The first time my sweet girl and I went to Hilton Head for a girl's trip was about
five years ago. I found a nice room for a nice price, so I booked it and we hit the road.
The room came with breakfast and we packed a cooler with lunch stuff we could eat
on the beach. We had no idea about restaurants...what they had or what was good.
But, when we checked in the hotel, they gave us a booklet that was filled with
restaurant information and coupons. The best thing about it was that it featured the
local eateries...their history, specialties, and reviews.
So, our first evening was spent enjoying delicious prime rib at
Jump and Phil's.
The owners were two University of Georgia grads who had spent
their summers while in college working in restaurants on Hilton Head.
When they received their degrees (zoology and journalism!) in 1975,
they decided to return to the place they loved and open a restaurant.
It wasn't fancy...casual and friendly and the food was great!
As we continued to study our info, we found a little "hole in the wall"
place called The Sea Shack. The booklet said, "Best seafood on the island
at the best price. Plan to come early because there is always a line. It's where the
locals eat." So, we went early...and, yes, there was a line. But there weren't
many ahead of us. We conversed with others in line and soon
the doors opened and we took our turn ordering at the counter.
We took our seats and shortly, our shrimp dinners were brought to our table.
The ad was right...delicious, perfectly prepared friend shrimp
with all the trimmings for less than ten bucks a piece!
Again, not much atmosphere...simple, casual, basic.
But we loved the food...and we even bought a tee shirt!
We were so grateful for the Lord's direction and provision
for us two "clueless" females.
There are hundreds of places to eat on Hilton Head, but we never would
have found these two places on our own.
Jump and Phil's is on the main road, but it is small and non-descript
and the Sea Shack is on a side street surrounded by trees.
They are the kind of places you just have to know about...
you're not going to just stumble upon them.
He took care of us this past weekend, too.
I'll tell you about that next time!! :-)