
76 Queens Folly Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Food Truck Fridays

October, 25 & November 1, 2019 • 3:00PM - 7:00PM
20 Wilborn Rd, Hilton Head Island , SC 29926



Every day, starting at first light, brothers Andrew and Austin Harter head out from the Alljoy public dock in their SeaArk, aiming for a little slice of the May River where their 200 oyster cages float.

It’s their first trip of the day, but usually not their last. They’ll go out two or three more times to check on their oysters and haul in the ones that are ready for market.

In search of oysters, pad Thai, spanakopita, sole meunière, jerk chicken, pimento cheese, crab cakes or churros? You can find all of those items on Bluffton menus.

Bluffton’s restaurant choices range from casual to fine dining with an eclectic selection of regional cuisine. Seafood, barbecue and Lowcountry dishes are well represented along with lounges, bars, breweries, pizzerias, diners, cafés, bakeries, ice cream and frozen yogurt shops.

The list of ethnic choices is long and growing with authentic Caribbean, Chinese, French, Greek, Central and Southern American, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and more.

Some say commercial shrimping in Beaufort County will disappear eventually, but Larry Toomer believes that the combination of an evolving market and creative local solutions could save the business that he loves and is in his blood.

“I get satisfaction from figuring out where they are,” he said. “I love the feeling of ‘Got you!’”


Kerry Pollock walks on stage at Comedy Magic Cabaret on Hilton Head Island like he built the place — because he did. Pollock’s passion for both comedy and magic lured him away from his original career as an engineer, one gig at a time.

Pollock is gifted at crafting jokes and illusions — and the settings where performers present them. His halfbowl, 88-seat club in the South Island Square shopping center feels like a classic jazz club; there’s not a bad seat in the house. Corporate events, private parties and celebrations of life have taken place in this homey, intimate space. In addition to setting the stage for laughter and amazement on Hilton Head, Pollock has built stages and performance spaces for others in the entertainment industry.


When summer ends, the good times keep going at The Salty Dog Cafe on South Sea Pines Drive on Hilton Head Island.

For example, the restaurant is kicking off the fall season with a crab boil and live music on the deck — a lively celebration of cooler weather and a perfect fit for The Salty Dog’s laid-back, casual atmosphere. Lowcountry boils, chili and wing cook offs and live music evenings also are planned, as is a craft beer and burger festival, where guests can enjoy favorite brews from River Dog Brewing Co. and a seasonal draft.