One of my favorite things about visiting the beach is the opportunity to feast on the freshest of seafoods. On our recent trip to Hilton Head, I made it a personal mission to eat as much fish, shellfish, and other marine delicacies as possible - and I uncovered some great eateries in the process.
|The interior - a fascinating work in progress|
The menu is steeped in Gullah and Lowcountry tradition (in Chef David's own words, the food 'contains elements of French, Spanish, African and English traditions') and everything, everything we tasted was delicious. So delicious, in fact, that Matt and I made a second trip to ROASTFISH & CORNBREAD for our last meal on the island.
Our first visit provided my very first taste of conch, in the form of a handful of cornmeal fritters studded with large chunks of conch and chopped peppers. I'm always a big fan of the protein-rich flavor of shellfish and the conch didn't disappoint, though it couldn't hold a candle to the soft shell crabs I enjoyed during our final dinner.
Soft shell crabs are, quite possibly, my very favorite kind of seafood (or at least right up there with lobster and fresh squid!). I first tasted them as a college student in Maryland and now the sweet-and-salty taste of gently fried soft shells never fails to remind me of the four years I spent on the Chesapeake Bay. When Matt's mom ordered them during our first visit, I just knew I'd have to come back for a few of my own!
|Ahi Tuna, medium-rare|
The hushpuppies were another stand-out item. Bronzed and crispy on the outside, sweet and tender on the inside (and flecked with little pieces of corn), these were definitely not your typical freezer-aisle hushpuppies. In case the trio that came with your meal wasn't enough, they were also available as a side option (which I strongly, strongly recommend).
I plan to share a few other Hilton Head finds over the coming days, but lets face it, I'm giving you the very best first (I never was very good at delayed gratification!). I simply can't recommend ROASTFISH & CORNBREAD enough. The service is great and the place is quirky, but most importantly, the food is amazing. And, whether you're vacationing on the beach or filling bellies in your home kitchen, that's what really matters!